Welcome back my lovely readers. Today I'm bringing you the second installment in this two-part blog post about how to tune your health compass to determine what direction you'd like your health to go in. Hold onto your hats ladies and gentleman because today's post might ruffle a few feathers. As with everything I post here on the blog, please take what resonates with you and leave anything that doesn't. OK, let's do this...
Let Go of Preconceived Ideas
One of the things that often leaves me in awe about the health and fitness industry is just how much information is out there. While I was studying at IIN the founder, Joshua Rosenthal, used to joke about how nutrition is the only science where two theories can equally disprove one another. "Milk is good for you" says study number one, "Milk is bad for you" says study number two and chances are, these days, they were published on the same day. It's mind-boggling at best and downright confusing at worst. I feel that all this turmoil is merely a distraction from the heart of the issue though, and that is:
You don't need any study, any meal plan, any hardcore fitness regime or ANY MORE EXTERNAL INFORMATION in order to be well.
You have at your disposal the two most precious gifts that will allow you to experience true health and wellbeing in your life: your body and your intuition. I feel that the divine communication we can have with our bodies, when we listen to the subtle cues it gives us every single day, is a lost art. It is not marketable and it is not flashy. You won't see it becoming an overnight instagram success nor will it make anyone a millionaire. It is not a meal and workout plan you can buy for only $129.99. It takes some serious trust and a willingness to listen in order to develop this relationship but trust me, truly hear me when I say this: it is the best damn thing you will ever do for yourself. In order to hear our inner voice and listen to the cues of the body, we need to first get out of our own way: let go of all of your preconceived ideas and everything you've ever been told about what's good for you and not good for you. Just drop it, every last bit - Let. It. GO.
There is No Such Thing as Good or Bad
If I could pick one thing to banish from the planet, make it as if it never existed, I'd pick this idea of being good vs being bad in relation to our health. This is the area where I see nearly everybody stumble, trip and ultimately fall over when embarking on their path of wellness. It has been around long enough in our culture now that it has infiltrated all of our language, not to mention thinking, around what it means to be well and live a meaningful life. I find it problematic for a number of reasons but my main bug bear with this is that it's absolute bollocks. In no uncertain terms, I call bullshit. It is human nature to be in a state of flux, particularly for women, yet we seem to be hell bent on making ourselves 'good' and 'acceptable' to others. Why is that?
When we are listening to our bodies, we'll have the idea of good and bad challenged on a daily basis because what we desire does not abide imposition from anything external; it comes from within. What does this look like in reality? Well, it means that in some moments a hunk of chocolate is going to be just what you need, other times not. Some days an EPIC HIIT workout is going to have your soul singing the dawn chorus, others it'll be a slow walk or some quiet stretching while the sun rises. Yoga. Quiet time in nature. A run in the thundering rain with a storm brewing. Blasting some Drake while you run errands. Do you see what I'm getting at here?
The reason this is so important to me, as a Coach, is that it allows this relationship to flourish and support you for your lifetime. Not just today, not just this 12-week block where you're bending over backwards to do everything by the letter (someone else's letter, might I add), and not just while you're being coached. This quiet, subtle, beautiful relationship with yourself will meet you halfway my dear: the more you open to it, the more it will open to you. And it is always there for you to turn towards. If you're having a rough time, it will be there, helping you and guiding you to make decisions that allow you to heal, move on and grow as your soul was intended to. If you're feeling flippin' amazing, it will be there, cheering you on and still guiding you with every step. And the best part of all? It knows you better than anyone, knows what you need and what will help you more than anyone else on the whole planet.
So I ask you, what are you willing to put your trust in today?
I'd love to know in the comments if you have any questions about this practice of tuning your health compass and if you do give it a try, please share with us all how you go! Remember, your comment might just be what someone else needs to hear today so share the love.
In all love and kindness,