It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any photos of Mexico.
Color Blankets at the Market
As I wander around some small villages and towns were is so much to see!
I have found Mexicans to be quite friendly, happy and even though some are very poor still smile and say Good Morning!!
Guys enjoying a Saturday
No matter where we are in the world we all have our own struggles – yet on Sundays you can go to any park or centre square and it’s full of people enjoying life and living.
Walking to and from the market
A lot of markets with fresh foods are in Mexico – yet processed crap and Coca-Cola have become popular creating much obesity in Mexico – so sad to see as their diet outside of that is quite healthy!
Stores are different than in North America – not in the cities but in towns and villages this is quite common.
2 Women cooking outside
Many outside and roadside ‘restaurants’!!
Older man selling his stuff at the market
Many street dogs – who can be afraid of humans – once they trust you they love you. There are some great ‘Gringo’s helping dogs get fixed and find homes in North America – if you want to adopt a dog – there are some waiting for a good home!
Common scene of dogs taking it easy in the heat
What I love most so far of being in Mexico besides the sun and warmth is the food, ease, friendly people and it just seems so much freer and less stress than in North America – not for everyone but for some of us it’s great!!
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.
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?
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?
What does Higher Vibe Living with Food truly mean in our food obsessed culture!!?
Since being in Mexico I have been on an exploratory journey – clearing much old energy, old programs, wounds etc and diving much deeper into learning about Quantum Physics, who we truly are, unplugging from the Matrix and that ALL programing is a construct of our minds – look around – most people are running on auto pilot yet don’t know it.
Some – many are waking up.
We are NOT human beings – we our Souls – and while we are on planet Earth we live in what we call bodies.
Now, while we inhibit our bodies we do need to take care of them as we live in the dense 3rd dimension – we are not pure Love & Light…..yet., which is energy!
Yet at the same time we have become a culture that is food and body obsessed.
These again are distractors and programs that create separation, judgment and more.
I will share with you in a minute and please don’t get me wrong – I am and have been into healthy eating and living for many years – yet I keep it simple – I keep it real – real food, real body products, real feelings (I will also go into more of that in a post)……..it’s not rocket science yet today it is more overwhelming, confusing and make work projects to find real food and body care products so that at least our bodies aren’t polluted.
What real food looks like!!
Marketing is big and we are being lied to constantly!!
When I became a Raw Food Chef – I felt I was better, had better knowledge and was higher on the scale of …..I don’t know really just felt I was better – judgment, separation as I judged many people on what they ate or didn’t eat. I have also been at the other end of the spectrum with an eating disorder and know what it is like from both perspectives!!
We have Raw, Vegan ( I do subscribe to non-cruelty and that we don’t need any or near as much meat as we have been lead to believe we need – eat it consciously if you choose to eat meat) Vegetarian, Paleo, Ketosis and I could go on. Most feel they have figured it out and it’s the right answer.
For some it is.
Real Foods and Superfoods
Yet does it truly matter?
I will always come back and say that there is a HUGE difference in a big live colorful raw salad compared to Rotten Ronnies oops I mean McDonald’s as an example.
But lets look at the energy of it instead of just the nutritional value or not of it – one is certainly vibing at a higher rate – live real foods will always trump dead process foods. It feeds the body and cells and the body knows how to digest it and utlize it.
With dead highly processed foods the body is so busy trying to get it out of the system ASAP – sluggishness, bloating etc
When we start looking at everything as energy and vibration because everything IS energy – you start to wake up, you start to choose differently – usually starting with food first as then you can think clearer, then you will want to use cleaner products on your body – since your body is the biggest organ and absorbs ALL.
Yoga Teacher Leah in Sayulita Mexico
You may want to start doing Yoga (or something similar), meditating, spending more time in nature, adding in superfoods, being alone or taking responsibility for ALL things in your life as a few examples.
That is all part of raising one’s vibe – raising one’s awareness – becoming more conscious.
Then you let go of judgments, right vs wrong, labels, and possibly even programming keeping you separate from yourself which in essence separate from everyone else.
