We seek perfection, we seek youthfulness, we seek aesthetic. We want to project an image of a young, energetic body, constantly smiling and content. We want to fit in the concept of perfection, and perpetual vitality.
Few of us will attain this perfect image. And none of that will last. These behaviour and belief create frustration, dissatisfaction, unhappiness and low self-esteem as we age.
However, how you care for yourself on a day-to-day basis, what you eat, how you move your body, how well you manage your stress and the connections you maintain can deeply reduce the detrimental effects of time.
Self-care is simply caring for your Self. As the owner of your body, you are in charge of the most complex and miraculous organism on the planet! You have the power to actively cultivate health instead of slowly drifting towards dis-ease.
Your body performs in response to your daily choices.
Diet is a central pillar of your Self Care and perhaps the most difficult to apply: every single minute of your waking hours you have access to edible substances. Every single minute you make a choice!
A recent study published in Nutrients reminds us that our body responds to food in many ways!
Your perception of the food you eat changes “the metabolic signature of the postprandial (post-meal) signature”.
Your sensory experiences when eating influence the control of the food you consume and homeostasis (e.g fullness and satiety).
Mindfulness, pleasure in eating, and rediscovering tastes, could become your best allies for deeply caring for yourself.
Eating is an often forgotten but essential source of pleasure that is key in supporting healthy habits (chewing, time of meal) and a healthy diet (food diversity).
AUTHENTICITY is key. You eat for you. You’ve got a plethora of information, you know processed food are not good for you. Now, go to the experience.
1- Ask yourself what guidelines you are currently following: is it a diet you’ve picked up in the media? The food that suits your husband? The meals that match your teens’ needs? The protocol your nutritionist has given you and you don’t question?
2- Start to eat authentically. We all have food that are important to us from traditions, family customs or personal past experiences. Don’t feel you have to walk away from these. Create your personal nutrition lifestyle so you enhance your hedonic post meal experience. And you start to digest well, feel content and live happier.
3- If you need to get out of a routine that is not serving your Self, start with the FOOD FOCUS DETOX. During 3 weeks you will be supported to (re)discover new tastes, new recipes, new eating rhythms that suit you best. Above all, you will be encouraged to enjoy and connect to the food you eat.