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Live Your Life, Love Your Food

There was a time in my life where I was obsessed with food, and like all obsessions, this one took some time to unravel.

When I was being good, I was following someone else’s plan about how and what I should eat. Certain foods were off-limits, though if I’m honest with myself, I wasn’t entirely sure why. I expended a lot of time and energy to follow this plan.

My life looked something like this:

I’d use my Sundays to pre-select, shop, and prep my meals and snacks for at least the next 3-5 days. In addition, I’d diligently enter all the recipes into MyFitnessPal so they’d be ready for me to track, and plan my exercise schedule for the week (because of course that affected my allotted calories). I actually grew to enjoy these Sundays, throwing on some music and cooking up a storm.

But I can’t say I really did much else those days.

Weekdays were challenging, especially as the days turned into evenings, and Mondays into Fridays.

I loved Monday, because every week was the opportunity for a new start. I’d feel all motivated and ready from my Sunday “food chore” day!

And breakfasts were always easy for me. I was home–maybe I’d done a yoga practice or some exercise in the morning; so I felt content and confident for the day. (If I’d slept well….)

By lunchtimes I’d likely have been in 2-3 meetings, few of which I was truly interested in, some of them high-stress or contentious for whatever reason. Lunch looked like sifting through emails that had been piling up OR running off to another meeting. (Noon was often the only time people on a project team were “free”, because of all the other meetings they were in!) Team members scampered through the cafeteria, dashed into the conference room, and then scarfed down their food to get on with it. Initially I did the same with the healthy food I brought.

By 3 or 4 pm, I’d likely have some free time in my office to eat my snack. So I’d pull one of those Fiber One bars out of the box in my desk drawer–you know, that healthy bar with all the chocolate pieces in it!–and devour it while trying to catch up on things that had happened while I’d been in more meetings. But I wasn’t satisfied, so I’d eat another. Pretty soon the box I’d brought for the week would be empty.

Sometimes this would happen early in the week. Other times I’d have a streak of good days, and the cycle wouldn’t start until later. But it was always the same once I’d gone on a binge…:

I’d realize and track what I’d done, to see how badly I’d gone over my calorie allotment for the day. “Well shit,” I’d think. “Today’s a bust. Screw it then.”

More tight deadlines, more difficult meetings, more challenging conversations, and then traffic on the way home.

Then I’d not necessarily eat what I’d prepared for dinner. And if I did, I’d eat something else too. And something else after that.

I needed to unwind from the day!

One of my favorites was BudiBars. At one point, I’d buy a case–as in, for the month–and store the box in my garage so that every time I ate one, I’d have to run up and down the stairs. Unfortunately, this didn’t prevent me from eating the whole box within a couple days. They ARE healthy, right?

Sunday I’d repeat the process. Monday I’d reset. Can you guess what happened? Yup. I kept gaining (rather than maintaining or losing) weight. I knew this, because I’d weigh myself every morning: buck naked, at the exact same time (just to be sure).

I was frustrated because I was putting in SO much effort. I was trying so hard not to eat certain things. Internally, I’d tell myself I was “fat and disgusting” over and over again, thinking it might finally sink in and I’d stop eating things I didn’t want to eat. On more positive days, I might tell myself I could overcome this, that I could be strong.

And it started to feel like there was some internal demon who made me eat way too much no matter how hard I resisted!

Can you feel this? It really sucked.

This cycle caused me to study Eating Psychology, and become a coach. And now I know there are SEVERAL reasons why all this didn’t work for me…and why it actually worked AGAINST me.

Boy do I wish I had known these reasons BEFORE!!  So much of my life could have been different. So much time saved, so much energy put to other uses. I don’t regret this phase of my life because it taught me a ton, but you know, it would have been nice to have been able to focus on other things: tending to relationships, contributing to the world, that sort of thing!

Among the pile of reasons this way of living wasn’t working was that I was not receiving any PLEASURE from my food. Apart from the prep-time, I was barely looking at it, and I certainly wasn’t tasting it.

Do you get pleasure from your food? Does it look amazing? Does it taste even more amazing? 

  • If not, you’re not taking full advantage of your calorie-burning and metabolic potential — and I’d love for you to get some inspiration!
  • If you are, I’d love for you to help me show others how healthy food can be mouth-wateringly pleasurable.

Read more about and sign up for my FREE Healthy Pleasures Photo Challenge (starts June 1)!


