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STEP ONE: WATCH THE VIDEO

Take notes. There’s lots of great info in this video!

Bottom line, whole, nutrient dense foods are the absolute best. Set your intention to gradually clean out processed, artificial, and sugar rich food-like substances from your diet.

Once you clean out processed foods, you can hear your intuition more clearly, and make healthier choices with clarity, ease, and lightness. When you know you’ve built fresh habits out of relevant feedback from your body, it becomes much easier to trust that an indulgence is simply that. An in the moment celebration on your taste buds… Rather than something to feel bad about, or that can control you in any way.

There is not ONE diet that is the best diet for every person on the planet. Likewise there’s not even one single diet plan that will be best for you your whole life. Keep an open mind, experiment, and make changes your whole life. What your body needs and wants changes with the seasons of the year, and the seasons of life. If you’re following hard set rules, instead of having a conversation with your body, you can’t honor what it’s asking of you. Seek nutrients. It’s what you’re made of. :)

STEP 2: INDULGENCE, ACCEPTANCE, AND SELF FORGIVENESS

Yes, whole, nutrient dense foods are best for you.

Yes, you can indulge any time you want.

HOW? WHAT THE BLEEP DOES THIS MEAN?

I’m glad you asked. :)

Your journey to food freedom and a loving, accepting relationship with your body is not a remodel that happens overnight. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon! Don’t worry. Lot’s of people finish marathons… You CAN and WILL succeed at this!

Intention is the key. That’s why this course focuses so much on overhauling your mindset, rewriting outdated and limiting beliefs, and learning to own your power as the radiant being of light that you are.

Intention to love your Self; your SOUL.

Intention to love the body that allows you to be alive on this earth.

Intention to give your body, mind, and soul what they need in order to thrive. For YOU to thrive in your unique RADIANCE.

When you learn to live in the intention to thrive as a being, that’s when you find yourself automatically seeking balance in life as a whole. It means you can have a treat without the mind games; the pressure to burn it off, or the feeling that you failed at the ever present goal to NOT enjoy a treat.

STEP 3: You CAN enjoy as many treats as you want.

The questions to ask yourself are (journal these questions with your trigger foods):

  • How does this food make me feel?

    • Bloated, crampy, sad, guilty, angry, headache, sinus pressure, itchy eyes, sore throat, inflamed skin, digestive upset, decreased energy, mood swing, etc…

  • Is there a more whole foods version of this treat that I can buy or learn to make, that will give me more peace of mind, and allow my body to maintain a feeling of health and balance?

    • Pro tip: There are lots of delicious treat recipes if you google your favorite treats with the word paleo

    • You can also search for gluten free/vegan bakeries in your area. These ingredients will likely be more mindfully gathered than traditional bakeries. Therefore, you may find that these indulgences feel physically less (or not at all) draining.

Step 4: The Paradise Mind + Paradise Body Plan:

I intuitively created this unique plan when I went off of dairy around 2004. For me, this worked really well because I was coming from a place of extreme inflammation.

I needed to feel the difference in feeling clean and clear in body and mind, vs., feeling the chaos of the inflammation I’d been living with for years. This plan works best for people who are chronically bloated, have issues with acne, digestive problems, and other symptoms of inflammation.

*If this plan triggers perfectionism or disordered eating in you, please see the other option below, and be sure to mention this in your one on one, or group call, so I can better serve you and your valid and unique needs.

  1. Consider what society calls “diets,” an eating style. Choose a few whole foods based eating styles that look like they’d feel good to you. Paleo, Whole 30 (recipes that reflect the end of the process), plant based omnivore, vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, dairy free, gluten free, etc… Ask your intuition if there’s a style that sounds right to you. If you’re not sure, don’t worry about it! This is meant to decrease stress… If no labeled eating style is sticking out to you, I recommend working on going processed food free or minimal.

  2. Choose your start date, meal plan, and plan your groceries for the first week you’re on your plan. I recommend prepping some easy, nutrient dense snacks on Sunday.

  3. Go one week “on” this style.

  4. Take one week “off” to explore eating without any rules except, from your “on” plan, take two things that totally work for you to keep in your normal or “off” time… only ask yourself every opportunity:

    1. How do I feel? Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually? Take a few deep breaths, and allow yourself space to hear your body and heart’s response to these questions several times a day, with or without food.

