Greetings Beautiful Beings,
Have you ever had the feeling that you weren’t living up to your highest potential?
Recently I’ve really felt a push to examine myself. Yes, I always prefer to examine myself but I mean REALLY examine myself and the roots of how and why I hold myself back in certain areas of my life. Back at the end of 2018 I did a massive cleaning out of my physical space, got rid of lots of things and was able to re-purpose other things that I had forgotten that I owned!
It’s like something happened internally once I really got a handle of my external environment. An internal desire began to grow in regards to doing a massive clean out of my heart and mind. I wanted to take inventory of all the things that needed to be “gotten rid of” and also things that could be re-purposed for a better quality of life and inner peace.
I realized that I had several addictions that needed to be addressed. Among the list are/were: procrastination, social media, distractions and probably the most ingrained and long-standing addiction…..FOOD (sugar, carbs, comfort foods)
I have done social media “fasts” in the past where I determined to “only spend a certain amount of time” on social media per day (which proved VERY difficult), so I knew that it was something that needed more a intentional and strategic approach. It’s kind of a love/hate relationship since I use it to promote and advertise my business, but in reality I was spending way more time just mindlessly scrolling than actually engaging in bringing value to my potential clients.
The next thing I’ve been examining is my relationship with food. I notice that I typically eat for taste and to “enjoy” the experience of pleasure. I definitely enjoy lots of “healthy” foods but I also really enjoy a lot of unhealthy foods as well. I began by starting to intermittently fast between the hours of 1-7PM and then I pushed my comfort zone to one meal a day. Then, I felt a push to do a fast from food for spiritual reasons. Once I began to look into and research the amazing benefits of prolonged fasting I was blown away!
Fasting has been used for centuries to heal many imbalances in the physical body along with making space spiritually for God to perform miracles. The bible is full of stories that illustrate this. (Esther 4-5, Esther 9, Jonah 3, Matthew 4, Matthew 6, Ezra 8, Nehemiah 1, 1 Kings 19, Exodus 34, Acts 9, Act 13, Acts 14, Isaiah 58, Mark 9 & Daniel 1 just to name a few, lol)
I did a 7 day water fast from 3/22/19 – 3/29/19. My primary motivation for fasting initially was to experience miracles in some personal family situations, along with increase in business and other areas, but the whopping 14 pounds I released definitely was an awesome silver lining. Let me be clear this fast was NOT about losing weight, but more about healing and preventing disease. Enabling my body to take a rest from digesting new food and provide the opportunity to go back through and process out all the toxins (and nutrients) being stored in fat cells. There are tons of resources but one of my favorites is the The Essene Science of Fasting.
What I realized during my fast and after I began to eat again is how much my emotional state affected my food choices. I asked the question a few days ago on Instagram what folks food addictions were. Many people chimed in and I want all of us to really take a moment to think about what we are sacrificing due to our ingrained habit of emotion suppression through food. For me, it’s clarity of mind, my ideal body and a sense of accomplishment. When I eat “good food” that is typically rich and/or sweet, I feel tired afterwards, and it begins a downward spiral. Of course this is just my own personal experience but I wanted to share it with you in hopes that you can gain some insight, inspiration and/or motivation.