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4 Mindfulness Techniques That Can Reduce Binge Eating

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  1. Daily Mindfulness Meditation Practice. Finding a meditation practice that works for you and practicing consistently can greatly reduce your need to binge. Why meditation? Studies on binge eaters have shown that meditation and mindfulness exercises as a whole, had a positive effect on bingeing and also may help us get more present with our emotions. A simple 5 minute meditation is enough to start, and you can increase as you feel more comfortable.
  2. Journaling. As a survivor of binge eating disorder, I am very aware that emotions play a HUGE role in bingeing. In fact, the food is usually a way to stop us from experiencing negative emotions like stress or sadness. When you journal around your feelings in social and solitary situations that cause bingeing, you can discover what your triggers are. Once you know your triggers you can work alone or with a practitioner to find interventions to use to stop the cycle of bingeing.
  3. Stopping in Between Bites: One to two times per week try eating a meal and stopping in between bites. I know it sounds a little crazy but the pause in between bites in which you must put your fork down, causes you to savor your food and have a better handle on your satiety or hunger level. Most of us shove food down our throats quickly and discover minutes in that we are overstuffed. Slowing way down can be maddening at first, but for someone who is used to eating large amounts of food very quickly like most do who binge, it will be a great exercise in re-training you to hear your bodies’ cues that you are full. You can also journal about your experiences.
  4. No Eating While Upset. If you are a binge eater it’s important to start allowing yourself to feel the feelings that come up before a binge. The act of bingeing numbs the emotions and replaces with a temporary feel good from the food, and then bad feelings of shame and guilt come after so it becomes a vicious cycle. It may be extremely difficult at first, but if you can work on turning to journaling, calling a friend, or other activities that allow you to express how you arefeeling, a healthier cycle and way of dealing with her emotions will replace the bingeing habit.  -Xo Raw Girl 

 

References:

Niacin. (2017). AHFS Consumer Medication Information, 1.

Prousky, J. E. (2010). Vitamin B3 for Depression: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Journal Of Orthomolecular Medicine25(3), 137-147.

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Have you checked out my new online classes yet? In my new course, Staying Ageless 30+  you will learn about Diet Basics, Lifestyle Factors, and elements of Longevity that promote an ageless way of life.  Over the course of three modules you learn what to eliminate from your diet to stay ageless, how to ensure your body is receiving adequate nutrition, powerful detox rituals you can incorporate to increase your longevity, beauty remedies that will leave you glowing, and how to exercise effectively and get results.  In addition you will learn health lessons directly from renowned longevity and health experts that will equip you to transform your lifestyle. You can still enroll! Check out the class HERE to preview the curriculum our save your seat! -Xo

 

 

 

Sexy Food in Capetown: Benefits of Fermented Foods

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Healthy Action of the Week: Try An Exotic Fruit or Vegetable

kaboompics_Exotic fruits on a wooden tableThis week’s healthy action is about breaking out of those “food ruts.” What’s a food rut? You know how sometimes life gets us in those predictable routines? Well a food rut occurs when because we are busy, lazy, tired, or somewhere in between all of the above we find ourselves eating the same combinations of foods day in and day out. Not this week! I challenge you to take your gorgeous self over to the grocery store and pick one fruit or vegetable you have never tried before and make a meal of it. Google up on its nutritional benefits and possible recipes. Who knows? You may find a new veggie love in the process. -Xo Raw Girl 

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Have you checked out my new online classes yet? In my new course, Staying Ageless 30+  you will learn about Diet Basics, Lifestyle Factors, and elements of Longevity that promote an ageless way of life.  Over the course of three modules you learn what to eliminate from your diet to stay ageless, how to ensure your body is receiving adequate nutrition, powerful detox rituals you can incorporate to increase your longevity, beauty remedies that will leave you glowing, and how to exercise effectively and get results.  In addition you will learn health lessons directly from renowned longevity and health experts that will equip you to transform your lifestyle. You can still enroll! Check out the class HERE to preview the curriculum our save your seat! -Xo

Santosha: Practicing The Art of Contentment

yogaSantosha (skt. संतोष saṃtoṣa, santōṣḥ) literally means “contentment, satisfaction.” Other meanings include: acceptance of one’s circumstances, being comfortable with what is. Considering the popular tune “I can’t get no satisfaction,” most of us could use a little santosha in our lives. Shout out to my instructor Yoga Sihnuu for teaching me about this ethical concept in Indian philosophy, particularly Yoga, and is included as one of the Niyamas by Patanjali. To possess or achieve santosha means you are in a place where you do not crave or desire. Sounds cray cray right? We all know what it is like to crave or want something so badly, and what happens when we get it? We are temporarily blissed out, (some people for a matter of minutes), and then we go off again craving something else.

