Last Friday, my friend Betsy joined me for our bi-weekly Mastermind session. We usually hold these meetings over lunch and yes, I usually whip up something easy and tasty, but this week I had been traveling and with no chance to shop, whipped up a superfood smoothie with cacao, maca, blueberries, goji berries, wheat grass, almond butter and a host of other brain and body-enhancing ingredients. Betsy texted “I’m bringing my own lunch.” So, OK, I thought. I’ll sip this one alone.
When she arrived, she immediately said, “You are not going to approve of my lunch,” as she slipped out a carton of saltines and a container of cottage cheese from her bag. “I don’t judge people on what they eat, Betsy.” Which is true. What’s right for me will not be right for you, or as Joshua Rosenthal reminds us frequently, “One person’s food is another person’s poison.”
We are doing some tough work together, Betsy and I. She is refocusing her business. I am launching mine for the first time. This is heavy brain work. After a time, Betsy said, “My brain is foggy. I’m having trouble making these decisions.” “Of course!” I said. “How well do you think your brain functions on crackers and cottage cheese? You’ve got to feed your brain girl! This is hard stuff we’re doing! This might not be the time to lose 5 pounds on a fad diet. Eat real food that will support your goals in your business and in your life.” In other words, lose the weight later, you got bigger fish to fry and you need food to get you there – good food.
So what’s the real truth about food?
THERE ARE NO RULES
That’s right. There are no rules about food. I’m not going to tell you whether or not to eat meat. I’m not going to judge you if you succumb to cravings for sugar. I’m not going to make you drink green juice. But, I will listen to you and teach you to listen to your body, to use your ‘gut intuition’ to make the right food choices to support what you are trying to accomplish in your life right now.
Although there are no rules, there are some good guidelines that I believe in that will help guide you on the path of making the right choices with the food you eat.
Every body is different. You are different from me and are different from your partner, friends and children. What’s right for you might be completely wrong for another. Here are six factors to consider when making choices with your food:
Are you getting my point? There is no one size fits all here. And there are thousands of diets available. When life isn’t working well, we grab for the latest fad. And just for the record, diets don’t work. You may accomplish a short term goal and you’re lucky if you can sustain results when you go back to ‘food as usual.’ What’s needed is a healthy lifestyle that works for YOU. That supports your goals, your brain, and your heart’s desires.
I LOVE FOOD. I LOVE ME.
As I know I am likely to live longer than my ancestors, I want to make and eat really good food that sustains me now and hopefully for many years to come.