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How amazing is the body – 2020 take away

I spent 2019 learning to make sourdough bread from scratch.  Going against the trend, in 2020, I stopped and lost the 17 pounds I had put on instantly!  The body is amazing.  That weight gain wasn’t immediately noticeable as my body dispersed the fat equally throughout it’s parts equally.  The consequences of getting tired easily and having sore joints could all be explained away until all of a sudden clothes were too tight and pockets of fat were stored in unusual places.

body beautiful

As a Feldenkrais Practitioner I observed my body’s adjustment to the yoyo up and down of weight gain and loss as an interesting functional  phenomenon.  I noticed gaining weight in the soft tissue around the joints felt like it pushed the bones out of alignment.  There was too much fat in the way. Especially in the thighs and upper arms.  This made bone alignment more challenging and left the body to come up with silent and elusive solutions.  Unconsciously the body  recruited muscle and soft tissue to bear my weight.  One doesn’t actively know the shifts that are being made as the body makes adjustments like this.  I have felt the bone reposition itself in the joint differently as space appears when losing weight.  This doesn’t automatically mean the bone begins to support one’s weight efficiently.   A new silent habit has been formed that will continue until new movement patterns are introduced.

The body feedback increases when reversing weight gain

In the reversal stage and losing weight, there is a deeper  connection to the felt sense of physical support and trust in movement ability for me. While gaining weight the body feedback tends to go somewhat numb as the inner sensory shifts focus to the bulk versus the fine motor function.

The weight gain also became an obstruction to breathing and sleeping.  The functional movement through the ribs and lungs is diminished with the additional weight through the upper chest and torso.  For example with an increase weight  I snored and then when losing it I stopped.

no one consciously chooses to become overweight 

This years weight loss was due to different lifestyle choices verse a focus on dieting.  In the fall of 2019 I wrote about how 2020 reflected hard work in numerology For me this has manifested by committing to shift my primary focus from external influences to actively making personal choices to benefit my own health and wellness regime.  Since actively pursuing a Feldenkrais® practice a decade and a half ago my energy and focus of attention was primarily on the health and well being of others and not on myself.  I made myself too available which didn’t leave much time for self-care.  I didn’t intentionally gain weight yet it happened unconsciously due to a lack of focus.

Energy flows wherever the focus of attention goes

On the solstice of 2019 I created intentions in all of the nine life areas to reflect a wellness plan and begin to balance these life areas to better reflect self care.  These 9 areas are; knowledge, career, helpful people, groundedness, health, creativity, wealth and abundance, recognition and relationships.

The one life area that lacked focus for a number of years was a healthy eating plan.  Even though eating healthy had been a strong structure it silently fell to the wayside during a period that lacked balance in all nine life areasAs a single parent in the pursuit of an unprecedented and uncharted career focus the children took over the eating planning that created bad habits.  In my experience it only takes one fast food meal to create cravings!

health area:  physical, mental & emotional functions, nutrition & nourishment

In the transition of 2019’s fall to winter my intention was to bring balance to my nine life areas.  As I previously stated, my focus had been on my career and helpful people (community). The motivation for 2019’s intention was my health and wellbeing, specifically my own body.  This meant a willingness to pull back  focus on others for self care.  As 2020 comes to an end some of the new habitual changes have been:

education, exploration & experience

  • evaluating the nutritional values of food and outcomes for all moving parts of the body
  • habits formed for different foods in the fridge and cupboard
  • growing new types of nutrition inside and outside
  • new dried plant parts for teas, infusions and skin care
  • new personal activities that directly support gland, organ, soft tissue and cellular health natural (focus is on inside not outwardly directed)

integration

Beginning as far back as 1989 I have had a dedicated focus on practical and doable steps for living a life that matters.  2020 has been a natural evolution of integrated focus.  These past months have validated a personal truth that until this year was a belief from the past and previous  glimmers.

Each functioning body part has its own independent nutritional needs.

The recognition that each body part such as;   brain, eyes, thyroid, individual organs and glands, and more, all have different nutritional value needs.  This  understanding came from introducing and experiencing new and unusual foods to my own eating plan.  New foods created a somatic experience that can only be described as triggering an aliveness in my brain that has naturally shifted the motivation for the types of foods I reach for.  2020 has meant an increase in healthy home-made foods and an absence of sweets, chocolates, fast food and sweet sauces.  

