I say it all the time…
“How You Eat is More Important than What Eat”
As you prepare your menu for Thanksgiving, I invite you to also think about how you’re going to eat…
If you eat in a negative state, say you’re angry, stressed, or frustrated, that’s going to have an effect on how your body processes your food. Alternatively, if you prepare your meal with love, sit down and eat in a state of gratitude, that’s going to have a completely different effect on your body, mind, and emotions.
Don’t just take my word for it...think back to your own experiences…
When you’re having a crazy busy day at work and you shove food in your mouth so that you can keep going, do you even really taste your food?
On the other hand, when you go to a really fancy restaurant with your beloved, and you order the most expensive item on the menu, you fully savor every bite, right?
Those are completely different experiences - for your body, mind, and emotions.
I’ve worked with clients who struggled with digestion issues for years, and when they started practicing mindful eating, not only did they enjoy their mealtimes more than they ever did before but their digestion issues also completely resolved!
Check out these ways you can practice mindful eating today and notice the difference for yourself:
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I’d say the holiday season is upon us...Halloween just passed, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and the Winter Holiday season after that.
A time of stress for many and joy for others. Or, maybe a combination of stress and joy? (because yes, both can exist at the same time)
As you move into this season, I invite you to pay attention to your body’s signals.
When you think about the holidays, does your jaw clench, neck and shoulders tense up, heart race, and stomach get jumbled up in knots?
Or, do your shoulders relax as holiday songs drift through your mind, heart lightens up, breathing gets easier, and you’re overcome with a sense of peace and joy?
There’s no right or wrong of how you “should” be feeling and how your body “should” be responding right now. I just want you to start to tune in…
You see, your body is always sending you signals. It can be easy, especially during the holiday season, to drown those signals by overworking, overeating, and overdrinking. But, I invite you to try something different this time.
Notice your body’s signals and get curious. What’s your body trying to tell you? That you’re stressed, worried, nervous, happy, or excited?
And then, empowered with this awareness and information, you can make a conscious choice to continue the same pattern of drowning it out with overindulgence, or choose differently this time…
Here are a few ways to manage those hard, uncomfortable signals:
This process of tuning into your body’s signals and choosing to respond differently can be hard. That’s why, in addition to the tips I’ve already shared here, I’ve set aside time in my schedule to chat with you 1-1.
If you want to approach this holiday season differently than you’ve done in the past, armed with tools to flow through the season with grace and ease, then let’s chat.
Oil gets a bad rep…
Yeah, of course, you don’t want to overdo the processed oils and fried foods. But, there’s such a thing as “good oils” that can actually make you feel more balanced, nurtured, loved, and even help you sleep better!
One of the things I’ve learned over my past 11 years of studying and practicing Ayurveda is that you need to adjust your self-care routines for the season. Life, just the calendar year, has different seasons. What looks like “balance” for you in 1 season can be completely different in another season.
Your body is always sending you signals. It’s your job to tune into those signals, get curious about what they’re telling you, and make adjustments so that you can live in alignment and harmony with life itself. When you do this, you find greater ease, joy, peace, and happiness.
I’m not saying any of this is easy. Actually, it’s a lifelong practice and journey. I always tell my clients “become a student of your life.”
So what’s all this got to do with oil?
It’s the Fall season. You may have noticed the leaves are changing color, there’s a crisp dry quality in the air, and a breeze rustling through the leaves outside. These are qualities of Vata, or the Air/Ether elements in Ayurveda - dry, light, mobile, cool.
These qualities are reflected in your body too. That can show up as dry skin, constipation, insomnia, and a general sense of restlessness or even anxiety.
Oil up your life!!
Physically, mentally, and emotionally, you want to add oily, smooth, unctuous things into your life. What does that look like?
Here are some examples:
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Your body is always sending you signals.
Are you listening?
It starts subtle. And if you don't tune in, the signals get louder...
Ayurveda says that all imbalance starts in your digestive tract. This is the first place you'll get your body's signals. That is, if you're aware and paying attention to it.
It'll show up as indigestion, heartburn, or feeling bloated.
When you don't listen and make changes at that level, the "imbalance" travels to other parts of your body, mind, and emotions. It shows up as chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety and panic attacks.
And the thing is, it's not only what you eat that's causing this "imbalance" in your digestion. It's everything - your life experiences, emotions, and processing of those experiences. You literally have to "digest" all of those things.
And, when you don't, your body lets you know.
In part 2 of my podcast with Melissa Barry, brand strategist and host of Conscious Matters, we talk all about digestion and tuning into your body's signals.
In case you missed Part 1, I'm including the links to both below...
Tune in and let me know what you think! What are you biggest reflections or insights from this episode? Leave a comment below and let me know! (seriously, I love hearing from you and I reply to every single comment)
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I'll never forget that time I went backpacking through Europe with my best friend after graduating college. I thought I was being minimalist and hip with my Eddie Bauer backpack that my brother gifted me before the trip. Packed to the brim with quick dry sundresses, toiletries, my camera and film (yes, this was back in the days of film!).
Little did I realize that my "minimalist" backpack was actually super heavy to carry around the streets of Paris. My friend and I decided we had to send back some of our stuff. There was no way we were going to be able travel around for 3 weeks in Europe with these backpacks on, not to mention get souvenirs along the way. We packed up all the extra "things" and went to the post office to mail it back to the U.S.
Now, of course, back home, I would never wear the same 3 outfits in rotation, washing them in the bathroom sink each night and hanging them up to dry only to wear again the next day. But, when you're a fresh college graduate backpacking through hostels in Europe, that's totally normal.
So, why am I telling you this story?
Well, I thought of it for a couple reasons. First, I chatted with a friend from Paris last week on her podcast, and it made me think of all things Paris :-)
Also, because life is always changing. What you need in one moment is completely different than what you need in another moment. Depending on where you are and the circumstances, you need to adjust, adapt, and flow.
But, so often you're looking for balance....
...the complete opposite of what you really need, which is to be able to flow with ease through the ever-changing landscape of life.
So, in this podcast that I recorded recently with my new Parisian friend, Melissa, we talk about why:
Listen all the way to the end for my invitation to a "challenge" that'll set you up to start feeling happy in the now...it's completely free and easy to do!
Oh, and after you listen, leave a comment below to let me know if you accepted my invitation and what you thought of the episode!
Can't wait to hear from you!!