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Eat Consciously

This is really important…the way we eat affects the way food nourishes us…Enjoy!

 

7 Simple Choices To Inspire You Eat Consciously

Did you know that there is a strong connection between the kinds of foods that you eat, how you eat them, and how you feel afterwards?

Especially at this time of the year, when food is in an abundant supply, it is even more important to focus and pay attention to the food that we consume.

Your relationship with food is an intimate one. And, just like any kind of important relationship in your life, the more conscious that you can become of it, the more joy and happiness it can bring.

At the height of adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalance, and other chronic health problems, when I was sleeping for up to 20 hours a day and 60 pounds overweight, I became aware that I had been stuck in a chronic pattern of unconscious eating.

Due to my busy schedule and tendency to cram too much into my day, I would habitually override my body’s natural desire for proper nutrition by skipping meals. To compensate for this, I would unconsciously eat food on the run, during meetings or while I was working.

Here are the seven ideas I employed to transform my own eating habits. I hope that they can inspire you to eat consciously

1. Take 3 deep breaths before you start eating.

Before you eat, breathe deeply. This can positively affect how you think, feel, and act around food. Breathing deeply is a powerful way to quickly center yourself, so that you can let go of distractions and be fully present to the process of eating!

2. Before eating, give thanks for your food.

Another thing, I like to do before I eat anything, is to express gratitude for the food that I am about to eat. This expression of gratitude can be an internal, personal practice, or it can be a practice of verbally expressing appreciation to your fellow dining guests.

For example, before you eat, you can express gratitude to mother nature for growing the food, and thanking that food for helping you to create a healthy, strong body. As another example, you can personally thank whoever prepared the food for you. If you cooked it yourself, take a moment to acknowledge yourself.

3. Sit down comfortably to enjoy your meals.

Don’t eat when you’re feeling distracted or emotionally unavailable. Aim to eat when you can comfortably sit down to really enjoy your meals. Instead of eating in your car, at your desk, in front of the TV or your computer, take a moment to sit down and bring all your focus and attention to the food. This can help you to consciously create the body and health that you truly desire.

4. Use cutlery (not fingers) to eat your food.

This should be self explanatory, but healthy food usually requires the use of silverware! Understand that most processed foods are designed for convenience (can you imagine trying to eat crisps, chocolate bars or lollies with anything other than your fingers?). Whenever possible, aim to eat real food, from a bowl or on a plate, using cutlery.

5. Chew your food properly.

Did you know that digestion actually begins in your mouth? Most people eat unconsciously, and as a result they forget to chew their food properly. With each chewing action, you increase the proper break down of your food, using your teeth and the saliva in your mouth.

6. Slow down and really taste your food.

Remember that there is no need to rush the process of eating. Contrary to what you might have experienced growing up, eating is not a competitive sport! Let yourself slow down and relax so that you can really enjoy all the different tastes and flavors of your food, and fully delight in each mouthful that you eat.

7. Stop eating when you’re full.

Remind yourself that you don’t have to eat everything on your plate! Eat as much or as little food as you need, knowing that if you get hungry later on, you can always get something extra. Listen to your body, and trust your inner wisdom to guide you as to how much food you need to eat to feel fully satisfied.

When you pay attention to eating using these seven ideas, you can break old patterns of unconscious eating and literally transform the way you live forever.

As you become more conscious of your food choices and eating patterns, just like I did, you will be able to start to build a much healthier relationship with food. You will be able to enjoy the process of mindfully eating food, while also savoring all the many different tastes, textures, and flavors of food.

Conscious eating is a beautiful way that you can make inspired food choices that enhance your long term health and wellness.

You are Love…

A very good article by Sherianna Boyle… full of truth…Enjoy!

Yes, Fear Is Inhibiting Your Love Life. Here’s The Fix

 

Love is difficult to capture in words because it encompasses so many things. A dictionary might say it’s a feeling of deep affection or a strong affection for another person. Yet love is far more than a feeling; it is a force, an energy. Love is not only something you send to or receive from others; it is also an energy you connect to and experience.

Love is not something you want but rather a calling to who you are.

edefining Love

Think of love as formless, timeless, limitless, boundless, abundant energy swirling around within and around your body. Authors such as Richard Gordon and speakers such as Christie Marie Sheldon have established this phenomenon in recent years.

In love, anything and everything is possible. It doesn’t matter whether you are awake or asleep, young or old, poor or rich. You already have love, and different than having food or water, love does not come in a limited supply. Love is not something you want but rather a calling to who you are. You are far more than what you physically can do or see. Love is in you, around you, part of your creation.

What About Romantic Love?

People often confuse passion with love. Each of us is inundated with images of passionate sex, passion for looks, money, possessions, fame, power, and attention. Let me set you straight: Love does not crave any of those things, because it already is everything.

This universal love is also respectful of who you are and what you need. It is capable of removing what you don’t need while retaining what you do. Similar to how you might pull the weeds from a garden without disturbing the root system of a plant, love releases negative emotions while supporting your intuition and ability to sort things through.

Don’t Believe These “Love Lies”

“Love lies” is a term that captures a branch of self-limiting beliefs about love. Self-limiting beliefs stem from feeling “less than” or being told (by yourself or someone else) you are not enough. Love lies spin off these beliefs. As a result, you may find yourself being rather sarcastic, consumed by negative thoughts, or bitter about love.

