Pushing Away The Plate

plate_with_leftovers_of_roast_dinner_-_print_versionWere you told to eat everything on your plate before you could leave the table? On my intuitive eating journey, one of the hardest things to do has been to push away my plate once I’m full. I grew up believing that wasting food was a sin.

Many of us received a similar message growing up. How do we change our habits and free ourselves from food guilt? Permit yourself to “waste” food. You heard me correctly. We all need a place to start our journey, and this is a place to do just that. One of my practices is composting. Knowing that the food is going back into the Earth to nourish Her makes me feel good. We also have chickens on our property, and they love the goodies we leave on the compost pile every day. Our chickens give us the most glorious eggs you’ve ever seen or eaten in return.

Not everyone can compost or has chickens to give their leftovers to. An alternative way to keep you from creating food waste is through using a smaller plate at your meals. A smaller plate helps you to manage the amount of food you are consuming in the first place. Know that you have permission to get more food if your body needs it. I find that waiting 5 minutes before I go for seconds helps. It takes a few minutes for the satiety message to hit the brain. We often eat with our eyes and, in so doing, can not hear the fullness message from the stomach.  Intuitive eating takes practice and you will have days that will be hard.  Be gentle, and kind to yourself along the way.

If you would like to learn more about Della’s Healing Services, click here.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

chocolate avocado pudding (1 of 1)Intuitive eating does not mean that I no longer eat treats.  It simply means that when I do choose to eat them I want them to be not just yummy but healthy(ish) too.

There are many times I have used food for comfort in my life.  This recipe was inspired by my need for comfort plus my desire to make healthier choices.

In recent months I have become more aware of when I am eating out of a need to soothe myself.  That awareness has made it easier to not let food be my go-to for dealing with my emotions.  Until I could get there this pudding was an option that didn’t bring me down the guilt rabbit hole.

Ingredients:

1 Avocado, ripe – flesh only
1 Tbs. Nut butter
1 Tbs. Cocoa powder
Vanilla stevia, to taste
Coconut milk or milk alternative

Place the first 4 ingredients in a blender or food processor and slowly add a splash at a time of milk and blend until desired consistency.  Enjoy!

 

To find out more about Della click here.

 

The Joy of Eating

Raspberry adhara mudra (1 of 1)Have you ever eaten raspberries right off the bush?  Do you remember how it feels to risk life and limb (and scratches!) for each plump berry?  This was my experience today as I reveled in the joy of each delectable bite.  I even emitted little piggy sounds as I gleefully went from bush to bush picking the ripe berries and popping them into my mouth.  Each berry had its own unique taste depending on its level of ripeness.

As I listened to my body I found I had eventually had enough.  I kept on picking berries to savor for later.  It had been so long since I had actually savored my food.  It had been even longer since I had experienced joy around eating.

Eating has had, for the longest time, so much baggage attached to it for me.  As I continue on the path of intuitive eating joy and freedom are returning.  More importantly, the inner voice of my body wisdom is becoming more clear.

To find out about my intuitive offerings and online yoga classes please check out my website here.

Creamy Cucumbers

Creamy Cukes (1 of 1)I have created many recipes over the years, and I will say they were yummy, but they came from a place of restriction and deprivation.  I spent so many years not eating this or that that I wanted to start sharing new recipes from a place of pure love for food and not restriction.  This is my first recipe from that mind-set.

Ingredients:

1      English cucumber, sliced or diced
1/2   cup sour cream
1/2   teaspoon onion salt (I used Trader Joe’s brand)
1/2   teaspoon dried or fresh dill
1/8   tsp salt

Place all ingredients together in a bowl and mix well.  Enjoy!

About Me

Della 2Della McGee is a widely recognized intuitive healer, yoga teacher, and workshop facilitator.  She’s been sharing her gifts for over 25 years, and her skills have led her to help thousands of people from all walks of life bring clarity to their lives and assist them in reaching their highest potential.

Della loves to help people with her no-nonsense, intuitive readings.  She is practical and grounded in her approach to sharing the information that comes through her.  She uses several techniques during the healing process including communicating with your angels and guides, visioning, chakra attunement, and hands-on healing.
In 2016 Della received her master’s certification in hypnosis (MHt) through NATH.  She currently uses this technology to help empower individuals who may be struggling with blocks to moving forward in life.  On the spiritual side, she loves to help people find the root core of persistent life problems with past life regression.
A certified yoga teacher since 2006 through Kundalini Research Institute she uses her intuitive gifts to bring the student exactly what they need in her Yoga For You classes.  She recently created Yoga For Core Strength to help women heal any negative self-image they may have around their bodies, especially their bellies.
Della is also a passionate health and wellness writer. She has written for several blogs, reaching tens of thousands of people online — including the highly popular The Edge Newspaper.

 

You can find out more about her healing services here.

My Journey To Intuitive Eating

Mind-body-wisdom-300x207I have had a life long battle with dieting and disordered body image.  My journey with intuitive eating began with surrender.  I had reached a point where “dieting” no longer worked.  If I am honest, any diet I have ever tried only worked for a little while.  I would momentarily feel better in the short term but it was never sustainable for long.

In the past 30 years, I have explored the extremes of every fad diet imaginable from a raw food vegan diet to the carnivore diet.  I told myself these diets were either for spiritual or health reasons, never to lose weight.  If weight loss occurred than that was a bonus of being on the diet.  That was a lie.

Where did my body criticism begin?  I was a healthy child at a healthy weight until I began to develop at age 16.  This was much later than my peers.  One day I was flat-chested and practically overnight I no longer was.  As I got older my breasts got even more generous and my self-degradation grew.  As my breasts became larger my perception of the size of my body increased.  The reality was much different than what I saw in the mirror.

WHAT IS INTUITIVE EATING?

Intuitive eating is a way to align the mind with the body’s natural hunger instincts.  We were all born with innate body wisdom.  As infants, we cried when we were hungry and we pulled away from the nipple when we were full.  As we got older the messages we received from our caregivers were often the exact opposite of intuitive.  We were told to, “Eat your vegetables!” Or, “Clean your plate!”  Food was often withheld as punishment or pushed on us as a form of love.  As a result, our natural body wisdom was suppressed.

Our fundamental hunger instinct is still inside of us.  How we awaken our body’s intuition is through trust.  When you hear that, you might begin to cringe and tell yourself,  “There is no way I can trust myself!  If I am left to my own devices I will eat whatever I want whenever I want to.”  I am here to tell you that is exactly where to begin.

When I first started with intuitive eating I gave myself permission to eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted to.  I ate a lot!  I ate chocolate.  I ate fat.  I ate evil carbs.  This craziness went on for a good week and a half.  Then the crazy began to taper off.  A dialog within myself began to unfold.  It looked like this.

“I want to eat chocolate.”
“You can eat as much chocolate as you want.”
“I really can?”
“Of course you can!”
“I guess I really don’t want any chocolate right now. If I want it later I can eat it?”
“You have permission to eat chocolate or anything whenever you want.”

That permission was all I needed to begin to trust the process of intuitive eating.  I still give in to emotional eating over the needs of my body.  When that happens I am gentle and forgiving with myself.  This is a journey and not a destination.  I hope you join me on the path.

To find out more about me and my healing services click here.