One major (and disorienting) teacher in my life…
A couple years ago I started sharing a personal story in a shadow psychology workshop I’d been teaching because of it’s relevance to the class content…
The story starts something like this:
In 2012, just starting a yoga teacher training, an old injury near my right shoulder blade started flaring up out of nowhere. No matter how focused I was on proper alignment, the pain wouldn’t subside so I hired a yoga therapist to help me. (more…)
Want centered eating habits? Tend to THIS bodily system
One evening on a Thursday not too long ago, my partner was at the office until about 9pm. I had no clients scheduled that particular evening.
After I made myself a very simple meal for one: leftover sweet potatoes with tahini, some organic turkey slices wrapped around avocado, a few cucumber slices, and some dark chocolate, a familiar restlessness arose. (more…)
Why you might eat…right after eating
Today we’re exploring a very specific pattern I see with clients.
Women who take pride in getting things done, often report a habit of eating…after having eaten.
Take Sally for example:
Sally’s work day is ending. She gets home, starts thinking about dinner. She pulls a bag of organic Asian veggies out of the freezer to make a quick stir-fry.
She sits down to enjoy. She’s approaching “satisfied,” even “full” but next thing she knows, she’s getting another helping, and then having a couple handfuls of chips…then a little icecream.
No, she’s not binge eating. She just ends up feeling really full. She knows that she was satisfied earlier, so why did she keep eating? (more…)
I couldn’t get motivated. Then this happened…
Not long ago, I almost passed this tiny creature on a rainy stroll through country roads near my home one evening.
I assumed it was just another rock, but something slowed me down as I passed by.
I backed up and crouched down to get a better look. (more…)
3 edgy mantras to liberate eating
Truth be told, I don’t have a grand story about waking up one morning feeling like a new woman eating fully free.
But I will say, quite positively, it seems like shifting my way of relating to eating and to myself was a progression of openings. My first real opening began with a “maybe.”
Seasonal Presence & Your Nutritional Selves
I’m so in my element right now. Fall is my season!
I’ve enjoyed the satisfaction and meditative quality of raking leaves as well as sitting outside with a warm beverage while allowing my eyes to weave in and out of focus staring into rich orange and red bonfire flames.
Walking outside I’m greeted by the familiar sound of treetop branches swaying and crashing their leaves, a sound I’ve grown so very fond of (When I close my eyes, I hear the ocean…) (more…)
The Multi-Dimensionality of Binge Eating
When I was a child I learned how to play the organ. I learned how to make my mom laugh really hard. I learned how to swim underwater.
As a child I also learned how to not cry. (more…)
The nutritional self that will always support you
As I’m writing I’m about halfway through an immersion in the Mesoamerican healing tradition of Curanderismo in sunny, triple-digit-weather, New Mexico.
Here I am minutes before a powerful temazcal (sweat lodge) ceremony at master Curandera, Rita Navares’, home in Albuquerque in front of this gorgeous altar of the virgin Guadalupe. This was by far my favorite (and most cathartic) part of my time here so far. (more…)
An unusual place that regulated my appetite
Last July, two of my girlfriends and I went for a skinny dip in Lake Michigan on the evening of the full moon. We were the only 3 people that stayed on the beach past sunset. (more…)
How to trust your wild body (gift for you)
This, my dear women, is the “after” picture from my sweet little niece Jade’s (okay almost-neice’s) 1st birthday party last weekend. (more…)