Honouring My Mind, Body and Spirit with Food



Honouring Our Mind, Body and Spirit with Food.

Over the last few weeks, I have been pondering over the issue of diet and health and honouring my mind, body and spirit. As we progress into the 21st century, eyes are turned towards how food is affecting our health.  Top of the list is Obesity and Cancer, followed closely by Diabetes and many autoimmune diseases such as Fibromyalgia.

But above all the rules about what to eat and what not, is knowing the truth for our own bodies that count.

I have studied the subject of food and diet for over forty years, not least because I have a weight and food issue myself. I have been very overweight, and very slim, now at the age of seventy-five I am somewhere in between. Funnily enough, I am the weight that I was when I went on my first slimming diet at the age of nineteen. So, on the one hand, I have wasted my time and effort, but more importantly, I have learnt a lot about my body that I would not have known without having to watch my weight

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And I have written books and blogs and done a few radio interviews. And my life has been enriched because of what some may see as a problem. When I see people who are suffering because of misinformation over the years about what works and what does not, my heart goes out to them, because I can see that I too could have suffered because of the lack of knowledge about what suits my body.

I am not talking about any particular way of healthy eating, but experimenting and finding what suits our individual needs. Some may eat meat, others not. Some may eat raw food and others not. A low carbohydrate diet is for many people, and one reason for that is that most carbohydrate food these days is high in sugar and refined.

What is almost certain is that eating the processed junk that saves time and money, whether they are proclaimed healthy or not, is damaging our health.

We simply need to be more aware, conscious and experiment on what suits our bodies, way of life and beliefs and honouring them.

We have been misled for many years now about what we should and should not eat.

Take fat, for instance. In the 1970s we were led to believe that we should not eat fat. There was even a slimming empire based on that and based their diet on no fat at all, and we are still trying to break the habit of eating low-fat products.

But eventually, scientists have realised that low fat is unhealthy and that the body needs a certain amount of healthy fat.

What about those who eat a lot and get away with it?

That is a myth.  There are people who seem to get away with it, but eventually, find that they have not. My husband was skinny all his life, but after years of a bad diet, he had Type 2 Diabetes.

However, I have observed that people with no food issues are aware of when to stop eating, what to eat, have consistency around food and probably eat very little. Even those who we may think to eat a lot, and remain slim and fit have a point where they stop eating for a while. Most people with weight issues, most likely have a history of dieting one minute and binge eating the next.

But I believe that finding the truth about your own needs is paramount for healthy eating. I wonder how many people who live on the processed junk sold to us, give a thought to the damage that they may be doing to their health?

So, in general, I am convinced that if we eat a healthy diet, we are already somewhat conscious.

Now I have realised that at least for me, I want to take this a step further, and turn my consciousness into honouring my body, mind and spirit.

I do this by asking myself before I eat three questions.

  1. Am I honouring my body mind and spirit by eating this particular food?
  2. If my creator was standing in front of me, would I offer this food to them?
  3. Am I eating this for comfort or nurture?

Let’s take them one at a time.

Am I honouring my body mind and spirit by eating this particular food?

In other words, I have studied and experienced the results of eating wheat. I know that I can eat a little, especially products made with Spelt flour.  But because I had an eating disorder, namely Bulimia, in the past, I know that it can lead to a binge, and secondly, it bloats my body and leaves me very uncomfortable and lethargic. So; would I be honouring my body? No because of the damage it can do to me. My mind? Yes, because it leaves me in a foggy state. My Spirit? Yes, because I feel that I will have dishonoured my body.

If my creator was standing in front of me?

Is this food pure enough and as clean as I can make it? Or is it Frankenstein food that can damage this wonderful creation that is taking me through my time on earth?

Am I eating this for comfort or nurture?

Well in a way they are both the same up to a point. But if I am not really hungry, and eating for comfort, is that viable at this moment? Will I be able to stop at just one or two, or go on to a binge? However, if I am really hungry or my body clock is telling me something, then eat.

I may add here that there will be times when our body craves something. Usually, that is a sign that we need something in that particular food. Also, four o’clock in the afternoon is a very popular time for sugar cravings. I usually have a cup of tea with some stevia in it. (However, there are some people who would not be able to do that because it would set off a craving for sugar.)

So there are no rules with healthy eating. We need to learn about what is suitable for our body. There will be times when we get it wrong, but that is the part of the learning process.

And to do this, we can learn to trust that process.

I am still learning, but can suddenly see where I have been going wrong.

