The Ketogenic Diet & Personal Power
One of my clients was sharing an experience she had at a wedding she went to. During the cocktail hour a friend of hers refused to eat the baby carrots and cucumbers set out as hors d'oeuvres and instead pulled a small baggy filled with meat slices out of her purse.
Why this “inconspicuous” baggy of meat do you ask?
No, she wasn’t faithfully supplementing a major iron deficiency.
She brought the bag of meat because she was pre-occupied with her body weight (reported by my client) and was following a ketogenic diet, diligently tracking her 20 net carbs or less.
How to tell if your eating is supportive
On the path to a healthy relationship with diet and food, it’s common to fanaticize about what eating will finally be like…
“…when I never overeat, have too much sugar, eat out of boredom, or eat any of the “bad stuff.”
But the fantasy of “never again” often falls flat. (Ask anyone who swears off a bunch of things related to eating).
Here's a more indicative marker of a strong and healthy relationship with diet and food:
Under-eating? Here's one way to really tell
A client, I'll call Keri, reported her ongoing frustration with her near daily snacking habit of walking right into the kitchen after work, shoes, coat, and purse still in tow.
Pulling cupboard doors open, she'd grab a bag of organic tortilla chips, a bag of trail mix, and take a half eaten container of salsa out of the fridge.
Standing at the counter sorting through bills and sifting through random recipes she'd laid out earlier, she dug into her chosen snacks and ate...a lot. (AKA, not just a few chips and a handful of trail mix)
She described it as having "a whole dinner before dinner."
Do you agree with my list? (What most people truthfully want)
Underneath the desire for toned and lean bodies and perfectly executed paleo, keto, vegan, or whole foods diets, there's the actual truth of what people really want...
After many conversations in this work, I've distilled the essence down into a short list of themes that present again and again.
Stay centered in the digital age with this...
Archetypal psychologist, James Hillman, wrote in his book, Interviews, that Western culture clings to and consequently suffers from its “Go ahead, Get Ahead, Do it” mentality. It’s a "manic defense," he says, a way of skimming on the surface of things, never tending to the complicated and soulful ordeals of being human.
You’ll find it all over the place.
Robotic diets. Yanking the body through excessive activity. Workaholism.
There’s no place for soul to breathe.
A Little Talk on Psychoshamanism (video)
Psychoshamanism is a synthesis of depth psychological wisdom and shamanic wisdom that aims to heal and develop the WHOLE person. Nothing gets left out. My own initiation into this work began 9 years ago. I introduce the topic here as the framework is what's supported my in going deep with my clients and getting to the heart of what ails us and how to heal, diet and eating challenges included. If you've curious to hear more, here's a 23 minute video explaining more.
3 Core Concepts that will change your eating
As you know, I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. This simple concept alone helps my clients work through their health concerns in a multi-layered and compassionate way.
Though each of my clients are different, there are core concepts that I've trusted over the years to guide our work sanely and wisely.
I'd like to share those with you today in a clear, concise way:
You may not love it, but it's the flavor of the season
Have you ever had the experience of eating something very green or very bitter and laughed thinking, “Yikes, this is probably really good for me.”
As a woman whose tried many different medicinal foods and potions, I’ve found often the ones that have a particular bite to them can be the most healing.
Somewhere we know bitter can be helpful.
What gets in the way of progress
A key to making some wonderful progress with your health and eating has much to do with choosing the right thing at the right time.
Yes, it's that simple.
Would you take off for a cross-country road trip right before your most important week at work of the year? Would you cook a huge meal for yourself when you know your love will soon be home with your favorite take-out?
But people do this all the time with their eating.
What I'd like all women to have on their menu right now
One great, and very simple, piece of nutritional advice I'd once heard was this:
If you're trying to decide what to eat, step outside for 15 minutes, then notice what sounds good.
This is good advice no matter what part of the country you live in and a helpful practice opening communication between the body and the natural environment.
(Instead of only relying on your head, MyFitnessPal, articles, or old habits)