Are you Ready?.... to Release?
We are in the middle of our 21 Day Cleanse and my friend Gretchen Hogg reminded me of something this morning which is that as we are releasing toxins and lowering inflammation, we are also releasing the weight and with that comes emotion and sometimes fear. Yes, we are giving our bodies loving messages that it is safe to let go, we are learning that we have to get out of our “fight or flight” stress mode and activate our parasympathetic nervous system in order to both digest our food as well as rest and repair.
What often arises during this time, is a release of emotions. After all, we hold our issues in our tissues and often we put on our weight as a protective mechanism. If we take time to journal, we might uncover what was going on in our lives the last time we were at this weight, or the target weight that we are hoping to accomplish. Did something happen that evoked strong emotion? Often our subconscious self is “ruling the roost” and is based on a fear that we embodied sometime in the past and often as a child or during a time when we were less empowered. To overcome this, we need to look at the fear and then reassure our subconscious self that we are now safe to let go of the fear as well as the weight. Having a safe and confidential sounding board can help you process some of these thoughts as well as make the choice to reprogram them into thoughts and beliefs that will better serve you now and your goals moving forward. This is where a health coach can be invaluable.
In the same vein, are you allowing the ANTs to creep in? The Automatic Negative Thoughts that come from our most primitive part of our brain, the amygdala? The ones that say, “Who am I to want to be thin? Or I can never look like that? Or this is too hard….” We all have self-limiting thoughts that lead to self-limiting behaviors, what are your thoughts that are starting to creep up? Anytime, we are trying to change or move out of our comfort zone, we are prone to self-sabotage. Our ego brain likes us to stay the same. Often our friends and family want a status quo too, after all if you change too much, must they change too? The only thing constant in life is change, so why are we so afraid of it and what can we do to embrace it? Again, this is where health coaching can help to keep you on the road and help you get out of your own way when these human thoughts and tendencies arise.
The biggest way we self sabotage ourselves is to tell ourselves that we are too busy, that we don’t have enough time. Deepak Chopra says the fastest way to a heart attack is to say, there isn’t enough time which has been my mantra for years (and why I suffered high blood pressure for years too!) How do we stop, take a deep breath and say, There is enough time, I am worth the time to make my green juice and/ or smoothie and/ or healthy meal to nourish my mind, body and soul. How do we learn to put ourselves back on our to do list and how do we celebrate our successes no matter how small? Download my app so you can have daily self-care reminders and a place to prioritize YOU. Please comment or contact me if you would like to discuss further.
Have a glorious day, Carpe Diem, because we only have this day and this moment to live life to its fullest! What are you going to do today that is yummy and nourishing?
With Love, Lisa