Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Why Weight?

So often people with some weight they want to shed simply wait this time of year. They wait to gain more weight and wait to shed it after the Holidays because there is some insidious idea that waiting is the way to go, only usually that ends in weighing more and waiting more.

The collective problem seems to ensure a gradual but never ending desire for a change that never happens. If you want to finally let go of those pounds. Do it right now, while you enjoy the Holidays and after. You know you get to create some new habits so those pounds don't multiply again. You know that a few changes are in order for the transformation of you to occur. One of the best gifts you can give yourself and everyone you love is to start the journey to who you really want to be RIGHT NOW. Not later. Not when it's safe, okay and everything else has worked itself out. Everything will never be alllllllllllll worked out. If you eat for your emotions, there will always be emotions to feel. If you eat because there is food in front of you then the Holidays are a good time to start learning new habits and enjoy the people and places more than the foods. Let yourself create a new relationship with food instead of a love/hate feeling bad about how tight those Holiday clothes feel or what shirt/skirt/top/dress or jacket will cover up and hide the body part you are most embarrassed to show.

The fantastic thing about eating quality whole foods is that you really can eat more and still lose weight. It works even better and faster if you allow your thinking to shift right along with your tastebuds. The dynamic duel I have cultivated for my own coaching practice packs a powerful push towards having the life you thought you could only dream about. So what's your dream? You can have that for yourself right now. Just begin. What would it be like to spend Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanza... feeling lighter, happier, more slender with more energy and better health than you had at Thanksgiving? Take a step and see.
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Friday, November 14, 2008

Organic is Not Enough

Organic is wonderful. I'll just start by saying that. I'm all for it and love that more restaurants are opening up featuring all organic food. The food tastes better and has more nutrients when it is organic, but that doesn't mean anything and everything organic is healthy! Organic coffee is still coffee to over stimulate you and wear out your adrenals making you even more tired and toxic than ever. Organic dairy is still dairy to clog your intestinal tract making it more and more difficult for you to ever absorb any nutrients. You'll get way more calcium eating dark greens. Have broccoli with dinner instead or a marinated salad with kale. And with all the various names of organic can sugar, they try to tell you see it is a healthy candy, cookie, bar or cake when that sugar is still from the cane, concentrated and packs a whopping punch to your system. Impairing your immune function for up to 6 hours, draining your energy and messing with your blood sugar that can lead to future breakdown like diabetes or heart disease....

What I would so love to see are more restaurants brave enough to serve not just organic but truly healthier fare. M cafe had people lined up out the door when they opened because the food was not just good but people felt better and found they could eat more, stay feeling good and even stay slender eating sweets and treats. M is macrobiotic in the best sense. It's not the clunky, granola type of brown rice serving establishments. It's modern and lovely food. I do wish they had another restaurant with a nicer setting and table service with the same standards to the food.

It's the standards that you choose that will create your well being and aliveness. Organic is a great distinction because it is choosing to say stop putting chemicals in my food with every dollar you spend on organic instead of pesticide/hormone laden crops or chops. Taking that one step further and understanding that each item you take in will have an effect and do you want that effect or not. All food used to be organic. Go even further back and it was fairly unprocessed. It's time to blend modern living with eating that supports us instead of destroys our well being. Organic is not enough, it's just the beginning.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Last of the Jujubes

I was eating jujubes to my hearts content this morning. The fruit, not the candy that comes in a box. Jujubes are a Chinese date. They are good for the liver amongst other things, and I just love them fresh, crunchy and sweet. They are a mild sweetness with a touch of sour too. But it is the end of their short season and many are not so crunchy but still good. There is just something about jujubes at the start of the six weeks that they are around for, I just can not get enough. Picking them out one by one at the farmers market from a bin. Everyone I've stood near, while we select our fruit, talks of how addictive they can be. Today it was an older Chinese woman with a cute tinge of an accent. She seemed to know jujubes like a cousin that comes to visit year after year. We don't buy the dried ones that are always available at this particular stand. We look forward to September or October when the first batch of little brown oval jujubes appear. Thinking of recipes I could use them in, she too said, those ideas never get realized. The fruits barley ever seeing the cool dark cavern of the refrigerator because they get eaten so quickly. It's very hard not to eat them right there while picking out the ones for our individual bags. She agreed, and laughing in the common theme of jujube eaters. When the end of their visit is here though, I've usually eaten plenty. I feel satiated instead of sad seeing them go. I do not miss them when they are gone because there are so many other fruits to move on to here. Next I'll be sampling sapotes or ripening persimmons to freeze and eat like ice cream treats. I also have apples, oranges, strawberries, oh California bursts with beautiful fruits all year long. When I finally leave this little Santa Monica oasis I may need to fly back once a year and pick up some jujubes or relish the memory of today, where I am enjoying the delicate taste and crunch. I'm sure where ever I will go there will some local fun odd fruits to discover. I'm ever amazed at what grows....