When one keeps raising their vibration – less food is needed and one truly only wants real food – as real food (usually what comes from a plant not process in a plant aka man made for profit not real health)is what feeds the body and nourishes the cells – one starts becoming more aware of energy and starts playing with that – stepping more into the 4th dimension where things are lighter, more love, less judgment therefore separation – hence less food is needed especially toxic food.
Picking an Avocado from the tree!!
Taking on a way of eating for any other reason than truly feeding the body and cells is just another way to have judgments and create separation.
As we are living in the 3rd dimension food is needed to sustain ourselves.
Why not eat the best?
Junk food is labelled that for a reason. Are you junk?
When it’s time to leave this world will we truly be thinking how important it was to eat a certain way for a label, true health or how much we loved?
There are people too who use food to escape, self comfort, manipulate, over-indulge in or are addicted to (all the chemicals in the processed foods many are addictive ones).
Keep it simple – keep it real – the body then knows how to utilize it well.
Pay attention today to see where you are at with food – aka any judgments with self or others? Pre-occupied continually with food – what to eat and when or are you listening to your body? If you can’t hear what it truly wants then that is a tell tale sign to start a clean up process as once you let go of any programs or contructs around food and body you can tap into more heart energy and love.!!
Food for thought? Leave a comment!!
Stuffed Avocados with Chipolte Mayo
PS – Need some ideas for easy yet tasty real food dishes – check out the recipes I created before that are still on my blog.
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There is so much talk about food, blogs about food, websites about food and controversy about food that I feel like I just want to step back.
I mean that in a way that there is some great sites and people doing some great things like Food Babe and Natural News informing us about what is really going on, making changes and exposing the truth about healthy real foods.
I am tired and disappointed of finding out stores like Whole Foods are becoming Whole Ripoffs after being know as Whole Pay Check……when does the profit over health or profit over people stop??
There are health products up the ying yang but when you look closer many are not what they claim to be.
Keep It Simple Sweetie
Eat as much real foods as possible – organic and non-gmo too!
Yet everyone is different and good things sometimes get pushed to the extreme as in the Ketosis way of eating – makes sense, good healthy fats and then I see people promoting all the hot dogs and bacon you can eat as it’s protein and fat…………I just shake my head.
And I feel like I get too preachy as I so want people to realize the lies, the untruths about food etc
I lost my mojo for creating recipes and I finally realized why – it became a job but I love being in the kitchen and creating – I don’t usually like measuring and recording what I am doing – it takes the fun the spontinanity out of it!
I’ve been asking lots of questions lately – like why if someone is healthy as in eating all the right foods and exercising do they drop dead? Why do some people look super great and others don’t even though they are eating the same. And so on……..many questions
Why am I here? What is my true purpose? Ok yes I’ve been going deep.
Been doing more yoga, meditation – want to do more breath work, paying attention and listening to my body when it feels good and when it doesn’t, learning about energy and consciousness – which I keep coming back to over the last 5 years or so…….Quantum Physics fascinates me. So does Human Design that I am diving into as it’s the first thing that has given me some answers to some of these questions.
What is a soul connection? How does my soul communicate with me? How do I wake up my heart more?
What about the struggles I’ve had in life and turned them around – should I be sharing that with people who may be struggling with some of the issues I’ve had mainly an eating disorder, low self esteem and a bad body image thoughts.
What direction do I want to move in?
Can I be the change in the world that is needed, how can I help and how can I be of service?
I am finding this more important than what I ate yesterday.
Another layer of healing and awareness is underway……..for me at least that is!!
When we can lose the addiction or any charge we have with anything or anyone then we know healing is happening…….speaking of healing – what about this pasts week’s elections??
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LOL – I couldn’t resist putting in this photo – looks like void of life eh? Isn’t that similar to so much of our so called ‘ food’ is these days??
Food Gone Crazy!!
If I was just starting out today to change how I was eating towards better healthy, real foods, I would be so confused and overwhelmed I probably wouldn’t do anything and I have a feeling that has happened and is happening to many people.
