This year I want to be more mindful about the foods I consume. I want to eat more intuitively because I believe our bodies tell us exactly what and how much it needs each day if we make it our priority to listen. Admittedly, I don't listen very well.
I habitually buy, make and eat the same things based on a pretty narrow idea I have grown to accept about health, but my body is definitely craving a change as of late. I keep being drawn to sites, ideas, and foods that expand what I thought my body needed to thrive. I guess I just feel more open than usual to an alternative view on things.
Although I have a deep sense of what I most want to consume (live food exclusively), it's a departure from what I have been consuming for many years (meat, dairy and eggs) so I think I'll just ease my way into it. Whatever feels most wonderful in the moment is what I plan to adhere to because I don't want to follow a "diet" per se; I just want to feel my very best.
"Don't fuck around with resolutions, such as rules of "don't do x," or "do x," but rather, resolve to look, feel, and be better!" (Free the Animal)
As well, I really don't want to get on a cultish kick like I see so many do around me and like I did at certain points in my own life. I was a food Nazi for years. Whenever I read a new book and got new information that resonated with me, I implemented it right away but I also forced it on the kid and she did not appreciate my health nut ways. I was never gentle about things. I was trying to be perfect. And at that time I was trying to do the "right" thing based on a stranger's experience as opposed to honouring the wisdom of my own.
I know better now.
Whether it's food preferences, lifestyle choices, or religion, I like to stay away from those who believe that their way is the only way and that everyone should follow suit and if they don't, they're judged for it. I don't want to be that person either. Been there, done that, and Paige never put up with it.
No matter how important it felt to me that she do something, Paige only ever did what felt right to her, even if it meant standing up to me and not doing what I asked or demanded. Same thing I did with my own family. It's a great quality to have.
Here's what I value: The ability to think and act for yourself. To challenge authority and the status quo. To not feel responsible for the happiness of others. To do what you know is right for you no matter what anyone else says. To just live how YOU want to live while respecting others enough to embrace their choice and freedom to do the same.
This time around, I plan to be gentle with myself. I'm no longer trying to do things "right" or perfectly. I now know there's no such thing. What I most want is to honour whatever my body and spirit is telling me. I want to feel as vibrant and juicy and light and free as I can, simply because I want and deserve to feel amazing. And while I love soaking up all the information out there, no book can tell me when I'm hungry or make my meals for me.
So it's time to really listen. It's time to get playful. It's time to welcome whatever change I'm on the cusp of, and it's definitely time to let go of my out-dated ways of thinking about food.
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