Health: The Dieting Domino Effect + Healing Dish Recipes

cayman islands As many of you know, I have been making my way out of my extreme Macrobiotic dieting habits, into a much more balanced way of eating and living. All the while, I've been trying to embrace the ways in which my body has changed.

A few weeks ago, I was declaring to my boyfriend that I wanted to lose a few pounds before we left for vacation where I'd be getting into a bathing suit! That were to consist of me cutting back on the sweetened goods and flour/bread products. What I realized in that moment was that I, or any of us, can always achieve our goals of 'looking our best', but what's it all for? What's the sacrifice/or what's the real reason in doing so? Because there is, in fact, a happy medium that's sustainable, unlike that skinny goal,  and it's where I'm practicing living right now...

When I told Paul that I wasn't going to be eating any sweets (my newfound chocolate obsession, maple syrup in my oatmeal, granola, etc) he said, 'well that's not going to be any fun!', and that's what made me realize that there's always a trade off...I could be thin and feel good about myself, but will I be happy and satisfied once I achieve that goal? Not so much...not to mention that it's only temporary! Living in the middle path really is where peace lies...I can have my cake and eat it too! It just takes accepting my true expression of my soul in this state of being...

We are all an expression of God ~ that which is love, peace and light. (It's so much deeper than just the way we look on the outside!) When I am restricting myself to a limited diet, I am not open to other ways of celebrating being alive, which means I am cut off from oneness/love.

Now, I am not saying to misuse our free will and not take care of ourselves...no siree! I am actually inviting you to think about mindfulness in all of it's limitlessness! To expand our vessel of love, which starts with self care and self love!!! Ahhh...it is indeed a domino effect!

A proper self care diet includes ebb and flow, a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, everything in moderation, and consciously consuming the highest quality ingredients whenever possible.

Mindfulness. Consciousness. Awareness. Meditation in practice each and every moment.

Finding myself in this new space is liberating but was so SCARY at first because I was addicted to dieting, to cleansing, to obeying the rules. Now I feel like I'm living my life as a true artist, expressing myself in everything that I do, rather than constantly 'doing' what I think I 'should' be doing...Being too 'good' on a particular diet only becomes a new 'eating disorder' because it goes to the other end of being extreme...and that puts us farther away from our true essence of oneness. Granted, following inspiration (a diet perhaps) comes from Spirit, but when we lose ourselves in the process, and the auto pilot 'drill sergeant' takes over, we are not operating from a place of love anymore...

I've learned so much in the process of healing myself through self care practices and diets and foods, that I've now come to appreciate it all in the form of pure energy.

There's a time to heal, and to apply using the healing diet, and there's a time to consume energy and use energy in any way that we want to channel it.

I had such a hard time pulling away from the Macro healing diet, but I finally had to remind myself that I'm not 'healing' any type of dis-ease anymore...but I couldn't break away from those eating habits until I realized the impact it was having on me. I can eat meat and I will be okay because I'm not on my death bed (thank God)!!! I had no idea how much FEAR was taking over in my relationship with food. I was scared of what would happen to me if I strayed away from this diet...it sounds so crazy, but that was my mental state...thank God it's no longer that way.  I can now look back at that time and realize the distinction between healing myself with food vs. eating food as a source of nourishment and enjoyment, and the fear that's associated with gaining weight or compromising my health.

Diet's are strictly guidelines with lots of great information that we can take away from, but diets also place restrictions and create fear which is not always a healthy place to be.

Cultivating self care  consists of eating good quality, healthy ingredients at the appropriate times of the day, enjoying foods that bring joy occasionally, getting good sleep, exercising/getting outside, meditating and praying, and breathing fully and deeply (yoga). When I do all these good things for myself, I can ebb and flow easier, and away from fear based thoughts of having that chocolate, or eating later in the evening than normal, or having a bite of something that has dairy on it by accident...Whatever it may be, it's not the end of the world!!!!!

Won't you join me in relaxing around the notion of 'dieting'!? Once you can soften around what's on your plate, the relationship with yourself with soften, and you will exude peace, because your relationship with food mirrors your relationship with yourself. Sit with that one for awhile! This is the higher spiritual vibration of truth that I'm learning and cultivating.

I hope you were able to follow me with my thoughts on the matter, because it's been a big a-ha moment for me recently!

For those of you interested in a few healing dishes, these recipes are my take aways from practicing Macrobiotics and Ayurveda! They are always here for me to incorporate into any meal:

Nishime: {A traditional Macrobiotic nourishing and strengthening dish}:

nishime

In a saucepan, place 1/4inch water with a postage sized stamp of Kombu (seaweed) and layer in cut root and round vegetables (3 or 5 different types) from softest/quickest to cook, being on the bottom, to more dense/longer cooking veg being on top. {I like to use a variety of squash, brussel sprouts, carrots, parsnips, cabbage, onion, sweet potato}. Bring it to a boil over medium heat with lid on top. You'll know it's boiling when steam escapes from the lid. Lower heat to medium low and cook 25-35min. depending on the size of your cut veggies. Add 1TBS tamari to pot, cover lid and shake pot up and down to disperse the seasoning. Cook 5 more minutes. Turn off heat and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Kinpira: {A traditional Macrobiotic nourishing dish}

Kinpira

In a cast iron skillet, heat 1TBS toasted sesame oil over medium heat. Add julienned carrots and burdock root, or carrots and parsnip, or carrots, parsnip and rutabega, sauteeing for about 5min., or until softened. Add 1/4C water and place lid on top. Lower heat to medium low and cook for about 15/20min., adding a little water if the veggies start to dry out. Add 1TBS tamari last 5min. of cooking and stir to combine. Garnish with sesame seeds, grated ginger and chopped parsley.

Kitchari {A traditional Ayurvedic dish} See post.

kitchari

For more diet ditching, check out this post.

For some advice on simple dieting, check out this one.

Namaste!

KATE-SIGNATURE