Change in life isn’t always hard. Nor is it something we are resistant to. Often times it’s more that we hold on to our past experiences and worry we won’t succeed. We want the change, we really do. But remember the last time we said that and we didn’t reach our goal? What if that happens again? Fear and anxiety creep in and overwhelm us, and they take the reins.
Right now we live in an age of deep self work. Self love, self care, dig in to your past and heal your traumas. No longer are we being told to hide our emotions and experiences inside and pretend they aren’t there. It’s beautiful that we are valuing self awareness, but boy, is it scary too. Not too many of us are eager to go back in time and revisit these hurts. Whether it’s the caustic words said to you by a friend or family member, or the time that one kid tripped you in the hallway in front of the fourth grade class, or worse… it all hurts, and it’s all valid. It all takes up space in our hearts and our minds. And what happens if we don’t let it go, if we keep it deep down inside?
Eastern medicine believes that our unresolved emotional experiences manifest as physical ailments. After all, we can only stuff them down so far before they bubble back up. Western medicine has long since compartmentalized emotions and physical ills, but the time in society is now pushing for a blend of these two approaches. When I first began my schooling for nutrition, I felt a connection to food and the body. I knew the power of nourishing my body through healthful foods and I found it deeply satisfying. Little did I know at the time that the connection was more than physical, it was emotional. For me, using food to heal and fuel my body was an act of love to myself. It was care, it was honor, it was deep, deep love. And as I began to counsel clients in how they too could heal and fuel their bodies with the right foods, I realized that I was teaching them how to love and care for their own selves the way I had learned to care for mine.
It became clear that there is so much more to healing than just eating the right foods. And I developed the thought of emotional nutrition and crafted my work around this concept. Emotional nutrition, you see, goes so much deeper than what foods to eat. It translates to how you move, how you breathe, how you think, how you speak… and this is why when I am working with clients I often move out of the realm of food and begin to address other components of their lives. We may talk about exercise, breather, meditation… or a variety of many other things. And when you start to make small adjustments in each of these aspects, that’s when you begin to see real change come in. Physical nutrition is simply one facet of wellbeing, but emotional nutrition is the whole spectrum.
If this sounds a little overwhelming, don’t let it be. Start with where you want to go, how you want to see yourself in your optimal life. Once you know what this ideal looks like, start to formulate a plan. It doesn’t need to be pretty, and it doesn’t even need to be right. It just needs to start somewhere. Start small, and allow yourself room for trial and error. You’ll see some successes, and some mistakes. But it’s through these attempts that you will learn what is right for you. Eventually, as you continue to carve your path, you will find yourself reaching your optimal life.
And most of all, you don’t have to do this alone. Seeking guidance from a practitioner is an excellent way to get yourself on the right track. Learn how to develop your own emotional nutrition plan with me. Reach out today for a complimentary call to see how I can help.