Creating Harmony, Dissolving Dissonance
There is one strategy around food and nutrition that I've noticed has never worked
for me in the long term: putting my focus on what I shouldn't be eating. I've tried it
with chocolate, meat and even bread. In each instance I've come to a place where
I'm aware of the desire to eat this food, have found a way to acknowledge what my
body-mind is really after, and have accepted a compromise with myself.
Here's an example. For more than three years I did not eat meat. I was dismayed at
the impact that meat consumption was having on the planet from an environmental
perspective (water pollution, low ratio of calorie to resource use and routine
injection of antibiotics). The downside was that I was finding myself in a weakened
and less than optimal energetic state. Making the connection to this, I began to look
around and get that by expending all kinds of energy resisting the way the world
was working, I was blinded to what was emerging. The organic movement was
well underway! It represented much of what I was so concerned we weren't paying
attention to (animal welfare, sustainable growth and clean water). I hopped on the
organic bandwagon and after a few bumps in the road, felt energized and excited
about my (and the planet's) future again.
The take away for me was simple. Resist something I'm judging: experience a
diminished level of energy. Embrace something I'm inspired by: back into the flow
So, what's one food you are saying NO to? How can you create a YES? What can you say YES to that would inspire you? I'd love to hear from you!
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As the weather turns colder and colder, what better way to keep things
interesting in the food department than broadening your use of spices?
There are more than 150!
Click here for a quick list of what spices to experiment with based on your favorite food
3 Things To Consider:
- There is evidence of spices being used as early in human
history as 50,000 B.C.!
- More than 85% of all of the world's spices are produced in
- Curry powder is not actually a spice but instead a varying
blend of coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, and red
Vibrant Wellness Tip of the Month:
Do You Have Support Sufficient for Your Biggest Life?
When we play a big game in life, we need a coach. Given the
number of roles the typical person takes on these days (husband/wife/partner, personal financial planner for oneself, personal
career consultant for oneself, social calendar organizer) it's
almost as if we're a one person sports team. The difference with
sports teams is they have coaches for every aspect of the game.
Some of us don't even have one! When you allow someone else in
to your internal dialogue, it's the beginning of your access to a life
that is bigger than what your internal dialogue has been able to
produce to date.