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Living Thru Bondage

Living Beyond Bondage

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Much of our Bondage is Self Talk & Programs!!

I have been working on some programs, grants and submissions recently bringing to light how many women truly are Living Beyond Bondage.

This is just the start of truly opening up, sharing my journey, my healing and how so much in our every day world creates separation – mostly within ourselves, our bodies and keeps us separate and judging one another worse though ourselves.

This is just part of a recent submission with some photos.

 

Living Beyond Bondage

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Food is the Drug of Choice – its within us to start the change!

 

We were all born pure, innocent and full of love.

Somewhere along the line the story got distorted.

 

The drug of choice for many, especially women, is food.

 

Along with that drug often comes constant self criticizing, loathing, judging and obsessing about what one ate, didn’t eat, body size, shape and imperfections – no matter how small they may seem, it always gets distorted.

 

Yes, media, advertising, possibly parents, teachers, friends or siblings may play a role in somehow reminding us that we aren’t good enough the way we are IF we buy into it and believe it.

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Living Beyond Bondage

It’s a disorder gone rampant, with over 91% of women disliking their bodies and themselves, many to an extreme. 80% of 13 yr old Canadian girls have been on a diet already and 95% of people with an eating disorder are between the ages of 12 – 25 yrs.

 

I know – I’ve been one of them.

The mental, emotional and often times physical bondage is excruciating – yet many hide it well from others.

Stuffing down emotions, or better yet, not feeling them at all.

We often feel alone, fragmented and on our own keeping things bottled up inside.

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Feeling Alone, Isolated, Confused and more……..

We are caught in a vicious cycle of self depreciating, devaluing, loathing and often times self abusive – until we decide enough!!

Only 5 % of women naturally have the body type portrayed by women in the media and for which the other 91% are trying to compete, yet we continue to strive for something that truly is not the ‘norm.’

We aren’t good enough the way we are is the constant reminder.

The other 4% don’t have tv, internet or magazines and therefore  they are the free ones.

If we’re going to buy into stories, why not buy into self empowering ones?

Who truly decided what beauty is?

We all have a story to tell – we’re trying to make it a similar to one another and that is the start of the disconnect.

 

We are born and should be able to be our authentic selves and creatively express who we truly be through our gifts – not by trying to be like one another.

 

With the start of the disconnect we compare, judge, shut down and buy into someone else’s ideas of beauty and what we should look like and we start our own mantra of not being good enough.

 

Yet we are like snowflakes – each individually designed, beautiful and unique.

 

Some of us, remembering that, have broken free from that bondage – most of it being self imposed and mental self talk.

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Breaking Free from the Bondage and Realizing it was just all me!

 

We decided that our lives weren’t about fighting our bodies, hating our bodies or ourselves or spending 95% of our time worrying about a few pounds or what we did / did not eat.

 

Cause it’s really not about food.

 

There were too many other beautiful, amazing things to see, feel, be and do in this lifetime.

 

That is the start of removing the bondage – you allow yourself to feel – ALL and reprogram the self talk.

 

The one thing that separates a food / body obsessive addiction is you have to learn to live with both, unlike most other addictions.

 

When one can truly do that – accept and love what is – then the bondage is gone and nothing is more freeing than that.

 

I know I am one of them!

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Breaking Free from the Self Imposed Bonadage

 

Women Wanted who Want to Break Free – Raw, Naked and Beautiful Project – Real, Authentic and Whole.

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women Breaking Free from Self Imposed Bondage & Limitation

 

Jodi Burke

Please contact me for more information, if you would like to be part of this project or wherever I am at in my travels a possible photo shoot – it’s time to make some big changes and it starts with each one of us!

xoxo

PS – My new 21 Days Food & You – Stop the Insanity is released – tools I’ve used that work to create a new reality where I am not a slave to food or my emotions!

Diets – YUCK!!

Diets – YUCK!!

Healthy Eating

Just google the word ‘diet’ and you will get a list of the best 32 diets.  Google different types of diets and you will get many more starting from the Zone diet, South beach probably a North beach one too, the GI diet, the Dash diet, the Mediterranean diet, the Flexitarian diet, the glycemic index diet and well I could go on…….

Diet according to wikipedia –

In nutritiondiet is the sum of food consumed by a person or other organism.[1] Dietary habits are the habitual decisions an individual or culture makes when choosing what foods to eat. The word diet often implies the use of specific intake of nutrition for health or weight-management reasons (with the two often being related).

I wonder how well these ‘diets’ work to have soooo many of them!! 🙂

Lets  look at the word – DIE-T  – interesting isn’t it?  It’s restrictive and not always in our best health interest.  Sure you could probably lose weight, many do, but what happens when you go back to eating the way you did that helped you put on the weight or even got you your health issues?  As we know many health conditions can be helped with proper and healthy eating.  If a diet really worked why are there so many of them?  I know we are all different and not always one thing works for everyone but I do believe in eating real food, nutrient dense food and a variety of food – for anyone.  it also sounds restrictive, can’t have and that creates issues in itself I will go into later on.

