Break the "rules"
Today I want to talk to you about lifestyle rules and why you shouldn't follow them!
Seven years ago I met the amazing man who I call my husband these days. When he asked me out on a date I discovered that he was a vegetarian, and because I wanted to impress him I told him that I was not a big meat eater myself. He knew a lot about healthy food and I loved listening to all his knowledge or basically anything he had to say ;) I wanted to try out his lifestyle and "became" a vegetarian. My body felt SO MUCH better when I started to eat this way, but my mind was screaming for a good, juicy steak! I ignored these feelings and started to get healthier and feel better.
A couple years later I started to develop blood anemia and my iron levels were very low. But I was a vegetarian so meat was not an option, I struggled with this for some time, taking iron supplements, eating spinach with every meal and fighting against the meat cravings. I reached a point where I just could't take it anymore and I decided to slowly incorporate fish and meat back into my diet to see if it would make a difference.
Within 2 weeks I felt my energy building up and I was feeling stronger every day, my headaches disappeared and I felt happier! My man got inspired and wanted to see if it made a difference for him too and he experienced the same thing. I decided there and then that I was not going to live a lifestyle with rules anymore. I was going to give my body what it is asking for!
Finding that balance will be challenging because you really have to tune into your intuition and listen to the signs your body is giving you. I have times when I only crave light food, like salads and smoothies and lots of fresh fruit, but I also listen to my body when it is asking for meat or fish.
I am a big superfood fan and I love the knowledge and products that David Wolfe is sharing with the world. I have all of his books but I am not a vegan.
I am a certified raw nutritionist, but I am not a raw foodist.
I am a big fan of the Rewilding lifestyle, but I love my Macbook and some luxury every now and then.
What I am trying to say is that to "follow" a lifestyle doesn't mean that you are "failing" when some of those things won't fit you. I see so many people struggle because they are judged when they have a daily cup of coffee in their healthy diet or when they enjoy a piece of meat amongst their vegetarian friends.
And this is not only the food industry, if you are trying to live as close to nature as possible and treat the earth with respect but you don't feel like making your own toothpaste and washing your hair with clay, you are not failing!
What you eat, how you live and what you think should make you happy and healthy. So start breaking those rules, don't let anyone tell you you have to live a certain way. Do what feels good to YOU and be flexible because it will change. We are growing, learning and changing every day. Listen to your body and your heart and let it be your guide!