At the end of my book, The Truth Has Set Me Free; I talk about how I finally overcame my problem of depression. And it was to stop beating myself up over being depressed in the first place. And it is just the same with what I eat.

What I have been doing all my life is trying to live by a set of rules, and in some regimes, you could call it dogma. When I have gone wrong in the past, I have beat myself up because I haven’t stuck to my diet, I have gone onto binge eating and not caring. I am writing this to myself as well as anyone else.

So now I am finding that those three questions have become a daily habit that has made me more aware, and perhaps it may work for many others too.

At last I am honouring my Mind, Body and Spirit.

patricia cherry lifrecoach



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Why Dont We Get It?

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Which ever way you put it, it boils down to what we eat affects our health.

But how many of us are just failing to get the message?

Are you aware that what you eat affects everything in  your body?

You probably know that it affects your heart, your weight, and your arteries.

But there is more to you than that! 

What you eat also affects your eyes. Macular degeneration can be kept at bay by eating plenty of green leafy vegetables for example.

Your brain, there is evidence that Alzeimers disease can be kept at bay by avoiding refined and junk type foods and too much sugar. 

Arthiritis. Do you know that arthritis can be kept under control by not eating wheat!

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Research it, you will be surprised what you find.

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The point is, dont just think of the obvious things that “THEY” are always telling you about. Think of the effects of a bad diet on


Want to find a way of eating that suits you and is healthy?

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Healthy Eating? or not?


Healthy Eating??

Have you been told to lose weight?

Whose advice are you going to follow?

Have any of the tips in this link worked for you?


There is not enough room here to take up all 8 tips, so let’s just look at two that I cannot believe are there.

What do you think of this one?

Quote; “Eat the right number of calories, for how active you are, so that you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use. If you eat or drink too much, you’ll put on weight. If you eat and drink too little, you’ll lose weight. The average man needs around 2,500 calories a day (10,500 kilojoules). The average woman needs 2,000 calories (8,400 kilojoules). Most adults are eating more calories than they need, and should eat fewer calories.” Unquote.

Waow, now aint that helpful? 

I am not disputing that if we eat too much of anything, we will put on weight, as that means more calories but it is not as simple as that. This theory was taking machines into account, your body is alive and has other ideas! Are you among the people who have been doing that and it has not worked? There are all sorts of reasons why, and if you go to you-tube and look up Zoe Harcombe, she will give you the science.

Another one is;

Quote; “Base your meals on starchy foods.  Starchy foods should make up around one third of the foods you eat. Starchy foods include potatoes, cereals, pasta, rice and bread. Choose wholegrain varieties (or eat potatoes with their skins on) when you can, they contain more fibre, and can make you feel full longer.

Most of us should eat more starchy foods: try to include at least one starchy food with each main meal. Some people think starchy foods are fattening, but gram for gram they contain fewer than half the calories of fat.” Unquote.

Consider this; We have seen all the news recently about how sugar is now the arch enemy with weight management and type 2 diabetes.

But did you know that when you eat starchy foods the body converts it to sugar?

Just try a little experiment. Put a piece of bread on your tongue and see what happens.

It becomes sweet! Why? Because the moment the starch enters the body, it goes to work converting it to sugar.

I like the bit about “Some people think starchy foods are fattening!” But just because they have less calories gram for gram, does not mean anything. This is simply taking calories and nothing else into consideration at all.

If only it was that simple!

These are just two of the tips in the above link, some of them make sense, but most of them not so much.

So before you do what your leaflet from the NHS tells you to, look it up for yourself.

Have a look at my website for reading material and also download a FREE weight loss tool kit there. That will explain all about nutrients and nourishment and a whole lot else that you need to know before embarking on any weight loss regime.

Or have a look at my book on Amazon Kindle.

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Would Your Own Diet Work?


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Hi folks.

Research is finding that people who sucessfully lose weight and keep it off, are those who do it in a way to fit in with their own needs.

Just a reminder that you can learn how to make up a diet that will suit you for life.

This will:

Fit in with your own lifestyle

Include your favourite foods

And your own set of rules 

You will learn about the importance of including the right nutrients.

How counting calories is futile.

And you canJust buy the book from Amazon Kindle. The best few pounds you will ever have invested.

What have you got to lose except STRUGGLING!


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Self-Sabotage & Weight Management.



Untitled-1Have you ever wondered why it is that when you succeed at losing weight after a lot of effort, you just seem to lose control and put it back again?

One scenario, is the typical weigh-in at the slimming club.

