Life in this body hasn’t always been easy…
…scoliosis, pain, and 2-years in a back brace
…sexual shame and divorce
…vegan to non-vegan
Surviving the waves of our lives take a lot of strength and self- knowing.
From the age of 5 my mom taught me yoga, how to eat and cook seasonal organic foods, how to use massage and alternative medicine to care for my physical and emotional pain, which helped me avoid the pain killers and Prozac I was headed for.
The tools are there for all of us, if we just know how to find + use them.
Tools for healing our bodies…
tools for healing our relationship with food…
tools for healing our disconnected souls by coming into fun community with others…
there is so much to learn!
Come and join me, SoulScape Journeys, and a group of wellness warriors in LA for my first ever west coast Soul Food Session “play shop.”
In this 4-hour group experience, you’ll:
– get clear about what your body is really asking for when cravings strike
– discover new foods to help balance your energy, mind and body
– live coaching to foster healing insights and new action plans
– finally know what kind of exercise is best for your unique body
– heal past wounds that are lurking in your physical self, and…
— fall in love with living in your body on a new level.
We’ll begin at 1pm at Indigo Lab LA, and I invite you to join us.
You’ll leave knowing so much more about what your body is telling you, so that you can make the best food and lifestyle choices…
You’ll feel safe and free of shame, able to connect with others on a deeper level…
You’ll be free to step into your strengths, with a new community of friends who have your back.
I haven’t posted a new recipe in a while…
And I’ve felt a bit guilty about it.
I have been sharing a lot of new mindset tools from positive psychology that have made a big difference in my own healing journey, as well as my clients.
But at home, for myself and my family, I’ve been making simple foods, using high-quality ingredients, and keeping things pretty easy.
I just haven’t been focused on new recipes for a while…
It wasn’t that I’d lost my love for cooking, I just didn’t feel like a new greens recipe was as important as sharing these new tools I found so inspirational.
And it felt strange for a while, and I was plagued with doubts:
- I’m a professionally trained healthy cook – why am I not excited about new recipes?
- I know people want new recipes to inspire healthier eating – why can’t I just keep creating them?
- Aren’t there already thousands of recipes online to choose from? Can I really add anything new?
- Am I going to confuse my readers if I post mindset tools and then put up a recipe every once in a while?
So I didn’t create anything new for months. Until now, as I got really excited by this delicious new way of making cauliflower, quickly, with a few ingredients.
My programs and clients all still get recipe and menu planning help, when that’s what they need.
But I see more and more that having new recipes isn’t enough to help you make the lasting changes you want in your body and life.
I want to help you think about food and your body in a new way, using proven strategies that help you feel peaceful, strong, joyful, and whole. That’s the power of positive psychology and my mindset makeover tools, like those I teach in the Vitality Mentorship.
But I also love to eat, and I know you do too. I still cook every day, even if it’s whipping up a green + protein smoothie, tea, and a salad.
Well, I’ll be sharing new recipes when the inspiration strikes, rather than forcing myself to be a recipe hub.
Because as you probably know, forcing yourself to do things that you don’t feel totally juicy and excited about is a recipe for self-sabotage, frustration, and a loss of passion.
And I’ll continue to share nutrition + food tips because I know that our cravings and food habits stem from 4 roots causes: bacterial, nutritional, emotional, and physical.
So today, I’ve got a brand new way to whip up a family-pleasing cauliflower dish, filled with nutrition, that cooks up quicker than quinoa:
Cauliflower Rice Recipe:
This recipe provides a delicate sweetness of cooked cauliflower, onion, and red bell pepper, which is my strategy to help with nighttime sugar cravings. Adding sweet foods at dinner satisfies my sweet tooth. I also like the high fiber content, which your body uses to get rid of excess estrogen.
1. Start with 1 head of organic cauliflower, washed and patted dry. Cut out the core and chop into large chunks.
2. Place the chunks into a food processor fitted with an S-blade, and pulse 20-25 times, until cut into tiny pieces, but not mushy. You can also shred on a box grater.
3. Set a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of coconut or olive oil. Dice 1/2 a yellow onion and red bell pepper, and saute with 1 teaspoon of salt until the onions begin to brown.
4. Scoop the shredded cauliflower into the pan, and stir well. Cook for 5 minutes, adding another 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir well, and cover, turning heat to low, and cook for 5 minutes more.
