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Eating to Live: Food as Fuel - Issue #55
January 28, 2014
Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.
For many of us, food has been our entertainment, a hobby, a lifestyle, a friend, and a lover. If we are to overcome our overeating, we need to begin to see food for what it really is: fuel for our lives. We must learn to eat to live, not live to eat. We need to put food in its proper place in our lives as a source of vitality, health and vibrational energy.
How alive is the food that we’re eating? Is it filled with energy and vitamins or empty calories? If it is full of highly processed sugar, white flour and saturated fat, it’s a low vibration food. High vibrational foods are foods that are grown close to the sun, eaten close to their natural state and filled with life force energy. Foods that have the highest vibrational energy include: plant based foods such as fruits and vegetables, grains, chicken, fish, and meats, and fats from nuts, seeds, and avocados. The majority of our diet needs to be plant based with fish, chicken, or meat and small amounts of natural fats rounding out the diet. Of course, if we are a vegetarian or vegan the ratio won’t include animal foods.
There is room in a well-balanced diet for all types of food. Yes, some foods are much more nutritious than others and should be eaten far more often, but food is not good or bad, it just is. Follow the 80:20 Principle: 80% of our diet should be devoted to high vibrational foods, whole and unprocessed as possible; the other 20% is for splurges, treats, and other indulgences. Eating well is an act of self-love and nurturance. When we take the time to prepare healthy meals and exercise, our self-esteem increases. Our well-being and confidence increases and we feel empowered because we are acting on our own behalf. We’re affirming to ourselves that we matter. We start to feel less like a victim of our appetites, and more like a co-creator of our world.
We are what we eat. As we honor our natural hunger and fuel ourselves with vital healthy food, our moods and energy become more vital and positive as well. We find it easier to think and act in a positive manner. The positivity and energy builds on itself. We begin to think more clearly, and we come into a place of balance. Instead of riding the ups and downs of the diet roller coaster, we begin to find the middle ground and go with the flow of life, instead of struggling against it. We start to live and eat according to our natural rhythms and hunger, the way nature intended.
The more balanced our lives become, the easier it is to lose weight. When we are in balance, we are in alignment with what we truly want and need. We become “powerful attractors;” we are able to manifest what we want easily. This is the law of attraction at work. The law of attraction is a universal principal that states like attracts like. We need to become what we want to attract in life.
To begin, we need to act “as if” we already possess whatever it is that we want to attract into our life. When we radiate aliveness, abundance, and positive energy, we will naturally attract the things that are in alignment with that vibration. This is true whether it is a mate, a new job, money, or weight loss.
We create our reality from the inside out. Our outer reality is a reflection of our internal state. This doesn’t mean we simply think new thoughts or repeat some affirmations and expect our weight to melt away like magic. It’s not that easy! We must back up new thoughts, insights and awareness with the necessary actions that will get us where we want to go.
In the case of weight loss, this means eating less, moving more, and engaging in good self-care. Even though we are spiritual beings, in this lifetime, we are in a body and are subject to the physical laws of the universe, as well as the spiritual laws.
If I am what I eat, given what I’m currently eating, who am I?
I am developing new products this year and I need to free up more time in my schedule to create. Therefore this newsletter will be changing to a twice monthly format, instead of weekly, beginning in February.
Stay tuned! There are many exciting developments brewing in the months ahead!
Feast for the Eyes - White Rose - Photograph by Catherine L. Taylor
I eat foods that are vibrationally alive with the nutrients of the earth.
Good food helps my brain and body function optimally.
I eat slowly and savor the flavors.
I choose foods that support and nourish me.
I prepare my meals with loving care and attention.
I am worth the time and effort to cook for.
Eating well is part of living well.
Is emotional eating keeping you from losing weight and living the life you want? Are you ready to get off the diet rollercoaster and master your weight and your life?
If so, you may be a candidate for coaching. Coaching can make the difference between success and failure.
I have found that people who struggle with food and emotional eating are released from that prison once they learn the skills of mindful awareness and mindful eating, emotional self-nurturing, developing a spiritual or meditation practice, and learning to set appropriate limits and goals.
This turns off the urge to overeat and engage in other compulsive behaviors. When you feel better, you eat better! I have walked this path myself, and it has led me to peace and freedom.
The goal of my coaching is to create a lighter, balanced, healthier, nourishing and joy-filled life. You will begin to see results in all areas of your life because How You do Food is How You do Life!®
I coach and mentor people in the areas of: permanent weight loss, food addiction, compulsive, emotional overeating, binge eating recovery, creative self expression, spiritual direction, mindfulness, meditation, self care and stress management, self esteem and body image issues.
Note: My work is spiritually focused, not religious, and fits with any belief system you may have, even agnostic. My work assumes that you have all the wisdom and answers you need inside of you.
What you call this place -- God, intuition, Higher Power, inner wisdom, or true self -- is up to you. I am simply a guide bringing you back to the truths that are already inside of you.
I hope you have enjoyed my newsletter. Drop me a line and let me know how you are doing. I love to hear what's working for you and read about your success stories.
Catherine L. Taylor
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