Learning to nourish the body to give it the best possible chance for optimum energy makes sense from the standpoint of physical productivity, mental clarity, emotional contentment, and religious/spiritual wellbeing, as the body is a holy temple to house the spirit.   Elson M. Hass

 

I wish I had listened to my body, I wish I had been more compassionate, patient, and understanding of the world within me, before several things started to breakdown in my body.

 

For a lot of years, I was blinded with the obsession of having a “perfect body”, like those in fitness magazines. I kept thinking that by having that perfect body, I would finally feel good about myself, people would like me more, and I would be ready to enjoy life.

 

Unfortunately, I pursued that goal at the expense of many valuable things, including my emotional, and physical health. I missed a lot of valuable times with friends, and family because I was so scared of falling “off the wagon” missing a workout, or cheating with food at an event, or restaurant. Those guilty pleasures were just not allowed in my restrictive lifestyle. You can learn more about my story here.

 

If you have ever felt that way , you probably know how powerful those thoughts and feelings can be. You also  probably know that there has always been a whispering voice in your ear trying to tell you to give up all those thoughts, and obsessions, and surrender to your inner knowledge. Part of you has always desired to be free from all of it.

 

During all those years, I failed to acknowledge the voice within me, which kept whispering in my ear that I needed to slow down, eat more, not exercise when I was tired, and to do something different because what I was doing was not working. However, my obsession with food and body was more powerful than that voice, my own intuition, and my desire to be healthy.

 

I would have saved myself a lot of pain and misery by paying attention, and honoring the needs of my hard-working body. Unfortunately, I can’t turn back time, but the good news is that our bodies are so resilient and forgiving that no matter where we are in our health or lifestyle, there is always a lot within our reach that we can do to improve our health, and body wherever we are at.

 

Your body was designed to heal, and it is always trying to heal and function well, but it needs your cooperation. It needs proper care and nourishment, and only you can provide that for your body.

 

I have witnessed the healing power of the body in my own self, and big part of my healing has been due to being aware of the needs of my body, paying attention to my symptoms, being patient, compassionate and developing trust in that my body wants to heal and be a healthy weight.

 

It takes practice to get attuned to your body, only because it is something that most of us is not used to, but trust me, it is worth all the effort you can put into it. You will feel connected, free, and naturally happier.

 

Why Listen to your body?

 

I spent  several years of my life trying to figure out what to eat, what diet to follow, years of seeking out “the magical” exercise program, and eating style that will finally give me the body I wanted.

 

After many years, I  understood that no one knows my  body better than I do, that no one cares about my body and health as much as I  should. We cannot just turn our bodies to a doctor, the way we turn our car to a mechanic, and expect him/her to figure it out. It’s important, and valuable to seek guidance of experts, especially with all the conflicting information available out there on the internet, but at the end of the day, we have to let our body lead the way, and adjust any diet plan, exercise program, food trend, etc. to our own needs, and where we are at in our level of health.

 

When we develop the skill of listening carefully to our body’s signals, we are able to filter, and chose what is best for us, at any given time. We become In Charge.

 

Getting attuned to your body takes practice. You might not get it perfect the first time you try, because the mind, society, the media, and your own ego will always try to distract you, but with practice it will become quite normal and natural.

 

If you  wish to connect with your body, and you are  coming from a place of restrictive diets and habits, like over-training, calorie, food tracking, guilt when indulging, extreme fear of gaining weight, fear of eating fat or carbohydrates, and a general feeling of not looking good enough. This article is  for you if you have had enough of it and you want to be at peace with your body, the food you eat, and your exercise routine. In other words, you are ready to move from restriction to freedom.  This is a great place to start, and you have already made the first step by reading this article

 

This article will  give you guidance in taking steps to developing the skill of tuning- in and accessing your body’s wisdom. The goal is to go from a place of seeking the ultimate diet or weight loss program, engaging in endless dieting, over exercising, being confused about what to eat on a daily basis to accomplish your weight, or health goals to a place of practicing using your inner intuitive knowledge and internal “eating guide” to find what is best for you and your body at any given time.

