Health, Weight, and Anxiety Q's answered
Greetings friends! Below you'll find some questions that have been arising regarding heath & eating psychology related concerns and remote sessions. Feel free to read them all or skip ahead to what interests you most.
3 Nutritional "Red Flags"
I've been sitting with notes, powerpoint slides, and my many binders getting ready to facilitate an eating psychology retreat/workshop next weekend (now postponed to a later date in an effort care for our larger community) One thing I've been taking a look at, as sort of a social study in preparation for the event, is current diet/fitness/nutrition "influencers" and products on Instagram. I think I lasted about 20 minutes before I was ready to throw my phone at the wall :) Let's get to it. I'm sharing 3 red flags that you are looking at a "wellness" strategy with a major blind spot.
3 Red Flags1.) A single magic solution for a systemic issue: For example, a weight loss supplement with a special cure-all “exotic ingredient” 2.) Promises for major change in little time: For example, a strict 3-week diet plan that promises sustainable and maintainable change for the rest of your life 3.) Misleading use of the word “lifestyle” that triggers a backlash or feelings of failure: For example, a carb-free “lifestyle” that often results in a carb binge or painful feelings or fears about eating carbohydrates Be on the look-out for these strategies out there (and be aware of the tricks you might try to play on yourself with these).
If you'd prefer to do things differently, here's where you can start:Begin to consider your whole being (mind/body/spirit) as a system that continually processes and assimilates feelings, emotions, stressors, relationships, and eating habits and begin to notice how these often are influencing each other at any given time. If you’re looking for a transformative process over the long haul, consider a step-wise approach that gradually helps you transform your habits and approach to eating and health in a way that is uplifting and not overwhelming Know what triggers a back-lash and firmly commit to not doing it that way. We need a lot of grounded wisdom in the wild world of the health industry. Moving away from the three red flags does not mean you are doomed to health, body, weight, or eating related challenges. On the contrary, approaches that take your whole life situation into account will get you farther much faster than the years invested in on-and-off quick-fixes. That's it for now, friends. Take wonderful care! Warmly,
Mono-diets & eating psychology
My mom had once told me that when she was a girl and my grandfather Ernesto was sick, he would eat a diet of only fresh fruit, an easily digestible and high-energy food, for a few days so his body could focus on healing.
Many years later, when I was in New Mexico studying with Rita Navarette, a traditional Mexican curandera (healer) she suggested that it can be healing to have a mono-diet of fresh melon one day per week to rest the digestive organs.
I smiled and immediately thought my grandfather.
Oh the miraculous, ever-wise, and complicated belly! Was there ever another area of the body that caused such collective confusion and judgment?
If you have biological children, you know first-hand the mystery and wisdom of the middle-area of the body having carried a baby for 9 months of your life. And if you've ever, um, eaten food, then you also know that the belly region has it's own moods and fluctuations, and some interesting shape-shifting qualities!
I find the more deeply connected a woman is to her body, the more positively her body and soul respond to movement and exercise.
Her mood improves, she feels more alive, her cells and tissues are oxygenated, and her awareness is tuned in to the present moment and the miracle of her own living, breathing body.
2020: Here's what's missing in diets
Happy New Year!
I hope you have a gentle entry into the first few days of 2020 as well as a little time to consider how you'd like to feel this year.
Physical & emotional resilience might be high on your list of empowering goals.
The largest immune system organ in your body
For as much as we collectively love to focus or fixate on the body, you'd be surprised how little people actually know about their body works.
The human body is truly amazing!
Consider the autonomic nervous system that operates without your own conscious will, regulating respiration, the beating of your heart, and the digestion and elimination of the food you eat. (No one needs to consciously will their esophagus to contract to move food down into their stomach).
How your eating affects your loved ones
Caring about nutrition and eating can easily get dismissed as self-absorbed, not important, or something similar when there are people like your partner, family, children or social causes that may need you in some way.
Though overly focusing on perfecting the diet can point to a life that lacks some dimension, writing off any self-care as overly indulgent is in no way the solution.