I DON’T GET IT…

I DON’T GET IT…

I gave a nutrition crash course lecture last week up in Vallejo, and I brought up a toxic belief that almost ALL of my clients have:

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Once I weigh (insert your dream weight here), then I’ll start (insert how you think you’ll be different here).

Once I lose 20 pounds, then I’ll:

  • Go shopping for cute clothes
  • Start dating
  • Feel comfortable in my own skin
  • Be more social and go out with friends
  • Feel sexy enough to have sex
  • Go to the beach
  • Be more active
  • Go to a pool party
  • Feel worthy of someone’s love

During the talk, I showed them that by waiting to live their life until they lost the weight, they were essentially choosing to stay stuck in the same life, no matte what their size.

The thing is… I’ve been in the fitness and nutrition industries for my entire adult life (that would be 20 years in case you were wondering : )

….. and I have watched countless people get super motivated, grin and bear it through a ridiculous diet and torturous exercise regime… and yes, I watched them lose the weight.

Congrats to them.  (and congrats to you if you’ve done this, too.)

BUT….  (and I’m talking about  BIG BUT here…heh…heh 😉

At some point, maybe a month later or a year later, if they hadn’t done the real inner work—the emotional and psychological work— the weight just crept right back on.

And the quicker they lost it, the quicker it came back on with a few extra pounds to boot)

They didn’t realize that a true shift in size required a shift in their mind.

How do you do this?

It starts in the present moment.

You have to do this work right now DESPITE your size, or how happy or unhappy you are with your body.

You must begin now.

Question:  What do you think you’ll do or have once you weigh a certain number?  (See list above)

Answer:  Start doing those things NOW!

Go shopping for clothes that fit you perfectly and make you feel beautiful… RIGHT NOW.

Invited to a party?  Go!  The excitement and connection in community will fill you up.

Holding back with your partner?  Hold back no more.  

Think you’ll be more active once the weight’s off?  Not true.

Start today to do the things you think you’ll do once you have your perfect body.

The irony is the more you live the life you dream of, the more metabolic power you give your body.

It’s an upward spiraling circle that will first give you the life you want, and from this the body you dream of emerges.

Now, I really want to hear from you.  What are you going to do THIS WEEK that you’ve been putting off because you’re not happy with your size or body?  Make sure to share below in the comments section!

I already wrote down what I’m going to do this week (in case you were curious), so head over and join in the community… let your voice be heard.

Love and light,

Audra

PS… This is how to BE the change, yo.   Every. Single. Day. Let me know how you’re going to BE the change here. : )

Do you hate your thighs?

Do you hate your thighs?

I remember being 8 years old laying on the couch with my knees bent, looking down at my thighs.

They touched.

Despite what I know now about my very normal sized 8-year old body, at the time, I thought I was fat and I had proof because my thighs touched.

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 To this day, I remember having the thought, “I wish I could just cut off the parts that were touching… then I’d like my thighs…then I’d be happy.”

It’s easy to hear a story like this and feel sorry for that 8-year old.  Clearly, 8-year olds (including myself) get this message from family, older siblings, friends, TV ads, magazines and such…. so it’s easy to see how it’s not my 8-year old fault.

Yet as adults how many of you reading this right now can’t stand a part of your body?

“I despise the way my arms jiggle… I hate my thick thighs…. I get sick when I look at my stomach in the mirror”

—those are exact words I’ve heard from different clients.

The internal dialogue that goes on (sometimes obsessively), hating on your own body, is like waging war… with yourself.

And the damage cuts deep.  It undermines the infinite wisdom of our bodies and disconnects us further from the possibility of healing.

While it might be true:

  • there might be weight to lose
  • there might be muscles that could use some toning
  • there might be food addictions that need to cease

To have an internal dialogue of hate and disgust just makes matters worse.  Hating on yourself will never get you to where you want to go with your body.

Why did I share that very vulnerable story I still remember from being 8 years old?

