Giving up to get it right.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius

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I was discussing health and wellness with friends recently and we agreed that there are so many conflicting articles, studies and recommendations regarding health, lifestyle and fitness that it really was no wonder people were confused.

For example: should you subscribe to the three meals a day camp or should you enjoy three meals and two snacks or is intermittent fasting, where you skip breakfast and consume your calories between the hours of 11 am and 7 pm, the better option?

Similarly, is low carb high fat, Paleo, raw food, grain free, sugar free, high carb low fat, Aitkens, blood type, Mediterranean the way to go with diet and food choices?

Let’s not even start with exercise and supplements because the list goes on.

I like to educate myself on healthy choices, new research and the latest discoveries in the health and wellness field. Not everything I read resonates and I’ve come to understand that certain protocols do not fit everyone’s lifestyle, budget, personal taste or health requirements. I’ve been alarmed, intrigued and tempted to try some of the tips I’ve learnt about.

Recently, in the face of some health hiccups, I’ve been overwhelmed by the latest and greatest offerings, by well meant advice and practitioner recommendations. I’ve tried and tested, I’ve followed and dabbled and been left wanting.

In the end, I’ve come back to what I knew all along but ignored. I’ve just got to do what’s best for me. But how?

Like a lightening bolt it struck me. You’ve got to give up what you know and listen to what you need instead.  Simple, but not easy. We are not used to tuning in and listening to what our bodies require.  Our bodies know how to heal. Our bodies can tell us what nutrients we need. We just need to observe carefully and pay attention.

imageSo this week I’ve made a food plan based on what really resonates with me and resisted the temptation to swing toward popular opinion. I’ve stopped thinking and engaged my intuition instead.  I’ve created a list of meals that delight my senses, appeal to my taste buds and contain healthy, fresh food that will energise and heal my body. I stocked up at the markets, my health food store and supplemented with a few items from the grocery store. I’ve left behind my “regular” eating plan and I’m actually really enjoying the change. I feel really different about food, I feel vital energy seeping into my body, my mind is more alert and I am not fussing over calories. The most interesting offshoot is that I’m not thinking about food all day long which is something I’ve always done.

I reckon Henry Ford was right; “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”

What do you know that’s not working for you? Is there an area in your life where you need to give up what you know and listen to what you need instead?