Conscious Eating

Conscious Eating

This is a huge part of my life.

So often in today’s society we have completely lost our personal relationship to the food we eat. More specifically, we have lost our connection and lost our gratitude for how our food is grown, where it is grown, how it travels to us, and most of the time even how it is cooked before we eat it. Generally speaking, food as we know it exists only right before it enters our mouths. ☹

There is DEEP healing in not only how we interact and respect our food, in not only the quality of the food we choose to eat, in not only how our food was grown, but in the ENTIRE process of eating. For most of us, that is the shopping, preparing, cooking, eating, cleaning cycle that occurs when we touch, infuse, and respect our food by preparing it ourselves.

We become humbled by this process, because you are right – it is far from “convenient” in today’s world. Although, convenience and health can be two opposing things. Maybe for some of us, we are able to have our own gardens and grow our own food, or buy from a local farmer. This year, I have harvested cucumbers, romaine, green leaf, watermelon, zucchini, squash, herbs, and more!

There is something really profound about caring for your food as it grows before it even hits your fridge.

But, we are really blessed either way.

We have a surplus of grocery stores around us carrying healthy & organic produce, meat, and anything we could possibly need or even want. I do not have to grow all my own food because there are plenty of talented organic farmers around doing that for me (thankfully). I can literally walk to a grocery store from my house and buy clean, nutrient-dense food. How awesome is that!

As the season’s shift, it is a beautiful time to slow it down, check in, and pay attention to the small joys in our Earth life – like preparing or truly enjoying a delicious meal. The turn of the seasons is a beautiful time to honor the fall harvest – whatever you are harvesting (however subtle it may be).

And no matter the season, the food we choose to put into our bodies as fuel is directly related to our level of health and our potential level of health. You have probably heard the saying “You are either fighting or feeding disease with every bite”. I realize this can be quite overwhelming because we are habitual creatures, and it may be hard to break those habits. BUT, there are 4 simple principles I teach so that you can improve the quality of the food you eat AND improve your relationship to the food you eat as well.

4 Simple Ways to Improve Your Health:

  1. Cut back on processed foods (foods in the middle of the grocery isles – anything boxed, packaged, etc.). Most of these foods have no nutritional content, and they are filled with sugars, grains, artificial flavors & colorings, preservatives, GMOs, and more icky ingredients. Be sure to check the nutrition label for sneaky ingredients that could feed disease.
  2. Cut back on gluten, dairy, and refined sugars & fats. Simply put, these will absolutely correlate with the levels of inflammation and toxicity in your body. Plus, nowadays there are amazing healthy alternatives.
  3. Have respect for your food! Honor where it’s been before it hits your plate – it matters. Taking a moment before you eat at a restaurant or at home to offer your thanks and your love to the food can completely shift how your body will digest and metabolize it. This is specifically important if you do not buy, touch, cook, or connect in some way to your food before you eat it. Your intention is everything!
  4. Have compassion! Be kind to yourself. The beauty is in the process…

CONTEMPLATE or JOURNAL:

  1. Am I connecting with the food I eat? Am I honoring my food? Am I honoring my health?
  2. How can I improve my connection to my food?
  3. What are 1 or 2 simple changes I can make that will help me honor my food more authentically?
  4. What is a personal, reasonable goal for my own Conscious Eating in a year from now?

Conscious Eating Meditation

Eat a meal with wholehearted, conscious awareness.

Sounds simple, right?

You can find the right time to do this no matter where you are. Trust that you will know when is the “right time”.

Give yourself permission to set aside the everyday worries of your world.

Give yourself permission to let go of the grasps of the mind. Let go of the mind’s tendencies to attach, resist, or judge; and instead, simply allow yourself to experience the present moment in your body. This is important: Put aside all distractions (tv, phone, radio, etc). You will not need them.

Allow yourself to become immersed in the sensations of eating. Indulge in the smell of your food. Taste the flavors as they interact with each other in your mouth. Feel the changing textures as you chew and swallow. Let this be a full body experience. Allow your body to experience the experience of eating with gratitude, with love, and with presence. Allow every bite to dive you deeper into the magic of eating consciously.

