10 Ways To Positively Change Your Life Today


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When I realised I had the power to change my life, and to live the life I was meant to live, it opened up a new world to me. I had been obsessing about finding my perfect - to the point where I truly believed that I would never live a happy life unless I was living in a small treehouse in a jungle, unless I spent hours in the gym just to get that fitness body, unless I was traveling around the world. There is nothing wrong with this - however it is not reality for most people. I believe that you can achieve anything your heart wishes for, but as a teenager still in school for another x years, I certainly won't be accomplishing any of these things anytime soon.

I decided I would make the conscious decision of creating new habits, new ways of thinking, and instead of striving for the impossible - doing what I could at the moment to improve both my mental and physical health. Here's 10 ways I have upgraded to Minnie 2.0 :)

 

1. Being with the people I love

I have a talent in isolating myself from other people, I just put on my "I hate everyone" hat and disappear under a blanket watching Netflix for hours on end. Though self care and rest is good, I have noticed that actually making myself go out, talk to other people or do something with a friend in my free time has really helped me. Maybe it's the fact that we end up laughing most of the time, or just the fact that being around other people is incredibly important, but it has definitely made me a happier person.

2. Ditching the materialistic mindset

Because of all of the new things popping up our social media feeds, we tend to become very obsessed with buying new things, most of the time quite pointless things, and we forget what's really important. Leaving this mindset has really helped me, I decided I would start buying things when I need them, and I donated a lot of my clothes that I wasn't using regularly. It felt as if a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. I am not perfect and sometimes I do buy things that I don't really need (but I mean, I always need flowy pants). As my best friend said, "we are humans, it is our nature to be greedy, and we are allowed to treat ourselves", but focusing more on what you have rather than what you want will help you.

3. Leaving my phone

Another thing connecting to social media - the infamous (at least for many of us) advice of leaving your phone, and making sure not to spend entire days mindlessly scrolling through Instagram and Snapchat. It's hard, yes, but this is probably one of the things that has made me a much happier person in general. Because, truth is, seeing "ideal" lives, bodies, and what not on all of these apps does make you feel like sh*t at times. I unfollowed any accounts that made me feel crappy about myself, I put away my phone as soon as I felt myself getting sucked up in the world of gym selfies and açaí bowls, and I noticed an immediate improvement in my mentality.

4. Eating whatever & whenever I want

As someone with a background of eating disorders, this is more than difficult to do. Even for a normal person, the amounts of diets and unrealistic standards we see everywhere today makes it hard to even know what normal eating is anymore. I watched this TED talk suggested by one of the other creators on here, @thehippychickpea, and I realised how messed up this really is. I mean, if we look at a toddler eat, they eat when they are hungry, they let themselves eat that cookie without any guilt, and they stop when they are full. Also, have you ever seen those Pinterest posts about cravings (apparently when you crave chocolate you really just need celery - wow, logic), honestly I am just at a point where I laugh at those because your body knows what it needs! I am still on a learning path for this one, but I am starting to eat when my body needs food, and it feels amazing.

5. Giving myself more credit

This. Is. So. Important. I know many people that struggle immensely with being proud of themselves for what they do, for me this mostly goes for the work I do at school. Even though my results are pretty decent, I always deny that I did good, and this is yet another thing society teaches us. Being proud of your self is in no way selfish, it is something we need more of in this world. You are doing your best, and that is good enough.

6. Drinking more water

As easy as this seems, water has so many benefits. Some of the ones I definitely notice are that it has helped me with headaches, my skin is clearer and it just makes me feel cleaner and happier overall. I drink a bottle of water right after waking up, I read somewhere that this is supposed to flush out toxins from your body and I believe everything I see online so it makes me feel like it helps, at least. I also keep a (reusable) water bottle with me at all times, and I make sure I am sipping my water throughout the whole day. Downside: make sure you don't drink too much because trips to the bathroom every 10 minutes aren't great - I've been there.

7. Accepting who I am

I have spent way too many hours trying to become someone I am not. Realisation: not worth it. I stopped trying to copy everyone around me, I ignored people that judge me and I discovered that I can be happy in my body and my personality. It's okay to mess up, it's okay to have learning curves, but it is so important to stay true to your soul. I am who I am, if people don't like that, well, too bad for them. Be yourself.

