Our new year challenge: a truer you for 2018!

The beginning of a new year is always a time of renovation, resolutions, and change. It can be so wonderful to reset the clock and start anew, make a fresh start, and leave the old behind. I love this time of the year! The darkest day of the year is behind us and pretty soon daylight will start lasting longer and longer. Change can be hard but it can also be so much wonder and hope!

This year I want to invite you to take this first new month of the year as an opportunity to find something new you truly want inside yourself. What is it you want to leave behind? What do you want to build anew this year?

Making space for your own truth

With new year resolutions and challenges abounding all around you this time of the year, it can be difficult to listen to the tiny whisper of your intuition deep inside you. How do you shut down all the noise and find your own truth? That’s what we’re going to focus on this month at Valiant Nutrition!

Every week this month I’m going to post a prompt that will challenge you to shut down the noise coming from the outside and focus instead on your own North Star, your intuition, what your body and soul truly desire.

Focusing on the “intuitive” in “intuitive eating”

Competent and intuitive eating are about eating and food but they’re also about intuition and self-trust. The “eating” part is no mean feat to re-learn, from giving yourself permission to eat whatever you want, to recognizing that all foods are good. But I think the “intuitive” part deserves to be addressed just as much.

We live in a society that looooves to tell you what you should think, want, and look like — especially in time for new-year resolutions. The internet right now is full of advice and articles about ways to change and becoming a “better” version of yourself for the new year. How about instead you focus on becoming a truer version of yourself, one that is closer than ever to your intuition, whatever that looks like?

That takes courage! Becoming truer to yourself and your intuition means challenging the norm, finding what health looks and feels like for you, and following your your gut. But you don’t have to do it alone 🙂

This week challenge: what if your weight was truly out of your control?

Imagine this scenario: on January 1st, a gas was released in the atmosphere of the whole world. This gas is invisible, has no taste and no smell — it’s also harmless. What this gas has done is that now your weight will never change. Much like your height, your weight will from now on forever remain what it was as of the first day of this year.

How does this scenario make you feel?

If I were to guess, you might at first wish that the gas had been released on any other day of the year — why did it have to happen right at the end of the holidays, when your weight is likely at its highest? Why couldn’t you have the time to first lose that “extra” weight you just gained?

Perhaps you might also feel angry and anxious — angry at yourself for getting yourself in this situation and anxious because now there’s nothing you can do.

But think about it: in this scenario, your weight would be truly and completely out of your control. You could eat as much or as little you want, you could eat anything at all, you could work out a little, a lot, or not at all and your weight would still remain the same.

What could you do now?

Once your weight is out of your hands, what can you do? Take a moment to sit with it with a notebook and write what you would do for the rest of the year if such a scenario was true. Do your best to listen to your own voice, not the one your internalized from society, your family, or your doctor.

  • Would you still join a gym?
  • Would you try that new dieting program?
  • How about taking on a new hobby or sport?
  • Does visiting your doctor for a check-up still sound frightening?
  • Which foods would you eat and which foods would you never eat again?
  • Would you buy clothes that fit you comfortably right now?
  • What do you want to do to love yourself right here, right now, just as you are?

There are no right or wrong answers here, just the ones that can bring you closer to your intuition, who you truly are, and what you truly want.

A new kind of challenge

Are you brave enough to find a truer you instead of building a better you? I think you are! 😀

Share your thoughts about this challenge in the comments or send me an email at valentina@valiantnutrition.com

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