Mexico

Mexico

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any photos of Mexico.

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Color Blankets at the Market

As I wander around some small villages and towns were is so much to see!

 

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Basket Shop

I have found Mexicans to be quite friendly, happy and even though some are very poor still smile and say Good Morning!!

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Guys enjoying a Saturday

No matter where we are in the world we all have our own struggles – yet on Sundays you can go to any park or centre square and it’s full of people enjoying life and living.

 

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Walking to and from the market

A lot of markets with fresh foods are in Mexico – yet processed crap and Coca-Cola have become popular creating much obesity in Mexico – so sad to see as their diet outside of that is quite healthy!

 

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Corner Stores

 

Stores are different than in North America – not in the cities but in towns and villages this is quite common.

 

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2 Women cooking outside

 

Many outside and roadside ‘restaurants’!!

 

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Older man selling his stuff at the market

 

Many street dogs – who can be afraid of humans – once they trust you they love you.  There are some great ‘Gringo’s helping dogs get fixed and find homes in North America  – if you want to adopt a dog – there are some waiting for a good home!

 

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Common scene of dogs taking it easy in the heat

 

What I love most so far of being in Mexico besides the sun and warmth is the food, ease, friendly people and it just seems so much freer and less stress than in North America – not for everyone but for some of us it’s great!!

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to share!

Jodi

 

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Enjoying a cold drink on a hot afternoon!

Trust

Trust

 

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Mexican Native Pole Swinger

To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.

  –  George MacDonald

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The Pole – Chapala, Mexico

 

Trust takes years to build, seconds to break and a long time to repair.

 

Self trust is the first ingredient for success.

  –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Trust is one of the most important things in a relationship, it won’t work if you don’t trust one another.

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Can you surrender and trust – self mostly?

True love is a total act of surrender.

 

 

The moment of Surrender is not when life is over, it’s when it begins.

  –  Marianne Williamson

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The Surrounding Takes Place

 

Trust is the glue of life, it is the most essential ingredient in effective communication.  It is the foundational principal that holds all relationships.

  –  Stephen Covey

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Can you Trust the Flow?

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.

  –  J N Barrie

 

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Trust Self and the Universe will Reflect that.

True confidence has no room for jealousy or envy.  When you know you are great you have no reason to hate.

Your mind is a powerful thing, When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change……

                       and you are worth it!!!

Own who you are!

Jodi

xo

 

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Let’s Get Real

Let’s Get Real

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Let’s Eat Real Food!

Food

Real Food grows, dies, rots,

Real food doesn’t need an ingredient label,

Real Food doesn’t make claims

 – Michael Pollan

Eat Real Food to fuel your body – your beautiful body NOT to feed your emotions.

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Not Feeling our Emotions keeps us locked up.

Emotions

Real Emotions transcends language.

You don’t have to understand their words to feel their pain.

 – Julia Roberts

Emotions don’t tell the truth.

Just because you have a feeling about something doesn’t mean it’s true – we are all running so many programs and most of them don’t support or even like us!

Emotions are Energy in Motion – unless you lock it into your body – deep breathing is always a god way to move thru them.

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Real People having Real Conversations

Conversations

You know what is sexy? A real conversation!

 – unknown

We have more conversations in our head than in our real lives especially ones from the heart.

I like people I can have really deep conversations with  sometimes and yet still get silly with them too.

 

When we dive into the energy of things – IF Everything IS Energy and it is then lets get real – real with what we eat as our bodies do know the difference and can’t process fake foods hence dis-ease.  Lets not be afraid of feeling our emotions and working with some great modalities that help move the energy out faster – it’s ok to feel them – journal about it, stomp in the forest, talk real with a friend, punch a punching bag or your pillow, dance and move to move the energy and just be kind to you and anyone else. 🙂 And lets talk have real, more meaningful, deeper conversations – not about the weather or politics please!!

Come from the heart for yourself and others – we don’t know what people are going through – especially women today – IF Everything IS Energy – what kind of energy are you being with you? Lets start there first!!