5. Turn off the heat and allow to steam for 2 minutes before serving hot.
Share with your loved ones, and save the rest for leftovers – reheating is a snap! Just add to a pan with 2-3 tablespoons of water, stir, cover, and heat over medium for 5 minutes or until heated through.
P.S. Want a few cooking ideas like this, and help plotting your life’s transformation? Applications for the Vitality Mentorship program are open until June 10th:
We all have ideas of what we wish to become.
I was with my son, on our way to the park so he could try out his new skateboard. “Are you ready to go down the ramp?” I asked.
Wonder Boy looked up at me and said, “I don’t want to…I’m scared.”
I didn’t miss a beat, looked into his eyes, and replied,
“It’s ok to be scared, but it’s important to try it anyway.”
It’s a powerful message.
“Trying it anyway” is at the heart of a fully lived life.
It’s what I tell my clients when they know they need to ditch sugar and gluten.
It’s what I tell my clients when they need to have a big talk with their partner or boss…
or finally start dating.
It’s what I tell myself before taking on a new big idea for my work.
(podcast? a book about cravings? interviewing experts on masturbation??)
Without anyone else encouraging us to try new things,
we tend to dig ourselves deeper into our comfort zones.
Busy schedules, long-held habits, and old mindsets can lead us to shut off our hearts and minds and just coast on autopilot.
We keep using the same old comfort foods to help us handle stress, which keeps the extra weight on, and keeps our energy depressed.
A part of us knows that those old comfort foods will keep us in the stuck spot where we are, so that we won’t have to step into that uncertain next step.
We let the fear keep us from moving forward and just let life take us where it wants.
Our comfort food zone, hiding in the foods that exhaust us and make us feel heavy, keeps us from even trying to make the changes we dream about: dating, asking for the raise, changing careers, and more. Much more.
Is it too late to change?
That’s the great news; It’s never, ever too late to “try it anyway.”
But we get stuck in “fixed mindset.”
Positive Psychology shows us that we can have choose one of two mindsets: Fixed or Growth.
“Fixed” mindset is when you think you can’t change, you can’t learn anything new, you avoid challenges, when you see other people succeed it brings up jealousy, and you want to be told you’re smart.
I believe you can develop a growth mindset, and all it takes is knowing there is a new way to think, and to start watching your thoughts more closely!
Growth mindset says you can learn new things and change:
Growth mindset is open to asking for help, says “I don’t know how to do this…YET,” believes that you can learn something new, enjoys watching other people succeed, and wants to be acknowledged for working hard.
I try to show my kid when I’m trying something new, share any doubts, and share when I don’t reach the goal. I show him the process of what it means to try.
The wins and the losses.
Our culture is too danged focused on WINNING – that being 100% perfect, #1, and the BEST, is the only acceptable option.
Moving out of your comfort zone requires us to break free from the past and old ways of perfection thinking, and push ourselves to do something we wouldn’t normally try.
But here’s the secret magic lurking just behind the fear:
often, the simple act of just trying something new can help you move out of your comfort zone.
Here are 9 simple ways to move out of your comfort zone:
• take a cooking class
• take an art class
• volunteer for a local organization for 1 day
• take a new route to work
• say ‘Hi’ to someone new in your neighborhood or at work
• plan a trip to a new part of your city, or a place where people speak a difference language
• visit a new place of worship
• take a hike to a new park
• take the first step towards making one of your dreams a reality
Does it still feel too overwhelming? Here are some additional pointers:
• do some research on the first 2 steps needed to make one new thing happen – then act
• ask someone who has done the new thing you’re interested in about why they like it
• take a friend with you when you try a new activity or go some place new
• stop thinking of yourself as “fragile” – you are beautiful, but not a delicate flower
• call to mind a time when you did something new that was fun
• depend on yourself for your happiness, instead of others
And even if your attempt doesn’t work out the way you thought it might, it can still lead to growth and positive results. The most successful people on earth went through major failures before they became successful.
The more new things you try, the more you step out of your comfort zone, the less you’ll need food to make you happy. The less depressed you’ll feel. The more energy you’ll have.
The more LIFE you’ll have!
What I am asking you to do is simple: do just one thing differently this week.
Your life is waiting for you, just outside your comfort food zone.
Ready to work with an experienced coach to help you
get out of your comfort zone and utterly transform your body + life?
I still feel like that 12-year old girl in the back brace.
Diagnosed with pretty major scoliosis, a curved spine,
I was given a hard plastic brace that added 1-inch to my girth, and
went around my body from below my hips up to my armpits.
