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I write a new blog almost daily! Feel free to comment, share, and connect with me! I love hearing from my readers!
Food is not the enemy. Your thoughts are, society's judgement is, the identity you pigeon hole yourself into is
Going out to eat used to be so hard for me
Only looking at the skinny menu, not wanting anyone to see me eating something “unhealthy” or not so “bodybuilder” like
or just eating past comfortable amounts of satiation to then feel guilt & shame & an overwhelming pull to “work it off” or restrict food the next day
When I look back on past experiences with food, I’m motivated because I never want anyone to go through the mental angst I did with it
Food shouldn’t cause anxiety, it is meant to provide energy and nourish our body & our experiences
If we overeat we remove enjoyment
If we undereat we remove nourishment
If we overthink we remove presence
What if we just ate according to our needs & goals without judgment or concern of others?
It can be a real challenge
I had to change the way I looked at food, thought about food, talked about food, & approached eating in general
I remember when I ordered off the regular menu for the first time
After always only bringing my food, asking for the chicken n veg, or just referring to the most macro friendly meal after scouring the nutrition facts online for hours
I realized I was more satiated & satisfied if I got the meal I genuinely wanted
This is not to say when you’re on prep or working toward a goal or learning about your body that you should let go of consideration for your goals or nutritional needs
This is to say that when you give yourself the opportunity, take it & treat it the same as any other eating decision
This is something I work with my clients of my Food Relationship Healing & Discovery 1:1 coaching program through
We get all foods on the same playing field, become crystal clear on the current habits & thoughts that are influencing negative or self-sabotaging behavior, & work toward creating YOUR ideal relationship with food to align w/ your goals
Not all clients come to me with the same goal, but they leave having achieved their goal if they commit to the process
To learn more, get inspired by testimonials, & apply visit WWW.CELESTIAL.FIT/FOODFREEDOM
There is no country greater than the USA
We have liberties many don’t even know are possible for them
The freedom we exercise every day without thought are freedoms some humans have only dreamt of
Being proud to be a American does not mean you do not see where improvements can be made
It means you see that we have the power to make improvements
America is the only place that can be hated on by people who take advantage of the very freedoms that come with living here
Fought for by citizens doing work and going to wars that many wouldn’t even dare to fight
When I think of our country I value our independence as individuals and as a nation
I don’t believe any one voice, experience, or piece of history should be cancelled, reduced, shamed, or forgotten
Because when we justify silencing one, we can so easily justify silencing all
The beauty of living here is that we have more power as a collective than other nations
On Fourth of July we can celebrate our ability to express and demonstrate gratitude for freedom by knowing that all are worthy of it
Regardless of if you agree with them, they have a right to believe and speak, JUST LIKE YOU DO
We can see where we may be taking freedom for granted or putting it at risk
Freedom does not belong more to one person than another or one group more than another
It belongs to all
It boggles my mind that some people want to take away our freedom to speak and share what is on our hearts and minds or completely CENSOR different ideas
I don’t understand how some people can be so blind to the liberties they have and so quick to entertain giving them up, even without realizing it!
Today I spent time journaling on the freedoms I have living here, in America, as a woman, as a business owner, as a student, as a sister friend daughter...
I believe I am able to feel free because I do not doubt that I already am
I was granted a privilege when I was born in the USA and to not take advantage of, fight for, or believe in that would be a real shame
Capitalizing on freedom leads to more freedom and celebrating it reinforces its importance
What freedom has been fought for that you are especially grateful for today?
Hunger is complex—like pretty much every individual human experience
But understanding it can help us to make it more tangible and place less pressure or judgment on ourselves when we experience it!
Sometimes knowing the reason for our hunger helps put us at ease and know we aren’t crazy👀
It’s important to note that the reasons shared in this info graphic are not the only possible answers nor are the examples the only possible way they can manifest
It’s also important to understand that hunger is not a bad thing
It’s a natural & necessary function of the human body that keeps us alive
But that’s also where things can get tricky (swipe to see what I mean)
In making this I wanted to keep it simple and relatable so as to help the most amount of people
But if you’re really looking to improve your relationship to food, the connection you have to your body’s needs and cues, as well as even gain a normal communication pattern back with your body
To learn about my Food Relationship Healing & Discovery 1:1 Coaching program or just visit www.celestial.fit/foodfreedom
BUILD MORE THAN JUST A BODY
Two through each image, save, and if it really hits home, share with someone else who might benefit!❤️💆🏻♀️👑🧠
Mission Since Day 1: Help others to BUILD MORE THAN JUST A BODY
I had to go through a lot of pain to find my passions and live my life with purpose
Many people in my circle comment on how much I work and how I’ll probably work until I drop dead
It’s funny because it’s true
I don’t even really consider this “work” in the same way others might identify with the word work
To me this is a life commitment
Transforming loathe to love in the minds of people all over the world is no easy task but my grandpa always said to me “a job worth doing is worth doing right” & that is the TRUTH
I commit to my work, education, clients, and passion daily because I see this as a job worth doing
In order to do the best job I can, I must be willing to do it right. I take pride in what I do & I don’t take it lightly
The vision I have for the future of bodybuilding, athletes, women, teens, children...it spans well beyond my imaginable next 5 years, 10 or even 20
I’m in this for the long haul
Not because of all the things I myself want to accomplish
But because of all the people I see that need TLC, ideals that need modification, and beliefs that must be challenged and reinforced in a new light
While I can accomplish a lot with my clients as they work with me on their mindset, self-love, personal development, psychology, food relationship, body image, and all things self-affect related...
