Make Friends With Your Food

The healthiest food in the world will not support your health if you eat it with guilt, shame or a sense of deprivation. Here, the very wise Abraham explains the importance of  Making Friends With Your Food. Enjoy!

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Coffee…friend or foe?

I had my first coffee in over a week this morning – a delicious cup of organic espresso with coconut milk. It was yummy, but MAN! was my heart RACING after about a half hour! Crazy! I’d never noticed the effects of caffeine before. I put it to use during my workout, but not sure I actually like the feeling anymore…Anyone else give up coffee and glad you did – or could never IMAGINE life without it?

Whole 30, Day 12 Everybody’s (and every body’s) Different

man sprinting on one side, woman asleep at computer on the other side

Guess which one I'm feeling today?

Whole 30, day 11. I was scrolling through the Whole30 facebook page reading posts by people at various stages of this challenge and was amazed (and at times, slightly jealous) of the variety of experiences people are having. There are people feeling “fantastic” after just a few days, boasting of high energy levels and good moods. There are people “Woot”- ing and going on about their clear skin and loose jeans. Hmph. If I had the energy, I’d almost want to hate ’em.

Of course I’m kidding. But I am surprised at how friggin’ drained I am, pretty much all day. Dave’s energy level is pretty stable, but mine is in the toilet. Of course, the facebook page is also full of posts by people feeling equally as lousy, struggling with fatigue and headaches, cravings and bloating…we really are all unique. I thought because our diets were pretty stellar before this great adventure, the transition would be fairly seemless. But I have to remind myself that the body is adjusting, the gut is healing, the metabolism is shifting and these things take time – and energy to process.

The posts I’m most impressed with are those about increased awareness, something we’re really noticing too. My draining day ended with car trouble and having to be rescued by my night in a shining pathfinder. And my first inclination as I stepped through the door was “Could I ever use a glass of wine right!” The correlation between emotions and eating is so obvious now. Dave craves crunch during movies out of habit and boredom, or cookies or apple pie because it would taste “fun”. You gotta ask yourself, what are you really feeding – the body or some other need? If I’m really honest, I’ve often fed my boredom, stress and a need for nurturing with “treats” that never really do the trick.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll never be one to eat only for survival. I enjoy cooking and love eating way too much to ever consider it merely a means to and end. But the deeper we get into this Whole 30 challenge, the more I suspect we’ll come out of it with a new clarity about our food choices and a new take on what true “nourishment” really is.

Time to hit the sheets. Nighty night all!

Whole 30, Day 11 – Age is Just a Number

This one’s for you Martin!~ 😉

Think you’re too old to get into the best shape of your life? Nonsense!

I present to you first, an article by The Angry Trainer, explaining that we may have to put our hard-earned wisdom to work and trainer smarter if we’re pushing the good side of 40, but by no means does it mean we can’t sport a six pack. Read the article here.

Then, for added inspiration, check out this woman pounding out 55 push-ups…at 67 years young!

And if anyone can translate what she’s saying, we’d love to know! 🙂

Whole 30, Day 10 – You Are What You Eat

Happy pigs laying in an outdoor pen.

"Only Happy Pigs for Brady's" (photo from Brady's Meats facebook page)

I have a confession to make. David and I have been eating “clean” for a really long time, but it’s only recently we decided to go all out and switch to grass-fed beef and naturally raised meat.  We resisted for the same reason I imagine most people do, it’s expensive and hard to find. But then one day my world changed. A colleague at work mentioned Brady’s Meat & Deli, a local butcher that specializes in hormone-free and naturally-raised meat. Not only do they have a fantastic selection, but their service is great and their prices are completely reasonable. I’m hooked. Now, each shopping trip is like a little adventure and I’m like a kid showing off their Christmas haul when I get home to show Dave all the goodies in my bag. Today’s highlight: naturally-raised ground lamb I’ll be incorporating into a sheppard’s pie tomorrow night. I’m giddy just thinking about it!

After the butchers, I went to the grocery store to stock up on veggies and a few other staples. As I made my way through the store, I was thinking that a lot of people on an eating program like this might feel a sense of deprivation, passing by all the things they can no longer have. But like I said, we’ve been steering clear of processed foods for a while, so I can pass the cookies and cereal without skipping a beat. To be honest, the main thoughts I used to think went something like this… “Look at all this CRAP that most people eat! No wonder people are fat and unhealthy…These food producers making this sh!t should be jailed. It’s criminal to call this stuff FOOD….etc etc” A little… judgmental, no?

Well, I’m happy to say today I had a completely different experience. It was more like a sense of FREEDOM. I don’t have to worry about all the boxes and labels and things that aren’t going to end up on my plate. Shopping is so much easier eating the Whole 30 way. Get in, get what you want, get out. Lickety split.

And as far as the judgement, I’m reminded of something Abraham Hicks often says – Don’t push against what you do not want,  just choose what you do want. A lesson applicable to both the food we put in our mouths and the thoughts we put in our minds. Always learning 🙂

If you’re still on the fence over your protein sources, bear in mind the advice given by Melissa and Dallas in the Whole 30 Success Guide, if you can only afford to buy the best in one area of your food budget, make it your protein source first. After all, pesticides can be washed off your veggies, but you’re not rinsing the hormones out of your meat. Check out http:www.eatwild.com/basics.html to read more about the benefits of eating good quality meat and click on their shopping guide to locate a source near you. And of course, if you’re anywhere near KW Southwestern Ontario, go visit my new BFFs at Brady’s Meats.

Whole 30, Day 9 – The Mind/Body Connection

Clear Mind - Yin Yang : by ~BudhuFakir

It’s day 8 of the Whole 30 – the start of a new week, and we’ve been talking about how doing this challenge has spilled over into other areas of our lives. Not only are we getting the junk out of our diets, but we’re doing the same with our minds.

We’ve been firm believers in the power of thought for a long time; students of Abraham Hicks, Brian Tracy, Neal Donald Walsh, Napolean Hill and Bashar, to name just a few. We know we create our reality from the predominant thoughts we think through the process of Law of Attraction. But still, just like I’ve studied nutrition for many years and still allowed myself to eat deep fried chicken wings, knowing something doesn’t automatically mean you actually DO it 100% of the time.

Over the last little while though, Dave and I have both been catching ourselves more quickly, recognizing less-than-positive thoughts and correcting them. We’ve both found ourselves feeling more optimistic, more focused, more forgiving and more kind – to ourselves, each other and the world around us. We’ve given up other habits too – and find ourselves more easily letting go of old thought patterns and beliefs that no longer serve us. And we’ve experienced the amazing synchronicity of things working out effortlessly once we’ve let go of resistance. It’s brilliant. And the best part is – it feels like it’s just going to keep getting better.

What about you? Have you felt a change in your mental state from eating better? Leave a comment if you have. We’d love to hear from you.

‘Til tomorrow,

D & D