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How to Stop Emotional Eating

You just lost your job. Or broke up with your lover. Or it’s the end of the month and you’re broke. Again.

No matter what challenges in life you’re going through, there’s probably been a few times that you’ve reached for the pint of ice cream to ease the emotional pain. Or the one pound chocolate bar. Or the extra large bag of barbeque potato chips. OR ALL THREE.

I’ve been there myself. I have been put through the ringer by life more times than I can count. For me, it’s usually relationship issues that trigger my emotional eating reflexes. And next thing I know, I’m clearing out the grocery store of Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Bars.

In all seriousness, emotional eating can be one of the most challenging hurdles to overcome when you’re trying your best to have a healthy, nourishing relationship with food. I struggled for years with emotional eating until I became more self-aware of the triggers that caused me to do it. Once I learned WHY I was emotionally eating, I was able to curb my behavior and get clear about what I truly needed in those moments.

In my new YouTube vlog, I share my most effective strategies and personal tips with you about how you can stop emotional eating and start making more supportive food choices (especially in the really tough, distressing moments). Click the video below to watch now:

By shifting your food choices to healthier options for snack time, becoming aware of your emotional trigger points and practicing giving yourself what you truly need on an emotional and physical level – you’ll start to change your behavior and your relationship to food.

Because Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate tastes a LOT better when you’re not devouring them like a distraught wolverine floating in a river of tears. Trust me on this one.

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How to NOT wake up like a zombie!

Look, I get it…
Waking up is hard to do.
Maybe you wake up groggy and foggy.
Or maybe the ol’ coffee standby isn’t cutting it for you anymore.
And those afternoon crashes are getting in the way of your productivity.

If any of this sounds familiar, I’ve got some effective strategies that you can integrate into your morning routine to help you bounce out of bed bright-eyed and bushy-tailed… LIKE A NINJA SQUIRREL!

Seriously, though, there are simple breathing techniques, gratitude practices and healthy foods (read: coffee substitutes) that you can start using immediately to wake up with a lot more energy, focus and vitality…

You can start integrating daily practices like the yogic “breath of fire” to generate more oxygen and blood flow in your body or drinking the new maca-based superfood beverage Macaccino that blows your coffee straight out of the French press!

Click the video image below to watch my brand-new YouTube vlog where I share top tips, strategies and superfoods from my personal morning routine:

So… tomorrow morning, I want you to start integrating these tips and strategies into your own morning routine and stay present to how you feel. After about 5 to 7 days… you may start to notice a BIG difference in your overall mental clarity and energy levels.

You owe it to yourself to wake up like a warrior on the daily. You’ve got amazing gifts that this world desperately needs… so get yourself charged up, energized and ready to rock with the tips in the video above!  😀

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An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind

After much reflection over the past few days on the current Cafe Gratitude and Be Love Farm situation, this will be my final public commentary.

First, I want to say that my viewpoints in this post and on my blog are mine exclusively. I do not speak for anyone else. My blog post last week reflected my own opinion, written from a place of honesty, raw emotion, accountability and personal truth. The intention was to spark a dialogue on life, death, change, and the complex situation at hand. Since then, I’ve received a plethora of messages, texts and emails with many different viewpoints.

I’ve also had an in-depth, open-minded discussion with one of the members of the Cafe Gratitude family. Even though their personal preferences and practices on their farm have changed, they will continue to serve plant-based food at their restaurants as they have done for the past 12 years. To their credit, they have served more vegan meals than any other restaurant chain in existence.

It’s also come to my knowledge that the Engelhart family has been receiving death threats, violent messages and have been subject to a variety of intimidation tactics. I’ve know the Engelhart family for years and they’ve extended a lot of love, support and kindness to me, both personally and professionally. As with many people in my life that I have actively chosen to love, I may disagree with their personal choices, practices and viewpoints, but still choose to extend loving kindness in light of those differences. I’ve chosen to love cigarette smokers, drug abusers, carnivores, gun enthusiasts and people with pro-war viewpoints. I’ve chosen to actively love those people (and consider them family) – even though I disagree with their personal beliefs and practices.

As I write this, my heart is deeply hurting and I’m disappointed for so many reasons. It hurts my heart to know that animal lives have been taken. It hurts my heart that a group of friends that once shared the same ethical viewpoints and practices are now choosing to live from a different set of values and beliefs. It hurts my heart that the Engelhart family has been receiving death threats.

Violence – and threats thereof – do not and cannot create lasting peace, equanimity, understanding or conscious change. Threats, intimidation and blind hatred do not create amicable solutions nor allow anyone to change their current practices or shift their mindset. For the vegan community, there’s a great opportunity to “walk the talk”. To show up to the discussion well-informed and coming from a place of acceptance and to represent the values of compassion, peace, equanimity and love for animals and humans alike.

As an ethical vegan for nearly two decades, I am fully committed to reducing violence, oppression and unnecessary suffering, thereby fostering and creating more compassion, love and understanding on this planet in my relations with ALL beings. This commitment is not just in my career as a vegan chef/educator/author – but through every personal interaction. This is an deep, heart-centered ethos – an ethical commitment – that I have chosen in every facet of my life.

I do not feel in my heart that animals exist for the purposes of mass human consumption, entertainment, clothing, slavery or industrial commerce. In a few rare exceptions where no other alternatives exist (Inuit Eskimos, native/indigenous tribes, etc.) it is, in my opinion, wholly unnecessary for humans to rely on animals for sustenance when science, technology, veganic farming methods and the culinary arts have given us so many alternative options. In modern society, we have a massive wealth of options that are more compassionate, mindful, loving and sustainable than using animals as commodities.

In closing, I want to reiterate my request: stop the death threats, violence and intimidation. The only way to create solutions is to open a space of mutual understanding and respect so that an honest, compassionate and truthful dialogue can take place between Cafe Gratitude/Be Love Farm and the vegan community. That’s why I wrote the open letter on my blog last week and it’s the reason for this new, more introspective and heart-centered request.

The only way to create substantive change is to create an open dialogue; to have an open-minded conversation, to exchange truthful viewpoints and thereby attempt to create mutual understanding with all parties involved.

I believe that humanity is evolving into a more aware, awakened, compassionate, kind-hearted society where ALL beings can be embraced as equals and included in our circles of compassion and reverence. But I feel it’s imperative to set the example for others with our collective thoughts, words, deeds and actions.

With love and light always,

J-Wro