Eating too much is a SIGN

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Overeating, binge eating, emotional eating. For almost everyone I talk to and work with, these negative eating patterns are a sign. A symptom. A red flag showing you that something is off in your life.

Eating more than your body needs with accompanying negative emotions such as guilt, overwhelment, loss of control and embarrassment, tells you that there are other areas of  your life where you feeling less than positive.

Your food intake is a indication of that.

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What kind of eater you REALLY are.

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Ease, pleasure and joy in how you eat and feel about your body.

That can seem like something only others have access to.

A state of being that sounds nice, but is not possible for you.

A goal you don’t ever really feel you can achieve (but that you want it all the same).

But I am here to tell you.

Yes, YOU!

 

Ease, peace and joy is your NATURAL state.

 

It is how you would relate to food if it weren’t for the layers of BELIEFS that have been created from various external sources; culture, media, history, family, society, schooling and so on.

It is who you were before you took on the patterns of thought the outside world presented to you.

Its who you ARE.

Right now.

Even if you aren’t allowing that side of you to shine through.

 

You, the happy, healthy, joyous eater is there inside you.

 

It is who you are at your core.

 

And for that reason, learning to embody that person, to BE who you really are, is not only possible but is what your soul is calling you to.

I know that can be hard to believe.

But if any of this make sense to you, its because you can FEEL the truth of it.

It is why you want to change your eating.

It is why you want to feel better.

It is the reason you are reading this now.

Because deep down you KNOW you are meant to feel good. You are meant to feel radiant well-being. You are meant to be who you really are.

 

Your body is not broken.

 

You are not damaged or bad for being where you are.

You are merely thinking thoughts (and a belief is just a thought you think over and over) that lead to actions and feelings which cloud the healthy, happy, ease-full relationship with food and yourself that you desire.

And I am here to guide you in reconnecting you with the good feeling way of eating, and living, that is your inherent state.

To reacquaint you with your intrinsic nature.

That joyful, pleasurable way of being that is available to you.

That is always there for you.

That IS you.

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What you really need to know about eating when you are hungry

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As a teacher of Intuitive Eating, I am a big proponent of encouraging you to eat most of the time in accordance with your hunger.

And sure, that will most likely help your body return to it’s natural weight

And of course, it is better for your health because you are following your body’s signals and needs.

But the real reason I encourage you to eat when you are hungry, is because it is the MOST PLEASURABLE way to eat.
Hunger is the best seasoning- Ken Follett

 

Food tastes better. Eating is more enjoyable. The food you choose is more satisfying.

Eating when you are hungry brings the most JOY.

And why would joy be a factor in how and what you eat?

Because the whole reason you want ANYTHING in life, is in order to feel good.

Because joy is the reason you are here.

Because when you are in a vibration of savoring and delight, you attract more into your life for you to savor and delight in.

Because when you are filled up on pleasure, it is EASY to eat in accordance with your body’s needs. It is EASY to fuel  your wonderful body with nourishing foods. Its EASY for you to have a normal, healthy, peaceful, enjoyable relationship with food and yourself.

Because you have to eat everyday for the rest of your life, so why not make it a wonderful part of your existence?

Joy is the key. Seeking out and prioritizing PLEASURE produces endless benefits to your health, your body and your life as a whole.

So sure, you can eat when you are hungry for your health or your waistline.

But eating a food you LOVE, when your body is desiring it, all while taking the time and focus to revel in the deliciousness and appreciate your meal,

eating for the joy, eating for the pleasure

THAT is what is most fulfilling.

THAT is what is going to fill you up.

THAT is what really hungry for.

When it’s no good being grateful

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I had a conversation with a friend today and she was describing how something in her life wasn’t going well and people would say to her;

But at least you are healthy.

Or

You can be thankful that you live in such a great house.

And those things are true. And wonderful. And ARE something to appreciate.

But when you are feeling afraid or helpless or worried or powerless,

Having someone tell you that you ought to be be grateful,

can feel dam well annoying.

That goes for trying to appreciate on your own too.

It can make you feel WORSE because a now you feel bad for not being thankful enough.

Or you end up putting a fake happy mask over the dread and anxiety you are ACTUALLY feeling.

In those situations,
trying to be grateful is doing no good.

The whole point of being thankful is to elicit within you a FEELING of appreciation.

If the opposite is happening, you are better off not writing your ‘3 things for which you are grateful’ list.

Sure, when you are feeling more neutral or in a more positive mind space, appreciation is awesome! And I can’t recommend it highly enough.

That’s because when you are in a more positive mood, it’s not such a big jump to CREATE the feeling of appreciation .

But going from powerlessness and worry… is too large a leap.

What to do instead?

Aim for feeling SLIGHTLY better.

Not all the way in love with life and brimming with gratitude.

Just slightly shift your focus onto a thought that feels a little more calming. A bit more broad. A touch more gentle.

‘I am doing OK. Not great, but OK’

‘This is tough but tough can get easier in time’

‘Breathe. Take in a breath. That’s all I need to do right now’

‘I don’t need to fix this all at once.’

You will know you have found a more helpful thought when thinking about it makes want to breathe a little sigh of relief. When you feel your shoulder relax a little. When you feel the worry lines on your forehead soften a smidgen.

Then keep doing that.

Choose a slightly improved thought.

Let yourself notice and acknowledge that you were able to every so gently shift the feeling within you.

