I’ve been doing this a while–nutrition, health coaching, teaching my small steps approach. With each passing year, I realize how crucial my philosophy background is in my approach. At the time I graduated from college with a BA in philosophy, I had no plans whatsoever to pursue a career in nutrition and health. I had loved studying philosophy, but my immediate post-college goal was being an indie rock musician. Years later, when I eventually returned to school to become certified in nutrition, philosophy seemed like a completely unrelated subject. I figured the two were completely separate and unrelated, with zero overlap.

I was completely wrong.

I realized very quickly that unless I talk about the big picture subjects, unless I help clients place their moves in food and fitness into a broader context, unless I help them gain some perspective on what they’re actually trying to achieve, chances of any long-term success would be slim at best.

I think there are questions that those of us trying to improve our health and happiness are not asking…Here are a few:

Keep these big picture questions in your back pocket and take them out once in a while­–especially during those inevitable periods when we feel like we’re ‘falling off the wagon.’

In asking these questions we remember the struggle inherent in carving out a meaningful, happy, and healthy life, and maybe, just maybe, take it a little easier on ourselves along the way.

2 Responses

  1. I love the second point above. Brilliant. It is basically how I need to wrap my head around talking to my 84 year old mother about food.
    And I almost agree with you! I believe if we put enough effort into preparing food, it can taste just as good as the engineered junk. It is different. Not the same stuff. And depending on ingredients used, … A Huge conversation. Gist is, Thank You For That Paragraph above!

  2. Thanks Nancy, and I definitely agree that healthy food can taste incredible–however, for someone on a standard American diet or at least big on added sugar, fat, salt, they often cannot ‘taste’ food that is not so intensified…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *