Last night I was on a well being website and I came across a podcast by Dr Terry Wahls. I first heard of her when I got diagnosed with MS and she is a true inspiration to me.
She too has MS and for a while she was in a wheelchair and very disabled. She realised that medical research had failed to provide her with a cure. She opened her mind to alternatives because she was willing to try anything to stop her decline.
By researching diet related healing and dedicating herself to eating well she regained her mobility and made a huge recovery. She was out riding her bike within a year of making the changes to her diet and lifestyle.
One of her top diet tips is to eat lots of leaves. I have followed this for some time now. As a Doctor she bases her plan on scientific research but what I really love is that she acknowledges that scientists don’t know everything. If we get our vitamins and minerals from eating fresh plant based food, then her theory is that we get all of the goodness, even the things that we don’t know about yet.
I am completely dedicated to my diet. I know that it has helped my body to heal and that it keeps me well. Despite my commitment it does me good to be inspired all over again, and every time I hear her speak I hear something new. It leaves me on a high, I finish listening and I can’t wait to eat something so that I can give my body some more goodness!
So today I have eaten more leaves than ever and I feel really keen to make everything I eat something that does me as much good as possible. Tonight I had the most amazing spinach, avocados and lime salad. I loved it!
Having someone who inspires us is such a good way to stay interested and committed to our own well being. Whether our diet is to keep us well or to help us loose weight the key to success is to be focussed and interested in the way it works. When we engage fully with a healthy eating programme it makes us feel great.
The difficulty people usually find with diets is that they can’t stick to them. Mindfulness really helps you to do that. By training your brain to focus as you want it to focus you can use this for all sorts of good.
By learning to be present in the moment you can make a conscious decision about each thing that you consume. Paying attention to our decisions is essential to making good choices.
If cravings come your way and try to corrupt your good intentions, your mindful awareness is a powerful tool to keep you on track. You can spot distracting thoughts and you know that you don’t have to act on them.
Having a real awareness of your emotions means that you will see clearly the impact that your eating has on how you feel. Once you recognise what makes you feel good then you are much more likely to stick with it.
If your want to add mindfulness to your healthy living plan then get in touch and see how a Revitalise Session could change your relationship with food. The results you will see will be faster than you think and will make an amazing difference. You will look and feel great.