Serious Interview with A Revolutionary + EXCITEMENT GALORE

Listen peeps, today’s interview with Isabel is not your typical WWRadio interview. We don’t talk morning routines or favorite color. We rant and rave and show the importance of an issue that has plagued both of us personally and from talking with you guys, many of you as well. The topic body-hate and food obsession. This woman is how I healed and now through this interview you’ll learn how she can help you do the same.

Just listen be open and know that these concepts may be new and they may also be radical. They legit might blow your mind and that’s a good thing.

If any of these things we spoke about resonate with you click here to sign up for her FREE video training series to go deep into her concepts.

Basically just ask yourself these questions….

Is food or weight a constant worry?

Can’t stick to a diet no matter how hard you try? 

Is your weight constantly holding you back?

Are you an emotional or binge-eater?

If these resonate check this out. 

FREE TRAINING! 

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Q & A | Which Eating Strategy Is Right For Me?

This is probably my favorite video and topic I’ve done yet. Such a great reader question (leave yours below on any wellness topic, from yoga, to wellness tips) and   something  I honestly needed to explore in myself. I was looking at my friend’s diets and thinking I needed to change my eating strategy simply because they had. I was feeling great from what I was doing, but contemplated radical changes because of comparison. Silly, isn’t it? But, I fear I’m not alone in this.

I believe that when it comes to our eating strategy (diet is a dirty word in Wonderland) we must absolutely do what is right for our totally unique dynamic bodies and trust that there is not one solution for everyone and what works for you now might be completely different than what will work three months from now.

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The tricky thing with diets (and in general life) is comparison. Comparison is the thief of joy. When looking at other people it’s easy to get lost in a comparison spiral, thinking, “Wow it seems to be working for them, I should be doing that too.” Comparison is a slippery slope and it is easy to get stucked into. So instead of letting your comparison spiral, take a lesson from my mom :

Concern yourself with YOU! Because comparison steals your joy! {Tweet That}  

 

Last Meanderings of 2013, it’s been real

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I’ve missed you! How was your holiday? Above is an Instagram glimpse into mine. Hopefully you’re taking some time wherever you are at the tail end of this year to relax, reflect, and feel renewed for 2013.

I’m so excited for the new year & can feel that good stuff is brewing. I’ve got a festive new year post for you tomorrow, but until then meander my favorite inspiring new year posts from around the internet as well as a collection of my favorite posts of 2013 from here in Wonderland.

Favorite inspiring & timely New Years Posts from around the web:

Gabby’s 14 Ways To Make ’14 Miraculous.

Jenny’s Drop Kick your Comfort Zone in 2014.

Carly’s Instead of Making ‘Get Healthier Resolutions…’

Kris Carr’s Forget New Year’s Resolutions & Find Your Ease In 2014

Best of 2013 in Wonderland:

First of all here are last year’s last Meanderings of 2012… always fun to be nostolgic.

My healthy marshmallow recipe from last week.

This interview with Isabel Foxen Duke on how to not be crazy around food (also from last week, ending the year with a bang).

The WWDiet!

My 2013 gift guides.

19 Ways to Start & End your Day!

The one where I learned a lesson.

The epic Last Dance Challenge Check in No. 12.

…and last but not least all my WWRadio Episodes (Thank you so much to all my amazing guests, I respect you all so much and I’m so grateful for your unique perspectives and inspiration.)

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

Click here to tweet it!  

Introducing the WWDIET | eat anything & stay mindful

Eat anything I could ever want? A whole smoothie full of sweet fruit even though I’ve ‘been told’ it’s too sugary? A whole bowl of quinoa even though I’ve read all the ‘Paleo’ articles saying to stay away?

Maybe…just maybe.

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I’m going on a diet. The Wellness Wonderland Diet. Want to join?

This diet is radical; I can eat absolutely anything, nothing is “cut-out”, nothing is off limits, but rather any food I want in any quantity can be eaten at any hour of the day.

