When I decided to see a friend as my nutrition coach well over a year ago, I had no idea I had so much more to learn about nutrition.
I had the "being perfect" part down about macro/micro nutrients...or so I thought.....but I had forgotten that we are not just a body....we are mind and soul as well. My thyroid didn't fall apart because of my nutrition but because of my mind.....as well as my spirit. I needed to heal...to truly love myself and love my food...not create rules...restrictions...punishment.
As a matter of fact as we were uncovering what was going on with my physical health....my nutrition coach actually recommended for me to not eat based on nutrition needs but to eat what felt good. She explained that most clients she doesn't recommend this but she knew it was something my mind and spirit needed. How I needed to break free from food bondage...to remember why I love healthy eating....and how wonderful I feel when I eat healthy. She helped me remember that to be truly in-tuned with my body and its needs is that I must stay connected to my mind and spirit.
Now I feel so free from food...from restrictions...from journaling...from disease.
Let me explain...
Do I still food journal? From time to time yes, it can be necessary with my health journey but I don't feel enslaved to it.
Do I still need to be conscientious of my food choices because of the Hashimoto's? YES.....but I feel free now because my heart doesn't view it as a restriction but more as a freedom from pain...freedom from imbalances. I also don't freak out if I some how get a cross contamination or eat something that is just not helpful for my thyroid.....because in my mind, my heart, there is no "bad" foods. There are foods that are helpful.....and not so helpful. Yet the not so helpful foods still provide a purpose.....a purpose to learn from....to even celebrate. I don't badger myself for making "bad" choices.....because that is the key word: CHOICE. I know some of my choices aren't always helpful.....or sometimes my choices are not within my control so I must do the best I can with the choices I do have in front of me.
Do I still have HASHIMOTO'S? Yes, but it's not my focus. I'm not obsessed with perfecting my "thriving" state because when I pursue perfection I'm not thriving....I'm not keeping my whole health connected: MIND, BODY, AND SOUL!
Do you need to find true food freedom!? Sit with that thought....pray about it.....reflect....journal!
And have a FABULOUS FOOD FREEDOM sort of day!
Many hugs and blessings always my dear readers...family....friends....