You are what you eat (and think).
Are you fueling your body with healthy eats and positive thoughts? In our fast-paced lifestyles, eating healthy and thinking healthy is definitely a conscious choice.
One of the first questions I have when friends come for advice on how to embrace more wellness in their lives is to ask them about their typical week’s eating. Do you eat breakfast? Do you eat fast food? Do you eat “empty” food? Do you eat canned food? Do you eat microwaved food? Do you eat pesticide-laden food? Do you drink sodas? Do you still consume sugar or food with corn syrup? Do you eat food that causes inflammation? Do you still eat soy? The responses I typically get are “I can’t give up that!” -or- “It’s too expensive to eat healthy or organic!” -or- “I’m too busy to cook!” All the while continuing to complain that they don’t feel well.
Healthy eating is a choice. Either you want to make a change or you don’t. As with everything new, you can simply start with baby steps. Find a light breakfast that is quick and easy for you. Find a local healthy eats cafe and replace your fast food run with one healthy lunch a week. Check out your local farmers market for greens and fruits that you might normally eat canned or frozen. It’s really easy to steam veggies and sprinkle them with herbs and seasonings and a touch of Himalayan salt. Check out the Dirty Dozen pesticide laden foods and start with one that you will switch over to organic and ALWAYS pick non-GMO.
The switch for me was easy because I listened to my body. I would get a headache after consuming aspartame. I would have sore hips after eating corn. I would feel fuzzy and lethargic after consuming sugar. Each time I consumed caffeine, my periods were painful. Each time my body spoke, I would listen and eliminate the foods that my body was clearly telling me were not healthy for me. Rather than reaching for a presumable instant fix with some type of pill-popping medication, it’s time to get in tune with your body by eliminating what isn’t working for you and supporting with natural choices. Please remember that this isn’t a one-size-fits-all journey but it’s a journey well worth taking. Here’s to starting down the path to healthy eating!
This is also a tough one for most people to address. I cannot tell you how often I have recently heard someone say “I hate ___________.” You can fill in the blank with a long list of words here! Hate is such a negative word that you don’t want to give power to. If you find yourself using the word “hate”, it’s time to reassess, re-chart and re-map your thinking.
In speaking with a friend recently, I heard her say that she was not worthy of happiness and success. Wow. Wow. Wow! I don’t care where you’ve been in the past, it’s time to move forward into a positive life because this is an old tape playing in your head. Why would you buy into that lie? How many other lies are you buying into each day? I’m not pretty enough. I’m not thin enough. I’m not young enough. I’m not wealthy enough. The best advice I have to offer on this is something I learned over 30 years ago that really helped to change my negative thinking into positive ideas. It’s an easy exercise that will help you to become very aware every time you have a negative thought.
Here it is — every time you have a negative thought pop up, stop yourself and say “Cancel. Clear. Bless the fear. Choose again.” Then you choose a positive thought, statement or idea that you state out loud or silently to yourself. I think the first day I tried this, I must have said this to myself a hundred times. It was a huge awakening for me of how my negative thoughts filled my day (and night)! I still use this tool whenever I catch my self in a negative thought. Before you dismiss this idea as a Pollyanna principle (defined by Websters as “a person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything”) try it for a few weeks and see for yourself how your world around you changes positively. Like attracts like. Positive attracts positive.
Be alert however that if you have been living in a world of negativity, you may find others around you (family, friends, co-workers) become distressed when you start approaching everything with a more positive outlook. They probably liked commiserating with you and might resist your change. Don’t give up your new path to positiveness!
Besides positive eating and positive thinking, sometimes we need some natural help. Here are a few of my natural go-to’s for emotional support:
Bach Flower Rescue Remedy – My sister Candace introduced me to Rescue Remedy over 30 years ago and I always have a Rescure Remedy bottle or pastilles in my purse. These are a great support in times of distress or anxiousness. Just use drops under your tongue or dissolve one pastille in your mouth for relief of occasional stress. (There are also versions for pets and kids!)
doTERRA Essential Oils – doTERRA has a wonderful line of essential oils that offer support for a variety of emotional issues including Peace (Reassuring Blend), Motivate (Encouraging Blend), Cheer (Uplifting Blend), Passion (Inspiring Blend), Forgive (Renewing Blend), and Console (Comforting Blend). As doTERRA explains, “emotions are the results of complex psychological and sensory stimuli, including smell. Modern scientific study of aromatherapy on emotion is confirming what people of the world have known for centuries; the delicate and complex aromatic compounds of pure essential oils can be used effectively to help balance emotions and brighten moods.”
There are several ways you can purchase doTERRA products from me: 1) retail; 2) wholesale account; or if you find yourself as passionate about helping others as I have, 3) you can sign up for other levels and start building your own business. I also offer free 45-minute wellness consultations. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
DISCLAIMER: I am an Amazon affiliate and receive commissions from direct sales from the Rescue Remedy link provided above. I am a doTerra Wellness Advocate and I receive commissions from any direct orders placed through the doTerra link(s) provided. All opinions and life stories are my own.
I would love to hear how you keep on the path of positive thinking. Please share your comments!