Bacon & Chocolate For Breakfast?

AshlandI’m writing from Ashland Oregon. I’m here with my Mom (she’s 80!) and I wanted to share what we’ve been eating for breakfast.

Why?

Because it may help you choose breakfast foods you enjoy AND love your body.

I often find people eat foods they THINK are healthy or avoid foods they THINK are unhealthy. This can take you off track and missing out on pleasure AND good nutrition!

Isn’t it time to get rid of the SHOULD’s?

The last 2 mornings, I’ve had bacon and chocolate for breakfast.

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Join the Love Your Body Challenge!

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Love Your Body Challenge

I’m offering a free 21 Day Love Your Body Challenge designed to help you let go of what weighs you down physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. When we’re at war with our bodies, nobody wins! Good news is, you can change this and as soon as you do, you’ll feel different. Then, you’ll notice you look different. And, it’s all from letting go of what no longer serves you.

This will be easy and fun and did I say it’s FREE?

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Willpower & Permission to Pause

hammockLast night after working with clients, I was writing up a blog post about willpower. It was almost done but I didn’t finish. I could have pushed, I can push through fatigue, but I listened to my body.

A few weeks ago, I asked folks on my email list what their biggest struggles were. The top struggles were around willpower and not having enough time. Thank you to everyone who answered that email, I SO appreciate your feedback. I want to help you, and I AM creating something so stay tuned.

I have a habit of working too much.  You see, there are things I need / want to do for others, and there’s the student loans and there’s the passion for what I do and helping those I serve. So, it’s easy to see that I get pulled into working too much. But, today, I’m going to rest, I’ll work a little, but I’m taking some time to pause, and I invite you to do the same.

Right now, I’m running my first ever 21 Day Love Your Body Challenge. I’m over the moon excited for the participants. See, I started my healing journey 27 years ago and I’m sharing what worked for me and many others to heal.

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My Secret Weapon for Weight Loss

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I used to hate my body and started obsessing about it at sixteen, when I started getting curves. I was self conscious before that, but it did not center around my weight. I got serious (stern voice) about managing my weight and controlling my body and was a bit neurotic. I thought I needed the perfect body to get what I wanted in life, so I started dieting and became … an aerobics instructor. Seriously, I did that, it was the 80’s, please forgive me.

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What You Crave, Craves You

craving_meaningIf you have food cravings, you may think you’re craving that particular food. It tastes good, it makes you feel good, it’s so yummy, right? Who doesn’t want that?

 

I’m here to tell you, that what you crave is SO much bigger, so much deeper, and so much more important than that piece of chocolate or that bowl of ice cream or that doughy buttery french bread. What you crave craves you because you are wired to desire. We want more, we want fulfillment, we want to feel joy and connection.

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This 4 Letter Word Stops Cravings


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And the word is “NEED!” I know, it’s cringe worthy, right? Nobody wants to talk about their needs, let alone speak them or advocate for them. I used to not even want people to know I had needs. I wanted to be strong, self reliant and live on air. Can you relate?  People who crave deny their needs, but this too can change and it won’t make you a needy or obnoxious person.

After working with people over the years, I’ve found that behind every food craving is an unmet need. A craving is a signaling system for your unmet needs, either physical, emotional, mental or spiritual.  I wrote a blog post where I suggest you Thank Your Food Cravings, because cravings are a way of letting you know something is amiss, so you can actually address it.

Side note: For this post, I’m referring to needs, but you could just as easily call it a desire, a want, a wish, etc. Does that make it less repulsive? It’s natural to have needs and desires, right? I desire to feel satisfied, I want to feel happy, a need is no different so get over the cringe so you can get what your heart desires.

Food cravings are kinda like a game of telephone. You know how it goes, the message starts out clear, and with each person who relays the message, it changes, until it’s almost unrecognizable.

In your body, the message can go like this:

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How To Eat at a Buffet, BBQ or Party & Feel Good!

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One of the biggest challenges I hear from my clients is:

It’s not easy to eat healthy food when I’m out and about!

Social gatherings include food. The hand-to-mouth action seems to be a sort of comfort buffer that eases social situations. You may be surrounded by a whole bunch of “junk” food when you venture out into the world. Processed foods are everywhere, right?

