Special Guest Who Will Help You Not Be Crazy Around Food

Today there’s a very special guest in Wonderland. Isabel Foxen Duke, emotional freedom from food guru is here and speaks about body image, tips to not be food crazy during the holidays, normal eating, and business marketing strategies for capturing the attention of people who need to hear the message even when they don’t want it (they just want to lose weight).

-Check out out interview we mention  for The Beauty Bean: How Emotional Eating Can Be A Good Thing.  

Our original long-form podcast interview on #WWRadio where we get into many concepts including Isabel’s background and main principles.

-Hang out with Isabel here!

Rad Quote to Tweet: 

“You think you have a food problem, but that won’t exist if you didn’t have a body image problem.” @isabelfoxenduke via #wellnesswonderland w/ @katiedalebout

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The Art of Surrendering | Scary Word, Simple Concept

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I learned something really profound recently from my mentor Gabrielle Bernstien. It is the art of surrendering. Until recently I had no idea what that meant and that word actually scared me to be honest. Gabby teaches surrendering to mean letting go of trying to control a situation out of your control, and rather, saying ‘look I trust the Universe here and that everything happens for a reason please help the best outcome play out here.’ Surrendering really is just asking for help in any given situation and getting out of the way for the Universe to do her thing.

I love this line from Mastin Kipp‘s remix of Yogi Bhajan’s Patience Pays (which I listen to a few times a day and have been playing for all my yoga classes.) “Surrender doesn’t mean giving up, it means giving in.”

Speaking of Yogi Bhajan, the father of Kundalini Yoga, Gabby’s journey to discovering Kundalini is what helped me to understand how to surrender. A couple years ago, Gabby found herself in a bit of a rut in her practice. Having been a meditator for years she needed a more visceral experience. She surrendered her practice to the Universe and was led to Kundalini, which changed her life. Pre-Kundalini Gabby hated yoga but was led to it randomly, fell in love with it, and even became a teacher of it. Now she wears cool turbans and teaches crazy Kundalini meditation to millions on Instagram & YouTube, all because she surrendered something that wasn’t working in her life

So I recently did just that – I surrendered something & boy does it work. There’s something to this whole surrender thing.

So here’s what I first surrendered, to test it out to see if it actually worked and guess what? It did, massively! When you let go, stop pushing and just relax into it the Universe will show up in a big way to support you.

I was not loving my morning routine at all, struggling with finding something that worked for me so I surrendered my morning routine to the Universe and this is what happened…

I fell in love with my mornings and now you can too, here’s how. I’ll be back with part two of this post with a post on the importance of morning routines & 10 tips to start the day off right.

See you then!

How TV can be meditation | part 1

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Sometimes we all just need a break from people, work, cooking and cleaning! Those are obvious, but  I’ve found sometimes we need a break from things that we love & enrich our lives as well, like blogging, writing, yoga, meditating, learning and even our spiritual practice.  When I started my full-time job I would work all day and then in the evenings I would want to work on my creative projects. Things like my blog, learning by listening to metaphysical podcasts or reading nonfiction books, doing yoga, coaching friends. While all those things were great, they were stimulating my mind. In a deeply positive way, yes, but I felt I was never getting a rest or even a breath between days.

Then I remembered something my mom always said:  “Honey, at the end of the day, I need some mindless TV.” My mom is the hardest worker I have ever met in my life (if her boss is reading this, she needs a raise or at least a pat on the back) and after devoting her entire work day to her job, she would decompress by watching some “mindless TV.” This isn’t a foreign concept – many people do the same. However, for some reason, I was dead-set on not watching TV at the end of the day, but rather doing something enriching to my life, like learning something, writing something, making something, helping someone. That worked for a while, but as my job picked up and on-boarding (the honeymoon of the job) was over, work got busy and I realized my method wasn’t working. I was constantly feeling drained because I was never allowing my mind to rest.

Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Gossip Girl & Friends, and love Downton Abbey as much as the next guy. But I was bound and determined not to have a TV in my apartment (a choice I still stand by). My mom tried to ask me, ‘are you sure? sometimes you just need to escape.’ But I was  determined to never let my mind off the hook….I would either be working on work, my blog, other creative projects, or myself through meditation, etc.

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This was all fine until the night of the Academy Awards. That evening all I wanted to do was watch TV and it was nothing I could stream online.  On the night of the Oscars I just straight up wanted to watch some good old live television. Luckily, that evening I had my book club – a perfect way to close my week and start a new one. However, after we hung up the phone, all I wanted to do was see dresses and acceptance speeches. So I did what anyone of my generation would do – I turned to twitter. While I did get some live tweets from the red carpet and did get to see a few dresses, it was a tweet from my guru author of our book club’s book, Gabby Bernstein‘s, tweet that stuck out to me that night. It was so profound. She tweeted this…

@GabbyBernstein does anyone know where I can stream the Oscars online?

Yes Gabby could have been meditating, or working on her next vlog, or her 4th book, but even Gabby needed a little – as my mom calls it – mindless TV. And she was in the same boat as me, not having a TV and turning to twitter for the answer. In that moment I felt comfort & the answer to my internal dialog of ‘When do I stop working completely, even on myself and just be?’

I can literally feel my mind turning to mush when I watch too much TV, so I avoid it all together, but it is all about balance. Everything in moderation, and this completely includes television. For me, I wasn’t getting enough.

Just as my hard working mom could use some more creative projects, at the same time I needed a little more TV. By not taking any time for myself, my creative projects were lacking. I needed balance. For me, I needed that TV to relax and be better in the end for my friends, work, and projects.

So there I was, all set up on Netflix, a sea of television madness….

TO BE CONTINUED…

part two here. 

GOOD ADVICE | Do things with passion or do nothing at all.

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Ever feel overwhelmed with too much to do, but not enough time? Just make time! It’s simple – get up earlier or go to bed earlier and only spend time on things that you are passionate about as much as you possibly can. And the trick to doing this is to become passionate about even the most mundane things, such as folding clothes, washing the dishes, or taking a shower. Do everything you do with passion or don’t do anything at all. On Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday episode with the young new spiritual leaders she had a great quote that really stuck with me. Oprah said, “I only make my bed on the weekends, but when I do I pretend I am Martha Stawart…I do it perfectly, all the pillows are in the perfect place….

I loved the point Oprah’s making here – either make your bed with passion or don’t do it at all. Make even the most mundane things special or don’t do them at all!