Going from a state where you depend on the latest diet trend, what you see in your social media, peer pressure, and even a doctor’s or practitioner’s care to achieve your health and weight-loss goals, to one where you know the needs of your body, you explore different eating styles, you seek advice of a professional, and  choose what feels good, is a big step. Having the option to use a  practitioner to help you evaluate and support your nutrition and diet can be extremely helpful, but you should always adjust any program you decide to follow to your own needs, as opposed to forcing your body into a dietary plan or trend.  Flexibility is key.

WHERE TO START?

Obsessive dieting, tracking, counting, restriction, guessing, doubting, guilt, etc. are an unnecessary burden. Personally, I have left all of that in the past, and will never go back.  You don’t need to do any of that to be successful at losing extra weight, fat, and most importantly to be healthy and feel good!

Understand That the  stress you  create around your food, your health, your body image, and your nutrition choices can be a real, an unnecessary Burden. Some times when we are dedicated in our health journey or in improving the look of our bodies, in the process, we create a lot of stress, and end up doing the very thing that we’re trying to avoid because we get into an obsessed, and restrictive mindset. Some of us Constantly scrutinize our meals, obsessively track calories, protein, fat, etc.., we stress about how to bring healthy foods with us to the office, to the gym, when we travel, worrying about food at social events, wondering whether we will give in and binge or indulge with treats, or eat “too much” and fall off “the wagon”. All of these worries add a massive amount of stress and rigidity to our lives, without us even knowing it sometimes. All of this stress takes us away from the enjoyment that nourishing our body should be.

 

There is a place for tracking nutrients in some cases, but doing all those things obsessively are often an obstacle for our weight loss goals, especially if we do it from a place of obsession and fear, and let’s be honest, it sucks! When we are so strict and tight about our nutrition and health, our lives revolve around it, we become miserable, and we stop living in the moment. The unhappier we are, the more likely we are to go to food for comfort.

 

Whether your goal is to lose weight, lose fat, look better, feel better, have better skin,  learn how to eat and be healthier at home, in the office, with friends, etc. or all of the above; the first place to start is by stopping what you are doing, taking  a step back, and having  a look at how your body feels NOW, what symptoms you have?,  What has been  you diet  for the past years?, how are your relationships with others around you?, what is your attitude towards life in general? How is your situation at work? What is it that your body really needs?

 

In other words, we must start with AWARENESS.

 

I invite you to you take some time to reflect on the questions above, and do a quick self-evaluation of where you are at in this moment. The goal is not to overthink or analyze your answers, just write down what comes at you first.   To answer the question: How does my body feel right now? Sit in silence for a few minutes, or do your favorite meditation, and just feel, feel and acknowledge the sensations in your body. The idea is just to observe and notice

 

Ultimately you are responsible for your own nutrition. As we grow, we need to develop our sense of what is the best diet for  us and not live by the needs of our housemates, spouse, parents, or children, or by the influences of media and society. I believe that we should all review, and maybe challenge the diet we are on to see if it is still right for us, especially if we are experiencing any type of health problems, however big or small they are, or if we simply don’t feel our best.

 

Life experience and education have taught me that we cannot find a healthy weight, and be content with ourselves if we don’t tune in, and acknowledge the world within our body. If we fail to acknowledge the work that our body does every single second to keep us alive, and functioning, we will not be able to access our full potential for healing and slimming. Specially women, I believe that we have a very peculiar design, which we need to embrace, and work with, instead of fight against it.  Healing your body, will slim your body.

 

I believe that we all need to make nourishing ourselves and stay healthy a high priority because without health our life is just that much harder. Losing weight, getting rid of body fat, and slimming is important for a lot of us, and it is ok to have those goals as long as they come from the right place, which is love, gratitude, and respect for our body.

