Total Health by Elizabeth

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Total Health by Elizabeth
Total Health by Elizabeth3 months ago
Something that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is contrast.

When you look at a picture that doesn’t have contrast, nothing stands out, and everything blends together and becomes blah.

In life, we have contrast through our experiences & emotions.

We NEED to have negative emotions and slumps so that we can experience the good times & feel joy, happiness & love.

It’s difficult when we’re in the middle of a crisis to appreciate that it’s creating contrast in our lives - that it will ultimately lead us to gratitude in appreciating the good times - we just want it to go away.

Totally normal

But it’s also to keep in mind that it’s not always going to be that way.

This will all be over, and we’ll be able to resume our lives with gratitude.

#mindset #mindsetshift #changeyourmindset #changeyourlife #changeyourthoughts #negativeemotions
Total Health by Elizabeth
Total Health by Elizabeth3 months ago
I used to think that I loved food. People would say this to me all the time - that they considered me a ‘foodie’.

I find it interesting because even at the time, something about that felt ‘off’ to me about it. I did NOT enjoy going to fancy restaurants where there was a lot of white space on the plate. 😝

It wasn’t that I liked really good food - I liked a lot of food. I liked feeling full.

I remember seeing a Nate Berkus segment on Oprah one day where he was talking about clutter - and that if you really love your things that you will display them proudly & get rid of the other things that surround it.

We need to be discerning with our things in order to truly appreciate them.

The same thing is true with our food. When we really come from a place of love and appreciation for our food, we treat it well. We truly taste it, love it, and savor it.

When I really started tasting my food, that was the beginning of when things started changing for me.

Its something that I still have to actively pay attention to - consciously tasting my food - because otherwise I just get too distracted talking or being all up in my brain, and then the food is gone and I haven’t even realized that I’ve eaten. 🤦‍♀️

I became MUCH MORE discerning about what food I ate when it came to - even basic things, like candy. I realized that most mass-produced chocolate tastes terrible - AND it gives me a headache! So I stopped eating it - and it became no longer tempting for me. Halloween candy has no appeal for me.

And when I DID have expensive chocolate, I didn’t want to eat it all in one sitting - because I wanted to keep it around & savor it. It was a treat.

Do you savor your food? No judgment if you don’t. I still struggle with being mindful when I sit down to a meal. Any tips to stay more present during meal times?

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Total Health by Elizabeth
Total Health by Elizabeth3 months ago
Growing up, no one teaches us how to feel - feel our hunger or feel our feelings.

These are two skills - yes, SKILLS - that I work with my clients on all the time because when we can feel hunger and our feelings & understand that there is no emergency, we can change our results, and therefore change our lives.

I mean, no one LIKES to feel hungry. And no one likes to feel negative emotion. But we need contrast in our lives. We need to feel the hunger in order to appreciate the satiety. And we need the anxiety, sadness, and fear in order to feel the joy, happiness, and love.

These are all part of being human.

We don’t need to eat the minute we feel hunger - and if we pay attention to our body, we’ll often notice that the hunger will go away for a while.

It comes in waves.

The same thing is true for our emotions. If we don’t address the emotion, it will come back stronger.

Neither one can hurt us. It’s okay to feel hungry, and it’s okay to feel the anxiety, sadness or disappointment. We do not need to solve for feeling negative emotions by eating - because it’s not an effective solution. It’ll just return.

Solve for hunger by nourishing the body. Solve for emotion by nourishing the soul.
Total Health by Elizabeth
Total Health by Elizabeth3 months ago
The energy with which we do something has a HUGE implication on how we do it, and what results we get.

When we decide that we want to lose weight from a place of NEED - “I need to get this weight off” - it feels very urgent. It feels panicky & anxious.

Urgency, panic, and anxiety are all really stress-filled emotions.

Stress will kill weight loss in a heart-beat.

But when we approach weight loss from a different angle - one of curiosity, confidence, or acceptance and calm, not only is weight loss bound to happen, but it’s going to make the journey that much easier & enjoyable.
Total Health by Elizabeth
Total Health by Elizabeth4 months ago
I was just reading a book about money, and this quote hit me like a ton of bricks:

“Most people with debt are afraid to spend, invest, and enjoy life. They live in perpetual guilt around their debt. They feel bad or wrong that they have this debt. They feel that they are not allowed to live a happy life until the debt is gone.”

It hit me hard because many of us feel the EXACT same way about money and debt as we do about food and our bodies - that we aren’t allowed to eat, enjoy, or indulge in treats until we are at some random goal weight.

Its ridiculous to think that we wouldn’t be allowed to enjoy our money until we’re debt-free & it’s ridiculous that we wouldn’t be allowed to enjoy food until we were at our goal - which again, who is to say when that’s small ‘enough’?

And so we walk around in perpetual guilt & shame because we ate a cookie, cupcake, or whatever we find delicious.

I give my clients permission to eat these things daily. They’re not bad. They don’t make us bad if we eat them.

Will it take us longer to get to our goal if we cut these things out? Maybe.

But you know what else will contribute to a delay in getting to our goal?

Stressing out over what we can & can not eat. Stressing out because we want something that we’ve decided is ‘too decadent’.

Stress will kill fat loss in a heart beat.

Food is meant to be enjoyed.

You are meant to enjoy life.

Sometimes that will include a cupcake. Other times it will include a walk.

But we are allowed to eat whatever we desire without guilt or shame.

You have my permission.

But you don’t need that. You can give yourself permission - and believe it. 💕
Total Health by Elizabeth
Total Health by Elizabeth4 months ago
Did you create a new year’s resolution to become healthier and/or lose weight?

Even if you didn’t, this is for you.

When you want to give up, know this: your brain is LYING to you.

I experience this myself, and I see it all the time with my clients.

There will come a day when you are going along - doing your thing - and then you’ll get some feedback that you weren’t expecting.

If you’re trying to lose weight, the scale won’t show what YOU THINK it should.
If you’re trying to save money, your bank balance won’t reflect all of the hard work that you’ve put in.
If you’re trying to improve your relationship, maybe that person isn’t responding as you’d hoped.

DO NOT GIVE UP.

Your brain is going to think, “This isn’t working.” “This is too hard.” “It’s not worth it.”

DO NOT BELIEVE YOUR BRAIN.

Not only that, but this is the time to double down on your commitment to yourself. To your goal.

Now - it’s going to be difficult.

But if you give up now, you have no idea how close you may have been to success.

Habit change is hard. But I think things get really tough when we’re about 70% of the way through. It’s kind of like all of that detail work on a project - those loose ends - that we have to clean up.

But even if you’re just starting out, it’s super helpful to look at where you are today compared to where you WERE - versus how much further you have to go - because that’s always going to be a moving target.

Keep going. It WILL get easier.

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