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    Exercise-Free Zone: How to find movement that you love!

    As much as I will say ditch the diet and face the feelings, you will also find me saying ditch the gym and move your body. Well, ditch the gym if you hate it. Stay if you really enjoy it! The most important thing is – are you moving your body? Are you enjoying movement? Consider a toddler or a 4-year-old: they aren’t worried about doing exercises or “do I look fat in this?”. They are busy having fun, moving around, wiggling, dancing, running, jumping, and stretching. They move because their body hungers for movement. And so does yours. Are you listening when it asks? Perhaps you’ve felt a small…

  • Why ditching the diet may be the best decision you EVER made

    I firmly believe in ditching the diet – that living life in a healthy way is the best decision you will ever make. As we come into the holiday season, and people discuss ”cheat days” and dieting over the holidays, I am more convinced than ever that we need to adopt healthy lifestyles, rather than following the latest diet fad! If you look up the definition of diet, you will find it expressed as: “A special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons” “The kind and amount of food prescribed for a person for a special reason” Take your pick of…

  • Mirror work: does talking to yourself work?

    Affirmations are anything that you think or say. Anything. So, whether you are consciously aware or not, all day long you are talking to yourself – telling yourself what to believe and think about yourself, the situation or others. Affirmations are simply messages we give to our conscious and subconscious mind, to help write neural pathways. If you are trying out positive affirmations, you are trying to write new neural pathways of thinking or feeling about yourself. Many years ago, Louise Hay published a book: “Mirror work: 21 days to heal your life.” She is considered one of the pioneers in this type of work – of mindfully noticing your…

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    The past is past – when do memories become harmful

    Think back, for a moment, on a memory that still stirs up sadness, grief or anger within you. For a moment, revisit the memory, and notice the emotions that you feel. Consider how the event is in the past, but the emotions and feelings that you are experiencing are in the present moment! They are not past emotions. They are affecting you right now. So, when we hold onto a memory, we don’t simply hold onto how the experience affected us then, but we also hold onto how that memory interacts with us in the present moment. We interpret situations, and react to them, not only in light to what…