If you want to look and feel good in your skin—and why wouldn’t you?—you need to pay attention to what you eat. You know that food is fuel for your body. But you may overlook that it’s also information. What that means is that what you eat has the power to change the expression of your DNA. In other words, you’re telling your body a story with your food that it then turns into reality. This narrative helps shape everything you become.
Focusing on the Nourish Facet can transform your life. Eating real, nutrient-dense food is easily one of the most effective ways to optimize your body shape, enjoy consistent energy, and age wonderfully. You know this.
But what if—despite this knowledge—you simply can’t stomach kale?
Or maybe it’s not kale. It could be shiitake mushrooms or blueberries or sweet potatoes. It’s any food that’s touted as being “super” and is filled with vitamins, minerals, and other magical phytonutrients, yet you just don’t like the taste, texture, or both. (Many of us feel this way about one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet: liver.)
I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: There are no superfoods.
If you don’t like kale, I’m sure there’s another leafy green you actually do like (that’s chard in the picture, by the way). Blueberries aren’t the only foods that are high in polyphenols—you can indulge in other brightly colored produce and relax. If sweet potatoes are too orange-tasting for you (yes, people have told me this), there are other colors you might prefer, or you can enjoy another root vegetable. Why have rutabagas fallen out of favor? Let’s bring back rutabagas!
Because here’s the thing: Pleasure is a big part of nourishing yourself.
You have spoken. The most common complaint I heard from you about your health and wellness is that you don't like the way your body looks, especially as you age. You feel like your upper arms jiggle too much. Or you moan about the slab you can grab around your waist. Maybe it’s your saddlebags or droopy derriere—or maybe it’s all of the above.
It makes me sad. How much time and energy have you spent in your life trying to change your body? If you actually looked and felt good in your body, what wonderful things you could do?
Do you ever feel like your body is stuck? How can you be doing everything right and it isn’t making any difference?
It’s depressing to put so much effort into your body and not see the expected results. Unfortunately, it’s also common. And there could be a simple reason why: What you think is “doing everything right” is actually not.
You could benefit from hiring a health coach. She understands that personal transformation isn’t a one-size-fits-all matter. Along with addressing your health holistically, a health coach offers the benefit of accountability, knowledge, and personalization. Ideally, she offers a supportive and nonjudgmental environment for you in the process and loves questions (please--don't be afraid to ask questions!).
What health topics are trending right now? What sounds exciting, even sexy?
Just off the top of my head: The Keto diet. Mitochondrial energy. Activating autophagy. The benefits of intermittent fasting.
How about digestion?
Nope. Not glamorous or exciting at all. Yet I believe digestion is at the core of your health (pun intended). If you want dynamic energy, near-effortless body maintenance, a luminous complexion, and the ability to slow down aging, you’ve got to take care of your digestive health.
And how sexy is that?