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Below is a quote from one of our “Muffins” as we lovingly call our clients, lol.  I am so damn proud of this work that we do in liberating women from the diet culture.  When you alter the way you measure success in a weight release protocol, you alter the way people view their bodies, hearts and minds.

Jodi has become such an integral part of our happy little muffin family and I cried tears of joy as I read her review of her experience with our products and her results.

Here’s a little about who I am. I have been on a life-altering journey of self-love for just over 2 years now. I do not have an “eating disorder”. I do not eat emotionally. My weight, however, has always been so much at the fore-front of who I perceived myself to be. We all want to look a certain way, and we all think that our lives will change as a result of achieving that look. I was no different. I was introduced to GBMM by a dear friend and it prompted me to research it religiously for months before I even agreed to give it a try. You see, my game is self-sabotage. I can talk myself into – and out of – damn near anything. Add to that my amazing ability to procrastinate, you come out with someone who makes lazy, “convenience” choices that result in an unhealthy body. What protocol did for me was it made me prepare – literally – for everything. I kept telling myself “It’s only 28 days. I can do anything for 28 days.” So, I prepared – my food, my drops, my SELF – every week, every day, every meal. Something that I just had never done for myself before. What do you know? It paid off. By me actually believing in myself enough to do this for ME, I saw a pay-off. I felt a pay-off. I saw a side of Jodi that I hadn’t seen before – like, ever. My goal is not weightloss entirely, but it is to be off of my blood pressure medication. I am very proud and happy to say that I am almost there. My meds have been reduced by half. Protocol taught me to trust myself. It taught me to invest the time into myself that I deserve, dammit! My journey will be one that I plan and hope to continue for the rest of my days….it will branch off, pause, restart, and gallop ahead. Now that I know that I can do this for myself, and that I know myself better, I will be sexy-walking in a healthy body down that road. I love all of my fellow Muffins and am beyond grateful that they are walking their own paths alongside me.”

jodi

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Last fall I was scrolling my newsfeed on Facebook and serendipity had a little fun with my life – you see, I was drunk.  I actually rarely drink and even more rarely get drunk so drunk scrolling on Facebook was very unusual.  Even more unusual was the message I sent to a friend telling her how happy and relaxed she looked in all of the recent photos she had posted.  This is a friend that gets real squirmy when you fire her a compliment – not in a “gawd, stop trying to be so humble when you’re so arrogant” kind of way… she REALLY is that humble and I REALLY check myself before I deliver her a compliment because I don’t want to make her uncomfortable.

So… I told her this and she said “Dude, we have to go for dinner because you won’t believe why I’m so happy and relaxed”.. so we did.  And she told me that she had an Energy Healer come and clear her house and then also had a treatment on her body and that I just HAD to contact her!!  I have lots of friends that are just as hippy dippy as me and this friend is NOT one of them – so it made me take note!

Fast forward a couple of months and I finally reached out to Lisa from Nine of Water….

lisa

Life.

Changing.

She has helped me Release so much garbage from my body and my soul…. months, years, probably lifetimes of guilt and shame.  All of the things that I knew deep down I was capable of becoming –  I am becoming.  She has helped me remove fear and doubt.  She has helped me learn to trust my intuition and guard my heart without having to lose my “heart on my sleeve” sincerity.  I am stronger, smarter, more confident…. all of this was in my soul to become and she helped and encouraged and it’s all happening people!  It’s not all sunshine and rainbows and unicorn poop…. she gets real and helps you with the little piles of shit you covered up in the corners of your soul… if we want to be free we gotta clean that stuff up lovies!

Our Release Retreats are always about our own personal journeys.. we share our own stories and the tools we have used to achieve self-love and surrender to the beauty of our lives.  So, it was kind of a no brainer when we asked Lisa to be a part of our day!  We did a quick little question and answer and here is what Lisa had to say:

Why did you agree to be a special guest at our Retreat?