Much Love & Gratitude

Jodi

xo

PS Here is a great article for women and also don’t forget to check out my 21 Day Food & You program!!

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There is always Light even in the darkness!

 

Day of Love

Day of Love

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Love always Wins!!

Self Love is the source of ALL other Loves.

 – Pierre Cornelius

FLY – First Love Yourself

You owe Yourself the Love you so freely give others!

 – anonymous

The most powerful relationship is the relationship that you will have with yourself.

 – Steve Maraboli

Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.

 – Brene Brown

Love who YOU are so that everyone else can start to love themselves as well and world will start to shift.

Why not create Valentines – a Day of Love everyday??

Much Love

Jodi

PS Eat some foods that are red today!!!

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Eat some red foods today!!

 

 

 

My Journey with Food

My Journey with Food

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A fabulous Raw Food Restaurant near Tampa

 

It’s taken me a little while to write this as I truly wanted to be transparent as it hasn’t always been pretty.  For many many years I kept it quiet, hidden as much as possible as the shame, guilt and embarrassment was high.

For many years I have had a love hate affair with food – ok yes my body too – they usually go hand in hand for many women!

I only started sharing my journey a few years ago with friends and family and now after reading stats and understanding on a deeper level or programs, beliefs etc I want to come out of the closet so to speak! 🙂

When I was 15 years old I started down the path of Anorexia which then turned into Bulimia which literally ran my life for almost 10 years.

My Anorexia never hospitalized me as my weight only dropped to about 88 pads – I’m only 5’2″ and was maybe even shorter then!  At about age 16 I also got into partying and smoking pot – so on weekends I would get the ‘munchies’ so at least my weight was ok – but I was not eating healthy and living healthy by any means.

I left for college at the big age of 17 and lived with an aunt and uncle in Toronto – she was big into health and ahead of her time so I learned a lot.  My first natural path Dr visit – alternative flours, honey instead of sugar etc – this was the early ’80’.  I even became an Aerobics instructor but boy did I battle with low self esteem and Bulimia.

After a couple of years of living in TO, I moved back to my home town and became a waitress and bartender – no – there was never any partying going on there!!  Over the next few years I went back to college, moved to Banff and then Nova Scotia – still mostly in the service industry and still struggling with my eating disorder yet when I was eating ‘normal’ I ate very healthy……….talk about incoherence in my being!

It did slow down a fair bit and I realized that I cycled – it was mostly Jan to May – hence in Canada the colder, darker months – no wonder I love being in Mexico – the sun and warmth nurture my soul big time.

While in Halifax I became part of a 12 week study group out of the hospital with approx 10 women who struggled with na eating disorder – the stories were crazy yet I felt ok and not alone.

Most people then didn’t understand what having an eating disorder was truly about as there was no internet (ok I am dating myself here) and well it’s food – eating when you are hungry, stop when you are full.

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Real Food

Yeah right, sounds easy but in reality it’s not about the food at all – it’s just the drug of choice for many women instead of drugs, alcohol, gambling and even sex.

For some reason, at the time I was not aware, yet looking back on it I understand more now, but I faded out of my cycle.  I had 2 beautiful children – who kept me busy and I never worried about weight between running after them (not quite 14 months apart) and working even part time.  I felt I had conquered it – so much so I became a Certified Raw Food Chef and wrote some recipe books.  I was still and always have been big into eating healthy.

About 12 years later, I went through a year of some hard times, almost bankruptcy, moved across the country and stayed with my parents for almost 2 months and had to start over – things were tight and I watched myself get triggered.  I knew I hadn’t really gotten over it completely.

I dove into different modalities to help – EFT being the biggest one but many as main stream counselling did not work for me.  I am not knocking it as we are all different but I only used it about half a dozen times and always left feeling way worse than when I went in and I was left hanging as well time is up and my next client is here……….

I’ve had triggers in my life since, yet I know that when we emotionally eat we are stuffing down our feelings as we don’t want to feel – it may be too painful, overwhelming, confusing, stressing or yet it’s all Emotion – Energy in motion unless we block it and push it down. Energy modalities and self love have been a huge part of the journey

Once I started or better yet stopped pushing emotions down and got in touch with more of me, I started seeing patterns and programs in my life.

