Sunday, June 21, 2009

Food Inc.

We went to see the movie Food Inc. today. WOW. It is a very powerful movie. Anyone wanting to know more about our food supply and what you are possibly putting into your system should see this movie and/or get the book. You and your family deserves to SEE what this movie is all about. The movie totally reaffirms for me why I only buy organic free range chicken and organic grass fed beef.

Did you know that in everyday chicken that you buy at the store that is NOT organic that antibiotics are in the chicken feed? Did you know that cows are meant to eat grass and NOT corn? They feed cows corn so that they grow faster but it kills their digestive system and it is because of that they get E-coli.

They also talked about how high the incidence rate of diabetes is now a days and that for people born after the year 2000 1 out of 3 children will develop diabetes.

It was a very powerful movie. That is why I talk so much with my friends about what we put in our bodies. Our bodies weren't designed to eat all this processed food. Our bodies weren't designed to consume so much regular and diet soda. It is a sad state of affairs when it is cheaper to eat a dollar menu from a fast food establishment than it is to go buy fresh whole food. Let's do what we can to help each other and help educate each other!!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

My current Journey

WOW! What a ride the last two weeks have been!

Let's talk about the power of opening yourself up to people who you know. Close to two months ago I was out with some friends of mine from my Compulsive Eating Program and we were talking after lunch. One of them was telling me about this quote by Marianne Williamson:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

This really caught my attention and then I immediately went home and looked her up on her webpage, I decided that I would join her mailing list. A couple weeks later I got an e-mail letting everyone know that she and Deepak Chopra were having a joint event here in the Los Angeles area. WOW!! I was so excited. I looked at the price and it was $249 per person. I thought that is a lot of money and right now that is an issue for us. Then I noticed the site said that there were scholarships available. I clicked on the link and sent an e-mail off to inquire about the scholarships. I got an e-mail back saying that they were giving partial scholarships only so as many people could come as possible and I was asked how much can I afford. I responded back that for my husband and I we could spend $150 total. I got a quick response back letting me know that we could go! I was so excited. It was one of those times that I really felt like I was on a path led by God.

On Saturday May 23rd Randy and I went to the Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey and spent the day with 500 other people. We took so many notes and got so much out of Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra. They were both phenomenal. I even got to stand up and have a little interaction with Marianne Williamson which I will write about in a different blog post.

Then there was another event coming put being put on by: which was on May 29, 30 and 31st. Again money was coming up for me with that event. I then got a message on Facebook from my angel Dawnelle Hyland letting me know that if I had not registered she had a free ticket! I got the message instantly that something was going on in the universe and I had to go. It was another awesome weekend. I had not taken that kind of time for myself in a very long time. I got very clear on where I am and what I need to do going forward. Which I will talk more about in many other blog posts.

I could have very easily ignored what I call signs from God or the universe and not gone at all. However, it all felt "right." I am so grateful that I listened to my intution because I feel like this is the path that God wants me to be on. I don't know where it is going to end up someday but I have reawakened old dreams and learned some new tools and healed some old wounds!!

The biggest thing I learned is that it is my time to pay forward all that I have received in my lifetime of experiences and personal growth. That is what I am about now is helping other people transform their lives and making a difference wherever I can. I am very excited to continue on this journey which for today I have no idea where it will end up but I now know that as long as I am present right now that the future will happen as it is supposed to!!

I love all of you for your support and am blessed to have all of you in my life.

Huggz. :)

Marriane Williamson

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Listening to my body

I will never forget when I was 13 or 14 I was astonished how my uncle stayed so thin and he never finished what was on his plate. I remember saying to him, “How do you know when you are full?” He replied, “I eat until I am satisfied and then stop.” I remember thinking, “What are you talking about?” I have never understood that concept and I still don’t. I am a member of the “Clean Plate Club.” My grandmother really drilled that into my head because I had to eat for the starving kids in China and Russia. All these years no matter what was on my plate I always have to finish everything. I feel like I have been out of touch with my body for a very long time and the truth being known probably about 30 years since I was 13. That is when I started eating to stuff down my emotions after my mother passed away two months before my Bar Mitzvah.

