Should You Be Paleo or Vegan? Here Is Your Answer...

I have tried every single diet out there, have you? From paleo, to vegan, to raw, to Whole30, to keto, to AIP (and on and on and on...), is it any wonder that none of us know how to eat anymore?

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How did something so simple become so complicated?

I spent 10 years of my life jumping from one healing diet to the next, trying to figure out what would heal me once and for all.

I had anxiety, panic attacks, inflammation, digestive issues, headaches, dizziness, and I felt completely overwhelmed and stressed 24/7.

I blamed food. A lot.

Every health book I read said that food was to blame. Gluten, dairy, sugar, meat, not enough meat, fat, too much fat, cooked food, raw food, corn, soy, etc.

I was stressed about EVERYTHING I put in my mouth.

My health declined.

Luckily, one day I WOKE UP from the fog of food stress and realized it was never about the food.

The STRESS around food was making me sick, not the food.

Now I practice intuitive eating. And it's radically changed my life. I'm no longer stressed about food.

I listen deeply to my body's cues. I trust myself around food now.

My body knows whats best for me. Your body knows whats best for you.


If you are sick of stressing about every morsel of food you put in your mouth.


If you are sick of jumping from diet to diet.


If you are sick of spending your life reading health books.


If you are sick of blaming food for all of your problems.


If you want to enjoy food again.


If you want to enjoy your LIFE again.

If you want to have a better relationship with your body and appetite....

 

Put down the diet book, take a deep breath, get some fresh air, shake it off, and read Intuitive Eating.

So, should you be paleo or vegan?  The answer is, it's up to you.  If you really enjoy eating a certain way and it feels like something you WANT to do for the rest of your life and you aren't missing out on anything, GO FOR IT.  But, if you know that you can't do it for the rest of your life, please please know that you are under NO obligation to go on any type of diet.  There is so much more to life than food.  

CLICK HERE to get your copy of Intuitive Eating.

 

Joy heals our bodies quicker than food does.

 

Additional Resources:

Transform Your Relationship With Food

How To Feel Better When You've Tried Everything (and STILL feel like crap!)

Can You Be Healthy Without Restricting Your Diet?

How To Stop A Panic Attack in 2 Minutes

How To Not Feel Stressed About Food

 

The Secret Key To Loving Yourself and Making Peace With Food

Are you sick of the mental battle around food?

Do you find yourself stuck in the binge-guilt-shame cycle with sugar?

Have you made up your mind to believe that your life and health will change once you cut out sugar?  But, you can't seem to stay away from the sweet stuff?

Are you tired of stressing about food?

It's time to finally make peace!

Join me as we go on a compassionate journey to radically change the way you see food, sugar, and your body!

Love Yourself, Love Your Body

It's time you ditch the dieting stress and reconnect with your own innate wisdom.  YOU are your best guru, beautiful!

Isn't it time to break free from emotional eating, sugar cravings, and diets?  

Can you image what life would be like if you weren't constantly thinking about food?  

Craving sugar?  

Punishing yourself into the next diet?  

Your life could heal.  Your health would transform.  You could finally feel deep love and respect for your divine body.  You could pursue your passions.  

 

I Totally Get It...

I’ve been there.  I grew up on sugar, and then used it as comfort food as an adult. Stressed out?  Grab the ice cream.  Celebrating?  Let’s bake cookies!  Birthday?  Party?  Holiday?  Survive the day with kids at home?  Eat all the sugar! 

It became so ingrained into my daily life that I didn’t even notice it anymore.

Then I got sick, and started down the road of natural healing.  Of course, all of those paths lead back to diet, nutrition, and cutting out SUGAR.  I would try and fail so many times.

I would feel gross, decide this was the “last time”, binge, restrict my food or try a new diet (vegan! raw! paleo!), stress would hit and cravings would start, and I would eventually cave and start eating the white stuff again.  

Sound familiar?

There is a better (healthier) way to live.

I thought sugar was the problem.  If I could just stop eating it, everything would be better.  But, the problem wasn’t sugar.

I went on a journey of self-care, healing, and discovery.  When I stopped believing I was broken, dropped the struggle, and finally let go, I HEALED.  I was always searching for the big secret to my health.  I thought there was one big mysterious puzzle piece that I had missed to kicking my cravings.  And, there was.  But, it wasn’t a superfood, a supplement, a modality, or anything like that.  It was JOY.

Now It's Your Turn...