Love is energy, you are energy, therefore you are love.

eft unrecognized, these little lies help build protective walls, hardening the energy around your heart. This makes love seem obscure, sketchy, and rather elusive.

Nothing gives me more satisfaction than exposing a love lie. It is like finding the clues to a mystery or solving a puzzle. Here are some untruths I have come across either in myself or in my clients:

  • You either have love or you don’t.
  • You have to wait for love to come to you.
  • Love isn’t for everyone.
  • Love means “taking care of someone else.”
  • If your family didn’t tell you or show you that they loved you, then you pretty much grew up without love.
  • Love hurts.
  • Love shows up only when you are a size two or have lots of money.
  • You need love.
  • It is rare to find true love.

As you ponder these statements, know that what makes them false is that each of them is dependent on love coming from somewhere or someone else. Lie, lie, lie, false, false, and more false. Love is inside you. People and circumstances reflect what you feel inside.

These lies are based on your fear of losing love or perhaps never getting a chance to have it in the first place. (FYI, never having love is complete bullshit. Love is energy, you are energy, therefore you are love.) Love does not come toyou, it comes through you. You don’t need love: You can’t need something you already have.

I must confess that for most of my life, I confused choosing love with taking care of someone else. It didn’t matter if it was a friend, boyfriend, relative, or complete stranger; love was always a way for me to reach out and give something to someone. It never occurred to me to find love within. Yet the love within yourself is the strongest source.

How Fear Disconnects You from Love

So if this wonderful universal love is inside you and all around you all the time, why can’t you feel it? Because fear has gotten in the way and blocked your access to it.

You are probably used to thinking of fear in a very literal sense — being afraid of spiders, for example. But the fear I am talking about in this book is an even bigger concept than that. I’m talking about fear that’s such an inherent part of your life that you don’t even realize it’s there anymore.

It controls your decision-making, negates your ability to love yourself, and forces you to be less, do less, feel less. This type of fear shows itself in a variety of ways — such as insecurities, anger, stress, anxiety, blame, doubts, jealousy, lack of self-worth, and straight-up bullshit lies.

Are You Subconsciously Living in Fear?

But, Sheri, you say. I’m not afraid of love! I’d do anything to have more love in my life! I believe you, but I think you might actually have some subconsciousfear in your life. How do I know? Well, Dr. Bradley Nelson, author of The Emotion Code, reports that human beings are only about 10 percent conscious.

In other words, you might only be aware of about 10 percent of what is influencing you. Your fears might be lurking in that other 90 percent. The good news: Choosing to access universal love will help you clear out those fears and reclaim the path to love.

Tuning into love in the midst of negativity is like pulling the plug on fear. It will drain away and love will prevail.

The tricky part is that your conscious mind is influenced by your subconscious mind. The subconscious is the invisible part of you easily swayed by images and subliminal messaging. When you veg out in front of the television or computer, fear, negativity, and toxicity are more likely to reach you. Fear works like novocaine, numbing your ability to experience love.

You may be subconsciously buying into beliefs, illusions, and fantasies that play off a “lack of” or fear mentality rather than love. The truth is, love and fear do not mix. In fact, negativity hates love. It is its worst nightmare. Tuning into love in the midst of negativity is like pulling the plug on fear. It will drain away and love will prevail.

In my healing practice, I have discovered that two of the greatest fears human beings have are that they will never really know what it is like to be truly loved by others — in other words, that they will never “find love” — and that they will never know how to love themselves.

When you are afraid you won’t find love or keep love, you may end up “chasing love” or going overboard to find it. For example, you might want to “be nice” but then overcompensate by regularly doing things that others are more than capable of doing for themselves.

In other words, you try to “find” love via nice deeds. For example, I have seen grown, intelligent women sprint home after working all day to cook dinner for a boyfriend who could be cooking for himself.

Unfortunately, when you “find love” under these circumstances, it’s attached to fears of not being worthy of love. Universal love is never attached to worthiness — but you can see how well-meaning but fear-based actions can easily cause you to misinterpret the universal love.

Now, if you are like me, you are probably thinking, Crap, this choosing love thing is going to be HARD. You may be realizing how much of your life has been driven by fear and how difficult it will probably be to undo. I get it; I have been there. In the beginning, I was all geared up to take on the challenge.

What I have learned, and what I hope you will learn from my choices [notice I don’t say mistakes; I don’t believe in them] is that choosing love actually comes from a place of non-effort. What do I mean by that? The more you try, the less you actually feel. It is the trying that leads to tension.

Love happens when you sense and feel the direction. Something inside of you softens, listens, and trusts the path you are choosing regardless of the outcome. So don’t worry about the workload. It’s all gonna go smoothly when you give up trying to control love, I promise.

Subconscious Fear Thwarts Your Efforts to Choose Love

Science is finding that if you have a subconscious belief that you are fat or unworthy, or that life is unfair, your subconscious mind will knock out your efforts — unless, of course, you release these beliefs and build new ones (which we’ll do in this book). Your subconscious mind will return you to your “original state” of feeling fat or unworthy despite your efforts to change them. Only truly releasing those beliefs will allow you to build new ones.

Choosing love aligns you with your soul. Your soul is the part of you that remembers where you came from (love). So to choose love means to bring your soul back into your body. It is the blocks of fear that get in the way, and as these blocks are removed, you will be able to experience love’s power.Excerpted from Choosing Love Copyright © 2016 by Sherianna Boyle and published by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

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