Because if you struggle with holding onto more weight than your body actually needs to be healthy, there’s a 99% chance that you use food in ways that numb and deflect the feelings and emotions that you don’t want to feel.

It’s a way of hiding our feelings from ourselves or others.

I tell you the story the of my 8-year old self because the truth is if you use food (or alcohol, sex, drugs, shopping, relationships, gambling, etc) in this way, there really ARE parts of you that didn’t get enough at some point in your life (usually in childhood).

What do I mean my enough?

Enough love, acknowledgement, encouragement, and a real knowing that we ARE ENOUGH with no strings attached.

And when these old, untouched feelings pop up, when they speak up and act out, it really feels as if they were true… as if we aren’t enough.

We believe that these old, child-like, undigested feelings are true, so they take over and we act out by over-eating, over-exercising, over-spending, etc.  Anything to fill the hole.  Anything to make us feel like ENOUGH.

But the truth is, food (or shopping/drugs/exercise/alcohol/etc) will never be the answer to fill the empty hole.

And what makes it worse is when we validate these old feelings with hate for our body or our circumstances.

Until we touch these parts of us with love, the cycle will never end.

If you’re still with me, then I probably struck a chord of truth in you.  So then you might be wondering at this point, “What the hell do I do?!”

If food, or whatever your choice of distraction to your undigested feelings isn’t the answer… then what is?

Well, you can’t control your past.

You can’t change the past circumstances that created the false belief that you aren’t enough, or the false destructive behaviors that you learned along the way.

But you do have control over how you relate to yourself right now.  When these undigested feelings come up, you can either beat yourself down:

(“I hate my body, I’m disgusted with how I look, WTF is my problem?”)

OR… LOVE YOURSELF UP.

When you catch yourself ridiculing, beating up, putting down, or disrespecting yourself, immediately shift into kindness and love.

You can say to yourself instead:

“Oh sweetheart…. I know you’re upset… and I want to hear why… no more fighting… tell me more…. I have only love and kindness to how difficult this is for you…let me put my arms around you and shower you with love”

This profound shift in our inner dialogue drops the war and begins the healing.  This is where we fill ourselves up with what was missing from long ago.

It’s not easy.

It requires a great deal of perseverance, compassion, and consciousness… ALL OF WHICH can be cultivated over time.

This is but one example of one of the many ways I work my clients to get to the root causes of what’s really going on, pull those root weeds out gently, and fill them back up with the love and tenderness that’s been missing.

This is the real work:  the constant daily attention given to yourself that over time has you filling up on life instead of food.  This is how doing the healing inner work changes your life, and yes… your body.

Share with me in the comments section below:  What do you do to be kind to yourself?  Are there ways you’ve learned to speak to yourself, honor yourself, or give yourself the sense of “enough”?

Our whole community can come together and learn from each other by sharing below!

NAKED IN PUBLIC

This holiday weekend, I decided it was time for me get naked in public.

No, this isn’t some April Fools joke a week late. I really decided it was time.

The first time this thought ever crossed my mind was when I was studying at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. At the Institute, we not only dove into the real reasons we hold more weight than our body needs (i.e. psychological and emotional reasons), we also did a ton of work around our relationship to food AND our relationship to our own body.

In our work around healthy body image, I remember my teacher talking about being very uncomfortable with his own body, and it wasn’t until he lived in a nudist colony (!?) for a period of time that he became totally comfortable in his own skin.

I remember thinking, “Wow! I don’t think I’d EVER just walk around naked for everyone to see my body.”

And that’s the first time it really hit me:

I have so many nit-picky complaints about my body. Sometimes I like aspects of my body, but unconditional love? For everything??? Even my soft belly and thick thighs? I then realized I’m rarely even naked in locker rooms despite the fact I’ve worked at health clubs my whole adult life.

This thought alone sent me into the deep work on fully loving and accepting ALL of me…. the good and the bad.