I realized quickly that if I ate enough food at the right times that I didn’t have to feel whatever feeling was going on at the time. By overeating enough at the right times I could go to sleep or just “veg” out in front of the tv with food. As I got into my mid twenties I noticed that I had a lot of gas and was going to the bathroom a lot. When I had these “episodes” it would be smelly enough that I could have probably been used as a weapon. Years and years went by and I was never able to correlate what was going on with my body in relation to what I was eating. At some point I just surrendered and said to myself, “This is just the way my body is.” Meanwhile I was struggling with food and always feeling hungry.

In 1999 after I found a 12 step group for compulsive eaters. I learned a new way of eating and started eating 3 meals a day. That is where my work began in relation to my eating issues. That is when I learned that I didn’t need white sugar or white flour anymore. That is also when I learned about eating different vegetables. Still through all of this I was still having my issues with gas and having to go to the bathroom a lot. Again I just assumed that this is what my body is like and I never pursued anything further.

Fast forwarding to March 2009 I am still dealing with those same issues. I have gained back 80 of the 100 pounds I lost and feeling horrible in many different ways. I was having such issues with gas, bloat, and diarrhea. Just plain feeling horrible and at the end of my rope. I was gaining weight like crazy and I was certain that it was water retention and bloat. The crazy thing was that I was eating what I considered to be healthy. What I didn’t realize was what I was eating albeit healthy was making me sick.

I finally decided to call a friend of mine who is into holistic health type work and knows a lot about nutrition from her own learning’s. I told Vicky what was going on and she asked me to tell her what I was eating. I proceeded to tell her what I was eating during the whole day. Then when I told her that I was eating 1 pound of raw vegetables with lunch and 1 pound of raw vegetables with dinner she couldn’t believe it. She asked me if I were a horse and she said that I was eating enough rough vegetables for a small family every day. We then further discovered that my problems were happening after lunch and dinner. She immediately made me change my diet. For one week I was not allowed to eat any vegetables at all and only simple grains like oatmeal, yams and sweet potatoes. I couldn’t eat anything that was loaded with fiber. That night when I had my new way of eating at dinner I felt so good it was crazy. After a week I gradually added a little bit of vegetables here and there. She also told me that if my body did flare up that drinking mint or chamomile tea would help calm things down.
What I learned out of this is I can no longer not listen to my body and I have to pay attention to what my body is telling me after I eat certain foods. I have had to give up spicy foods for now because of how it makes me feel. I can’t eat the quantities of raw vegetables like I used to. Vicky taught me how to eat all over again and I haven’t felt this good in years. I started losing weight again. I only weigh myself once a month but as of the last time I weighed I lost 10 pounds. I hadn’t lost any weight for such a long time I didn’t think it were possible anymore. My mind is so much clearer now. I think because of how my body was interacting with what I was eating it was causing my depression and also my body wasn’t absorbing the food it was eating. I discover now that I can eat slower, eat more wholesome foods and feel fuller longer. I have made the decision to eat for the most part totally organic. I will only by organic grass fed beef and organic chicken. I also increased my water intake to half of my body weight in ounces. There are times when I make a mistake and my body flares up. I whip out my mint or chamomile tea and usually that corrects it.

What I learned out of all of this is we are all different and we have to do what works for us. Knowing what I know now I would have done this a long time ago. I feel so good these days and haven’t felt this way in a long time. There is a wealth of information out there that tells us so many different ways to eat. If what we are doing is not working and we cannot figure it out then we have to go to someone who can help us. If I didn’t have my friend Vicky to go to I would have gone to a nutritionist. We have to listen to what our body is telling us otherwise we don’t know the damage we could potentially be causing.

I was sharing this with some friends of mine recently and unbeknownst to me one of them went to a nutritionist because of her issues. After going to this doctor she has found out that she has an ulcer. Had she not gone to this nutritionist she would have never found out that she had an ulcer which could have caused other problems down the road. She came up to me a few weeks later to share with me that after I shared with her what was going on with me that she too hadn’t been listening to her body.

Although we want to fit in and we want to find an easy answer to help our bodies. We have to remember that we are all different and our bodies may require different things sometimes. There are experts out there to help us when we cannot help ourselves. I am so grateful to my friend Vicky who has forever changed my life.