The human survival and ability to thrive has always depended upon being with others. The cave man hunted in groups while his mate and children gathered food and supplies. The primitive cultures included community and social connections, even if it was only a few people gathering or living together. Sharing meals, tasks, and stories assisted the human race in growing and developing vigorously.
Our modern clans, that is, our families, work families, religious and school families, hobby and club families, and circle of friends are what keep us feeling connected to each other and to our higher power. This is what I believe. We call upon their strengths and aid when we feel like we just can’t do this life thing, this diet thing, this challenge of this very moment, all by ourselves.
During our initial efforts of changing to an optimal nutrition lifestyle, it is important to establish a support system. Find someone who looks the way you want to look, who exudes buckets of joy, positive energy, and grace. Ask them what they are eating, drinking, and what physical activities they do to stay fit! People love to be admired for the things they are doing well, and honest compliments open up a heart dialogue. Your spouse or partner may be ready to go on this journey alongside of you. Taking the children, elders, cousins, or aforementioned types of family members along the path with you may be just what is needed to impact all of your tribe toward a flourishing life.
We need allies to put up a united front against the health misconceptions and misinformation of the past 80 years. We need allies to put up a united front against cravings, poor food choices, and impulsive food shopping. “No man is an island, no man stands alone.” Joan Baez wrote this song years ago and the message rings true today. The cliché of old habits dying hard is equally true. It is an everyday thing, this health journey. I’m not suffering by any means when I choose foods that enrich my biology, but it is a mental piece of work that is carried out every single time. I would rather carry the work out with my tribe at my side.
Nobody is 100% perfect on any protocol 100% of the time. There has to be a level of self forgiveness and a level of forgiveness towards others in your community. We have the opportunity to be non-judgmental at the same time that we are striving for growth and vitality. If one is committed and has a long term vision, eventually the desired results will appear.
With your tribe backing you up, your goal setting can go a little wild! Some of the most supportive people I have met while on my journey to my superior self have been complete strangers in real life. They have been on discussion forums and social media on the internet. Perhaps because they don’t live with me or see me daily, they can give 100% to being my champion and hold me accountable to my seemingly outrageous personal goals. What little time they do give to me is very much focused and present. I am forever grateful and humbled by the experience. Be fearless in assembling your own clan. Each small step taken in the direction of your goals is an invisible pat on the back. Just do it, and see what wonderful things come your way!