To learn simplest way to create radiant health, effortless joy, and lasting energy and NATURALLY heal your sugar cravings without willpower CLICK HERE!

 

Additional Resources:

Why Joy Is More Important Than Food

Want to Kick the Sugar Habit?  Do This First!

Transforming Your Relationship With Food e-course - a mind-body approach to healing sugar addiction

3 Signs It's Time To Drop Your Restrictive Diet

The Life Changing Habit of Empowered Self Care

 

Why Joy Is More Important Than Food

I’ve been where a lot of you are today.  Several years ago I was sick, and my kids were sick.  I spent almost 10 years totally depleted and exhausted from chasing my tail in the world of natural healing and trying to find the "perfect diet"

As you know, food is a huge part of alternative healing.  Somewhere early in my path of healing Hashimotos, adrenal fatigue, food intolerances, anxiety, and my son’s Autism Spectrum Disorder, food became more than just food.  As I dived into research, everything I read pointed to food as the culprit of all my family’s health issues.  I started worrying about every bite of food that passed our lips. 

 

 

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Then I started the downward spiral of jumping from one restrictive diet to the next.  A lot of stress, time, and expensive food later, not much had changed.

I felt even more exhausted than before.  I had an overabundance of advice, but no real answers.  It is hard to be a mother wanting to heal herself and her children, with nothing but conflicting opinions.  Do I eat meat, or no meat?  Dairy, is it going to heal me or kill me?  Is this raw spinach really wrecking my thyroid?  And on, and on, and on...

Sound familiar?

Everywhere you turn, there is new information or “science” telling us what foods to eat and what foods to avoid.  We see stories of how people have lost weight, gained weight, cured cancer, gotten cancer, healed pain, created pain, etc. – all through what they are or aren’t eating.

We have given food so much power over our lives – particularly our health.  And it’s exhausting people and causing a great deal of anxiety.  I have had to work through this myself, and I see it with clients all the time.  Well intentioned, health conscious people come to me overly stressed about food on a weekly basis.

The Stress Is Worse Than The Food

It’s not the food, but the STRESS that’s making everyone sick.  The stress is worse for your health than the food.  A lack of joy can create ill health quicker than “bad” food can. 

The fear mongering in the alternative health community has taken its toll on all of us, and it’s time to step up and take back our joy!

Joy, laughter, and play stimulate the release of feel good hormones in our body.  It shuts down cortisol, adrenaline, and other health deteriorating processes in the body.  Our body can’t heal when it’s in a state of stress.  So, it makes sense that if you’re stressing about food, you aren’t healing. 

“Have you ever heard the old saying that laughter is the best medicine? Science is starting to prove that it’s true! Laughter sets off a chain reaction in the body that promotes physical and mental health. Laughter lowers stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Laughter also strengthens the immune sys- tem and relaxes the nervous system. Laughter and play clear the mind and decrease anxiety and nervousness.

'Don’t think about fun as a reward,' writes Richard Branson, 'think of it as a responsibility.'

When the body is in a state of relaxation, it has the opportunity to heal. A quick way to get into that relaxed state is to play and laugh."  –from A Handbook for Healing 

 

What Happened When I Dropped The Food Stress?

So, what happened when I dropped the stress about food and just focused on cultivating gratitude and joy in my life?  Pretty incredible things, actually.  When I stopped believing I was broken, dropped the struggle, and finally let go, I HEALED.  I was always searching for the big secret to my health.  I thought there was one big mysterious puzzle piece that I had missed.  And, there was.  But, it wasn’t a superfood, a supplement, a modality, or anything like that.  It was JOY.

Your divine purpose isn’t to have a perfect diet and stress about food.  Your divine purpose is to feel joy, spread joy, love, forgive, and share your gifts with the world. 

Sometimes we get so caught up in healing, that we forget to enjoy our lives.  So, just for today, put the diet books down and go play.  Have a dance party.  Go the park.  Play a game.  Go to lunch with a friend.  Watch a funny movie.  Let joy fill your body, and watch your health transform!

Additional Resources

Releasing Food Anxiety (with EFT video)

3 Signs Its Time to Drop Your Restrictive Diet

Want To Kick Your Sugar Habit?  Do This First!

 

Have you ever noticed how your emotional health impacts your physical health?  

 

The Life Changing Habit of Empowered Self Care

If you are a client of mine, or have been reading the blog, you know I like to take the loving approach to facilitate change.  Love is the only place where all lasting healing comes from.  And, for that lasting healing to take place in our own lives, we have to extend love to ourselves. 

