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How Exercise & Food Can Change Your Mood
Posted By Patricia Moreno On October 8, 2009 @ 2:31 pm In Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | 1 Comment
Yes, you can have it all, really!
How you eat, think and exercise dramatically affects your mood. You can break the cycle of unhealthy habits  and learn to have it all.
I know that the foods I eat play a major role in my attitude, energy levels, health and aging process . Knowing that my goal is to feel good all the time helps me make choices that support that goal. I know that eating refined carbs causes me to have more mood swings and lower amounts of energy. It makes me gain weight  and negatively impacts my overall health. It is too big of a consequence to pay for a three-second pleasure. It doesn’t mean I will never have a sweet again, but 90 percent of the time I don’t eat refined carbs .
Remember that the way to having it all is by practicing self-discipline. When making promises to transform the way you eat , you must train yourself to keep your word and silence the negotiator, that voice inside your head that keeps telling you it’s “OK” to break your promise and start tomorrow.
Choose things that you can keep your word on no matter what. As you get better at it, you can promise bigger things. When you make your promise, remember these words: “No matter what.” Keep these words tattooed on your mind, and the negotiator will not show up as often — but you’ve really got to mean it.
It’s not just about fitting into your skinny jeans for a special event. It’s about improving your overall quality of life. The foods you fuel your body with impact almost every area of your life from your brain function to your libido.
Are the foods you are eating in alignment with your overall goal? What are your goals? Set some today. Ask yourself if you are taking care of your body the best way you can.
Take a moment to write down what your intention is for your body and your health. Start to look for people who inspire you who have great relationships to food . Model and interview them. Simply ask them how they do it.
Try adding more vegetables  to your diet. If you already eat many vegetables, try new ones and get creative.
Oftentimes, the big culprit is portion size . Keep protein like meat, fish and chicken to the size of a deck of cards or the palm of your hand. Also, eat more slowly so you can tell when you are satisfied before you are stuffed. Even using a smaller plate can make a big difference. Check in with yourself and see if you are satisfied enough to walk away.
Eating with intention and awareness is eating the Sati way. Exercise  is the perfect compliment to healthy eating. You can support the positive changes in the way you eat by trying these intenSati moves with the following affirmation:
“Yes, I can have it all”
Now put the two moves together:
“Yes” (COMMITMENT — say yes four times)
“I can have it all” (DESIRE — arms pump four times)
Repeat for two to five minutes. Each time, make the moves bigger and your voice louder. Declare your intention to keep your promises, no matter what! You can have it all! You don’t have to give something up forever. You’ll be amazed at how much your self confidence will grow by keeping the promises you make to yourself.
For more in depth information on eating with intention and awareness, go to my blog . Stay tuned for the next eating with intention and awareness call.
And thank you to all who voted in the Shine a Light contest . Although we were not selected, we made the the top three in popular votes and let the world know who were are!
Enjoy today — you will never get it back again!
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URLs in this post:
 unhealthy habits: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/how-to-form-healthy-habits-and-make-them-last/
 aging process: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/VibrantatAnyAge.html
 gain weight: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/MBFWeightLoss.html
 refined carbs: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/How-to-Detox-from-Caffeine-Sugar-and-White-Flour-in-7-Days.html
 transform the way you eat: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Healthy-Eating.html
 relationships to food: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/9WaystoBuildaHealthierRelationshipwithFood.html
 vegetables: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Kick-Up-the-Flavor-on-Vegetables.html
 portion size: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/How-to-Eat-to-Lose-Weight.html
 Exercise: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/How-to-Stick-with-a-Fitness-Routine-5-ways-to-stay-motivated-to-exercise-regularly.html
 my blog: http://patriciamorenothrive.blogspot.com/
 Shine a Light contest: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/shine-a-light-on-sati-life/
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