For 23 hours a day, for 2 years, I wore the uncomfortable,
sweaty, bulky brace. It bit into my ribs, and rubbed red marks
into my hips.
Worse than the physical pain, I couldn’t wear any form-fitting clothes,
and had to wear bulky t-shirts and pants with elastic waist bands that
would fit over the brace.
That brace helped straighten my spine, but it made me extremely self-conscious
and chipped away at my self-confidence between the ages of 12 and 14.
It has taken years to recognize the impact of those years on my confidence,
and years of inner work to heal my relationship with my body.
From deformity to healed, from wrong and embarrassing to lovable.
Confidence. No matter what your story, we women have an especially shaky relationship with it,
and that has a huge impact on our lives and health…
our ability to ask for what we need…
our ability to speak our minds…
our power to change as we grow…
our mastery of life and skills…
our ability to reclaim our bodies as perfect, strong, and worthy of love.
How can we grow our confidence in ways that are truly empowering?
How can we have fun with something that feels so serious?
Why do I care about women’s confidence?
I started to read the applications for my Vitality Mentorship program,
and almost every woman wrote about her painful relationship with her body, food, and confidence.
And I saw that it effects everything we do, everything about our lives, what we are willing to sacrifice for…
…how we take care of ourselves,
…how we show up and share our gifts with the world,
…how long we are willing to put up with people and circumstances
that hurt us or keep us returning to comfort foods to try to manage the stress.
Confidence is like a secret nutrient of our well-being.
I’ve been consciously healing my own confidence since my early 20’s,
when I began to sense the impact of that back brace on my ability to reclaim my body as my own.
In my own way, I’ve discovered 3 easy, fun ways to begin to grow my own confidence, and I want to share them with you.
And they might make you blush!
Because in order to boost our confidence from within, have to admit our greatness, be willing to try and fail in full view of others, and claim our right to pleasure and fun!
These 3 methods have helped me see my impact on the world,
my ability to feel good no matter what weight or state my body is in,
and to have fun in my body again, which is my foundation of emotional confidence:
Hula hoop, roller skates, kite flying, biking, anything that involves moving my body
in a non-competitive, skillful way, brings me confidence.
When you playfully move in your body, your state changes, your hormones reach a peak of metabolic perfection, and the benefits of moving with joy bring your body into alignment so that you can drop weight (and inflammation) with less effort…
and begin to love moving in your body more.
From dancing along with Beyonce’s backup dancers in a concert video (badly) to
strapping on my hot pink roller skates and trying to finally learn how to turn right, over and over again…
when you play to learn some new physical skill, you build a new pathway of communication and love
with your body.
This weekend I finally figured out how to roller skate and turn right – and it was glorious!
Now, it took 3 or 4 trips to the local basketball courts, countless stumbles, and hearing my
own kid giggle when I flailed wildly while trying to learn…
But finally learning something new in my body, mastering a new physical skill, reminded
me of all the things that I’ve already learned in this life.
My invitation to you:
Pick your play! What sounds fun to you?
Finally learning to throw a frisbee with bullseye accuracy?
Hula hooping in your back yard?
Trying that new dance move you saw on YouTube?
1 minute a day to practice handstands against a wall? Summer salts?
Get out and play and have fun in your body – and dance like nobody’s watching.
2. PLEASURE TIME:
If you’ve been listening to my Crave Cast podcast this month, you’ve heard my interviews
with the groundbreaking sexual health experts to bring attention to the healing powers
of “self-pleasure” or masturbation.
“Solo play,” another name for masturbation, is a highly effective way for women to balance our hormones,
release pent up stress, increase fertility, and as important…
a way for us to find out how much good we are capable of.
Sex is a part of life, but for many of us, it’s an emotional, tense, uncomfortable part of life.
I believe as we get in touch with our body’s ability to feel pleasure through solo-play, we:
– are more confident in asking for what we want, in the bedroom and out in the world
– feel more capable of getting back into the dating scene or reconnecting with our partner
– draw better boundaries for our bodies and our energy
My invitation to you:
Schedule space in your life for solo play at least once a week.
Choose a new toy or simply use your hand and some organic coconut oil.
Light a candle, take a bath, and enjoy your own playground, your body.
