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.

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

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

My Food As Ally Breakfast – November 4, 2021

This is the first foodasally.com post, representing a rounded approach to eating and teaching about eating. Food As Ally is about reclaiming our food choices, listening to our hunger and satiety signals, and being supported as we do.

I ate what I wanted, when I wanted, and how much of it I wanted. In doing this today, I discovered that my breakfast smoothie is too filling for me today and that I can wait until I want fruit to eat it. Even if that’s not today. Or tomorrow. If I look at this breakfast from the certified nutrition consultant perspective, there’s nothing wrong with it. I gave myself permission to eat what I wanted and what I wanted tasted good and I’m almost ready to eat again. It kept me full longer than I thought it would.

More discoveries await!

Gina

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#Dairy-Free Frozen Treats Review – #tastytuesday

Photo credit: Gina Briganti

Which one of these three frosty chocolate blends satisfies the chocolate lover and tastes indulgent and is low in sugar? Read the whole story on my medium site, Inspirate With Gina.

Thanks so much for reading!

Gina

There are several ways you can support The Reiki Café. You can buy a book, review a book, have a Reiki session, take a workshop, study Reiki, tell your family and friends about me, share my posts, and/or donate to the virtual tip jar. All support is appreciated. Thank you!

How’s your energy level? If it’s low, or you’re curious about how to get to your next level, read 6 Fast Vitality Boosters. Click here to get them free with newsletter signup.