When it comes to our body, it's important that we realize that it has a brain. One of the things you will realize when you find people who have had sustainable weight-loss success, is that they did not neglect to tap into their body's very own brain. I always think its good to share ideas, but at the start of any weight loss journey, I think it is a must that we get quiet, prayerful, and listen to what our bodies are saying. One of the things I did when I first began to change my diet (and which I forgot to report in my story) is I fasted. For four consecutive weeks, every Friday evening til Saturday evening, I fasted. I didn't realize it at the time, but it really empowered me, and enabled me to overcome my out of control appetite. This didn't come from any book or law. It came from Spirit and my body's own brain. I instinctively knew how to retrain my appetite when I called on the God within myself. This is what I subscribe to, and this is who I accredit with my success. Now three years later, I'm still wearing my same jeans, and although they sometimes feel snug... I know I have the power to redirect my body and its brain in the direction I choose to go. This year as you begin to set your goals for the upcoming New Year, I hope you'll stop and engage your body's brain. Listen to it! Trust it! Understand it! Most of all, expect it to support you on your way!
What do you think is the value of fasting on a National Day of Eating? If you know the power of collective consciousness, you will probably find this to be a powerful question. I would admit, this year there was no shortage of reasons for me to fast. I really could have picked any number of reasons, and I did throughout the year, but then something said, "I think I'll fast on Thanksgiving" and I did. I fasted from 12am on Thanksgiving Day until 11:59 pm. The thought that was left behind at the end was, "Power Over Food". I also found that when food wasn't the star, "Thanks" became a bigger star.
In the last four years, I've continued to find it interesting how the Spirit has led me in different ways to keep breaking down walls in my mind surrounding food. I've said before that with emotional weight loss there's a sense that the weight you lose will never be regained, and this year for me certainly gave proof of that. In a highly stressful circumstance, and under much pressure, my body and consciousness showed its power over food. It wasn't by being perfect. In fact, I ate pretty much any and every thing I wanted in 2017, but still the foundation I built beneath my weight loss proved to be substantial and enduring. And when I least expected to be discipline, I got a nudge to fast on Thanksgiving Day. Honestly, I still don't have all the information surrounding the significance of such a monumental fast, but I get the feeling that it will continue to unveil itself, and as it does, I will be sure to inform. In the meantime, continue to "Give Thanks" for even the small advances you make along the way, and watch as the Spirit helps you to release your emotional weight and build a lasting foundation for your weight loss.
So what's the big idea? What's this "LCF" foods. What new discovery is going to add another layer of torment to my eating regimen, you might ask? Well it's not really new information, just a quick acronym for the stuff we already know we need to lay off of; they're lazy, comfort, and fast foods. The real culprits. But just in case you do need some examples, I would classify some lazy foods as bagels and boxed cereals. Lazy foods are usually packed with a lot of unfamiliar ingredients and has a lot of hidden sugars. Comfort foods are pretty well-know; I'd say cake and ice cream stand out most for me. Funny, we all usually think of those two together as one. Maybe being aware here, simply means not having both together at once. Then there are fast foods. And don't we know all about the negative impact of fast food. So, let's think and plan ahead so we won't have to lean on lazy, comfort, and fast foods. That's my Beware! and Be Aware! for today. All the best with your eating and wellness efforts.
If you're wholeheartedly ready to make a shift in your health and physical well-being, there are many questions you should begin to ask yourself. Without making certain observations, your big plunge into a life of health reformation may leave you drowning in disappointment and frustration.
Here are some of the questions I had to ask of myself, sit with, and inevitably answer as I looked to make a lasting shift. Ultimately, there's the busy work of weight loss and then there are mind shifts that lead to inspired action and sustainable weight loss.
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5. What am I willing to do different?
4. Is it sustainable?
3. Am I willing to be isolated in my goals?
2. What food(s) am I willing to give up indefinitely?
1. How will I handle special events, dining out, and holiday parties?
I've had an issue with overweight since childhood and honestly I've learned that there were several reasons why I ballooned to 248lbs in 2013. One of those reasons was clearly that I had made food my companion. We often hear people talk about being an emotional eater and it almost sounds like it's a single issue. I'm sure we all recognize that there are different emotions and that perhaps everyone is not experiencing the same emotion but I believe that by classifying ourselves as "emotional eaters" that we are actually impeding the process of locating exactly what emotion(s) we're struggling with and the layers of it. Even in the process of dealing with my weight issue it never occurred to me until here very recently that I had made food my companion. In periodically fighting depression over a variety of wounds, I lived a pretty isolated lifestyle. My friends were mainly work and food and when work got overwhelming, I really leaned in on food. Food seldom disappointed. It soothed my pain in the moment, it distracted me when I needed to find a distraction from my unhappiness, and essentially it sat with me and kept my company. Because I was not health conscious at all, that meant an overload of pure junk. Now that I've changed my outlook on food and that I am active, it's easy to assume that everything is in proper place but then this realization of food having been a companion. Honestly, to this day I still eat for absolutely no reason; I mean none. Therefore, I must look closer at this matter. And since I'm looking into it; I figured I would share it here as it may pertain to you and your relationship to food too.