Physical, mental and emotional functions are in partnership

One’s Body is not the enemy, so why to we speak as though it is?

Working with students, while integrating my own experience this way,  I have observed there is a universal gap in understanding the effects of food on body parts and function.  This is a common phenomenon as well.   What I believe I am witnessing is a pattern of thinking and emotions that unconsciously treat the physical body functional needs as  ‘enemies’ and/or being a victim to it.   This can be as simple as taking one’s body for granted with demonstrated annoyance at its perceived failures, to irritation at the mention of  spending more time and effort on changing up the basics.  A universal experience I am recognizing are the evaluative experiences stating the body as betraying one as through the body has control over oneself.  The gap seems to be the universal understanding that the body is a part of  one’s whole function and in equal partnership with the mental and emotional functions.  The mental mind cannot function without a functioning body.  It is one system and if the body isn’t being well nourished and nurtured, neither are the mental and emotional functions.  Beliefs and memories are often obstacles to both eating well in the moment and for exploring new habits.  Often the focus is on external distractions such as the rules of eating,  rather than the internal functioning components. 

Three key areas that I have experienced and witnessed as obstacles to focus on  improved physical, mental and emotional wellbeing are:

  1.  Giving up time from other activities
  2.  Personal beliefs justifying habits without doing an audit on values
  3.  Lack of motivation for challenging oneself to break habitual patterns

I have stated that unhealthy patterns of movement are a learned behaviour in a recent article on silent learning patterns in our educational model.  I am now suggesting that the diet strategies being marketed are also a silent education model of learned behaviour.  Diet solutions come and go.  What they leave behind is their influence in our perspective, emotions and beliefs.  Influences that begin to  interfere with body function.   I have had many students that have simply stopped eating without realizing that good nutrition would be effective in shifting their states of being.  I have had others with serious conditions continue in their patterns without the will to explore change through new foods.  One of the hurdles that impede incentive to change are habitual behaviours.   These cultural  habits are challenging.   Two dominant ones are:

  1. Overcoming early developed thinking pattern that there is a higher authority to tell us what is best for us
  2. Overcoming early learned behaviors for seeking solutions to be fixed
These two patterns demonstrate the silent education that began in primary school and continued onward.  Read more about universal behaviour patterns that can only have been ingrained through collective learning systems.

The shift I encourage is:

‘intention becomes your focus of attention’

  1.  Take a minute to reflect on your eating pattern 
    • Are you seeking change and continuing with the same old strategies
  2.  Consider what personal change you would like to experience  in 2021
    • self esteem and personal power begin inside your functioning body when your mind is quiet 
    • whether one is aspiring for increased health, better relationships ad improved career and finances, etc., it all begins with the physicality of ones function
  3.   Start your action plan by creating an intention
    • Creating an intention is the first step to commitment
    • An intention creates motivation and becomes your  influence for honoring yourself

Checking in and defining your intention creates hope and opens one to exploring change.  Effective change is a moment to moment experience of choices.  The decisions you make can be conscious or unconscious, nevertheless they are personal choices.  Setting an intention becomes your focus of attention.  

Are you ready to live your life more consciously in 2021?

2021 ‘s numerological influence is fun , adventure and exploration

The only way to change is action


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ATE: Ongoing goals of starting point to eating for all moving parts

The only way to change is action  

Introducing foods that are full of nutrition and fibre can change craving experiences and food choices.  These foods satisfy different functioning parts of one’s body leaving satisfied feelings.  This naturally leads one to begin noticing that they aren’t reaching for certain foods or having thoughts of going out to eat.  The purpose of ATE is specifically to develop this somatic experience versus seeking solutions.  The difference is one shifts a lifestyle and the other focuses upon solutions.


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ATE: 4th starting point to eating for all moving parts

Shifting one’s focus from seeking answers to action is the integrative experience.

For example, many have been told they are allergic to goods, however they are not told that by eliminating those foods they are losing a variety of nutritional values.  These lost nutrients are not replaced and after years physical, mental and emotional capacity is diminished. The biggest example I have come across is feeding the brain.  Nutrition for the brain  is not a consideration when eliminating dairy, meat and grains.  What many are hearing and reading is how unhealthy foods are  rather than what nutritional values they have and how they influence their ability to function.