How My Own 7-day Self-Care Challenge Helped Me Redefine Self-Care

If you read my last post, you know that the week of Valentine’s Day I facilitated a 7-day Self-Care Challenge on Facebook.  Each day, participants were challenged to do a particular self-care activity, or one of their choosing that aligned with the day’s theme.  We finished on Saturday, February 18th.

As a teacher / guide and eternal student, I straddle two worlds: the world where sometimes clients think I do everything perfectly, and the world of reality–which is one where I struggle with some of the same things my clients do.  So I decided that I would not just be a facilitator: I’d also be a participant!

Here’s just one thing I learned from my participation in the supportive group we had this year:

The best self-care is not just small…

I often tell clients that their self-care activity can be very small so that it’s practical, do-able, and can fit into a potentially busy day. And since I’m planner by practice, I had plans for what I thought was a small self-care activity on the day we connected with nature.

I planned to take a brief walk at a park on the way home from teaching one of my afternoon classes. But I was so hungry that I went straight home instead.

After lunch–while I was posting an article about plants–I ended up really looking at the aloe plant a dear friend gave me for Christmas. I observed how it has changed and grown in the few months I’ve had it. And because it’s on my desk within eye view, I realized it’s available to me to look at as a break from my computer screen every day.

Creative self-care requires mindfulness!

Because I was thinking about the day’s challenge all day, reading and commenting on participants’ creative posts, I became more mindful of all the little ways I could connect with nature throughout my day. Here was one of my favorite posts from someone who lives in a part of the country where going for a walk in February isn’t quite practical:

“It is a beautiful day, but the wind is brutal. I was going to go for a walk, but I’ll be honest… I didn’t make it far. I’m now back home watching the squirrels chase each other around the trees, which is actually really relaxing.” (Renee M., MN, also photo)

Later, I planned to spend some time gazing at the moon in meditation after my evening class. But alas, the moon wasn’t visible through the clouds in my planned moon-gazing spot. Arrgh, both my plans had been foiled! However, just as I pulled into my driveway, I was taken aback by a very bright Venus through some parting clouds; I paused to take it in. To be curious about what I was seeing To notice how it  made me feel. However brief, this experience turned out to be an extremely peaceful and expansive moment at the end of my very busy day.

So thank you participants, and to nature, for not cooperating with my plans! You’ve taught me to redefine self-care as:

a small, spontaneous moment of self-attention that arises from mindfulness and creates a positive feeling within oneself.

What do you think of this definition?

Future Self-Care Challenges

I hope to run this self-care challenge again next year–as much for me to practice and learn as for my clients! Here are what some folks said about participating:

  • Thank you so much for a great week! I have enjoyed the sharing and exchanging of information.
  • I did it all! I enjoyed the experience and I learned a lot, thank you!
  • Thank you so much for the week of wonders.
  • I did it all…with varying degrees of success. Thanks for all the great resources!
  • I wanted to do it all but got sideswiped by illness in the middle. But I’ve learned some great things, and will keep trying to incorporate them into my days.
  • I was able to do 7 out of 7!!!! Thank you so much for hosting The Self-Care Challenge. It was super fun sharing my results as well as reading everyone else’s!!
  • It was a good challenge. I needed those reminders. Good to remember it’s a practice!
  • “…it does feel good to focus on myself.
  • “Best wishes to everyone who participated in this challenge. And thank you, especially, Kali, for guiding us through the challenge.”
  • “When I first read today’s challenge I thought “Now how am I going to fit that in…” as today was a very full day. But as the day went by and I read all of my Self-Care friends’ post I became inspired!” (Photo courtesy Denisse M.)
  • “Pooh, I didn’t get yesterday’s challenge done. Busyness happened and I forgot to take care of myself that way. Oh, well. Today is a new day!”
  • “Nope, didn’t empty my water bottle like I should have. Why is it so hard to remember, I don’t forget to eat!”
  • “I wish I invited more people to this challenge. You have to do this again so others can benefit!!!!!”

Please like A Journey Into Health on Facebook or subscribe to my newsletter (below) to stay informed about the next challenge!


A Challenge for You: the Meaning of Valentine’s Day

On January 28, 2017 I conducted what was admittedly a very informal survey on my Facebook page. I asked my friends to tell me which answer most closely aligned with their views about Valentine’s Day. 33 people responded(1), and here’s the breakdown of what they said(2)(3).

You may be wondering why I asked this question in the first place.