If you’re looking for expert advice on how to embark on a solo play ritual, check out the last four episodes of my Crave Cast:
3. THE NEW GRATITUDE RITUAL:
Gratitude journals are nothing new – you’ve probably written down 3 things you’re grateful for
and felt pretty good about it.
But new science from the world of Positive Psychology shows us that there is a more powerful,
more beneficial way to honor what you’re grateful for.
In fact, this new way is much more empowering, and will build your confidence in short order:
My invitation to you:
Today, as a new, more powerful ritual, write down 5 things in your life that you’re grateful for –
and the role you had in making those things happen.
It’s not just about receiving good things, and having a positive periscope on the world…
…it’s about taking ownership of your impact on the world.
You need to remind yourself that you HAVE taken action that yielded positive results – and when you do it again, again and again, you will naturally grow your confidence.
Now I want to hear from you in the comments below –
How does your confidence effect your body and health?
Which of these 3 ideas will you play with this week?
Sometimes we need to borrow confidence. Getting into a community of curious change-seekers, who can offer you support in those moments when your own confidence is low, is the best way I know how to make lasting improvements to your body and life.
Applications are now available for my 4-month Vitality Mentorship program:
go here to apply by June 6th!
“I wish I wanted to go to the gym every day.”
“I WANT to want to have sex with my husband more.”
I’ve heard these two secret wishes a lot from my friends and clients lately.
We all have dreams, goals, desires, and life cravings.
93% of people, polled by the American Psychological Association, have some aspect of their behavior that they want to change.
And most of our goals involve improving our health, body, confidence, sleep, relationships, finances…
If so many of us want to change, in such basic, important ways, why do less than half of us maintain the changes we attempt?
Why is change so hard?
Most of us blame lack of willpower when we fall short of our goals.
Many of us blame a lack of time, or not enough money when we don’t go for it.
I believe it really comes down to the clarity of your wants, the strength of your desire, the reasons for your craving.
There are two kinds of motivation, and one is more powerful than the other.
External motivation is when we try something to earn a reward or avoid a punishment: dropping a size so we can fit into the skinny jeans, getting a raise so you can buy the new car, going to the gym every day so we don’t get heart disease…some day.
External motivation might be enough to get you started, but it’s not enough to keep you going.
Internal motivation is the secret sauce.
Internal motivation is when you fall in love with an activity because it is rewarding to your body, life, and soul. It lights you up and makes you come alive:
It’s when you go to yoga every week because it makes you glow and feel alive.
It’s when you play a game because it really excites you.
It’s when you love your work so much you would do it for free.
It’s when you put down your phone before dinner and don’t use it all night so you can be with your honey, which brings you the intimacy and juicy fun you crave.
Here’s an exercise you can use right now to get motivated from within, and have real, lasting change:
It’s called WANTING WHAT YOU WANT TO WANT (AKA: WWYWTW).
Getting specific about your desires, setting clear goals, stating your intentions –
these are all important strategies to follow. You need a map to know where you’re going, right?
But defining a goal or desire is really clarifying “what you want.”
What do you want to be MORE motivated to do?
Or: what do you want to want?
It might sound like this: (a few examples from my own and my clients lives)
I want to want to exercise so much that it’s naturally a part of every day.
I want to want to eat green vegetables!
I want to want to go to sleep at 10 every night so I’m well rested.
This can extend to dating, relating, career, and more:
I want to want to share my paintings online…
I want to want to date so that I get out there and finally meet some cool people…
I want to want to have sex with my partner more so that we feel more connected…
I want to want to start my own coaching practice so strongly that I finally sign up for that program that would really get me started…
Right now, pick one thing you WANT to want more.
Once you’ve got one good thing that you WANT to WANT, do this:
come up with a few things that would make you want that more.
If you want to want to go to yoga twice a week, you might say:
…if I went with a friend and we had a tea date after.
…if I knew the teacher was great and played good music.
…if I had a new yoga outfit that made me feel comfortable and cute.
If you want to want to have more juicy, sexy time with your partner, you might think:
if we both put our phones and gadgets away before dinner and keep them off…
if we sat together and shared our fantasies in a safe, loving way with no agenda…
if we spent an hour apart, focusing on our own self-pleasure first, to get ready…
if I got my favorite erotica book, and he watched something that turns him on first…
That would put you into the zone of actually wanting.
Your intrinsic motivation will blossom.
You will come act, make headway, and come alive.
This positive psychology technique can help you identify strategies that boost your intrinsic, personal, soul-driven motivation.