Side note and teaching moment:

This actually takes (real) work on our part to undo the cultural conditioning of perfectionism, followed promptly by hating our bodies when they don’t add up to what we (society) think(s) we (it) should look like.

The ever-evolving work for me has been practicing Self love first and foremost. I do this by slowing down. Not being so busy. Sitting for periods of time in quiet places. Being vulnerable to those who love me.

Being vulnerable to mySelf.

This gives space for thoughts and emotions to come up and become fully integrated and healed.

I also do this by putting myself in situations to teach me how amazing my body is. I’ll get dressed up and go salsa dancing. I’ll hit the beach in a bikini (especially when I don’t feel like it). I’ll do a fun and challenging workout… Or… (apparently) get naked in public!!!

Okay… back to our regularly scheduled Motivation Monday:

Since studying yoga more deeply over the past 4 years in San Francisco, Harbin Hot Springs seemed to be the buzz in my yoga community. It’s a clothing optional “California hippie” kind-of-a place, and for 4 years I’ve been curious to go, but never made the leap….. until this weekend. : )

I got there on Friday and decided to familiarize myself with the place before heading to my room. I hiked around the area, found the cafe, the restaurant, the gazebo, and the cool market where they sell everything from incense and crystals, to raw chocolate and organic bras. : )

Then, I kept venturing up and ended up at a gate that said “no glass allowed past this gate”. I looked up and saw a whole bunch of naked.

Everywhere naked.

I couldn’t even see the four beautiful pools… all I saw was naked. : )

I became very anxious and my mind started racing. “What if someone thinks I’m staring?… don’t stare Audra!…. Just look down. Be cool. This is normal. OMG… I must look so weird to everyone else since I have clothes on! I’m not taking off my clothes… no way. I’ll just walk through as if everything is normal. Ok… that’s enough… get me out of here!”….

And that’s about how it happened.

I spent the rest the afternoon and evening hanging out in the places where people wore clothes. I took a yoga class, hung out at the cafe reading, then headed straight to my room. No hot springs for me. : (

I wrote in my journal, cried a little, and had a big heart-to-heart with mySelf.

Where inside of me was I still holding onto shame about my body?

Where was I withholding love?

I sat in silence and paid deep conscious attention to all the emotions and thoughts that were coming up inside of me, and I held them all in an unconditional loving embrace.

At 8:30pm, I decided it was time. There was a Full Moon Ceremony in one of the hot spring pools led by this 70-something year old wise woman…and I wanted to go.

Gave mySelf a big cosmic hug and kiss, grabbed my towel, and walked up to the pools.

I took a deep breath, headed into the co-ed changing room, took off my clothes, grabbed my towel, walked outside to the showers, cleaned up, then headed to the pool where the ceremony was about to start. There were probably over 50 people already in the pool as I walked down the steps to secure my spot in the corner.

Phew! I did it.

The ceremony calmed me (as well as the 70-something year old naked wise woman leading it).
It was meditative, relaxing, and after about an hour, we all looked to the east and saw the magnificent full moon burning bright in the sky. I cried a little.

What a perfect experience for me to have.

After it was over, I walked back to the changing room, put my clothes on, and headed back to my room.

The next day was a piece of cake. : )

It was a full day of lounging in the sun and hot springs. I was surrounded by people of ALL shapes and sizes. Every imaginable shape and sized body you can think of.
For me, it was a not only healing to feel comfortable enough in my own skin, but the healing really came from seeing how many other people were comfortable in their own skin as well.

It was truly freeing to have this experience.

I had such a great experience that I started thinking I would like to hold a weekend retreat their for women to work on healing body image challenges in a workshop setting while including trips to the hot springs to be naked in public!

What do you think? Would you come? 😉

If you have ever struggled with loving your body exactly as it is right now… I hope you go through this or a similar process for yourself.

Questions I’d LOVE you to answer:

Have you had a similar experience? OR have you always wanted to have a similar experience? If this intimidates you, would you be interested in joining a workshop led by me? I’d love to hear your story!

