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*Or anything else that doesn’t serve you.

Personally, I’m okay with kale, but I have a friend who isn’t… and it got me thinking.

As yogis, specifically, and people who try to live well and treat others with respect, generally, we often put a lot of expectations on ourselves.

We study, we practice, seeking to become the best version of ourselves. This is incredibly powerful. It’s why I love yoga, and love hanging out with other people who love yoga.

BUT, if we’re not mindful, it can lead us along a slippery path of always feeling like we’re not doing enough, or doing the right things.


Photo by Deryn Macey on Unsplash

This is where kale comes in. My friend doesn’t like kale. She’s tried it cooked and raw; in salads, soups, stir-fries and nothing takes her fancy. She admitted that seeing it in the grocery store, or in a recipe makes her feel a little bit guilty. Because she thinks she should like it since it’s so healthful! So full of vitamins and fibre!

Kale is a fine vegetable but it’s not worth feeling bad about. Just because something is good doesn’t mean it is for everyone.

There is an infinite combination of food, exercise and lifestyle options to choose from. In our eagerness to constantly self-improve, we can get caught up in thinking we need to do every single thing.

But we don’t. It isn’t possible and trying isn’t even healthful.

If you don’t like kale — or carrots or cross-training or whatever — don’t beat yourself up. Trust your instincts, seek what nourishes and inspires you.

What can you let go of? Share in the comments!