“Because I LOVE love!!! I am ignited when women come together to encourage, support and acknowledge each other. I know that this will be nothing short of that.”
Initially, what “drew” you to us and the Retreat?
“The timing of the event. 2015 is all about self care!”
What part of our Retreat is the most exciting to you?
“Coming together to shed and dissolve the layers of resentment, pain or guilt. Super excited to infuse and integrate forgiveness, safety and support. My mouth salivates thinking about the tasty delicious exercises that we will all take part in!!”
My mouth salivates too when I think of the delicious day we are about to serve some women of Central Alberta!  I am so excited and so honoured that our little tribe of women is going to empower another group to create more love and more good in the world!
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Lisa before the Retreat (which I actually strongly encourage you to do) – you can check out her website and give her a call.  I think there would be some real value in identifying some issues before the Retreat so we can really dig deep and RELEASE once and for all!
Spaces are filling quickly and our earlybird rate expires at the end of the month so CLICK HERE TO REGISTER RIGHT MEOW!  Namaste my loves… Namaste.

There are a ton of reasons why being a parent is hard but for me, personally, feeding my family is one of the biggest challenges!  Finding the balance of moderation and teaching it to my kids is so important.  Staying on track when life gets busy – next to impossible.  Sifting through the never ending onslaught of information regarding nutrition – overwhelming.  When I feel like things are spinning out of control – I get back in touch with the following:

  1. Give Yourself A Break;  Keeping up with life’s busy schedule and feeding our kids (and ourselves!) healthy, satisfying meals is a never ending struggle.  When you feel like you’ve maybe lost some footing in keeping up before you start to chastise yourself, take a deep breath and remind yourself that you’re doing the best that you can.
  2. Ditch the Food Morality;  Nothing and I mean NOTHING makes staying on track more difficult then acting like what we eat is going to determine our fate at the pearly gates!  Just eat real food.  As often as possible.  Gluten free, Paleo, Vegan, Raw Vegan…. it doesn’t matter it doesn’t make you better or worse.  What matters is that you listen to your bodies needs and you pay attention to what your family needs!  Paleo is not going to work for your 6 year old if they don’t want to eat meat!  The added pressure we put on ourselves (not to mention the messaging to our children with “bad” and “good”) will only lead to burn-out.  The expectation of “Eating Perfectly” can lead to feelings of deprivation (hello cookie binge) and is quite likely – not sustainable.
  3. Fail To Plan – Plan To Fail; I do grocery shopping and food prep on 2 different days (I usually shop on Friday and prepare food on Sunday).  Set aside time on Sunday to slice and dice what veggies you can, make smoothie freezer packs, hardboil some eggs, etc., etc.,  Find double-duty recipes – make a big batch of meatballs for Swedish Meatballs on Monday and Meatball Subs on Wednesday.  Roast a Chicken on Sunday and have chicken salad Sandwiches all week.  Don’t forget to make chicken stock!  Do enough on Sunday so that all you really have to do is “Assemble” your meals throughout the week.  Start a meaningful relationship with your Crockpot!  I try to make at least 2 freezer meals on Sunday to help during those really, really crazy busy times! Chili, Lasagna, Soups….  so nice to have on hand.
  4. Get A Pinterest Account (Seriously);  If you don’t have a Pinterest account… get one.  Pinterest has been by far my most valuable tool in helping plan meals, find new recipes, get out of the ruts of making the same stuff over and over again.  It’s so easy to organize things here and go back later.
  5. Get The Kids Involved;  it will hurt now, I know, teaching a 5 year old how to measure flour or break an egg…. agony.  In the long run?  It will pay off and you will have real little helpers that actually eat what you serve because they are invested and “helped” create that meal!  Healthy eating doesn’t just “happen” for people – they need to be taught.  Our Sunday food prep day is actually one I look forward to – we bond over finding new recipes – the successes and failures of them.  We enjoy our big fancy “Sunday Supper”.  It’s really one of my favourite things about being a Mom.

Please feel free to share your tips and tricks, trials or tribulations! We’re all in this together!healthy eating(1)