Notice what shifts; notice what comes up; notice what evolves; notice how you feel when you finish.

 

Please reach out with comments, questions, or if I can support you in any way through your journey of Conscious Eating. Many Blessings.

XOXOXO,

Shanin Weisberg

Yoga Teacher, Diet Coach, Energy Healer

https://surrendertosoulwellness.com/

Contact me @ surrendertosoul@yahoo.com

Trust in YOUR Path

Trust in YOUR Path

It is a bittersweet time of year for me, as I am such a summer baby, but actually I am quite excited for fall in CO (hopefully it lasts longer than 1 week – haha ?).

MMM I can taste pumpkin already… (check out my recipe for this month below).

Schools are back in session, nights are colder, days are becoming shorter, and the rhythm of life continues on. As much as I love waking up to the sun shining beautiful luminous rays through my bedroom window in summer, there is something magical about waking up to darkness, stillness, calmness – and observing the light as it emerges and encompasses, waking up Earth (at least on our side ?).

As we begin to shift into another season, our internal rhythms will naturally shift as well to follow what is occurring outside of us. There is great wisdom and balance in the creative workings of life – the macro and the micro. Our bodies may inform us of these changes such as going to sleep earlier or waking up later than before, yearning for more time to slow down & reboot, or a little extra cozy snuggling on the couch with a blanket and your favorite book or movie or podcast. There are endless ways YOUR body could show you – unique to you. Although, it is 100% up to YOU if you listen and respond mentally to this innate craving, or brush it off to the side because of life’s sheer business and scheduled structure. I know for me personally, I can already feel myself turning inward to reflect, recharge, and expand my awareness to learn about things that interest me.

The other night I was watching an awesome show on Netflix called “The Code” and it really stirred up a continuing contemplation of my own

How much Trust do we truly feel for the manifestation of our own unique Path?

The episode I was watching explained the mathematical code that contains the manifesting Universe, in reference to Nature herself. Proven now by mathematical formulae, there is a Universal Order to the intricate workings of Earth and Earth’s Beings. Bees naturally take the path of least effort and resistance as they make their honeycomb – they choose the hexagon shape (instead of a triangle or square) no matter where they are in the world. This shape allows them to use the smallest amount of wax to build their home. Based on fractal geometry, we know this to be absolute truth. The definition of a “fractal” is a non-regular geometric shape that has the same degree of non-regularity on all scales. Fractal geometry is everywhere! From trees to stone formations to brain waves to bubble formations to flowers and bacteria. I like to think of fractal geometry as “ordered chaos”. That sounds like Life – doesn’t it? ?

I love merging the Science and the Spiritual, SO even in times of hardship or suffering, there is still a Universal Order occurring moment by moment – a Divine Timeline for our Path & the events, experiences, and sensations along it. The manifesting Universe has our backs; it will provide us the Path of least resistance & least effort naturally (even if it doesn’t seem so). We are continuously moving, divinely guided through Life – no matter the number of perceivable detours, roadblocks, or bumps that appear on our Path.

I ponder how many of us, myself included sometimes, resist the natural flow, manifestation, and “ordered chaos” that is our Life. Sometimes is quite hard to see the Divine unfolding of our Path – but I promise you, it is without-a-doubt manifesting perfectly – unique to YOU.

XOXOXO, 

Shanin Weisberg

Yoga Teacher, Diet Coach, Energy Healer

Surrender to Soul Wellness

Enhance. Embody. Empower.

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Are you Conscious of your own Aliveness?

Are you conscious of your ability to witness, contain, and harness the power that resides in YOU? The power that is the essence of creationary lifeforce itself. (Woah! ?)

Are you conscious of the very lifeforce that pulsates through your being at any given moment? Do you offer yourself time & space to connect to your OWN lifeforce?

The creative energy that fuels all life manifests in our own bodies as our breath, heartbeat, blood flow, a stream of thoughts, emotion, sensation, and more.

Do you revel in the sheer Aliveness that is YOU?