I want that impact to be so purposeful and so meaningful that it has no other option but to radiate out and into the hearts of others around that individual
My three guiding values are:
And everything I do is to satisfy the vision & definition behind these
I’m not here to run a business and be an entrepreneur and collect titles
I am here to truly challenge norms, shift perspectives, and change the game
My vision is big and sometimes scary, confusing, and seemingly blurry
But the more I do, the further I go, and the more clear the vision gets
I trust that it is not as much about getting somewhere but instead making the most of where I am trusting and believing it’s where I need to be
If you ever wondered about how your brain and body work together to respond to (and protect you from) negativity, this is a very basic graphic you can use for reference
Many researchers have covered these reactions in depth through various research methods and case studies which can be interesting to look into!
On surface level we are told not to focus on the negatives. Because, of course focusing on the positives makes more sense
But if you are like me, sometimes it helps to know why that is?
This is pretty universal when it comes to negative stimuli. Be it a thought you have, experience you endure, or a situation, person, or thing you encounter
If you are going to focus on anything, let it be what you want to find more of!
Of course, given my passions I am going to say that having a positive relationship with yourself and priming your mind to focus on positives can and will show up in your decision making as it pertains to nourishing and caring for your body
You don't need to be a positivity robot that ignores all pain. In fact, that would be very unhealthy too!
Funny how our body and brain work to establish homeostasis and what a powerful lesson that is to always seek and find balance in our own day to day life
It is all connected, really!
If you want to prime your body's function, your decision making process, and your overall zest for life, practice the art of reframing!
Learn how to take what appears to be negative or less than ideal and see it in a new light.
One example shared in my Master's Program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling has stuck with me that I feel provides great insight in how you might apply to your own experiences. It was something along these lines;
A teacher called the mother of their student to let them know how well behaved and relatively tame the pre-k child was. The mother was happy but also confused because her child always acts up with her.
Crying when he gets home from school, fussing over little things after his day, and even resisting going to school! She told her therapist about how frustrating this was, to hear of how well behaved he is but also to have to constantly be in a state of chaos with him. To which the counselor replied, 'Ah, it sounds like your son feels safe to express his needs and emotions around you'.
The mother then realized she had never saw it like that. She only saw her kid as causing trouble or being a pain for her and good for everyone else.
It wasn't until a reframe was presented that she realized, it was not so much about changing her son or being resentful or confused about the behavior but more so honoring and embracing her son for being safe to express with her around versus being bottled up at school all day.
What stress or negativity might you be able reframe in your life today?
Need help coming up with something? Sometimes I like to ask myself, 'If this was actually a gift given to me by someone, how would I thank them for it on the spot?' This helps me to create urgency because you all know what it is like to be given a gift and think 'Oh, an avocado' when you were hoping for a squash ;).
Was this helpful for you? Did you gain any insight from this post? Share with a friend who could benefit or let me know what you got out of it!