8. Smiling more

"Fake it 'til you make it" Something I agree with to 100%. I have repeated this quote to myself countless amounts of times, and it actually works. When I was struggling with anxiety daily a few months ago, this is what kept me going. And it still does. It is important to be honest with yourself and the people around you, but if you ignore your negative thoughts and make an effort to be happy on the outside, a lot of the time this can actually help. As well as making you feel better, smiling actually spreads happiness to people you see, and so, if you just smile more, you have the power to make someone else's day better too.

9. Stretching

My new obsession. I wake up every morning and stretch for 20 minutes, I try to stretch every night as well. I am happy to announce that in a few weeks I managed to get my left split back after about 3 years since I last did gymnastics. I personally don't do yoga though I would love to get started with it - if anyone can help send me a dm on Instagram please. But for now stretching is what keeps me flexible, I feel like it makes it easier to move around, and it reliefs a lot of pain. Tip from a stretching addict: do it while watching Netflix or Youtube - you won't even realise you are stretching plus it makes it more fun.

10. Letting things happen

Last point I have for you, to let everything happen. Believe that everything happens for a reason, and let everything happen. Things tend to turn out differently than you anticipate, and that is okay. Life is full of trial and with this comes loads of error. Take everything that happens to you and make it into something good, this is your life and you may not be in control of everything that happens to/around you, but as I have said, you are in charge of how you act. If you make a mistake, laugh it off. If you do something stupid, who cares. In the end, you are your biggest critic, and everyone is just trying to survive in this cruel yet beautiful world.

See the bright opportunity in each new day.

xoxo

Minnie Elisabeth @minnieelisabeth

 

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A GUIDE TO Manifesting: BRINGING YOUR DESIRES TO LIFE.


What if I told you that you could manifest your will through focused intent and mindful living? Would you believe me?
Well, you have the power to manifest your will through focused intent and mindful living! It’s a difficult concept to fully understand at first but I promise you, you are more powerful than you realize and you are fully capable of achieving this phenomenon. However, its very important to work with an open mind and a true belief that you are powerful enough to alter your own reality.

I’d first like to say that I feel that many concepts in religion can be looked at beneath a different scope and the same concepts are generally true, even in a different context. So what is manifesting?
Call it a prayer, call it a spell or a wish, call it manifesting but whatever you call it, it’s principles are the same (at least as I understand them). You have a want or a need and you are trying to communicate that want to the universe or to a god or goddess. So what’s really happening here? Opinions tend to differ from person to person but to begin your understanding, there are seven beliefs for manifesting.


1. There is an invisible but knowable life force within you.

2. Your thoughts are something that you control and they originate within you.

3. There are no limits other than the ones you place on yourself.

4. Your life has purpose.

5. Overcome weakness by leaving it behind.

6. When you begin to examine what you believe to be possible, you can then change your life.

7. You can go beyond logic.



So what does all of that mean and how does that help you to begin to manifest? Well there are no easy answers and the easiest way to begin is to start taking these principles to heart. Work them into your life and your mind wherever possible and you will begin to notice a difference in the way that you are able to perceive our universe. There is an ancient saying in hermeticism from which we can derive what magick really is. “As above, So below.” Roughly explained, it means that Earth mirrors heaven, man mirrors god, the macrocasm mirrors the microcosm. Or put more simply, that our inner worlds are a mirror image of our outer world. There is no real difference between them, other than the barriers we project onto them. If you are able to achieve a deep understanding of your self and your reality, then all paths before you become clear. Magick then becomes understanding our own energies and the energy of others and the world, and how we choose to interact with those energies. Whether that’s through prayer, spellwork, wishing or meditation. When you can clearly see the variety of paths that stretch ahead of you, you can then impart your own will and energy to achieve what you want. The steps for manifesting are very simple and include:

