Posted on July 08, 2013 by Bennett Coffey | 2 Comments
You know what I think is really cool? When you throw all of your beliefs about food out the window and start over. It’s a pretty refreshing feeling. To lift all of the sometimes limiting beliefs I have about what I like, what I don’t like, what makes me feel good and what makes me feel bad, and start over. I know for me, my body is affected differently from season to season by what I consume. This time of year I can tolerate gluten much easier and I am not as affected by alcohol either. It’s always refreshing when things change like that because I begin to question my food again and go back into the experimental zone. It’s a reassuring reminder to me that everything is connected and that we are all connected to the seasonal, ever-changing cycle of nature. This past week I have been paying close attention to my sometimes restricted and conditioned thoughts. I notice how it makes my body feel tense and try to let the thought go and relax in my body again. I’ve been carrying this same practice into my thoughts around food. I’m letting myself experiment more and changing thought patterns about what I tend to think is “good” or “bad” for me. Because in my opinion, nothing is really “bad” unless you really think that it is. If you are eating with guilt, you will ingest that emotion. I find that the more relaxed I am around food and the choices I make, the easier it is for me to digest and metabolize my meal or snack. It can be a little unsettling at first but do you find yourself in this same experimental place from time to time? Share your thoughts below!
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Posted on February 25, 2013 by Bennett Coffey | 1 Comment
The idea of eating "fat" was scary to me for a long time. Actually, for most of my life I avoided eating it at all. I was under the impression that eating fat=fat on my body. I had no idea how wrong I was about this until I began my studies in holistic nutrition. I learned that there is a huge difference between healthy fats and unhealthy fats. Healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, cacao butter (pictured above) are essential to a well balanced diet and a fully functioning thyroid (which helps aid our metabolism). Once I started incorporating healthy fats into my diet I was so much more satisfied at every meal, I didn’t have to eat as much, I felt happier (as healthy fats improve brain health and alleviate depression) and my memory improved. I recommend eating fat with every meal to help prevent heart disease, lower cholesterol and boost your metabolism for weight loss benefits. Are you afraid to eat fat? Play around with what fats you like best and please share your experiences with us below.
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