The tricky thing about the amount of information we receive nowadays is that it throws off our center. Constant information at our fingertips is a blessing and a curse, but more often than not it skews our intuition. Prior to the information age, people learned slowly, at the pace that was most comfortable to them. Or by experience - again, at a speed by which they could absorb lessons naturally. Having our smartphones is oftentimes a huge relief - where would we be without Google maps? - but it cheapens the learning curve. As a result, our intuition becomes hindered. What was once the large, burning flame that guided us has become a dim ember.
Ask yourself: do you really need to know when the national anthem of Turkey was created? Or lookup a list regarding the best 38 makeup sponges? It has become an automatic knee jerk to go searching for every answer we can find. But I argue that this is mental clutter, clutter that damages our use of intuition. For most of human history, intuition was all we had. We learned which plants we could eat by senses, sensing. We learned to navigate the land without maps, clocks, compasses. As a result, our intuition and self reliance was strong, and one relied on that voice.
When it comes to eating, we have let the intuition drown. From knowing what to eat, to how much to eat, to when to eat - there is so much information out there, and it can become completely overwhelming. Should I eat paleo? Plant based? Vegan? Low carb? Should I do intermittent fasting? Which meal plan is best for me? Do I need to meal plan?
The problem is that those who have laid out these dietary dogmas, or the businessmen that created the protein powders and meal replacement - they do not know you. They do not necessarily care about you. More often than not, they just want your money. And most people are left wondering why a ketogenic diet worked for their best friends, but not for themselves.
The answer is always bio-individuality. Everyone is different. And at the crux of that is your intuition, the only one who knows what's best for you. Think: when was the last time you used and trusted your intuition? Maybe recently, but likely it needed brushing off. We can all use help - the internet really is a godsend for so many things, as are teachers, friends with advice, coaches, mentors, etc. But the purpose of center is always a coming back to one's self. I believe that most people cannot heal nor grow if they ignore their intuition.
Work on listening to your inner voice a bit more this week. Rather than going to your phone or laptop for answers, try to problem solve on your own. Not only will your self-reliance grow, but you'll be building better neuropathways to strengthen your brain (more about that in an upcoming post). Breath, silence the extraneous thoughts, and focus on finding the answer within.