In essence, Valentine’s Day is a day (sometimes a month!) dedicated to love. Since the middle ages, this day has been about expressing romantic love. And like many holidays, over the years it has become severely commercialized. My assumption was that since I’ve personally experienced each of these potential answers at some point in my life (as well as some of the depression and low self-esteem angst that some respondents talked about when answering “E”), others had too. But I also wanted to see whether we’d collectively redefined and updated the holiday for current times.

What did I want to see?

Given the business I’m in, I honestly wanted to see more people saying “D – Self Love Day” (although I did not expect it). Although there’s some controversy over the wording of the “love yourself first” adage, one thing I see repeatedly when I coach clients is a pretty clear lack of self-love, and in talking with them I also see how this changes their relationship with others. They often don’t ask for what they need. They don’t set effective boundaries. They don’t feel they look the right way, so they don’t want to interact with potential partners. They focus on their flaws rather than their gifts. They don’t have time for themselves. They don’t invest in themselves. They’re waiting for [insert future thing here]. And they often come seeking more confidence.

I’ll posit that love starts small, and it starts close.

Anyone who’s ever done metta (lovingkindness meditation) will recognize that we start with: “May *I* be happy…”. After sending lovingkindness to ourselves, THEN we send it to others, and eventually out into the world (which may be needed more than ever). But it’s with the individual that it begins. (Put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others!)

When I work with clients, one of the primary themes I see is that people are very hard on themselves. We need to stop beating ourselves up. No, we’re not perfect, and we never will be. We need to bring some balance to how we perceive ourselves: we have positive qualities, we have negative qualities. And if we love who we are, we love them both. We also love who we were, and we love who we have the potential to become. Without judgment. When you’re in a relationship, you have to accept the not-so-great stuff about your partner too. It comes with the package. So do you.

Without self-love, we may not feel we have anyone to show love to. But we ALWAYS have someone: we have ourselves.

I can almost hear people snickering while reading that. (I know because I can imagine myself having done just that a few years ago.) And take a moment to really let that snicker set in: how can you expect anyone else to see how fantastic you are if you don’t let that energy shine through?! It’s a catch-22 for sure. Some of us need to change that feedback loop.

How do you treat yourself? If you don’t care for yourself, can you love yourself?

When I first started dating my partner, he would say “I care about you.” It would frustrate me a bit. I wanted him to say the big three words: “I love you.” But as I write this years later, I now recognize and believe that “care” is a prerequisite for “love”. What naturally follows is that I think self-love first requires practicing self-care.

Make the time around this Valentine’s Day to sow the seeds of self-love.

Start small, start with you, start with self-care. Learn to make the time, spend the money, do what you need to do because you deserve to care for yourself! At first you may have to fake it. You may have to go through the motions. You may feel some stuff come up. But what–besides your self-esteem, your confidence, and your ability to love others–do you have to lose?

If you haven’t already felt it, I get it, and I’m here to help. If you’re the sort of person who knows you don’t truly love yourself (yet), but are ready to begin caring for yourself in small ways, or if you feel you could benefit from learning new ways of caring for yourself this month, please:

Join my 7-Day Self-Care Challenge over on Facebook

Every day for 7 days, you’ll get something in your Facebook feed that helps you take care of you. You’ll get to see others share what they’re doing (for encouragement, inspiration, motivation, and connection). It’s completely FREE and it’s your CHOICE to join. We start February 12 and go through the 18th. Invite friends, invite family, invite strangers. The more the merrier!

And, if you participate all 7 days, there will be a small gift for you. To learn more, head over to the Facebook group so you don’t miss it! 😉


(1) The chart totals 35 because some people indicated multiple answers.
(2) I summarized the answers with a catch phrase for the chart. The details were:

  • A – I could give 2 s**ts about Valentine’s Day–it’s a normal day for me.
  • B – It’s a nice sentiment but we don’t do anything special or we do something special AROUND that day so as to avoid the craziness
  • C – I love this day because I love my partner & want the world to see / know it! We have a magical day!
  • D – I use this day to show extra love & care toward myself.
  • E – Other (you tell me).

(3) I tallied responses on January 30, and more came in after…however those seemed to confirm what was already there.


Short Yoga Practices for Your Chakras

ChakrasA big thank you to all the students who attended my themed chakra yoga classes a few months ago, as well as to those students and workshop attendees who have more recently attended my “crash course” workshop on the chakras.

After doing themed classes each week and putting things all together for the workshop, I decided to record short videos of some yoga postures and breathing practices that everyone could try if they were interested in balancing their chakras. This post is a summary of all those videos, which are now available on my YouTube Channel. (Please subscribe to be notified of new, future videos!)

