Welcome to my blog. I am the Mindful Food Coach. I created this site to improve our body's health, bring conscious awareness to what we eat and to change mind sets and belief systems that we may have carried around with us for many years, that may not be conducive to our health, wellbeing and success in what we want to achieve in life.
For many years my diet consisted of a daily intake of drinking one litre of fruit smoothie, a can of soft drink, barely any water on its own, a packet of biscuits, large amounts of refined carbohydrates, such as white rice, take-aways and processed microwavable foods. Because I have a fast metabolism and have genetically thin body type, I believed that I was healthy, and that my body could take such a diet because I was never getting any fatter.
Throughout childhood, I remember going to school and having many energy highs and lows, thus finding it very difficult to concentrate. I could barely keep my eyes open during some of the classes. I never believed there was any reason behind this - other than being tired. My lunch box would consist of merely a folded over white bread slice with usually either strawberry jam or peanut butter inside, and a packet of crisps.
The majority of people are unconscious of what they do in their lives. It has been suggested that we have as many as 50,000 different thoughts every day, yet the majority of these thoughts are repeated daily. A thought that is repeated as little as 21 times, can become a belief and these are where habits are created.
As Einstein once stated: 'The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result', yet many of us do exactly that! We believe that we are in control of our lives, yet do not realise that we have been programmed through our environment: the people that have surrounded us, taught us, and life experiences.
Many times, people will not change how they are until it gets so bad that they feel it is a necessity. This arose in me after suffering from symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and I had had a lot of gas in my stomach. I began to realise that it never used to be like this and found it concerning. It was only when I went to a health store that the assistant recommended that I tried some probiotics. As soon as I did, I found immediate results. There was clearly an imbalance in the bacteria in my gut. Yet, when I stopped taking them, it would return to how it was previously. I thought maybe the reality was that I would need to take them for the rest of my life. But even the probiotics didn't always work.
Soon afterwards, a doctor discovered a potential kidney stone. Later they found out that it was Randall's Plaque - the build-up of calcium which could lead to the beginnings of a kidney stone. They told me to lower my salt intake in my diet and to drink 3 litres of water a day.
For me, I had barely ever drank water on its own, my entire life. It was time for a massive change in my lifestyle. I decided to learn just a few recipes from a friend, who inspired me to start cooking many other recipes. I had always believed that brown rice, brown bread... brown anything!, tasted much worse than the white refined alternatives. But as I explored these different ingredients I realised it was only a mind set and belief that I had told myself my repeatedly. I had identified certain foods with who I was, yet, this was not my true self. I began to realise the health benefits, and as my diet changed, I no longer needed to take probiotics daily. I felt a much more consistent and higher energy level throughout the day and no longer needed energy-boosting naps. I had become consciously aware, to some degree, of what I had been doing to my body.
Still, how many of us are consciously aware of what we eat, or how we behave or react to situations in life? In the U.K., with over 64% of the population being overweight or obese, and 1 billion people in the western world being in the same category, it dawned on me that the majority of people are living there lives unconsciously. No consciously aware person would deliberately fuel themselves with food that would make them overweight and shorten their lives, would they? No consciously aware person would eat too much salt to heighten their risk of a heart attack?
I also began to realise that I was not reaching my full potential in other areas of my life because of the story that I had been telling myself, or that others had repeatedly told me. I had plateaued and felt that I was drifting through my life. I began to read many self-help books and applied them with differing results. Any failures I had I looked on as stepping stones for growth to achieve eventual success.
This is now my mission - to touch as many lives through this blog and bring conscious awareness to people's lives through what they eat and to have both a healthy mind and body! Whether it be the job that you don't believe you can get, or the relationship that you desire but keep failing due to lack of self-worth - the majority of these limiting beliefs are fear based. The mind prefers familiarity and certainty. It is programmed for survival, so anything that risks upsetting a steady existence triggers barriers to prevent anything potentially dangerous from occurring. However, the result is mediocrity. What if we could unlock a different reality full of abundance and success? It may seem a million miles away from your current mind set, but it is actually much closer than you think - you just need the right key to unlock your potential! Just remember that imperfect action is better than no action at all, so begin slowly and little by little you will get to where you want to be!
Fuel your body and mind with the right ingredients and you'll be steering your life in the direction of your desires - you just need the right recipes!
Mindful Food Coach