One of the themes that continues to come up in my health coaching are variations of the following quote from Geneen Roth:
It’s not about the food.
But it’s not NOT about the food.
So true, isn’t it?
Our relationship to food and our body is connected to so many other aspects of our life.
It can tell us about our emotional state, about our stress, about our goals and dreams, about our fears, about our self image.
In a session yesterday, a client started talking about how she’s been learning to nourish herself and be kinder to herself. To really listen to her body and honor it and give it what it needs. To focus less on the goals of weight loss or fitness.
The two key words to thrive in the holiday season?
This is the root of all healing and health in the body, in my opinion. I love utilizing positive psychology exercises to help clients learn to love themselves… to let go of unrealistic expectations…to honor the need to (fill in the blank). Sleep more? Connect with their spouse more often? Exercise less? Exercise more? It’s different for all of us.
When we learn to nourish ourselves, we will have a much easier time eating well and exercising well and finding the proper balance we need. We will care for ourselves because we WANT TO, not because we think we HAVE TO.
We will focus on all the good things we can GIVE our body, rather than the “bad foods” to take away or restrictive patterns that will only tear us down.
It’s a powerful concept. In January, I’m going to host a RESET challenge for body, mind and spirit… more on this next week, but it will be a great opportunity to learn how to better nourish yourself and I’m really excited about it!
Do you struggle to give kind messages to yourself?
What are some easy ways you can nourish yourself this month?
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