The Belly of the Heart


By Trey Tompkins



Nutrition is a topic that has always frustrated me when discussing it with others. It’s not that it is so hard to understand. The trouble come with the simplicity of what a good diet consists of. We could cover the depths of micronutrients, macronutrients, carbs, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Basically, you need to eat a balanced diet that makes you happy. Usually, we eat foods that ultimately make us feel miserable.

We tend to over-exaggerate the good that we do and under-state the bad stuff. Doing a little bit of bad at a time adds up and then multiplies into something difficult to control over time. You will pay both physically and financially. But, the same holds true of the good. Except, we believe that we’ll need an epic proportion of good to make up for the bad we’ve accumulated over the years. This is not true.

We have poor diets because we can not quench a different type of appetite. Are you happy? It’s not really an impulsive question that is answered from the stomach. You need to look into your heart for the answer to this question. It’s our heads that try to make sense of all that is around us, but our hearts that grow the capability to do it. This is the appetite that we need to be feeding. And once this happens, the way we eat will transform itself.

What is it that quenches the appetite of the heart? Deep laughter. Being care-free. Bonding with family and friends. These are the nutrients we crave. I wouldn’t reckon them to have national recommendations because the can not be measured. It may sound stupid, but it’s always stupidity that has bred genius. We need a lot of love and in various and ever-changing ways.

When the heart is fulfilled everything else seems easy. Almost effortless. Of course, there will be times of struggle and ache, but they’re also mirrored by triumph and bliss. The leap is always worth the costs. What holds me back finding permission. I don’t know why, but its always been a thought of mine that permission comes from an outside source of approval. Something else that is just not true.

When a craving comes from the heart it is all the permission you need. You will probably spend some time weighing out other people’s opinions, but eventually you will find what you need to find to get a yes. Don’t get too caught up into the thoughts of others. Most often, they give safe advice for assurance that somebody does not get hurt. Nobody really wants to see that. So no matter what, take a leap of faith and follow your heart. It’s a hunger that can feed a lifetime.

By Trey Tompkins

Trey Tompkins is a local resident who writes fitness columns.

Trey Tompkins is a local resident who writes fitness columns.

comments powered by Disqus