Media is flooded this time of year with gym specials, diet regimens, and the assumption that everyone needs to go a diet after overindulging during the holidays. While that may be true, I just want to take care of my body, and not worry about pounds and inches.
I am not on a diet. It’s more of a detox really. Well it starts there. Who likes the word diet anyway? It feels limiting, constricting, and absolutely no fun at all. I have a different plan. One that will work for everyone; body gratitude.
My plan starts with detoxification which is a temporary and necessary step in practicing body gratitude. After all, my body works hard. It produces enough milk on a daily basis to feed my son. It digests all the crap I eat, and when I say crap I mean all the stuff I put into my body that isn’t really food. My immune system fights anything entering my body that shouldn’t be there. It carries and supports me and the weight of my son. It enables me to keep going, to push through, and dig deeper when I ask it to. I don’t want to limit it from anything. That isn’t gratitude.
How does body gratitude work? By giving thanks to your body for all it does for you by not poisoning it with junk. Junk being defined as food that really isn’t food (processed), sedentary actions, too much screen time, not enough human connection, or any other action that doesn’t serve your body’s best interest.
There are no worries about pounds or inches lost. No counting calories or watching the scale. Just enough pure love to give my body exactly what it needs and nothing more.
-more raw and natural food
-more tech free time
-more compliments to myself
-more self care
-more time in nature
So what’s the catch? Well when your ego mind feels there are limitations put on it, it immediately jumps into survival mode. Therefore by operating with limitations, that is exactly where your energy flows making it very difficult to succeed. Your body panics and constricts.
Attention goes where your energy flows.
I learned this concept best by working with kids. When they were running in the hall, I didn’t shout for them to stop running. I told them to please walk. Over time, walking in the halls was remapped in their brain neurons and they started to correct themselves when they began to run. They would just stop and walk. If I had concentrated my words on running, it would have been difficult to break them of the habit.
Body gratitude has the same premise. By telling your body it can have anything and everything good, your lack and attack instinct for survival doesn’t kick in. You are telling your body you have enough. You are enough. A bit of reverse psychology working here.
So I am not on a diet. I’m simply thanking my body. Are you?