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Duality

Duality

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Black – White / Dark – Light

 

Duality is just like a photograph that is black and white.

Black – White

Dark – Light

We all have darkness and light within ourselves,  also known as a shadow self – the parts unseen or not wanting to look at.

Dense emotions such as fear, shame, guilt, judgments etc, hidden aspects, wounded ego  are examples.

It’s when we go within and shine a light, an awareness on that darkness of those energies, those memories, those stories and change the energies from fear, shame, guilt, judgments etc to forgiveness, love, awareness is when we truly start emerging and freeing ourselves.

To bring  more light to the dark we then become lighter literally. BEing a higher vibrational energy of forgiveness, love, joy etc are light AND our truth.

We are literally more Light – therefore Love.

Duality is supposed to exist in black and white photos not within us!!

Much Love

Jodi

xo

Food & You

Food & You

 

https://www.jodiburke.com/product/food-you-choose-you/

Finally, I have released the book  – Food & You – Choose You that I’ve put together and have had out for testing for the last little while!!!

It’s a compilation of all the tools I have used over the years that have made a difference in healing my emotional eating and coming back to more of me.

In my late teens and 20s I struggled with an eating disorder / emotional eating and there really was no help at the time. I then went on to be a Raw Foods Chef – healthy yet extreme and it well it can be anal.

Don’t get me wrong – I am all about health and real foods but not militant like – that is not healthy.

I tried counselling and it just never worked I always left feeling worse than when I walked in.  I’m not saying that it doesn’t work it just didn’t work for me so on my journey I tried many things.

When we succumb to addictions, it’s the inner feelings of  usually low self-worth which is very low self love, love and not wanting to feel pain – usually from childhood – it helps with a relief from it.

That’s been my experience anyways and through the use of these tools and even deeper digging within because I’ve got this unquenchable thirst to keep going and find the truth and some of that was finding more truth of me!!

I had my eyes open to much and learned  that we are not humans we are spiritual beings having a human experience but we walked through the veil of amnesia and into an enslavement society where it actually is  insane and we’re all trying to fit in and it’s f*^@ing ludicrous when you truly step back and gain a bigger perspective.!!

We’re constantly bombarded by advertising reminding us we are not good enough which is utter bullshit as we are all perfectly imperfect and unique and we need to embrace that.

I mean what is perfect and who is perfect anyways??

In this book are some tools that I’ve used along my journey that I have used to interrupt patterns in programs and believes that kept me look into lower vibrations of not good enough, self-hatred and self abuse because let’s face  – it an eating disorder like any other addiction  – alcohol, drugs, sex, shopping, gambling, aren’t in the vibes of love and self love.

Also, the images, left over from my recipe books, have al been encoded with higher frequencies – everything IS energy – so this book was created from Love – I know where you are if you are struggling with emotional eating and I am here to share that you CAN turn this around.  You have too – the world needs you.

The less we buy into the illusions the happier we are and become – those aren’t who we truly are yet we think they are.

The book – Food & You – Choose You  is available on Amazon kindle or my blog in ebook format.

Either way – you will be happy that you got it!!

I know you can do it!!

 

Much Love

Jodi

PS – Check out what people are saying about the book here!

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21 Days – it’s About You

21 Days – it’s About YOU

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Rise Above Emotional Eating so You Can Love Yourself Again

Ancient Rule of 21: if you do anything for 21 days in a row, it will be installed as a habit.

     –  Robin Sharma

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.  Something every human needs, every single day. Thats what makes it harder to break free.

 

Along with that drug often comes constant self-criticizing, loathing, judging, and obsessing about what one ate, didn’t eat, body size, and shape. No matter how small the perceived imperfections, their importance becomes distorted.

 

Yes, media, advertising, parents, teachers, friends, or siblings may play a role in seeming to remind us that we aren’t good enough the way we are but it is we who buy into it, we who believe it.

 

It’s a disorder gone rampant. More than 91% of women dislike their bodies and themselves, many to a dangerous and debilitating extreme. 80% of 13-year-old girls have already tried dieting, and 95% of people with an eating disorder are between the ages of 12 and 25.

 

I know – I’ve been one of them.

 

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

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It Can Seem Lonely – We Don’t Have to Live that Way!

 

21 Days Food and You is ALL about installing new ways of thinking and being and interrupting what you are doing or being now.

After my struggle with an eating disorder, that only in the last couple of years have I started sharing my story – I found ways in which to heal myself, find myself and return to self love – regular counselling did not nor never did work for me.  I am not dissing it – it was just not for me.

I’ve done many things over the years to keep diving deeper within to find the real me, the hidden me, the wounded me so that I could come back to Self Love – which includes ALL of me without judgments and criticism – and hey I am not perfect.

When we let go of these programs that we think are us and running the show keeping us stuck in self destructive thinking and behaving – life gets better, we become lighter and freer.

In 21 Days I share tools and techniques that helped me – the great thing is you can redo it a often as you like – and it only gets better.

It’s a place to start.

Once you do – you will be happy that you did – it will open up new ways of thinking, feeling and even being yourself and others.