…. Or are you “sleeping” your way through *human* life? Are you on autopilot for most, if not all, of your “time” or days? Are you too distracted or restricted by the artificial rhythms placed in modern-day society (clock-time, schedules, technology) to feel gratitude for and connect to this miracle that is LIFE?

We, as humans, have a beautiful advantage in this life – we have the ability to be conscious of our own consciousness. This is probably why (even as a biproduct) we hold the status we do on Earth, at the top of the food chain. Essentially, we have the ability to be a part of the spirit of life as it flows through and within us just as much as we are able to witness the Aliveness pulsate from an objective view. We can, cohesively, experience the pulses of life as US (breath, heartbeat, thoughts, etc.), and, simultaneously, witness those pulses as they unfold (neutrally “watch” thoughts, emotions, sensations as they occur).

This requires us to be still enough to experience AND observe the subtle pulsations. As we practice releasing the restraints of the mind, the illusionary veil of separation and fear will eventually lift – we surrender into a “remembering” of the universal rhythm of life.

This connection to lifeforce occurs when we are fully present and immersed in the wonder of this moment. It is beyond minds ability to attach, avert, or judge – this connection is rooted in the true power of the body. Even if only for a moment or two, we can sense from deep within ourselves, the vastness of lifeforce. If you have a difficult time “sensing” this vastness – with enough stillness, you can surely feel your breath moving itself and your heart beating itself. Feel into the force that is behind the breath, behind the heartbeat.

We can also become conscious of the pulsations inside AND outside – pulsations of the Earth – driven by the same lifeforce.

You could call this connecting to the entire Web of Life – life inside our “vessels” (aka our bodies) & life outside our “vessels” – ignited & propelled by the same source.

It is sometimes easier to connect to Earth’s lifeforce first…

Contemplate being in nature – it is quite simple to feel enchanted there…

When immersed in the natural world, we observe & also rest as a part of the universal flow and vibration of life. We sync with the natural rhythm. We hear the sounds – wind as it blows the trees, animals shuffling or insects flying by, waves crashing, birds chirping. We feel the breeze on our skin or the toasty sun as it warms our body. We gaze upon nature beings interacting within the circle of life – in alignment with all of the other beings around. We smell the vital, pure air that is so deeply fresh. We taste our snacks as they bounce in our mouths, full of flavor – and for some reason, we are totally occupied by a state of wonder & gratitude for life.

The most direct way to connect with the lifeforce in your body is to connect with the Earth. The Earth and our Earth bodies are inseparable. Our body is a piece of the bigger Earth. We can view our inner world & our outer world as mirrors linked by the same force – of life. When we allow the natural rhythm of life to flow through & within us (instead of artificial rhythms) – we allow nature to do what it does best. We surrender to the universal flow of the Cosmos as it occurs within US.

We are, then, Conscious of our own Aliveness.

 

With Love & So Much Gratitude,

Thank you –

Shanin Weisberg

Diet/Lifestyle/Spiritual Services, Yoga Teacher, Healing Sessions

https://surrendertosoulwellness.com/

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Doing vs. Being

I’d say it’s officially SPRING – with maybe even a touch of summer (at least here in CO :P). Perhaps you feel the increase of energy that goes along with this change of season. I know I am! For me, it tends to manifest as an extra chatty mind or busy “to-do” lists. This could (and probably will!) show up in a different way for you. Regardless of how this propulsion into a warm, active season is revealing in your life, we could all invite in a little less “DO” & a little more “BE”. We can then find our own unique balance of these two energies (DO & BE) as they merge in our everyday life. These last few weeks have brought me back to this simple, but profound practice.

So – what is the difference between doing vs. being?

Doing is the action you take in the world. We are doing when we turn a thought or belief into our physical reality by action. Mowing the lawn, tending to the garden, driving our car, working at the office, preparing our dinner, etc. – these are all actions we “DO” – can you feel into the energy of doing?

Being naturally occurs when we are completely present – when our entire awareness is rooted in our body (not in our thinking mind!). We are being when we experience every sensation, every emotion, every action, even every stream of thought as the experience unfolds, fully immersed in that very moment. It is actually impossible to “BE” when we are in our mental space, having conversations within our own mind – spiraling thoughts around & around. Being requires us to feel, not to think. Practicing yoga, talking a walk out in nature, listening to waves crash on the beach, eating a meal without distraction, meditating peacefully, etc. – these are all experiences for which we “BE” – can you feel into the energy of being?

