This means making things extremely simple. It means going back to the drawing board and outlining the basic foods and activities that make you feel your best. It also means tuning out, if only for a short while, on expert opinions, blogs, videos, and research that draws the conclusion for you rather than allowing you to be your own N=1 experiment. It's interesting to note that the more "cures" we have, the sicker the greater American population becomes. I mean we literally have hundreds of dietary theories out there and not one of them is conclusive. Not one single one has the answers to all of our problems all of the time. We are all so different and we really do require a unique approach WITH the flexibility to rotate in and out of a way of eating, training, and living.
I'm a runner. I have always loved to run. Because of my all-in mentality when it comes to diet and training, I simply used to feel that I had to run all the miles all the time. That mentality lead me into a severe state of burn out, hypothalamic ammenorrhea, autoimmune hypothyroidism, debilitating digestive issues, and ultimately severe anxiety. The anxiety was the worst part because it made me fear doing any of the activities I loved doing and it forced me into a state of being way too strict with my eating. I started to believe that I needed to REST all the time and EAT nothing but meat, fats, and water. I was that afraid to eat. The dietary restriction was the worst because I could never go out to eat without feeling I was going to get sick. The cycle was vicious and it took me away from everything I love.
These past few months I started to feel like something was really wrong with me. I started to doubt my years of work that I had muscled my way through with my business, my knowledge with nutrition, and trusting my very own intuition. I really doubted that voice deep down inside of me that said "just be...trust." I was too caught up in trusting the pseudo expert advice in the books, blogs, and social media posts. Even those that are absolutely spot on, they were not for me. Because we have to remember, that what works for one doesn't work for everyone. When we are exposed to so much information, we stop hearing that voice inside that guides us to the right choice. It forced me to doubt every decision I made. It forced me to put my sneakers away and not run anymore. It forced me to restrict my diet or even to over eat as to boost my immune system. Which for the record, doesn't work either.
Having no energy is a game changer. Having chronic gut issues is a game changer. Having anxiety, rashes, and hormonal and thyroid issues is a huge game changer. If you don't change what you're doing, life is going to change it for you. That's what happened for me. I was so out of sorts that I lost myself with work, with my health, and with my relationships. I closed my business, moved away, and opted to start from a clean slate. But that took time. It's still taking time because so much of who I am is still tied up in what and who I thought I was supposed to be. It's taken me a long time to even begin to make peace with that. And to take my health seriously in that, it gets harder as we get older and so NOW is the time to make changes. Good Changes. Sustainable Changes.
Two things come to my mind when embarking on this new path. One is to keep things simple. Don't over analyze things. And another is to establish a higher level of consciousness and be more present with myself and not so concerned with what's going on out "there." Just Be and Trust. Listen to that voice inside. While fads and cures come and go, the voice of intuition always guides you, always speaks to you, always protects you by taking you back to the basics. Which is truly all you need. It helps us to untether ourselves from what's popular and hone in on what's practical. It helps us truly connect and for perhaps the first time ever, get the ONE answer you've been looking for. YOUR Answer.