 

There is usually an evolutionary part of you that is trying to stimulate and guide you toward your new self, lifestyle or work, while another part of you  is used to the old habits and tries to hold you back with fears or reasons not to change.  These fears, which may be internal, but can also come from a spouse, parent, or a friend, can take over and stop the process of personal evolution, or at least slow it temporarily.

 

Nurturing the basic ability to serve what the body needs through inherent intuitive knowledge is the most important, successful, and valuable strategy for health, weight loss, and many other aspects of life.

 

Busy lifestyles, and obsessions for being skinny take us out of this sensitive mode of intuitive knowledge, and most of us get caught in what the technological society has to offer, instead of creating what we need to nourish ourselves, and our families.

 

We need to make nourishing ourselves a high priority, because without health and vitality our life has less meaning. There is not a lot of joy in simply dragging ourselves around to a job, to the gym, and in working by caffeine stimulation.

 

BUT WHAT DO I EAT?

Sometimes by trying to find “the ideal diet” we mislead ourselves into thinking that we can find a diet, stick with it forever, and not give it further thought.

 

The “Ideal Diet” is different for all of us. The fine tuning of the diet then really becomes the art and adventure of our personal nutrition quest. Listening to nature, watching the seasons and the growing cycles of plants. Being aware of where and how foods are produced as well as how the body uses them, (digestion, assimilation, elimination.). All of these things play an important role in feeling more connected to your nature, and to the earth, which you are part of. Everything in nature has a reason for being the way it is.

 

There is a reason why certain foods grow at certain times, and in certain environments. We can get huge benefits by simply watching the seasons and adjusting our diet accordingly. Eating seasonally is a great practice to go by when you feel confused about what to eat. In the winter the digestive system needs to keep warm, and it will work better if we provide our body with warming foods like squashes, pumpkins, whole grains, meats, heavier and more fatty foods to nourish the body, which happen to be plentiful in the winter. Whereas in the spring and summer, the body is ready to cleanse, and detoxify and we need more fresh fruits, vegetables and their juices a lot of them raw, because the fiber helps with elimination, and cleansing. In the hot summer we need foods that cool the digestive system, like raw vegetables and fruits, which are naturally more available locally during spring and summer.

 

Of course there are wide differences in foods available depending on where you live. In my home country, Mexico we have a very abundant variety of fruits and vegetables all year long, but some of them are best depending on the season like oranges, tomatoes, and pomegranates. In contrast in the Canadian Prairies, which is now my home, the availability of foods changes quite drastically from season to season.

 

To learn more about eating seasonally, I recommend the site LIFESPA, which has a lot of free information, and tools to learn how to eat seasonally.

 

Pay attention to how your cravings, and needs for food change with the seasons. Follow your intuition to decide what will best nourish your body. Choosing local wholesome foods is a way of eating seasonally, according to nature. It is also more economical, and supportive of your community.

 

So, how do we eat healthy,  lose fat, achieve a healthy weight, exercise adequately, and in the process not stress about food, and everything around it?

 

Sounds impossible, doesn’t it?…….. Well, it is not, it can be done!  Just takes practice, and patience.

 

By learning how to listen to your body, you are accessing powerful wisdom stored in your body, which will guide you on your way to restoring your health, your weight, and overall wellbeing.

 

3 BASIC MENTAL SHIFTS:

 

  1. Diet is simply what you eat. What each of us eats is our individualized diet. Through knowledge, intuition, and experimentation, we can learn what works best for us.
  2. Think of diet as a basic wholesome daily food intake, rather than a special project to be struggled through on occasion, until returning to the habitual way of eating that created the body that we are trying to heal, or change
  3. Know that your requirements for nutrients are individual and unique to your body. And, that they change constantly with age, lifestyle, health condition, stress level, digestion ability, and many more.

NUTRITIONAL FLEXIBILITY: a willingness to explore when it comes to food and diet. such an approach to food gives us the greatest chance for long term health, and a rewarding free flowing journey with food and body. Elson M. Haas

 

I love this quote! And I encourage you to practice the idea of Nutritional Flexibility! Embrace change, and have fun finding what your body likes, and dislikes.