Now – we are humans functioning in a present-day society. We have lives to life & things to do. But, we also have the ability to gift ourselves with each experience as it occurs, moment by moment. It IS possible to be fully present & aware as we go about our daily tasks. It is also possible to (if we need to) pencil in time slots so that we can BE – go for a walk, practice yoga, or whatever else is suitable for you! I know – it seems simple as written text but is much more challenging to invite in as a part of our reality. That is why it is a practice, always ?.

Start to contemplate: Ask yourself how you can incorporate more being during this shift into activity. Then ask yourself how you can be in all that you do. Maybe journal about it, chat with a friend, or write a comment & let me know how it’s going!

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All my LOVE, 

Shanin Weisberg

Owner/Founder of Surrender to Soul Wellness

Diet/Lifestyle/Spiritual Services, Yoga Instructor, Healing Sessions

How To Make Delicious Paleo Superfood Cacao Power Balls

Hi Beautiful Health-Conscious People! 

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I have recently created this AMAZING & EASY recipe. These

Paleo Superfood Cacao Power Balls

make a DELICIOUS treat, pre/post workout pick-me-up, morning metabolism boost, & all around filling & energized snack. These balls will help you BURN fat, increase your metabolism, help regulate your blood sugar levels, keep you full for longer, & give you sustainable energy.

I’m sure you’ve heard the latest on Cacao vs. Cocoa… Does it really matter which one to pick? Well…they do start from the same place… but finish VERY different! Cacao beans are processed at HIGH temperatures to get the well-known Cocoa Powder — highly processed & stripped of most of the nutrients & antioxidants during the heating process. Cacao beans go through a cooling process to become the bitter, wholesome Cacao powder — which maintains most of it’s nutritional value.

Here’s why you should choose Cacao over Cocoa: *less-processed* *super-food* *antioxidants* *nutrient-dense with magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, copper, & manganese* *mood-booster* *improves cognitive function* *healthy heart* *regulates insulin* *no added- ANYTHING* *you are eating  CLEAN love*

Sounds good — right?

Great, & this recipe is really so simple…all you need is your handy-dandy food processor & this list of ingredients below ( do your best to buy organic 🙂 )

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup toasted cinnamon almonds (i bought raw & then toasted with lots of sprinkled cinnamon on a baking pan in oven (375 degrees) for about 15 minutes, mixing once or twice, then cooled, packaged, & used the day after) OR 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup roasted salted cashews ( i bought them this way 😉 )
  • 4 medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 2.5 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • few pinches of sea salt

How To Make:

Put all the ingredients in the food processor, & blend together until relatively smooth. If you have more of a sweet tooth — you can add in more dates or some of your favorite raw honey or coconut sugar, but the other two might change the texture slightly. Try it first though—see what you think! You may really enjoy the bitterness of the Cacao balanced with the fat & protein. After you’ve processed the ingredients together… you just ball it up…into really whatever size you want…but mine were about the size of a normal cake pop top – lol (but of course much better). This recipe made me about 24 balls. They last in an air-tight container for about 1.5 weeks, or for longer in the fridge.

Let me know how you adjust this recipe fit YOU! <3

SO MUCH LOVE … thank you for taking the time, making the choice, taking the action to improve yourSELF through what you put into your body as fuel. It is truly our best alley for health in this life.

xoxoxo

From all of me, To all of you….

Shanin Weisberg

Surrender to Soul Wellness 

Enhance. Embody. Empower.

 

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First Official Post!

Hey there….beginning 2018 with a technologically advanced way of being vulnerable! Woop! lol….I told myself I would start blogging a few months ago, and I feel I am finally ready to take the step..to be seen and heard by all through our own screens! I’m having some technical difficulties with showing a link to my business website (www.surrendertosoulwellness.com) … so I will be back later with more insight and willingness to pour out all of the juice inside me into this blog….

xo lots of love

Shanin <3