Burn It Down Part 2

Contemplating collective confusion.

On a client call this morning, I noticed some contraction during our conversation when macros came up.

Ironic since a larger portion of my coaching is somewhat centered around guidance on macronutrient intake.

I am a nutrition professional. But I am finding, at an increasingly sharp rate, that I feel a pull to disassociate myself from the field. I don’t want to further the collective confusion around what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, which “diet” to follow, or any other variation of dietary BS.

Every day my Instagram feed is overflowing with contradictory information and nutrition professionals talking shit about this dietary approach or than consumption preference. For context, I do follow a very large number of nutrition professionals and while a lot of them share my passion for nutrient-dense, whole foods, I also get a lot of mixed signals too. Everyone means well, don’t get me wrong. But like any topic, there’s a wide range of differing opinions.

(Don’t forget: just because I consider myself a leader in the field of nutrition, it doesn’t mean I’m not susceptible to second-guessing whether or not I should reduce my intake of high oxalate foods, for example.)

To piggyback my above comment about not wanting to create more collective confusion, if you do follow me online, you’ll notice that I’m no longer sharing food-related photos, stories, or posts.

The reason is simple. I’ve come to realize that I, unintentionally, might be portraying an unrealistic standard in terms of how I choose to feed myself. I am extremely privileged that I get to eat how I choose to and more than ever, I know that is not possible or even desirable for others.

I’ll be the first to admit that I have extraordinarily high standards when it comes to food sourcing and quality. (I’ve heard the correlation made that most people care more about the quality of gas they put in their car than they do about the foods they consume for THEIR fuel which is sad but true.) But I don’t expect everyone to have the same standards I do. Not everyone wants to invest in premium gasoline and that’s cool.

I guess where I’m going with this is… I know in my immediate circle, I’ve made people feel bad about their choices. And I don’t want anyone to feel bad. I tend to be overly assertive in my delivery about how much I care about others’ health and well-being and I’m trying to reel that in.

As a byproduct, I’m electing to restrain from offering unsolicited advice, commentary, and content online that could contribute to the potential for more misunderstanding.

Anyway, all of this has created a lot of uncertainty for me in terms of how I wish to coach moving forward. I started with reconfiguring my coaching packages. And while I’m satisfied with the offerings at the moment, I’m still feeling a bit of an edge in terms of how to proceed.

I will say that two of the things I am really proud of in my one-to-one work with my clients are encouraging food sovereignty and asserting that macro tracking is used as a guide but not a stringent regime that lends to obsessive behavior.

My clients take regular breaks from tracking macronutrients and I encourage them to work to develop their intuition when it comes to dialing in ratios related to how they feel based on energy expenditure, activity level, menstrual cycles, sleep, etc.

It’s not all black and white; and the best person to determine what an individual needs is the INDIVIDUAL. However, it’s not common that someone has been taught to attune to their nutritional needs.

My intention in sharing this is to help me process what I’m feeling so I can find resolution and remind you that the people you seek for healing are doing deep healing work of their own. What I know above all else is that I do feel called to do this work so it’s been a challenge to navigate this swell of emotions that have surfaced the past month.

If my nutrition philosophy feels like a safe place for you in reaching your own health and wellness goals, I’d be happy to discuss ways we can work together to help you achieve them. (You can review my services and the activation (investment) for each offering on my Functional Nutrition page.)

If you’re looking for general health and nutrition recommendations, I have a private Facebook group, HY PERFORMANCE, you can join.

If you follow me on social media, please enjoy photographs of my garden, ducks and chickens, my granddaughter, and other random tidbits of my life that do not revolve around food and eating.

xo, Hyla

Evolution Is Inevitable

Evolution is inevitable if you are willing to open yourself up to the potential of growth. 

I’ve learned a ton in the past two years while working as a nutrition professional.  

I have extracted lessons from each and every experience and client interaction, and have explored the edge of my capacity to serve.  

And now, based on what I’ve gathered and in response to what I’ve learned, I refine. 

I had a really hard conversation with myself a few days ago (if you can picture it, I was driving down a rural country road talking to myself, lol) and a question popped out. 

“Am I still fulfilled by nutrition coaching?”

I love coaching. I love helping people. I love the intimacy of working one-on-one with clients. I love food and nutrition. And I love alchemizing challenges into celebrations. 

And while I do what I do because I truly care about the experience of those who’ve chosen to work with me, I also care about my own experience. Because if I’m being honest, a large part of what I do is because I’m devoted to my evolution as a leader and who I become in the process. 

In my opinion, you cannot serve if you’re not interested in your own growth. 

In addressing that question, I discovered that there is still something that is driving me to serve as a nutrition professional. I still desire to help people navigate their challenges with nutrition and be an integral part of their success.

But I can also choose to alter how I go about doing that. (Shameless plug for my upcoming Aligned Activation workshop on Nov. 16th titled The Power of Choice. Check it out HERE.)

I’m in the process of updating both my Functional Nutrition and Aligned Activation pages so if you have any questions about my services in the meantime, please reach out. 

Simplicity (paired with minimalism) is one of my core pillars and I know I’m making moves that are more in alignment with where I am currently and where I see my trajectory heading. 

I’d be honored to serve you if you feel called to work with me. 

xo, Hyla

Burn It Down

Burn it down.

I’ve been in a vortex of wild energy.

Yesterday, on the first day of November, 2021, I archived 8 years’ worth of Instagram posts. I believe I shared more than 1200 posts since I began using the platform in 2013. 

There are a handful of reasons why I elected to strip away all of the “content” I’ve created. For starters, the glory days of Instagram are long-gone. The photo-sharing app that I started using back in 2013 has been replaced with an information dissemination platform. While I do sometimes seek out information on social media – and disseminate it myself – it’s not the reason I was attracted to it in the first place. I know a lot of people have had great success growing their following and in turn, their businesses if they have them via Instagram, but my experience has been more along the lines of disheartening. 

When you have a heartfelt message to share that you truly believe will transform hearts, and then get about six “likes,” thanks to a computer-based automated reasoning system that decides who gets to actually see what you’ve posted, the level of frustration is beyond.

There are other reasons too. Primarily though, I am not the same person I was eight years ago. Or eight days ago. 

I’m exploring other ways of connecting. Looking for other networks to share and receive information. And, reverting back to my own media platform: my website. 

Thank you for being here as I navigate this next phase and whatever changes it brings as I burn it down and begin to rebuild from the foundation up.