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Raw Chocolate Blissful Reunion

Raw Chocolate Blissful Reunion

Featuring me, raw chocolate and jazi

My first chocolate after 1.5 years of no chocolate or cacao of any kind. #lifeaftersurgery

One of my Tantra teachers recommended that I not eat chocolate or cacao as it’s a stimulant and could have been contributing to the heavy bleeding I was experiencing. Frankly, I was willing to try anything.

Day 29…

Day 29…

I have been blogging for 29 days. My Creative Director, Garth Ernstzen gave me a challenge to blog for 30 days. The breakthrough for me to have was in being fearless and sharing myself with you. On day one, my hand was shaky and my palms sweaty as I counted myself in: 1, 2, 3 Post! Although it’s unlikely I’ll stop after day 30 (very similar to how I became paleo – did 30 days, didn’t stop and now it’s 5 and a half years later!), I’ve certainly gone through some spaces in the last week. At the beginning, once I’d started, things began to flow. Now as I’m approaching a milestone, the effort and resistance kicks in.

I remember when I discovered for myself that human beings tend to resist completion. I turned up once a week like clockwork over 3 months for my first Assisting agreement at Landmark and then on the last day, I literally couldn’t get out the door. I missed one train, then another train went by… It was like I was in a battle with myself and I didn’t win! I went back inside. Terry Sweeney was the person I assisted with – he called me and had an incredible conversation with me where I discovered that all that had been going on was my own resistance to finishing something. Almost like I had to leave it incomplete to prove myself a failure – just another thing I didn’t ever finish in life. So I went back and did my last agreed time and wrote a different future for myself.

Now I notice my resistance and I’ve started noticing where I normally stop in life, and I’m curious to see what happens when I just keep going…

Food: Do you have a big enough why?

Food: Do you have a big enough why?

Most of us need a ‘why’ big enough to eat consciously. Being present and giving thanks when eating are all valuable practices but it takes a big enough ‘why’ for most of us to stay true to our food choices.

I’ve been Paleo since 2010. How come? Our CrossFit trainer lent us the book, The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf and I read it. Highly engaging and entertaining, the man also backs up his theories with a lot of scientific evidence. When he recommended going paleo for 30 days, no grains, no dairy and no legumes, no processed sugar and see how you feel, I did and it worked. I felt clean. And light in a clear, good way. Interestingly a very similar way of eating was prescribed to me by my GP a few years earlier. So after 30 days, I just kept going and haven’t stopped for five years. Foods that I don’t eat, just don’t occur to me as food, treats or nourishing anymore. I look at a big sugary mud cake, and what I see is toxic – don’t put that in your body!

A friend of mine, in their self-confessed ‘unsolicited wisdom’, proffered the view that I might be a little too rigid in my food choices. I’ll be the first to admit my puritan tendencies. In fact, there is a now a new eating disorder for people obsessed with healthy eating called Orthorexia.  Gratefully I don’t suffer from any of the symptoms described. However, I considered my friend’s words and have been mulling them over. It occurs to me that when it comes to the matter of what food I put in my body, I am reliable for keeping my word. I do not stray. There are times on the rare occasion, where I will declare an exception for butter for example, when the person cooking for me has a passion for it. However, I made a commitment to no longer eat chocolate (raw, organic or cacao) due to the over-stimulating characteristics and the possible link to menorrhagia last year and not once have I ‘slipped up’, been taken by temptation or broken my word. In other areas of our lives, we call that level of commitment and honouring of one’s word, integrity.

It seems to help to have a big enough why. My body is not just my own. I’ve registered to be an organ donor so I intend to keep my organs as clear and clean as I can to pass onto the next human being. What’s a why that would be big enough for you?

 

* Roo burgers on raw cauliflower ‘rice’ #paleo #rawfood