Hi lovelies and happy spring.
It has been a bit more than a week into my personal journey through a spring reset and I was pleasantly surprised with how great it went. And with how much ease was apparent through the week of resetting my body and returning to simple, whole foods. (If you missed my last post, and don't quite know what I am writing about, you can catch up here.)
Using the word ease may seem impossible, given that I gave up wheat, dairy, white sugar, alcohol, oats, peanuts,and a few select other foods.
Ummm, how does living and eating in this way feel anywhere near easeful???
Well, there are 2 very important distinctions that made it that way.
Number 1. My intention. My intention wasn't to lose weight or punish my body. My intention was one of curiosity. Seeking out what will best support me in feeling more balanced, energized, and whole. I truly wanted to know if taking out some of these trigger foods would make a difference in how I felt mentally, physically, and emotionally.
It did. I did feel a bit more balanced, grounded, in tune with my body, and I would say a bit more content overall.
Number 2. I set aside guilt and wasn't crazy strict with myself. I knew my goals were lofty, so I tried my best but allowed for space to go a bit off course. My friend invited me for a glass of wine mid-week and I happily accepted. ( I don't want to associate healthy living with putting my life on hold. ) I decided very quickly, I was unable to give up so much at once so I allowed for coffee with cream (almond milk doesn't do it for me!) and enjoyed every sip, every morning.
No, I didn't follow the 'rules' exactly, but instead I took the rules and made my own guidelines. I challenged myself, but I didn't turn it into a struggle. The moment I got too close to the reset feeling like like a pain, I re-routed, I allowed. I allowed myself to mess up, to not be perfect, to go off course.
And the funny thing was I started to ease up in other areas of my life. I gave up control of our house looking perfect, and left the dishes and opted for a bath instead. I released my grip a little and approached everything with a bit more gentleness. I tuned into what I wanted and needed, instead of grasping to keep up with how I generally think everything needs to be.
I let the struggle go. Because that is not the way I want to live my life. Struggling to eat a certain way because this person says its the best way. Or because dairy is a cardinal sin. I don't live in the black and white, and neither do my wellness habits.
More gentleness. More curiosity. More supporting our personal dreams and desires.
This is what I gathered from my week on this reset that I made my own. And I encourage you to do the same if you are looking to reset your body this spring. Make your life, your habits, the way you eat, and play, and do everything .... well, make it yours.
It certainly doesn't have to look any certain way.