My TOP 5 Personal Favorites
4. Chick Peas
5. Baked Potato
Appetite Reset Challenge
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Well.... The truth still remains the truth. It's February 2017 and I must admit I did an outstanding job of not jumping on and off the scale in 2016. I made a decision and I saw it through. But what happened in January??? So in the last 4 weeks my pants has gotten a bit snug and my muffin is rising! Whoa.... okay time to get back down to the business of this thing. What went wrong in a matter of a few weeks?? Well, I must say... I've been drinking juice here and there, and I unwisely lifted my bread and soda ban some months back. The great news is that my body responds well to health and fitness. So, it's time to put the breaks on a few things, and hit the accelerator on some others; like lots more water!! I'll be back soon with some updates. In the meantime, you might do a check as well to see what needs breaking and what needs accelerating. All the best with your better health and fitness goals. Love ya!
Perhaps nothing lasts until we know why. That may be truth, but what if we forget why. I definitely forgot why. Early on in my journey, God revealed to me the significance of having a healthier diet and ultimately being in a healthier physical state. Unfortunately, it got away from me in recent months. Therefore, I needed to remember. I needed to go back to my notes and hear God again. So, what if it's not all about will power? What if it's about Eating the Dream! Have you ever considered that your dream has a particular diet? Well, that's essentially what I heard back in 2013 when I began my radical road to transformation. Today, I am remembering the significance of this road, and I just want to encourage you to do the same. Think about your dream life. What are you eating? Is it light and breezy? Is it heavy and greasy? What do you see?? Take a few moments to envision your dream meal; the meal that fits your dream life and Eat the Dream!! All the best always!
There was a time not too long ago that food to me was just something that I could ingest and that would satiate my craving for pleasure, curb my hunger, and that wouldn't instantly kill me. That may sound a little bizarre or even exaggerated but no; that was the jest of it. I gave no real thought to calories, ingredients, process, or nutrient value. Mostly everything I ate was white, brown, pale yellow, dead, and drowned in sauce. This is actually the main issue with the standard American diet right now; the way we identify food. Changing the way I identified food was a giant leap forward into better health and setting my transformational weight loss into motion. Now, I'm always thinking nutrition and I'm always looking for a sense of aliveness within my food. This is what I believe the shift is all about. It's ultimately in the way we identify foods. When you think of food; what image comes into mind? What colors? What nutrient values do you think of? If you're looking to change the way you identify food, these questions can be very helpful.
Why I Went Scale-Free in 2016
It was once a crucial tool for me as I needed a finger pointing and waving in my face to let me know whenever I was walking a fine line or potentially veering off track. I wouldn't say, I'm divorcing accountability. I would say, I'm making the accountability more honest. I'm saying to myself, "If you are truly committed to health and physical fitness; live it and be true to it without the chastisement of a scale."... (because as stated that is the context in which I used the scale). I'm also saying, "If you do what you're suppose to; you'll hit your goals; no scale needed!" And these are not easy statement to make to myself because for the better part of my weight loss journey, I weighed myself everyday in the morning and in the evening. But that was what was needed at the time; extreme focus, accountability, and intention. For this leg of the journey, I would say peace, harmony, commitment, and self-trust is what's needed. So, I'm going to arrive gently and intently into a smaller pant size; a single digit pant size to be exact! And I will do it in 2016; without a scale!
When I decided to change my eating and ultimately began looking at food with a more keen and sensitive eye, I quickly decided to cut most condiments from my diet. I began to rely on grapes to give my salads a burst of sweetness. Aside from the olive oil and vinegar I mixed to dress my salads, I would include a handful of grapes to give me the sweet kick I wanted. On top of that, grapes provide a low glycemic and healthy alternative. So, add some grapes to your salad and get all the antioxidant benefits too!! Enjoy a fresh salad today!
Boy I wish I knew this!! I generally really like oranges but I do tend to pass them up just because they are a real hassle to peel. But no more!! #goodstuff
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I still remember the first time someone mentioned eating raw to me. I thought... "Raw What? Raw Meat?" Well, I was pleased to learn that was not what was expected or meant. In April of 2014, I came to learn about all kinds of creative meals and desserts that could be made from raw plant based foods and I became intrigued. I visited the Greenwave Café in Plantation Florida and really enjoyed my meal with seaweeds and mushrooms. I became so amazed by the whole idea and process and so that June I attended the Living Foods Academy and became a certified Raw Food Chef. I knew pretty early on that it wasn't something I wanted to do a hundred percent of the time but it really made me aware of the vitality of uncooked plant based foods and how powerful they could be. Since then I've tried to include one raw salad a day to my diet whether through a smoothie blend or a plated salad and I've got to say its always refreshing.