In my recent study of mindful eating, we discussed “Craving at the end of Craving,” an audio made by the Center for Mindful Eating. In the audio, the practitioner describes this cycle of craving, and then craving more. The only way to break the cycle, which is natural to us as humans, is to develop the ability to sit with your cravings and not act on them. To realize that if we do not get what we are craving we can still be happy, or content. Why is santosha important for our lives right now? These days we have waytoo much in popular culture that promotes the opposite of santosha; we want what the Kardashians have, and with one scroll through our Facebook or Instagram feed we may be left feeling our life as it is, isn’t as fabulous as we thought it was. In my interviews with amazing people who have achieved extraordinary longevity, I have noticed that all of them seemed to have achieved santosha in some way or another. They practice gratitude, mindfulness, and stress the importance of a positive outlook. Contentment can keep us from depression, stress, and foster a deeper sense of peace.

Assess your life today. How can you practice santosha or contentment? What can you be grateful for today? -Xo Raw Girl

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Healthy Action of the Week: Embrace the Wisdom of the Seasons

anton-dee-298521We need nothing more than a simple shift in season to confirm that change is a constant in our world. As we cycle through the four seasons, it isn’t just the weather that changes, our diets evolve with seasonal availability of some foods, and we may choose to hibernate more indoors during fall and winter, or frolic out into the open air more often in spring and summer. In the context of healing, the seasons can remind us to accept change as a constant and see our healing process as a process of unfolding, happening in stages. In fact everything in our lives can be linked to this sort of seasonal change. You can be in one phase in one area & different phase in another. For instance, we may be in a winter season in our relationships, but in our career or professional life be going through spring and reaping the benefits of hard work we’ve put in over time.

Did you know the seasons also correspond to personality traits? Yep, just like horoscopes tell us a great deal about possible personality quirks, humans have character traits, emotions, and virtues linked with seasons and the elements. Below is a little more insight into what qualities correspond with each season. The five seasons include: winter, spring, summer, late summer, & autumn. Why is it useful to understand this and ruminate on how we align personally with the seasons? Just by understanding this concept it can help us to better relate with people and environments wherever they are on the spectrum. Fall is upon us soon, so it’s a wonderful time to take stock of what you can prune or release from your life to prepare for what’s next. Take a moment to reflect on what season you are in personally, professionally, and spiritually. Journal about any insights you receive from looking at your life from this lens. –Xo Raw Girl

(FYI: Interpretation I used breaks into 5 seasons adding “late summer”).

  • Winter: Water
  • Spring: Wood
  • Summer: Fire
  • Late summer: Earth
  • Fall: Metal

WINTER – human traits include: charming, sensitive, compassionate, flexible, intuitive, persuasive, fluid, intelligent. Emotions: fear, virtue, will.

SPRING – quickened pace of life; rapid growth; new life from past seeds. Personality traits – generous, confident, explorative, persuasive, busy, loyal. Emotions: anger, virtue, benevolence.

SUMMER – growth of spring matures, spontaneous bursts of energy. Personality traits: love, adventure, excitement, competitive, hypersensitive, extroverted. Emotions: joy, virtue, propriety, decency.

LATE SUMMER – transition between summer & fall; a moment to take pause or reflect. Personality traits: steady, patient, reliability, logical, methodical, good planners, disciplined. Emotions: sympathy, virtue, faithfulness.
AUTUMN – nature moves inward; pruning necessary for new life to come; it’s a season of letting go. Personality traits: tenacious, self reliant, reserved, orderly, clean, balanced, solitude. Emotions: grief, virtue, righteousness.

 

Simply Flavorful Fruit Salad – Recipe

unnamedWho knew fruit could taste so good? (Raises hand). I whipped this up so quick with fruit I had left over, and the flavor was so unexpectedly amazing I had to share. The spices really take this combo which could be a normal fruit salad and make it into a meal that gives your taste buds and brain some feel good action.  If you need more fruit, free to add other types of fruit you like to make it more hearty if you choose. I made one small serving for one person, add more fruit and spices to make in bulk. -Xo Raw Girl 

 

Ingredients

1-2 bananas

2-3 kiwis

7 strawberries

dash of cardamom

several dashes cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon coconut palm sugar

hemp seeds to top

Lightly mix in spices. Serve & Enjoy!

 

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How to Create a Self-Care Plan

pexels-photo-275765Self-care is completely essential to thriving and feeling at your best. Some people think of self-care as selfish, but it really is not. In order for you to be out in the world at your best, and also give to others, you must do that from a full place. Self-care helps us to fill “our well” so that we are not showing up for others from a depleted place, which can lead to resentment and anger. Before we take care of our kids, jobs, work, we must take care of ourselves.

Self-care involves areas such as the need to connect with our tribe or closest friends and family; taking care of our physical and psychological health; managing and reducing stress; intuitively listening for and honoring our emotional and spiritual needs; sustaining healthy relationships; and achieving balance across personal, school, and work commitments.