Share in the comments below.

Love and Light,

Audra : )

WHAT SHOULD I EAT BEFORE I WORKOUT?

I can’t believe how many times over the past 2 decades I’ve been asked this question. I finally decided… it’s time to just answer the damn question!

Look, there’s going to be a lot of people out there with a special powder, shake, or special bar that will tell you they have the answer to what to eat before a workout.

First: What time are you talking about?

If you’re working out in the morning…. you’ve likely been fasting since the night before, so naturally your blood sugar is down. If you go out on an empty stomach it can cause BS to decrease even further, creating a situation where you’ll feel dizzy and nauseous.

This is the worst. It usually happens to folks who are newer to exercise and also are usually dealing unstable BS to start with, so by not eating you’re creating a big mess, you’ll feel like crap, and whatever workout you were trying to do goes out the door because you feel like you want to go hug the porcelain god. ugh.

But then there’s the other extreme where a new exerciser gets nervous about NOT eating, so they eat a Denny’s style breakfast before heading out for a workout session, and can’t figure out why they can’t stop burping and feeling like they’re gonna puke.

So now we know nothing is probably not good, and too much won’t work either, so the next question is:

THEN WHAT SHOULD I EAT?

And this is where it gets interesting. This is where all the expert advice out there (in my humble opinion) is totally bogus. This is a question that is best answered by going within.

Yes, that’s right…. discover for yourself the best food to eat! It’s like an experiment.

Let me give you an example.

Sally Sue figured out before her early morning workout if she ate a banana, it gave her just enough energy and blood sugar support and she had great energy for her workout.

If I eat a banana first thing in the morning before a workout, I will DEFINITELY puke it up. No questions asked.

It works for Sally Sue, it doesn’t work for me.

My mom works out with a personal trainer 3X a week at the God-awful hour of 5:30am. She’s been doing this for a decade. She’s 60. (I hear you… she amazes me, too!) She used to eat a 1/2 piece of Ezekiel cinnamon raisin sprouted toast with maybe a 1/2 Tablespoon of almond butter on it.

It worked for her.

On the mornings when I would visit and she somehow convinced me to wake up with her at that god-awful hour, I ate the same thing, and it worked for me.

Now days I think she does a small protein shake with almond milk.

The point I really want to convey here is what works for you might not work for someone else. You get the privilege of experimenting to figure out what will work best. Some folks have a hard time with food in their stomach, so they go for coconut water, a small protein shake, or a green juice. Some people prefer fruit, while others prefer a handful of almonds.

Your job is this:

Take into account what time you’re working out. If you had a nice lunch around 1pm and now around 4ish, you might Eat or drink something. Even if it’s just a little something (especially for early morning workouts or late afternoon workouts when you haven’t eaten anything since lunch). You’ll feel more energetic during the workout and your body will benefit from the extra boost of energy after fasting all night.

Don’t eat too much. If you over do it, you’ll feel like crap. I see new exercisers eat huge meals throughout the day, then add huge snacks in so they have energy before a workout, then make sure to eat after a workout…and wonder why they end up gaining weight even though they’re exercising.

What you eat is less important. Find something that makes you feel good and doesn’t cause an upset tummy.

Here are a few ideas, you can test out.

  • banana
  • any piece of fruit
  • Ezekiel toast with almond butter
  • handful of almonds
  • handful of nuts and dried fruit (trail mix)
  • yogurt
  • smoothie
  • apple with almond butter
  • hard boiled egg with hummus
  • coconut water

What have you tried in the past? What works best for you? Share below!

The Hunger Scale

Have you ever sat in the absolute back seat of a commercial plane?  I’m talking about the last row, where the seats don’t recline and you’re right next to the bathrooms.

Well, that’s where I am right now as I write this to you.  On this plane, the jets cover the windows, so you can’t even see outside.

