Your organic diet is an embarrassing joke

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With a pantry full of home-grown garlic bulbs
and preserved organic lemons, you might feel a little smug.

You’re doing the right thing, right?

You’re staying away from junk food and your blood pH levels are better than
they’ve ever been, so you’re one of the good guys, aren’t you?

Sorry, but I have some bad news for you. You’re not. Your grass fed lamb
cutlets and your 100% natural fish oil tablets might elevate you one step
above the ‘Happy meal generation’ but when you get right to the core, your
organic diet is a joke.

Anyone who knows anything about health and vitality knows that eating
organic food is only one small part of what goes into making you truly
‘organic’.

Are you tired of making promises when you know keeping them will mean burn out?

Are you tired of using the punishing self-judgement as your only tool for making better decisions?

Are you tired of trying to look more like someone else, rather than your fine self?

A truly organic lifestyle means removing the destructive thinking and destructive attitudes we hold in all areas of life. It’s about how you think about your food, your work, your health routines. It’s in the entertainment you seek out and the relationships you maintain.

You can start by removing the chemical waste from your salad’s but ultimately an organic lifestyle is about removing all the waste and remembering what actually feels natural to you. This must be defended from all the voices saying you should change, and should work every day at being someone you’re not.

When going organic you can start by removing the chemical excess from your salads and fruit bowl but ultimately an organic lifestyle is about removing all the waste and remembering what actually feels right and natural.

 

Some clues that you might be leading an organic lifestyle:

  • You attended a yoga class once, the instructor encouraged you not to push or strain but instead to “listen to your body”. They suggested that paying attention to how your body felt today was valuable in itself, without having to change it into something better, tighter or stronger. You heard this and you liked it.

 

  • You’ve attempted to meditate. It may have felt uncomfortable, you may have been convinced you were doing it wrong, but it wasn’t so bad. You may have even noticed being more relaxed than usual afterwards (though probably not during).

 

  • You’ve had a “real talk” with a friend, one where you chose honesty over politeness and were willing to risk hurting their feelings to say what you thought was important at the time

 

  • You’ve had a “real talk” with yourself and had the courage to say no and stop doing or being involved in something you knew was really not important.

 

Organic food is one thing. An organic lifestyle is something else entirely. It’s not the easiest way to live or grow, but it certainly has its benefits. Namely, the food you eat is food, and the life you live is yours.

 

If you haven’t yet…

 

  • Try out a yoga class

 

  • Sit, today, for 5 minutes and try breathing calmly.

 

  • See what a pesticide-free, nutrient-rich carrot tastes like.

 

  • Buy an organic box of veggies. Get it delivered.

A little Saturday morning shame training

All those times your daddy yelled at you for not being ready on time,

or your mum yelled at you for not cleaning your room,

or your brother yelled at you for breaking his stuff

or your sister yelled at you for making her look stupid,

or your dog barked at you for getting home late

 

…they were all only saying one thing: Don’t compromise.

 

Don’t compromise.

 

Don’t compromise.

 

Don’t compromise.

 

And I’ll say it again…

 

Don’t compromise.

 

To be more accurate they were saying “Don’t make me compromise” but essentially the lesson is the same.

 

Don’t make daddy late for work, don’t make mummy clean your room, don’t make big brother have to make another potato cannon, don’t make little sister have to deny that she’s related to you, don’t make puppy dog look bad for waking up the house without a robbery.

 

How is this still important, now that all those confusing childhood emotions have been effectively supressed? You’re an adult now… right? You can’t get home late because there’s no bedtime! You can get in trouble for breaking stuff because it’s
your stuff! You free!!!

 

But free to what… ?

Free to compromise… ?

 

Compromise is real. Give it an inch and it will take you further than you ever thought was possible. Further away from the life you chose and the person you wanted to become. Compromise can kill you and not only that it’ll have you dying for something you don’t even believe in.

 

Don’t compromise. That thing, that you’re thinking of right now, where you get that half excited, half anxious feeling in your stomach? Do it, don’t compromise. That person you’ve been waiting for “just the right time” to talk to? Talk to them, don’t compromise.

 

When all those familiar fears spark up, when there’s yelling and barking flooding through your mind try to remember, it’s actually going to be ok. These days as an adult the worst case scenario is usually just an afternoon of shame or sobbing followed by some sheepish laughter and a stronger sense of self. And the best case scenario, the intended outcome, is that sweet relief you get from not being spilt between the compromises. These emotional bodies of ours are far more robust than we give them credit for. Not compromising yourself is rather like taking your emotions to the gym. You press a little and it starts to feel uncomfortable. It’s a good discomfort though, you’re getting stronger.

 

Good luck,

and be prepared for the post-shame giggles.