• another day, another fruit bowl

    June 18, 2010

    Aside from doing a fine job with her bite-sized challenges, V.K. has also been a great ambassador for the project and has recruited several of her friends to play along.  This one is from Julie, who was very cool to send a rendition of her bowl along with her caption:

    I make fruit salad for breakfast every day – this is our fruit bowl today.  The green grapes had just been washed and weren’t quite dry so they have reflected the flash which makes them look a bit dodgy!  Honestly they are nice!

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    Thanks, Julie, and this is most nice of you!  Beautiful work.

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  • bite-sized challenge: feeling her weight

    June 15, 2010

    If you’ve been following V.K. (formerly known as Noelle) through her bite-sized challenges, you’ll know she is now a green-smoothie convert and that her desk is flanked by a beautiful bowl of fruit.

    Here’s V.K.’s third desired successful outcome:

    When I look in the mirror, I can say confidently, “My body is just right how it is.  I wouldn’t want to lose any weight or gain any weight.”

    When we spoke on the phone, V.K. told me she believes part of the reason she can’t seem to shift a couple of extra pounds is because she really can’t find a good reason to.  For me, that’s a good enough reason not to worry about those extra pounds.  But she’s worrying, so there’s something underlying that’s making her feel both guilty about the weight and resistant to doing anything about it.

    I want V.K. to start a simple meditation practice.  Every day for a week, she is to sit for five minutes in a quiet spot and simply be in her body – she should feel the weight of her body supported by the Earth.  The idea is to become very present and simply feel the sensations in her body.

    Then the following week I’d like her to add another five minutes to this daily practice in which she envisions her ideal weight and feels it in her body as if she is already that weight.  She should really imagine that she is her ideal weight right now – how her belly feels against her clothes, how she breathes feeling lighter.  She should also notice how she feels about herself in this new weight.

    For added inspiration, Kathy Freston has a series of guided manifestation meditations including one called Perfect Weight.

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  • v.k.’s a.k.a. noelle’s fruit bowl

    June 9, 2010

    On the heels of her coming-out pictures showing her caught in the act of the green smoothie, “Noelle” has also decided to reveal her real initials.  So, from now on she’ll be known as V.K.

    Her latent exhibitionist tendencies are now moving at a feverish pace as you can see by these new images.  Here we spy V.K.’s evolving fruit bowl at work – evidence that she is tackling her recent bite-sized challenge with gusto.  Isn’t it pretty?  I am equally impressed by the minimalist desk space.  Very Zen.

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    Have you been following the bite-sized challenges?  Send me your fruit-bowl pics and I’ll post them.

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  • the world with the thorn in its side

    June 7, 2010

    One of my favorite books is Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds.  I read it when I was a teenager; and it still haunts me, especially during difficult times.  It is, in short, about the pain that can result from great pleasure.  It is a natural law, but as humans we are conscious of it and yet still choose to perpetuate it – causing the greatest pain to ourselves.  Here is the last paragraph of the book:

    The thorn bird with the thorn in its breast, it follows an immutable law; it is driven but it knows not what to impale itself and die singing. At the very instant the thorn enters there is no awareness in it of the dying to come; it simply sings and sings until there is not the life left to utter another note. But we, when we put the thorns in our breasts, we know. We understand. And still we do it. Still we do it…

    Why am I writing about this now?  Partly from personal circumstances and partly because of the terrible images of the seabirds on the news.  The birds are just going about their business being birds, and we keep going about our business of being anything but human.  In the end, we hurt ourselves.

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  • the green-smoothie challenge in action

    June 6, 2010

    I was delighted to see Noelle’s enthusiasm in these pics of her in the midst of bite-sized challenge number one.  Here she is slurping a drink your greens smoothie.  She also made one for her flatmate who gave it rave reviews.  That’s definitely a smart move for Noelle: as with any effort, enlisting the help of a buddy is always worthwhile – for both of you!  And since these smoothies taste so good, it’s easy (and smart) to get someone else along for the ride…especially if they live with you.

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    I’m sure you’ll agree with me that Noelle looks fantastic, which goes to show this isn’t about losing weight but about feeling good.

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  • bite-sized challenge: sugar SOS

    June 2, 2010

    I’m back with another task for Noelle, this one to challenge my ugliest, most stubborn food demon.  Here’s how Noelle would like to feel:

    I rarely eat refined sugar – my diet contains only natural sugars.

    Yep, me too.  Sugar cravings have plagued me for life.  I’d like to take the favorite cop-out and blame it on my family.  I was born into a Cuban American household, so this meant that as soon as I was weaned I went straight onto café con leche with generous spoonfuls of the sweet stuff – cue Beastie Boys: “I like my sugar with coffee and cream!”

    But here’s the thing: humans are born liking sweet stuff for a perfectly good reason.  It’s the form we choose that’s the problem.  Our sweet tooth is there to instigate an appetite for juicy fruit – and the natural sugars in them.  The natural sugars are of course diluted with the heavy water content in fresh, whole fruit – quite different from anything processed or even from dried fruit.

    So here’s Noelle’s challenge: she needs to keep a big, beautiful bowl in both her kitchen and office and make sure they’re always filled with whole fruit.  The more colors, the better.  The assortment should be as alluring as candy, and it should be in season if possible.

    Then she must allow herself to eat from them freely.  That’s right, if she wants to down a bunch of bananas in one sitting, go for it.  An entire tub of strawberries?  Eat up, girl.  It’s a free for all.  The only rule is that she allow the fruit to be as ripe as possible so that it’s also as sweet as can be.  Contrary to what one might think, eating lots of fruit (as part of a healthy lifestyle) does not cause unhealthy fluctuations in blood sugar – again, the water content in whole, fresh fruit takes care of that.

    Noelle will be posting her feelings and feedback over the next two weeks in the comments section.  Hopefully, you’ll follow along, too.

    Ready?  Sweet!

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