Any one who has ever tried to lose weight by dieting has come up against cravings. Often times we are told to just not eat the food our body is demanding. The problem with this thinking is, in reality, cravings are brilliant signals from our body.
This perception that cravings are a failure to stick to our diets is inaccurate. We think, “If only we had the willpower to overcome our weakness we could be thin.” When we look at what cravings do for our body, we realize they are our body’s means of telling us what it needs. When we understand what these signals are for, we are able to make choices that support our health and weight loss.
What are Cravings…Really?
You might be wondering about now, how cravings could be signals from our body. Think of it this way. Our body has certain needs and tries to get
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Affirmations are the big thing being promoted to help change your thinking about anxious topics. Affirmations are tools we can use to help change beliefs that don’t serve our higher good. For example, if you are having difficulty with your weight loss, you would use affirmations to help train your mind that change is possible and you are thin.
I have been working with affirmations on and off for many years with varying success. Not long ago I discovered a great new tool I want to share with you. They are called Afformations. Created by Noah St. John, afformations turn the idea of affirmations around to help the brain engage in the changes you are trying to make. As I understand the story, he was working with affirmations and, like I found, there was a part of his mind that would reject the repeated statements as not quite true. One day,
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Everyone loves a deal! Look what I found…a friend of mine just launched a great new daily deal site, Yogini Deals! You’ll find daily discounts on yoga and health inspired products and services. Register now at: www.YoginiDeals.com!
Like Groupon and LivingSocial, you’ll find great deals on products and services you love. But Yogini Deals is more than just a daily deal site, it’s a community! Join fellow yoginis (yoga or health enthusiasts) and get great discounts, share information, make new friends and learn about yoga and health topics via their blog or facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/YoginiDealscom/262276373842769. And most exciting of all, get together face to face to practice yoga, hear amazing speakers and build strong relationships at upcoming Yogini Deals Expos!
They’re also a heart-centered business and believe in philanthropy. The mission of YoginiDeals.com is to share the joys and benefits of yoga and natural health to the world and support
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Love is in the air and it’s time to celebrate. Valentine’s Day is all about love, as it should be. From years of experience I remember feeling a bit resentful of all the people celebrating love when I felt there was none in my life. Thinking about how difficult it is to be alone on Valentine’s Day, I realized it would have been easier to take if I had shifted my focus on creating more love in my single life.
Therefore, I propose making Valentine’s Day a day of love for ourselves. Whether you are single or have a love, celebrate by having a home spa day for yourself. Taking time to make your body feel alive, healthy and shining will lift your spirits in ways an entire box of chocolates (or pint of Ben and Jerry’s) won’t do.
Here are some ideas for a great home spa day to love yourself
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Stinging Nettle is one of my favorite herbs to use when healing the body and creating life-long health and well being.
Stinging Nettle (Uritica diotica) has been used for centuries as an herbal medicine to heal and promote health throughout the life cycle. A surprisingly nutrient dense infusion, nettles provides an excellent source of calcium and magnesium, iron, chlorophyll, beta carotene, phosphorous, zinc, chromium, B vitamins, chlorophyll and other trace minerals including selenium, silicon and manganese.
Stinging Nettle (Uritica dioica)
A truly interesting fact about stinging nettle is the “electrifying” effect caused by the tiny hairs located on the leaves and stems of the plant. The fine hairs are laden with histamine, aceylcholine, and formic acid. These components create an intense stinging sensation on the skin. The sting is used in herbal lore to treat aches and pain within the body including joint pain caused by
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by Tamara Flanders
Guilt: The state of being responsible for the commission of an offense. Nourish: To provide with food or other substances necessary for life and growth. To keep alive.
Food guilt. It creeps up in the most vulnerable of places. If you suffer from food guilt, you know it’s path all too well. You’re hungry. Your body is asking for food. You make a choice, good or bad, and all the time you are eating it, you’re calculating calories, point value, how many ingredients are in there that you “shouldn’t be eating” and the entire meal is ruined.
The guilt manifests. It makes you do crazy things like obsess about calories, restrict food, even when you are dizzy from hunger. It makes you over eat, because you were already “bad”, so why not keep going. It makes you doubt your worth, your right to a healthy and satisfied body,
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Love and gratitude permeate the air this holiday season. It is the one time a year, we collectively look around and appreciate those in our lives. We celebrate and remind each other of what makes life truly valuable (I’m not talking about presents . There is no better time to give thanks for our life and look forward to new beginnings as we start another year.
In our family we celebrate several traditions. Today we celebrate Solstice which is the change between autumn and winter. It is the darkest day of the year. The celebration is to welcome back the return of the light. We share our hopes for the coming year and celebrate with a ceremony, a time of giving and a feast.
We also celebrate Christmas and Santa. But today is Solstice so I want to share my Solstice tradition of sharing a wish. Wishes are like free magic.
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Does the Holiday Season find you over eating, over stressing, over spending, and waking up on January 1st 10 lbs heavier and with a list of regrets?
Do you wish you had some easy strategies so that you could go through the holiday season and have a great time without constantly over-doing it? Do you wish you knew more healthy dishes to eat during this time of year, especially ones that could be prepared quickly and easily?
If you are saying yes to these, then you need Your Body Awake’s upcoming Holiday Support Program! Read on for all of the juicy details and sign-up at the link below.
The Holiday Support program and January group Cleanse are all wrapped up in a package just for you!
Join Tamara in her annual Holiday Support program that will take you right in to the January 1 group cleanse kick off!
She usually starts
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Have your weight struggles gone on for so long you don’t remember what it is like to enjoy eating? Do you worry about every calorie you eat? Are you tired of counting, charting, and weighing your food?
All of these are the result of yo-yo dieting. Yo-Yo dieting is the constant search for that perfect diet to help you lose weight and feel good without being deprived, eating food you wouldn’t feed your dog and worrying about being “bad”. Yo-yo dieting has been linked to increased weight gain and poor health in the long term. As each new diet plan fails it affects your self-confidence as well. If you have been challenged by your food you are not alone.
There is so much conflicting information about nutrition on the market. In fact, nutrition is a very new science and there is a lot the scientific community doesn’t
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Sparky Linda Mortimer
Yesterday afternoon we received the most heart-wrenching news. A very dear and beloved friend of our family and the spirit mother to our children was found lifeless in her bed. Sparky Linda Mortimer was a blessed woman who put a smile on the face of every person who knew her. In Sparky’s presence every person felt the love in her heart. You knew in that moment you were loved by a truly special woman. She knew how to share her joy with everyone and made a point of making laughter a constant in every event.
There are no words for the sadness running through an international community of friends who call Sparky family. Sparky left behind no surviving relatives but we all feel the loss of our sister friend.
Sparky’s dream was to create a restaurant where people could gather, share wholesome food and many laughs. Her
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