My wish for you is each day forward it only gets better – trust me – its’ worth it and so are you!!!

Jodi

xo

PS You can purchase 21 Days Food and You here.

It takes courage to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.

     –  Marianne Williamson – A Return to Love

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YOU Can Do It!!! Photo Credit: Cherry Bomb Photography

 

Bodies

Bodies

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No 2 Bodies are the Same – Love Yours No Matter What!!

Real Bodies are fat, and thin, and both and neither and otherwise.

     –  Hane Blank

There is no wrong way to have a body!

     –  Glenn Maria

You were born to be real not perfect!

Cuz You’re amazing just the way you are!!

 

The problem isn’t with your body – it’s what you think of it and what you think of yourself – true self love is thinking love, feeling love, being love and eating love………not fear, judgment, hatred, criticism, jealousy, processed food (and emotions) or abuse of any kind.

 

NO two bodies are the same!!

 

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Choose Body Love!

 

This is a body hate free zone – remember – there is no perfect body only marketing and advertising that reminds you that you’re not good enough and then the self programming loop you keep running in your mind.  It’s time to tell it to f*&^ off – we have approximately 75 000 thoughts a day – most of which were the same that you thought yesterday, last week and probably last year.

It’s a program – delete it and reinstall one of self love and body love!!

The body is the only place your Soul has to live – so take care of it. Raw, Naked and Beautiful – Real, Authentic and Truth.

Eat Real

Live Well

Love Deeply

Laugh Often

Never Give up on Your Dreams

Jodi

xo

Remember – there is nothing wrong with your body but there is a lot wrong with the messages that try and convince you otherwise.

     –  Rae Smith

Struggling with Emotional Eating or Body Issues? – 21 Days Food and You!!

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After Years of Hating my Body I Can Say Now I Love it!!! Photo Credit: Dave Catt

Self Love

Self Love

 

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Self Love is the New Cool!!!

 

If you don’t love yourself, you’ll always be chasing after people who don’t love you either.

     – Mandy Hale

Talk to yourself like you would talk to someone you love.

Self love is the greatest middle finger of all time! 🙂

Perhaps we should love ourselves so fiercely that when others see us they will know how it’s done!!

     – unknown

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Let go of the bonds of Old Programming that is NOT About Self Love!!

 

 

Self love is not about being better than anyone else, comparing, judging, criticizing you or others.

Self Love is about knowing you, your value, that you do matter, and that you ARE perfect being you!!

So then the question IS – Are you truly being YOU?

The more you Love Yourself – the less BS you will tolerate.

Jodi

xo

PS I am not beautiful like YOU – I am beautiful like me!!

Want to know who you are at a deeper level so you can step into the Truth of YOU?

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Young children are ALL about Love….until……..

 

Views

Views

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Your view or Perception may be Outdated!!

 

“Humans see what they want to see.”
Rick Riordan

(or I could add are programmed to see) 

 

“All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.”
― Aldous Huxley

 

“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

 

“Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.”
― Criss Jami

 

 

How do you see the world? How do you see yourself? Your body? Is it the truth or it is your point of view? Which doesn’t mean it’s true – we are all programmed by the age of 7 ( Dr Bruce Lipton – Honeymoon Effect) – your outer world is a reflection of your inner world – don’t be afraid to open up to other possibilities – nothing is true unless your give it your attention – Abraham Hicks – as Everything IS Energy!!

You might have some old outdated programs, patterns or points of views – if it’s not from Love then it’s probably a BFFL!! (big fat fucking lie!!).

Jodi

xo

 

PS – The Best Time to Start a New Relationship With Food is Now! Get The Support You Need to Make a permanent change ====> 21 Days Food & You

To Fall in Love with Yourself is the first secret to Happiness!

 

Living Beyond Bondage

Living Beyond Bondage

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Emotional Eating is Self Imposed Abuse, Restriction, Trapment

Living Beyond Bondage came about for a Grant Proposal for Photography but mostly  for my 21 Days Food & You – Stop the Insanity Program AND the Raw, Naked and Beautiful Project.  Anyone who suffers from Emotional Eating will understand this and also benefit from the program hugely.  I will be sharing more on this as well in upcoming posts.

 

– Living Beyond Bondage –

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

Somewhere along the line the story got distorted.

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All the Negative, Limited Loathing Self Talk

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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The start of De-Programming the mental Self Talk

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.

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Self Talk is Better – There is NOW Awareness of the Self Abuse Programming

The mental, emotional and often times physical bondage is excruciating – yet many hide it well from others.  The wires around the head represent the mental constructs of the programs, self talk and beliefs – none of which are self loving.

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.

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

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Starting to Truly See the Lies We’ve Been Telling Ourselves!!!

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  really, 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?

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Waking Up to the Truth of Who You Are (Who I AM!!)

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.

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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True Freedom from Self Imposed Limitations & Abuse

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

This will become a book and gallery exhibitions – I am currently in the Ajijic Mexico area but will be travelling this year and will be posting where I will be – Please contact me if you would like a session!!

Much Love & Gratitude

Jodi Burke

PS Again here is the 21 Days Food & You  and the Raw, Naked and Beautiful Project

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Raw, Naked and Beautiful Project

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Raw, Naked and Beautiful Project

Body Love

Body Love

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Love Your Body!!

