Food As Ally Weekly Group Support Meeting Schedule

Dedicated to making food our ally through reclaiming our food choices, listening to our bodies, listening to hunger cues, and listening to fullness cues…all with a supportive community led by an experienced nutrition professional who developed the program after 17 years as a certified nutrition consultant.

Gina Briganti, BASc in Applied Nutrition
Developer of the Food As Ally program

Reiki Food As Ally Group Zoom Support Meeting Friday, July 1st, 2022, from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. CST*

Dedicated to making food our ally through listening to our bodies, reclaiming food choices, listening to hunger cues, and listening to fullness cues, Reiki Food As Ally group support meetings are how you get step-by-step guidance to make lasting changes. Meetings are led by Gina Briganti, Certified Nutrition Consultant, Reiki Master Teacher, and founder of the program. During the meeting Gina will send Reiki to help with mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual layers. Video is optional. You will be emailed the Zoom link and a PDF copy of the Food As Ally program overview and steps materials for where you are in the program before the meeting. Registration closes at 4:30 p.m. CST. on the day of the meeting. Take your next step by registering today! *Not available in all areas due to nutrition laws in different states. Please check with Gina before registering.

$20.00

Reiki Food As Ally Weekly Group Support Zoom Meetings Bonus Package

Pre-pay for 5 meetings and receive a 30-minute private Food As Ally session with Gina.

$100.00

Food As Ally at Lotus Salon Suites in Dallas, Texas

Wednesday Weekly Group Support Meetings

Next meeting: July 6th, 7:00-8:00 p.m. CST

Dedicated to making food our ally through reclaiming food choices, listening to hunger cues, and listening to fullness cues, Food As Ally group support meetings are how you get step-by-step guidance to make lasting changes.

Get ready to say goodbye to emotional eating and food obsession.

Meetings are led by Gina Briganti, Certified Nutrition Consultant, and developer of the program. 

Food As Ally group (in person) support meetings are every Wednesday evening from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. CST at Lotus Salon Suites in Dallas, Texas. Purchase tickets using the Eventbrite link.

Purchase tickets here.

Future dates:

Food As Ally group (in person) support meetings are every Wednesday evening from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. CST at Lotus Salon Suites in Dallas, Texas. Purchase tickets using the Eventbrite link of the week above.

Reiki Food As Ally group Zoom support meetings are every Friday evening from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. CST. Purchase tickets using PayPal link above. There is a bonus pack if you purchase 5 meetings – a free 30-minute private Food As Ally session with Gina.

Cookies and salad both provide energy for the body. Emotionally healthy food choice is one of the Food As Ally goals.

Private Food As Ally video, phone, and in-person sessions are also available. Click here for more information.

New clients, schedule your free 20-minute Q&A video or phone call here.

Questions? Feel free to ask here or contact Gina through Food As Ally at gmail dot com.

Gina

Food As Ally Breakfast Update

Eggs, toasted gluten-free bread (or waffle, English muffin, or bagel), and tea turned out to be the perfect combination, I experimented with my favorite smoothie or hot cereal, but neither of them were filling enough. What would you do if you were on the phone with a customer service agent and you heard their stomach growl? Loud. Those customers were either polite or it wasn’t as obvious as I thought.

What’s interesting is that peanut butter and crackers are mainly protein and gluten-free grain…so are eggs and gluten-free toast. Pumpkin Rooibos tea from November is different because I drink iced nettle tea this time of year as nettle helps with my seasonal allergies. Most interesting to me is that I don’t need as many supplements as I used to.

Most important of all is I enjoy making and eating this meal and it keeps me full until I can relax with a smoothie (my breakfast of choice for years is now lunch every other day), or whatever my body asks for in the afternoon.

Journalling is part of the program because of insights like this – realizing that when I started checking in with my body about what I need, protein and carbs took the lead and there is healing happening as a result.

Do you have a Food As Ally breakfast picture to share?

Gina

Food As Ally group support meetings are every Wednesday evening in Dallas, TX and Reiki Food As Ally (Zoom) Meetings are every Friday evening. Visit www.foodasally.com for registration and details.

