Did you know chocolate can be a healthy part of your diet? It’s true!
Maria Camacho, Holistic Health Coach at My Health As Wealth says, “Fair Trade organic dark chocolate is best. Chocolate is rich in antioxidant properties. Two squares of dark chocolate can be very satisfying as dessert, just not every day.”
Balance and Awareness
A healthy relationship with food begins with balance and awareness. Often the body will let you know when something is off balance and listening to those cues will likely increase your health. When you come from a place of awareness and balance all food is your friend, yes even that piece of chocolate cake.
Stepping into awareness and balance begins with slowing down. Stress interferes with digestion because the activation of hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol activate the “Fight or Flight” reflex.
One can’t properly digest food while running away from a lion attack and even though you are not running from a lion today, activating this set of instincts makes the body feel like it is.
Just slow down a little bit…
Slowing down is possible even for a busy family. For example if you eat without your TV on or without your smart phone.
One great way to slow down is to step into a place of gratitude where you can be grateful for the food you are about to eat. Look at the piece of chocolate cake; smell it; taste it- be aware of how you feel as you do each of these things.
Giving yourself permission
Another part of balance and awareness is giving yourself permission to enjoy the food free of guilt. This helps with digestion and also allows you to enjoy the feelings in your body during the digestion process.
You can say to yourself, “Today I have decided to celebrate (insert special occasion here) with a piece of chocolate cake. I give myself permission to enjoy this chocolate cake and all of the wonderful feelings that come with it.”
If chocolate cake is not one of your bliss foods, you can substitute something else that is, and say the same statement to yourself. Ms. Camacho recommends her clients allow bliss foods to be 10-20% of your diet, and you sidestep the deprivation that is so typical of weight reduction plans.
Breathe just a little bit
Breathing is also an important tool to slow down, as it brings balance and awareness into your eating. Breathing offers you the opportunity to do an internal assessment about how you feel when you eat, what foods make you feel better, or even what foods make you feel sluggish.
Being open to change
The last step to bringing balance and awareness into your eating is also the most important, being open to change. People are often reluctant to accept change as possible in their lives, but take a look around you and change can be seen anywhere.
When you bring balance and awareness to your life and your table, things start to change. Food tastes better, flowers look brighter, your children are even more amazing to you, and you can drop the weight faster while keeping chocolate in your diet!
If you have been working to make changes in your health and diet and are feeling overwhelmed, Maria Camacho is happy to help you and can be reached through her website: http://www.myhealthaswealth.com.