I’ve just spent the past 5 days in “The Big D”, (aka: Dallas), mixing some family time with a business trip.   I tackled 2 (yes….TWO) big family reunions in one very long weekend.  It’s always good to see my family, young and old, who travel from all over to be together for this short spell.  There is always waaaayyy too much food, including my grandmother’s homemade ice cream, which when it’s about 100 degrees outside, is the only thing I really wanted to eat.  : )

In my nutrition coaching programs, one of the first things I teach is “How to gauge the hunger scale”.  And with the incredible amount of BBQ Brisket, Tri-tip, 7 varieties of potato salad, that weird pink fluffy “salad”, 3 different homemade cobblers, banana pudding, a birthday cake for my Great Aunt (who celebrated her 90th by the way…) and of course, homemade Big Red ice cream, this particular hunger scale came in very handy this weekend.

HOW TO MONITOR YOUR HUNGER AND FULLNESS

Truth time:
Most people don’t take the time or even bother to check in to see what’s really going on in their body.  They eat because it just happens to be time to eat, or because everyone else is eating, or because some emotion evokes an eat-everything-in-sight moment.  This is not a judgment against you (or myself for that matter), but a cold-hard fact.  Putting nutrition aside, if you are not at your body’s natural weight, it is because you are eating when your body is not hungry.  And a full weekend of buffet style family reunions can be looked at two different ways:  one, is of horror, while you eat everything in sight, completely unconscious of your body’s communication… or the other is option is to view it as an opportunity to tune in and listen to the subtle messages your body is giving.

YOUR CHOICE! (Don’t you love free will?)

THE SCALE, from 1-10

1:  Get the *&*&%* out of my way…. I.  Need.  Food.  NOW!!!
(just a side note…this is a totally rotten place to be.  When you get here, usually it’s a sign of your blood sugar dropping way below normal and you will stop at nothing to get some food in your body.  At this point, often consciousness is gone, and it is extremely easy to overeat reaching a 9-10 on the hunger scale…yikes!)

2:  Okay…I’m dropping too low, I can really tell I’m hungry.

***Eating somewhere around/between 2-3 is ideal***

3:  More than just a little hungry

4:  You’re starting to feel a little hungry.  It’s just below neutral, so it’s subtle.   Nothing crazy here, so if you pay attention, you notice the very subtle feeling.

5: is “neutral”.  You are neither hungry nor full.  Maybe this is where you are an hour or two after eating.

6:  is just above “neutral” in terms of fullness.

7:  Feelings of satisfaction with the amount of food you’ve eaten.  You can tell there’s no more hunger, and feelings of over-eating are also not present

8:  This number is easy to get to, when you’ve decidedly moved to a 7, and then even just 1 or 2 bites more and….BOOM…you’ve reached an 8.  The fullness factor has increased.

***stopping somewhere between 6-8 is ideal***

9:  Oh boy…you’ve ignored your body’s very subtle clues and have passed the point of no return. : )  Now you’re on the couch ready for a nap.

10:  You know the feeling you get when you ate too much dinner, then kept snacking in the evening, and now it’s time for bed and it just hurts to even lay down?  It’s like you turn to one side, but your belly stays over there!   A very unpleasant feeling, indeed, brought on by unconsciousness and neglecting your body’s very gentle and subtle feedback systems that tell you you’ve had enough.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Your body is miraculous and does not fail you.  If this belief does not come easy to you, then it will be difficult to believe that your body actually does give you the right messages…it’s just your job to pay attention!
  2. Start tuning into your body and really listen to the clues it gives.  This is difficult at first, but over time becomes easier and natural
  3. Each time you are about to grab for food—whether it’s mealtime, snack time, or cravings/compulsions time—ask yourself if you are really hungry, and then give yourself a number from the scale.
    1. What this does is open your consciousness to decipher what’s really going on inside.  Are you stressed? Lack of Sleep? Are you eating because it’s just time?  Are you truly hungry?
    2. Once you dig deep, you might realize you’re not hungry at all!  Then you can use your free will to decide if eating whatever it is will serve your body, your purpose, and your greater good.
    3. Or you might figure out that you are indeed hungry and it’s time to eat.
  4. If you decided it’s time to eat (you’re below a 5 on our scale), now comes the fun part:  Paying attention while you are eating!
  5. Notice while you are eating if you are on auto-pilot or if you are taking your time.  Notice if you can put your fork down occasionally and pause in the middle of the meal.  And most importantly, can you notice as you slowly move from below 5 and into the 6, 7, or above range?  And more than noticing…can you stop with happiness and content before hitting those higher numbers?  If you can’t…why not?  What’s going on there?

