The Vegan/ Vegetarian Diet and I have had an off and on again relationship over the past few years. My most recent fling with a plant based diet was an interesting one. Bryan and I jumped into it with the hopes of making healthier choices. We both felt that if we were not forced to eat healthy we would be drawn to fuel our bodies with the junk food we loved so much.
We began this new journey together, but it seemed the people around us were not too fond of our new diet. Bryan and I were constantly discouraged and questioned about if we were making the right decision, or told how our habits weren’t the right thing we should be doing.
Why did our eating habits cause people to take offense? How did our eating habits have an effect on anyone but ourselves? The weird thing is that being vegetarian is extremely common. Maybe it’s the area we are in or the people we were surrounded by but somehow we got the impression that our diet was a huge inconvenience for others.
I got sick a couple months later (and am still slowly recovering) causing me to re-evaluate my diet to make sure I was getting the proper nutrients I needed to function. We incorporated fish back into our diet to make sure we were getting the nutrients we might have been missing out on.
I began to listen. I wasn’t getting any better and I felt like I really needed to trust in my bodies natural ability to educate. I would sit down for my morning meditations and focus on breathing though my discomfort and pain. I internalized my energy and focus, I began to listen to what my body was saying. Our bodies have this amazing way of telling us exactly what it needs, we just need to pay attention.
I remember when I was younger I was watching some special on the Discovery Channel about this man who was lost out at sea in a life raft. He was starving and desperate for water. I distinctly remember him saying how he began to have an undeniable craving for fish eyes (gross I know). He knew fish eyes was a good source of fresh water, and being stranded in the largest desert in the world he didn’t have any other options.
For some reason this story has always stuck with me, not because of this man or his particular story (I don’t remember much else about the guy) but because of the fascination I had with his body’s natural way of telling him exactly what it needed, in a very non-obvious way.
So I decided to stop restricting myself, I decided to stop labeling people (including myself) based on how they eat. I decided to stop following the food rules that are out there telling us what we can and cannot eat. I decided to trust in my body to tell me what it needs and I decided to listen.
When I eat foods that my body doesn’t like (chips, pizza, ice cream, etc.) I feel like crap after. When I fuel my body with healthy nutritious food my body thanks me. I know what my body likes and doesn’t like.
Trust your body and trust yourself. Food isn’t something we should be afraid of, it should be enjoyed. If you want chocolate eat chocolate, know your limits. Know when to stop. The problem isn’t the chocolate, it’s the fact that we can eat so much of it at once that it makes us feel like crap. Eating intuitively and intentionally isn’t a diet, it is something you can maintain for a lifetime. Start early, learn and create good habits.
Pinterest has some amazing resources about eating intuitively if you’re interested.
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