Once you have really good reasons for WHY you want to want a new activity, food, or habit, you’ll follow through for yourself.
Confidence blooms, action is sustained, mountains move.
So now I want to hear from you:
In the comments below, share the thing you want to want.
Get clear about your desires and life cravings and WHY you might want to want them as a lovely way to grow you motivation.
I’d love to read your thoughts and desires!
I wanted men, and I wanted meatballs.
This wasn’t an easy realization when I had published three vegan cookbooks, become famous as the “vegan girlfriend” and co-creator of Super Size Me, and was also known for being married to a famous filmmaker.
Getting clear about what I really needed in my life, and on my dinner plate, was a messy, scary, and profoundly important task. It required me to listen to my soul and my body, and be authentically me, in public, even when it felt like I was stepping in front of a firing squad to do so.
Authenticity: An honest action, made faithfully, resembling the facts, reliable, emotionally appropriate and true.
We all want it, but it’s hard to be you – the authentic you.
Few parents teach us how to be ourselves, few teachers share how to follow our gut, and the feminine quality of “intuitive and sensitive” doesn’t hold much sway in our culture.
After 10 years of happy vegan-hood, birthing a baby boy into the world, writing three books and running my own health coaching practice, my life took a dramatic turn for the fucked.
My marriage was in shambles and my hormones were shot, and my business was on hold as my husband traveled the world and I took care of our son. My body and soul began to break down.
I had been known as a vegan expert, but I started craving meat as my hormones swung wildly out of control. I did my best to ignore it, which started a tortuous, abusive relationship with my body.
My husband hadn’t made love to me in over a year, and my coaching business was flailing as I couldn’t authentically promote my services when my own body and soul felt so depleted.
Nothing felt good, except my love for my son, the support of a few amazing friends, and a dim hope and resilience that refused to die.
As I moved myself and my boy into a smaller apartment, and trudged through the long divorce process, I finally got out for dinner with some friends.
I remember seeing their steak and salmon appear on our table, and my mouth secretly salivated as I grimly bit into my tofu salad. I wanted their food, but I couldn’t listen to my body’s cravings because my thoughts were too twisted up in a pretzel about what I “should” eat.
Yet, my body knew. She told me, over and over again, that I needed to change how I was eating in order to save myself. So I secretly bought some eggs, moved to fish, and then finally took the plunge to grass fed beef.
My body sang a Hallelujah! And my mind reeled with fear.
I suffered in silence for over a year about what was happening with my body and my meat cravings. I was afraid I would be ostracized and lose my entire business if I came out and admitted the vegan diet wasn’t working for me.
Then a funny thing happened on the way to the butcher. As I ate the meat my body wanted, my hormones came back to balance, and my libido and physical confidence, long lost, came back like a freight train.
I wanted feel alive again, and began dating like it was my job. Through over 100 first dates in eighteen months, I began to make friends with my body and trust her again. We talked a lot, and I listened to her as she gave me insights about who I should not date again, who I should enjoy a fulfilling one-night-stand with, and who I should ask out again and get to know better.
As I gave my body what helped her thrive, both meat and men, my grit and confidence grew. And the trust I had in myself was being built, meal by meal, date by date.
Building trusted relationships with an intimate group of real people, who don’t just retweet your ideas, was an essential step in staying strong on this path of discovery and clarity.
There will always be people who don’t agree with you, or think you’re weird, or call you downright nasty things. Shaming is the new public theater of the internet age. Build your community of actual, in-real-life friends who support you as you are, and who you are becoming. Joining a community of heart-centered entrepreneurs and best-self seekers was one way I committed to my truth – the women I met there have continued to be a great source of strength in my life.
In positive psychology, the idea that “you are the five people you spend the most time with” has been tested and proven. Cultivate friends and family who are fierce and loyal supporters of your evolution. They may not always agree with your strategy, but they will always agree with your possibility.
When I finally “came out” to my online tribe and Facebook, I was so glad that I had the physical resilience and trusted community around me. The internet blew up, and my story went viral.
I lost friends. Actual friends, not just people “unfriending” me.
But I stuck with my truth, trusted my body, and kept listening to her, throughout the thousands of hate mails, death threats, and angry phone calls from people who now hated me because I changed how I ate, and what I believed.
My journey resulted in my new best selling book, Women, Food, And Desire and a juicy, joyful 3-year romance with my partner Bob. And my passion for helping women find what makes their bodies and lives come alive has doubled my business and my impact on the world.
