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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

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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
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‘Did emotional eating originate from demand feeding?’

One aspect of becoming ‘kid free’ is the memory clips that stream by now that this parent has more time to reflect and consider past family patterns and behaviors.

A pattern that influenced us all was the choice to demand feed these babies.  At the time being new parents I didn’t realize that many times these babies wanted reassurance and nurturing versus being hungry.IMG_20160406_212050

My regret now is not recognizing that the interactions between mom and dad had been  creating an emotional need versus a physical need that led to a demand for constant snacking throughout difficult times of change.  Held in check when small through food choices, however as parents separated exploded.

If I where to recommend new parents or had the opportunity to repeat this earliest stage of breast-feeding I would do things differently.  I would still breast feed, however, I would set up a schedule of times for feeding and stick to it.  In those moments of seeking the breast in between, I would find other was of nurturing baby!  I would coach new parents on how to reassure baby through those times of tiredness and discomfort in parents resolving their unmet needs!

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Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015

‘Changing ones lifescape through their landscape’

As 2015 came to a close my last child made a change that left me without the responsibility of being a parent of a newly aged out teenager!  Prior to moving out we worked for  4 and one-half months to transition our relationship though many conversations.  Some heated, yet all meaningful and forgiving.

This turned out to be fortunate for me, as many of the hidden issues that did not find resolution with my first child, found completion and/or resolution with this one.  This is not to say I was happy with some of the strategies this child took to meet their need for freedom in making their own choices and mistakes.  However, they heard my discontent and I heard their need for autonomy. In these difficult dialogues both of us realized that the most important value for both of us was our relationship and love for each other.  Whew!  This meant I was ready and excited about my lifescape changing and for being kid-free for the first time in 23 years!

Having my last born move out of the nest has been a major environmental change for me, mom!  The first thing than organically changed was my diet.  No more breads, cookies, cakes, crackers and sweet treats from their job!  No more late night runs to fast food outlets to sedate their cravings born of emotional ups and downs.

Both my children’s *emotional eating ballooned with the separation and subsequent divorce of their parents and eventually they aged into supporting their habits through working part-time jobs!

Now, having my kitchen to myself  with no influences and the burden of others desires food and eating has taken on a new meaning and value to me.  Slowly the kitchen became friendly again and not an obstacle.   It had become an obstacle  over time with not having the freedom to enjoy buying food that appealed to me.  Each food choice and purchase was a debate with this child.  Food was no longer a friend and was simply endured and a source of cravings!  Food had become an enemy and an addiction.

One of the pillars in the programs with Inside Awareness is an environmental component.  How the landscape sets you up  and supports success or failure!  It is one of three primary focuses for consideration in any life change.  The landscape holds the lifestyle pattern and for success the pattern needs to be re-cut.  The three patterns to consider in any lifestyle change are:

  1. Landscape
  2. Emotional (Mind/Feelings)
  3. Physical (Body Health & Vigor)

In my food story the landscapes immediate change organically supported an integrated shift in my approach to eating.  Not having any unnecessary and unhealthy food close by it was easier to stop grazing on unhealthy food all day long and concentrate on healthy meals during the day at set times.  This meant that there was an opportunity to feel true hunger and not a craving which allowed more rest in my  physical digestive tract.  The outcome of this was more vigor and energy that organically resulted in being more active and getting things done with more ease.

From this perspective it is a balanced  approach with room for deepened connection to somatic changes and lifestyle integration versus pushing through change with effort.  It is a learning process that integrates un-learning (changing habits) without attaching to the moral judgments of others or one-self!   Making these changes myself I notice that I can be more honest in talking with students and clients about loosing weight.  There is a deeper natural empathy.

#emotional eating – never feeling full, drinking energy and sugar drinks, eating non-stop, diet of:  treats, fast food, carbs and chocolate

Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015