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ATE: 3rd starting point to eating for all moving parts

This third starting point goal is a highly recommended one for reducing inflammation from the inside out.  My experience is that it also reduces pain levels.  For me this first drink in the a.m., helped to clear a foggy brain which was a surprising benefit.  My intention for starting this practice was to support digestion, transform stomach acid to alkaline and speed up my metabolism.

Benefits of turmeric:

In Ayurvedic medicine turmeric has been used for generations to support joint mobility, digestion, and circulation.  Current articles suggest it is useful for arthritis, improving brain function and in cancer research.

Turmeric is a source of curcumin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and a strong antioxidant. However curcumin is  poorly absorbed into the bloodstream on its own.  To harness its benefits the use of black pepper is recommended as it can increase curcumins bioavailability.

Anything that can reduce chronic inflammation is important in preventing and  treating any condition and disease resulting from chronic inflammation.  I have begun to read more articles that suggest curcumin blocks NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of your cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. NF-kB is believed to play a major role in many chronic diseases.

Many write about how curcumin is a strong antioxidant which reduces free radicals while stimulating one’s own body antioxidant defences.  Free radicals contribute to aging and many diseases.

Lately articles are suggesting that a type of growth hormone know as BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) that functions in your brain benefits from curcumin.  It seems to raise the levels of BDNF which lessens the effects of depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

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ATE: 4 more starting points to eating for all moving parts

This second starting point goal is an important consideration.  As a child I remember having dinner at 5 p.m. and then not eating until the following morning at 7 a.m.  This is a 14 hour period of not eating and was a learned behaviour until I had children of my own and chose to demand breastfeed.  This choice led to an absence of time breaks between meals that eventually contributed to weight gain as I aged and my metabolism slowed down.

These hours between dinner and breakfast are now trending as intermittent fasting.  This is an example of something old becoming new again.  If you consider the root cause it is about unconsciously changing habits.  For me, as a practitioner, it is about commitment and action, not a trend.  If one commits, takes action and then repeats it for a little as one to two weeks it can form a new learned behaviour and lifestyle habit.

The only way to change is action  


Back to ATE:  Cultivating Awareness of Eating for all moving parts

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ATE: Starting points to eating for all moving parts

An eating plan to stimulate an increase in function mentally emotionally, physically and spiritually can be as simple as introducing new food habits that support an assortment of nutritional needs.  Each functioning part needs different types of minerals and vitamins for health and wellness.

  • Food choice has a direct influence on emotional states
  • Food choice has a direct influence on mental function  
  • Food choice has a direct influence on physical function

Left brain dieting solutions

From personal experiences I have become aware of how learning influences for eating plans have focused on eliminating foods and shifting ones diet.  These eating plans are either current trends with a single focus of losing weight and the education focus is on solutions to fix a problem.   This educational messaging is left-brain dominant which means it’s organized to fix a problem.  The learning message;  health is reflected by one’s self-image.  One comes away with the universal message that they don’t fit into society’s perception of health that is based upon looks.

Balancing brains 2 sides to increase functional health & wellness

Right brain eating plan than harnesses the focus of one’s left brain abilities

What if one could retrain how they focus the left brain’s qualities of  efficiency in a way that increases joy, connection and stimulates an inner radiance?  A right brain focus is on one’s functional experience and is designed to activate and develop one’s  awareness skills.  This right brain pathway engages one’s senses for perceiving an experience that includes the discernment abilities of the left brain.

The difference of these two ways is that one is focused upon outside influences and memorization of facts as told by merchants and media, and one is on inside  experiences and learning through exploring them.

The differences in these two styles of  learning 

The dominant left brain focus is more likely to remain as mental concepts that stays in the thinking process and focused upon self-judgments.   It is more difficult to integrate into an evolving lifestyle as there is no period of integration of new conscious habits.  Ones that have been recognized through experiences.  The  focal point is upon either being wrong, or something is wrong and this formula is for fixing that problem.

The right brain focus that has inclusion for left brain activities is more likely to shift habits and result in lifestyle changes.  This way is more time and financially efficient.  It reduce effort and creates a mindfulness state of being as one thoughts are redirected to exploring new experiences.

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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.

