I had a very interesting conversation today with a woman about intuitive eating and learning to trust my body to tell me what it needs for nourishment. Intuitive eating or mindful eating is something I’ve long believed in but never really had the courage to do and I also had no clue how to go about it. I found the Moderation Movement and that helped me to get started on this journey of believing that my body can tell me what to eat, when to eat and how much or how little to eat.
From talking about intuitive eating, my conversation with Karen (name change for privacy purposes) strayed towards self confidence, trusting yourself, and above all things trusting God. After all He is the grand architect of the human body and somehow I never believed he meant for us to live a life of constant struggle, be it with food or other things. Nor are we supposed to live a life of excess or extremes which is often what happens with eating, aka binge eating.
So you’re probably wondering “okay Naomi so what does this have to do with being real?”
Well a lot.
Trusting my body means trusting myself, means being real with myself, means being the REAL me and not trying to be like everyone or someone else. It means not fitting into society’s version of who or what I should be and what my life/eating habits/mothering/marriage/career/etc. should look like. It sounds great writing it down but I’m very very aware of the struggle to constantly be true, be real to myself.
However, no matter the uphill battle of self doubt I am determined to continue, to pursue being the best Me I can be. I am committed to being the best wife, the best mother, the best friend, the best artist that I can be by remaining true to who I really am.
This is a message that I’m feeling very strongly about. So much to that I felt compelled to write about it and share this with you. I just feel that God is pressing this strongly in my life right now.
I recently watched Kung Fu Panda 3 and wouldn’t you know, it’s all about being the best You you can be. In order for Po to save his friends, the village, his family and become the panda he’s meant to be he has to embrace who he really is.
Once you get in touch with the real you than you can focus and concentrate on being the best at it and your authenticity will resonate and attract the right kind of people in your life. People that get it, that get you. It’s awesome!
So this is just a bit of a ramble, but coming straight from my heart, just an encouragement to embrace who you are, what your good at, embrace your gifts and trust yourself. If you can’t trust yourself quite yet, trust God. He never gets it wrong and He never makes mistakes.