When you look back on diets of the past it’s easy to see the craziness. The wine and eggs diet, the cabbage soup diet, or the green bean diet were clearly doomed to fail.
By contrast some of the diets of today seem positively healthy. Who can argue with eliminating sugar or using flexible points to keep your intake below your goal? What about no carbs before 6 pm or green juice for breakfast you may ask. The answer may surprise you.
There’s nothing wrong with experimenting with different ways of eating. Feel free to try any eating idea that appeals to you.
There is, however, a key difference between a learning experiment and a diet that is doomed to fail. That difference is how you feel inside.
The key question is would you eat or not eat what the diet dictates if you weren’t on the diet? If you ask yourself that before eating and answer yes, then rock on. If not, then you are substituting external advice for internal wisdom. And that makes it a diet.
Normal eating allows for variance and questioning. You may decide to try high protein breakfasts but one day are craving a fruit smoothie so you go with it. In the longer term you may find that high protein actually doesn’t appeal to you for breakfast. Or that it does appeal most but not all days. You may even find that high protein breakfasts have so many advantages that even when you are craving donuts it’s better to stick with the plan. That’s learning.
One is valuable while the other is crazy. Over time learning what works best for yourself will result in healthy eating whereas attempts to force yourself to eat what you don’t want or like will result in failure.
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Becoming more “embodied” is a frequent goal in coaching as a way of building a stronger connection with your inner wisdom. This week I’m reading a fascinating book about embodiment. Your Body Is Your Brain by Amanda Blake goes into dept about how to “leverage your somatic intelligence to find purpose, build resilience, deepen relationships, and lead more powerfully.”
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