You know best !
It may seem that everyone knows the right way for you to get healthy these days—your doctor, your friends, and every website you pull up on your computer. You hear a lot of the typical “you should get more exercise,” “you should eat healthier,” and “you should take supplements.” Yet, you might not be sure what that means for your unique body, your unique lifestyle and the support or stresses around you. All the advice can even leave you feeling frustrated and overwhelmed—sometimes to the point that you just give up and don’t even try.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
There is another path, one that involves taking all the advice and information from external sources and then utilizing your own intuition and body knowledge to make the right decision for you. Because the truth is that there's no one “right” way of eating, exercising, or living that is perfect for everyone.
So if you’re ready to elevate yourself to wellness, here are four truths you must know to get healthy on your own terms:
1. You are unique
No one way of eating, thinking, living or exercising is best for everyone. Here are a few of the key factors that shape your bio-individuality:
Personal tastes and preferences
Each of these factors influences what will or will not nourish you at any given stage of your life, and it's up to you to do your due diligence to determine what works for you. So when experts say “red meat is unhealthy” or “milk is good for you or cardio is the only exercise ” take it with a grain of salt. We all have different needs.
2. You are MORE than what you eat or digest. You are also what you THINK and what you dont eat.
Digestion and gut health is a hot topic right now. There are hundreds of products to support digestion whether its enzymes, probiotics, prebiotics, kombucha, charcoal, aloe etc.. but they might not be what you need to move forward in your wellness.
3. Fad diets don't work.
Let’s just be honest: Fad diets don’t work in the long run. Some people get lucky and fall upon the right “diet” but that is still very unusual. Have you ever wondered why? Because you are unique. As a Holistic Nutritionist im not much of an advocate for companies or authors trying to make claims on their "diet" as being the best. I've always believed that a whole foods based diet is the most natural approach. "Fast, Eat food, not too much, mostly plants"
No one way of eating is best for everyone. But Fasting is.
4. Getting healthy is a long-term commitment.
Though you don’t necessarily have to follow the latest trends to be healthy, there are a few things you may need to do. After all,achieving wellness, balance , homeostasis (whatever you want to call it) doesn't happen over night. Here are a few suggestions I recommend to anyone who is looking to live a healthier life:
Learn cooking basics and start cooking at home more often.
Drink more water and consider The Lost Art of Fasting
Focus the majority of your diet to include real, whole food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.
Move your body as often as possible in a way that you enjoy.
Supplement your diet with high-quality products and if your not sure of their quality, leave them alone and make your own healthy juice once in a while.
Once you shift your mindset about what it means for you to be healthy and start focusing on your own individuality when making lifestyle choices, you’ll be on your way to a healthier and more peaceful life. And once you decide that YOU ARE WORTHY of changing things up in your life even if no one else in your family or circle of friends is, you’ll be able to drop all the stress about whether or not “you’re doing things the right way” or doing “what you should do.” None of us have all the answers; we're just doing the best we can with the information we have at the time. Get to know your unique YOU, get to know your relationship with food and its needs in an intimate way by experimenting and listening to its messages, and you’ll develop a deep intuition about what is right for you that will serve you all of your life.
Heres how we get started.
Heres a fact. Your mind works completely off of faith. If you do not believe you can be helped, then you cannot be helped. This is referred to as the nocebo effect. We have all heard of the placebo effect (the mind creating results). This is the opposite. If the mind believes it will have results, it will have results. If the mind believes it cannot be helped, not even by the most experienced doctors in the world, then it cannot be helped. All of it starts with your thoughts. If you believe wellness is good for everyone else but not you than you will stay with unwellness.
Your journey to wellness will be largely about making new choices ( of thoughts, movements, and actions )which are not excessively complex by any means. When I say “you can heal yourself,” I mean that the body has natural self-repair mechanisms that can be flipped on or off based on thoughts, beliefs, and feelings that originate in the brain. And we do make a way to your hungry heart. We cant leave that out.
For now and until we meet by phone or in person, live each day with an attitude of gratitude. Be grateful for the teachers in your life, the relationships you are in and everything in front of you and for everyone and everything that went into the journey that brought you where you are today. Pay attention to the way you eat and what you FEEL like when you are hungry.
To your good health,
Audrey deVoogd Spoelstra