At some point in your life you decided what it meant to not be beautiful, to have undesirable features, to be in less than perceived ideal shape, and to label differences / anomalies as flaws
Which also means that at some point you can also decide what it means to be beautiful, to celebrate your shape, to embrace your deviation from expected norms, and to accept what is truly human about your body
As you decided to believe in how you are not enough over time, or maybe it happened in a significant or traumatic moment, or even all at once
You may find that challenging the beliefs and having confidence in your new decision making around self-acceptance and beauty can also happen over time, in a moment (this one maybe?), or over a series of events
The important first step is recognizing that even if the beliefs have been “wired”, “conditioned”, or “reinforced” within you
They can also be detangled, removed, and replaced
Luckily for us, our body is equipped with a powerful tool which we can manipulate and change
And even better? That tool is our control center
Commanding your brain and leading yourself through introspection & commitment to new thought patterns, new behaviors, and new environments will ultimately lead to a new, and improved (depending on how you apply yourself), reality
Don’t wanna go at it alone? Contact me to discuss how we can work together so you can BUILD MORE THAN JUST A BODY and truly make peace with yourself
If you only ever did what “felt good” you’d likely never get to a place that’s even better
While I’m all for listening to your body & taking the time to reset or stepping back in business or school when you’ve been grinding a ton or not pushing through the pain all the time just to “hustle”
I also know for a fact that if I only did what “felt good” to me I wouldn’t be where I am today
Sure it would “feel good” to:
It’d feel good for the moment or maybe for many moments
But that’s not going to get you results you want
Now I am certainly not suggesting you sacrifice your mental health & begin to burden yourself to the point where the journey is not fulfilling or you’re unable to be present in the process
I’m saying you’re going to have to let go of old ways in order to create new realities
And the list above could have been entirely different depending on a season you’re in or your goals for life
What you need to be willing to commit to & what may be uncomfortable for you to commit to or do, is going to be different depending on your goals or needs
It’s about being mindful of what ways you need to step up to the plate NOW for the life you want
NOT SO YOU CAN GET SOMEWHERE & SAY, ‘YAY I SUFFERED SO LONG FOR THIS MOMENT’
I don’t believe in that either
Here’s a consumable breakdown / checklist to apply:
BUILD MORE THAN JUST A BODY
My client Jayla completed the 5 week Food Relationship Healing and Discovery Program with me recently and made this quick video to express where she was before the program, the major takeaways and breakthroughs she had from our process, and why she encourages others who could be struggling with things like:
She shares how we worked together to start reprogramming stress, identifying her triggers, facing fears, and having a hopeful & positive community helped her to begin her journey to food freedom
I am so happy to have worked with Jayla and love her commitment and effort in this process
She continues to work at this consciously and her dedication to doing the work necessary is the biggest thing!! Guarantee you that every person you’ve seen make a video like this from my program was invested in the work from the very beginning
Ready to commit to a better relationship with food and your body?
Want to get the most out of your goals and leveraging your mind in your favor as you work for the reality you want day in and day out
Click HERE to apply for my 5 week food relationship healing and discovery 1:1 coaching program
First day of residency was amazing and wanted to document this day and happiness and just how I feel
I am so thrilled to be pursuing my goals in many areas of life and acknowledge how empowering it is to give ourselves permission to say YES to our visions even when we know obstacles can and will come up
Basically choosing to say yes to challenges that come with growth because it is so much easier than saying no out of fear of growth
I’d rather know I took action and did the best I could than didn’t bother and always had a longing for something else
I have never been one to expect my reality to change on its own
I recognize and appreciate the experimentation that comes with creating something new & learning!
And when I see my life and choices like an experiment, I can be prepared to learn more lessons without judgment or hyper criticism
A scientist that brings emotion or bias into their work won’t create the best results so I try to be objective in my paths as well
BUT with the understanding that emotions are such powerful teachers and if I am not present to them I may miss out on the big breakthrough, realization, or AHA moment that’s been waiting for me
I feel so empowered after today’s first session and tomorrow I’ll be the first one up in the required skill evaluation but I am EXCITED about it and received such encouraging words from the Dr leading my class
And he is super funny and cool which took the edge off
I just love how I’m feeling seen and respected and understood. He’s also into CBT which is my fav too and he encouraged me to own my expertise and not hide it (others have been like don’t do that)—counseling can be weird bc of varying theoretical orientations and views and experiences etc
I AM JUST ON A HIGHHH I AM SO GRATEFUL AND FEEL IM TRULY LIVING MY PURPOSE DAILY AND ON THE PATH TO EVEN MORE GREATNESS
Let it be known though... I didn’t come here to play the game, I came here to change it ;)
I’ll let you make of that what you do
You deserve better than to be upset with the scale, your weight, or your body all the time
Weighing in shouldn’t be so stressful and the number on the scale really shouldn’t have any influence on how you feel about yourself
There’s so much more to you than how much you weigh but to believe that, you have to commit to rewriting the stories you tell yourself or have been told
Weight is like anything else, it is nothing until we give it meaning
Paying attention to the meaning, and reasoning behind that meaning, can give you so much insight into what needs to shift to help you have a different experience
I made this infographic to give you three concepts and how they can be applied in real life to help you overcome these anxieties and negative associations with weight
Feel free to Share it with a friend who you think could benefit 🙂 and definitely save it for future reference!