@InsideAwareness Master Program Series

  • INQUIRE ABOUT OPTIONAL STEPS FOR BUILDING SUCCESS

    • 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

Awareness Through Living Mentoring Programs Available:

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

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ATE: Healing gut with Inulin, Berberine, L-glutamine

ATE:  AWARENESS THROUGH EATING

After becoming an empty nester  I  had time and  energy to ‘explore living food’ versus dieting.  With only a question in mind (no rules and no shoulds), I started to explore what nutrition was available in my own backyard.  The focus was on  weeds, trees, plants and grasses.  Organically it flowed, in that familiar pattern I have learned from  Feldenkrais® Awareness through Movement® Lessons, so I have fondly begun to refer to it Awareness through Eating.  My great regret is not having this focus with kids at home!

Along the journey of growing, gathering and consuming many backyard plants  I discovered new sensations of physical wellness.  With this new feeling of aliveness if fueled and motivated endless curiosity and exploration.   Life changing as these actions integrated a deeper inner and outer connection to the natural world.  A connection I wouldn’t haven’t known by previous experiences.  This journey led me to a new definition of ‘being connected’.

I began a blog about these experiences – Living in Natures Love

Instead of  following old patterns of gathering food resources I began to create new ones.   That was the first step.  The second step was creating with these backyard resources that led to new relationships with them.  Eventually leading to an interest in exploring fermented foods in my own kitchen.

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Immediately there was an improvement of gut health and brain function.  Increased vitality and stamina followed with a decrease in emotions of anxiety, fear, pain and frustration.  This experience led to a deepening connection to my environment with more clarity of the existing plants and animals.  For me this means less distracted and more present to the moment.

Recently I was intrigued by a video’s content that was created by a celebrity.  Someone I had witnessed years earlier being overweight with obvious movement and breathing issues.  Now this same person was slim and seemed to be in better health.  He had partnered in a new product.  A product created to mimic foods he ate to become healthy.  Curious I  took time to listen to the ingredients that supported their healthy change.  I was happy and surprised to hear that it was the same foods I had unknowingly introduced into my eating plan with similar results.  Only they  decided to create a supplement with those same nutritional values instead of continuing with the healthy real foods.  I was disappointed to hear that as my perspective differs.  I believe that taking a supplement doesn’t allow for the integration new behaviours.  It simply contributes to the fix me attitude.  Mentally it increases the chatter of self-judgment and of right and wrong thinking.   This mental focus doesn’t have the opportunity to shift into the awe of the exploration as how this celebrity and I both experienced.

However, in support of  some of my students these past years, who have taught me that sometimes they simply can’t take the time to explore the basics and integrate,  I am going to share the top three nutrients that made the most significant change in gut and brain health.  These three nutrients can be eaten each day for healing your gut that not only improves your brain function, it improves your immune system and both emotional and physical function.  Included are  the top real food sources of these nutrients.


Chicory Root & Sugar Beets

Inulin

  • Chicory Root
  • Sugar Beets
  • Leeks
  • Asparagus
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Dandelion Root
  • Elecampane Root
  • Bananas
  • Wheat

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Berberine

Oregon Grape Leave & Roots for Tea

  • European Barberry
  • Goldenseal
  • Goldthread
  • Oregon grape
  • Phellodendron
  • Tree Turmeric

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Get Nature’s Way Goldenseal

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Get Oregon Grape Supplement

Get Webbers Natural Turmeric 


Sauerkraut

L-glutamine

  • beef
  • chicken
  • fish
  • dairy products
  • eggs, vegetables
  • like beans, beets
  • cabbage
  • spinach
  • carrots
  • parsley
  • vegetable juices
  • wheat
  • papaya
  • Brussels sprouts
  • celery
  • kale
  • fermented foods
    • miso
    • kimchi
    • sauerkraut
    • kefir

Get Pure Source L – glutamine Capsules

Get Kaizen L – glutamine crystals


Remember:

We are what we eat

Whether we eat out or have groceries delivered organized with recipes for preparing it,  that food becomes the invisible pathway stimulating an immediate experience (reaction) and future eating habits.

Environment created by food choices

When hearing the use of the term environment one’s thoughts may immediately go to the forest, sky, ocean, animals and plants.  Many of us many not consider the food we consume is a part of the environment that stimulates us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  Food is the environment that fuels all your functions and each function has different nutritional needs.

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About Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

One important aspect of goal setting programs is cultivating awareness in a unique way to increase insight into behaviour and experience. Her intention is to support breaking free from inner restrictions blocking a happy life.

by Renee Lindstrom

Awareness Through Living Mentoring Programs Available:

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