Look… I realize this isn’t rocket science….
But nevertheless, most people find it difficult to stay conscious enough to let this process occur.  Start practicing before the big party, and let it be your guide everyday.   In our nutrition coaching programs, this is one of the many methods we use to get you the results you need and deserve.

MY PERSONAL STORY
This might have been my best trip to Texas.  As most of you know, I’m not a big fan of deprivation.  If you “go on a diet”, there is an equal and opposite binge waiting around the corner for you.

But using this scale and staying present, in the moment, conscious (whatever you want to call it), I enjoyed all the foods from my family, eating when I was hungry, and stopping when I was full.  As for my Nannies homemade Big Red ice cream, the small bowl I savored s-l-o-w-l-y, might have been the best bowl I’ve ever eaten.

Because it’s really not the ice cream I want.  It’s what the ice cream represents.  It’s the feelings of a hot, humid summer afternoon, sitting on the porch swing, hanging around with my grandmother and family, listening to the kids play, and my great aunt’s laugh.  It’s the full realization of the moment, taking it in and savoring every sight, sound, taste, and touch.  That’s what I want….and unconsciously eating 3 bowls of Big Red ice cream won’t get me anything but an upset stomach.  And most importantly, what I was really craving—connection with my family—would never have happened because I would have been too busy stuffing my face instead of feeding my soul.

And how did I do it, and how can you do it, too?
By getting a little mechanical with your life and implementing a system that works.  The hunger scale above combined with mindfulness just plain works.  This is the stuff we teach in my nutrition-coaching program.  Working with a coach (as I have found out for myself) can literally catapult you into a new level of consciousness.  If you haven’t checked out the Body Balance Nutrition Challenge…maybe it’s time!

To Eat Meat Or Not?  The Great Vegetarian Debate…

To Eat Meat Or Not? The Great Vegetarian Debate…

I am deep in the heart of East Texas spending time with my family for our bi-annual family reunion out at my Aunt and Uncle’s lake front property.

It’s pretty much station vacation out here.  The weather is surprisingly awesome (90 as opposed to the typical 107 degree days!) and spending some quality time with my family is always great.

Two of my favorite people in the world, my brother and his wife, drove in from North Carolina and they look amazing.  My brother looks like he’s glowing.  He’s always been lean and athletic, but today he looks like my yoga teacher, long and lean!  He’s actually leaner than I’ve ever seen him, and well… no joke… he’s glowing!

Paddle Boarding with my Bro!

About three months ago they made a huge life decision to change their diet to a 100% plant-based diet.

Now coming from Texas, there of course was a little controversy at the family reunion dinner table when everyone was eating ribs and brisket, but they brought their own food. (Check out the pic!)

I turned into a pseudo-vegan while hanging out with my Bro and his wife… yummy!

And as a Nutritionist, this is a question I get a lot.  To eat meat or not to eat meat?  That is the question….What is the answer?

First, I think it’s you need to understand a very important point:

Diets are like religions.

Once someone finds something that “works for them”, it’s pretty hard not to share their discovery.  They’ve experienced it first hand and so it makes sense that they would completely believe in it’s ability to do for you what it did for them.

(Read the paragraph above with the word “religion” in your head, then read it again with the word “diet” in your head…the two really aren’t that much different!)

But as I know there are many different paths to God, there are also many different paths to nutritional freedom.