Here are a few suggestions if I can share….

Stop using the word ‘diet’ .  We shouldn’t really ever be on a ‘diet’, maybe a cleanse to detox, clear up health issues but dieting especially if you are suppose to eat all kinds of only a few foods, or just one type of food for days on end or having to measure everything or counting carbs, fats, sugars etc is a make work project that your energy could be better spent somewhere in my opinion.

What is cool about eating more whole, real foods, more live foods is the body can easily assimulate and digest it.  And many times you  won’t over eat and because the body is being fed properly you actually end up eating less.  Plus if it’s nutrient dense foods – many health benefits can surface.  The more raw foods you can add in as well is better on on’es health as well.

A way of eating should be a lifestyle not a diet in my opinion.  The more you can add in good and great nutrient dense, real, whole, live or organic (and non-gmo) foods the easier it is.  Maybe you are thinking you don’t want to give up such and such – I’m not saying that.  Sometimes it’s not what you have to or should give up but rather what can you add in or possibly do betteror how could you make a better choice and over time you may switch things out completely.

Here is an example – when I first started doing raw foods the smell of fresh baked bread – oh my – I still enjoyed it and especially when I could smell it fresh baked.  So if I was in a restaurant and they brought fresh baked bread well with lots of butter – yup but I would take a bite or two and savor it.  The interesting part is after doing this a few times I realized I didn’t really enjoy it.  Probably for two reasons – the emotional response of fresh baked bread actually took me back to earlier times when my grandfather taught me how to bake bread in his kitchen – fun times, good times – memories.  I also found the more I was cleaning up my way of eating to eat something like that felt like a brick in my stomach after eating it – there are only 2 more ingredients in bread then there are in glue (well home made anyways lol)  I still love the smell of fresh home baked bread – I don’t even consider eating it now – does not interest me.  So things can shift.

Maybe you like drinking pop (or soda for you Americans) maybe it’s diet soda – first switch back to regular pop – the body can deal with breaking down sugar but the diet stuff is all chemicals – your body doesn’t have a clue how to digest or utilize that!!  Then maybe after a bit switch to carbonated water with juice, then just juice (as we really want to cut down carbonation or not cut it out eventually) then maybe to half jucie half water and finally water – the best thing for your body – as we are over 70% water!!

Here are some suggestions to moving towards a healthier way of eating without feeling like you are restricting.

– aim for 50% fresh, natural, live and real foods at a meal

– drink more water after all we are 70% plus water – our bodies need water

– stay away from hydrogenated oils – the body doesn’t know how to digest or utilize these including margarine

– stay away from artificial sweetners again the body doesn’t know how to digest these

– stay away from low fat, fat free products – they are chemical sh*# storms really, but again the body dosn’t know how to digest these

– stay away from products that have wording on the ingredient labels that you can’t pronounce and have no clue what it is

– stay away from products that have a shelf life longer than your dogs life

– get sunshine every day (lol in Vancouver that can be very hard sometimes)

– get fresh air and exercise

– laugh more and spend your time with people who inspire and lift you up – stay away from drama and chaos

I believe that eating healthy is a good things but cutting out as much stress, drama, chaos, negativity is just as important!!

Check the recipe page for some easy, healthy recipes, as well as my books and please come back as I will be posting a bunch of new recipes coming up!!

Hope this helps and please feel free to leave any comments or share this!!

Here’s to YOUR health

Jodi

Diet

Have you ever really looked at that word and gave it some thought?

Diet………hmmm makes you wonder eh??

If you google diet, kinds of diets, type of diets……..OMG…..yet most of them are fads or we wouldn’t have so many of them.

Two things I have done to make my food experience better, well 3 but we’re going to talk about 2 here today and the third I’ll share shortly as they are all important I think.

One was to eliminate the word diet, as we know what word is in there and it’s restrictive.  When I restrict myself or tell myself I can’t or shouldn’t have that, well guess what?? You probably guess right!! I have the type of personality for the most part I don’t like to be told I can’t have something especially when it comes to food.  Now, I can choose not to want it or eat it which is totally different…..see what I mean?  There is no restriction but choice, big difference.

We all know inside it’s calories in calories out, the type of calories make a big difference.  If you are anything like me I don’t have time or care to count calories, just like texting I can’t keep track of how many give me unlimited please!!

Now that is not to say that is card blanche for go ahead eat anything and everything and lots of it, I just found it became easier and easier to let alot of unhealthy foods go and that need to overeat at times left too as I wasn’t denying myself anything. I gave myself permission to be.

When you clean up the way you eat, by eating healthier, whole foods, you don’t want those foods that have all the fat, calories and additives which are empty and nutritionally deprived.  Clean it up and get rid of the word ‘diet’, choose healthier eating, healthier living, healthier being or I’m eating for me……whatever works just stop using the word diet or I’m on a diet!!

The other thing I did along time ago, like before I had kids, was to throw out my scales.  Did I really need to know the number? Who cares?? I stopped looking at those numbers as we know how we feel in our bodies, in our clothes…..don’t we??  I used to weigh myself every day and alot of times not just once………talk about a mind f@%^*!!!!  Those numbers could mess with my head and make or break my day…..that is not the way it should be.

