I’m not a big fan of having do anything that I don’t want to do. Maybe you know the feeling? Anyway, when I was invited to attend a seminar about nutrition and healthy eating, I balked because I didn’t want to hear somebody tell me what I already knew and refuse to do, but lunch was included, so how could I resist? I figured that I might be choking down some miso and bean sprouts, but oh well.
Much to my surprise and delight, there was a fabulously delicious healthy meal, and nobody stood in my face lecturing me about what I had to stop doing that was wrong, or what I had to start doing that was right. Instead, there was just Elizabeth, handing me a piece of chocolate and teaching me how to eat it mindfully. I liked it (both the chocolate and mindful parts). I expected a lecture; instead, I got candy. What a deal! That says a little about expectations, doesn’t it? Now, when I receive a newsletter from Elizabeth, I open it up, enjoy it, and sometimes even try a recipe. I particularly enjoyed the pumpkin laced spaghetti sauce.
Today I am inspired to share a newsletter that I just received from Elizabeth because it perfectly echoes my philosophy of life, and says in someone else’s words what I’ve been babbling every day since mid-April. Positive thinking and good news always bear repeating, and sometimes it’s helpful to hear it from a new perspective. The topic is nutrition, but the premise reaches beyond the boundaries of healthy eating habits and can be shifted from what we feed our bodies to what we feed our minds. Elizabeth says it well:
“This is one of the most important pieces of advice I can give you to help you reach your nutrition goals:
There is no failure when it comes to nourishing your body—only FEEDBACK.
You simply can’t fail with your healthy eating goals when you adopt this outlook. One bad meal, day, week, or more does not dictate your entire nutrition journey. You cannot give up because you think you “messed up” using this approach.
The true measure of success—along with genuine transformation and lasting results—comes from the ability to get CURIOUS NOT CRITICAL.
The #1 most helpful thing you can do when you feel like you’ve gotten off track, overeaten, made poor food selections, skipped too many workouts, or whatever else your perceived “misstep” may be …is to ditch the crappy self-talk and defeatist thinking in favor of adopting a growth (instead of a fixed) mindset.
This means you need to learn how to ask the right questions… how to listen for the most helpful feedback… and know how to use the information you gather to inform your future food choices.
… go crush your goals!
You’ve got this.”
Yes. You do. Go for it! Thanks Elizabeth.
See more from Elizabeth here.
Note: The photo above is courtesy of New Waves of Light, a website designed by anonymous individuals around the world who share the intention of bringing light and love to a world of darkness and chaos. (newwavesoflight.org or NWOL.us).