Posts Tagged ‘Practices’

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 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.

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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5 Tips for a Powerful Gratitude Practice

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We have all heard about the power of gratitude.

It makes you happier.

It makes you healthier.

It makes our lives more satisfying and fulfilling.

And because what you focus on expands, being grateful for the good in your life brings more to be grateful for.

So, if you want to start a gratitude practice that WORKS

Or if you have done gratitude exercises before and found that it didn’t do all that much for you or they felt a bit forced or fake,

Then these 5 tips to creating a powerful, effective and gratifying gratitude practice are for you: (more…)

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