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What my belly fat taught me

Val MacDonald

Over the course of two years, I gained 35 pounds.  I wasn't doing anything differently with the way I ate or the way I lived.  I outgrew all of my pants and then all of my shirts.  It was confusing and annoying to me.  It affected my opinion of myself.  I felt inadequate on so many levels.  

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My Purpose

Val MacDonald

I used food as comfort for many years, with no idea how to be comforted without it.  I thought about myself and spoke to myself in ways that I would never think or speak about anyone else.  I was unkind to myself in many ways.  I shamed my body, and myself, and my body responded by becoming weak and sick.  I put everyone else's needs ahead of my own.  I did not even know what my needs were.

 

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Hello Body

Val MacDonald

The idea of calling our business Hello Body came from the thought that we each have a body, and we are each in relationship with our body, although many times we tend to forget this.  Hello Body is about being brought back to that relationship; where we listen to, honour, and respect our bodies' wisdom, and provide the self care and self love that our bodies need.

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Cream of Broccoli Soup

Val MacDonald

I played around with a recipe I found on the Internet, and came up with with wonderful soup.  I am going to share the recipe with you.  It is important to note that the main ingredient of this soup is the home made chicken stock.  I will include the recipe for this, as well, because to buy commercially prepared chicken stock is to not do this recipe any justice.  So, here it is;

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What happened when I finally started listening to my Body

Val MacDonald

...gradually, as I discovered pathways for dealing with the emotions, I did not go down the food pathway; the cake and the cookies and the ice cream, and the brownies and the butter tarts.  These foods were replaced with the quinoa, and the beet salad, and the apples and the roasted sunflower seeds and the oven roasted vegetables and the dates.

The desserts eventually came in during times of celebration.

At first when I knew I needed to remove these foods from my daily intake, I felt a sense of resentment and deprivation. 

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Birth Fair

Val MacDonald

I will be speaking at Birth Fair on Sunday, February 26 at 1:30 pm.  My topic is Nourish and Nurture Baby and You.  If you are expecting, or know someone who is, check out this event.  Tickets are only $5 each and all proceeds go to BC Women's Hospital.

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Big Bad Carbs

Val MacDonald

So, the trend is now, instead of eating whole grains in moderation, because no one can be trusted to do that, let's just say all grains are bad and eliminate them from our diet completely.

Well, if this isn't throwing the baby out with the bath water, I don't know what is.  Let's take a deep breath, and come back to a place of common sense.

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Chattering Mind

Val MacDonald

Start listening to your body, and start responding to your physical needs without overriding them.  For example, you are hungry, but you are working and you don't want to stop until you've finished your work.  So you have a coffee, instead.  The coffee works temporarily, to fill your stomach somewhat, and it also acts as an appetite suppressant, so it seems to work to get you by so that you can finish your work.

This is overriding your body's true desire for food.  The coffee is hard on an empty stomach, being quite acidic, whether you feel it immediately or not, and it is not fuel.  Food is fuel.

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Baby steps to wellness

Val MacDonald

In completing anything, there are always many steps involved.  Forget about quick fixes, because we know they don't work.  Just as we have our lists to complete during the Christmas season, we can create a list to reach our goals in the new year. What would this list look like for you?   

Break everything down into baby steps.  Are there any habits that you know you need to ditch?  Perhaps you stay up late on Facebook, when what you really need is to be getting some shut eye?  Or maybe you aren't bringing enough nutrient dense food to work to snack on, and so rely on coffee to get you through the afternoon?

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Yoga and healing

Val MacDonald

For years I experienced pain on a daily basis that was a result of one rear-end collision in rush hour traffic, and one overzealous kick boxing cardio class at the gym.  My neck and my left shoulder were constantly communicating to me that they were not happy. They were quite pissed off, actually.  The communication was loud and clear, but I didn't know what to do about it.  I wanted to help my neck and left shoulder feel better, and to stop screaming at me, so that I could hear other things in my life besides them!

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Storms, salads and soups

Val MacDonald

Bone broth soups are a delicious way to deliver many health benefits, including fighting infections such as colds and flus (your mother and grandmother were right all along), reducing joint pain and inflammation (due to the glucosamine content), healing the mucosal lining of the gut and aiding in the digestion of nutrients, promoting sleep and calming the mind, and forming strong bones, hair and nails.  

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Eating: a pain in the ass?

Val MacDonald

I remember going through this myself when I had to do an elimination diet for Candida, a condition of yeast overgrowth in the body.  I had to eliminate all sugars and yeast.  This meant no fruit, no dairy, no bread, no wine, no sweets.  It was extremely difficult and agonizing for me, as I was very much addicted to sugar and also I was an emotional eater, gaining a lot of comfort from my food in times of stress or self doubt. Yeah, it was a pain in the ass, I would have to say.

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Hungry or not?

Val MacDonald

I got into my car and started driving home.  Then it hit me.  I was hungry!  All of a sudden I had to have my dinner that was in the take-out box.  So I opened it up and started feeding myself as I drove.  I snatched the pieces of beef, the left over carrots and what was left of the cute little potato cake, and scarfed it all down in probably less than a minute.  Yowsa!

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Food Fear

Val MacDonald

This got me to thinking; why do we need to be advised what to eat? And why do we hold so tightly to beliefs about food that even when presented with the truth, we don't believe it?

I think we are eating from a place of fear.  I know, it's hard to ignore all of the messages out there; sugar causes cancer, carbs make you fat, gluten can't be digested and so on. There are a million diet books out there, and each one promises better health and a leaner body.  

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Food as friend

Val MacDonald

I started thinking about our relationship with food.  Each one of us is in relationship with food.  It's just something that doesn't get talked about.  We eat food.  Some of it we label as being "good", whether it's good for us or it tastes good to us. Some of it we label as being "bad"; again, whether it's bad for us or it tastes bad to us.  We expect to benefit from our food, whether it's the nourishment we're considering as we make our choices, or the taste.  We have our favourites, don't we?  

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Eat for comfort

Val MacDonald

Do I always think about food this way; analyzing what's in it, considering what it's doing for me, and how well I can digest it?  Yes, I do.  Does this take all the fun out of eating?  No, it does not, in fact it makes eating a lot more enjoyable.  Knowing how your food affects your digestion, mood and energy levels allows you to make better choices and eat with enjoyment, knowing you're not going to be bloated, irritable or tired afterwards.

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Learn to love the PROCESS

Erik Ferguson

Develop passion for the process of gaining vitality.  Fall in love with the day in and day out self care practices that you lavish upon yourself, to support your health and well-being.  This creates positive habits.  These habits breed success.  Your trophy is having the opportunity to get to know yourself and discover what your body loves to eat and do.  To relish the moments when the mind says quit, but you tell it I LOVE YOU AND I’M ON YOUR SIDE!  The woman in the mirror smiles back at you with encouragement.  She is the sum of the healthy food and lifestyle practices that you have implemented.  

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