We need to stay strong and true to the vision for our life and our work, even in the face of negative feedback.
To be our true selves, it’s necessary to act on our body’s instructions and do the things, and eat the foods, and spend time with the people, who help us come alive.
Building a life and a business that feels authentic and honors your truth requires self-knowledge, trust, faith, and a deep, powerful connection to your body. Listen to her, and trust her.
Want to join me and a growing group of women who want the same thing?
Their lives and their bodies back. Their aliveness.
I was one of those people who struggled and failed to change my life
and eating habits for many years.
Even thought I had written three books on vegan cooking, was helping
people heal their own bodies and change their lives, I was in a yo-yo
cycle with sugar. And totally. stressed. out.
Even though I was expected to know a lot about it, I still felt addicted to
sugar and couldn’t break free of the daily cravings. It was ruining my
health (repeated candida attacks) and my life (no focus, no energy)…
When I finally discovered the answer to transforming my life-long addiction,
I was so surprised to see that I had been following three rules that were actually keeping
And these three rules are e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. They are so ingrained in our collective
culture that we don’t see them. Like fish who swim in water, we just live in it, not
questioning the reality of what is all around us.
What if we could see the false ideas around us and use new tools to help us create lasting change in our habits, eating, and thoughts?
That’s what I want to share with you today.
Because once you get that these three myths are really harming you, keeping
you stuck in your body and life goals, and totally not necessary, you can finally break free of your food and thought habits for good.
And get the body, energy, and life that you really desire.
After I share these three myths, and what you can do to dissolve them,
you’re going to have the chance to apply these new rules for change in
a powerful way, with my personal guidance.
The 3 Myths About How To Change Your Body That Must Die:
- Once you know what you should do, you’ll do it. AKA: Facts Don’t = Change.
It’s not enough to know you should change, or even what the next few steps are that you could take. If knowing was enough, we would all be eating, living, and creating in much different ways, right?
I’ll bet you know at least 3 things you “should” be doing differently right now that would have a big impact on your health and life. You’re not alone:
90% of people who have coronary-artery bypass surgery have not changed their eating habits or lifestyle 2 years after, even though they know their life depends on it. These folks are told by doctors that they must change their diet and lifestyle if they want to live a healthy, happy life. But they don’t do it. And they know the facts.
What does work, if knowing the facts don’t? Community.
Too often, like my client Susan, we try to make big diet and lifestyle changes alone. But we don’t live in a bubble – we are all part of a family, community, or tribe that can either support us or sabotage us. Most of us try to make changes alone, or are surrounded by people who don’t know how to show up for us in a meaningful way.
What does work is getting into a community that supports and inspires you to keep making powerful changes, every day.
This means forming a strong, emotional relationship with a person and a group of peers that inspires a sense of hope and belief that things can be different.
If you wanted to learn to paint, or take up archery, or learn to speak Spanish, you would want a teacher, a mentor, a coach, and a team to help you through it. When you have a coach or mentor and an accountability group who believes in you, you start taking consistent action that gets you where you want to go.
- Fear + Comparison Are Killers: Ritual Is Key
I see too much ‘fear based marketing’ out there, especially when it comes to the health and weight loss world. Some diet coaches, programs and books just try to really SCARE people in the hope that it will motivate us to change.
Fear has the opposite effect, especially for most women who are already over-stressed: we turn to food to calm us down, leading to a bigger problem than before.
Fear can also show up as comparison, which is rampant in our culture.
We are “creatures of comparison” and naturally weigh ourselves on the scales of “am I as good as her?”
This is our fear-based ego showing up, trying to save us from making a mistake. But it really has the effect of keeping us stuck from playing full out, going for what we want, and stepping into any stage where we might be recognized for our true value.
The cure for fear and comparison? The consistent action of daily rituals.
Change in our lives happens as a result of dozens and dozens of small things that we need to actually learn by doing and doing it again and again. Ritualizing self-care, self-love, bold action, loving thoughts, and eating for your aliveness – these are how we overcome fear.
I’d rather focus on “what’s RIGHT with you” and your strengths, than digging deep into your past traumas and hurts. Consistent, loving commitment to strengths, and rituals that make you come alive, are the powerful instigators that help my clients like Ellie create lasting, transformative change.
Ritual is infused throughout spiritual traditions as a way to help us manage hard times, connect in a healing way, and remember our true desires in life.