There’s nothing wrong with eating processed foods every so often, but it’s helpful to know when you can get away with it and when you can’t.

I understand not wanting to stick out in a crowd and you too may be embarrassed to pass on something served or to ask your host or hostess for special arrangements. I so get it.

The next time you’re at a party try this suggestion.

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How to Get What You Want

june 17th blog post picLast week on the blog, I talked about getting clear about What you Really Want. Today, I’m going to tell you how to GET what you want.

After getting clear about what you want, you need to ask yourself this question:

How do I want to Feel?

This means, how you’re going to feel when you’ve reached that goal (and it can also be used when making a decision about what you will eat, but we’ll talk about that next time)

Why is this important?

With every goal you have, there is a feeling you’re seeking. Your nature is to expand and grow and so it’s natural and normal for you to have desires and goals and want to improve your situation.. You may think you want the end result, but what you really want is a new experience, a feeling. You may want to be free of cravings, or you may want to lose 20 pounds, but what you really want runs deeper.

Yes, it’s great to attain these goals, but what do they give you and why is it important?

Here are some ideas off the top of my head that I hear:

  • Freedom to be around baked goods and feel at peace if I eat them or not

    Why? Because I want to let go of the obsession around food and what I really want is to write a book and my obsession keeps getting in the way
  • Showing up at parties feeling confident and sexyWhy? Because I want to be my best self, feel free, enjoy my body and interact with others authentically
  • Be able to approach my closet feeling happy and excited Why? Because I deserve to look and feel good, enjoy my body, my clothes and be a good role model for my daughter
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Quit Sugar Humor Video

Let’s Make Quitting Sugar Easy & Fun! Watch the video below …

 

Quitting sugar doesn’t have to be hard. It CAN be easy if you take the steps to avoid withdrawals.

I made this video to bring some humor to your quit sugar journey. There are many benefits to quitting sugar, but you need to know how to proceed to be successful. When you quit sugar, it may come knocking at your door to tempt you days, weeks or even years later. These temptations can be super strong for some people, , but it doesn’t have to be this way. If you’ve gone on a sugar cleanse or sugar detox, you probably can relate to this video. I hope you can see that you are not alone, sugar dependence or addiction is very common and it’s not due to a character flaw or lack of willpower.

You are not broken, and you can find relief.

The goal of my work is to help my clients get to the point where it’s easy to say Yes OR No to Sugar, but they feel in charge, not controlled by Sugar. Then, peace with food follows and they are in charge of their health and your happiness! When you’re in charge of your health and happiness, you have the power to create a life you love!

 

If you like this video, please share it with your friends and spread the word about Quitting Sugar without Withdrawals.

And I DARE you to comment on this video. Be brave!

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What Do You REALLY Want?

blog post June thirdIt’s really easy to focus on what you don’t want, isn’t it? I know you don’t want to have cravings, you don’t want to pack on pounds or have a hard time fitting into your clothes, but what really lights you up?

This is scary territory, very emotional for some women. Why? Because you believe you can’t have what you want, it feels out of reach, unattainable. Whether it’s internal forces or ones that are out of your control, it can be scary to have a big dream. It hurts to want something and not get it. I get that!

But, I’m going to push you here, to dream a little–or a lot. Let yourself connect with your heart’s desire. Why? Because you’re a heck of a lot more likely to attract what you desire in your life if you’re CLEAR about what you want. Super clear.

So, I’m encouraging you to make a list of what you want with your body, your health, your relationship with food, your big dreams for your life and be specific. Be super specific. It’s okay to want, you just need to believe that you can have it–or at least cast away your doubts temporarily. You may think you don’t deserve it. Just assume you do.

And, when things come into your experience that are not to your liking, instead of getting upset, you can say, “No, thank you, I’d rather have THIS” and focus on what you DO want. Sound a little airy fairy? Try it out and see what you’re able to attract. I find that when I’m super specific about what I want, and focus on it daily, these things or experiences show up in my life. The best part is that it’s easy and fun, because I didn’t have to make it happen, I just had to be clear about what I wanted.

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