The key to a lifetime of peak wellness is the ability to adapt to new, correct information regarding your wellness. This adaption process is a loop between learning and acting, and it should continue all the time. How do you know what you’re learning is accurate and where can you find the information you need to become and stay well?
This is the third installment in a four part series called Wellness All In. These articles examine some of steps I’ve used to begin and maintain a track of wellness for over a decade. The first two steps, decide and relinquish judgement, are important before beginning this step, or you might inadvertently end up where you started. Think about it, if you already know what’s right, you might do more of what you think is right, and end up where you started by accidentally doing the wrong things!
How to Know I’m Doing This Right
When you’re only free of disease and not in peak wellness, you will feel “alright” – neither good nor bad, but rather a grey middle. Peak wellness on the other hand feels amazing and I believe is what biology and this universe intended. This, granted, is a highly personal statement; however, in times of peak wellness I am joyful and feel powerful – connected – and can’t help but feel that this feeling is right. And for me, this state of peak wellness is repeatable, as long as I follow the basic tenants in evolved. It doesn’t have to be perfect all the time, but when all the tenants come together, the results are incredible.
The teacher on this journey to peak wellness is your body, nothing and no one else. I’m not saying that information from trusted sources isn’t a requirement, it certainly is, but without the feedback loop your clean body has with you, how will you know what’s right for you and what isn’t?
The first step to having this conversation with your body is to clean it out. There are many cleansing diets available to you, and in fact, evolved is a cleansing lifestyle. Pick one where the person you’re reading about has an amazing story where they’ve used the tenants they’re putting forward. One we’ve had great success with is Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life: Unleash the Healing Power of Fresh Juices and Cleansing Diets. Read Cherie’s story, and you’ll know why I use the knowledge in this book. Our copy is worn and stained, how a good detox book ought to be.
Here’s a few things to get you started:
- Drink clean spring water for at least three weeks
- Largely eliminate animal products from your diet and eat an abundance of raw, organic food
- Remove chlorine from your bath and shower
- Gently exercise several times a week
Go at your own speed though. If you’re highly toxic, the experience might be more difficult for you. It’s worth it. Once you’re clean, your body is going to surprise you. I can remember the first time I had fully cleaned myself out and decided to eat a hamburger at a fast food joint. My body didn’t have a conversation with me, it smacked me the face, “What are you doing!” That’s the message I received. I’ve rarely gone back to a fast food restaurant. Why? Because I don’t like how I feel.
If you don’t clean your body out, the messages it’s trying to send you will be drowned out.
Perhaps it’s the chemicals, perhaps the processed food. The exact cause is irrelevant. The feeling of malaise I get from drinking a can of soda is very real, a feeling that did not appear until I was clean.
So who’s your teacher? Your body is! It’s designed (evolved) to give you an enormous amount of feedback. Learn to listen to it, and you’ll have the compass you need to navigate your current map – as I discussed in Relinquishing Judgement.
Now that you have your compass, you need a plan of action. How do you know when you’ve found trustworthy information that you can add to your map?
Here’s what a truthful source looks like:
- Tells the truth about themselves – doesn’t paint themselves as perfect.
- Doesn’t follow a fad – or an “eat only this” diet – all healthy diets are varied.
- Isn’t selling a “take only this and all your diet woes will go away” – no they won’t, lol
- Lives the message they are giving you – it’s not a product or a short term solution.
- Seeks sustainable balance – all true wellness plans need to seek long term harmony within the body.
- Uses a ton of plants. I’m not giving you advice, but in my experience of wellness, plants are critical.
- Doesn’t have a conflicting interest.
- Relates that everyone’s body is unique and each of us have specific dietary needs – not a one size fits all.
Only you and your clean body is up to the task of learning the information you need to be optimally well!
Now that you know why, how, and what – all that’s left is now.