1. Know very clearly what it is that you want.

2. Understand that you have limits, know what they are.

3. Create or focus your energy by visualizing what you want to occur, occurring.

4. Slow grounding and a return to everyday life.


It’s important to note that results are easier to obtain reliably with practice and experience. However, there are some reasons that you may have some trouble with your results. Your message or will may not have been clear or focused enough. It’s very difficult to manifest just a general want. You need to be very specific. Picture the desired outcome very clearly unfolding in your mind. Have you allowed enough time to pass? I know, the pop culture makes it seem as though your results are instant, and trust me, we all wish that this were the case but its just not realistic. Change takes time to grow from where it is in the present moment, to where you want it to be at your desired result. Think of the wish you send out as a seed being planted. It needs time to sprout and grow before it can bloom and bear fruit! Perhaps you are allowing outside opinions or even your own to cloud your judgement and focus. Probably the most important part of trying to manifest your will is truly believing in yourself. If you allow any self doubt in for any reason, then it will be very difficult for your message to be clear and focused. Finally, were you working from a place of illness, desperation, or uncertainty? As with anything that you do in life, the physical and intangible energy that you put into your actions can drastically change your results. Be sure to work from a calm, strong and focused place within yourself for the best results.

Manifesting is all about the transfer of energy and how it flows within us and throughout our universe. One of the ways that is most often recommended to open yourself up to receiving and experiencing that energy is through meditation and mindfulness. Meditation can be tricky for some people (although its important to remember that it can take a lot of practice before you are able to meditate for any length of time.) but there are plenty of other ways you can open yourself up to the flow of energy. Listen to your favourite music, loud. Allow yourself to get lost in it and revel in that feeling of freedom. Close your eyes, standing with your feet together. Focus on where your balance is and recenter it. Lay flat on your back (preferably on he ground but anywhere will do) and feel how expansive the earth is beneath you. You can also try to focus on removing the barriers that you use to separate yourself from our universe. You are not in the universe, you are a piece of it. Lean into that feeling whenever possible. My personal favourite trick for this is to carry a stone or wear a piece of jewelry that reminds me of this in the times when I struggle to remember it on my own.

Here’s a quick little exercise that you can use to help you get started with manifestation. I have personally found this method helpful to get me into the right mindset asI begin my day. As an added bonus, you can hardly go wrong with hydrating! Hooray for getting two birds with one stone! All you need is a glass of water. (Because water is pure energetically, you can use it as an empty magical canvas to imprint your intent on.) Continue to focus your intent on the water. It can be helpful to use visualization techniques such as imagining your intent appearing within the water and diffusing throughout it as a bright light or inky mass. Whatever helps you to solidify the image in your mind. When you feel satisfied, drink up! Drink the whole glass and feel the power move through you as you charge yourself energetically with your intent. What I love about this exercise is that it is easy, quick and doesn’t require many materials. This makes it super easy to keep discreet if you wish and also easy enough for anyone to attempt. You could also customize it further by choosing an herbal tea which has associations that align with the intent you want to imprint on your water.

We are strong enough to hold each other up and heighten our perspective collectively as a society. We need to encourage people to look within themselves for answers. There is very little room for a spiritual lifestyle or belief system in our western culture but I feel as though we are on the brink of a shift in perspective within our societies. Be brave enough to forge your own path even if you feel a little scared and possibly even a little crazy at first. Don’t worry, we’re all mad here.
To sum up the points I’ve made here and because it feels right to credit the pieces that spur me to write, here’s a quote from an unknown author who inspired me today to share this information with you.

“Many of us step foot on the path to spiritual enlightenment expecting it to lead us onward and upward, hoping to become something better than we are, and ready to gather all of the important things we will need along the way. What a surprise it is when we eventually realize that the path isn’t taking us onward and upward but inward. That we’re not gathering things so much as letting them go, and that there was never anything more to aspire to than the truth of that we already are.”

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5 Tips For Being Eco-Friendly 🌍


The majority of people - excluding Trump (but who's surprised?) - know that climate change is REAL. Nature is at the core of our lives, the trees give us clean air, water hydrates and cleanses us and the crops we need to eat. Ultimately where it thrives it creates a shelter and serenity for people and animals.  As humans we've already favored tearing down wild terrains for our comfortable, cold constructions. Everyday we contribute massively to polluting our atmosphere and creating huge amounts of waste. Our beautiful world is collapsing in chaos, and we are accountable.