Profound change can happen even in the toughest situations. But it requires consistency in building new skills and rituals of the heart.
- “Just Work Harder!” Willpower Ain’t Enough, Time To Think Different
Working harder on the wrong things is crazy-making! We’ve all tried the low-calorie, low-fat, low-flavor foods that didn’t satisfy us long enough to finally heal our bodies.
You can’t just use up your limited amount of willpower every day to try and get through the stresses of life.
It’s time to think differently about food, get clear on what your big motivating desires truly are, and share your stories about how you got where you are.
All this helps to vision and create a new reality that can only come from new thinking.
My most successful clients like Ivana are willing to share their deepest true selves so that I can help them see the impact those old beliefs have on their life now.
Trying to muscle through calorie counting and a week-long juice cleanse does not heal the fact that your mother obsessed about your weight or that you have a serious food intolerance.
You can change your own life, and using new neuroscience, positive psychology, and functional nutrition, you can grow your resilience and skills for change in a truly powerful way.
The 3 keys to true and lasting change are: community, consistency, and thinking different. New hope, new skills, and new thinking.
These tools are available to you now, and I invite you to dive deeper into this work today.
Today I am opening registration for my brand new Vitality Program, which offers personal coaching from me for four months, group support from women just like you, Susan, Ellie, and Ivana, and much, much more.
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1. Ask yourself: Can someone else do this for me, even better than I can?
2. Tend + Befriend = A Secret Stress Squasher
3. Keep A Rock Star Diary
If you’ve tried every diet, cleanse, detox, and fast, and you’re still having trouble feeling good in your body, it’s time to really get serious:
It’s time to add self-pleasure (AKA masturbation) to your gym + juicing schedule.
Well, not JUST masturbation, but anything that brings you sincere physical pleasure that also balances your hormones. And arousal and orgasm are most easily achieved through masturbation, especially if you’re single, or in a sexless relationship.
5 reasons masturbation is a MUST for balancing hormones (and dropping a few pounds):
1. According to the 2009 University of Michigan study[i], orgasm help the body release oxytocin, the “love + bonding” hormone, which in turn lowers cortisol,
the main stress hormone chronically elevated in many women (like me!) and lead to stress eating, and weight loss resistance.
2. Higher levels of oxytocin makes us happy, which keeps those emotionally-triggered food cravings for sugars, cheese, and other “happy foods” at bay. This surge also raises levels of a substance called CCK, which helps control your appetite. Just start! Even if you’re not an expert, your own digits are ready to help you begin at home. Oxytocin levels are usually increased simply through the physical stimulation of the clitoris, vagina, cervix, and breasts. So even if you don’t reach climax, you’ll still be releasing these powerful neurotransmitters. Women who enjoy more sexual stimulation have more balanced estrogen and testosterone. These hormones add fire to sexual desire, improve mood and memory and can even help prevent abdominal fat.
3. In my book, Women, Food, And Desire, I tell the story of a client who wasn’t dating, and wasn’t masturbating. She had also been suffering tummy trouble for years, and worked a very stressful job. Bloating, gas, and the dreaded “muffin top” that wouldn’t budge. I took her to Babeland, a clean, well-lit place for sex toys, and we talked with a knowledgeable staff member who helped her pick out her first non-toxic vibrator. After a couple of weeks of self-exploration, she noticed a major difference in her digestion! And she certainly had a nice spring in her step!
4. Daydream, girl! Another study[ii] reveals that sexy daydreams release testosterone in women – which means, when you read erotic fiction, or watch any kind of porn that excites you, your body will begin anticipating encounter, which naturally raises your libido. Babeland.com has some great options for the desire seeker.
5. Orgasms help us sleep, which may be the best reason of all to masturbate. Oxytocin, that wonderful love drug, creates an overall feeling of relaxation and even sleepiness. Vasopressin and melatonin, two other neurotransmitters associated with sleep, are also released during orgasm.
Masturbation happens in most relationships, so if you’re not talking about it with your partner, bring it up. Share this information with them!
If you’re single, and not masturbating regularly, start including self-pleasure in your life, consistently.
The psychological and emotional benefits are so helpful for what ails us:
Wouldn’t it be nice to feel relaxed, satisfied, and good without needing a cupcake?
For more great insights on the benefits, myths, and latest science around masturbation, check out the latest Crave Cast podcast episodes!
I’ll be interviewing some of the top experts on female desire, sexual health and more!