It’s time to portion your plate!

We have all been supersized!

“How dare you!” I hear you gasp and I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but it is true!

Both our body size and our portion size have been supersized. We accept the bigger versions… of ourselves and our plates.

If I was to show you a picture of a 1961 grade one primary school class and then one from 2017… I’m guessing you would be a little shocked at the difference.

The kids in the 2017 photo will look considerably bigger in body size. Not all but most. The kids in the picture from 1961 would all look on the skinny side, and I’m guessing most. I have seen said pictures before and compared them, so I’m not telling a tale.

When it comes to acceptable size, I think our visual take on things has changed over the past 30 years or so.

When we changed our eating habits in the 70’s  – FAT was the evil master and food manufacturers did everything to take the fat out of their foods, things changed. The problem with that is when you take the fat out – food tastes bland.

So what did they do? They replaced the fat with sugar and our now over 80% of product on our supermarket shelves contain sugar.

What I hear you asking does this have to do with the size of school kids?

Well the 1970’s was the beginning of our obesity, type 2 diabetes and autoimmune disease crisis. Over the last 40 years all of these diseases have skyrocketed and they don’t look like slowing down any time soon.

People – babies, kids, teenagers, adult are bigger than they used to be. They weigh so much more today than the past. We have an overweight and obesity problem – a very big problem through out our western world.

I can feel a bit of a rant coming on…and that was not the intention of this post. My intention was to talk the size of your plate…

That can be the next post!

 

Be Healthy, Happy & Amazing!

Caroline x

ps enjoy Easter however you celebrate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There but for the grace of God, go I….

 

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There but for the grace of God, go I…

As I walked through the park this morning with my dog, I had blue skies above and the sun warming my back. It was a beautiful morning and the temperature hinted of a gorgeous day to come.

I found myself looking at the ground, an unwanted habit I have, rather than what surrounded me. So I stopped and looked up, took a deep breath and breathed it all in.

Doing this automatically puts your headspace in to a better, more positive place. Well for me anyway!

And this morning it was a place of gratitude.

I started to think of my beautiful surroundings and how lucky I am.

Then interestingly, my thoughts went here….

It could all have been so very different.

By the sheer fluke of something greater than me – God, Higher Source, Divine Light, Someone Out There, Quantum Physics – what ever you want to call it, I was born in Melbourne, Australia.

A country where life is good, where we have so much available to us, excellent food to eat (I aint talking Maccas!), clean water, a good education, stable government, good employment … you get my drift?

Or I could have been born to another family…

In Syria, Ethiopia or Somalia or so many other countries that are struck by conflict, devastation, destruction, drought and death daily.

What would have my life have been like then?

Who would I be?

How would I be living right now?

Would I even be alive right now?

These is where my thoughts wandered while I walked.

I don’t think I was being particularly morbid or depressive, instead thoughtful, curious and in the end very grateful.

As the well known saying goes…

There but for the grace of God, go I.

How often are we truly grateful for what we have?

We all get so caught up in the mundane, the nitty gritty of life.

So many times in our busy daily lives we look down and behind rather than up and forward. As said earlier I have the habit of looking down often… and my intention is to change that from right now!

Looking down and behind into your past, more often than not pulls in the negative vibes. It can keep you stuck.

Think about the sheer physicality of this position, it takes your body into a closed position. Your head is lowered, often shoulders crouched, sometimes a stoop…

Open up, stand tall, look up and forward.

Remember to stop and give thanks often (even when you’re feeling shitty) for the small and the big things in your life. Even for the mundane stuff. Be positive. (read more here)

Why?

Because for each and every one of us, our lives could be so very, very different.

Be Healthy, Happy & Amazing!

Caroline x

(ps Let me know your thoughts below…Does you head wander off like mine?)

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The Art of Positive Thinking…Are You Any Good?

 

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And let me tell you, positive thinking is an art!

The concept of positive thinking has been on my radar a lot lately. I suppose that is not a coincidence, as ‘the mindset’ is something I love spending time learning about, and I do call myself Your Mindset Nutritionist after all.

Positive thinking is not as easy as it sounds.

This morning I finished the book Excuse Me Your Life Is Waiting – The Astonishing Power of Positive Feelings. by Lynn Grabhorn, (I think her surname is the perfect one for her book!).

In brief, the book is about the Law of Attraction, which no doubt you’ve heard and maybe read lots about. This concept became wildly popular with the movie The Secret in 2006, but in fact this concept has been around since the early 19th century.

Wikipedia describes it as this…

The law of attraction is the name given to the maxim “like attracts like” which in New Thought philosophy is used to sum up the idea that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life. This belief is based upon the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from “pure energy”, and the belief that like energy attracts like energy.

So the basic premise is this….

We are made up of energy, yes we exist in a physical body form but our true essence is energy. How you then use this energy/life-force that you possess, whether negatively, positively or just flat lining, then it is this energy that attracts what comes or what doesn’t come into your life…

People, relationships, events, bank accounts, your wellness, your waistline etc. etc. etc.

The unfortunate thing is, our brain tends to operate more on the negative side of thinking than on the positive.

Spend a day listening to your thoughts and unless your tens steps ahead of me on this, (if so Go You!),  then I think you’ll be surprised with what you find.

A whole lot of negativity.

It may not be the kind that hits you over the head and keeps you in a black hole but it might just be small negative thoughts that are constant in your thinking.

You may not realise this but every negative emotion you feel…

  • Worry
  • Fear
  • Blame
  • Anxiety
  • Hurt
  • Guilt
  • Anger etc. etc. etc.

Comes from a place of lack. Lack of what we really want….

So if we are constantly spending our time in a negative headspace and think about the things we don’t want i.e I don’t want to be overweight/fat/have no energy, even though we are saying you DON’T want this or to be like this, we are concentrating our thoughts on lack…of what we don’t have.

So guess what you’re going to get more of and attract…the same.

Am I starting to make sense?

I find this topic fascinating and I’m going to delve more into exploring it over the coming weeks. If you’re in the mood to delve into some more of my musings on this topic go here.

In the meantime you can, only if you want to change for a better you, do something about this. As I mentioned earlier, take time this week to look at the thoughts you’re thinking.

Every time you find you thinking something negative or involving a negative emotion or thinking about something you don’t have or don’t want, then…

  1. Stop that thought
  2. Take a deep breath (or 5)
  3. Switch/flip immediately to something positive.

I don’t care how little that positive thought is.

Whether it is thinking about…Seeing a new flower bud, looking at the moon in wonder, or a grand thought, such as the love of your child/partner/parents/friends.

SWITCH & FLIP IT!

Join me … this takes practice. But I’m willing, how about you?

Ps. Come and join me in my private, safe, caring, Facebook group – Your Way To Wellness. It’s free and I’m there to help, support and answer all your wellness and weight loss questions.

Be Healthy. Happy & Amazing!

 Caroline x

 

 

 

 

 

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