When I signed up for the Self Love Series Event, I didn’t quite know how much goodness and wisdom I’d be showered with. We are only in week 2 of this 5-week series and I am already noticing a shift in my actions. Honouring your temple is a topic close to my heart and Tabitha McIntosh, naturopath and clinical nutritionist, delivers a thought provoking presentation.

 

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Series 2 is focused on our relationship with food and how we nourish our bodies. It’s just as much a physiological process as it is a psychological choice. One of the phrases that resonated with me was ‘drink your food, eat your drink’ which of course centers itself on the importance of chewing your meals properly and aiding digestion. When drinking water, slowing down and sipping it is far more hydrating than gulping it down.

When I hear Tabitha’s take on ‘diet labels’, such as vegan, vegetarian, paleo etc. I feel rather relieved. Her take on them is rather pragmatic but absolutely makes sense – the philosophy is eating nourishing meals that our body responds well to. “Diet trends disconnect us from our real requirements”. It’s all about listening to your body and talking to yourself before you open the fridge, double take, yes, talk to yourself before opening the fridge! What do you say before opening the fridge dare you ask? “What does my body need”? Says Tabitha.

I cheekily questioned Tabitha on this, “what if my body wants chocolate”? “Well, I don’t call chocolate bad and frankly, maybe your body needs chocolate” OK, I am totally in – and I knew she will most definitely explain my craving so it makes 100% sense.

“Did you know that your body might be deficient in magnesium or iron if you crave chocolate?” Naturopaths are so insightful! A spoon full of pure cacao or a piece of dark chocolate can deliver not only the goodness of antioxidants but also promote happy vibes… You had me at chocolate but happy is my quest at present. The collaboration of food and self-love is genius.

Appreciating food for its nourishing properties, admiring the texture, colour, smell and of course taste are all-important parts of our relationship with food. It can only be healthy if it’s honoured for taking care of our temples.

Think back to the water theory by Masaru Emoto where he studied the changes in the molecular structure of water when exposed to different elements even words. Positive words and environments kept the beautiful crystalised structure but derogative words and harsh noises polluted the water.

I just adore the fact we can use positive mantras to help improve how we build a healthy relationship with our decisions… just a few examples to start:

+ I allow the healing power in my body to manifest perfect health

+ I, myself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve my own love and affection

+ I take care of my body, my home, my workplace, and all areas of my life. I alone am responsible for my health.

LOUISE HAY is the author of these mantras and someone I look up to and follow. Author of ‘You can Heal your Life’, she has a wellness mantra for absolutely anything. A simple Google search will find you countless videos and material – you won’t regret it.

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The evening was literally ‘packed to the brim’ with useful information; the audience getting curious with some great questions and the networking session afterwards saw some new introductions enriching the evening even further.

A meticulously organised event with talent of the likes of Annthea Matheson from Young Living who explained the power of essential oils so beautifully; Charlie de Haas who is even more amazing in person than we could’ve ever imagined her to be – you are such a star! Your energy is infectious and your treats to ‘die for’…

To sum up the night – delicious, enlightening, beautiful, heartfelt, fun, WOW – and completely BALANCED with advice. Exactly the way we view our food from now on!

Love and Sunshine,

Andrea and Jarka

 

 

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3 comments

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Wow, I love your wrap-up of the event. So beautifully written and so insightful. I’m definitely going to start asking myself ‘What does my body need’ before opening the fridge. xx

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I loved reading this! I hadn’t reflected on taking care of my temple in paying attention to what I crave probably means my body is asking for a certain nutrient. I usually just worry about ‘eating healthy.’ This is such a great reminder to pay more careful attention to what our bodies are asking us for. (As long as we don’t go overboard with the chocolate right!?)

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Thanks Edith. It is definitely a very different way of looking at food and what our bodies need but also so much more mindful and less contrived. Thank you xx

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