The only stipulation is that there’s absolutely no eating unless I’m in a calm, relaxed state. That seems simple enough, but to be honest 95 percent of my “meals” (if you can call them that) are eaten in quite the opposite way, shoving an apple in my mouth as I sprint out the door, frantically downing a smoothie simultaneously cleaning the vitamix, or furiously eating salad from the bag as I chop up my veggies for my salad then not being hungry by the time I sit down to eat.

The list goes on, almost every time I ate felt rushed and frantic, like ‘now or never.’  While every time I had great intentions for health (for gosh sakes 95 percent of the stuff I was eating was highly green and likely had kale involved) but something was off…I was eating great stuff and doing everything “right” but there was something my body wasn’t loving.

And that’s when I decided I needed a diet/plan. Even though I was trying to be less strict and eat intuitively, I work well with goals and plans so I might as well use that to my advantage. I have the personality type (typical Vata) that loves routine and I really take advice and stick to it 100 percent.

Since I’m so passionate about wellness, read a ton, and constantly get advice, I have a tendency to get really structured and dogmatic. Sometimes good and I realize now sometimes not so good.

I was grasping onto some health advice for dear life even though it wasn’t serving me.

For example, ‘give your body breaks… eat only every 3-4 hours’. Yes, great advice, however I took this to an extreme, literally setting timers of when I “could” eat again.

When I finally chilled out, thinking about how it will look in food journal after my last meal, and just listened to my body and ate whenever I wanted to, I could finally feel satisfied. Usually it did take a few hours to get hungry again depending on the size of my meal, but sometimes it was sooner and that was okay.

Here’s the thing: anything that stresses you out is bad for you period. End of story, no matter who says it’s healthy.

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So clearly through this example you can see how determined I can get when I latch onto a concept. In many ways it can be helpful, but at the same time it’s a double-edged sword really keeping me stuck. But with this new “diet” I’ve decided to take that same determination and perseverance and translate it to this new goal.

The goal: only eating when I’m fully calm, present, and aware. In our busy lives full blown mindful eating may not be feasible 100% of the time with travel, work, etc. But just infusing each meal with a touch of awareness and making a conscious effort to not eat when you’re stressed is life-changing.

Not eating when I’m stressed is something I’m working hard on everyday. Here’s the thing, sometimes when I’m stressed I’m truly hungry too, not with emotional hunger, but legit physical growling hunger.

When that happens there are two things my body’s asking for at once: one is food nourishment and the other is emotional nourishment. While both are equally important to overall health in that moment, the emotional hunger usually goes out the window and we often turn to the physical food to fill up both needs. That’s a surefire way to never ever feel full. Because the physical food will never fill that emotional need.

That’s why eating when you’re stressed is torture. It’s like you’re filling a car that runs on premium gas, unleaded gas…it will never work properly no matter how much you keep overfilling it because you’re not giving it what it needs.

This situation of simultaneous hunger and stress happens to most of us daily, whether we realize it or not, but let’s call a spade a spade coming home for dinner after a long day of work….yes you’re probably hungry but emotionally you’re drained as well and the food won’t address both needs.

So here’s the plan (oh how I love plans) if physical hunger comes up while you’re in a stressful state, address the stress first. ie. call a friend, go on a walk, read, watch a quick video, do something, ANYTHING, that can quickly get you out of that stressful state. Then, and only then can you eat. It’s not restrictive, it’s loving. When you eat while you’re stressed you’re swallowing all that negative emotion and it’s staying stuck deep inside your body. Wait…heal the emotional sensation first and then the physical.

I used to think “no i need to eat immediately, even though I’m stressed because then it will be too late and it will throw off my day blah blah blah”… Listen, it’s better to put off a meal a bit, throw off the “all holy” meal times and wait until you are calm than to rush eat when you’re stressed just to stick to a rigid meal schedule.

So with this new diet I’m using what I’ve got, by taking my rigid nature and applying it to something more fluid.

Let’s see how it goes together.

This was a guest post I did for my best friend Culinary Karma.

Will you join the both of us with this diet?

Let us know in the comments below!

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We are what we eat, but we are also how we eat it.