 

I have observed that the people around me who have a healthy relationship with food, and are content with their body, have generally good health, they enjoy food, eat when they are hungry, and move on with life. They eat intuitively without even knowing it, they simply flow when it comes to eating. This is where we want to be, Free flowing with food and body!

 

If you have someone in your life who eats this way, observe them and learn from them. I have done this in my own life by observing my spouse. He has an amazing relationship with food, and body.

 

The goal with the Following  strategies is to build the ability to listen to your body to support your individual needs and keeping this ability alive.

 

Remember, it takes practice. We have little knowledge of how the body works. We are not trained on how to access the wisdom of our body, but I believe we were designed to access it naturally.  When we were kids we did it naturally, and then as we grew up, we forgot how to. My goal is to help you remember!

how to become your own nutritionist

#1 GET CLEAR ABOUT THE REASON WHY YOU WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT

We can choose what we eat, how we eat, and when we eat. We can shed addictions to sugar, salt, or other specific foods. We can gain new attractions to more wholesome foods, and lose weight and improve other conditions, allowing the body to find its more optimal shape and metabolism. But, we must know what our driving force is. Typically, there are two: Love, or fear. Which one is yours?

Healing our body should be our priority but let’s face it, a lot of us want and need to lose some extra pounds that we have been carrying around with us so we can improve our health. However, the reason why (your driving force) can either boost your success or end up preventing, impeding and even reversing weight loss.

When being more attractive is our primary motivation for losing weight, as opposed to feeling better, get healthier, or living a long, healthy life, we run the risk of falling into an extreme mindset where we will put pressure on ourselves, and most likely develop obsessions for a certain amount of weight to be lost in a certain amount of time. Often, we might mistakenly think that the more we do for weight loss the better and faster it is going to be. This could not be farther from the truth.

Restrictive diets cause us to feel deprived an obsessed. The more we deny ourselves nutrients that our body needs, the more we will notice the absence of that nourishment. When we spend so much time denying ourselves certain foods, then we become food addicts to a certain extent. The more we deny ourselves something, the more we long or crave those things; eventually leading to psychological harm.

On the other hand, focusing on health is a much more enriching, sustainable, enjoyable, and healthier approach. I noticed that when I made my health the priority, I was more loyal to my diet, more patient about the progress, because I was not in a hurry. This way we become more resilient and not easily disappointed. Remember: Healing your body, slims your body.

 

#2 SHUT OFF THE MIND.

The mind is where our biases, and beliefs about food and body are stored. The mind judges, analyses, scrutinizes, etc. It is difficult no to be overconsumed by our never stopping mind. When we are trying to go deep inside and listen to the body, we have to make a conscious effort of focusing more on the feelings that we experience than the labels that we assign to certain foods, exercise, things, people or events.

The mind isn’t always objective, but our body will always be. Trust your feelings, intuition, trust; trust that whispering voice deep inside.

 

In order to Shut off your mind try the following:

  • Be more of an Observer of your body, and less of a Critic, or Judge. Observe, notice, the positive and the negative without judgement. The purpose is to learn about yourself.
  • When eating a meal, pay attention to how your body is reacting to it. Does it feel pleasurable? Does it taste good? Does it smell good? Are you enjoying it? You will be surprised what you find out. Remember not to judge, but just notice.
  • Pleasure is a big metabolic force for your digestive system. The more you are present and experience a meal fully, the better you will digest, absorb and feel nourished. Try to open all your senses while eating. It makes a huge difference.

Developing the ability to shut off the chatter box in your head will help you better apply the rest of the strategies more successfully. IT takes practice and time but that’s okay, we are not in a hurry. We are re-learning an ability that is natural to us, we just need to remember.

