Are you having fun with food? Is that even possible?
When you think about food, what comes up for you? Is there a sense of ease and joy? How many points of view do you have about food and eating? Is it just something you have to do to keep alive? Do you ever get frustrated and think “I just can’t get it right”..? Or is eating pleasurable for you? A total hedonistic and orgasmic experience?
As a nutritionist, many people ask me for the right diet. What’s the right way to loose weight and to eat healthy?
A couple of years ago I would’ve had the perfect answer to that – at least in my opinion. But I also noticed that something was missing in my consultations. No matter how simple and brilliant my diet plans were put together, they still didn’t have the effect I hoped they would have. I knew that there was so much more possible for my clients.. But what?
And then I had this big light bulb moment. Of course, people have so many points of view about nutrition and eating, what’s right and what’s wrong and just HEAPS of judgments around this topic! AND along with that, nobody had ever been shown or taught how to have a connection with their body… so all dietary recommendations were a drop in the ocean.
So I started to include looking at all of that too… and the changes my clients got out of it were phenomenal.
One big part of having a different relationship with food is having fun and joy with it.
This blog post is actually all about having fun and joy with food and a little bit about… seduction!
So my question to you: How much fun and pure pleasure do you have with food and eating?
For me food it is all about, ‘Mmmmhhhhh ‚Wooowwww, Yummy‚ OMG’…
And all of that starts with just holding food in my hand. I observe the colors, the form, the smell.. and in being just present with it, I have so much gratitude for all the food that’s available – it’s like receiving little gifts from the earth. If you would have nothing but gratitude for food, could that alone change something for you towards having more fun with it?
Have you ever been really present with an apple (or any other food)? So absolutely present and aware that you don’t miss anything? The structure of the skin, the colors, the different shades, the temperature, the juiciness of the fruit pulp when you cut it in half, the many flavours when you take a bite? And what else could you be aware of?
What if you would allow yourself to be seduced by an apple? And I know, this might sound crazy – but have you tried it?
If you think about your lover and you lay in bed with him/her, do you want to get it over with as fast as possible, or do you take time for each other?
And what if you would look at food in the same way?
Would you eat it very quickly? Would you just choose some food without thinking about it? Or would you rather go for something that makes your body tingly with joy?
What if the next time you eat or cook something, you take your time to be so present with it that you don’t miss anything?
If you take a bite of an apple, how many flavours are unfolding on your tongue?
I can remember working in a flavour company and I was fascinated with all the different flavours I got to taste. This was, for me, the beginning of becoming aware of the beautiful range of flavours I could taste in a product and where in my mouth I could notice them.
How many flavours can you detect when you take a bite of an apple?
If you eat your food super fast and without being present, how much of the flavours (that can gift your body so much joy) can you actually taste? And how aware can you be, when your body has had enough?
If you want to have joy, fun and a total hedonistic experience with food, what if you would start with an apple? (Or whatever you desire in the moment).. you might just get a foodgasm! 😉
Does that sound familiar to you? You eat something and after that your body feels heavy, all your energy and lightness is gone and you just want to go to sleep?
I went to this cute coffee place with this amazing food and ordered something that made my body tingling with joy.
The food was delicious… but half way through my body had enough. It didn’t desire to eat more and was totally happy with just the little it got. So what did I do? Oh yes, I ignored all the signs my body gave me and ate the whole plate!
Afterwards, I didn’t feel so good anymore. My body felt really heavy, I got tired and didn’t get as much done as I usually do.
You probbly have never felt like that after a meal, right?
Most of the time these symptoms are actually the result of eating too much or something, that your body didn’t desire at all.
So how often do you eat more than your body desires? And how often do you ignore all the signs your body is giving you?
A point of view that almost all my clients share, is that they think they have to feel full after eating and that this is the sign to stop eating. But if your body feels full, most of the time you have already eaten too much.
Did you get used being tired and not energised after eating? Do you think that this is the way it’s supposed to be?
What if there is something else possible? What if it’s not the coffee, that is lifting you up after eating but your awareness and communication with your body.
Would you be willing to listen to your body?
Starting to communicate with your body is one important thing you might want to practice, if you really want to have ease with food and your body! And I say practice, because if you have never listened to your body, you probably have to ‘train this muscle’. And it doesn’t need to be hard. What if you could explore your body in a totally different way?
HERE IS A SIMPLE EXERCISE – give it a try for a week.. or even longer:
Every time you eat something, put your phone and your laptop away and switch off the TV. Get really present with your body, the food in front of you and every bite you put into your mouth.
When you get the awareness, that you have enough: STOP EATING! And how getting this awareness looks like, is something you have to find out for yourself. There is no standard recipe. But with a little practice you will KNOW! Because YOU KNOW! You are the expert for your body, nobody else!
At the beginning it might be weird to stop to eating, even if you feel like that there is space left in your tummy. But what if you don’t have to fill up this space?
Here is a little example: how do you like your home? Stuffed with things or do you rather have space to move around?
And this is what most bodies desire – space to be and to move.
If you start listening to your body, you will feel so much lighter, better and amazing with it.
Just remember, there is no right or wrong way to do it!
