Today’s guest blogger is vegetarian Maggie Albrecht who is a certified NLP Trainer, Coach, mBIT Coach, Advanced Law of Attraction Practitioner and Reiki healer from London. She is the owner of Life Redefined.
You are what you eat
How often do you hear the phrase ‘you are what you eat’? When I first heard it, years ago, I thought well that can’t be… What? I’m am big old hamburger wandering around? That must mean that every time I eat something, I change, and that doesn’t make any sense. How can eating something change who I am? Well I’ve done a little adapting myself since those days.
I’ve learnt lots (still an infinite amount to continue learning) and realised that yes, we are what we eat. I know if I go through a period of eating lots of sugary stuff or highly processed food, then I’ll really lack in energy afterwards. I feel hungover without the pleasure of having experienced the alcohol!
Why I am a vegetarian
When I was younger I used to be a vegetarian. 8 years without meat until a fateful girls weekend away in Barcelona when I was 21. Most veggies who relent say it was a bacon sandwich. Mine was a whole chicken, there was even a stunning photo of me, shoving the chicken carcass into my face so I didn’t miss anything. Nice.
Fast forward 18 years and I’ve recently become a vegetarian again. I’m learning so much about energies and how everything is interconnected, that I don’t want to eat meat or fish again. I just don’t want to cause pain. Purely personal, I don’t judge what others eat. Eating another species is survival, I’m not against it, it’s just that I won’t die if I don’t get that steak, but something else will.
Does veganism call? Not sure yet. Will see what happens. The point is, I feel better in myself. Not necessarily because I’m not eating meat but because I’m not feeling bad or have guilt attached to what I’m eating in the same way anymore.
The power of your thoughts
You might have heard of Dr Emoto and his water experiments. If not then you can easily find further info online. He conducted experiments with water to show how powerful thoughts were, and how they could change molecular structure. Part of the experiment was to talk to water in different ways. Some samples were told they were loved, some that they were hated or made a person feel sick.
For the purpose of this article, to make it easier to explain, let’s use the labels good and bad thoughts. The water was then frozen and the molecules studied under a microscope. Those subjected to ‘good’ thoughts were beautifully formed. The molecules subjected to the ‘bad’ thoughts were all twisted and ugly. For the sake of copyright I can’t show you pictures here, but pop his name into a search engine and check out the images. The differences are astounding.
Now think about the human body. We’re about 3/4 water. What about the foods we eat, whether it’s plants, fruits, animals, fish or vegetables? Bearing this in mind, doesn’t it make sense to be a bit more aware of what we’re eating? The experiences our food goes through before becoming dinner, could affect our energies and our own molecular structure.
Everything is your choice
So what can we do? Well you don’t need to give up anything if you don’t want to. It all comes down to personal choice. What you can do is set an intention when you are preparing your food. You don’t have to have studied Reiki or hug trees on a regular basis to flow positive energy through your food. As you prepare it, put yourself into a ‘good’ state of mind, whether it’s joy, peace, happiness, love; you get the picture.
Imagine that feeling infusing into your food (or drink). If you’re out or have not prepared the food yourself, you can give a little quiet thank you for what you are about to eat. Imagine every mouthful or sip making you stronger, full of love or healthier. This is your food, your thoughts; you choose what enters your body and the affect that has. If you’re feeling stressed before you eat, take a moment to calm yourself. The last thing you want to do is pass that energy into your food and then ingest even more stress!
I appreciate this might sound odd (or even very odd), but life is in the experience. Give it a try for a week. You’ve got nothing to lose, apart from maybe some guilt weight.
Maggie is an NLP Trainer and Coach. She encourages women to live life with purpose, power and passion! You can follow her on Facebook at Life Redefined UK. She offers residential (certified) NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner training retreats.
A note from Honey
Thank you Maggie for sharing your positive mindset towards food. And everything else!
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Today’s guest blogger is Judi May, a Reiki master teacher at Reiki Mastership from Nottingham.
Don’t shoot the pescatarian
I became a vegetarian at the age of 7, I loved animals. We had all sorts: dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, rabbits and fish, even a stick insect, so in my 7 year old wisdom I decided I couldn’t eat any of them anymore.
Then things changed, I discovered J dating. In my 20s, going out to restaurants became a bit of a challenge, as I quickly discovered if you didn’t like omelette you were left trying to make bread and tomato sauce dinners!
I began to eat fish and then chicken and my world opened up. I ate like this until last year when I became more aware of the negative effects of meat, dairy and wheat on my body, so I cut out chicken, then dairy from cows, wheat gluten and some fish.
So, what is my label? I personally don’t want to be labelled, I want to eat mackerel sometimes, have a goats’ cheese salad or a wholemeal sandwich if I’m offered. If I’m out for dinner and someone orders a steak I don’t whip out my balaclava and AK47, we should all choose to eat what we wish and not be judged.
