I recently read a quote that caused me to laugh out loud, on the spot, “Only dead fish go with the flow.”
With a slightly different angle, it reminded me of a quote I had on a poster years back from the Book of Paul, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed.”
Both quotes remind me of the larger ‘get healthy’ conversation that I am so committed to because of the transformative benefits I experienced from going against the flow of common thoughts and ideas about to heal a sick body, my sick body.
I never knew anyone who went to an alternative doctor or healer — c’mon, I was an Irish-Catholic, middle-America, roast beef and mashed potatoes suburbia-girl!
But my doctor’s advice just didn’t make sense to me. Like taking a Zanax 3 times per day to stop the chronic anxiety and IBS symptoms I experienced. So agreeing to eating ‘weird’ food, read as unprocessed, nutrient-dense, live foods didn’t require a second thought.
Living life like a “dead fish,” going with the flow, not breaking from mainstream medical diagnosis and treatments didn’t make sense to me one bit. It was an easy decision to break from ‘the pack.’ I was sick and the symptoms I was experiencing were taking over my life. But know fully well, things like plant-based, high-raw, eating in ways to heal and nourish my body were as remote to me as the planet Pluto is to Earth.
In the spirit of breaking from the pack, and even more, in the spirit of discovering if there is a blind spot, a thing that you do not know you do not know blocking your understanding of what is really best for you, I offer you these questions to consider:
- Do you eat in ways, do you do ‘things’ in ways that are familiar, comfortable and more in line with what everyone else in your world does, yet you intuitively know does not work for you?
- Do you indulge in eating foods that you know are too heavy or just flat-out not good for you, but breaking the habituated patterns of ‘this is how everyone eats,’ is just too daunting for you?
- Are you sick more often than you’re willing to deal with now? More tired than you know is ‘normal?’ Symptoms and care-for-symptoms more a prevalent than “seizing the day” mode of operandi?
- What impact do you think avoiding these sorts of questions has on the your quality of life?
If you want to break from the pack, break from unhealthy and addictive eating habits, to look and feel your very best, to revel in all the benefits that are part-in-parcel with feeling best, you’ve got to, we’ve all got to, challenge why we do what we do.
Is ‘it’ the best choice for you? Or is ‘it’ the choice everyone else is making?
Breaking from the pack, breaking from familiar ways of doing things, breaking from all that felt safe and sure to me at one time in my life was the best thing I could have ever done for myself. Indeed, it was in those scary moments of uncertainty and change that I began to heal my body, and as I healed my body, a whole new world of possibility began to rise …
Only Dead fish go with the flow. Is that the best posture for you?