If you haven't finished up your holiday shopping yet, I want to send you another holiday gift idea to give the gift of health! My good friend Sarah is a representative of DoTerra and she’s put together a list of specific oils and blends she thought would be perfect for you to gift health over the holidays for your family and friends.Read More
I recently reconnected with a good college girlfriend, Lulu Ge, who just left her corporate career to be the first U.S. importer of a rare antioxidant-rich superfood she discovered while traveling through the Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau. I’m excited to be the first blog to feature DrinkZenChi.com and share with you about how this herb, which has been used in the Tibetan Medical Classics for 300+ years, can be easily integrated to our modern lifestyle and help boost immunity, increase collagen (helping with skin + digestion) and have an overall calming effect on the body. Who doesn't need all of these things?!Read More
I've been doing a lot of reading lately about feeling better and elevating our mood. Obviously this makes a huge difference when it comes to emotional eating, binge eating, and sugar cravings. The worse we feel the harder it is to stop any of those things. So emotions/feelings are one of my biggest areas of focus.
What I learned yesterday, is that our body's actually become addicted to or desensitized to emotions that we experience a lot over time. So if you feel guilty about food likely you feel guilty about everything else in life.
I know there are a lot of people out there who are nervous about Thanksgiving. The thought of having all kinds of food, that you only get once a year, right in front of you, can be me scary. Especially if you're known to binge or emotionally eat. Or maybe it's the thought of NYE approaching and wanting to look beautiful (i.e. lose weight) before that night. Or the fear that your aunt, mom, or grandma is going to comment on your weight or how much you're eating. Whatever it is for you, you're not alone. I've already heard from many of you that these fears are already here.
So I want to leave you with a few things to take on before tomorrow:
I hope you're not sitting there today full of regret because you've over eaten Halloween candy. If you are, don't be hard on yourself, you're not alone. I was once there. Halloween, Easter, Christmas, any holiday I would eat candy until I was sick or almost sick. I would eat every last bit of candy I collected, finish the entire Easter basket and then feel horribly guilty about it.
The amazing thing is that there is another way to live besides being tempted by candy when it's around. I don't even know how many years it's been since I became an Intuitive Eater and I also can't remember the last time I had candy on Halloween or Easter.
I want to introduce you to my fantastic co-presenter for my event this Sunday September 17th Jenna Carpenter and share with you some of her amazing health wisdom.
Jenna is a yoga instructor and health coach and has a wellness business based here in San Diego and hosts international yoga retreats. So if yoga is your thing, check her out.
Here's a little piece of Jenna's wisdom:
Last week during our Elevate Our Inner Light session we had an amazing conversation about what it takes to REALLY be ourselves so I thought I'd give you some of the juicy tidbits we covered.
What do I mean by being yourself?
If you're anything like me, using the word "no" can be difficult and yet not saying it can make things overwhelming, stressful and even more difficult. If you're not someone who can easily throw it out there, it can be a process and journey.Read More
I know you'll be able to relate to this week's blog! I mean, who hasn't gone out to dinner with friends and compared what you want to order to everyone else! It's not uncommon to want to "fit in" at the dinner table! The truth is that isn't always the best choice for us.Read More
Ok so I know that it sounds a little weird that I ate a salad for breakfast. AND I don't want you to think you've got to eat salad for breakfast, BUT as an intuitive eater there are no rules about when you eat what. It's all about what your body is asking for. So yesterday morning I had a salad for breakfast because that's what sounded good to me. You might be saying "what the heck, that will never be me!"Read More
Our mind, body and spirit play a big role in our happiness and our health, and they are all interconnected. When we're trying to transform one area it doesn't always make the difference we think it should. For example, you can focus all of your attention on food, but your good eating habits won't stick for long or you'll never feel satisfied with your results unless you have a healthy mindset and your life is in alignment.Read More
this week I would talk to you about the relationship between our spirit/soul and our relationship to food.
When we are related to ourselves as powerful, beautiful, and worthy of amazing things we don't obsess about our weight, or bodies, or constantly criticize ourselves. You're thinking, well duh, I mean if I felt that way I wouldn't be in this situation at all...
A couple of weeks ago I went to see the movie Embrace, which I highly recommend if you haven't seen it!