The healthy fast food!
Are these days familiar to you? Hitting the snooze button a million times, getting up way to late and not having time to eat some good breakfast?
I had lots of these days when I was working in corporate and I wished, that back then I would have had this recipe: PROTEINBALLS
They are such a great and easy way to nourish your body, if you have to rush to work and it’s also good to carry them in your bag on busy days.
They are super easy to make and you can prepare a bunch of them and keep them in the fridge.
100 g rolled oats
100 g nuts your choice (in this recipe I used Macadamia and Cashew nuts)
50 g chia seeds
50 g flex seeds
120 g Medjool dates (pitted)
20 g desiccated coconut
2 EL coconut oil (melted)
75 ml water
Put all the ingredients (except water) in a food processor und add water while blending. The mass should be sticky. Prepare balls and cover them with the desiccated coconut. You can keep them up to a week in the fridge.
Being happy on a deserted island is pretty easy. You are far away from your job, your problems, your family or whatever worries you. There is lot of space around you, no hectic, no cars and sometimes not even Internet to check your emails or your Facebook account. You have almost no people around you, which means, you are not picking up on so many thoughts of other people either. All in all, there is just nothing in your head. (Well, at least that happens when I’m on an island.)
But when you are back from holiday, it can feel like if you get crushed under a big wave of thoughts, hectic, appointments or dead lines and the whole mind chatter starts again, where before, there was nothing but beautiful nurturing space.
So, how to deal with the daily crazy life? The daily crazy stress and super crazy people around you? I have a damn cool tip for you!
What if you can create a life with total ease in the midst of all the craziness. And have fun with it?
When you are able to have space in the middle of insaneness, you stop being the effect of everything around you and you can be, do and create everything in your life! Sounds awesome to you?
So check out one of my favorite tools of Access Consciousness®!
WHO DOES THIS BELONG TO?
For every thought, feeling or emotion you have, ask ‘Who does this belong to?’ If it lightens up, it’s not yours and you can energetically return it back to sender! And believe me, 99.99% of all your crazy thoughts, feelings and emotions are actually not yours!
That’s why you feel great and space heady on a deserted island (or on holiday) and overwhelmed as soon as you are back home.
This tool is sooooo simple and yet it can change your whole life if you are really willing to use it!
Have fun using this tool and playing around with it!
You can even use this tool when you are hungry or before you are eating something. It may be, that you are just picking up on someone else’s empty stomach and it’s not even yours. I know, craaaaaaaaazy right?
If you want to have more tools like these how to have ease with food, connecting to your body or losing weight, check out my FREE E-book ‘8 STEPS TO BE YOUR OWN NUTRITION GURU’.
This dish is an amazing light and healthy traditional Fijian meal and very easy to prepare.
Funny thing: the fish is cooked without cooking! Hahaa… Instead of using heat to ‘cook’ the fish, lemon juice is used to induce the same reaction.
It’s the perfect take away lunch for office days or a nice summer picnic on the beach!
200g white fish (I used black snapper)
10g salt Juice of 2 lemons
½ red onion
400ml coconut milk
Salt, pepper, lime or lemon for taste
Cut the fish in little cubes (the smaller the pieces the less time you need to marinate the fish), put it into a bowl and cover with lemon juice and salt. Leave in the fridge for 6-8 hours.
After the fish is ready, pour the liquid away and rinse the fish well with fresh water. Remove the pulp from the tomato and cut all the vegetables in small pieces. Put the fish, vegetables pineapple and coconut milk into a bowl and add salt, pepper and lime to taste.
Before I came to Melbourne, I’ve never had a banana bread. It’s not really a big thing in Austria. But here you find this deliciousness everywhere. It’s so simple, super quick to prepare (people refer to it as ‘Quick Bread’ – well, that’s true) and a nice and healthy alternative to other sweet pastries and breads.
So I tried a couple of recipes. And that’s my favorite. Simple, no sugar added and you have still space to be creative.
Oh and did you know that the banana bread has it’s own day? Weird, but cute! Celebration is on the 26th February 2016.
3 ripe bananas (the riper the better 🙂 )
100 g oats
100 g flour of your choice or almond meal (I used whole wheat flour)
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
coconut oil (or butter) to grease the pan
You can add a handful of walnuts and dark chocolate chunks (like I did in this recipe) and/or ½ tsp cinnamon;
or even blueberries… just be creative and try new styles!
Preheat the oven to 175°C.
Smash the bananas in a bowl, add all the other ingredients and stir well with your hands. Pour the mixture into a greased loaf pan or muffin pan and bake for 40 – 50 minutes.
Let it cool down and enjoy!
PS: This bread goes so well with raspberry-chia jam! YUM! Stay tuned, you will get this recipe in my next post!
For most people the morning is not their favorite time of the day. Why? Because for most of them mornings include stress, hectic, not enough sleep, going to a job they don’t really enjoy and feeling not really energized.
Does that sound familiar to you?The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
What if you could change how you start into your day with total ease? What if a relaxed and joyful morning would effect the whole day in a very amazing way?
HERE IS A LITTLE EXERCISE YOU COULD DO:
Take a moment and close your eyes and get, what your mornings look like.