And that’s great.  But there are as many diets out there in this world as there are people!  And if you look at “science” or “research”, you’re going to find just as convincing evidence that will back one type of diet (don’t eat meat) as you’ll find for a whole other type of diet (eat meat).

So as I dig deeper into my schooling at the Institute of Psychology of Eating, I realize there are actually only 3 types of “diets” that you should be concerned with and if you can keep it in this perspective, you’ll have more peace and confidence in your daily food decisions.

Maintenance

This is the type of diet that works for you and your life day in and day out.  It’s sustainable for your activity level, your happiness, your lifestyle, and your peace of mind.

Therapeutic

This type of diet is great if you have a specific disease and need a specific way of eating that will help in the healing process.  There are many experts out there promoting very good therapeutic diets, but the problem lies in our attachment to it.

We think that because the diet worked for this period of time to help with this particular disease, then IT MUST be what I should be doing forever.

This simply is not the case.

Lets take for example, the Pritiken diet, which is low protein, low meat, and very low fat.  People with heart disease would go on this diet, and they would literally reverse heart disease.  I mean that’s a BIG DEAL!  Can you imagine your belief in a diet if it actually reversed heart disease in your body?  Awesome right?

But what happened to the people who kept eating this way for months and years later (after the therapeutic effect) is they actually got sick in another direction.  They ended up with clinical fat deficiency.  Their hair and nails were thin and brittle, they had flaky, dry skin, and because of the inevitable hormone imbalance, they were often very moody and irritable.  (This often leads to weight gain even when you are eating minimal calories and fat.)

Fasting can also be an extremely therapeutic diet doing wonders for your health… but can you live on it?  Hell no!

So the key is to notice what diet can maintain you day in and day out?  What’s a therapeutic one?  Once the benefit is there, you stop.

Experimental

Experimental simply means, “lets try eating this and lets see what happens”.  Many of the different diets, supplements, and food products on the market today haven’t been around long enough to know what effect they really have in our body’s.

We are literally part of a huge food experiment when we partake in eating foods with artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, or take different supplements.

And there’s nothing wrong with that!  I’m not bashing this… I think it’s great!  Because we get to choose what we want to partake in!

This is where you get to use your judgment, wisdom, intelligence, and insight… and you ask, “is this the kind of experiment I want to partake in?”

Do I want to eat artificial sugar (color/preservatives) even though it’s only been around for a short period of time?

Do I want to consume dairy even though my family lineage never drank it?

Do I want to eat a vegetarian even though my ancestors never did?

Now you have the power to make smart decisions for yourself.  You can think, “hmmm… I could follow this diet for 4 weeks, and I may be able to lose some weight, or heal my gut, but then I know I’ll have to do something different afterwards.”

And this is what makes nutrition so exciting.  There really is no one way of eating.  What matters most is to build upon your nutritional and body wisdom to know what is right for you.   And when I use the word “know”, I don’t mean to know it from your head.  You Know it from your gut, and your heart.

So back to the original question:  should you eat meat or not?  

From a nutritional standpoint, if you choose to eat any animal product at all, the best thing you could do for your health is to make sure you are choosing quality.  Organic, grass-fed, free-range.  Know your farmers and know your ranchers.

And if you are choosing not to eat animal products, make sure you are getting enough protein in the forms of vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans/legumes, and quality protein powders like hemp or pea, while limiting the amount of soy. (It’s so easy to over use soy-an overly processed estrogen mimicking food.)  And take care not to overload your diet with junk carbs (breads and pasta’s) and tons of “vegan donuts and cupcakes”.

And the best thing you could do (in regards to health) with either choice is to eat more plants.

But when it comes to making the decision for yourself, there is a Knowing deep in your heart (and yes, in your gut!) that only you can know.

So go out there and eat some cow!  …. Or don’t!

What are you up to these days?  Maintenance? Therapeutic? Experimental?  Do you have strong feelings one direction or the other as to whether you should eat meat or not?  Share you comments below: