Is your body speaking to you?
Lying in savasana on the mat after a recent yoga class, I clearly received two images in my mind. One, a giant pitcher of water and two, the color orange.
Ok, I know I need hydration, I just sweat my ass off, but orange? Do you mean orange foods? What other foods are orange besides oranges and sweet potatoes? Are those the foods you want?
*Picture of a 2-lb. bag of carrots flashes in my mind.*
Carrots?! Ok. Heard. You got it!
What in blazes am I talking about? This…
My body speaks to me in pictures. She always has. Whether it’s through painted visions of bodies moving through space to music in choreography, or a 2-lb bag of carrots as a symbol to include more beta-carotene in my diet, my body is always communicating with me.
And your body is always communicating with you too. Are you paying attention?
Our bodies are the direct connection to the Divine Guidance each of us possesses, otherwise known as intuition. And every single person on the planet has access to this deep well of Wisdom and Knowing via their own Intuition.
Without a connection to and honoring of your intuition, you’re likely to struggle a whole heck of a lot in all areas of your life, without really knowing why. Especially when it comes to food, eating and maintaining a weight you feel gorgeous at. Your body is how you experience your intuition through ‘gut feelings’, emotions, and the like.
Sometimes, we aren’t taking care of ourselves the way we should and so this inner wisdom becomes dull. It may be harder for us to make decisions or we may find ourselves in repeat situations and relationships, feeling stuck and insecure, wondering how the hell things have gotten so difficult or off track.
The answers lie within us.
When we don’t listen to our inner wisdom– ignoring the signs, symptoms, emotions, anxieties, feelings of dread, etc.– our bodies will cry out subtly at first and then louder and louder until we are forced to pay attention.
We aren’t taught this.
Western culture does not typically value the wisdom of the body the way other cultures do and for Western women, disconnecting from our bodies has sadly become the norm.
Doctors typically don’t look at how our food choices and lifestyle habits powerfully affect our health. Instead, they prescribe pills and toxic chemicals to treat conditions that often arise from poor eating and lifestyle habits.
Through dieting, silencing our truths and being taught not shine ‘too brightly’ for fear of inviting an attack, we, women, have tried to fit into a masculine dominated world that is completely counterintuitive to what we require for vibrant, radiant health.
Furthermore, this learned disconnect can force the voice of a woman’s intuition to become quieter and quieter until she can no longer hear, feel or see her own brilliance.
It certainly did for me…
After years of learning to ignore my body and push through rigorous dance training, starvation diets and unhealthy relationships, it took time and dedication to gently coax the voice of my intuition back out from hiding.
It took my body literally falling apart—adult acne covering every inch of my face, digestive turmoil, food allergies, major injuries—for me to make space for the Truth of how I was living my life to come through.
I wasn’t prioritizing the most important thing in my world—ME.
And to change my reality, I had to start doing things differently. I had to learn to truly care for myself in a holistic (i.e. 360 degree) way, tending to my physical health first.
From radiant health, everything in my life has changed and it can for you too.
Taking exquisite care of ourselves enables us to hear the voice of our inner wisdom. From this place, we are connected to everything we want (and the clarity around what we don’t want) in life.
Your body is your greatest source of unlimited power and potential. It’s how you live the life of your wildest, most joyful dreams.
Nurture this relationship and I assure you, your reality will transform.
Doesn’t that make you want to slow down and take a bit more mindful care of how you’re treating and feeding your body regularly?
I know it did for me.
So, after yoga, I rolled up my mat, walked home and put together this beautiful, delicious and nourishing meal, orange foods and all.
Lastly, I’d love to hear from you in the comments on my blog– how does your body speak to you? And if you try this recipe, I’d love for you to take a photo and share it with me on Instagram and/or Facebook, #lovethebodyyoucallhome
Winter in Charleston Salad
*This salad makes enough for a light, plant-based meal or two, or several side portions. Share with someone you love or use it for leftovers!
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced thin
1 medium sweet potato, cubed
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, mashed
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
Pinch red pepper flakes
2 bunches Tuscan kale, ribs removed and leaves torn into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup nutritional yeast (optional)
2 tablespoon almond meal (optional)
Slice avocado, optional
Gomasio or sesame seeds, optional
Step 1: Prep the veggies
Preheat the oven to 350. Toss carrots and sweet potatoes with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 30-40 minutes or until cooked through. Once cooked, remove from oven and set aside.
Step 2: Prep the salad:
In a large bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper flakes. Add kale and toss to coat. Let sit at room temperature for 10 to 30 minutes.
Add roasted veggies, nutritional yeast and almond meal and toss. Top with sliced avocado and gomasio if desired.
Cover and refrigerate leftovers up to two days.
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