Monthly Archives: March 2011

Understanding Our Relationship to the Earth

A Message from Caroline Myss, March 14

Hands Holding Globe“…Only the human community has the idea that we somehow live apart from the Earth, that the Earth does not respond to our breathing, to our thoughts, to our actions. It’s incomprehensible, to be sure, to even hold such a perspective. But the Earth is that sensitive. Recycling, I assure you, is not enough. Consider the Earth as a family member instead, as a Being that sees you as clearly as you see it. And you are on the “Earth” as much when you are standing in the midst of New York City or London as you are in the middle of a forest. You are still “on the Earth”. Standing on concrete or in a building does not make it any less “Earth” except if you hold to the perception that what qualifies for the “Earth” is out of the city in green or desert nature. But that’s an illusion. How can you ever be off or away from the “Earth”? It’s precisely that perception – that Nature is in the country but not in the city – that maintains the illusion of separateness. You may prefer to be in the country but you always on the Earth…

“We are truly learning an enormous cosmic truth: We are one. And we are meant to use that truth: Pray together, heal our fellow human beings together, and heal our beloved Earth together. Put your soul to work.” Myss.com

4 Tips to Kick Food Temptation to the Curb

By Marna Thall, Weight Loss Coach & Non-Diet Expert

Marna ThallI once read that we see over 200 images every day that encourages us to eat. These days, with the Internet, I bet that number is even higher. Whether it’s billboard advertisements, a fast-food sign you drive by, or a Pillsbury brownie television ad. These messages are everywhere!  Here’s what concerns me most – all these messages make it really easy to stop listening to your body and eat because you see the billboard, see the fast-food sign or drool over the television ad.

 Today I thought I’d give you some thin-tips to help you kick the temptations to eat.

1.  Enjoy all of your meals. Each meal must be a psychologically and physically enjoyable meal so that you don’t go on the hunt an hour later.

2.  Take on the mindset of the naturally thin.  Avoid d!et plans that leave you feeling deprived and hungry.  When you take on the naturally thin mindset, you no longer groan in deprivation when you see a Pillsbury brownie television ad. When you allow yourself all types of foods when your body wants and needs this food, you immediately kick deprivation out the door.

3.  Ask yourself “Is It Worth It?” Sometimes giving into foods that you wouldn’t normally eat is just fine. Yesterday I ate a McDonalds breakfast because I was hungry and it sounded good. I asked “Is it worth it to put this food into my body today?” Yep – it sure was! Most mornings I eat oatmeal or vegi-sausages because my body does well with the protein. Ask yourself if giving into temptation is worth it – sometimes it is, but most of the time it’s not. If I were to ask that question again about eating at McDonalds again for breakfast today, the answer would be “No, it’s not worth it to me. It’s worth it today for me to eat awesome wholesome foods this morning.”

4.  Figure out your “triggers.” Maybe you are more prone to overeating and temptations between 2-4pm, so pop in some gum or drink some refreshing lemon water. If you know your triggers, you can prepare and plan accordingly. Temptation will be a thing of the past as you plan and prepare and see thinner thighs and a flatter belly.

Marna Thall, CHT, weight loss coach and non-diet expert, publishes a weekly ezine to help you think and live thin from within. If you’re ready to slim down through a soulful journey, get your complimentary emotional eating assessment at ThinWithinU.com.

Struggling to love your body? You will love Marna and all she has to offer you.

When You Hunger for Something That Isn’t Related to Food

By Marna Thall, Weight Loss Coach and Non-Diet Expert

Hands Planting a PansyDo you ever sit there craving something salty or sweet, but you know that hunger has absolutely nothing to do with your craving? Instead, this craving for that sweet brownie or bag of salty chips has everything to do with an emotional hunger within you.

When this happens to you, it is helpful to pause, ask yourself, “What am I really hungry for?” Now, when you ask this, you must think BEYOND food. When you do this, you can begin to open up your emotional world that wants and needs you to listen. If you throw food at these emotions, the emotions will still be there and so will added pounds. 

The work of Marshall Rosenberg, PhD, talks about acknowledging your basic needs. These include: Meaning and Purpose • Autonomy (independence) • Safety • Empathy • Sustenance (food, nourishment for body, mind and spirit) • Creativity • Love • Community • Rest/Relax/Play.

When you begin to untether your emotional need from food, your authentic self comes shining through, weight is lost and a new body can be reclaimed.

This week practice this 4-step process when you hunger for something emotional that isn’t related to food:

1. Close your eyes and ask yourself “What am I really hungry for?”
2. Identify what you are emotionally hungry for – whether it be meaning and purpose, autonomy, safety, etc.

3. Congratulate yourself for identifying this emotion.

4. Take action –address your emotional need by finding purpose, feeling safe inside your body, doing something creative, connecting with others, or whatever addresses what you need most.

Marna ThallMarna Thall, CHT, weight loss coach and non-diet expert, publishes a weekly ezine to help you think and live thin from within. If you’re ready to slim down through a soulful journey, get your complimentary emotional eating assessment at ThinWithin.com.

Struggling to love your body? You”ll love Marna Thall and explore all she offers here.