Welcome to everyone participating in the Summer Mind-Body Cleanse! The response has been awesome and I’m thrilled. I expect this to be a great summer full of good food, good fun and transformation - what could be better?
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To start things off, let’s talk about the power of choice. This is a biggie, particularly as we go into the Fourth of July weekend. I’m sure that many of you have special plans and access to lots of food this weekend. Please remember to be gentle with yourself. If you indulge in something, enjoy it and then move on. Don’t throw all of your good intentions out the window and berate yourself about it afterwards; that approach never leads to health and happiness.
My friend, Dawn Morningstar, is a Life Coach and she said something to me years ago that has always stuck with me. She said, “We are always at a choice point.” That means that every decision that we make and each action we take is our choice. This idea can be applied to both food and life, and it’s helped me so much over the years by reminding me of my own power.
When we forget that, we get into trouble because, in essence, we give our power away. Instead of giving our power over to the plate of brownies, make the CHOICE to indulge. Do it deliberately, do it consciously and do it without guilt. Make the decision to enjoy every bite of that sucker. And then make the decision to stop.
Applying this power of choice to eating makes food a lot less stressful, particularly when we listen to our body and get to know what it needs in order to feel good. We no longer have to label foods “good” and “bad”. We can just focus on the choice and think about the consequence of that choice. We can afford to be gentle with ourselves because we know that another choice is right behind it. Good health is not created by any single decision, but by our decisions over time.
So, as you head into this holiday weekend, please remember that you have the power to choose what you do, what you eat and how you think. Be gentle with yourself. Eat foods that support your body and make you feel great. Yes, sometimes a brownie makes you feel great, but I’m willing to bet that three of them doesn’t, so the big takeaway here is:
Listen to your body and make your choices with intention.
Enjoy this holiday weekend, be safe and check in next week for some recipes to get the summer cleansing started!