Rules: we love to hate them
Goals: we hate to love them.
Nonetheless, they keep us accountable.
They keep us honest.
We are responsible for our energy. How we expel it, foster it, re-charge it, sacrifice it, strengthen it, etc.
That being said... you ever find yourself on a new regime that requires more stress, time, and energy to maintain than it's worth? You ever been at a family dinner and guilted yourself out of your own birthday cake because of the rules pertaining to your ‘diet plan’?
Well, Dear friends:
I am here to give You a warm welcome to - The 80/20 rule.
Here’s the deal: 80% of the time, hold yourself to a standard. A high standard that challenges your thoughts, decisions, actions… encouraging productive stimulation of the body and mind.
The other 20% of the time, you ask? Let that sh*t go. Let it all (proverbially) hang out. Kick back with your pals, a glass (or carafe…) of wine and enjoy that chocolate cake with NO remorse.
Embrace the 20%
If you guilt yourself throughout the experience, you will literally have a negative response in your gut/digestive process.
THE GUT - BRAIN CONNECTION: muy importante
If you enhance negative thoughts/panic mode, you being to stimulate your sympathetic nervous system (Fight-or-Flight Mode).
Our Sympathetic NS is responsible for the release of adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine. The catch here: these hormones are inherently inflammatory. Inflammation (as you may know) disrupts the natural processes of the body, such as digestion. So, not only are you eating on the naughty side, but you are stressing yourself to the point of improper digestion - bringing your stressors to reality...
Now, listen up -The Vagus Nerve, folks. The longest & largest cranial nerve in the body. It is essentially a superhighway from the lowest viscera of your intestines to the brainstem, attaching to visceral organs along the way (hear & lungs). So, essentially what you eat has a physiological effect on your brain, attributing to your neurological functions (i.e behaviors and emotions).
What you eat literally has an effect on your thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
That being said - EMBRACE that 20% like there is no tomorrow. Avoid those negative thoughts.
It's all about that balance. Everything in moderation.
Refer to my post on Pranayama for more information on the Nervous System.