By holding the principle that “nothing is off limits” we, all of a sudden, enable our mind to feel free, unrestricted by dietary rules or “I must do this...” sense of obligation. When you first hear this guideline you may think “oh s#it I’m going to go buck wild crazy following this guy's advice!”
The truth is you very well may run wild for a bit, especially if you have been forcing your self into a highly restrictive diet for years. This temporary tangent of indulgence is just a stage as you start to mature in your approach to your health and fitness.
Once you get through the stage of indulgence you will soon realize that just because you can do something doesn’t mean you want to all the time...so that box of donuts and extra large extra pepperoni pizza soon lose their insane appeal and you start to authentically want, and freely choose foods that make you actually feel good and that help create the results in your health & physique that you truly crave.
As long as you make up rules for yourself like, “I can’t have this for another 3 months” or “I can only eat this once a week”, you will always feel restricted and never at liberty to do as you please, leading to a perpetual sense of strain and dissatisfaction (when you're doing things "right", i.e. sticking to your restrictive plan) and a reoccurring sense of failure and frustration when you inevitably give in and break your rule(s).
Conversely, if you adopt the guideline that “nothing is off-limits” you instantly recognize you are in a perpetual state of liberty. In this state of liberty you can make wise choices informed by empirical results and driven by your bliss.
2. Check In
By "check in", I mean pay attention to how your choices are working for you. How do you feel? How is your energy? Is your physique changing in the way you desire to? Do you feel better or worse after doing something in particular? How's your digestion and what can you learn about it to make it run better?
This approach of self analysis and empirical analysis opposes the dogmatic fad diet style approach of just doing something because an expert, or your friend who had success achieving what you want to achieve, told you to do it. The fact is that, because everybody is different, different approaches will work differently for different people, so you have to pay attention to what really works for you.
During the course of the articles throughout My Body of Knowledge I will teach you more in-depth ways to check in on your own body, such as self tests to evaluate your own body chemistry, quizzes to help you understand your personal symptoms/struggles, teaching points about how to assess your own body alignment and even tips on how to evaluate your thinking patterns and mindset.
When you start to check in on yourself in these ways you will develop continually more refined sense of what is and what is not working for you. The more you do this the more your conscious and subconscious mind will naturally start to choose those things which progress you towards your goals and the things that make you happy.
3. Be Charmed
By beach armed I mean choose the things that you are excited to do. When you allow yourself free reign by holding that nothing is off limits and you continually check in on how things are working for you you cannot chili refiner choices towards the things that you desire most. Since nothing is off-limits we naturally choose the things we are most attracted to, but if we are also paying attention to how those choices work out for us our conscious and subconscious mind will continually refine our attraction and lead us to make choices that will bring us closer to our desired outcomes.
Further, the more we bring to mind/heart that which we are charmed by - our goals, visions, ideals for our body, our health, and our life as a whole - the more excited to become about those things. We often forget the things that were really excited about and unconsciously settle into smaller indulgences that just come to us day to day.
Author C.S. Lewis said it perfectly when he said:
"Our passions are not too strong, they are too weak. We are far too easily pleased."
Which is exactly why in My Body of Knowledge we will introduce many tools and useful strategies to help keep our true ideals in mind and in the heart such that the rock us, giving us driving energy propelling us towards our goals. Ultimately to make our deal reality our actual reality.