 

#3 TUNE- IN TO YOUR GUT FEELING

 

This is so important! It is not by chance that they call it “Gut Feeling” Our gut is like our second brain, we have billions of microbes living in our gut, and new science keeps discovering the intricate connection between those microbes and our feelings, emotions, level of health, immunity, etc. There are tons of nerves in our gut, which are connected to our brain. We experience our emotions through our gut. Think about it! Your body communicates with you through your gut.  There is a lot of intelligence in the gut, and it pays huge dividends to honor our “gut feeling”.

 

  • Pay attention to what foods you are naturally inclined to on a day to day basis, which ones you fancy more? Notice an honor those preferences. I have heard a doctor saying that it is not us but our microbes who actually crave those foods…. Of course if you are inclined to unhealthy foods, and constantly craving ice cream, pizza, etc. for example, that might be a good indication of imbalances and deficiencies; in this case, the best idea might not be to eat those foods but to go deeper into why you crave those foods. It might be worthwhile to take note and talk about it with your health practitioner, or nutrition coach.

 

  • For purposes of tuning into your body, pretend you don’t know anything about fats, carbs, protein, etc., while mindfully choosing what to eat. All foods are allowed, as long as you eat them slowly, and enjoy every bite. It is hard to binge slowly! So, you are ok!

 

  • As with most things I write about, I am very sensitive to different audiences, specially to those people who suffer from digestive issues, because this in an area very near and dear to me. So I would like to note that even healthy foods can be damaging when your body is not functioning optimally. Your diet should always be individualized, and based on your level of health. Things like quinoa, kale, nuts and seeds, which are natural and nutritious foods, can be harmful for someone who has any form of colitis for example, which was my case at some point. Even though my gut rejected those foods, it was hard for me to understand that it was better for my healing process to stay away from raw vegetables, nuts, seeds, and even fruits, so I kept forcing myself to eat them. Instead I needed to focus on healthy fats, probiotics, and protein. When I really paid attention, I noticed how my body loved those more soothing foods; I devoured bone broth at the beginning, and eventually as I started healing I started to crave more vegetables and fruit, and my diet became more balanced.

 

 It is not the foods that are good or bad in themselves, but our level of health, and what our body does with those foods that determines if they are good for us or not.

 

  • Make food, and exercise choices according to how they make you feel, and not so much according to the beliefs on “benefits” or “disadvantages” that you hold about those foods or types of exercises.

 

#4 SET AN INTENTION AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH DAY.

This is a simple but powerful practice to prepare, and program your mind to remind yourself of being present in your body. If you are not consciously creating your own reality , you’ll never truly discover who you are.

I like to use the following phrase:

“Today, I will do my best to pay attention to how my body feels, and I will do my best to honor its needs”

Make up an intention that resonates with you, and repeat it a couple times in the morning, and again throughout the day when you need a reminder.

 

#5 REPLACE FEAR WITH TRUST.

There is usually an evolutionary part of us that is trying to stimulate and guide us toward our new self, lifestyle or work, while another part of us is used to the old habits and tries to hold us back with fears or reasons not to change.  These fears, which may also come from a spouse, parent, or a friend, can take over and stop the process of personal evolution, or at least slow it temporarily. The old self doesn’t really die; it becomes incorporated into the new, healthier person that we become. Any change is difficult and the more support we have the better.

 

My own experience has been that the biggest obstacle when wanting to listen to the body is fear. Fear of losing “control”, of falling off the “wagon” and go on a big binge, fear of eating fattening foods, or fear that if we listen to our body we will stop exercising and never go back to the gym, fear of putting on weight if we let go of our rules. We fear that if we do what our body is telling us, we will go against our goals.  It sounds silly, but it is true, and I have seen it a lot. We lack trust in our body’s wisdom, intelligence and perfection.

 

I am a firm believer that our body was designed perfect, and to function a certain way. We are body, mind and spirit working in harmony, and we cannot separate the pieces, but we can help them work well together. However, fear is a big driving force, and will overpower your willingness to connect with your body if you let it.

 

Trust your body. Trust It wants to be healthy, and a healthy weight. Remember that feeling well, and being healthy is our nature. It is normal to feel well. It is not normal to feel sick, and unwell.