Affirmation Magic

Graphic by Gina Briganti

Remind yourself that your body is a master healer. Say it to yourself when you feel worried or not at your best. Think about all the times your body healed on its own. Look at yourself in the mirror and empower your body with these words by saying them out loud.

These are a few suggestions. How will you bring this affirmation to life?

Gina

Food As Ally and Reiki Food As Ally – What is the Difference?

Graphic by Gina Briganti

In Food As Ally, we focus on creating a whole, healed relationship between our food and our bodies with step-by-step guidance to make lasting changes. These weekly group support meetings are led by Gina Briganti, Certified Nutrition Consultant, and developer of the program. Each meeting is limited to three people and that week’s focus is specifically tailored to them.

Food As Ally meetings are in-person, in Dallas, Texas, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. CST at Lotus Salon Suites on Wednesdays. Zoom meetings are available for those who prefer them or who live out of the area.

The difference with Reiki Food As Ally weekly group support meetings is that Gina Briganti will lead the meeting and will send Reiki to each of the three clients to help with mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual layers. In addition to being a Certified Nutrition Consultant, Gina is also a Reiki Master Teacher/Practitioner. For more information on Reiki, click this link to read Gina’s article, “What is Reiki?” Focus is always on what you need each week to progress.

Reiki Food As Ally Zoom meetings are Friday evenings, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. CST. More meeting times can be added if this isn’t convenient for you, including in-person meetings at Lotus Salon Suites in Dallas, Texas.

Pre-registration is required for all meetings.

Which one is right for you, Food As Ally or Reiki Food As Ally? All new clients are encouraged to schedule a free 20-minute Q&A with Gina to explore this question and to find out what they need to know before starting the program.

Mix and match is also an option. Try them both and see which one is best for you.

Are you ready for your next step?

Gina

Introducing Food As Ally Weekly Group Support Meetings in Dallas, TX!

Confused about what to eat? Tired of trying to figure it out on your own?

Reclaim your natural energy and emotionally healthy food choices with Food As Ally Weekly Wednesday Group Support Meetings.

Dedicated to making food our ally by listening to our bodies, reclaiming food choices, listening to hunger cues, and listening to fullness cues, Food As Ally group support meetings are how you get step-by-step guidance to make lasting changes.

Get ready to say goodbye to emotional eating and food obsession.

Meetings are led by Gina Briganti, Certified Nutrition Consultant, and developer of the program. 

Food As Ally Group (in person) Support Meetings are every Wednesday evening from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. CDT at Lotus Salon Suites in Dallas, Texas. Pre-registration is required.

Purchase tickets by Monday afternoon, June 20th, using the Eventbrite link for the Wednesday, June 22nd meeting.

Take your first step. Register today.

Gina

The Revolutionary Power of Radical Optimism

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An attitude of optimism is a revolutionary act.  It has the power—through imagination—to introduce miraculous transformation and change. Just as a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a journey into our best possible reality begins with a single question: “How good can it get?”
Optimism is a rebellious act because this attitude often flies in the face of adopting an attitude of fearfulness that is typically encouraged by our governments and societies.  Optimism is perhaps the most rebellious when adopted even when situations truly are looking genuinely scary, and clear and present danger has arrived.

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When and Why – Food As Ally Approach to Exercise

Graphics by Gina Briganti

When your body is full of energy, you might be inspired to move it (a.k.a. exercise). Going for walks, swimming on summer nights, meeting friends for a yoga class, playing the drum with your neighborhood drum circle, or _______________________ (insert your favorite workout here) will sound and be rejuvenating if you’re energized.

Here’s a suggestion for when you want to move your body more, but time and energy aren’t lining up. I saw this video where Rosanna Pansino reviewed the Desk Cycle , giving it two thumbs up. This gadget, sitting under your desk, would be a convenient way to move your legs. The Desk Cycle part is found 3:07 into the video. Please note that this post is not sponsored.

Or you might not have any interest in exercising. And that’s okay, as long as you aren’t under medical direction to.

As beneficial as exercise is for improving circulation, keeping muscles active, increasing endurance, etc., forcing yourself to do it for any reason may not benefit your body or your emotions. Yes, exercise is a favorite to burn calories for what you ate or what you want to eat, or because you think you should, but there are healthier reasons. Especially if you’re forcing yourself. Who likes to be forced?