The situation can make us feel very small, as we may think, "what can I as a single human being really do to revert the change?" We can’t change what’s already been done – but we can prevent the climate from growing so rapidly for the worse! If you want to research the subject thoroughly and become immersed in living a waste-free life, then I encourage you! I know this year I need to take the plunge to protect future earthlings!

We all need to start somewhere and being socially aware of climate change and making a few choices in day-to-day life could be the place to start. I will give you 5 tips of how to cut down on the crap:

  1. SOLID SOAP (shampoo too!) – Lots of our hair, body and beauty products are packaged in plastic. Most of us wash pretty regularly which means it’s creating a lot of rubbish. Switch to a solid soap, and I promise it’ll smell just as serene in the shower! I suggest LUSH Karma soap (my mum got my boyfriend this one, and it fills up the whole bathroom with the patchouli scent when he showers, mm!) or you can get Palmolive solid soaps and other brands at supermarkets pretty cheap! For sensitive skin people out there, choose LUSH soaps, as they miss out the SLS (sundaresan lathering agent) from their soaps which makes it gentler on skin – and they usually last longer too!
  2. REUSABLE CUPS/BOTTLES – Imagine how much plastic waste we create if every time we’re out and get thirsty we buy a plastic water bottle, plus all those coffee cups and plastic lids you use daily before work. Be less wasteful and get yourself a reusable coffee cup and water bottle (you could get one that works simultaneously). You can find some beautiful bamboo coffee cups from Ecoffee Cup. If you’re on a budget like me, I found a reusable coffee cup for $2 from Target (Australia’s Primark).  I grabbed my water bottle from a sports shop on sale, but if you like to fancy things up you can go further and choose one with a fruit infuser or funky design. Make sure it’s one that you like so much you’ll remember to pack it in your bag daily!
  3. REUSE, RECYCLE AND REDUSE WASTE – Try to get in a habit of always recycling any plastic/cardboard/glass you use. You should have a designated recycling bin in your home and try to recycle even the small things like teabag tags. Recycling is a good first step, but buying zero waste products, or products with very little waste is the way to go! This could be little things like swapping from teabags, to loose tea. Try to reuse things too, look into some DIY projects like making little plant pots from old cans.
  4. SWITCH UP YOUR STRAW – Pick up a metal reusable straw, they’re reasonably priced and the one I bought from Teros came with a straw cleaner! It means you’ll avoid the lipstick smudges when you’re out for drinks, but will more importantly, be avoiding contributing to the mound of plastic straw trash. You might feel awkward doing it, but you can ask the barman serving you or waiter in the cafe to not give you a straw. This’ll make them aware too, as they might not have thought of the environmental impact of plastic straws.
  5. OP' SHOPPING – Charity shopping is commonly consumed these days. It used to have a kind of negative connotation, and people were embarrassed to shop in charity stores, as it was meant to be a sign that they were worse off. Now it’s allll the rage, and vintage shopping is almost like a hobby for some people. You can find so many beautiful, funky pieces if you rake around for a while. Next time you need something, think to yourself – can I pick it up from a charity shop? Also, instead of chucking out clothes, please give them into your local charity shop! The piece of clothing that doesn’t quite fit, or the accessories you’re bored of, someone will be in need of. This helps fight against fast fashion, and means you’re reusing instead of purchasing more & more materials every time you fancy something fashionable.

 

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Food is Free: A Grassroots (re)Movement


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I fell in love with quality food. Fresh fruit and vegetables just taste so much better. It’s so much more vibrant and alive. There really isn’t any substitute for freshness! This love of food carried me toward my love of plants. Specifically plants that can produce food and improve the quality of the soil.
It’s for this reason that I have a real issue with the suburban lawn. The average front or back lawn produces no habitat, food, or any other usable resources aside from being a ground cover. It’s an utter misuse of space, time and resources.

People spend too much time on their lawns with little to no real reward. When you think about it, if you’re not trying to keep the weeds out, then you’re cutting or fertilizing it to maintain it. It’s bad for our environment.

As if that wasn’t reason enough, having large and meticulously well maintained lawns is derived from when houses were also estates. The grounds were extensive and were sometimes even opened to the public as walking parks. They were a display of wealth because it took a lot of (hired) work to maintain and you derived literally nothing from it. A way of physically saying “look how much land I have, and I don’t even need to use it to grow crops.”