Now we get to the question:
It’s possibly easier to say I’m a vegetarian, vegan or a gluten-free consumer but much more difficult to explain how I eat. Surely you should be able to eat how you want without being criticised or judged.
Whether you eat beef, but not pork; fish, but not lobster; goats’ cheese, but not cows’ cheese; or if you’ve been a vegetarian for 20 years but have decided it no longer suits you, your body or ethics, etc, then you should be able to do that.
I don’t have a title for the way I eat: the way I eat is perfect for me and my family and I’m sure I will tweak and change it even more over the next few years as my knowledge and choices increase and change. So don’t shoot the part-veggi-part-vegan-part-gluten-free, we’re all just trying to find the best way to live at this moment in time.
So what do I eat?
Well here are a couple of meals that I have. Chickpea coconut curry and cauliflower pizza with salad. Both of these meals are vegan.
A note from Honey….
Thank you Judi for sharing your thoughts on not judging other’s diet choices.
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Continuing our theme of special guest bloggers talking about increasing physical, emotional and spiritual energy for happiness, please welcome guest blogger Susan Ellis-Saller.
Susan is an energy worker, a tarot and angel card reader, an angel practitioner, and a life coach. She has worked with crystals and aromatherapy for more than 20 years and loves to help people find more happiness and positive feelings in their lives.
Here is Susan’s blog about some simple tactics and easy to find tools that can help you improve the vibe in your home and life.
7 Alternative Ways to Help Bring More Happiness to Your Life
Are you looking for some new ways to increase the happiness in your life? Have you ever thought of using crystals, minerals, and energy healing methods to bring more happiness into your home and environment?
1) Clear clutter
I know that might seem like a bummer to do, but the stuff that’s lying around your house can actually be charged with negative energy. Removing it and clearing space can work wonders for your mood and also make space for more positive energy to flow.
2) Use music
There are sound therapists who are actually trained to use their voices to clear the energy of your space – either in your home or office. Their pitches might sound foreign to your ears, but they do wonders for breaking up negative energy and adding a lighter note to your home’s energy! Check out Urte Tragman’s site for more info.
You can also play classical music or use a bell to clear the air in your rooms and homes. Practitioners say the chord of C works well, and you can experiment with other chords and types of music to see what works best for you.
3) Surround yourself with crystals
Certain crystals, like rose quartz and selenium, are associated with bringing positive vibes into a space and are even associated with the angels! You can either carry them on your person or scatter them around your home to increase their effectiveness.
If you want to absorb or deflect negative energy or vibes, keep a black tourmaline on you or put smoky quartz in your home. Both of these crystals are wonderful for absorbing the bad – leaving more room for the good!
4) Use salt!
Salt can help to soak up negative vibes, so you can bathe in a salted bath or use a Himalayan salt lamp in your work/home space. Himalayan salt lamps are said to give off certain ionic particles that help to clear the air and also to absorb electronic rays and particles given off by the many technological devices we use on a daily basis.
5) Scents can help, too!
Citrus scents, like lemon and grapefruit, are mood enhancers. They stimulate different areas in the brain and can also bring on a more “sunny” disposition. Bergamot is also associated with improving a person’s mood – especially if he or she is suffering from depression.
If you are looking for stress relief, go with a lavender or chamomile scent. Both are mild and both are helpful in tackling stress. Just watch out, with scents. Make sure that you use a little bit in the beginning to make sure that you are not allergic or sensitive to what you are using.
Also, people who are prone to seizures or who are pregnant should check with a licensed aromatherapist before using any oils – topically or in the air.
6) Bring in some flowers
Studies show that flowers help to elevate EVERYONE’s mood (or the vast majority of the population, anyway)! If there is a kind of flower you love, then even putting a picture of that flower in your home or workspace can help to improve the mood.
Plants, too, have been found to increase the flow of positive energy in a home or office. There are different plants associated with different areas of life, like love or prosperity.
7) Uplift with color!
The mood or tone of your home can be enhanced by the color(s) of the accessories you choose. If you’d like to lift the mood in your home up, then think about bright, vibrant accents like yellow and orange (sunny, happy colors) or even calming colors, like pastels and “water colors” like turquoise, blue, and lavender.
Many times, colors and scents associated with those colors have similar effects on the mind and body. So, rose and pink (and rose quartz) will both bring a positive, innocent touch to your atmosphere. Purples and lavender (and amethyst) will have a calming and soothing effect, etc.
Simple things can change your mood
Sometimes, using alternative methods will help you to improve your happiness in ways you hadn’t thought of before. Simple things, like color and scent can have a big impact on your mood, as can energetic clearing methods like listening to music.
It’s important to explore many different ways of improving your environment and your mood – and using crystals, flowers, and scents can have a wonderful effect!
Now when I say I’m a Hypnotherapist and then mention I also do Reiki, the more logical people might start to think I’m a bit ‘woo woo’. But actually, it wasn’t until I started doing Reiki that I thought the opposite. Some of the energetic experiences and shifts I have witnessed have been remarkable. And there really is nothing ‘woo woo’ about it.
