Category Archives: Awareness through Eating

Prevention thru Good Digestion

A few weeks ago I pulled out Eating Alive, Prevention thru good Digestion by Dr. Jonn Matsen, N.D., to get the correct spelling for a student.  I had been stressing to them  it was  important to create good eating habits for building a relationship between function and food.  For me it is more important than increasing the information overload of facts and ideas.   I experience one as experiential learning and the other is upon words and ideas.  One is easily integratable, calming and creates new habits while the other creates overwhelm and increases rules, blocks and moral judgements.  One is physical and the other mental focused.

What I love about this book, Eating Alive, is the Author is from my own Province of B.C.  It was suggested to me in the 80’s by a Naturopath in Prince George,    whose opinion at that time was my estrogen level was too high.  I had gone to this Doctor for something completely different and his first diagnosis was based on my appearance and energy.  I worked in an executive hotel and wore heels, makeup and cute outfits with scarves.  My hair and nails were done every few days which I believe added to the image of too much estrogen.  He was dressed in Trekking clothes with Birkenstocks and went white water rafting every weekend.  What he didn’t know or couldn’t have known was I had just gotten out of a long term relationship that had been draining and was enlivened by some of the best sex I have experienced in a new, younger relationship.  Since then I have come to consider how connections in relationships can interact with our hormone levels.  At that time I was living it!

Regardless, I followed his advice and tried Dr. Matsens program.  Looking back I am pleased I did as it has given me an experiential reference point that is different than the current trends and  emotional reactions to this overload of information.

This program gave me back my food responsibility and choices to experience  empowerment or disempowerment.  It provided the shift of perspective that   cultivated awareness of how to focus attention on the reactions to what I ate.  I  no longer tell myself stories about my diet or seek outside solutions.  It’s all about getting out of the head and focusing on inner experiences and taking action.  There is no quick cure or answer.

It’ requires an inner shift of commitment to take the effort to do the work to create the landscape that is needed to come into alignment with physical function and choice.  There is no pill or outside solution.  Change is the only way for new healthy habits to form.

Now in others I can experience their reactions when staying in the mental quest of looking outside of themselves for answers and solutions.   The information overload seems adds fuel to their emotions  that is reactionary keeping them from making any concrete changes.  I am grateful to have had this grounding educational experience which taught me how to focus my attention on the somatic experience that supported me to become my own best expert.

What would I say to the Naturopath that assessed me as having too much estrogen if it happened now.  I would say back to him, let me enjoy my femininity and request he check in first before making an assessment based upon his filters.  His perspective dimmed the feelings of inner aliveness through his choice of language and lack of listening.  Over the years I have discovered he was a false authority.

by Renee Lindstrom

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by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness,  Living in Natures Love Blog Renee Lindstrom Live
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Foods that encourage ‘less is more,’ naturally

Have you experienced how foods appear to influence moods and temperament?

or heard about the gut/brain connection?

The digestion of foods creates an environment in ones guts that creates healthy  or unhealthy bacteria and this bacteria, healthy or unhealthy,  influences physical and mental symptoms.  A gut with healthy bacteria creates body, mental and emotional balance while one with unhealthy bacteria weakens immune responses and metabolic rate.

A healthy eating plan is important to create a healthy gut of thriving  bacteria.  Some of the best ways to do this it through fresh, cultured and fermented foods.

Calling it an eating plan acts more like a guide to explore food to increase  curiosity versus adding to the rules of right and wrong that have been cultivated through our cultural programming.

Many have lost the natural inner connection to intuitively knowing what foods to prepare with what is available in our kitchens on any given day.  Food box programs are thriving as they provide the convenience of daily food following a menu they provide you.  All one has to do is cook as per instructions.  Services that drive meals to homes from restaurants are thriving as focus moves away from food and meal prep.    In an earlier post Hitting the food re-set button this author shares the benefits of getting back into connection with food and preparation naturally.  It doesn’t have to be a competition with self or others but rather an investigation of the senses.  This can increase experiences of inner joy, appreciation of self and food, groundedness and self-confidence.  A natural occurring emotional experience is a reduction of fear, anxiety and anger.  As mentioned above the guts bacteria creates the direction of responses whether peaceful or conflicted.

Three ways this author has experienced a reconnect with food are listed below.

  1.  Exploring fresh sources of food, including wild edibles and plants.  Follow this ongoing and rewarding back yard journey on her blog – Living in Natures Love
  2. Following a guided plan that explores food from a core relationship with nature with a focus on somatic food education:
  3. Introduction of fermented and cultured foods with a focus on somatic food education.

Get started on one of these two guided eating plans that aligns with body and nature connections.

Book coaching with someone who has finally found a successful way of integrating an eating plan that becomes a healthy and full filling food life-style.  Food can become the source of weight loss and increased happiness.

  • Don’t stay on the mental gym of rules, right and wrong which creates inner-conflict.
  • Don’t stay on a diet that tells you what to eat so that when you stop following it your lost and regain all the weight.

How to get started

Step #1:  Choose Guided Daily Eating Plan

Step #2 – Get started on 3 Part Food Lifestyle Coaching  

Part #1:  Intro to Guide

  1. Intro to intentional food focusing & mindfulness
    • Explore food & function

Part #2:  Food & Lifestyle Coaching

  • Empathy Coaching
    • Weekly check in for integration & support
      • Explore mental stories creating  emotional blocks

Part #3:  Accountability Coaching

  • Accountability check in for stimulating self-confidence & inner connection
    • Choice of daily or weekly

Sign up  & commit to a healthy eating lifestyle  integration programs that triggers your inner switch to ‘less in more.’

Programs are practical and doable techniques of integration and experience of somatic education and functional integration as presented through the practice of the  Feldenkrais Method, Nonviolent Communication, Subtle Energy & Urban Feng Shui, and Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation.

30 Day Awareness through Eating Plan & Workbook

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  • One month Awareness through Eating Somatic Food Coaching

    Eating plan and workbook Intro to intentional food focusing & mindfulness, Empathy Coaching, Weekly check in Accountability check in


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    • Investigate how surroundings can create success at home or office
    • Investigate movement awareness with a focus on function that can free up unconscious limitations

by Renee Lindstrom

How to get started

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 1st Level – Getting Started (Introduction & Pattern)
 2nd Level – Getting Intouch (Experiencing & Connection)
 3rd Level – Integration (Embodiment)

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness,  Living in Natures Love Blog
Renee Lindstrom Live
Copyright 2014 – 2020 Renee Lindstrom, GCFP