Feb 162015
 

Control - www.RadianceCentral.com
Over the weekend was Valentine’s Day, and as I was celebrating it with my husband and daughter, I couldn’t help but think about how much my life has changed in such a short period of time. Less than five years ago I moved to Bali, and shortly after I met my future husband, got married, and had a baby! Wow!

It got me thinking of an email I received over a year ago asking me if I connect all these big life events to getting off of the raw vegan diet? My initial reaction to the question was, “No, these things have nothing to do with my diet or food choices!”

For some reason I never shook the question off, and as I was reminiscing with my husband over the weekend about how we met, I couldn’t help but think about what my life was like before I met my husband, and all the changes I went through prior to meeting him. I thought about my diet change during that time, and started to see the connection. You see, I’ve always been a crazy perfectionist, and over the years it’s served me in both positive and negative ways. I tend to have high standards and expectations for just about everything, and the problem with that is I can easily be let down, especially in situations I have no control over. With letting go of my overly-restrictive diet, I naturally let go of my overly-restrictive, controlling attitude as well. Through that transition period off of the raw food diet, I had to learn to cut myself some slack, and perhaps with that, doors of opportunity started to open on their own without me meddling with it. I still don’t necessarily think this has anything to do with a particular diet, but more the intention behind the diet. The raw food diet wasn’t making me controlling, it’s that I was already a controlling person and the raw food diet fit that. Eventually as I out grew that controlling part of myself, so did I out grow other choices and attitudes.

In recent years, the one thing that I have learned is the more I let go of trying to control things, the easier my life becomes. The more I put all expectations aside, the more my life seems to flow and work. I met my husband, my life partner, at a time when I stopped trying to control the outcome, when I stopped trying to fit any particular mold or label, and when I was living a life uniquely true to myself, and my own personal standards and aspirations. In all, I let go of caring so much about the outcome, and started enjoying the process. Putting all need for control and perfectionism aside, magic does happen!


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Feb 132015
 

Coconut Lemonade Recipe - www.RadianceCentral.com

Valentines Day is this weekend and this Coconut Lemonade recipe is a perfect remedy after a big night out where perhaps you drank to much alcohol, have a hangover, ate too much rich food, didn’t get enough sleep, or you’re just feeling run down. This is the ultimate restorative drink!

Fresh coconut water is packed with electrolytes, and fresh lemon juice is known to be a perfect liver tonic. The two combined will get anyone on the road to recovery! I must say this is also a great post-workout drink, especially after intense cardio exercise.

Coconut Lemonade Recipe www.RadianceCentral.com

Easy to make, all you need to do is crack open a fresh young coconut, juice a lemon (or lime), and combine the coconut water with the lemon juice. If you want to be creative with this drink, you can chop-up some of the young  coconut meat and add it in (a popular thing to do here in Indonesia!). This drink can be served over ice or on it’s own, and no need to add any sweetener, the coconut water is definitely sweet enough! I always say “fresh is best,” but for those that don’t have access to fresh coconuts, bottled coconut water could be used as long as it’s pure and no added sweeteners or additives.


Want to do a cleanse??!!!! Join the next 7 Day Raw Food Challenge7 full days on a 100% raw food diet will definitely kick start a healthy diet, get the weight loss going, and make you feel and look great!! Once you sign-up, you’ll receive an ebook with Recipes, a full Menu Planner and Shopping List. Once the Challenge begins, you’ll have access to the Private Online Forum and Daily Videos specifically made for the 7 Day Raw Food Challenge. Click Here to join now!– The next 7 Day Raw Food Challenge starts Monday, February 16, 2015!!!

Feb 112015
 

A Treat Is Not A Cheat - www.RadianceCentral.com

Recently someone told me that a health guru was saying that “a treat is a cheat!” I have to say some of these messages put out by the health and diet industry can be quite extreme, disempowering, and just too over the top.

