Happy New Year!
This year we have a special treat, the new year coincides with a new moon.
Now is a great time to reflect on the holidays and the last year, what we learned, and how we can use focus to Fuel our Bodies’ Well.
Does the holiday time fuel you well or are you missing your routine?
I am feeling both, so I thought I would share my feelings and how I am choosing to process them. My hope in sharing my personal path is that if you are having these mixed-bag of experiences you can take a moment with me, breathe deeply, and then fuel yourself by focusing on what’s awesome.
Holiday time comes with so many varying elements, which for me includes: the joy of the family I get to spend time with, missing family that I am not with, feeling gratitude for my wellness, but also occasionally losing focus on wellness and eating foods that are tasty and tied to great memories but do not necessarily fuel my body well, enjoying the flexibility that comes with a few days off AND at the same time missing my blocks of time to work and create.
Having so many varied feelings is normal. The key is what we focus on.
Food Choices at the Holidays
When I ate some foods that were not fueling this holiday season, I found myself bloated and a little less vibrant than normal. Sitting with my discomfort, I had a choice– a choice for how to focus my thoughts.
Admittedly, I did spend a short while asking myself non-fueling questions like “why did you do that to yourself?”. Then I had to take a deep breath and love myself — ALL of myself, even the decisions I make that aren’t seemingly the best choices. And with that love came room to learn and see what was awesome about feeling foggy…
What was awesome was getting to juxtapose that yucky feeling to my normal, vibrant, jump out of bed happy feeling. What a gift to be reminded that the way we fuel our bodies does matter.
Is choosing fueling food over non-fueling food “depriving”?
If we go into New Year’s Eve thinking about fueling our bodies’ well, isn’t that depriving ourselves of all the delicious options at the parties tomorrow night?
The answer to that question depends on focus. If we focus on the people and the good times, then it does not feel depriving– as a matter of fact, it seems the opposite of depriving.
I recently saw a bumper sticker on a car that said- “Why eat well and exercise, we all have to die of something”.
I happen to love certain foods that I have food sensitivities to, so the bumper sticker made me think about it– I really considered if it makes more sense to eat the foods that don’t fuel me well because they taste so good. But after experiencing my foggy, bloated, not-jumping out of bed feeling, here’s are my thoughts on that bumper sticker…..
I agree, our time in these human vehicles is limited regardless of whether we choose to eat right and exercise. And here is my answer to the question the bumper sticker asked: I choose to fuel my body well because we do not know how long we’ll walk in these human vehicles and I want to make the most out of every day. For me, it’s not about how long I am here, it’s about loving each and every moment I have and living to my greatest good.
How else does focus fuel you well?
The holiday time brings up so many varied feelings and emotions and perspectives. It’s not only about the foods we choose. For everything that comes up, decide where you are going to focus. Allow your focus to fuel you well.
Fueling 2014 with focus
This year, the calendar new year coincides with a new moon. That’s such a cool reenforcement about focus.
When we step outside with no moon light, it takes our eyes some time to adjust. Once they adjust we are able to focus our eyes in the darkness and we start to see the stars. At first one, and then many! Wish upon those stars. Bring into clarity what you’d like for your 2014. Then use that clarity to steer your focus. Focusing on what you wish for is a great way to fuel your well being.
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Wishes for a wonderful last day of 2013 and an amazing, abundant, joyful, and WELL 2014. May you experience everything you desire that serves your greatest good.