It's amazing to me the potential of the human body and mind. Think of a free diver setting records or the precision of gymnast, the ability of some human to reach strengths and speeds that seem impossible. "Yeah, but they've done that from birth, and train 4 hours a day." The same is said of those that can meditate to a point they feel released from their body, or those who can control their body temperature using their mind: YouTube Video of TEDxAmsterdam
You are what you eat and practice makes perfect, true. You can do whatever you want with a little dedication, as we all have pretty much the same potential.
Where do we start and how do we stay focused? This is where I believe the power of the mind comes in as a necessity for success and where the most problems arise.
Sometimes people think they want one thing but aren't really sure what they really want in the end. Lack of an honest, simple answer to oneself can really make it hard to finish something. How do you know you're finished, off-track, or behind?
So with the potential to do just about anything, putting it simply, ask yourself what it is that you want. Do you want to do yoga or to reduce stress, or do they work together for you? Do you want to eat Paleo or lose 15 lbs, or are they the same? Are you really unable to move? Are you truly intolerant to everything but kale and grass-fed beef?
When it came to what I eat, I have to be honest and say I read Dr. Loren Cordain's book and jumped right in scared that I would die by 40 if I didn't change everything. I think I was a little stressed between nutritional perfection and exercise.
It wasn't until I heard a question from Erwan LeCorre, the founder of MOVNAT, that I was able to slow down and actually change myself and make progress. LeCorre asked, "Why do you move?" Another coach had me thinking with: "Do you do pull ups to be able to do more pull ups or to be able to pull up and see a lady in the next yard." He had me asking what I wanted from myself. This was a question that made me reflect. My goals were to get jacked but for what? What would I do and how would I benefit? I adapted my fitness approach by asking what I was training for and what I wanted to gain. I wanted to be able to do a back flip, so I found a gymnastics place and learned. I wanted balance, throwing, and combative skills, so I followed that path and I've gotten better.
This is a simple concept that is well understood but what I'm asking people to do is to be super open and honest with themselves. Slow down, take a deep breath more often, and ask "Why? What do you really want?"
This concept stripped all the stress for me out of nutrition, stress management, and exercise, because I started listening to myself. I keep up with blogs and podcasts but primarily, I listen to my body's reactions and needs.
Eating naturally available foods are what we are supposed to do. I know how I feel when I eat real food according to my plan, and I know how I feel when I, gasp, cheat. Just as everyone in the New Orleans Paleo group, I've done the low carb, no carb, post carb, butter coffee, late eat, early eat, IMF, and everything in between over the last 3 years, as I'm certain a lot of others have done, too. When people ask if this or that is paleo, I try to keep it simple. I do not like that question at this point. Eat natural meats, veggies, and fruits then listen to your body to figure it out. These things take time, but if you learn to enjoy natural foods and take time to listen to yourself, you'll figure it out.
Sometimes we do not have to question things as our intuition warns us or directs us. But we often don't have time to slow down from work, kids, bills, etc. to hear that voice that tells us not to eat that or go to bed and turn the TV off. Everyone knows they need more sleep, more movement, and more self awareness but we choose to say no.
Challenge yourself to be selfish for a month and observe the way things make you feel and to go to bed when you are tired. The busy life we have often causes people to accept the easy way out, because we tell ourselves we deserve it.
We deserve the ability to comfortably and efficiently move around our environment. We deserve the ability to easily find natural resources to fuel our body. We deserve to rest from work and external stress. Listen to yourself and evaluate what it is you really want.
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