    2. How do I want to feel?

    3. Will this food make me feel more vibrant, or less vibrant?

    4. How did this food make me feel? Great? Satiated? Mentally alert? Happy? Bloated? Sad? Headache? Stomach ache? Etc… Any symptoms, on any plane of being.

    5. Journal at least once a day about the inner conversation these questions are allowing you.

  5. Go back on for 1, 2, 3, or 4 weeks… building each time. If you build slowly then it doesn’t seem like a big, intimidating thing. Take it one week of groceries at a time. You may find that one week on, one week off works for you for awhile. You may find that you love the two weeks on, one week off interval. Find what feels good to you!

    1. The key takeaway is to understand the conversation happening between the mind, heart, and body. The on weeks allow you to clean out processed foods, or possible allergens, which may be contributing to something I’d compare to static noise - inflammation in the body - making it really difficult for you to hear your body’s voice. For this reason, working your way to two weeks of cleaner eating is recommended.

    2. Don’t pressure yourself to get to two weeks until it is a natural progression. That’s why you’re taking two things that work for you from every “on” plan. In this way, you’re cleaning your eating style one easy, comfortable step at a time. The longer periods “on” simply allow the body to acclimate to less inflammation, therefore allowing you to identify when you’re feeling more. It’s all about conversation. Not guilt, not shame, not fear.

The Other Intuitive Eating Option:

It’s notable that this particular method is best for women who have a history with restrictive dieting. This method is important to the full healing process. For many women coming out of restrictive eating, there will be weight gain in the earlier stages of learning what foods they actually enjoy, and how foods feel to them. Self forgiveness, coaching, therapy, and dedication to the end result being healing not thinness is key. You will find a healthy balance again. Nourishment and health are the goal here. If you have questions, please reach out for your one on one call, or make a note with your question for your next group call.

  1. No rules. Write down all the rules you’ve been trying to live by. Write down how you feel when you fail them… how you feel when you succeed? Make a copy if you want to keep one for your own progress records, then burn one as a symbol of the end of the reign of food rules and disordered eating.

    1. How do I feel? Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually? Take a few deep breaths, and allow yourself space to hear your body and heart’s response to these questions several times a day, with or without food.

    2. How do I want to feel?

    3. Will this food make me feel more vibrant, or less vibrant?

    4. How did this food make me feel? Great? Satiated? Mentally alert? Happy? Bloated? Sad? Headache? Stomach ache? Etc… Any symptoms, on any plane of being.

    5. Journal at least once a day about the inner conversation these questions are allowing you.

  2. Learn what you really like. Many people who have been practicing restriction for a long time report that they don’t really even know what foods they like. Allow yourself to think about food as an art, as nourishment, as nutrients that build your body, as fun, as all the things.

  3. Take 5 slow deep breaths before eating anything. Think about where the food came from, who has touched it one it’s way to you, and what nutrients in it your body will be using to keep running smoothly. Let yourself delight in it! Enjoy every bite! Be in the moment. Feel your taste buds dance!

  4. When you eat food that have been on your “bad” list, it’s important to be proactive with self forgiveness and self compassion. Write out 10 affirmations that will be key to helping you in these moment. Example: I am worthy of enjoying my food. My body deserves to be nourished as many times as it needs. My body is finding a new balance, and it’s okay to surrender to my faith in my body’s intelligence. My body knows what to do with my food. My body is my home. I love and respect my body with my enjoyment of food.

  5. As you practice and learn the art of being in conversation with your body, your body will absolutely find a new, healthy, vibrant balance. This will take some time. Go easy on yourself. Meditate, journal, and utilize all the tools you’ve learned in this course.

Extra Recommendation:

I want to make sure I’m giving you as much assistance on your journey as possible, so I want to recommend a workbook by as far as I can tell, the originators of the intuitive eating movement. As I stated above, my background with intuitive eating was a culmination of my own intuitive process, mixed with my holistic nutrition background, and life coaching background. While I’m really happy with, and proud of my offering, I want to give you all that I can for your healing journey.

This workbook brings a few more angles into play, especially for those who have a history of restriction. Please feel encouraged to include this workbook in your next steps.

Click here to find the book on Amazon.

Questions? Reach out and ask them! And/or, bring them to your next session or live call.

Don’t forget to journal the thoughts you had from this video! Journal every day, at least one minute… and meditate every day, at lease one minute.

Don’t over think it. Just breathe into love.