What’s a girl to do when she’s been traveling for three months and feels the tines of fatigue twirling at her hemline? She gets back to basics.
The last six months have brought me all over the Americas to Oregon, Maryland, Carmel, and Mexico. Each of these places is abundant in culinary virtuosos and fresh organic food. What they aren’t necessarily abundant in is my exact Metabolic Balance menu items. Sorrel, anyone? Not so much.
I began Metabolic Balance in September of 2015. I began traveling in Phase 2 (yowsa!). But, I was diligent. By the time I was in the maintenance phase, I was on my way to Mexico. Sure, I was able to eat healthy foods in a mindful manner but what was most important was that I gave myself permission to enjoy the native foods without judgement or expectation. That means, yes, I also had cocktails and local wines.
By the time I get home I’m ready for a reboot. Commence Phase 2, again. It allows me to get grounded in the most practical way. I am encouraged to plan out my meals, to shop with intention, and to pay closer attention to how I feel—things that can be neglected when we are removed from our daily routines. Phase 2 allows me to become rooted to the essence of life.
This last trip was the most challenging because we did not have access to farmer’s markets or grocery stores. We took a cruise. And we were disappointed in the food. My husband, who is not on Metabolic Balance but who has been eating a large majority of the same foods as me, has testified that our taste buds have changed. We have officially become FOOD SNOBS! Yes, this is what Metabolic Balance has done to us. Our expectations of food flavors, textures, aromas, and origins far exceed the promises of most corporate outfits. Even for those foods that passed our smell and taste tests, they were rejected by our bodies (I don’t think I need to go into details here).
The Big Picture
I like to think of “food snobbery” as a tool for healthy food discernment.
Metabolic Balance has helped me finely tune my body so that I can detect the foods that are nutrient rich. When I am not able to give my body exactly what it needs, it speaks up loud and clear right away, letting me know exactly how it feels. This way, I can do better next time. Even when treating, we can be discerning to choose the “treat” with the biggest bang for its impact (e.g. Dinner at Morimoto or dinner at McDonalds?). You’ll probably hear me say this a hundred times: Metabolic Balance isn’t so much about rules, it’s about learning what works for your body. Trial and error.
Andrea Stuart is a yoga instructor, Reiki practitoner, and magazine editor living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit her website at http://www.andrea-stuart.com. Follow her on Twitter @yogidrea, Instagram @yogidrea, and Facebook AndreaPStuart.