We have people from every way of eating claiming that it’s the best and the only way – from vegetarian, to vegan, to raw foods, to Ketogenics, to Atkins, and I could go on!!!
Everyone is talking about food, eating food, celebrating with food, shopping for food, watching food channels and more. It’s trendy to be a Foodie now. There is so much more marketing and awareness, but my question is WHY did it become so confusing, scientific, and even complicated!!??
What drives me nuts even more so is the labels, the mis-marketing, the confusion like when I google Superfoods I get blueberries, salmon and eggs…..seriously?? WTH?? Or Gluten -free yet has more toxic ingredients then if it wasn’t glue free.
Superfoods are nutrient dense foods – I don’t think those are it!!
What I have noticed is food is everywhere and so much of it is still chemical concoctions labelled as food and we are mass consuming much of the wrong things still – so much so that I was just informed in Canada they are pushing through an Obesity Tax. At first it actually pissed me off as I thought how rude, BUT the foods that people overeat and make you sick and fat will have the tax. Well, fine and dandy but I feel the crappy food or so called ‘food’ should just be removed period!!! I mean if it isn’t food but chemical concoctions, and people are getting fat and sick by eating them, then lets get rid of them!! Oh, but what about profits?………..it really comes down to that and another way to get more money out of people.
It bothers me as so much of that food has so many chemicals in them, there are now over 10 000 food chemicals and some them are addictive ones. So not only are you eating high empty calorie and saturated fats type foods but with no nutritional value, so your body really still is hungry even though you have eaten something. Yet on top of that they use addictive chemicals so now you want even more…….kind of sick isn’t it??
What’s truly the difference between Non-gmo (and why do those companies have to get that labelling and yet the GMO companies and products don’t have to???) and GMO free? GMO free is ALL ingredients are gmo free, but non-gmo can have a certain amount of gmo’s in them……….yeah figure that one out.
What about real foods that mother nature gave us, organic as much as possible, simple, clean and natural……..boring you say? That’s because your taste buds and emotions have been overtaken by the chemicals and I’m not being sarcastic here it’s actually the truth. Emotions and addictions are big and the food industry knows that!!!
When you go back to clean food and try to eat highly processed foods (even with natural, organic or labels like that on them – if they are processed they are processed period, yes they can have better quality ingredients but……..and yes I am not perfect I do eat some) you won’t be able to eat them, your body will not want them and you will know and feel it. I hope your food addiction doesn’t control you!! 🙂 It’s not what you do sometimes, it’s what you do all the time – other words what are your habits??
What though with all of this food around and it being trendy to be a foodie and the addictive chemicals in the food does one do that struggles with emotional eating or has an eating disorder?
There’s nothing more freeing than making peace with food, having to have no label about how or what you eat and loving yourself enough to feel good enough not to have to use or abuse it, not being controlled by it and not over needing it!
Self-love is important to living and eating well. Self love influences many areas of our lives. Please don’t get it confused with a big ego or some arrogance, self love is none of that.
Part of self love is truly knowing yourself and your values, its putting your self and needs first (not saying to not give concern to anyone else and I know that’s easier said when you have small kids), but there are many ways one can do this even though they may seem small.
Strong self love is being able to creativity express you – yourself. I know for me when I was younger I didn’t have the confidence to truly be me, I was trying to please everyone around me and also, here’s the biggie – trying to do it right – perfect – be perfect – how exhausting!!
Self love allows nurturing of self, whether it be hot bath, a form of exercise, eating healthy, a creative outlet, honoring who you really are by your values, likes and dislikes and living by them.
Self love is not verbally or mentally beating one self up, over exercising, over eating, eating a lot of processed high fat foods, denying yourself who you are, not having a creative outlet (that could be in the kitchen, painting, writing, gardening, dancing, dressing etc) or being in any type of abusive relationship (not just romantic, but work, friendship etc)
How do you talk to yourself? Would you talk to a good friend that way?
When you eat do you just eat? In other words are you watching tv, on the computer etc?
Do you know what you like to do or be in your life but are constantly denying yourself it or finding excuses?