The movie talks all about body image and the struggles that women of every shape and size struggle with living during this day and age. We're constantly bombarded with "Nutritional Information" on social media, in the news, on TV, you name it and it's around reminding you that you need to eat a certain way to feel good, be skinny and happy.
Our bodies are extraordinary. They communicate exactly what we need, the only problem is that most of us ignore them or interpret the messages improperly.
The good thing is, that by using simple awareness and asking questions you can actually begin to understand exactly what you need.
So today, I want to talk about all of the different reasons why we eat when we're not hungry! Eating when we're not hungry once in a while, isn't so bad, but when it becomes something we're doing every day or every week, it can add up! Even people who eat really nourishing foods can over eat and gain weight. So it's important to talk about our mindset and emotions when it comes to food. Since you might be eating perfectly and yet still over eating! Next week I'll talk about what happens if we are not eating ENOUGH.Read More
So you might think, who cares about changing my mindset when it comes to food, all you need to do is "eat healthy" or "eat perfectly for a few weeks". My answer to that is that your mindset is everything! What if you could naturally without even trying consistently stay pretty close to eating perfectly instead "eating perfectly" and then slowly or quickly slipping back into old habits until you feel awful again? What if fried food, fast foods, and things that make you sick didn't even taste good to you anymore?!?! That's where our mindset comes in.Read More
First of all, I just to say when it comes to our bodies and our appearance, we have an enormous amount of pressure from our culture, for some of you even your from your friends and family, to look a certain way. So it's not your fault if you hate your body or the way you look from time to time. But appreciating your body will dramatically change your eating habits.Read More
This answer is yes! It's called body-food choice congruence. Our body food choice congruence is choosing foods that feel good and energize your body. This is the ultimate goal of intuitive eating.Read More
I just finished Gabrielle Bernstein’s course Finally Full, a course all about the connection between spirituality and food. In this short course, she shares a different perspective on how to approach food and it strongly resonated with me.
It has even shifted the way I’ve been approaching food lately. Yes, even as an intuitive eater for years and even as a health coach I’m continuously learning more about myself and what serves me best (so remember there’s not a moment where we stop learning about our bodies and everything is perfect).
I want to share with you what shifted in me and share a few powerful insights that I know will make a difference for you too.
Just a little insight, Gabrielle Bernstein once struggled with alcohol, drug addiction and binge eating. In her course, she talks about how having an unhealthy relationship with food is cutting off our connection to spirit, the universe, our higher selves, or God. It’s cutting off our connection to our intuition, inner guidance or inner wisdom.
Now why is this so important? Having access to your inner guidance connects you to your life’s purpose and it gives you the power to manifest your dreams. Yes, that means calling in the one, getting your dream job, being able to feel happy every day. If that isn’t enough to motivate you, I don’t know what is!
So why does having an unhealthy relationship with food cut off your connection to your intuition?
Obsessing over food (counting calories, points, analyzing our food choices, feeling guilty) is all a cover up. . . it’s just a way to ignore what our inner guidance is really telling us.
Just like obsessing over what you eat, mindlessly eating, emotionally eating, and binge eating are ways of avoiding having to deal with or feel emotions and thoughts that maybe aren’t so pleasant. The thing is those emotions are actually very valuable to you, they are a sign or signal that something is off balance or out of alignment for you.
They are the exact way you need to grow or transform that would leave you with the power to manifest your dreams.
When you find yourself obsessing over food or mindlessly shoving food in your mouth, it’s your opportunity to stop and ask yourself:
What do I REALLY need right now?
Is it comfort, rest, love, relaxation, self-care, a good friend, to talk with someone, to do something fun? Because you know it’s not food. Food has just become the mechanism for controlling yourself when you feel out of control. It’s one thing YOU have complete control over; how much goes in or stays out.
It could be asking yourself, what is happening in my life right now and what am I supposed to do about it?
Maybe you need to start exploring new jobs, making new friends, ending or starting a new relationship. What is your body telling you to do?
Our emotions, changes, or illness in our bodies are an indication that something needs to be paid attention to.
What are you not honoring that your body or heart is telling you to do?
Take a close look at your relationship with food, what is your obsession with food really about? Is it a form of control?
What is the binge or mindless eating really about? Is it because you’re lonely or feel guilty about something?
How can you address that problem powerfully, rather than using food?
More on this in the coming weeks!