You can’t explain an eating disorder to most people – as the one thing that separates out an eating disorder or emotional eating is you can’t quit cold turkey like you can alcohol and drugs – you need to eat and food is everywhere.  It’s not always an easy battle but it’s so worth it as you get to re-claim more of you.  And the world needs all you and your light.

When we choose to go down a road of addiction – it’s a program as it’s run by the mind and it’s not a healthy one (and I will post more on that) – somewhere, usually before the age of 7 as that is when all programming is done we created some story of not being good enough (and more).

While driving around Vancouver 2 years ago I heard a show on Eating Disorders – it shocked me to know that 40% of 9 year old Canadian girls were or had been on a diet……are you kidding me?? What messages are we sending our children I thought!!

Now, I am not a counsellor or Dr – yet most Dr’s don’t know how to deal with this issue – as the success rate of overcoming an eating disorder is less than 30% from going into treatment……….something on many fronts is not working.  The stats on eating disorders is scary.  I’ve had my own personal journey so I know what it’s like to be in between the fridge and the toilet – in other words deep shit – so I get it!!

Where did we get so off?

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Doing things that feed the Soul is important

I love eating healthy, I feel better – in more ways than one especially since I have become the master over my food and more importantly my emotions (for the most part after all I am still human and have them but they don’t control me like before).  I’ve created a 21 day email program to help intercept patterns and programming – it may seem different and it is!!  This is not dealing with hard core eating disorders yet it can and work well with any program or counselling one is going through..  I know – I’ve used all the tools and tips in the program – time and again.

We have to re-program – which we can do, we have to really up our self love, we need to stop buying into the bs media advertising of you aren’t good enough the way you are and get off of the processed foods and I will explain that part why in my next post.

I am going to share things with you that are out of the box – the box sucks, is too small and conforming and most of us don’t fit in it so stop trying to fit in – you were meant to stand out and shine your light.  It just got dimmed for awhile while you developed amnesia forgetting who you truly are at a deep – Soul level.

Part of my mission here on planet earth is to help wake women up to their uniqueness, their beauty, to unplug with the I am not good enough programming in the matrix (yes it is kind of like the movie!!) and to help you see that you are worth it!!

You may think it’s hippy dippy, out there, weird, different and it is – it has to be as look around at society and the world – how’s it working for many people??

Some are asleep and will never wake up – it’s not their journey possibly this lifetime, if you are reading this chances are you are waking up and know or want a different way!

 21 Days Food & You – is about breaking free – an email a day for 21 days and more.  You may not have a break thru experience in the 21 days – it may take going through it several times – who cares – it’s your journey and the one back to self and health is different for everyone.  That is the cool thing – you can re-do it over as many times as you need – programs run deep in us.

2018 is the year to step into more of you with more self love – are you ready?

Much Love

Jodi

 

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Raw, Naked and Yoga on the Beach

Raw, Naked and Yoga on the Beach

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Nude Yoga on the Beach

 

I no longer look for the good in people, I search for the real……..

because good is often dressed in fake clothing, real is naked and proud no matter what the scars!!

                                                                    – Chishala Lishomwa

Nude Yoga on the beach is fun and freeing!

Clothing is over rated sometimes!!  Some of the best ‘real’ conversations I have had have been on the beach – nude beach that is – it seems the masks do come off 🙂 besides the clothing!

I am beginning to dislike small talk – I want to talk about life, death, sex, magic, consciousness, the universe, what makes your heart sing, the meaning of life, how to bend energy, unplugging from the matrix, what keeps you up at night, what makes you jump out of bed with a skip in your step, your insecurities, your fears, your loves, your battles, your triumphs…….I want real conversations with depth, meaning, passion, juiciness and aliveness.

What’s up or how you doing just doesn’t cut it anymore!!

How about you?

xo

Jodi

Raw, Naked and Beautiful – Real, Radiant and Truth