This time of the year my jeans get a little snugger, it’s winter, I’m not out as much I mean it’s dark by 4:30 here for a few months and I don’t do the gym thing really and that is how it works for me.  I didn’t say tight, I say snug. and I can live with that as I know it will come off shortly too once the spring is here.  We are like animals in some ways and need a little more fat in the cold months BUT I don’t need to see how much!! lol

Common sense here and doing things maybe differently.  Stop saying diet and if you find yourself weighing yourself often or you gt upset by the numbers on the scale, get rid of it.  Do you really need that type of anxiety??

Break the pattern……..make it a great and healthy day!!

JB

 

The Challenge…….

 

The Challenge…….

Have you been hearing about The 90 Day Challenge lately?

If you have, you are probably wondering if it works or another hype up magic potion……NOT!!
If you haven’t, well you’re at the right place.

I have been doing The Challenge for the past couple of months and have just decided to re-start my Challenge this week…..why? I wanted to raise the bar. After being part of the Challenge, I feel great, that was my goal when starting as I was pretty healthy outside of my low iron. Now I want to take it to another level of all areas of my life, but especially my fitness levels and getting back into great shape. I have let that go over the past few years of not really working out much…..well like I used to anyways.
The people that have been joining me in the Challenge are blowing me away with the results they are getting too!!
The biggest converter has been my husband……..as you know we’ve always have made shakes in the morning, tried many powders over the years and then just greens.  These shakes taste amazing with many different recipes. My husband, after a couple of weeks on the shakes came home one day and said……’You know, I have been feeling so much better lately, happier, more energized at work like never before and the only thing we’re doing different are the shakes…..so it must be them, can I take another one with me for my break in the morning as they are really good.’ Which really caught my attention as he conveniently would forget his Green Smoothie occasionally or not drink it all in the past but not now!!!
I’ve personally found the Body By Vi Challenge to target FAT, and leave the MUSCLE. So even though we were making shakes before they didn’t have the same level of nutrition and ingredients that Body By Vi and ViSalus had.
And that has been key for us……..nutrition……..we need more of it these days as the daily stressors we encounter in our activities far outweigh what our ancestors went through in their lifetime!!!
The neatest thing I am seeing so far,is  how this is having a domino affect on people, they add a shake to their way of eating or not really eating especially in the morning, which mostly consists of adding fruit, so people are now eating fruit, or simply even having breakfast  that isn’t full of caffeine, sugar and empty fillers. Then because they are feeling better and have more energy are making better food choices throughout the day, then also starting to find a form of exercise even if it’s walking after work for 30 mins.
So, is it all hype?? No, these products work and people are making changes and getting results……that is what the buzz is about and this is a good thing.
Obesity, diabetes and heart disease are serious matters, The Body by Vi – 90 Day Challenge is making a difference a HUGE difference in that and I love being part of that!!!

Oh yeah, it could be all the prizes they give away now for people who commit and make transformations in their lives, what great incentives…..so much so they are giving away $10 Million in FREE product and prizes……..just for losing weight and getting into better shape……maybe that is why over 41 000 joined last month!!
Here’s to YOUR health!!!
JBC

What is Being Healthy Mean??

What does Healthy Mean to You??

We are all different, different bodies, different thoughts, different reasons of why we want to be healthier.
Here’s my thoughts……

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Spaghetti Pie

I couldn’t find the original recipe for this one, so I made it off the top of my head last night for dinner, and it ended up tasting good, even my husband ate it!! (And no, he’s not a raw foodie, but will eat what I make and give me honest feed back!!!)
I also need to get a good digtial camera instead of my little pocket one, you couldn’t tell I used to be a photograher with this one!!! lol
Spaghetti Pie

3 Steps

– 6-8 carrots depending on the size cut up in chunks for the processor
– 1 cup walnuts
– 1-2 cloves garlice
sea salt to taste
squeeze of lemon juice
– 1/4 cup water ( may need a little more adjust accordingly)
Process together untila nice mixture, moist and smooth and put in bottom of glass pan

2-3 Avocados depending on size
Mash into bowl and add sea salt, 1-2 cloves garlic and juice of 1/2 lemon
Mix together, adjust to taste

Spread over carrot mixture in pan

Peel 2 – 3 Zucchinis and if you don’t have a spiroli to make pasta like noodles, any type of shredder will do (cheese shredder) to make a pasta like noodles from the zucchini
Grate the zucchinis
I don’t use the centers of the zucchini, I save those to mix in with other veggies for my dog, but you can if you like
place the pasta like zuccini on top of the avaocado spread
Garnish with chopped green onions or parsley or basil or cilantro or whatever else you would like,
a little sprinkle of a nut cheese too is optional

If you want, you can add in herbs to the carrots mixture as well, play with it and always remember, when dealing with fresh, raw foods, the taste may change each time so experiment and don’t be afraid to add more salt or lemon or herbs or even less!!
Enjoy

J