Food As Ally Group Support Meeting Schedule

Food As Ally is a program dedicated to making food our ally again through reclaiming our food choices, 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

Food As Ally Group Zoom Support Meeting Friday, May 20th, 2022, from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. CST

Food As Ally is a program dedicated to making food our ally again through reclaiming our food choices, listening to hunger cues, and listening to fullness cues. 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. Register by 4:30 p.m. CST. on the day of the meeting.


Introducing Food As Ally at Lotus Salon Suites in Dallas, Texas

Wednesday Weekly Group Support Meetings

Next meeting: May 25th, 7:00-8:00 p.m. CST

Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

Future dates:

Reiki Food As Ally Group Zoom Support Meeting, Friday, May 27th, 2022, from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. CST

Food As Ally Group Zoom Support Meeting Friday, June 3rd, 2022, from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. CST

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.


The Revolutionary Power of Radical Optimism

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2022-05-01 Cynthia 4

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.

Optimism as Ultimate Survival Skill

How is it possible that an attitude of optimism might be the ultimate survival skill?  Author Jeff Bollow tells us that yes, that’s exactly what optimism is.  He adds that when you start to deliberately improve your optimism skills, the rewards will be phenomenal. There…

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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.


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?


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,


Buttermilk Cornbread Sticks

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

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 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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Chasing Rainbows~

Rainbows are one of my favorite things. Thanks for the gorgeous double rainbow, Cindy!

Off again,

chasing rainbows.

This one arced over The Holler,

the valley,

the bank.

The Pot of gold was on our garage!!!


I ran to catch it, but it danced away.

The storm was followed by a frosty moon.

and pastel sunset.

We’ve left again. Chasing rainbows.

Cheers to you from The Holler~

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Free Will and Levels of Self

One of my favorite authors is a deep-thinking mystic.

RealityShifters Blog

2022-02-27 Cynthia

When you decide to do something, who does the deciding? When you see through your eyes, who does the looking?
Perhaps the most essential aspect of life is awareness of who we are–yet it is typically also the least examined.  While we speak in language that implies we presume to know that we have causal agency, and free will, the specifics of how this operates is seldom discussed or described.
I received a fascinating email question this past month:
In November 2019, I was preparing myself to travel to London on December 2019.   During November, I was looking at some YouTube videos and one video came up randomly.  The video is about stochastic processes.  They lecturer won the Fields medal few years back.   I very much enjoyed the theory, it is still simmering in my head to this day trying to connect it to other multiple theories:)  When I got…

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