 

Know that your body wants to be healthy and be a healthy weight because that is its nature. If you care for it and give it what it needs, it will take you there.

 

Trusting, and loving your body is the best thing you can ever do in your life.

 

Sometimes, in order to trust our body, we have to Ditch the rules. This takes constant practice, because some of us as so used to judging our food, and we try so hard not to fall off the “wagon”. But give your body a chance and you will see how it takes you in the right direction.

 

Phrases and mantras that have worked for me:

  • “Everything I eat is good, and my body takes the best from it”.
  • “My processes of digestion, assimilation and elimination are perfect”.

 

 

 

 

#6 GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION.

In order to help you a bit more in developing trust in your body and gut feeling, sometimes it is necessary to “give ourselves permission” when we live such restrictive lives and under tight rules around food and exercise.

Use the phrase:

TODAY I GIVE MYSELF PERMISSION TO…………

Examples:

I GIVE MYSELF PERMISSION TO FEEL…… (Tired, hungry, upset, sad, …etc.

I GIVE MYSELF PERMISSION TO SKIP THE GYM TODAY, AND JUST STRETCH BECAUSE THAT FEELS RIGHT TODAY.

I HAD A BAD DAY TODAY! THAT’S OK, I GIVE MYSELF PERMISSION TO HAVE A BAD DAY, TOMORROW WILL BE ANOTHER DAY.

I am sure you got the point! J

I can’t tell you how many times I forced myself to go to the gym when my body and all my being was screaming at me not to go, but I listened to my fears (of gaining weight, not building muscle, etc.), and my mind more than my body.

When I started listening to my body I discovered that at the level of health I was at, the more I exercised the more weight I put on! The belief of the more you exercise and the less you eat the more weight you lose is so engrained in our heads, that we try to convince our body that it has to work, but it doesn’t! it actually works against us eventually.

 

#7 EXERCISE- HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?

We all have a different threshold, at different times in our life. Take time to notice how you feel before and after exercise. Sometimes rest is much more important. your body needs rest to assimilate your workout.

If you have an obsessive behavior with exercise:

  • Pay attention to what your body gravitates towards, and avoid overthinking about your choices around exercise. This will take off a lot of stress. I remember feeling the urge to just go for a walk, but my mind was telling me that I should do weights, because there is not a lot of effort in just walking, and I might not burn as many calories or build muscle, so I overlooked the urge to walk, and forced myself to do an intense workout. The result was feeling exhausted and guilty for days after.

Sometimes our obsessions and false beliefs are so powerful, that we continue to do the things that damage us despite suffering the consequences. All because of lack of trust in our body.

  • When it comes to exercise, be flexible. Notice how you feel after exercising, how you feel immediately after and for the next few days. If you feel tired, worn out and exhausted it is time to cut back. If you feel stronger and energized, keep at it! Your body will let you know.
  • Remember that nothing is permanent. Diet and exercise will be recreated several times to suit your lifestyle, and level of health at a given time. If you need to focus on healing, slowing down your workouts will likely boost your healing process, and it is temporary; you can always go back to and hit those heavy weights once your health is reestablished.

 

#8 EXPAND YOUR CURIOSITY FOR DISCOVERING YOUR UNIQUENESS.

The best diet is the one that suits your body’s needs in the present moment. Observing your food choices is a great way to become attuned, and get to know yourself.  I remembering eating egg whites, and plain Greek yogurt and trying to convince myself that they were tasty :/ . Looking back, I just shake my head, and I am just glad I don’t eat like that anymore.  I was lifting heavy weights, and working with a personal trainer who unfortunately was not trained on nutrition, she suggested that I cut my calories to lose more fat; I did, and of course that made things worse.

Try different foods, pay attention to the reactions they trigger in you, smell them, appreciate the shape, and just observe your feelings, you will learn a lot this way. Of course the mind will always try to impose itself and throw labels, and judgements at you, but just notice those things and gently let them go. Go back to the sensations.