Surprise, there’s a better way! We can naturalize our outdoor living spaces by using native vegetation as well as planting our own vegetable, fruit and herb gardens. If we work together within our communities we have the power to gain independence from our current failing agricultural systems.

The Food is Free project is a movement designed to empower and build up the community through gardening. The concept is that instead of a conventional front lawn, you opt to grow food bearing plants and then you give away your excess food to those who need it. Alternatively you can trade with others in your neighbourhood who are also growing their own food.

This may not seem like a big deal for some of you but it’s only taken about two generations for the majority of people to loose the ability to produce and preserve their own food. This means that for most communities, people are entirely dependant on the grocery store for the ability to eat.

This movement highlights that with practically the same amount of effort it takes to maintain a conventional lawn, we can be caring for food and community producing plants. Seems like a bit of a no brainer if you ask me, and that’s why I am challenging myself to bring this movement to my community this season and I hope that by writing about it I may inspire some of you to try and do the same.

If you’re interested in starting one yourself, all you need to do is plant your own garden in your front yard for your neighbourhood to enjoy and encourage your neighbours to do the same. Food is free, food is for everyone. Let’s work together to bring back our own food security. Lessen the burden on local food banks, donate extra produce to soup kitchens. Let’s work together to bring back our sense of community through a common love of food, let’s bring down suburban lawn culture!

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59 Ways To Spread More Love (The World Needs It)


A list of ways to spread love:

-Smile at everyone you see

-Pass out flowers to strangers

-Buy flowers for someone you love

-Help someone with something

-Tell someone you love them

-Buy someone coffee

-Give a homeless person a meal

-Adopt an abused animal

-Compliment anyone you see for any reason

-Create art in any form and give it to someone 

-Hug someone you love

-Pay for the person behind you

-Call someone on the phone

-Visit with people in a nursing home

-Visit with children in a hospital 

-Write someone a letter

-Leave positive notes for a stranger to find

-Post uplifting and inspiring things to Instagram 

-Comment nice things on people’s photos 

-Only talk positive 

-Make someone a playlist of songs that remind you of them

-Donate books to a less fortunate school

-Volunteer to teach someone how to read

-Always say hello to children

-Hold the door for the person behind you

-Text someone when you are thinking of them

-Eat dinner with the old person sitting alone at the restaurant 

-Tip extra

-Donate a few dollars a month to a cause you care for

-Shovel your neighbor’s driveway 

-Brush off someone’s car for them

-Be nice always (unless the situation is harmful)

-Say thank you for everything 

-Give a positive note to a homeless person with a blanket 

-Write a song or poem for someone 

-Invite people who don’t usually get invited 

-Pick the person who always gets picked last to be on your team

-Buy water for someone who looks sad 

-Ask to take pictures of people and tell them its because you love how they look

-Give a tissue to someone who is crying 

-Eat less meat

-Play with the animals at the shelter 

-Stop saying mean things; start saying nice things

-Let your friend who loves your clothes borrow them sometimes

-Bake someone cookies or a dessert they love 

-Always make your friends cards for their birthday 

-Buy someone their favorite fruit when they had a rough week

-Give someone a book to borrow

-Stay with someone when they are really sad so they aren’t lonely as well

-Text people good morning and good night

-Listen to the songs your friends love

-Invite someone over to watch their favorite movie when they are sad

-Send someone a cute card randomly 

-Help someone in school with a subject you are good at and they struggle with

-Offer to help your teachers with grading papers or cleaning up the classroom so they can get home earlier

-Cook dinner for your family 

-Hand out stickers of smiley faces 

-Play happy music to your currently sad friend 

-Say “I love you” all the time

How to Create Healthy Habits


The saying “old habits die hard” has been striking me quite hard lately. Since changing my entire life by moving here I have been trying to work on forming good habits to give my life a little more stability and growth. Hawaii tends to make you feel a little too relaxed, complacent if you will. I became so engulfed in the feeling of going with the flow that I felt my life had become quite stagnant. I was no longer writing regular blog posts, I no longer had a set workout/yoga routine and I was getting literally quite sick of my eating habits. When I tried to throw myself head first (like I do with everything) into new habits I failed miserably. I wanted to know why us humans struggle sometimes our entire life with simple habits that we may have never consciously realized we formed. What I found and put to the test was a few different things, hopefully these tips help you in the same way they helped me.

