I was excited to be given the opportunity to read a new book called Clean Food Clear Thinking by naturopath Karina Francois. From the title alone I knew I was in the right place. As soon as you open the book and are hit with the glowing testimonials, it enhances that feeling even further.
I had a fantastic conversation with a friend Pam who has been overweight all of her adult life, tried everything to lose it as well, without success. She loves to exercise, drinks lots of water, is into alternative health and the Law of Attraction, is active, fun loving, gets out lots but still this is the one thing that has niggled her and her whole family actually, all their lives.
Then she read my book.
Muscles help burn calories faster so therefore you should get muscles first to lose weight – apparently…
Ok so it’s no secret that I don’t like going to the gym; just doesn’t do it for me from a number of angles and now despite the fact that the fitness crew out there still blast away that it’s the best thing ever and many, many weight loss programs insist that you must go to the gym to lose weight, I am finally at peace with the facts that:-
a) I don’t need to go any where near a gym to lose weight
b) I don’t need to feel bad, less than or hopeless because I don’t go
c) it’s perfectly fine to know what you don’t like and it doesn’t mean you are lazy
d) some people love it – so go for your life! Just leave the rest of us alone.
(In fact truth be told, apparently the stats are that only about 10% of the population go to the gym, so there is way more of us who don’t – so there!)
I love the work of Esther Hicks and the Law of Attraction theories because they simply resonate with me. I find myself going, “oh yeah, that’s what happens to me!” all the way through her stuff and the alternative ways to think are easy to apply and mostly common sense, once it’s pointed out to you! Derrrr!
One of the biggest lessons that smacked me in the head is about resistance and the blockages we put up, that stop us getting to where we truly want to go. So it’s not that it’s not out there, or that we can’t have it, or that it’s impossible for me, it’s the fact that we block our own signs, signals and attempts to get there and we don’t even know it!! Crazy huh?!
Now I am not suggesting that you hear voices however it is interesting to be aware of the internal chatter that goes on inside your head. Are you your own best friend or a mean pain in the ‘a’ who puts yourself down?
A great deal of the dialogue around this centres on the concept of ‘loving yourself’ and while I believe this is true, it can sound a bit hokey for some people and over the top. Like you are ‘up yourself’ somehow; not a great approach to an important concept.
So I like to think of it as being your own cheerleader or your own best friend, someone who is all of these things: Continue reading