Or you have just completed a successful week with a good loss, and you are patting yourself on the back.

Wey-hey you’ve done really well this week!

 Then; you go home and find yourself in the fridge or food cupboard eating all the things that you have not had the previous week.

There are two things in play here.  Reward or perhaps Self-Sabotage!

Let me tell you a true story.  There was an eight year old girl, who was really good at art. She won first prize in a contest in a Scripture class for the best cover of the exercise book.  The good feeling did not last, however, because she thought that actually she could do even better.

So what did she do next? She destroyed the cover and told the teacher that she had suffered an accident with it. Then proceeded to make another one. She thought that she could do it better and earn even more praise. But what she was actually doing was sabotaging her own efforts because deep down she could not recognise her own success.

That pattern continued with her for a very long time, and whatever she did in life, in her success, she ended up in someway sabotaging her own endeavors.  Business, relationships and a weight loss.

Particularly with weight loss.

She put on weight and she lost it in a yo-yo fashion for most of her lifetime. The scene above at the slimming club was played out over and over again.

Can you identify with this?

Maybe your own weight management struggles are more deep seated than you imagine.

Maybe some coaching or mentoring would help you to look at this. Or maybe you can look at it yourself.

It would certainly be good to consider whether you are self-sabotaging in anyway.

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How to Design Your Own Diet.



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Research is finding that more people  succeed in losing and maintaining their weight when they make their own rules and find their own way to do it.

Because most diets are laid out in a way that do not take into consideration that; 


When a person can design their own diet, then they can take their own individual needs and lifestyle into consideration.

However, what they also need is the knowledge to know how to nourish themselves properly and which foods will be both healthy and suit their tastes too.

 Taking into account foods that will either encourage their weight management

For the rest of their life, not just for the duration of the diet!

So if you want to look at how you can design your own diet, read my book. 

This is a simple but effective little online course that will help you to find your way through the diet maze.

It includes;

  • Why you need to diet
  • Looking at your lifestyle and how you can choose a diet to suit that.
  • What does food mean to you?
  • How to improve your self-esteem and self-image
  • How to find the wisest way to shop.

You will be led  through finding the right advice, books to read, and

  Authors and researchers who know their stuff!




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Loving Yourself & Weight Management.



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If you were to have someone close to you that you loved very much, would you criticise them for their looks, or any apparent or perceived flaws?

Would you expect them to change how they are and only love them after they have changed?

Would you rather help them because you loved them?

This is what happens with weight management.

If you are seeing yourself as unlovable because you need to lose weight, then this can get in the way of you ever being happy with how you are.

So you need to change your perspective and start to love yourself now, just as you are, warts and all!

That way you will then be able to say, because I love myself I want to be healthy in body, mind and spirit.

Therefore I will not see food as something to indulge in as reward or comfort.

Because I will be kinder to myself if I only eat healthy foods, and find some other way to reward or comfort myself.

Have a nice loving day!

Ageing With Vitality

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Is a Healthy Diet Expensive?


Many people when looking into eating an healthy, real food diet, say that they cannot afford it.

But if you look at it more closely, you will find that you CAN afford it.

Firstly; think of all the money you will save not buying junk type snacks, take aways and soda drinks.

Secondly; Get a slow cooker, and buy the cheaper cuts of meat, and don’t buy expensive steaks and other expensive meats and fish. Buy carefully, and look at it as an adventure into a whole new way of living.

Thirdly; learn to cook!

It does not have to be difficult!

For example, when you have slow cooker, you can literally chuck your cubed stewing or caserole steak (which you bought instead of the expensive stuff) into the slow cooker, add what spices you like, garlic and onions and anything else you feel like adding, close the lid, switch it on and walk away.

8 hours later you have a delicious and economic meal.

Another idea is chicken curry, put your cubed chicken into the slow cooker, add onions, tinned coconut milk, curry paste and a little salt, and you have a Thai curry!

You may argue that chicken, especially organic is expensive, but it’s a lot cheaper that going to the takeaway, and you don’t even have to bother walking or driving up the road to get it!

And you will know where your chicken came from?

If you are thinking that vegetables and fruit are too expensive, then look again at how you can trade in the crisps and snacks in exchange for these. You don’t have to have them, they are unhealthy and a waste of money. But the veg will bring you proper nourishment.

If you google any of the sites under eating real food, you will find numerous ideas and recipes.

On a personal note, when I switched to eating real food, I immediately started to save £10 a week on my grocery bill.

Try it!  And don’t let the grocery bill be your excuse. 

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