Which breakfast choices give you natural energy to start the day?
As you answer, check in with each body.
What does your mental body need to get going in the morning?
What does your physical body need?
How about the emotional?
Observation is a big part of making food your ally. Gentle reminder: observation is not judgment. Focus on awareness. Let the insights come. Here’s an example of the difference: if you’re thinking, “I should get a juicer,” that’s most likely judgment. If you’re focusing on allowing your bodies to speak to you, a juicer could gently pop into your mind, or one of your bodies could call out for fresh juice.
It takes practice, but with practice, you will gain perspective that reshapes your world.
You’ve been asking for easy meal ideas that will keep you out of a hot summer kitchen. This is one of my favorites.
Nachos are endlessly versatile and a great way to eat cool sour cream, fresh diced tomatoes, zesty green onions, smooth velvety guacamole, ready-made cheeze (non-dary or dairy) sauce, your choice of tortilla chips, and protein.
Added bonus, it travels well.
Bring these to work or a picnic by separating ingredients in containers. Purchased guacamole singles (pictured – Trader Joe’s Avocado’s Numbers Guacamole to Go) are perfect for one meal and will stay green. The protein of choice, next to the plant-based cheeze sauce, is grilled turkey cutlets. Coconut water is a favorite hydrating drink for hot days. Salsa Verde Corn Tortilla chips from Trader Joe’s give salsa flavor.
For a snack, make a smaller nacho plate. At lunch, add more food to fill you until snack or dinner. If it’s dinner time, load up the table so everyone can add what they for Nacho Bar.
What do you think? Is this easy, fast, and customizable for your life?
To know where you are, where you’ve been, and where you intend to go in your relationship with food, a journal is recommended in step 1 of the program.
We have a history with food, personally and collectively. Today I’m asking you to appreciate the good times, the wins that brought you to where you are today.
Not knowing where our relationship with food is going and at the same time intending that it is going to be good is how we can love the mystery. At the same time, you recognize your fears surrounding your future, release them, and gain insight. Remember to be gentle with yourself, to observe, then let go. Don’t put yourself on trial and convict yourself.
Remember to put a date on what you write, collage, or record so you can look back. There’s lots of fun and insight later on.
Certified Nutrition Consultant, founder of the Food As Ally program.
In-person group support meetings are every Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:00 CDT in Dallas, Texas and Reiki Food As Ally group support meetings are every Friday evening on Zoom from 7:00-8:00 CDT.
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.
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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.
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?