Do that, and you are on your way to effortless, great-feeling, overflowing states of appreciation.

And that ALWAYS feels good.

Normal Vs Normalized.

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What’s normal and what’s normalized are two very different things.

What has become normalized:

Deciding to quit sugar and then discussing with friends how bad you have been this weekend because you ate WAY more than you ‘should’ have. Obsessing and worrying about when and what to eat. Never knowing what is the right choice. Being ashamed of parts of your body. Having to ‘work off’ something you have eaten. Failing this diet and that diet. Falling off the wagon. Having to HAUL yourself back onto the wagon. Guilt. Embarrassment. Self-deprecation.

Just because something is common, doesn’t make it normal

What IS normal?

Finding it easy to choose the foods that you love and that help your body to thrive. Having vibrant health and radiant joy. Moving your body for pleasure, energy and enjoyment. Eating in accordance with the signals from your wise, wonderful body. Savoring and relishing what you eat. Having a food relationship that is nourishing and ease-full. Not having to worry or feel bad about when, how and what you ingest. Making choices that love and support your most vibrant self.

and that CAN be your normal.

Because underneath what has become normalized,

is the healthy, happy, intuitive eater and person you really are.

Much love,

Hannah May x

Which do you choose?

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So it’s January, prime diet starting time, and I want to know:

Did you choose to try follow a few new rules, deny yourself your favorite treats, tell yourself that this time (this time i swear!) I will finally get control of my eating and sort this body out? Did you choose to give this controlling your body and your eating with outside ideals and restriction another go (even though deep down you know it ain’t going to work)?

Or have you chosen to set yourself free. To start eating for pleasure and joy and radiance. Have you chosen to make peace with yourself and peace with your plate? Have you chosen the path of discovering how to be a happy, healthy, peaceful eater (and woman) not just this month but every year to come? Have you decided that enough is enough and you are FINALLY READY to let go of what isn’t working and embrace the intuitive, vibrant woman you feel you can be?

Whatever your choice; you are a brilliant, wonderful human being. There are no wrong answers.

And I want you to know, the choice to be free, joyful and happy in your food relationship, body and life is always there, available to you.

You get to choose.

So, which is it?

Much love,

Hannah May x

Are YOU one of the 99%?

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I have been thinking about what most people generally believe about achieving goals and happiness.

We are told that the end justifies the means.

That you should work hard. Sacrifice for a while in order to get what you really want.

Put in the effort.

Focus on the end goal.

Keep motivated.

Pay your dues now so you can reap the rewards in the future.

This shows up in our lives in a number of ways;

– Stop eating that food you love so you can slim down and be happy.

– Put in your 8 hours a day doing stuff you mostly don’t like, for x number of years to finally get the position in that company and you will make you feel so fulfilled and satisfied.

– Stick to a confining budget and forgo the little luxuries that you adore in order to get that thing or take that trip that will make you feel amazing or be so much fun.

I know you have had the experience before of reaching a certain goal (that is, if you even REACH your goal) but having the elated feeling of reaching it, be over all too soon.

The holiday went by too fast.

Or you aren’t as excited anymore about your new phone.

Or the new job was fun for a while but that excitement factor is
really dwindling now.

Or you aren’t still LOVING what you see in the mirror day after day despite toning up somewhat.

That got me thinking.

How much of your time do you spend NOT feeling happy/fulfilled/excited/amazing, in order to achieve your goals, compared with how long you feel good AFTER reaching the goal?

(Knowing that feeling great about you goal is only temporary.)

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Figuring it out is NOT your job

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Dear One

It’s not your job to “Figure it out”

It’s not your job to work out the How.

It’s not your JOB to come up with the ideas.

Ideas don’t come from your mind (any idea worth following anyway)

Ideas come TO you.

THROUGH you.

From your higher self.

From source.

From universal consciousness.

The ideas and the hows and the steps are being give to you ALL the time.

You are guided and are being sent inspiration each and EVERY SINGLE MOMENT of every single day.

YOUR job is to let it in.

YOUR job is to let go of what’s blocking it.

YOUR job is to do that by relaxing and allowing it in.

Your JOB is, as best you can, in as many moments as you are able, get as close to the feeling of what your highest-self is feeling.

Joy. Abundance. Clarity. Freedom. Love. Peace. Ease. Fun. Excitement. Knowing.

And don’t worry, you don’t have to get all the way there.

There are no performance appraisals or report cards for this job (your ONLY job)

YOUR JOB is to take a step closer to those positive emotions (and a few more steps as you can) that represent the real you.

The infinite you.

YOUR JOB is to feel as good as you can. Then follow what you are guided to do.

Because you are always guided.

THAT is your job.

(and what a brilliant job it is!)

Now…

DO YOUR JOB.

The rest will be taken care of.

Much love,

Hannah May x

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Beware Vision Board Backfire: Is your manifesting technique working against you?

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“Create a vision board”

It’s standard manifesting advice:

Grab a big bit of card or a Pinterest board and stick on pics of everything you want. Then focus on it and they will happen!

Now, I think vision boards are fantastic WHEN they are used in the right way. 

BUT when you use them in the wrong way, all the focusing and attention you are giving your collage of dream images can backfire.

It can block what you DO want to happen and it can lead to you bringing more of what you DON’T want into your life. 

To assess if your vision board is helping or hindering:

Pay attention to how you feel when you look at your vision board

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