You see you have an energy and I have an energy and between us we make a new energy that no one else can make. That’s why sometimes when you are with people they can lift you or drain you. Or when you are having a good day and giving out good vibes more good things seem to happen. and the opposite is also true.
Does your car have more energy than you?
How often do you feel low on energy? And do you notice your high energy states too?
Did you realise that you have different sources of energy? Sort of like a car. The fuel helps it move. The water stops it from having a meltdown. And the oil keeps everything running smoothly.
Fuel = You nourish you body to give it physical energy.
Water = You manage your emotions to stop yourself having a meltdown or getting stressed
Oil = You keep your spirit moving so your joy does not get stuck
Your three energy sources are physical, emotional and spiritual. When you balance the three energies, you will feel at your best; powerful and balanced. It doesn’t have to be hard. The first step is to recognise the three energies and anything that drains or feeds them.
Have you ever been physically tired but so enthusiastic about someone or something that you are still energetic? Or physically well and rested but mentally there is nothing in the tank? Or have you lost your joy and can’t seem to find a way to bring it back?
Know what drains and feeds your energy
Things that drain or feed your energy can be:
Special guest bloggers over the next week
Over the next week we have some very special guest bloggers joining us to talk about increasing physical, emotional and spiritual energy for happiness. It’s so exciting and I can’t wait to introduce you to them and their wonderful work. I’ve chosen these people because they are talented and expert at what they do and also very nice people!
Anthony Punshon – is a really experienced personal trainer and weight loss expert
Katie Hedges – is a passionate foodie, aspiring recipe developer and healthy eating expert
Did you know that your mind has two parts? The conscious and the subconscious. The conscious mind could be called the more rational. It makes decisions based on logic and chooses our behaviour. Most of the time in day to day life we operate in a conscious state. The conscious part of our brain is the smaller less powerful part (although still very powerful!). The conscious part lets us work, study, operate on a daily basis.
The dominant part of the mind is the subconscious. We access the subconscious naturally when we ‘daydream’, drift off to sleep or feel strong instinct. The subconscious is powerful when we dream. It tries to make sense of all the information it has absorbed or is processing.
The subconscious is like a blank canvas when we are born. We take in around 2 million pieces of information a day, which is far too much for the conscious mind to process. So the subconscious stores in using sight, smell, taste, sound and feelings. It codes our life experiences in this way which is why both good and bad experiences can havesmellsor noises attached to them. All this goes on automatically so we don’t really have much control about our built in ‘coding’.
So the phrase ‘in two minds’ is literally that. When we are making a decision we might use the conscious mind to think about it logically but the subconscious mind will be the more feeling part. Kind of like head and heart centred thinking.
How you can harness the power of your subconscious mind….
The subconscious is there to protect us and always acts in the way it thinks is best for us. This can become a problem if its ‘coding’ is not helpful. For example, it has learnt that when you are scared or worried you should have a panic attack, or when you are sad you should eat for comfort. People get confused about why they are behaving in a way that is not helpful or they can’t control. This is because the subconscious is the more powerful force and is leading behaviour.
You can use will power to try and beat an issue, but will power comes from the conscious mind so may only be temporary. Long lasting change needs to be made in the subconscious.
To access the subconscious mind and make changes you need to relax the conscious mind. You can do this with Hypnotherapy (trance hypnosis) or NLP (waking hypnosis). Once the conscious mind is relaxed, the subconscious is present and changes can be made. Sort of like recoding (in a safe and pleasant way).
You will experience wonderful relaxing feelings and connect to the subconscious part of your mind. The part that seems to be on a whole different level and you experience different thoughts that sometimes you can’t even put into words.
Change your life….
People often live with issues that make them seriously unhappy or make their lives less enjoyable. Panic attacks, weight issues, anxiety, smoking, confidence, depression, self-esteem, sleep, stress can all be changed for the better. A goodHypnotherapist or NLP Practitionerwill workwithyou to make the changes that are necessary for you. It isn’t as simple as saying to the subconscious ‘change this’. The subconscious is like a child. It needs to believe what is being said, it needs to feel its the right thing to do.
Children operate in the subconscious a lot! They have wonderful imagination and intuition. They respond to stories which appeal to the subconscious and significant changes can be made to their lives meaning happier childhoods and lasting change through to adulthood.
The subconscious is also like a sponge for storing positivity as well as negativity. So accessing your subconscious for confidence to help with presentations, interviews, exams and sporting situations is really cool. This is what successful people do regularly! Just askTony Robbins 🙂
Get in touch so I can help you or your child.
I use Hypnotherapy, NLP, Reiki and life coaching to help children over 5 and adults overcome problems and issues. I work face to face in Lancing, Worthing, Shoreham and Brighton and worldwide on Skype. I love talking to people and would happy to have a chat with you about how I could help you or your child.