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:
No one diet works for everyone
Many people are still questing for that one universal ideal diet, convinced once they find it and achieve it, they will fully arrive and adhere to it the rest of their days. The truth is we’re unique and more nuanced than that. In this work, we match which style of eating best support your body and lifestyle right now. This is different for everyone and can change over time. A teacher once said, “There’s as many right ways of eating as there are people on the planet.” Always a conversation to leave open.
With the abundance of dietary micro-management, counting, and tracking programs in the wellness world, and the associated anxiety and stress that often accompany it, my approach is not to fixate on calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. Nor is it to create another list of restrictions or good and bad foods. Instead, I work with my clients to create a style of eating that integrates high quality, nourishing food as well as pleasure. Most women end up sharing this is how they’d like to eat anyways. The food we eat can influence our bodies and health powerfully. But so does our attitude toward it. In this work, we honor both.
Health is multi-layered
There may be other areas in your life that are calling for attention via your challenges with health and eating. These include the areas of spirituality, core beliefs, purpose, family, work in the world, relationships, sexuality, and personal rites of passage. My studies and training in psycho-shamanism, depth psychology, and inner parts work only deepen this understanding. What we often perceive a big problem often holds a big Invitation as well. Rather than solely focusing on “fixing a problem” we use health challenges and concerns as a doorway for growth, change, and deeper self-understanding. This really is the stuff that holistic health is made of.
How does this all land for you? Do you feel a resonance?
I hope so.
I feel we all deserve the kind of dignity that understands and respects that we’re human beings with hearts and souls who are working on our health and well-being.
Enjoy this entry into April…an uplifting time!
Until next time…