A little body love today!!

You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”
Amy Bloom

“The human body is the best work of art.”
Jess C. Scott

“To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.”
Simone de Beauvoir

“How beautiful would it be if we could just see souls instead of bodies? To see love and compassion instead of curves.”
Karen Quan

“By choosing healthy over skinny you are choosing self-love over self-judgment. You are beautiful!”
Steve Maraboli

“Beauty shouldn’t be about changing yourself to achieve an ideal or be more socially acceptable. Real beauty, the interesting, truly pleasing kind, is about honoring the beauty within you and without you. It’s about knowing that someone else’s definition of pretty has no hold over you.”
Golda Poretsky

 

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

 

Click here to check out 21 Days Food and You!

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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.

www.jodiburke.com

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.

www.jodiburke.com

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.

www.jodiburke.com

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!

www.jodiburke.com

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!

Conscious Eating

Conscious Eating

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Conscious Eating brings more Light into the Body!

What is Conscious Eating?

Instead of eating mindlessly, putting food into your mouth almost unconsciously, not really tasting the food you’re eating, sitting in front of the tv or computer or the phone … you notice your thoughts, feelings, and sensations. You learn to pay attention to: Why you feel like eating, and what emotions or needs might be triggering the eating if it’s truly not hunger!

In todays world of over 200 ‘diets’, many products, processed foods,  fast foods, entertainment, advertising there is so much emphasis on food and body and yet health problems, obesity and eating disorders keep rising.

If you are a Vegetarian, that’s not good enough for the Vegans, if you’re a Vegan that is not good enough for the Raw Foodies and if you’re Raw then that is not good enough for the Breathatarian.

What if you’re an Emotional eater?

Food Addiction is prevalent these days – just look around.

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Selling Coconuts in Cuba

Addiction is something that every one of us has experienced at one point or another to something!! We’re quick to point to the “big” addictions as being the obvious saboteurs in our lives, like drugs, alcohol,  smoking but what about the gradual and socially acceptable drug of choice—food?

It’s the number one killer of our bodies and thief of our joy, that causes heart attacks, obesity, diabetes, certain cancers, dementia, depression, eating disorders and so many other diseases.

Through my cycles of an eating disorder, emotional eating / not eating, becoming a Raw For Chef then letting all points of view go to come to a balance that truly works for me – I’ve learned a lot!! 🙂

This is some of what I feel I know since I cleaned up many of my emotional triggers I didn’t need to use food to fill the hole in myself that I was feeling or stuff down (over eating or binge eating) the emotions I didn’t want to feel.

That I need to eat what is right for me and my body – it’s easier to listen to it when the food is clean.  My body does well eating mostly fresh or real foods yet it goes through stages of wanting more protein and sometimes cooked foods depending on where I am – big difference between living in Mexico and Vancouver for weather!!  I enjoy what I put in my mouth – if I don’t or my body doesn’t like it I don’t eat it – I don’t care how good it is for me!!  I have cleaned up my body and taste buds so that I know the difference – not like eating highly processed foods then having a wheat grass drink and hating it – no not that way!! 🙂

Once we get rid of the highly processed foods we can actually tune into our bodies better and what they truly desire  and when not what we think we should eat.  The SAD pyramid way of eating has done a lot of damage in many ways!  As with many other diets – we need to learn to trust ourselves and what OUR body is telling us NOT diets or measurements or times!  There is nothing better than conscious eating – being conscious and doing anything  really – compare it to like sex – are you on your phone or watching tv while having sex? If so maybe it’s not the right relationship!! 🙂

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Be Present in the Moment

When I eat I am present – no tv (I never watch the Tel LIE Vision anyways), no computer or on my phone – I have no idea then what I ate or how it tasted!

I slow down when I eat and I also try to pay attention to my conversations – if I’m upset or angry I don’t eat then.  Why? If everything is energy why take on more of that??

I try to bless my food, ask that it provide the most nutrition it can to my body and give thanks – again if everything is energy – Dr Emoto proved it with the water – Gratitude and Love – highest vibes!!  (still working on this one as I don’t always remember yet I do while creating the food in the kitchen).

Not to push my beliefs or my ways onto others – I am not in their body and I have no idea truly what is for  their highest good – I can only make suggestions to possibly wake up someone to a better or different way, a more natural or cleaner way yet with no attachment.

I’ve learned to love myself just the way I am and my body – my only regret with this one is why I didn’t do it sooner – it’s so much easier and freeing.

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ALL Shapes, Sizes & Colors!!!

Being back on the beach here in Mexico I so love people watching – so many bodies – so many sizes, shapes and colors – many in very small bathing suits  🙂 – they obviously love themselves no matter what.  Beautiful to see!!

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A guy dancing in the streets of Havana

Pay attention today to when you are eating, if you are truly hungry and how it all tastes – being fully present in each moment raises our consciousness big time.  When you eat it should be like a party in your mouth – live in joy, health and bliss!

Jodi

xo

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A man in a local coffee shop in Cuba