Do you want to be perfect, or do you want to be healthy?

This whole thing of “treats being cheats” reminds me of “dieting perfectionism,” which can do more harm than good. I see this a lot where people become consumed with doing a healthy diet 100% perfectly, as if there is no other way, and if they veto off their diet in the slightest way, they feel like they failed miserably. It’s a terrible place to be, and many find themselves constantly “starting over” because they “cheated” on their diet. It’s like nothing is ever good enough, and there’s always something that needs to be fixed and improved. And what will a 100% healthy diet without the occasional treat really do for you anyway? And what is “a treat is a cheat,” really about?!!!! I understand how bad cheating on a test is, or that cheating on your spouse is awful, but how is having a treat, cheating? Do you really want to live like that?

How many people do you know succeed from feeling like a failure?

I don’t know many people who can achieve real success and happiness if they’re always feeling guilty or like a failure. I know that these messages like “treats are cheats” are intented to somehow help or motivate people, but they just don’t. Now a days we’re bombarded by a whole lot of extreme ideas and views, and it’s important to stop and think about what we are telling ourselves and others, and question whether it creating value or not.


Want to do a cleanse??!!!! Join the next 7 Day Raw Food Challenge7 full days on a 100% raw food diet will definitely kick start a healthy diet, get the weight loss going, and make you feel and look great!! Once you sign-up, you’ll receive an ebook with Recipes, a full Menu Planner and Shopping List. Once the Challenge begins, you’ll have access to the Private Online Forum and Daily Videos specifically made for the 7 Day Raw Food Challenge. Click Here to join now!– The next 7 Day Raw Food Challenge starts Monday, February 16, 2015!!!

Feb 102015
 

How To Resist Tempting Food - www.RadianceCentral.com

The most common question I receive is how to resist food cravings and temptations? I believe just about everyone who’s embarked on a healthier lifestyle has at times been faced with strong temptations and cravings. Some people though, are able to handle the cravings, it doesn’t really take over their every thought, whereas others get overwhelmed by the cravings, and once they start eating their treat food, sometimes they can’t stop.

The one thing that I always recommend is to understand where the cravings are coming from. Be honest with yourself about your diet – is there enough variety in your diet? Are you too restrictive? Have you cut out too many food groups or macronutrients? Are you eating the same things all the time? Many times cravings can actually be a sign that there is something missing in one’s diet.  Is it really because you are dying to eat that cake and that’s all you can think about, or is it because you’re diet is so super restrictive that everything appears appetizing?!! I remember years ago when I was on a raw vegan diet, I went through a phase where I was experimenting with a low fat raw vegan diet, and over time I started having crazy strong cravings for ice cream and pizza. Me, I’ve never been much of a big pizza eater, in fact it was only in my twenties that I even tried pizza, and I can go years or decades without eating it, and have no problem at all. But when I was doing the low fat raw vegan diet, that’s all I would think about – hot, greasy pizza! I would have dreams about it! And luckily I was able to put two and two together quite quickly to see that I wasn’t quite needing the pizza, but my body was calling out for more healthy fat. The moment I added more healthy fat back into my diet and got off the low-fat experiment, the pizza and ice cream cravings just vanished!!

So sometimes cravings can come from a lack of something, and it’s the body’s way of saying it needs something. Other times cravings can come from missing a favourite food, or seeing someone eat the very food you gave up! It’s not always easy to resist the temptation and I find the best way of resisting the cravings is to constantly remind yourself why you gave it up in the first place. Many people give up their favourite foods because the reward and benefits far outweigh the fleeting and momentary pleasure of eating the actual food. For example, many people give up junk food and fast food to lose weight, or they give up dairy products to clear up acne, or they give up alcohol because the hangovers are making them severely depressed. Whatever the reason you gave up the food you are tempted to eat, remind yourself why you decided to give it up in the first place, and all the benefits you’ve since experienced from not eating it. Sometimes too, reminding yourself how hard it was to get through the initial withdrawal or letting go of that food can scare you enough from going back to eating it (I know plenty of ex-smokers who went through such agony from initially quitting smoking, they are terrified of ever picking up a cigarette again). Whatever works for you, seize it!