And then ask yourself if that’s actually working for you? Is it fun? Joyful? And how does your body feel in the morning?
Look at your morning routine and ask yourself, if that’s the way you want to start into your day?
If you are happy with your mornings, awesome! If not….
Take another moment, close your eyes and get what you would like your mornings to be and look like? And how would you like to feel? Get the energy of it. Is it joyful? Fun? Light? Energized?
Now that you know what your mornings should be, feel and look like, ask yourself what changes you could make?
You know. There is no rush. No right or wrong. Just start where you are and make small changes. Step by step.
AND HERE ARE SOME IDEAS:
- Start with getting up a little bit earlier. That will allow you to avoid the morning rush and to have more time for YOU!
- What if the first thing in the morning was not grabbing your phone and checking your emails? What would you like to do in the first 5 -10 minutes after you opened your eyes? What would get you in a happy mood?
- Movements and exercises: after resting for a couple of hours most bodies love some movements in the morning. Ask your body what it would like to do or just do something that is fun and gets your organism into gear. And it doesn’t matter if it’s a 5 minute yoga or stretch exercise or a 15 min run. Do something that is fun for you and it can be different every day.
- Take your time with the morning shower. Enjoy the water on your skin, the smell of a nice shower gel and be nurturing to your body.
- When you look into the mirror, don’t judge your body for how it looks like. Instead tell your body how grateful you are for it! Every day! I wonder what that might change?
- Take your time to ask some questions. You can do that in the 5 – 10 minutes after waking up. Or while taking a shower.
- Before you eat something or pour down a coffee, get present with your body. Does it require something right now? Is it really a coffee? Or rather a fresh juice, tea, water or nothing at all? And what if that is different every day?
- You have still some time left? Do something that nurtures and inspires you. What would be fun? Maybe it’s watching inspirational YouTube videos, reading a chapter of your favorite book or just writing down some ideas or thoughts.
You know, some mornings will probably work out better for you than others. It doesn’t matter. There is no right and wrong here. Only what works for you.
The most important thing is: having fun!!!
Have the best magical mornings.
Since I’m doing Access, there are things I have heard over and over again. Sentences ‘choose what’s true for you’ are like the air I’m breathing. And yet, I never got what that actually meant for me. I thought (and I really really did) I was choosing for me.
And yes, I did… more than I had ever before and still, there was something I never fully got. What does choosing for ME actually mean or look like?
So, there I was sitting in one of the recent Access classes, listening to Gary (the founder of Access Consciousness®) and the other participants talking about choice, choosing what’s true for them and suddenly… BOOM. Something hit me right into the face. Jeez, what was that? Oh… yes, of course… a really uncomfortable awareness. Something I was never willing to look at.
What hit me that hard was my awareness, that I thought I was choosing me and what’s true for me but what I was actually doing my whole life was pleasing everyone around me and trying to make everybody happy (even if they didn’t desire it) and to make everyone feel comfortable around me.
I mean, yes, it is a beautiful thing not going out into the world and spreading meanness and unkindness but if that is your ONLY choice, you can never be really present with you and therefore not knowing what’s actually true for you. You have no real choice there and things can get really fucked up. Been there. Done that.
And now, I choose something different!
I was so busy making everybody happy around me that I was willing to exclude myself from my own life without really noticing it. Wow, how cute but maybe not my smartest choice. And definitely not what I want my life to be like.
Actually, I want to be there when my life is happening. And not only happening, I’d like to create my life and living the way I desire it and be able to make choices in every second. For me.
You know, you can have that too! If you choose it!
So, here is my question to you lovely: How much have you excluded yourself from your life?
And what if you would start to include you? Shouldn’t your life be all about YOU????
So what is true for you? Only you know it! And only, if you get really really present with yourself.
I’m not so much the routine kinda girl. I love to have change and a big variety all the the time. So breakfast looks always different for me. Sometimes I have something warm and cooked and at other times I only go for a juice or smoothie. But what I really really love in the morning is a yummy granola breakfast with delicious fruits and some milk or yoghurt.
I have found some pretty amazing and organic granolas to buy but still, most of them are a little bit to sweet for me. And since I’m super crazy about all the self-made products, I simply made my own granola. It’s so easy to prepare and you can be super creative and throw in whatever you like to create your own favourite taste.
So here is one of my favorite creations. Try it out or do something totally different.
And don’t forget the most important ingredient: FUN!!!!
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup walnut pieces (or whatever nuts and seeds you prefer)
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup chia seeds
1 cup shredded coconut
½ cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
1/3 cup maple syrup (or you can use honey or rice syrup)
Preheat oven to 160°C
Put the rolled oats, nuts & seeds and shredded coconut in a big bowl and stir.
Whisk together the cocoa powder, coconut oil and maple syrup in a smaller bowl and pour the mixture over the nuts and oats. Stir all ingredients well together!
Coat one large baking tray with a little bit of coconut oil and press the mixture into the tray.
Bake for about 10-15 minutes, stir well and bake for another 10-15 minutes.
Cool granola off completely!!!! before you can store it in an airtight container.