Just a few months into my Year of Intuition (#yearofintuition) and I am already discovering all sorts of sacred medicine that is strengthening and enhancing my intuition and guiding me further on my path home to myself. This sacred medicine is a combination of the tools, habits, practice, study, and reflection that connect me to Spirit, my purpose, and myself. The reflection piece here is imperative to this process. I must evaluate what is working and what isn’t as I stretch and evolve.
Since my Year of Intuition began with Whole30 as a piece of the foundation (I mean, It Starts With Food, guys!), I knew food would be a major part of this process. And yet, even with that awareness, I have come to recognize patterns and truths that I didn’t expect.
My human experience historically includes food addiction and disordered eating. In addition, my spiritual practice has always been important to me. When I disconnect from my body, my mind, and my spirit, I disconnect from my intuition, my inner knowing, and my centeredness. When I give in to the vice of numbing my emotions with food, I don’t just dull the negative feelings. When I turn to food to numb, I end up dulling ALL the feelings, including my intuition.
This leads me to wonder: Throughout my life, was I unknowingly using food as a coping mechanism because I was not yet prepared or trained to handle the feelings and experiences associated with enhanced intuition, empathy, and holistic healing?
This revelation has produced an interesting hypothesis: when I eat foods that are whole, real, and unprocessed, I am enhancing and developing my intuition. For me, this means I am eating according to Whole30 rules (whole, real, unprocessed plants, clean meats, fruits, healthy fats, eggs, and nuts) or living in my food freedom. Living in my food freedom means I truly know and understand what foods are worth it, what trigger me to want to EAT ALL THE THINGS, what causes cravings, and what results in energy crashes. By taking the lessons from my Whole30 resets of the past and practicing my food freedom, I am strengthening my inner knowing.
Does this mean that Whole30 has an added non-scale victory? For me, it absolutely does.
Added Whole30 non-scale victory: ENHANCED INTUITION!
One aspect of Whole30 that doesn’t get the attention that I believe it deserves is learning to recognize hunger and satiety signals. This means that not only are you eating whole, real, unprocessed foods, but also you are paying attention to when you are really, truly hungry and when you are really, truly full. For me, this translates to honestly evaluating if I am eating to fill a void, numb a feeling, or release loneliness. This means that Whole30 is providing the opportunity to truly practice listening to my gut and honoring my body’s communication. The more I practice recognizing and valuing the messages that come through, the louder and clearer that transmission of information becomes. For me, when I am living in food freedom or engaging in a Whole30, this starts with feeling my hunger and satiety, but evolves into receiving so much more information beyond when my belly is full or empty. My body shifts from “meat suit that houses my soul” into an intuitive ally giving me insight and guidance in every aspect of my life.
Truth be told, I have read a lot about “eating for intuition” and while there is some conflicting information out there, some recommendations are very consistent.
- Plants, plants, plants
- Healthy fats
- Nuts (assuming you don’t have a negative reaction)
- Processed foods
When it comes to connecting to Spirit, I have seen a lot of recommendations for avoiding all animal products, as energetically, eating animals can cloud your system. While I absolutely can understand this, I also have to say: you do you. If you feel best eating meat, do it, just work hard to find meat that you can feel good about eating, and express gratitude for the animals that you are eating. I am not here to tell you that you must do this or eat that, I am only sharing perspective, so I repeat: YOU DO YOU.
For me, healing from small intestine bacteria overgrowth (SIBO) means I have to be very cautious in overdoing any grains, beans, or nuts (among other things), so meat is currently an important part of my diet.
In my experience, completing a Whole30, reintroducing foods, veering off plan in my food freedom, and then coming back for a few days to following Whole30 confirms time and time again: when I simplify and eat real, whole, unprocessed foods, I unleash my intuition in ways I never though possible.
And boy oh boy, does that untap my sparkle.
If you are ready to untap your sparkle and feed your intuition, let’s connect. One on one coaching opportunities are available now! If the idea of embarking upon Whole30 together sounds more your speed, let’s plan to start 2018 off with a bang! The Untap Your Sparkle January Whole30 experience is coming soon…