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Just in the nick of time to celebrate National Yoga Awareness Month . . .

Enjoy this simple yoga pose to tone your belly, energize your mind, open your lungs, cleanse your body, lengthen your spine . . . And so much MORE!

xox Ana

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In yoga there is a law that states: “where attention goes energy flows“.

So, whatever you are present to is what is fed, what flowers, what grows.

This can be applied to just about any area of your life.

But what I want to focus on here is how presence relates to your metabolism, energy, digestion and your health.

First, let’s just look at what presence is and how it works.

It has been scientifically proven that we can affect anything simply by observing it and paying attention to it. You can affect another’s behavior by observing them.

We might call this self-consciousness, but this phenomenon has also been shown in animals, planets and more.

You may have even noticed for yourself that when you are in nature, observing the beauty around you, that you experience an almost immediate sense of relaxation and well being.

Well, this emotional responsiveness to what we put our attention on also relates to our body and to our metabolism.

When you eat with awareness and really fully choose presence with your meals, research has shown that you actually assimilate more nutrients, digest better and boost your metabolism.

Digestion, in fact, begins in the head! Wow!

Now, you may be saying “big deal, I don’t have time for this”, or “I don’t really care”.

Well, I encourage you to listen up because if you wish to maximize the nutrition from the food you eat, increase your energy, burn more calories without getting on the treadmill, get more enjoyment from your food and prevent overeating, this is THE tip you can start right away for profound results.

Without presence in the act of eating, you will experience less enzymatic action in the gut and be more likely to experience digestive problems (even if you don’t “feel” them), bowel disorders, lowered immunity, and fatigue. Not to mention you will most likely hold onto weight, have more difficulty losing excess weight AND overeat.

YIKES!

In order to take full advantage of the metabolic power of presence, you must give your full attention to eating. This means no TV, no reading, no computer, no eating while you work or while you drive. Be fully present.

Now, the slight exception to this would be eating in the presence of others. This is fine and even beneficial. Sharing a relaxed meal with family or friends is still supporting the attention being on your food and the act of eating.

Your Action Step:

For the next week be totally 100% present to your meals (and snacks). Remove all distractions and commit to this with your whole self.

Create a relaxing atmosphere alone or with others. If you are at work, step away from your desk.

Notice your food, smell it, look at it, really taste it, chew it, breath it.

Really make this a meditation.

Extra credit: Now if at some point during the week you choose to indulge in or binge on a “forbidden” food, be totally present.

DO NOT leave the building. Pay attention to what happens when you actually scoop the ice cream out of the container into a beautiful bowl, create a calm and comfortable environment and sit down, while enjoying it slowly.

If you are eating low quality ice cream, you will most likely put it down pretty quickly. : )

Even if you are eating the good stuff, you will most likely be satisfied with less.

This is not easy, I know, so be gentle with yourself.

I encourage you to try this, and please leave a comment below to let me know how it goes!

with love,

Ana

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Although truly transforming your cravings needs to be about more than just a quick fix, I thought sharing a couple of helpful tools and hints could at least take the edge of and allow for a more relaxed introspection into the true nature of your cravings.

What is a craving?
“An intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing “
Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/craving
Cravings = critical pieces of information that tell you what your body needs.

It does not matter what you crave, the important thing is to understand why you crave what you crave.
Key: Look at the foods, deficits, behaviors in your life that are the underlying cause of your cravings.
When you do have a craving, pause and ask, “what is really going on here?”

It is important to really begin to listen to your body, not just try to shut it up. It is trying to tell you something, so patience and attention are required.

Often times, though, when a craving strikes, we may be in a weak and vulnerable state and just not centered enough to address the core of the issue. This is where the “tool kit” comes in. These are some personal tools that I use when emotional stability has left the building:

Deep breathing – Close your eyes and take 10 slow, long and deep breaths right into the belly. This can be amazingly calming, centering and energizing. Often times this allows that urgency to subside, so that you may be able to act more consciously.

Essential oils – Essential oils are invaluable for addressing the “emotional body”. They enter directly through our olfactory system (the smelling system), which has been shown to correllate very directly and immediately to the emotional state. The effects can be immediate and the side effects are none. Young Living are some of the highest quality oils I have used and they have masterful blends that are wonderful at transforming negative or harmful emotional states.

Valor, Peace & Calming, Joy, Harmony, Live with Passion, Motivation, Inner Child or Release are just a few to start with. Rub a drop or two in your palms and inhale for an immediate effect.

Quick fix: Squash your cravings with a drop or two of Young Living peppermint oil. Place a drop or two on the back of your hand, then lick it off. Pure peppermint essential oil has been shown to depress appetite, especially when it is more of a psychological desire. (Note: It is only okay to ingest oils that have been approved for internal use such as Young Living. Do not try this with just any brand)

Flower Essences – These are a very personal journey, so I will not be making any specific recommendations. What I will say is that they can be so effective at balancing emotions in a very subtle and completely non-toxic way. It is best to consult with someone who uses flower essences or use the quick reference guides that usually accompany the display at your natural foods store. Because these are completely safe, experimenting a little to find the right formula for you poses no risk of toxicity or harm.

Blue green algae – Both spirulina and blue green algae (see E3 Live on my recommended products page) have been shown to balance blood sugar, provide the body with valuable trace minerals and suppress cravings. Their ability to uplift and energize could help you feel a little better when the emotional roller coaster hits.

(See my article on blue green algae on my examiner.com page)

Again, it is important to not see your cravings as the enemy, but secret information that may need a little decoding. Check in to see what may be missing in your diet or your life. With practice the mystery will unravel.

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