Root Chakra (Muladhara)

Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)

Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)

Heart Chakra (Anahata)

Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)

Brow / Third-eye Chakra (Anja)

Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)

This breathing practice is good for MANY other reasons, but is also a great way to balance the crown chakra.


New Fall Schedule at The Yoga Room

TYR Fall 2016

I’m very excited for the new fall schedule at The Yoga Room, which begins on September 6th. Since the class titles are short, please be sure read the descriptions.

If you’re a current student, you’ve likely already experienced much of what is described during my classes. This is because I’ve come to believe that a well-rounded yoga practice needs to address the physical, mental, and emotional bodies residing in each of us: every single time.

If you’re new, come curious and see what happens! In this age of distraction, we can ALL use some more mental clarity and focus, yes?

MIND

  • Mindfulness – A class focused on creating a peaceful and balanced mind. It includes a combination of gentle asana (yoga poses), and one or more of the following: breathing, meditation, chanting, and relaxation.
  • Meditation – A class focused on creating a peaceful and balanced mind. The first portion of class is gentle to moderate asana (yoga poses), and the second portion of class is guided or silent meditation.

BODY

  • Gentle – A class focused on improving strength, flexibility, and balance. The majority of class is Gentle asanas (yoga poses) coordinated with breathing, followed a short relaxation session. This class is recommended for beginners.
  • Hatha I – A class focused on improving strength, flexibility, and balance. The majority of class is moderate asanas (yoga poses) coordinated with breathing, followed by a short relaxation session. This class is recommended for beginners seeking a stronger practice.

For more information, please check out some of The Yoga Room’s blog posts.


Respecting Our Awesome Uniqueness

There have been several moments in my life (mostly in the past few years) where I had to ask myself, “why am I here?” The “life purpose” question is a challenging one, and for many many years I felt like I didn’t have a good answer. It seemed to me that everyone ELSE knew exactly what they should be doing and were happy doing it!

What I have discovered by turning my life upside down a few times is that what I’m really called to do is teach. Although health and wellness is my passion, I have also taught things like user experience (software) design. By the end of this year, I hope to have my TOEFL certification to teach English as a Second Language (ESL). Whether it’s one-on-one in a coaching session or a workshop, I love sharing what I know. I pride myself on explaining to people the why behind what I’m teaching, sharing my personal experience to make it more relevant to their lives, and making learning interactive, memorable and fun.

diverse_groupOne of the fabulous things about teaching health and wellness-type workshops is that I get to see how WIDELY useful and applicable the (especially) yoga-based techniques can be. But wait, isn’t this post talking about our individuality and uniqueness?

Exactly! Here’s what I mean: I recently taught the Meditation Sampler workshop (stay tuned for another offering). In this workshop we talk about what meditation is (like yoga, it can be a pretty confusing term these days), why we do it, and openly address the challenges we might face when starting or maintaining a meditation practice. And THEN…we talk about (and sample) different methods of meditating.

Here’s what typically happens that’s so awesome to witness: I lead one style of meditation for a couple minutes. When I’m finished and I ask the group how it went, Person A absolutely loved it; he sunk right into a peaceful experience and found it easy. Person B, sitting next to person A, absolutely hated it. She couldn’t sit still, she couldn’t keep her focus, etc. etc. Person C might think it was so-so. But by the time the participants have left the room, everyone has at least one style of meditation they feel is do-able, and which suits them!

34664951_sSadly this happens with yoga (asana) classes in the other direction: often I’ll hear about someone who “can’t do yoga” because they tried a hot power Vinyasa flow class their first time out, and hated it, so they never went back. That just makes me sad! But I get it: we feel like we tried and it didn’t take, and sometimes we don’t even know there are alternatives (such as Hatha, Restorative, Gentle, Yin, etc. for yoga).

What this teaches me–as a teacher–over and over again is that there is no one-size-fits-all answer to health and wellness. At the very start, we are all uniquely awesome! And even though our needs change as we change (i.e. grow older, have different physical / mental / emotional capabilities and limitations, etc.), we are still uniquely awesome. We just require something different, and we have to be willing and open to exploring that. (It can even be fun if we let it!)

I think one of the things I love so much about teaching and coaching is helping people discover what they need at any given point in time. Of course seeing them grow and change in the direction they want to go is rewarding, but it’s those moments of insight and “oh, I can do this!” that are just plain gold.

Is there something health-related (or anything really!) that you gave up on because it didn’t feel right the first time? Did you look into any alternatives? Were you open to exploring variations? Or did the baby go out with the bath water? Is there an activity or practice worth giving another look?