FOCUS ON CREATING NEW HABITS, NOT ELIMINATING OLD ONES:
I watched a Ted Talk starring Charles Duhigg on habits, and I am patiently waiting for his book ‘The Power of Habit’ to come in the mail so I can soak in more of his knowledge. The first thing that stood out to me was when he talked about how difficult it is to end a habit when you’re entire focus is on just that. When I am constantly thinking about how much I don’t want to do this particular thing I end up doing it in the end because it’s all I can think about. It actually has proven to be more effective more me to just place my focus on an entirely new habit I want to form in order to replace the old. When my thoughts aren’t being entirely consumed by this I find it’s much easier for me to stay away from it.

SCHEDULE/BUY A PLANNER:
Another thing that has helped me tremendously is scheduling. This was hard for me to accept because I am so rebellious even toward myself sometimes. I was stuck in this ‘free-spirited’ mindset so much so that I didn’t even want to tell myself what I had to do. Watching another Ted Talk about achieving personal goals by breaking them up into manageable tasks every day pushed me to go buy a planner. I can’t count how many times I have said I needed to get something done but completely put it off because thinking about the entire thing seemed downright exhausting. If I keep my to do list in my head it tends to seem a little overwhelming, forcing me to not even start it in the first place. Listing each task out, each day and balancing it out with downtime makes it so much easier for me to achieve. There’s also such a pleasing feeling that goes hand in hand with finishing your day off knowing you did everything you planned to.

DON'T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF:
I think the most important thing to practice when changing habits is self-love and patience. Sometimes we are trying to reverse habits that we formed over years, and expecting them to go away overnight may be a tad unrealistic. I find that when I have slipped up I am more prone to slipping up again if I am too hard on myself for it. Negativity towards myself has never led to huge improvements in my life.

I hope these simple tips help you as much as they helped me.

Love and Light

Kindra Rae

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Real life.


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These days, I see, we can't talk. The one thing we have is our phone or our computers or our tablets. We don't see each other. We have forgotten how to talk, in a way other than through messenger. And honestly I, too, have forgotten. 

The first thing I do after I come back from school is check my social media. I eat dinner, talk with my mum about school related stuff and go to my room. I close the door and don't come out until much later in the evening.

Lately i realised how long I haven't talk with my younger sister, how much I don't know about what she likes. The only moment that we are talking is when we are arguing.

But that's enough.

This year is going to be different. I want to talk with my sister for longer than 5 minutes a day.

I want to spend less time with my phone. Phones are such 'good'[ time wasters. I tell myself "only 10 minutes on Instagram" and suddenly those 10 minutes become half an hour.

So here's a reminder for today:

"Live your life, not the Internet's life"

Love you

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Think Before You Eat


*originally published on instagram.com/plantifullisa*

This morning while gorging down my food because I was late for uni, as usual, I realized something. We are so stuck in our fast living system, we don't even make the time for the most fundamental aspect of human health anymore. Often times we stuff our face with food as soon as we are hungry and then move on.
So I asked myself: Do I ever acknowledge the sacrifice that went into the production of my food? Do I ever find stillness in my body before taking in this nourishment? Am I mindful of my body while consuming these foods?

I think you can imagine my answer.
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Food is not just carbs and protein and fat, it is your connection, your relationship to
n a t u r e ✨
You need to understand that this is the most important medicine you´re going to take that day.🍇

I'm not saying eat kale and spirulina all day. But be present. Be mindful. Understand what the food you are about to take in contains, educate yourself, know what your body can take from it and learn to listen to your body’s reaction. And then appreciate it. Appreciate the fact that you are able to eat these foods, appreciate their healing power. Be grateful. Do not punish your body with food that does not nourish you. I think once you consume more consciously, you will no longer go towards these highly processed unhealthy foods anyway.🍓


Understand that everything is connected. We are a part of nature. I believe that by feeding our body nourishing foods we increase our capacity to experience the energies within and around us and therefore our eternal oneness. For me, this is the only way to live a healthy balanced life.

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