The Truth Behind New Year’s Resolutions

The Truth Behind New Year’s Resolutions

As we begin February this year, I am reflecting back on New Year’s resolutions, wondering how many of you set them a month ago and how you might be getting on with them… Personally, I’ve always been fascinated with the concept of the New Year. The transition from an old chapter to a brand-new, unwritten one and the opportunity to reset, start over and reflect on how I desire this new phase to be has always filled me with excitement and got my imagination and intention-setting skills on fire. Throughout my teenage years, when I was stuck in a diet-binge cycle, weight and body-related resolutions would always be at the very top of my long list every year. ‘I will lose 10 kilos this year’. ‘I will give up chocolate’. ‘I will get Christina Aguilera’s abs’ (who was then also a teenager and, as she later shared herself, was being forced by the music industry to be ‘toothpick thin’) ‘I will exercise for an hour every single day’. And so on… The emotional ‘high’ I would get by simply fantasizing about these goals coming true, along with the collective wave of fresh, new beginnings’ energy that was all around me, made me feel unstoppable and so very determined to accomplish what I had in mind, certain that my determination alone would be enough to carry me all the way to my much-desired goal (my dream body) and break through any obstacles that might get in my way. ‘This is THE time that I will finally do it’, I remember thinking to myself. And I would start working really hard…but...
I hold a vision for you… {The Body Prema Manifesto}

I hold a vision for you… {The Body Prema Manifesto}

I have a vision for you… I envision you being so in tune with your Body, that you never-ever need to have a second thought about what, when and how much to eat again. I envision you seeing Food as living and sacred, as you Body’s and Soul’s medicine, as an offering from the Earth, as your connection with the Earth. I sense so much pleasure in every single bite you’re having, such rich sensation; your tastebuds on fire, fireworks of sensual enjoyment exploding in your mouth, your whole Body orgasmically receiving the nourishment, the goodness.   I see you being so comfortable in your body, so ‘at home’ in your skin and flesh, like nothing had ever shaken this natural state of being; your birthright. I envision you inhabiting every single part and inch of your Body, owning it so completely, acknowledging it as your own, as *you*, not excluding any of it.   I see you walking, grounded and present, firmly and lovingly touching the Earth with your feet, embodying the knowing that this is where you are supposed to be; that you have the right to be here; that this is your ground, and you have the right to hold it; that this is YOUR Body and it’s allowed to take up as much space as it wants to.   I see you dressing in the clothes that make you feel uniquely YOU. Beautiful. Comfortable. Simple or extravagant. A Goddess unlike any other.   I envision your Body being soft and strong at the same time, firm and fluid, juicy and full, long and lean, all...
Chakras: The Secret Path to breaking FREE from your Battle with Food, Weight & Body, for good!

Chakras: The Secret Path to breaking FREE from your Battle with Food, Weight & Body, for good!

So, you’ve been hearing me talk about the Chakras a lot lately and you might be wondering… What are the Chakras, and why are they so important, when it comes to Food, Weight and Body-Image issues?   The chakras are the energy centers in our body, and they are located on a vertical axis along the spine. They were first discovered by Indian rishis (seers) in deep mediation, thousands of years ago, but different manifestations of them are to be found in all the major spiritual traditions. The chakras’ function is to receive, assimilate and emit vital energy or life force -the energy that keeps us alive and fuels our every move and interaction in life. It is said that there are more than 100 chakras in the human body, but seven of them are the most significant; each one is associated with an element of nature (earth, water, fire, air, ether/sound, light, consciousness/thought), a specific area of the body -covering our whole physical body, from our feet to the crown of our head- and with certain aspects of human life and experience. Each chakra is also linked with one (or more) of our basic needs and rights in life. It is these exact needs that, when left unmet, unconsciously lead us to try and satisfy them in alternative, and not always healthy ways, one of which is using -or abusing- Food and our Body. >> Click here to download a FREE PDF Guide that reveals the most common, underlying needs we tend to substitute through Food, Dieting and/or Body Dissatisfaction. << The free flow of energy through the chakras is essential and is what determines...
Wish you had more will-power and self-discipline? You don’t need it! Here’s why…

Wish you had more will-power and self-discipline? You don’t need it! Here’s why…

”I wish I was stronger than my cravings” ”If only I had more will-power / was more disciplined” ”I’m really weak, I just can’t resist the temptation, so I’ll never be able to lose weight / have a body that I like..” I hear that ALL.THE.TIME.  From clients, friends, family…from women all around me.  And yes, of course I used to believe that so strongly myself. The belief that the reason you are struggling with your weight and body is because you don’t have enough will-power and self-discipline is one of the biggest myths out there and sadly, one of the most common ones.   When it came to food and my body, I used to be the biggest control-freak ever. I would count my calories religiously, exercise for 90 minutes every day, eat super-clean, always be ‘on top of it’. I would check my body meticulously in the mirror every morning, and if I noticed that I’d gained half an inch -or if I thought I had-, I would diet harder, exercise longer, until it was dropped. Until I was ‘in control’, again.   Needless to say, I felt so good about myself, SO proud. And it seemed to work. For some time.    Until that day would come, when my ‘will-power’ wasn’t that strong anymore, when my desire became bigger that my control, and all that energy that I’d suppressed, through pure force, would bounce back up and take over. Like a pressure-cooker that you leave on for too long, the trapped steam would just explode, and I’d give in and give up completely, eating anything and...
Why to NOT start a new diet in 2016

Why to NOT start a new diet in 2016

Happy February! Can you believe that the first month of 2016 is already behind us? If you too are wondering where all this time went, know that you are not alone!  This is a very interesting month that we’re entering, especially when it comes to food and body. January tends to be the month that we set our New Year’s resolutions, filled with motivation and excitement for this new cycle, determined to say goodbye to anything that hasn’t been working in our lives thus far.  One of the most frequent resolutions for us, women, is to go on a new diet or cleanse/detox, first, to make up for the holiday overindulgence and, second, with the hope that this time will be THE time that we will lose the weight and keep it off -no matter how many times we have already tried the exact same thing, or similar variations, to no good effect.  If going on a diet was one of your own resolutions too, but you never got around to actually starting it, and on this first day of February (which happens to also be a Monday, the most common day to start a diet!!), you feel the pressure to do that, or if you’re beating yourself up for not starting earlier, pause right there and hear me out: you don’t need to go on another diet. Ever.  And here’s why:  #1: DIETS MESS UP YOUR METABOLISM & BODY CHEMISTRY  When the focus is solely on reducing the amount of calories you consume, it is really difficult to get all the nutrients that your body needs to function optimally, as...