Between a rock and a hard place, socially

One of the wonderful things about working as a coach is that I get to know people on a deeper level. I get to see a side of them they wouldn’t necessarily show to the world. It’s a beautiful and challenging privilege, although not challenging in the way you might expect.

office_workersWhen I worked as a user-experience designer, one of the things that I often did was interview people to collect information. Over time–usually with just 3-5 people–I could easily spot themes or patterns in what they were saying.  This helped me and my coworkers develop software and websites that made more sense to the people who’d be using it.

A few years later, I’m still talking with people and gathering information as their coach. And I am noticing a theme that I believe is important enough to talk about here (protecting my clients’ privacy of course).

The theme is that many of us–and I include myself in this “us”, because I *am* in it with all of you!–are often lonely, sad, and bored. As a result we might turn to the comfort of food, or alcohol, or insert-undesired-behavior-here to deal with it.  Beyond our lists of Facebook “friends” and followers, we seek a deeper connection with other human beings, a connection that would lead us to not feel so freakishly different, socially awkward, and not so alone in our struggles.

choicesAt the same time, we are overwhelmed by being around people. (How many “introvert” social media cards or articles have you seen recently?) We are exhausted at the amount of traffic we need to get through to get anywhere; we are stressed by the sheer number of people in public places, such as the grocery store. We believe we do better on our own, without the swirls of intense energy that being “out” in the world sucks out of us. We wish we could be around people like us, yet getting to them, and exposing ourselves to them, is something scary beyond belief. So we figure we’re better off alone, fighting our battles alone, or self-medicating. Maybe we can “work on” ourselves, “fix” ourselves by ourselves, and then we’ll be able to go out and not feel like no one gets us.

I’m telling you all, as a coach and a person as I’ve described above (i.e. “I’m with you!!”), we are all in a similar boat. And it’s hard to see from a coaching perspective. I almost wish I could get all of my clients together for a group session. So each of us could realize that wow, we’re not so freaky after all. That there are people who can “get us”, that we do have things in common. But to do that we’d also have to be willing to be seen, and that takes courage. It’s also hard to do when one feels broken.

happyworkshopgroupI think we sometimes do need a bit of discipline. For example, to go out even when sometimes we don’t feel like it. Case in point: I am part of a lovely group called the North Austin Influencers. People are super friendly, like-minded entrepreneurs trying to help each other out. Of all the meetup-type groups I’ve attended in Austin, I find these folks the most approachable and authentic.  Well, the last Thursday of the month they have a “mixer”, where people meet up at a place just to socialize and get to know one another. I wasn’t feeling particularly social the last Thursday in May, but I went anyway. Mostly because I was providing a “door prize”. I felt like I had to go, so I tried to keep an open mind.

When I arrived, I looked around and just.felt.tired. The room in the back was for our group, but I went to the bar to get my drink of wine, hoping that would make me feel more engaged. While I was getting my drink, a woman sitting nearby–we’ll call her Robin–started up a conversation with me. Pretty soon I was totally engaged with her, and we were chatting like old friends. Robin was not part of our group, however, most of the night I hung out with her and the bartenders. Later a few friends from the NAI group came out after the official stuff was over, and I had a nice, smaller group to interact and have fun swapping stories with.

Anyway, it turned out to be a lovely evening! Robin came for a Reiki session later that week. She is fantastic–we have a lot in common and I know she’ll be a great friend. If I hadn’t gone out, I wouldn’t have met her. And, if I stayed with the larger group rather than follow my instincts to be comfortable and take care of my energy that night, I may have regretted going at all. I might have said to myself, “see, I should never go out when I don’t feel like it, because then I’m just miserable.”

rock_pathThis is a delicate balance! I think many of us are caught between a rock and a hard place, socially. We want friends, and we have to manage our energy. It’s equally important to know when we’re pushing ourselves too far, and to be aware that we may be missing out on opportunities to connect when we fail to push ourselves at all.

My coaching clients, this blog’s for you. Please know, from someone who talks with other people, that you are NOT alone. You are unique, and there are many people out there who, like you, want to connect and want that companionship. Someone needs to take the first step. How might you push yourself to connect a little more today?


Influence Your Body, Influence Others: Body Language for Leaders

I had the pleasure of speaking with members of the North Austin Influencers Group about body language. It’s been awhile since I’ve presented to a more corporate / entrepreneurial audience so truth is I was a bit nervous. Which was actually FANTASTIC, because it gave me a perfect opportunity to practice what I was preaching: a completely different way of exploring body language that was mostly rooted in yogic philosophy and my training as a (therapeutic) yoga instructor!