 

  • Sensuous eating vs mindful eating. When we tune into our preferences we can nourish ourselves to the fullest potential. Turn on all your senses every time you put something in your mouth.
  • Even the healthiest diet will not be utilized properly if we are stressed out, upset, or eat on the run. Take time with meals, turn off electronic devices, and dive into the experience of nourishing your boy.
  • Remember that your body talks to you through your symptoms. Pay attention to your symptoms, and make adjustment as necessary to alleviate them. If they persist, seek help from a professional.
  • Self-care goes out the door, when there are other things to take care of. Make health your priority! And once you have provided for yourself you will be in a better position to serve others.

 

#9 LOOK AT YOUR PERIOD IN A POSITIVE WAY

Your period is the perfect opportunity to connect with your body and your nature. According to the Ayurveda, the menstrual cycle is a time to slow down, to connect with your internal world. It marks the end of a cycle in the body and the start of a new opportunity.

 

The quality of your menstrual period is a very good indicator of the state of your health. If you experience a lot of uncomfortable symptoms, this could be a good indication of imbalances in the body. The menstrual cycle is not supposed to be painful, or cause adverse reactions. However, a lot of us have disturbed our hormonal cycles with excessive stress, heavy workouts, dieting, etc.

 

slowing down will help you identify possible areas of changes you can make in lifestyle and habits to go through your cycle with ease.

 

Make sure to eat enough food to support your body during this time, and to provide it with a feeling of safety. Your hormones like to feel safe and relaxed.  It is normal to put on some water weight because of the changes in hormones, and this weight will go away. Our body can usually handle more calories during this time as well, so don’t deprive yourself of sufficient nourishment.

 

Use the time of your cycle to slow down, try not to book yourself busy during this time; allow your body to go through the process with ease, and provide the nourishment that it needs.

 

By applying the other steps discussed in this book, you will likely reduce your stress levels, and your hormones will start to normalize as well. you will notice your progress as reduced PMS symptoms, cramping, cravings, moodiness. All of that should improve as you start to provide your body with better care in all areas.

 

In Summary,

Life experience and education have taught me that we cannot find health, healthy weight, and be content with ourselves if we don’t tune in, and acknowledge the world within our body, the work that our body does every single second to keep us alive, and functioning.

We tend to put food into a tidy little category and assume it is somehow disconnected from the way we live our lives. But eating does not work that way. Eating is part of how we see ourselves, what we believe our life is all about.

You diet should correlate with your activity level, state of health, and time of year, and in sync with the way you live.  It should be matched with your life values, and a sense of purpose. When we make changes in any of the areas of our lives, our ideal diet might also change.

Apart from the strategies mentioned in this book, there are other activities you can engage into in order to get more attuned with your body, and with your nature; like relaxation, meditation, time in silence, time in nature, free- movement exercise, walking, swimming, dancing coloring, traveling, acupuncture, Reiki, etc. Choose what makes you feel more at peace.

So much of your health is up to you. Dedicating energy and commitment to your health and well-being on all levels, will help your body manifest better health and performance.

An intuitive art can never be replaced by technology. Your own self-awareness regarding your spectrum of health is part of the goal. Learning to listen to what is out of sync and adapting your lifestyle- by changing your diet, taking certain supplements, reducing or increasing your activity level, or changing your life’s direction in some way, are your basic tools for healing. Believe me, they can aid your body to repair many existing and potential problems. Just being able to listen to your inner self and make the necessary shifts based on motivational messages you receive is the beginning and the foundation of true healing-and even being your own doctor.

However, losing weight is plain difficult when you don’t know what you’re doing. To achieve long term success you have two choices. You either dive deep into understanding and learning how the body works by taking a nutrition course, a holistic training certification, and spending a considerable amount of time and energy into understanding the body, or You reach out for help, invest in coaching, and mentoring. Find a practitioner that you trust, who can give you the information, tools, and support you need. Someone who can hold you accountable and motivated. Most people reach their health and weight loss goals much faster when they have someone on their team.

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