Now, what to do if everyone around you is constantly eating these foods? Well, you can’t always control what others are eating, and you can’t shelter yourself from the outer world just to avoid these foods. I do recommend trying to find a way to not have all those tempting foods stocked in your home where you have to be constantly resisting them. One thing I do when I’m doing the grocery shopping and my husband wants me to buy him some treats, I always buy him things he likes, that I don’t! I find this makes my life much easier. He can still have his treats but I am in no way tempted to eat them! So if your family or roommates want the home to be stocked up with foods or treats that you find tempting, get the flavours, brands, or types of food you just don’t like, that you can easily pass up. You’d be amazed at how such a simple thing like that can make your life much easier!

Lastly, and most importantly, I do want to mention that I believe cravings and temptations are not always about the food. In fact many times I see cravings as a red flag that something else in someone’s life is off balance or not being tended to. For example, when things are going really well in someone’s life, when they feel happy and confident, they are less likely to be phased by cravings and having to resist tempting foods. The cravings and temptations always feel more overwhelming when we are run down, perhaps upset about something, feeling frustrated, lonely, dissatisfied, let-down, or trapped. So the next time you are feeling overwhelmed by a craving, ask yourself what else is currently going on in your life? Are you happy with your personal relationships, with your job, and family? Are you stressed or overwhelmed? Are you lonely or feeling isolated, unheard? Many times food cravings have absolutely nothing to do with food at all, but something else that is missing or lacking in one’s life.


Want to do a cleanse??!!!! Join the next 7 Day Raw Food Challenge7 full days on a 100% raw food diet will definitely kick start a healthy diet, get the weight loss going, and make you feel and look great!! Once you sign-up, you’ll receive an ebook with Recipes, a full Menu Planner and Shopping List. Once the Challenge begins, you’ll have access to the Private Online Forum and Daily Videos specifically made for the 7 Day Raw Food Challenge. Click Here to join now!– The next 7 Day Raw Food Challenge starts Monday, February 16, 2015!!!

Feb 062015
 

How To Stop Binge Eating - www.RadianceCentral.com

How to stop binge eating? – This is a question I am frequently asked and hired to coach people through. I have to say this is something I feel very passionate about, mainly because I have personally witnessed so many people get to the other side, and free themselves completely of compulsive overeating. Anyone that has been in the throes of binge eating knows just how devastating it can be, not only physically, but mentally, and emotionally as well, and the deeper someone is in it, the more compelled they are to try and control it.

Unfortunately trying to control it, especially through dieting, fasting, and doing cleanses, just doesn’t work. I would go as far as to say it actually makes it terribly worse. Majority of people I’ve encountered that binge would easily admit that while they are bingeing on food they are simultaneously planning their next diet, cleanse, or fast, many times telling themselves “Tomorrow I’ll start over!” or “Tomorrow I’ll never eat this junk again, this is the last time!” And then the cycle of bingeing and starving begins, swinging from one extreme to the other, and back again.

My strongest recommendation to anyone dealing with binge eating is to go an entire year without any dieting, cleanses, or fasting. Make one rule for yourself, no matter how bad the binge is, you will not resort to dieting or fasting to “fix it.” Because honestly, dieting and fasting will not fix the behaviour, in fact over time, it only makes it worse.

You might find that at first it’s feels daunting to not be allowed to fall back on dieting and fasting, perhaps downright scary, but over time what ends up happening to people in this situation is instead of “sweeping the binge under the carpet,” they have to face it, and by facing it, you are feeling it, taking responsibility for it, and eventually, it naturally just might not be worth all the pain, discomfort, and self-loathing that comes with it.


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