My audience was interactive, open, and willing to try something new. I received several complements after the talk, which was very nice to hear since I had put a lot of work into doing something different yet accessible on the topic. In the preliminary exercise I had attendees write down a word to describe the last person they spoke to and what it was about their body language communicated that this–the man I had been talking to wrote “confident”, because my “back was straight/chest out w/ smile”. 🙂

For those of your who missed it or are just curious, here is a (free) link to the talk. Obviously it is not interactive and I said a few things differently, but you’ll get the point I hope!


Kali Patrick Graduates Yoga Teacher Training Program with Focus in Therapeutic Yoga

500HourHathaYY200HoursAustin, TX, October 27, 2015: Kali Patrick of A Journey Into Health announced today that she has successfully completed Module 1 of locally-owned Yoga Yoga’s Yoga Therapy Training Program. According to the Yoga Yoga web site, this “Yoga Therapy in Practice” module includes “… applied practice and hands-on workshops in:

  • Mobilizing the spine to relieve chronic issues such as lower back pain, shoulder impingement & neck injuries
  • Holistically addressing sports injuries, headaches, insomnia, anxiety &depression
  • Addressing imbalances of the endocrine system such as diabetes & thyroid disorder
  • Building mobility & strength to relieve arthritis & osteoporosis
  • Adjusting practices for digestive conditions such as IBS & GERD
  • Understanding the benefits and side-effects of common medications
  • Supporting clients experiencing PTSD & addiction
  • Calming the body & mind through stress reduction techniques, lifestyle changes, Ayurveda [an Eastern, holistic system of medicine] & functional pranayama [breathing techniques]
  • Effectively communicating with students in individual & group settings
  • Assessing complex conditions using advanced intake & teaching methods
  • Adapting & modifying for students in gentle practices, including chair yoga, yoga for seniors, restorative yoga & deep relaxation”

Additionally this training serves as a completion of Kali’s 500-hour Hatha Yoga certification; by reaching an additional milestone–reaching 1000+ hours of teaching group yoga classes–she has also officially earned Yoga Alliance’s E-RYT® designation*.

Kali offers privates in therapeutic yoga, healing Reiki sessions & training, as well as Eating Psychology and self-care coaching as part of A Journey Into Health. She is currently based in North Austin, Texas.

*The yoga therapy components of my instruction are based on this training, and are not derived from my status as an RYT/E-RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.


Please don’t lose your love for food

A few weeks ago I attended a Hatha yoga class, and as I was leaving, I heard half a parting conversation between two ladies. The woman closest to me (who I actually didn’t see as she was behind me), said:

“Get something delicious OK? I don’t want anything healthy!”

I’m pretty sure the other woman acknowledged her request. My heart went out to this woman, truly. I felt sad that was the choice she thought she had to make: between having food that’s healthy and food that’s delicious.

I hear/see this a lot. When an acquaintance’s mother had a scare with her heart, she was told to lose weight and go on a diet. I still recall her saying, “yeah, my food is terrible and bland now. I hate eating.” I have a close friend who’d rather take a pill than bother cooking for herself. A client once described a “miserable” dinner of cheese and crackers, after which a bag of dark chocolate covered almonds really was divine!

Since we eat (probably) three meals a day, I feel very strongly that eating and food is a part of life that should be pleasurable. Did you know that 40-60% of your digestive capacity (meaning your body’s ability to digest, absorb nutrients from, and eliminate) is in your head? They call it cephalic phase digestive response (CPDR). Meaning, if your mind doesn’t register pleasure from your food from its beautiful appearance, its savory taste, the length of time it takes you to eat it, the way you describe it, etc. etc., you are affecting your health no matter WHAT you eat.

I’d call myself a health nut. And I’d also call myself a foodie.

  • Because of some health issues I’ve had in the past year, I’m now gluten free, dairy free, corn free, egg free, and spinach free (I used to eat spinach all.the.time, but it’s a high oxalate food).
  • I’m big on making cooking simple (I don’t have any more time than you all do)!  I also used to live off TV dinners because I’d never learned to cook.
  • And…I regularly go out to eat with my partner (who doesn’t follow any dietary restrictions).

In sum, I ENJOY BEING HEALTHY and I LOVE FOOD.

I’ll be running my popular Emotional Eating workshop several times at the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016. Check out my Workshops page for more information and to register.

Please, let me help you find this balance so you can stop obsessing about food and get on with enjoying your life!