Honoring Your Personal Journey

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Mindy believes you should question or challenge the experts when it comes to your journey.

By Mindy Gorman-Plutzer

It’s February and presumably you are continuing to stay committed to the goals you set for yourself as the New Year began. Were your goals to lose those stubborn pounds? Get to the gym more often? Go gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free? Switch to organic foods? Are you ready to stop the emotional eating? Are you trying to be more connected to the universe, perhaps start practicing meditation? Are you honoring the journey you’ve defined for yourself?

I applaud you if your efforts are in the interest of having a healthier body and a nourishing relationship with food.

Are the changes you wish to implement ones that you can truly embody? Sustainable and realistic change happens when we are totally submerged in it — to change our bodies we have to be “in them.” Many of us are checked out, not fully present, not sensitive to body wisdom and feedback.

Keeping Focus During Your Journey

When you exercise, are you focused on your body or in your head? When you eat, do you focus on the food or are you immersed in your mind’s chatter? Checking out of our bodies removes us from the ideal state of digestion, nutrient assimilation and calorie burning. We could be eating the healthiest food on earth, but if we are not present to the experience, which promotes the physiologic relaxation response, then we’re not getting the full nutritional value from our meal, nor any pleasure from it.

Eating under stress causes us to excrete nutrients, suffer digestive distress, secrete hormones such as insulin and cortisol which can stimulate weight gain and de-regulate appetite, impair the function of healthy gut bacteria and the list goes on.

In other words, when we are in a state of relaxation, we are processing our food as we should, otherwise known as “rest and digest”.

Is pleasure a part of your relationship with food? Often our food choices are served with a hearty dose of guilt. I frequently see this with my clients who have a genuine interest in nutrition. Pleasure and loving kindness toward one’s self is often missing in the majority of weight loss diets and nutritional approaches. We have become so reliant on outside advice that we’ve lost the ability to access the wisdom of the best nutrition and health consultants ourselves.

The Voice Of ‘Experts’

I love experts, I put myself out there as an expert, and I am happy to see every one of us questioned, doubted and challenged. Many experts tend to read their own bodily experience and translate it onto your body. They erroneously believe that if a specific diet works for them, it must therefore work for everyone else. This is as unscientific an approach as one could imagine, yet it masquerades as intelligent.

Yes, there are plenty of general nutrition rules that apply to huge subsets of people. But for me, the truth lies in the fact that nutrition and health cannot be a one-size-fits-all business. Rather, it’s an amazing field where biology, chemistry, lifestyle and the inner workings of our story converge in a highly specific way for each individual.

Tap into your own wisdom, experience and insight. This is where you get to make empowered choices regarding nutrition and lifestyle choices. It’s these choices that will bring long-term and sustainable results.

In addition to being a board-certified health coach and nutritional consultant, Mindy Gorman-Plutzer is a Certified Eating Psychology Coach in Manhattan. She is the author of The Freedom Promise: 7 Steps To Stop Fearing What Food Will Do To You and Start Embracing What It Can Do FOR You (Balboa Press). For more information, go to www.thefreedompromise.com. Follow her on twitter at @FreedomPromise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Response to “Honoring Your Personal Journey”

  1. Rindi says:

    Hi Mindy
    Always loving. Your message and your thoughts
    Rindi

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