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Monday, May 30, 2011

Bad Habits and Intuitive Tools

Bad habits are self-defeating because they make us feel bad about ourselves. Using the intuitive tools to stay clear about what drives eating choices, blows bad habits away. The purpose of intuition  is to keep us clear about priorities and boundaries for the best quality of life. Using intuition to stay your healthy weight makes sense.

Intuitive tools are guides to natural health for you to trust and lean on, the way you use a handrail to help you up the stairs. When you hold onto the handrail, even if you slip -- you won't fall. Using  intuitive tools is the beginning of shedding bad habits. You won't fall back into the habit of yo-yo dieting.

If you want to lose weight by eating intuitively, but you're not committed to the experience, this means you don't trust yourself. This bad habit is awful. You experience it as a hopeless attitude about yourself and may feel isolated - which is not real. When we fall into the trap of bad habits, we're living in the past.

Dieting creates the bad habit of being tense at mealtime. Intuitive thinking connects you with natural inner strength. Inner strength feels like a calm awareness. Imagine being relaxed when you sit down to eat. That's intuitive eating.  

It's intuitive to eat for energy. That's being in sync with your body. Think of energy and strength like a river. When you are in sync with your body, the flow is natural and the current (your intuition) keeps you moving toward your destination. When you fight with or restrict your body, there are blockages or overflowed banks (weight gain).

Take the plunge, connect with your inner voice and trust yourself! Stop fighting with your body; learn to respond to it. Use intuitive tools to lose weight. You won't regret it -- guaranteed.

Start trusting yourself by using your senses to stay in touch with what's real, and you won't be eating because you're lonely. Kick bad habits out of your life by staying on track with intuitive thinking.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Instant Gratification

Change that lasts takes time. We're taught to expect instant gratification. Diets promise we'll lose 5-10 lbs a week and be an ideal body in a month. The truth is, it won't happen. Losing 5-10 lbs by starving yourself now will boomerang and end up around your middle in July.  Aren't you tired of losing and gaining weight?
 
Don't buy into media hype about instant gratification. Since your body is a natural system, it requires time to process change. Only slow progress endures because you're organic.  Trusting organic change means using determination and trusting your senses. 

Because we're conditioned to "trust" instant gratification, there's a disconnect from our truth. Instead of responding to conditioning use your 6 senses to stay in the present. The truth is there is no such thing as instant gratification when it comes to long-term physical changes.   

You can trust your body.
It's always focused on healing and creating energy.
Your body is more efficient than the most advanced super-computer. 

When you use all 6 senses at mealtime, physical needs and healthy food boundaries become obvious. Real nourishment is only achieved when you're in sync with yourself. Make a commitment to yourself and use determination to connect with messages from your body at mealtime. Go for real gratification.

Don't buy into diet hype about the need to eat what you don't want when you're not hungry because of a scale or a clock or a book. You have the answers and they are very personal, custom tailored what your body needs. Your body is amazing, alive and constantly evolving. 

Use your senses to know your body. Eat intuitively by using the 10 tools. You will learn to recognize when you're hungry and when you're not. That's instant gratification.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Your Inner Rebel

Louise was trying to lose weight, walking every day and being conscious of portion size. Louise was doing a great job of changing her body. She was converting fat to muscle and felt tighter, but since muscle weighs more than fat her weight was the same. Louise didn't trust herself or even deeply believe in her efforts. Instead she depended the scale for validation. But the scale didn't budge and she felt defeated.

Using a scale to validate your progress to lose weight sabotages by undermining your efforts.  The scale is an obstacle in the way to connecting with the needs of your body.  When we define ourselves by measuring 'progress' we're not allowing the space and time of organic change to unfold in a natural or enduring way. 

When you decide to lose weight, instead of supervising yourself with rules, listen to your body. Imposing control that feels stressful won't bring long-term weight loss. That type of control feels restrictive and encourages your inner rebel. The inner rebel is your survival instinct- it feels stress and holds on to those fat cells until it feels safe. 

Use your eyes to see portion size and use taste to judge quality. Get moderate exercise and eat slow enough to notice how you feel. Let experience remind you that respecting your body is respecting your self. Respecting yourself  makes your body feel safe and allows it to let go of fat.  

Use the intuitive tools of dignity and determination to allow your body to complete it's process so you look and feel good.  Dignity, determination and self respect is how to walk the walk of long-term body health.  

It's a bold step for a dieter to trust her body. Spring is a time of new beginnings. Take the first step to change by tuning in to your senses to notice what you notice. You don't need a scale to validate your efforts. Use dignity and determination to fortify the bold choice to trust yourself. You're worth it!