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10.6.2015 | 01:36

Rainbow-DragonDispatches from the Divine Dragon

Just Tell Me What to Eat

Nope.  Not going to.

It’s really funny.  That’s actually where I started.  I wanted to learn the healthiest way to do a vegan diet.  And then I was going to share my knowledge with my health and nutrition coaching clients.  Maybe I’d even develop my own program….

But you know what?

I’ve done those programs.  I’ve even gotten good results from them.  But they can be a lot of work, and they can cost a lot of money.  And then what?

I don’t want to tell you what to eat.  There are lots of other folks who can do that.  I can recommend some really good programs, created by really knowledgeable people who’ve been getting good results for their clients for years.

Those people are a lot better qualified than I am.  I’m not a doctor.  I’m not a nutritionist, or a registered dietician.  And I’m not a personal trainer.

(Personal confession:  I hate hard-core aerobic exercise.  I don’t like “bursting” or “interval training,” either.  I like rebounding, stretching and resistance training.  Maybe some yoga, tai chi or qi gong.)

So, guess what?

I’m tell you, here and now, that I don’t know what’s best for you and your body.

That’s right.  That’s what I said.

I.  Don’t.  Know.

Does that mean I’m not qualified to “coach” clients?

Hell, no.  I’ve got a lot of tools in my toolkit.

I’m a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach.  I’m also a Certified Gluten Practitioner.  And I’m studying to become a Nutritional Endocrinology Practitioner.

Not one penny of this education has been wasted.

Not one minute of my time.

You know why?

Because I have a skill set to help you figure out what’s best for you.

Not what I think is best for you.  What your body tells you will work to optimize your health.

If that’s a raw vegan diet, go for it.

If Paleo makes you feel your best, I’m in your corner.

Okay, maybe not the Standard American Diet….

But, hey, if that’s working for you, and your health is great, I’m not going to tell you to stop.

The only time I’ll tell you to stop is whenever what you’re doing isn’t serving your health.

I can’t reiterate this point enough:  You are not “failing” on your diet.  If your health starts disintegrating around you, it’s time to start making changes.

And there’s more to the picture than just tweaking macro-nutrients or correcting micro-nutrient deficiencies….

Does your diet — your life — fill you with joy?  If not, try a little something you love.  For me, it’s usually dark chocolate.  I don’t need more than an ounce, and I savor it.  It’s enough, and I don’t feel deprived.  (Nor do I feel guilty.)

If chocolate’s not your thing, maybe it’s ice cream.  If you can tolerate dairy, most places have “kiddie cone” sized servings.  That’s usually enough to satisfy my summer-time yen for a frozen treat.  There are even several dairy- and soy-free options available today.

If you like nuts, you can whip up a homemade trail mix pretty easily, and you don’t need to load it up with dried fruit, if you’re watching your blood sugar.  There are several dairy-free options for chocolate chips, if you’re so inclined.  (The hint to a truly yummy trail mix?  A small amount of high-quality sea salt or another specialty salt.  It blends so well with the chips and the nuts.)  You can even use plain cacao nibs if you’d rather.

But the key here is to really enjoy it.  It should give you pleasure, not guilt.  Don’t obsess over how to make it uber-healthy.  Share it with friends.  Make an occasion out of it.  That’ll help your digestion all the more.

Like I said, you don’t really need me to tell you what to eat.

You might just need a little help learning to trust your body’s natural instincts again.

Your body already knows what it needs.  And once you learn to listen to its signals, its feedback, you’ll be able to tune into that innate healing wisdom.

That’s what the Divine Dragon and the Dynamic Dolphin want to help you do.

We’re not your mom.  We’re not going to tell you you can’t eat dessert first.  But try not to eat nothing but dessert, okay?  Your mom might be on to something, after all.

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