Each and every one of us is different, so it’s important that our self-care be tailored to our unique needs, wants, and preferences! Below is a template with some sample answers that you can use to create your own self-care plan with a few minutes of reflection. Once you go through this process, schedule into your calendar a few of the tasks you would like to try that will feed your mind, body, or spirit. If you don’t already have a plan I encourage you to sit down and create one today. So much ends up on our to-do list from day-to-day so if you fail to plan, you will fail at taking care of the most important person in your life, YOU. –Xo Raw Girl

SECTION ONE: 

Self-Care Dimension

 

Current Practices

(List all that you currently do)

Frequency
Physical ·       Gym/ Exercise with Trainer

 

·       At least three times per week
Intellectual ·       Reading a new book

·       Social media fast

 

·       Weekly

·       Once a week I shut down all social media

Emotional  

·       Meditation

·       Daily meditation
Spiritual  

·       Meditation

·       Prayer

·       Church

 

·       Daily meditation & prayer, Church once sometimes twice per week

 

Social ·       Church Group

 

·       Once every two weeks and ongoing

 

SECTION TWO:

Self-Care Dimension

 

New Practices

(List all practice you are COMMITTING to doing on a regular basis)

Frequency

(How often do you commit to doing these)

Physical ·       Try Capoeira as a new form of movement

 

·       Once a week
Intellectual ·       Write in my journal

·       Listen to my favorite music

·       Schedule regular thinking time

 

·       2-3 times per week

·       at least twice a week

·       at least once per week

Emotional ·       go for reflective walk

·       Connect with a good friend

·       once a week

·       at least once a week

Spiritual ·       go for reflective walk

 

·       once a week
Social ·       Call one friend and schedule something fun

 

·       Once per week

 

SECTION THREE:
What can you let go of? What is no longer serving you?

 

What do you do now for self-care or to manage your stress that no longer serves you? Answer in the space to the right.

 

 

 

SECTION FOUR:

How will you eliminate obstacles to your self-care plan? Answer in the space below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Make an Epic Comeback! 4 Ways to Boost Your Resilience & Health

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When life gives you lemons…Bounce Back!

Have you noticed some people can endure breakups, deaths in the family, unexpected mayhem at work, and somehow come out of the storm looking like Olivia Pope, strutting in a room, glowing and repeating her classic mantra: “It’s handled.” There’s a part of all of us that wants to be Olivia Pope in those crazy crisis situations in our lives, but the reality is that when the veggie hits the fan, it can feel like the world is coming to an end!

Resilience is the key to our epic come-back, and is also in my opinion one of the greatest markers of health. We know bad things happen in life, it’s more a matter of whether or not you can weather the storm and how quickly you recover and get back in the game. The textbook definition of resilience is successful adaptation and swift recovery after experiencing life adversities. In shrink language: secure attachment (especially in childhood), experiencing positive emotions and having a purpose in life are three important psychological building blocks of resilience. Resilience can help protect you from various mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. Resilience can also help offset factors that increase the risk of mental health conditions, such as being bullied or previous trauma. If you have an existing mental health condition, being resilient can improve your ability to cope. Below are a few ways you can boost your resilience and make an epic comeback from life’s challenges that will cause your friends and fam’s jaws to drop. If you are going to go through hell, may as well look like a goddess emerging from the flames! Xo Raw Girl

  1. Heal Your Inner Child. For those of us (raises hand) who may have had crazy childhoods that left deep emotional wounds, part of creating resilience is to deal with our past trauma and rebuild our self-worth and self-esteem. For years I thought my traumas were resolved only to find out there were patterns repeating in my life that were a result of some past wounds that were still affecting me subconsciously. How do you work through this? Journaling is great, seeing a therapist can help to. If you can’t afford a therapist check out the book Self-Therapy by Dr. Jay Earley which can help you work through the same process on your own at a fraction of the cost.
  2. Keep Your Immunity Up! When crisis hits, we immediately become more susceptible to disease or illness. That’s why its imperative we do not wait before the veggie hits the fan to take care of our daily vitamins and immune boosters. Vitamin C is essential, and taking a daily multivitamin can go a long way. Want more on the importance of vitamins? Check out this PAST POST.
  3. Practice a Daily Mindfulness Ritual. Mindfulness has been show to decrease stress, reduce the likelihood of contracting a host of diseases, and can also assist with keeping the mind positive in times of crisis. When things get rough it’s easy to slip into that downward spiral of thinking, and what mindfulness can do is help us to pay less attention to that negative chatter that keeps us in negative Nancy mode. Some practices that can work wonders: daily meditation, yoga, Qi gong, walking meditations in nature.
  1. Connect to a Higher Power. The Practice of organized religion is slowly becoming scarce in our modern world, as people seem to feel they don’t have time. The amazing thing about faith however, is that it can provide some assurance during times of crisis. Church communities or spiritual organizations with like minded believers can provide essential support when weathering life’s storms. In addition to this, many people fid that when they can give their problems over to God, stress reduces, and a deeper sense of peace and positive expectation emerges.