Another way of listening to our bodies is by resting when we need a break.

You’ll find alignment when you allow yourself to do what’s best for you, which can be as simple as trying what feels good and seeing how it goes. Maybe horseback riding is intriguing, but you haven’t tried it in a long time. If it interests you, do it. You may find that riding once a month energizes you in ways that a stationary bike never will.

I love to dance and go for walks. Usually every day, but there are days when I take a nap instead. That works for me, for now. The feeling that I am bursting with energy, music playing in my head, can lead to a ten-minute dance party. I get my cardio and sweat on. Or there’s a more mellow feeling when the outdoors is calling me to enjoy fresh air and say hi to neighbors. Either way, at the end, I am energized and happy. In the past I did more neck and shoulder yoga because I was in pain. Yoga videos, a couple of classes, and advice from my medical massage therapist combined into a custom yoga practice. I’m now pain free.

Tell me below how your body lets you know it wants to move. I’d love to hear about it.

Gina

P.S. Food As Ally group support meetings happen every Friday evening on Zoom. Click here for details.

Saying Goodbye to my Food Obsession – Food As Ally Update

In the past, if I saw tasty new food at Trader Joe’s, I had to buy it on that shopping trip. Now, I can pass on them until timing lines up. Like the gluten-free double chocolate muffins. After watching a taste test showing how tender and decadent they are, I’ve been to the store and seen them on the shelf three times. Fact is, finishing a four-pack of giant muffins takes too long, so I’ll wait until I have company or an event to bring them to. It wasn’t a struggle. I didn’t feel deprived. Did I buy my favorite crispy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies? Totally.

Recently I started working part-time outside my business, which means I needed to adjust when, how much, and what, I eat. This means revisiting step five to learn my new hunger cues. My body doesn’t like to eat early in the morning, but if I don’t, I can’t eat until mid-afternoon. I’ve been asking my body what it wants and what it will handle. Step six, learning fullness cues, has also been revisited because I have a few minutes to snack mid-morning. If I don’t eat then, my stomach lets everyone nearby know. Finding the right snack and eating enough to fuel me until I have a relaxed lunch was another adjustment that was smoother because I’ve been practicing listening to my body since November.

The new job means a different activity level. As I’ve settled in there, my body showed how much to eat to match that, which is less than before. Now my weight is adjusting. What I’m still figuring out is which foods will sustain my energy in the amounts I can eat early in the day. Mainly foods with a satisfying amount of protein, fat, and carbs in small amounts, like an egg and a piece of toast. Maybe a protein bar on my break. Lighter foods like fruit are eaten when I’m home and can go back for another serving in an hour or so.

It’s coming together, as delicious and fulfilling as I could hope for. Not having emotional cravings is so freeing. I still love food, but it’s no longer an obsession.

How are you doing with your Food As Ally journey?

Gina

What I Did and What I Did About It

Graphic credit: Gina Briganti

What I did that led me to create Food As Ally was…

I turned clean eating into a cross between dieting and food snobbery.

What I learned is…

My body tells me when it wants salad and that I can trust my taste hunger or emotional hunger when it is asking for cookies because I know that my body will tell me when enough is enough.

You can, too.

Wishing you a smooth day,

Gina

Buttermilk Cornbread Sticks

Looking yummy! How about reclaiming your food choices with these?

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Who doesn’t like cornbread, right? There are plain versions or ones which are loaded with ingredients such as cheese, jalapenos and such. This recipe is on the simple end of the spectrum coming from thespruceeats.com. The molds do limit the use of ingredients tbat might stick like cheese but they have a fun shape to serve with your meal. My addition of minced orange zest added a slight citrusy taste to the cornbread sticks.

Regardless of the version they make a nice accompaniment to hearty stews, soups, bean dishes and I especially enjoy them with pork products like ham.

For more cornbread recipes:

Cornbread With Orange Blossom Honey

Super Bowls with Cornbread and Chili

Cornbread Muffins with Jalapenos and Monterey Jack Cheese

Cornbread Muffins

Cornbread Muffins without Baking Soda

Cornbread Muffins with Calendula Petals

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