Would you willingly sign up for a hardship? I’ll just bet your answer is a confident: No! Not in a million years and not even for a million dollars!
What if it served as the springboard for your deepest passions to emerge? Passions you never knew existed until you suffered the misfortune. Furthermore, what if your passion couldn’t be unearthed unless you went through it?
I hit my personal rock bottom twenty-one years ago while journeying through a three-year battle with binge eating disorder. Like a sharp blow to the gut that I never saw coming, I became instantaneously tangled in a vicious web of food restriction, obsession and binging…all while studying to be a dietitian!
It all started with one “innocent” little diet that I tried to shed the few pounds I put on while in the throes of rebound partying after a tumultuous breakup.
One would think a few pounds would be a breeze to lose: restrict a little food, exercise a bit more and voila…gone.
Ha! Not even close.
I went through a three-year mental ping-pong game with one player being food and the other, the rigid rules of the diet. And there I was, the ball in the middle, being bounced around between restrictive rules and abundant food around every corner.
It’s a game the mind can never win. You’re drawn towards food because the diet tells you you can’t have it; as much as you try to resist its lure, food inevitably triumphs. In other words, when limits and restrictions are placed upon food, the mind will always gravitate towards it.
This is where my passion emerges in full force. It’s why I wrote an entire book on the subject! It’s why my heart breaks when I witness yet another well-intentioned person embark on a regimented diet to improve some aspect of their health. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that beneath the surface, a war is about to wage.
One thing is for sure, we will never win this war.
I am here to tell you that all it takes is a mere change in perception to experience an internal shift so powerful that within twenty-four hours, you could be on the road to healing.
If you choose.
What if the mere thought of eating a Brussel sprout is enough to make you want to gag? This is where the magic of your body really shines through. Did you know that you were born with the power to crave nutritious food? In fact, my personal mantra is: What you feed your body most, it will crave.
In reality, the individual who craves chocolate and the one who craves salad have both trained their bodies to prefer these foods. It’s not about willpower; it’s a matter of how frequently you put the food into your body and the physical cravings that emerge over time.
To experience this for yourself, start by slowly and consistently feeding your body the foods you want to crave. I promise it will reward you with more of those cravings. For example, if you want to strengthen your craving for vegetables, add a serving of vegetables to your diet every single day and watch what happens.
This is how I went from craving cookies and cake every day, to broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Believe me, I am not equipped with any unique and special powers that you don’t have too.
Looking back, I now realize my eating disorder was a gift, and I understand why I went through it. Dieting, starving, binging—all so I could hit rock bottom and develop this fierce passion to help others learn how to make peace with their food and trust their body.
And you know what? I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world.
My dear friend, have you hit a personal rock bottom with your health?
Understand that your body’s natural state is ease and health. It wants to be well and will do everything in its power to maintain it. Just tune in, listen, and take action on what you’ve learned.
Your ultimate power to create better health lies within. The truth is, you’ve held the key all along; you were just looking in all the wrong places.