We love the concept of freedom. We live in the land of the free and work hard to help our clients experience freedom from so many of the issues that weigh them down. So, 100%, we’re all about freedom here. But here’s an important, often-missed thing we know about freedom: without accountability, freedom is just a dehydrated, sweaty hippo.
As I’ve stumbled my way through life, falling flat on my face into new phases and winging it when upright, my only hope is to retain some of the information I’ve learned along the way. Maybe to better empathize with others who themselves stumble into my life or to one day share wisdom with my kids, helping them navigate the many responsibilities life serves to us on a rusty spoon we found in the mud after slipping on that ice that our parents missed on the sidewalk out front of our two-story, four-bedroom suburban home.
There was high school (bear with me here), everyone going through a lot of life changes and dealing with four to five different cliques to survive our harsh classmates. After four rough years trying to “find” ourselves, we get shoved out the door of our parents’ house with a few suitcases, $100 for books, a kiss on the cheek, and a fingers crossed to figure out college. If that’s the path you choose.
College throws a lot of things at you: freedom you never knew you had, an alarm clock that goes off too soon regardless of the time of day, laundry that doesn’t fold itself, assignments that neither complete themselves nor end. And somehow, after four years of partying, spending money you never had, you receive a prestigious piece of paper from an institution with hundreds of years of history. You’re an alum now, and if you’re lucky you get some help finding a job that will fill your pockets with money and pave your own cobblestone path through this big new world.
All that struggle. The education. The learning. The piece of paper. The freedom. The solving life. And nobody mentioned nutrition? Not once. What the hell!?
“Progressing through life always throws a different soup of duties at us that we must not neglect, to survive this unforgiving world. So where does nutrition fit into life’s puzzle, how does it fit in with all the responsibilities we all already have, and why are we talking about responsible nutrition?”
With the laundry list of immediate, consequential issues that consume most of our lives, square nutrition tends to get tossed aside early, never to be seen or heard from again. But there are a few who turn around, pick that square nutrition piece back up, and try to shove it into a circular hole. Maybe they manage to make it stick for a few weeks…easy peasy! Its new, it’s exciting, and best of all, it’s only temporary! But then you actually start to look better, you’re sleeping through the night, you have more energy, you’re starting to get the hang of this cooking thing. So magical. So much freedom!
Then you go out with friends one night, have a nice greasy burger and fries and a few drinks (it’s America! Live a little!), and you wake up the next morning feeling like a dehydrated, sweaty hippo. If you’re lucky enough to retain some rational thought in the moment, a light bulb goes off: nutrition isn’t a piece of a balanced life; nutrition is the piece that allows the rest of life to be fundamentally enjoyable.
So how do we reframe our life around nutrition, which isn’t our default and doesn’t always seem clear cut? This is the difficult part. We have to value future us, start saying yes now to things our body will thank us for later (5 minutes or 5 years). We have to share our new knowledge with people close to us, with those who can support our new lifestyle, with anyone one who cares to know about this puzzle piece we finally fit into our crazy lives. It sounds dramatic, but it’s really quite simple at its core: find others with similar values, others you can learn from, and stay true to yourself and what YOU believe.
Build a team of like-minded individuals and someone you trust to guide you (like a coach!)
Build a strong belief in your new values
Constantly strive to seek advice from a trustworthy source (like a coach!)
Noticing any trends here? Let’s just go ahead and say the word: accountability. Accountability is the mechanism that enables us to enjoy newfound freedoms.
Accountability as it relates to nutrition is, at its core, restructuring your life, ensuring the self-promotion of newly structured habits. Before you know it, these new habits will become routines. These routines will actually become more difficult to break than to sustain.
Let us help you create a lifestyle that is simple to implement and effortless to sustain. Catapulting you to a limitless lifestyle!