Let's chat about our food choices. With the plethora of diet dogma and scientific reports out there claiming one thing or another, it's not easy to figure which to follow. What was bad 30 years ago is back to being good again. Is Paleo right? How about wheat consumption? Should we/shouldn't we eat it? Eggs are bad for cholesterol... no they aren't, sugar is. Honey is a healthy type of sugar... no, sugar is sugar and it's all bad. There are people who are staunch believers of not eating any animal meat: some have an issue with killing, others object to the poor quality of life the animals suffer in big, industrial 'farms'. Although, for every objection one raises, I often wonder if the same care is taken to do a full investigation... those who object to the poor quality of life, for example, do those same people research where their Chia seed or tofu come from? I'm not judging or being facetious, I'm just asking the question. I love Chia seed and I have it on my breakfast every single morning. Why? Well, because I read a book that introduced me to its benefits and I believed it, but I'd be lying if I said I had the faintest idea of the conditions (appalling or otherwise) in which my chia seeds grow... and who packaged them up? Can I feel secure that no child labour laws have been broken? At what point do we check our moral standards at the door?
Now, I live on 35-acre property in Costa Rica, with chickens who lay fresh eggs every morning. I know where our eggs come from. And we exchange our eggs with neighbours for butter, raw milk, yogurt and cheese. All fresh. No middle man. We grow organic vegetables by choice, but it's not as easy as one might think. And what we can't grow, we buy from local farmers or in shops. We have cows grazing in our pasture. We only supply the pasture, but I do know that our meat comes from grass-fed, pasture roaming animals (all cattle is grass-fed here in Costa Rica). They seem to have a peaceful life. I don't know much about the abattoir portion, however. I can't speak to the conditions, but knowing they had a good life assuages my sense of guilt. I don't like killing, but I do. I'd be a hypocrite if I said anything different. We have natural trout ponds and, yes, we fish, kill, and eat them. But while they're alive, we provide a nice environment with cold river-fed water. We honour their living as much as we're thankful for their sacrifice. In fact, being close to our food source creates a very real sense of gratitude, I've noticed. The more removed I was, the more I took for granted and maybe even felt entitled. So, I think we're very lucky now. And since eating our 'back to basics' diet, I feel better than I ever have. It works for my body.
How does all this relate to following your tug? Well, I believe our bodies are amazing instruments... and no two are the same. We are all unique. One scientific report shows that even identical twins are not identical. We are equipped with our own radar, too. If we would learn to listen to our bodies, we would all stop attaching ourselves to someone else's miracle cure and we would stop judging others for not getting on board our magic carpet ride, as well. If you don't feel well after drinking or eating dairy products... then listen... it's your body. You don't need anyone's approval to stop feeling poorly. Your body knows best. But the converse is equally true: if someone can't tolerate dairy products and they see it fit to stand on their soap box and preach the dangers of their poison, it doesn't necessarily mean you have to swallow their medicine. Go down the list... whether it is based on your body's physical reaction or emotional belief... consume what's right for you.
And enjoy it!! Yes, follow your tug... and enjoy it. Stop stressing over every bite. Be grateful that you have choice. Strike the right balance and you will not only feed your body, but also your soul with a sense of clarity. And we all know clarity rocks!
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