Freedom From Food Obsession

Have you gotten my Enlightened Eating Tool Kit Yet? You can get info  from this video & even more deets on this page. But basically, here’s the gist… 

Through understanding my deep rooted tumultuous relationship with food, all areas of  my life could fall into place,  what I call a state of Wellness Wonderland. To me that means balance and living fully in my true purpose.

To get you started on your path to WW-land. Download my FREEEnlightened Eating Tool Kit. 

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As I say in the video,  life is not about the food, what you choose to eat, or what your weight is; what food and your body can be is the doorway to opening you up to your purpose in life and what’s really going on underneath.

optiond copyEmotional eating, body-hate, and disordered eating  are merely symptoms of a bigger issues  in your life (email me for more help on this).

I’ve spoken about food a ton on the blog already & this course was instrumental in my recovery as well as the work of Isabel Foxen Duke (listen to our Podcast chat here & more interviews with me here).

 In the meantime, let ne get you started on your journey to WW-land with my Enlightened Eating Tool Kit.

IN THIS KIT YOU WILL LEARN:

My  Stress Less Guide– since stress is the intensifier of food problems and unhealthy habits, these are my go to tips to reduce stress.
– My Enlightened Eating Visualized Guide– a beautiful visual reminder that explains the principles of mindful eating and is the perfect thing to hang on your refrigerator to remind you to sit down and never eat with the fridge door open again.  This is the trick for fully enjoying your food, so you can go fully enjoy your life.
My Meal Planning Worksheets–  Just a tad of planning when it comes to food can shift everything by allowing you to focus on your life instead of your meals. I’ve included three unique versions of the  planning system I use so you can choose what works best for you.

Being a little organized sure beats standing in front of the fridge door open chewing on a carrot stick thinking, “I have nothing to eat…what should I have for lunch? There are only ingredients in my fridge no food! 

 To get your free PDF download of the entire guide in all three parts. Click here & it’s your in exchange for your email.

Enjoy your guide & again email me here if you have any questions on using it or how getting a handle of the food area of your life can help the flow of the rest of your life.  OH. and if you like what you see and know a friend that could use this kit share it here! Click here to TWEET it out. 

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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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YOUR FOCUS

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

FOODIE FRIDAY | RECIPE FOR THE BEST {YET HEALTHY} Popped Snack you’ve ever had

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So it’s no secret to Wonderland that my diet is pretty darn healthy. A friend asked me this week what my vices/ crave foods are and it really got me thinking. Sure, I do still have tons of cravings, but I crave what my body is after and will actually like. I don’t enjoy typical “vice” foods because of how they make me feel. Sure I still look at an adorable cupcake and think,”yum that looks good” but the difference now is that I don’t actually want to eat it, not because of the calories or that it would make me gain weight, but rather because of how it would make me feel. Eating processed foods that my body wasn’t meant to eat makes me feel sluggish and icky and I just simply have too much cool stuff to do to feel that way.

So I fuel my body for how I want to feel. For example, when you’re excited about your day ahead you usually get prepared with a good night’s sleep the night before because you don’t want to feel tired during what you were excited about. The same thing is true for your food choices, every time you eat think about how that food will make you feel.

However, to have a healthy relationship with food means working in indulgences, AKA making room for the occasional ‘vice’ food as my friend called it. Enjoying food is part of life and we are creatures of pleasure so denying ourselves simple pleasures without is not only unhealthy but counter-productive.

My best friend Sacha Jones, a holistic health coach and founder of Stiggly’s Holistic NYC, is so wise. She gave me this sage advice when it comes to indulging.

She said,“When you swallow guilt and shame along with the so-called “naughty,” food you add stress and inflammation and the equivalent of a whole lot of extra calories. If you are going to indulge do so a pleasure-being mindful with oohs and ahs and yums. Be present and mindful and ditch the guilt.”  

I adore this quote and couldn’t agree more. There is so much emotional stuff when it comes to food. To learn more this book by Geneen Roth is clutch. And if you’re really looking to dive in and embrace your relationship with food and make it a healthy one for life, join Gabby as she guides you on a food relationship revamp in her 3-week virtual, Finally Full. Sign up to mend your relationship with food once and for all. I did and it was the single thing that brought me the sanity I craved around food. Buy it here for 25 % off! omg. 

Back to indulgences, the best kind are the kind that feel and taste like they’re decadent indulgences when actually they are nourishing your body while simultaneously giving you pleasure.

So here’s a recipe I’ve been loving this week that tastes naughty but is actually nice for your body and digestion.

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It’s the perfect buttery movie snack (yes mindful eating, no tv or distractions is ideal, but every once in a while I like to snack on something while watching a movie or show and that’s okay. This is the perfect thing!

It tastes like super-doused-in-butter popcorn with out that processed toxic ingredients of regular movie theater corn.

But it satisfies that craving and still makes your fingers greasy and yellow, Cheetos style.

POPPED PUMPKIN SEEDS

Ingredients:

1/4-1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1 tablespoon coconut oil

a few shakes turmeric

Pink sea salt to taste

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Directions:

Plop everything into the skillet and allow to heat up for 3-4 minutes until the seeds start popping. Do not overcook. Allow them to cool a bit and eat with your hands, but beware – the turmeric stains your fingers yellow! Also makes a great salad topper and the extra coco oil is yummy dressing on the salad.

Why it’s healthy?

Well pumpkin seeds aren’t just a low-calorie, high-nutrient food – they are the super star for healthy hair. And this recipe is even better because of the turmeric which is a superherb right now since it has major anti-inflammatory proporties and is said to help reduce…. And the best part is that combined with coconut oil (or any fat) those benefits are intensified since it is fat-soluble. Also, coconut oil is something of a super fat, it’s great for everything from the thyroid to the skin and it has a high smoke point so until other oils it doesn’t go rancid when you cook with it, so it’s safe to use here. Enjoy this snack even more as you think about all the great things it’s doing for your body…scratch that, actually just enjoy and indulge in every bite this time, take the meal off from mindful eating just this once (I won’t tell.)

If you want to get over your food hang-ups once and for all! Buy this course I swear.