How to De-Stress Holiday Eating

How to Destress Holilday EatingIt’s also for you if you’re healing from autoimmune dis-ease (like me) or any other health issue that would make getting off track during the season of joy, anything but joyful.

I woke up in the middle of the night wondering what I wanted to share (too many ideas!), went back to sleep, and had a dream that answered my question.

I was in an old-style theatre and the actor, Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction, Lie to Me, etc.) walked into the room. I was the first person to spot him and went right over to greet him. But I realized I didn’t have my program for him to sign. Like a Tasmanian devil I went around trying to not only find a program, but MY program. Up and down stairs, down aisles, huffing and puffing, fuming, stressed out and tense. Where’s my program? I need my program! 

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Do You Lose Control with Valentine’s Chocolate?

valentine_chocolateChocolate! It’s everywhere this time of year: given to you or it’s at work, etc.

I keep a hefty stash of high-quality dark chocolate in my cupboard. I love chocolate, but it doesn’t control me. Want that same peace? Read on…

Even in times of intense stress, my chocolate stash is safe. I’ll eat a square, but I don’t overeat. It wasn’t always this way. I used to lose control, overeat and regret, not just with chocolate. I’ve helped many clients achieve the same level of inner peace around chocolate and other foods.

How is this peace possible?

I let go of the emotional triggers that drove me uncontrollably towards chocolate. This drive to overeat (craving) didn’t care that I had a masters degree in Nutrition and that I knew better. I had to learn how to work WITH my body, instead of against her and thus found a peaceful place of choice within.

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What Are Your Halloween Candy Memories?

candy cornWhat are your Halloween candy memories? I was thinking today about my favorite Halloween candy and it was always the wrapped chocolates; Mounds, Almond Joy, Butterfingers, Snickers, Kit Kats and one of my favorites Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. My sister was much more inclined to the hard candy, candy corn and taffies, but I was a chocolate lover.

We graduated from paper bags to hold our candy to pillow cases, and we were determined to canvas the neighborhood and fill them up. Then, when we got home, we would analyze and compare our stash.

But ya know, my favorite memory of the neighborhood was my teacher’s house, Rosie. She invited the whole neighborhood over, and would have kids perform for their candy. The adults were all drinking booze I’m sure and enjoying themselves. It was the most fun place to be. We would go there, knowing it would cut into our candy collecting time, but it was just so much fun. Plus, Rosie was so encouraging of our performances and was a natural teacher, bringing out the best in us.

What I’ve seen over the years in working with people is that it’s not about the sweets, it’s about the people we’re with and oftentimes, our cravings come from the sweet memories we share with others.

Back to you, what were you favorite candy memories from Halloween?

I’d love to know, please share them in the comments below.

 

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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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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


telephone

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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