Do you need a snack…of water?
I ask myself that all the time now, thanks to the vision quest.
Four days of drinking only water shifted some things for me, as did four days of having nothing but a journal, sleeping bag, myself as a party of one (good company btw) and this phone to take photos (no mobile coverage 7,000 feet up, but I did have soul coverage, so I was pretty well-connected the whole time).
While up there, I got my energy from the rituals and routines I created every day, from meditation, journaling, napping, from ideas and altars I came up with, from praying, taking ample time to look at, smell and connect with nature (boy, did I have ample time…I hopped from sitting under one tree, to another, then another and another), and definitely from the water I drank (three liters worth over the four days).
Water has always helped me with headaches, or to simply slow down ~ being more mindful of the moment I’m in by drinking a little more and a little more and all slowly.
But recently, I’ve felt it help with better health, energy and overall wellness through better digestion (read: resting my gut).
Instead of snacking on nuts, fruit or a bar a couple times or few times a day, as I used to when I thought I was hungry (I now realize 85% of it was out of habit, rather than true hunger or a “need” to eat), I now drink water (all the while, making sure that my three meals are enough and healthy, balanced sustenance for the day and they are. I’m satiated now in a way I wasn’t before adding even more vegetables and healthy fats).
All the natural or hidden sugar in our snacks (and meals) that cause us to want more sugar and more snacks is a big piece of this entire discussion, as well.
We’re definitely led to believe that our metabolism needs flowing food all day or that it’ll slow down, too. But, truly, when do our guts rest? Just like everything else, they need it.
And, as importantly, how can we live, move and love more mindfully, stopping to ask way more often, what we are actually truly hungry for?
Because so much of the time, it’s genuinely not food —instead, it might be a change of pace, a job transition, a deeper feeling of purpose, being better seen inside our closest relationships, adventure and on and on it can go like that…
Being more aware of the blanket prescriptions made to the masses from those *out there* who don’t know who you are *in there* ~ gut and health-wise, as well as from a soul or emotional level, is also key.
Just because we hear that metabolism slows as we age, doesn’t mean that for us eating all day long is right (and sure, there are medical or other reasons to eat more often, as I did during acute gastritis for a time, where smaller and more frequent meals were best), but, most of the time, we’re not actually stopping to check in to ask or feel what’s right for us.
Instead, we’re moving fast to buy the next supplement, hopping into the next diet or eating the next cool bar on the market, without thinking and researching what’s best for us ~ the physical *and* emotional *and* spiritual-bodied US.
Talking to professionals who have taken the time to get to know you, in addition to *you* knowing you, to come out the other end with the best prescription for health and wellness, is part the prescription, too (speaking with those who have daily practice and knowledge around all of the above has been important over the years and definitely post vision quest after feeling the positive effects of the extended water fast, wanting to find out even more around why this had such a positive impact on me).
As I’ve shared before, it was an honor to be up there alone, it really was (not to be confused, of course, with being lonely, because that I was not).
I loved it.
And the benefits of all nine days, but most definitely of the four, keep showing up (anxious to take my clients out on their first day-long or mini quests).
Tonight, slow down — close your eyes as you eat your dinner and feel the joy of enjoying it differently.
Tomorrow in a long moment separate from food, ask ~ what is it that I’m truly hungry for? And while you wait to hear or feel the answer, have that snack of water.
Interested in doing a mini quest with me soon? Let me know and I’ll send you the info once it’s complete.
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Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur