There are so many common limiting beliefs that we have with respect to our body and health. Below, I’ve highlighted some of the common ones that I encounter as a practitioner as well as  alternative beliefs that are more uplifting and healing.

Beliefs about your body

  • My body is doing something wrong.
  • My body has failed me.
  • My whole family has these health problems so there’s nothing I can do.
  • I just have to learn to live with these symptoms (or this disease).
  • If only my body was working properly then I would be happy.

Uplifting beliefs to consider:

  • Your body is your ally, meant to accompany your soul as long as you are on the Earth. Your body truly wants to be well, wants to support you, and is communicating with you through sensations and symptoms. It’s always doing the best it can given its history, current stressors, nutrition, environment, etc. As you learn to listen and let your body guide you to health-supportive choices, you will find that it responds willingly and positively.
  • Your genes respond to the environment around your cells. By shifting your food choices, thoughts and lifestyle, you change the environment around your cells so they can express greater health. In addition to feeling great, you can also be an inspiration for your loved ones.
  • If you were once healthy, you have the capacity to be healthy again. Some cultures are well known for their capacity to be healthy well into their tenth decade and we can learn from their simple wholesome lifestyles. I know that you can do it too.
  • Happiness is available to you every moment, regardless of outside circumstances, including the state of your body. In fact when you find inner happiness, the lens through which you see the world changes and you naturally make more health-supportive choices.

Beliefs about yourself

  • I don’t have what it takes to heal.
  • It’s going to be hard for me to make all these changes.
  • I’m not disciplined enough.
  • When symptoms get worse, I’ve done something wrong, or the new diet isn’t working for me.

Uplifting beliefs to consider:

  • Although we know quite a lot about what a body needs to heal, the journey to health is at the same time, in many ways, a mystery that unfolds one step at a time. Nobody can give you an exact formula for healing but my experience shows me that when people are sincere about healing, and I know you are, the steps as well as all the help you need reveal themselves in a way that is unique for your journey. Just keep going and do your best to try not to get too far ahead of yourself.
  • Discipline is an inner quality that we all possess. Actually, the belief that we need discipline to make better choices is not entirely true, particularly when it’s coming from an effortful place. Effortful discipline never lasts and it depletes energy and health. Effortless discipline is an inner quality that we all possess when we are aligned with what we truly want. When you relax and stop trying so hard, discipline feels more natural.
  • When you shift your eating habits toward wholesome foods, symptoms tend to begin to improve quickly and energy levels increase. The body will use these increased energy levels to dig deeper to clear toxins and this might show up as a temporary worsening of symptoms. In addition, symptoms that arise can be a way that your body is asking you to further refine your food choices. Have you let some of your old foods slip back into your diet?
  • Everyone experiences setbacks, particularly when changing habits. Use setbacks to learn about your triggers and uncover strategies that will help you in the future. Decode your cravings. Did you let yourself get too hungry? Maybe bring a container of fruit and vegetables or a smoothie with you when you know you’ll be out for more than a couple hours.
  • Although food is important, remember that you are here to create a life of meaning and connection, not to stress about food. Focus on what you really want and be gentle with yourself.

Beliefs about what you need to shift your diet

  • I need my family to eat the way I am.
  • I will have to make two different meals to accommodate my family and it’s too much work.
  • I don’t have time.
  • I’m not a good cook and I don’t like being in the kitchen.

Uplifting beliefs to consider:

  • I’ve found that it’s best to share your new food direction with your family only to the extent that they are open to it. Focus on yourself and give them the freedom to eat the way they want to. When you make yourself a new dish, offer it to your family without expectations one way or the other. There are so many wonderful recipes and you are likely to find that your family enjoys them too. There are no doubt like-minded people in your community, so open yourself up to connecting with them for support.
  • With some planning and simple recipes, you will soon be making delicious food that makes you feel good. Of course it’s an adjustment so be patient and let go of being perfect. If it becomes stressful, ask yourself if you are expecting too much of yourself. Invite your family to get involved in meal preparation.
  • You don’t have to change your whole diet right away. Maybe add one or two things like a daily smoothie or salad for now, or 25% more fruit and vegetables. One step at a time.
  • You may also find that with a holistic approach to nutrition you begin to enjoy simpler foods, and that natural foods are appealing to work with in the kitchen. Although it will take time to shop, organize your kitchen and prepare food from scratch, it will seem like less of an effort, and eventually quite possibly enjoyable and relaxing, once you get the hang of it and enjoy the benefits.
  • Ultimately, it’s not about having time; it’s about making time. The truth is, being a patient is a full-time job and what we don’t have time for is getting sick. Being healthy will give you so much more time and energy. As you do emotional work, you will find yourself better able to set boundaries and stop over committing to family, friends and colleagues.

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