BY ANNA HINDS
Most of my life I’ve been fairly careful about my health and the way I eat. But there was a point in my life where I was exhausted from saying no to foods I wanted. Totally tired of swimming upstream with my health values when most of the culture was pushing the other direction.
So I let loose a little bit – and ate more confusing foods (aka more sugar, grains, dairy, coffee and chocolate).
And it was ok – except that once you’ve tasted great health, letting loose on your health values actually isn’t as enjoyable as the media, food commercials and advertising would have you believe. Empty calories and empty promises.
Because I let go of some of my health values, I of course began to feel heavy, lethargic, mentally foggy, experiencing more joint pain etc.And because of the heaviness and the lethargy, I dreaded things like waking up in the morning, doing my yoga practice, being in front of the mirror after taking a shower. Other things went downhill too. Like my usual practice of trading negative thoughts for truth-based thoughts, connecting with gratitude, and having deeper connection in relationships.
One day I just realized it wasn’t worth it.
So I created a new commitment to be the healthiest self possible. I knew that before God, I alone had the power to alleviate the suffering I was experiencing inside my body.
And after doing that, I discovered a lightness in my life I’d forgotten I could have. I feel clearer, more inspired, my joints no longer hurt, my skin cleared up. I feel energized in my yoga practice and I actually craved exercise rather than dreading it.
Along with clearing blockages – doing inner work such as EFT tapping, (which you can check out HERE), there were three concepts created more happiness inside my body than I ever expected….
1. Create BOUNDARIES – it’s important to think of these life-giving helpers rather than rigid rules, Healthy boundaries create clarity for you in your decision making from day to day. These are boundaries that allow me to stay out of the obsession/ inner war that can arise when I’m trying to make a decision about what foods to eat and what not to eat. My boundaries include staying away from “Confusing Foods” 80% of the time. Confusing foods are exactly what they sounds like, (aka, confusing to our entire physical and mental system.) They mess up our inner signals so it’s important to have a soled sense of boundaries with what confusing foods you allow into your space and which ones you feel ready to leave out.
2. Say YES to something else. A friend of mine consistently reminds me “By saying no to one thing, you’re saying yes to something else”. By saying no to confusing foods, I’m saying yes to more energy and lightness, clearer skin, enjoying exercise and staying in alignment with my truest self.
3. Discover the beauty of DISCIPLINE. I know, I know, “disclipline” is often not a popular word. But there’s a kind of beauty and freedom that comes when you’re not enslaved to the whispers of your subconscious mind telling you that the chocolate is going to make you happier, or that you simply can’t get through the day without that soda.
However, amidst all this, there’s one more thing.
Give grace to yourself. We’re all at different stages of our growth. There was a time when I thought I’d never be able to get through the day without my food vices, but now it’s extraordinarily easier. Giving grace to yourself allows you to move forward.
Here’s to courage and the practice of creating boundaries so you can experience health for your truest self.
Anna Hinds is a Health Coach, certified with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Yoga Instructor, EFT Practitioner and Theophostic Prayer Facilitator. She has combined these modalities to create the programs,, “Identity-Based Nutrition” and “LoveHunger”- which are intriguing new approaches to health, working with the underlying reasons that block people from experiencing their best health.
“My lifelong quest has been to discover how human beings can live fully alive in their body and life, without rigid diets, punishing exercise and the heaviness that often accompanies our cultural perspective of what health means. Using a mind-body approach, I specifically work with inner self-beliefs that cause nutritional confusion, emotional eating, food cravings, self-sabotage, resistance to loving forward, helping people learn the language of the body and using Intuitive Eating and Intuitive Movement to gain lasting results.”