It All Starts With You!

I am going to begin this post with the same message I begin my workshops with: "Everything I say (write) comes from a space of love... loving support.  No words out of my mouth are critical of anything or anyone.  We all have to start from the space we are in; the current life space we are in and the space we make choices from." Change starts with you and it is all about you making the choices in your life that are good, right, correct for your health and healing.  No one else can make those choices for you.

I was recently peeking at a book on yoga, diet, and change: The Yoga of Eating: Transcending Diets and Dogma to Nourish the Natural Self.  The book introduction read like this: The Yoga of Eating is a practical and inspiring manual that offers original insights on the physical and spiritual functions of sugar, fat, meat, and other foods; fasting, dieting, processing, willpower, and the deeper principles of self-nurture. This book appeals to a higher authority—your own body—and shows how to access and trust the wisdom your body has to offer.  

I remember writing a post about yoga's impact on our food and lifestyle choices...

I always look at the reviews, positive and negative.  I like to get an idea of what people thought about the book.  One of the level 1 reviews made this comment: "I was expecting diet plans, recipes, etc. to plan a yoga diet - nothing here."

As a health coach who wants to instill the philosophy of self-responsibility around their health, I have always suggested that individuals make their own daily menu plans.  Make these plans based upon the principles of whole food eating and tossing in a bit of local and seasonal flair!

As a health coach, I find that to create meal plans for clients is:

  1. Hard to do as it is time consuming task and what I might tell someone to eat may not be anything they ever intend to eat, ever!  So time is spent putting together 3 meal a day plans that might get a glance and not be used, ever.  This is because the suggested foods do not appeal to the person using it.  This is time not well spent for me or my client.
  2. Does not teach self-responsibility, making your change your own.  If I create your meal plans, what happens when you are sick of them (assuming you even use them)?  When you get sick of them, you go right back to life as it was before we crossed paths AND back to the same meals and eating habits that caused the problem(s) in the first place. When you work to create your own new plan, it is your plan.  You can own the changes you created in your life and your new lifestyle choices.
  3. What I might suggest for food is not necessarily things you like, things that are local (growing in your own food shed), or foods that are seasonal for you.

On a global scale, local and seasonal eating helps to create sustainable communities around our food and is much gentler on the earth. (No cross country or cross ocean transportation of food and all that goes along with this... there is so much more on the social, environmental, and political issues around food and the human consumption of that food. This is another blog post OR watch some movies and read some books on the politics of food!)

Instead of meal plans that sound good to me and my eating habits,  take the principals of whole food eating and make your own plans based around local, seasonal, and whole foods.  You will then be making lifestyle changes that will stay with you for life!

These meal plans will nourish your body cells, heal disease, balance body weight, and help you to feel fantastic!

Does life get better than this?

Whole Food Learning Resources:

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breast Ca whole foods

About a year ago, I found this book:

I grabbed it up for a couple of reasons. One, I like to read and learn from others and their whole food perspective. Two, I knew it would come in handy with clients.

I have recommended it several times over the past year.  Recently, I was again recommending it and I decided to check out the authors. Who are these people that wrote this book?  I can't believe it took me this long to be curious!

So I find that Edward Bauman is the founder and director of a holistic nutrition college, a whole food oasis, in California!

I love his acronym for remembering healthy eating habits that balance human health: SOUL.  What a perfect way to remember how to feed and heal mind, body, and soul.  I have been teaching this same concept for 20+ years, without using the SOUL acronym, and am glad to now have this fun way to remind people.

  • S:  Seasonal
  • O:  Organic
  • U:  Un-processed (Un-refined, Un-packaged... my words!)
  • L:  Local

By Dr. Ed Bauman

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The Eating for Health model (Double click on above picture to enlarge image) provides a palette from which we can select the most health supportive foods. Eating from the inside out will provide a building diet for times when we need to build up our nutrient reserves. Eating from the outside in will set the scene for cleansing the body of impurities and toxins. The goal of the Eating for Health model is to provide a diverse selection of whole foods to sustain health and promote recovery from illness and injury.

Tell me your story in the comments:  

What are your favorite foods to heal your mind, body, and S.O.U.L?

Healing Health House Parties

Health & Healing Home Party  

What better space to learn health and healing and start the process of taking responsibility for your health back into your own hands... in your own home!

Gather like minded family and friends and invite me over.  Together we create a Health and Healing Home Party to fit your group's unique needs.

It is as easy as that!

Workshop Topics:  (Feel free to create your own ideas and we will put together an inspiring, learning experience!)

  1. Healing with Whole Foods:  What is whole food, why eat it, how to make changes in your life including the why's of eating seasonally and locally, and how eating whole foods will heal your body from the cellular level.  This workshop is the launch point for all work on healing. I suggest starting here.
  2. Natural Foods Know How:  An information session on how to know what foods really are natural and not just marketing.  Real food not food hype.
  3. Healthy Menu Prep: How to prep healthy meals for the week, how to shop for healthy foods.  Shopping and eating seasonally and locally.
  4. Healing with Herbs:  Common herbs for simple healing at home, antimicrobial use, herbal preparations, adding nourishment to your lifestyle.
  5. Herbal Preparation:  A more in depth and hands on class in making several types of herbal preparations based upon the individual or group’s desire to learn.
  6. Gluten Free Eating & Loving It:   Many people find that they are unable to tolerate the proteins found in gluten-containing grains.   We’ll discuss the basics of the gluten free diet, how to do it in a healthy and easy manner, how to avoid hidden gluten and cross contamination, and cleaning out the kitchen of gluten products and flours.
  7. Facial Rejuvenation:  Anti-aging based around whole foods, high mineral herbs, lotion, essential oils, and facial energy work.
  8. Detox Nourishment Diets:  What they are, why they work, how to implement simple and more involved nourishing detoxes.
  9. Divine Weight Loss:  Accessing your divine inner self to get past the "stuck" points and heal around food and weight issues.
  10. Gut Health:  What creates and destroys healthy gut micro-organisms,  how to optimize diet and lifestyle for top notch gut and whole body health.
  11. The Benefits of Exercise: Exercise provides multiple benefits.  Learn how simple, every day movement can increase your vibrant energy and healing in every body system, right down to the cellular level!
  12. Proteins, Carbs & Fats:  What they all are, why we need them, and where to get them (healthiest food choices).  
  13. Give Sugar the BUTT Kick!: What sugar is, forms of sugars, why so addicting, how sugar is damaging to body, how to butt kick sugar out of your life, ways to add “sweetness” to your life without adding sugar.
  14. Perfecting Posture for Pain Free Motion:  Why, how, when…. In everything we do sitting / standing / mowing /vacuuming / etc.  Yoga poses to enhance posture, open space between vertebrae, proper bending.
  15. Maternal Child Nutrition and Health:  My years of Maternity Nursing experience shine here as we talk about how to best holistically care for mom and babe during pregnancy and beyond.
  16. Healing the Feminine Divine: Holistic health from the Wise Women’s perspective around menarche, infertility, fertility, birth control, menstrual products, female sexuality, pregnancy, breast feeding, peri–menopause, and menopause - "the Wise Women Crone".  Workshops are created for the unique needs of the group around these feminine divine topics.
  17. Reiki Energy Healing:  Reiki Certification Classes: Level 1, 2 & 3
  18. Chi - Life Force Energy Healing  Learn about the chakras, meridians, and life force energy in your body.  Learn how to access the energy through yoga, acupressure, massage, reiki, and other forms of body work – energy healing techniques to prevent and heal disease.