Do you let fear or confusion rule?
Do you reward yourself for things well done with a high fat, over processed treat?
Do you ever feel like it’s no use or nothing will change?
How often do you over eat or eat out of boredom?
A couple of things that I found to be helpful for me for self love and letting go of emotional or binge eating was getting clear on what I didn’t want in my life and what I did want. I bought a journal, made lists then starting asking myself some questions…
– What change would I need make to do, be, or have for me to be that person? (Who do I want to be, what is my personal choice) ?
– How would I have to feel?
– How did I want to live?
– How do I want to feel in my body?
– What things do I enjoy doing?
– Why am I not doing them?
– What is it I truly want?
– Why is it I want that?
What is my dominate energy in my life? (ie anger, sadness, happy etc)
– What would it be like to be______?
– What kind of person have I been?
– What kind of person do I represent to the world?
– Is there a feeling I struggle with over and over again or have every day?
– What thing (even if it seems small) could I do today to start me moving in the direction I would prefer?
What I like to do in the morning several times a week is get up and sit down on my laptop or journal and just write – I got this from the book many years ago ‘ The Artist’s Way’ by Julia Cameron. I just would write, I don’t censor, think about it or heck most times I don’t even read it. I never worry about punctuation – I just let er rip. Anything and everything that comes up and I let it go. Then I may ask myself some of those questions. I am looking for blocks that have kept me stuck in habits or thinking that may not be supportive to myself.
It got me releasing some mental chatter, negative emotions and well some plain crap. It made me realize what I focused on, how I was thinking and honestly admitting to myself where I was. I did not then beat myself up, I started dreaming – which got me feeling better and believing in myself and liking myself. Eating healthy became easier too as I wanted to nourish myself and my body more than beat it up anymore.
Everything is energy – when we have lower emotions especially towards ourselves, they have a lower vibration. The more you can let them go, the easier it will be to start shifting over to a place of self love.
Remember this – Self love is truly self expression in the highest form No need to explain justify hide or feel bad about it or how you want to express you We are all different and unique and when we can each embrace that within ourselves – life can become amazing Part of self love is our relationship to ourselves, our bodies and food – why not make it great!!
You don’t need any reason to have love or self love, you are here, alive and really just perfect the way you are – see it, feel it, believe it and know it.
You so deserve it!!!
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“Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”. Greek physician Hippocrates (460-377 BC), the founding father of natural medicine.
If we are in a time when obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and so on are at an all time high and we are beginning to understand or believe that it’s what we eat, then isn’t it time to really look at what we eat??
If what we eat gets us to one of those points, would it not make sense to start with what we eat as well? But what does that mean to someone who’s life time has been consuming man made, processed, packaged ‘food’?
It doesn’t happen over night and I truly believe in flow and ease but with continual improvement and using the KISS method for starting out.
Which means asking yourself or being honest with yourself about where you are now and where do you want to be or feel?
What changes can you make or are willing to make?
Do you need a buddy or a coach or a program to help you get started or stay on track?
Can you start by cutting back on something or things or making shifts with some?
For instance, how much coffee are you consuming in a day? If it is more than 2 cups, can you reduce that down or go for decaf?
Is there cream and sugar in the coffee? If so, could you start cutting that out?
Instead of missing breakfast or grabbing whatever when you run out the door or at the drive thru, could you take an extra 5 minutes and make a green smoothie to sip on through the morning.
Instead of going out for lunch or the food court and getting usually fast food, could you bring your own lunch? Now that is a huge win win as you will eat and feel better, do more for the environment (no take out containers) and save yourself money!!!
Could you start adding a salad to your evenings dinner? Or more veggies? Or put out a veggie tray to snack on while preparing dinner?
Can you give up the snacks at night in front of the tv? Can you let go of some of the tv watching?
If you were to start something today and build on it, think where you could be in a years time!!
Don’t have time to do this is what I hear often, and my response always is, when it comes to your health and well being, if you don’t make the time who will??
Food is to nourish our bodies.
Your deserve the best, believe it and go for it!!!
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