Overeating: love yourself first

Through my own experience with overeating, I’ve realized how I use this behavior to compensate or fill up for the lack of another feeling in my life. I’m sure we’ve all been there – when you eat too much and suddenly you’re like OMG why did I do that?!
I feel like I’m at a tipping point with my own bad eating habits: I have really been able to distinguish between when I’m actually hungry and when I’m just eating for pleasure. Lately, I’ve gotten a lot better about stopping when I’m full and asking myself, ‘What do I need right now? I don’t need more food, but i do need something – so figuring out what that is will help me refocus my overeating.

A lot of the time when I overeat it’s because I’m seeking more pleasure, so I ask myself if what I REALLY need is a good full body stretch, some snuggle time with my cat, a phone call with a friend, to laugh hard at some funny YouTube vid, to spend time reading a book, to go get my shit done and do homework, to be outside and connect with nature, to write in my gratitude journal, etc. I have been much better lately about stopping to ask myself these questions while I’m eating so I can consciously track my feelings as I eat, instead of suddenly realizing how annoyed I am at myself for eating too much after dinner.

Another extremely important thing I’ve realized about sensitive behaviors in general is to remove the feelings of GUILT and SHAME we often associate with overindulging in a certain behavior (overspending or overeating, for example). When you attach these deeply negative feelings to certain behaviors and label something as a ‘guilty’ behavior, you are way more likely to do it again! Humans love being rebellious and doing what we’re not supposed to, so labeling something as guilty – even if it’s an unconscious label – will make you much more likely to come back to that negative behavior. Instead, try not to attach deeper meaning to these behaviors. For me when I overeat now, I say to myself: okay, my body doesn’t feel good. I am sorry, body – I’m sorry I didn’t take better care of you after all that you have done for me. But I FORGIVE myself for overeating. I recognize that habits, like all behaviors, come in ebb and flow, and some days I will eat a lot while others I will not eat as much. I recognize this as the continuous flow of life, and remember that enjoying my food is perfectly okay! Tomorrow, I will be more conscious of my eating and nourish my body with whole plant foods that demonstrate the respect and LOVE I have for my being. I love you, body. Thank you!

Detaching from deeper feelings such as guilt and shame and RELEASING that negativity has been the true catalyst to change in my eating behavior. If you deal with any kind of a guilty behavior, please be kind to yourself and forgive yourself first. To heal a ‘guilty’ habit we must first come from a higher vibration of LOVE! anger and sadness and stronger discipline will not heal such a habit, only make it worse.

Visualize your ideal self, forgive yourself, express your love for yourself, and RELEASE the behavior – and the freer you will be. ✨

Sending beautiful love and light to all beings everywhere! Namaste 🌟🙏

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How going vegan transformed me spiritually

When I became vegan in March 2014, I began to notice an unexpected shift in my perspective: I felt more harmonized and in sync with my true moral compass. This makes sense, as I was finally living the ethic of nonviolence that all of us have deeply rooted in our souls. I had been previously heard of intuition and was beginning to dive further into spiritual wellbeing while I was vegetarian, but I remember feeling impatient and disconnected from tools like meditation or concepts such as ‘being present’, because I didn’t really understand what they were and how to incorporate them into my life.

 

After I began eating and living in accordance with my morals, I felt revitalized – not just by the plants I was consuming, but by living in such alignment with my soul. This awakened my intuition, the internal guidance system each of us have, whether we are consciously aware of it or not. I recently realized, after watching the documentary Thrive*, that the reason I could become so in tune with my intuition was because I was now living in alignment with my core beliefs of compassion and nonviolence. I realized that I had been unknowingly muffling my soul’s intuitive compass by not living by my morals.

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I believe this happens to many of us, as we grow up in a society that tells us what to eat, wear, think and how to act. As children, we would never want to eat animals if we put  two and two together to realize that animals are been brutally killed for our consumption, but since we have made it ‘normal’ to eat animal products, we usually don’t think twice about it. As a kid, I remember occasionally hearing about vegetarians and briefly considering why they don’t eat meat, and I would sometimes think about how it was bad to kill animals so we could eat them – a thought that was quickly buried in my mind by other thoughts like ‘But it tastes so good!’ and ‘Everyone else does it!’.

 

I am profoundly grateful that I reached a tipping point and educated myself about the truth of consuming animals so that I now live wholeheartedly by my morals and am guided by my intuition. My personal spiritual evolution was catalyzed by my going vegan that March, after which I began watching documentaries and learning more about metaphysics, meditation, and the power of positive thinking. It was again catalyzed the following July when I was very intuitively guided to a book that changed my worldview, The Celestine Prophecy.