I’m sure most of you have all heard something about the self love movement.  It’s a new idea that is turning a lot of heads.  As a collective society, we have spent a lot of time trying to hate and shame ourselves into change.  We criticize ourselves and others over every little “flaw”.  Every magazine we see at the store is plastered with advertisements on how to get a better body, a new workout or diet to try, and tips on how to get people to like you.  Everyday we are bombarded with pictures of photo shopped men and women, weight loss products, and dietary dogma.  It’s no wonder we hate our bodies, feel confused about our health, and just end up settling for sugar and TV at the end of the day.

To counteract these false belief systems, the self love movement has begun.  This movement consists of mostly women who have decided to turn their backs on the standards and expectations of society.  The message is ‘love yourself the way you are’.  I support this idea 1,000%.  Because, again, if we don't look at healing (from disease, emotional eating, anxiety, pain, etc.) from a place of love, real change wont happen.  It’s imperative that we do love and accept ourselves today, the way we are right now.  When we appreciate our bodies the way they are, we open the door to healing. 

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Empowered Self Care vs. Destructive Self Care

I want to make something else clear.  With that self love, also comes the need for self empowerment.  Without the element of empowerment, we can end up using “self love” as an excuse for self destructive behaviors.  Because, and listen up now...

Loving ourselves cannot be used as an excuse for going on junk food and Netflix binges.

One more time...loving ourselves cannot be used as an excuse for going on junk food binges (or any other unhealthy habit).  When we truly love and accept ourselves, we are able to break away from the fear, the patterns, and the dependency that drive unhealthy habits. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm still a real human.  I love Netflix and ice cream.  I just do it in balance and without emotional attachment.  No guilt, no shame, and no overjoy either. 

There is a big difference between changing "bad" habits out of shame, guilt, and essentially self hate versus changing those same habits from a place of empowerment, self love, and gratitude.  Eating healthy, exercising, sharing your passions with the world, and living abundantly – this is true self care.  It is only when we are standing in the flow of our own personal power, that we can truly nurture, serve, and love others. 

I had a misconception of self care and self love for years.  I thought that my self demeaning habits – eating junk food, skipping workouts, and playing down my gifts – was taking care of myself.  The food brought comfort.  Laying low kept me protected.  Or so I thought.  

I realized that staying in that place was the deepest form of self rejection and denial.  I was rejecting my true nature.  My true nature, and all of our true natures, thrive in health and authentic self care.  And, when we are in that place of empowered self love, we can thrive in service, charity, and love for others. 

Support in Empowered Self Care

Asking others – your spouse, family, or friends – to assist in self destructive behaviors isn’t support.  It’s ok to be different.  It’s ok to change.  We don’t have to keep living in old patterns just because “it’s the way we were raised” or “everyone else is doing it”.  It’s time we support ourselves in empowered change, and ask for the support we need from others.  Tell your spouse or significant other, that you are making a change.  And, if you aren’t finding support in outside sources, support yourself.  Always support your authentic self.  When we aren’t living our truth, we will feel it.  I did this for years.  And, wow, I was uncomfortable!  I was overweight, broke, exhausted, sick, and overwhelmed. 

So, find others who are on the same journey and stick together.  Extend the love you wish to feel for yourself, to others.  

To Sum It Up...

Indulging in junk food is not self care.  Denying yourself health, wealth, or thriving relationships isn’t self care.  It’s quieting your power.  It’s stepping down from your life and essentially saying, “not today, thanks anyways”.  Authentic self care is daily habits that empower a person towards greater health, wealth, passion, and purpose. 

Examples of Empowered Self Care 

What does empowered self care look like in real life?  It can mean many different things to you.  And, it may change everyday.  But, here are a few examples of true self care.

- epsom salt bath at the end of a long day

- going for a walk in nature

- stretching 

- enjoying a warm cup of tea and a good book....at 3pm...for no reason at all

- going to lunch with a friend

- turning on music and cooking a delicious, nourishing meal for yourself

- sitting under the moon and journaling everything you are grateful for

- taking a nap when you are tired, without guilt

- having a dance party with your kids (or by yourself!)

- starting up a community tradition (dinner swaps, friday night pizza and a movie with friends, etc.)

- having a designated "snow day" once a month - stay in, read good books, watch funny movies, and play games

What are your favorite empowered self care habits?

 

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