In Episode 257, Trev and AJ unpack their post-election thoughts and feelings before jumping into the third and final part of Trev’s conversation with eating psychology coach, wellness advocate, and spoken-word poet Tessie Tracy.
“Even when we’re growing, we’re not actually finding anything new. We’re just uncovering who we’ve been the whole time.”
Living as a vegan for the past year, I’ve often wondered about the idea of an optimal human diet. Cats have an optimal diet, as do elephants and orangutans and ants and sparrows and dolphins. Why do humans believe they’re any different?
It’s a question Tessie and I touch on in this third and final part of our conversation. And the short answer, I’m learning, might be this: consciousness. Our brains, our feelings, our intellect, the stories we adopt as truths and allow to run our lives—these are the variables that shape a human life. These variables can add up to something incredibly empowering… or not.
Outside of natural allergies, geographic dispositions, and environmental toxins that disrupt our natural hormonal balance, these are the only reasons I can think of that explain why one person might happily and easily eat foods that can make another person fat, ill, or worse.
Tessie calls it “bioindividuality,” and it’s a big part of her work—maybe the centerpiece. She invites people to experiment with the foods they eat and to take note of their relationship to it based on their physical and emotional responses. Then, simply, to make adjustments. To paraphrase Emerson: all life is an experiment, and the more experiments we make, the better.
That said, I’m a big believer in knowing as much as possible about the stuff we call food and then put into our mouths. For my part, I want to do whatever I can to ensure that every step of that food’s journey and existence is in alignment with me being my highest, most intentional self.
But even that, of course, is exactly what Tessie is talking about. Our spiritual relationship with food and our most inner, truest selves is what creates our physical experience. And what our conversation has highlighted for me the most is this: there’s a point at which our awareness can lead us perilously close to obsession. A point at which relationship—the give and take with that which we perceive as an “other”—starts to embody the potential of something more harmful than not.
In this third and final part of our chat, Tessie and I chat about all this and more—including the final 3 of those her 7 principles:
- Reacquaint—self-love and self-affirmation.
- Relationship—navigating your primary relationships in life.
- Rhythm—cycling through and dancing with each of these principles as you evolve.
She also shares her brilliant and simple blueprint for happiness and fulfillment in relationships: VACT (vulnerability, authenticity, connection, and trust).
This episode rounds out a conversation about what’s really going on: a process of undoing what we and the world have wrought. Not to be our own worst enemies, but to reacquaint, reconnect.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this interview series. I know I certainly have. Be sure to connect with Tessie online—she’d love to hear from you.
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