 

I was guided to that very book one afternoon walking on the Avenida de Libertad, the central shopping street in Lisbon, Portugal with my brother, Magnus. This street is extremely wide, and there are many stores lining both sides, as well as booths in the middle of the street. I spotted a used bookstore on my right, and noticed a sign that they were having a book sale: all books for one Euro – of course I had to go! I dragged my brother with me over there as I got the sense that there was something I was supposed to find in that store, something waiting for me. When I walked into the store, I felt it even more strongly, and began looking for the book that my intuition told me I came for. Most of the books were in Spanish or Portuguese, however, and I was beginning to second guess myself when I saw a box of English books in the corner. Magnus was growing impatient, and I told him he could wait outside – there was something I had to find first. As I sorted through the books, I looked for keywords that would stand out to me. I finally found what I came for when I picked up The Celestine Prophecy, but at first it didn’t seem like much – I wouldn’t have bought the book if not for the strong gut feeling telling me this was the one. But I bought it, and quickly read it, and soon got around to ordering the other four books the author, James Redfield, wrote afterwards.

 

The Celestine Prophecy is sort of an adult fable: an American professor goes on a quest in the moutains of Peru, where he is guided my spiritual teachers through the nine insights of how to live in emotional harmony with others, ourselves, and the world. This book defined many of the beliefs I now hold, and has deeply impacted my life for the better. The story I told above of how I found it in that bookstore is one of the strongest moments of intuition I’ve ever felt to this day. I wouldn’t be near as in touch with my soul and true self if not for the change that opened the door to my own spiritual evolution: going vegan.

 

I hope my personal experience sheds light on the impact changing your diet can have on your lifestyle and belief system, and can inspire you to live a life that follows your moral and spiritual compass.

Peace, love, and plants!

Kathrine

 

 

*Thrive is an incredibly well-made documentary explaining the system we currently live in of central banking and the elite who rule the corporations behind Big Ag, Big Pharma, and the fossil fuel industry. It succinctly explains the problem and how we can solve it in a way that left me feeling inspired and hopeful for the future of humankind. You can watch it here, and learn more about the movement at www.thrivemovement.com.

 

Back in action + Junk food Vegan vs. Plant based Vegan

Hello! I’m happy to say that I’m back to posting on this blog 🙂 I’ve changed the name from Kathrine’s Kitchen to Passion for Plants, which is also the name of my foodie Instagram account (link here!). I started that account last summer, upon pausing posts to this blog, as I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted with this page. At the time, a blog was too wide for me: so many possibilities for posts, I didn’t know where to begin! As I began my first year of college last fall I decided to focus on school, continue posting meals and recipes from Instagram, and come back to the blog when I was ready.

So, here I am!

This time, I have an overall idea about what I want for this page: to inform and inspire others to eat more plants. I will be sharing my ideas and opinions on topics that interest me: mainly the plant-based lifestyle, natural living and DIY knowledge I’ve picked up, tips for others who would like to transition to eating more plants, recipes, and so on. Please comment if you have questions or would like to hear about a topic!

Today I want to point out the variety of diets the word ‘vegan’ can define. The term has come to mean a lot lately: everything from potato chips and Oreos to lentils and fresh produce are vegan, but we can see there’s a huge range between these two types of food. Many foods, such as soy-based mock meats, nondairy cheeses, nondairy ice cream, Pop Tarts, and even some boxed cake mixes are technically vegan! Obviously, these aren’t exactly health-optimizing. Sour Patch Kids are a far cry from a fresh salad with beans and veggies.

When I first tell people about my lifestyle, I tell them I’m vegan, but recently I’ve realized that this is not enough to describe the plant-based food I mainly eat.

So what’s the other end of the spectrum? Although there are many ways to healthfully eat a vegan diet, the whole food plant based diet is one that’s quickly gaining popularity, thanks to the eye-opening documentary Forks Over Knives.

“A whole-food, plant-based diet is centered on whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants. It’s a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil.” From FOK

This means largely avoiding processed foods, as most of these tend to have refined flour, sugar and/or oil. I aim to stick to this way of eating as much as possible, although I often enjoy nuts, seeds, and oils, such as coconut, hemp seed or olive. I still eat some processed snacks, like chips or crackers (preferably without additives or GMOs), but I know I feel better when I eat fresh foods. Another thing that’s made a difference for my diet is making more food at home – meals, snacks – and bringing them with me, to avoid being forced to buy something I wouldn’t normally eat because I didn’t plan ahead.

I have learned that I feel a thousand times better when eating whole, fresh foods (preferably organic and non GMO): fruits, vegetables, beans and lentils, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and when avoiding greasy foods. I think more clearly, have much more energy, and generally feel happier. I thrive living this way. Knowing that I can feel this good all the time by eating plants only motivates me to continue, and gives me such a passion for this lifestyle. I hope I can share my passion with you!


 

Have a happy Wednesday, and be sure to check out my Instagram to see what I’m making 🙂 – Kathrine