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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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!!!

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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.

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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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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, August 19th, 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. 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. the day before 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. ($50 value)

$100.00

Food As Ally at Lotus Salon Suites in Dallas, Texas

Wednesday Weekly Group Support Meetings

Next meeting: August 24th, 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 program developer. 

Food As Ally group (in person) support meetings are every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. CST at Lotus Salon Suites in Dallas, Texas. Purchase tickets using the Eventbrite link at least two days before the meeting

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Purchase tickets here.

Future dates:

Food As Ally group (in person) support meetings are every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 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

My cauliflower and chickpea heaven…

Want. Gimme. Yum.

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This is one of my all time favourite dishes of mine, the flavours are phenomenal and the textures are perfect, the crunchy bits on the cauliflower, and the sticky cloves of garlic and the pop of the chickpeas…I can wax lyrical about this one for hours….!

The marinade/sauce is sharp and spicy. If you need to take the edge of the sourness, or to add some sweet stickiness, add a spoonful or two of honey to the mix.

I love it freshly cooked, cold the next day, reheated, or whizzed up into a dip if there’s any left (it’s a rarity!). If you try it, I hope you love it too…

Ingredients

1 whole head of a medium cauliflower

1 can/jar chickpeas, drained

3-5 lemons, squeezed for the juice

16 cloves garlic, peeled

150ml olive oil

3 tsp mayonnaise/natural yoghurt

1 tsp Harissa paste/spice mix

1 tbsp tomato purée

Salt…

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