Today I want to talk about this concept of abandoning numbers, which may seem very different to the way you may have tried to figure out how much to eat in the past. This is an alignment with everything that we’ve been talking about in the Beauty Detox lifestyle. Our lifestyle includes the concept of not being obsessed with calories, or buying into the reductionist approach of reducing food just to various numbers and numerical measurements.
When you look at food holistically, you can really get a much better sense of how it digests in your body. Evaluate how a food is going to affect your overall health and your beauty, rather than trying to figure out a bunch of numbers. The idea of not obsessing about calorie counting is something that we’ve been discussing together for years.
Now I want to extend that idea of getting out of this obsession with numbers as it extends to your weight and also to your age. The reason for that is, just as when we look at the way an avocado digests or a carrot or an apple, we can look at the holistic qualities of that particular food, beyond what numbers can measure. Numbers can not measure how cleanly any given digests, how it makes our body more alkaline (more acidic), the digestive enzymes it introduces into the body, the vitamins or just the general nutritive quality of that particular food.
The same thing is true with ourselves! If we just try to define ourselves by how much we weigh, or how old we are, these numbers are static. They’re fixed. They are out of tune with our actual energy, which is completely dynamic. It’s completely the opposite of something that’s stagnant and fixed. Even on a sub-atomic level, our electrons are vibrating. Our cells are pulsing. There’s fluids in our body which are constantly shifting. Our energy is incredibly powerful. We’re so much more than numbers can ever express or quantify.
What I found in my work and working with different clients is that when we just put the numbers aside, it actually becomes easier for you to lose weight and to maintain your weight. By removing the numbers constantly it makes it easier for you to achieve your health goals in general and to have more energy!
I really believe that’s because when you live from a place of thinking about your energy in general and focusing on living a healthy life, eating whole foods, moving your body… just a lifestyle that’s more about your energy and how you feel, versus the stagnant numbers, it just frees up tremendous amounts of energy. Now you are more in alignment with this dynamic flow versus these stagnant numbers, which is not in alignment with our energy.
Of course, I always say these labels are not a secret per se. You don’t have to hide how much you weigh. If you do want to weigh yourself sometimes, of course, that’s fine. Same thing with your age, it’s not a secret how old you are, but I have heard women, not just my clients, but many women in general and men that constantly say to me, “Oh, you know, I’m 140 pounds and now that I’m, you know, 30 years old, or 50 years old,” or however it is, “Now that I’m that old, I have these conditions”, or “My energy’s going to be lower. It’s going to be more hard for me to lose weight.”
You start to put these beliefs around certain numbers. This is a very common thing in our society. “Oh, now that I’m 45, my body’s going to break down.” Or “Now that I’m 25, you know, this, this, and this.” I would encourage you to become aware of how much you’re talking about these static numbers of your weight or your age in your everyday life, and how much you’re focusing on, in a food sense, on calories or carbs.
Just start to pay attention and try to do it less. Try and think about the energy, the holistic quality of the food, and how it digests in the body, how much nutrition it offers you, how much fiber it has, which will naturally start to fill you up beyond worrying about calories it contains, and how you feel in your clothes beyond the fluctuations of your weight, how much energy you have to go hiking, or go to the gym, or practice yoga and how you feel.
I always say, “Beautiful is beautiful.” Not beautiful for a certain age, but just that inner beauty comes from being healthy, and radiant, and feeling alive and feeling aligned. Again, I would encourage you just try it out. Look at your own life. See how much you’re really thinking about numbers.
Try to really, as I said in the beginning of this little video, “Abandon that obsession with numbers, or at least reduce the amount that we’re relying on numbers and focus on a more holistic measurement of how you feel and your life.”
Hopefully, that will really help to create more freedom in your life as it has for me. I don’t even remember the last time I weighed myself. I certainly do not chart how many calories are in my food at all. This sense of freedom, this living beyond numbers will open up tremendous amounts of energy and just enhance your whole life in general.
Try it for yourself! Just start becoming aware. Start noticing and moving away from the numbers obsession.
Let me know what you think, or what comes up for you in general about this topic of numbers.
I’ll see you back here very soon!
Take care and be well.
Lots of love to you,
I weigh myself almost every morning, and I usually believe that i don’t obsess or let the weight affect me, i just do it because i have an app that charts my weight and i like to look back and see how my weight changes or fluctuates. But as I was watching the video above i realize that i cant even imagine a life without me not wanting to know how much I weigh. And when i think about it, knowing how much i way does affect my mood and attitude toward myself, i realize that i indirectly obsess over the number. Maybe that is what is getting in the way of me losing the weight, eating well and gaining energy. So i will take your challenge, i will not weigh myself for awhile, today is March 26 and I’m thinking that I’ll go till April 20, and from there i wont do it again till june 1, the gaps will get larger until i find myself no longer wondering how much i weigh :). Thank you!
Wow, thank you so much for this video. I am very inspired. I struggle a lot with my weight and now that I think about it, I am so obsessed with numbers and beat myself up for them. I am going to take this challenge as well. Blessings x
Hi Kim, Thanks for speaking about calories or just numbers in general. I try not to count calories now that I eat more alkaline based foods. I also keep a food diary by using the Lose it app. It counts calories but Im trying not to look at that. I keep this diary more for my overall health, to have a visual of the actual foods I’m eating, their nutritional content and the exercise I’m doing. I have even created a “kims recipe section” so when I cook your recipes I can pick the whole recipe instead of having to pick each ingredient. You are a true inspiration, you have changed my life. Thank you!