Welcome to Tuesday Tips, a weekly collection of ideas that help me live more consciously. This week the tips are focused on health, both for your body and your mind. My current recipe for well being is to bless your food, bless your muscles, perform your actions with love and take responsibility for everything in your reality.
1. Bless your food.
I got this idea from E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality. The premise is that your food responds to energy, so if you send it happy thoughts it will work harmoniously with your body, but if you view food as your enemy, it will stick to you and torture you. Think of your food as living entities that can hear you. Send love and your body will receive love from the food. My current blessing goes like this: “I now bless this food with peace, love and joy. May it nourish my body and bring me health, vitality and energy. I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you.”
2. Visualize strong, beautiful muscles during a workout.
Often I try to escape my workouts by thinking about something outside of the now. But lately I’ve been paying attention to what my instructor says: “Visualize! Big beautiful muscles! Look at your gorgeous bodies!” Little did I know I could quadruple (scientific fact!) the effects of my exercise, just by being present and thinking about what I want. When I’m doing squats, I think, “Strong, beautiful legs! Strong, gorgeous ass!” When I’m doing shoulders, I think, “Strong, beautiful shoulders!” And when I’m doing things that are really hard for me, like pushups, I think, “I’m getting stronger! Strong, beautiful chest!” This concentrated attention placed on your body will have you seeing results instantly. Notice it, get more of it!
3. Whatever you’re doing, feel love for it.
If you’re doing something that you’re not exactly 100% passionate about, train yourself to enjoy it. I was making thank you cards with colored pencils the other day, and at first it was a chore. But then I started thinking, “I love coloring!” and lo and behold, I began truly appreciating the activity. I do actually love coloring! I just have to stop thinking about other things and be present long enough to enjoy it.
4. Take 100% responsibility for your reality.
I took part of my food blessing above from Ho’oponopono philosophy, which is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. By repeating the mantra, “I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you,” we may reach a limitless state where we realize everything in reality is just a projection from within. By taking responsibility for our own actions, as well as the actions of others, we can be at peace because all desired change comes from within.
I used to be bulimic. I would eat a pizza and some ice cream and maybe some snack cakes and then I’d puke it back up. On the surface it was fun and relaxing, but I always knew it wasn’t really a sustainable way to deal with life.
I stopped barfing when Kelly moved in with me, nearly 6 years ago. But food is still one of my drugs of choice, so when I feel stressed or sad or don’t want to deal with my life, I overeat.
I always start counting my calories under the guise of weightloss (it’s the only thing I’ve ever found that works), but really I’m just budgeting instead of being unconscious.
After years of unconsciously spending credit, I went broke and had to start budgeting. The same thing happens with food–I go into calorie debt and start gaining weight.
Counting calories helps me know when to stop eating so I don’t use food to deal with my emotions. Once I’ve had my budget for the day, I have to find some other way to feel good.
Even when I’m counting calories using MyFitnessPal, it can still be hard to keep it together. I have a tendency to count my calories all day, but then nightfall hits and I hit the liquor store. The liquor store invariably leads to drunken food purchases, which is a very annoying pattern.
So I post my little screen grabs on Instagram, because it keeps me from overeating and having to post an embarrassing calorie count. The fact that I get embarrassed by what I eat is a whole different therapy session in itself, but for now I’m doing this because it works.
I intend to keep this practice up for every day of 2014, so make your account-following plans accordingly. I know that I would be absolutely riveted by a regular calorie-intake update from any of my friends, so I hope I can provide you the same enjoyment!
- I don’t usually bother to find exact foods or brands in the app, so sometimes it will say I had 3 tomato slices from Subway or a Popeyes mashed potatoes even though I have never eaten there before.
- Sometimes if I simply must drink or snack at night, I put those foods as breakfast for the next day. That’s why you may have seen vodka and pizza for breakfast before…
- I still get my feelings hurt when people comment on my eating habits, but the benefits of perceived public scrutiny outweigh the actual feedback I get. Please don’t judge me. I’m doing my best.
A few weeks ago, Kelly told me she wanted to write a story about growing teeth back. “Neat. But… whatever,” I thought. I didn’t believe in no stinkin’ teeth growing back. But wouldn’t it be nice?
A few days later she stumbled across an article linking tooth regeneration to nutrition. It might not have been the most reputable source, but holy crap! Tooth regeneration!
Then a couple days ago I discovered the idea of “oil pulling,” where you swish coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes a day. The antibacterial oil pulls toxins from your teeth and may even heal cavities. I shared the article on Facebook and lo and behold, I already had friends trying the practice!
Today a friend encouraged me to try the oil pulling myself. I did so begrudgingly, but it really wasn’t that gross. I don’t have any cavities, but I sure want to keep it that way.
To recap: in less than a month, Kelly and I went from wanting to believe in tooth regeneration, to seeing evidence of it everywhere, to finding ways to test the theory ourselves.
What do you want to believe? Make your list and let the universe provide the evidence! Start looking for the TINIEST speck of proof that your belief is true, and you’ll start a snowball of indicators that will eventually result in your belief becoming truth.