Byline: Cathy Cochrane
So many of my clients start their sessions by saying, “I don’t know what to eat.”
We’re bombarded with information about healthy food, but we’re hard-pressed to know what to do in our own kitchen.
You find yourself frozen in uncertainty or with a bizarre case of nutritional ADD – only to end up making a poor choice out of desperation. You need a miracle to help you. If you ask Gabrielle Bernstein, she’ll tell you a miracle is a change in perception.
That’s all you need: the attitude & inner understanding to figure out what’s right for YOU.
With so much emphasis on details about the best superfoods, diet & exercise regimens, we’re at a point where food has become a religious obsession. Like religion, we feel the need for an outside guru to lead us to the manna.
Yet, as much as we need the facts of research and proven methods as guidelines, the truth of what works for you lies, well, with you.
If you want to choose your best diet, ask yourself these questions:
1. What’s your Intention?
To succeed at anything, you gotta know what you’re doing. Maybe it’s
- Less weight
- Lower pain or chance of disease
- Better energy
- Better sleep
- Stronger contact with the environment
The list goes on…
Make your clear intention part of your daily awareness – pin an image to the fridge, write an affirmation on your mirror, post your mantra on your desktop – whatever keeps you focused.
When you act from a place that’s true to you, the necessary choice of food falls into place.
2. Are you trying to be perfect?
Someone once told me her biggest health frustration was, “I still enjoy the taste of unhealthy food.” My initial response was to laugh, then realized, no, this was a serious concern.
One of my clients talks in terms of “when I’m good” and “when I’m bad”, another refers to certain meals as “virtuous”.
We’re putting judgment on the food we eat, and worse, we’re putting judgment on ourselves when we want, let alone eat, anything we “shouldn’t”. It gets back to that religious aspect. Be good as gold, and if not, confess your sins and do penance.
Throw that need for perfection out the window; it’ll just cause trouble.
You’re human. You have wants, desires and cravings; they may involve Oreos, Diet Coke or a burger & fries. It’s part of what is. There’s no judgment or need for punishment.
The key is in the conscious choice: either you eat the Oreo or you don’t.
- Will the momentary enjoyment make you feel ill?
- Set you back on a roller coaster of sugar cravings?
- Can you fully enjoy the moment & move on?
Even if you do find yourself dazed in front of an empty cookie bag, there’s always forgiveness.
Rest assured, the more you make whole food choices, the more your body will learn how that feels, and will actually start to crave the “good” stuff.
3. What do you LOVE?
I don’t care how packed that kale & chlorophyll smoothie is with antioxidants, if you have to pinch your nose to get it down, it’s not good for you.
If you cringe at the drinking, your digestive tract and cells will be cringing at the assimilation.
Last week, a client told me breakfast is her favourite meal, then she went on to tell me how she spends half the day starving because it’s “healthier” to eat half a banana & some protein powder instead of eggs & toast. How can suffering & spending half the day ready to eat her agenda be healthy? All that does is put her body into stress response.
At a certain point you’ve got to be who you are and eat what you love.
List what you absolutely love to eat.
See where there’s room to tweak & improve the quality: think of the upgrade to having salad instead of fries. Do you now need to think cold-pressed oil over refined, leafy greens to roll your yummiest wrap fillings, zucchini strips instead of pasta?
Now think of the How.
As much as whole food is more vibrant than its refined counterparts, there’s also a dynamic relationship that happens with the sensual contact you have with what you eat. When you hand-pick the beans from the bin, when you smell the nuts for freshness. When you think fondly of your grandmother while making her famous soup, listen to music as you chop, laugh with friends around the table.
When you bring a bit of love for what you’re doing into the kitchen, that energy gets infused into everything you prepare. Raising the vibration of the meal, of your cells, of your health.
Bring joy back into your meals, and let the body respond accordingly.
Cathy Cochrane has a holistic health practice based in Montreal. She guides women (be it with digestive issues, monthly pain or anxiety) to heal from the inside out. Beyond whole food and lifestyle choices, she looks to the themes and images of a woman’s story as keys to her healing. Learn more about Cathy through her blog, or dive more deeply into your own needs with her e-book: 3 Steps to Feeling Yourself.