My goal is to move a lot more. Get movement into my daily life, changing my mindset from ‘exercise is a part of the day’ to ‘exercise is only one possibility of the range of movement I can do with my body every day, throughout the day‘. I want my body to be strong, flexible and well aligned. I want to have loads of energy and feel (& be) healthy.
So, with that in mind, how do I fuel all of this movement?
I love my food. Proper food. I have always cooked from scratch anyway (you can’t go wrong!). I was vegetarian for years and years and years. Almost 20. But I always promised myself I would listen to my body, and I felt the need to reintroduce (good quality) meat back into my diet. I have never had to watch my weight, and do have what you would call a healthy appetite. I love food, I love eating, I love cooking, I love reading about food.
But how best to provide nourishment for your body these days? There is so much in the news about “super” foods, fads, allergies and intolerances, with so much advice dressed up in pseudo-science. It is hard to know who to trust.
Given this ‘moving naturally’ goal involves listening to and getting in touch more with my body, I will apply the same ethos to what I eat. Also, Katy Bowman says ‘you are how you move’ in much the same was as ‘you are what you eat’. The two work together. As I endeavour to move in a variety of different ways, again I will try to eat a wider variety of food.
I want to eat well so my body functions well. Plus, I’d say I have a fair bit of healing to do as I try to unstick the sticky parts of my muscles.
This seems to make sense (evidence based – you can’t beat science). See the image below which highlights what the research is saying:
It reminds me of one of my favourite quotes about food, a philosophy I follow:
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
― Michael Pollan, 2008,
Again, you can’t go wrong with that! And with variety in mind, I won’t be going GF of dairy free or excluding anything (other than processed foods). I’ll simply be aiming to make swaps so that on day I might get in a pint of normal milk, next time I’ll try something like soya or almond milk. One time it’ll be regular pancakes, the next time I’ll whip up a batch of buckwheat pancakes. Always aiming for variety.
So, during this moving quest I will pop in every now and again to talk about how I am eating to keep up the good work of my body. Less about fads and fashions in food, and more about eating well. Naturally.
PS the image at the head of this blog isn’t what I eat day to day! Would be great to eat like that more often, this was from a survival weekend course I took a couple of years ago. Now THAT was a weekend of movement…more abut that another time!