Updated: Oct 19, 2018
A few years ago, I showed up to a dinner party where the host made an entirely separate dinner from everybody else. A vegan plate. After all, I am a Nutritionist... I must be a vegan.
I let them know that I was grateful they had gone out of their way to accommodate me, but, also, politely reminded them that we had, in fact, enjoyed burgers together in the not so recent past.
The assumptions that are made of how a Nutritionist must eat are closely tied to the need many feel to attach to a specific way of eating. How often do you hear, “I am a [fill-in-the-blank-tarian]”, “I follow a [fill-in-the-blank] diet”, “I need to add up my [fill-in-the-blank-numbers] for this meal”? We put so much pressure on ourselves to find a singular approach that works to follow.
The first verse in the #Tao states, “Ever desireless, one can see the mystery; ever desiring, one sees only the manifestations. And the mystery itself is the doorway to all understanding.”
The first verse in the Tao states, "Ever desireless, one can see the mystery; ever desiring, one sees only the manifestations. And the mystery is the doorway to all understanding."
#LaoTzu was clearly not just talking about the way we eat. But if we do apply it to food, it helps us see that part of life is accepting the paradoxical nature of various approaches to diet.
More importantly, when we too strongly attach ourselves to a specific approach to food, we fail to stay present with the dynamic and ever-changing needs of our body.
Stay open and listen to how your physical and energetic needs shift from day to day, month to month, and year to year. Be open to the mystery and allow yourself to be fluid with your approach depending on what arises for you.