We’re excited to present to you our first guest blogger today!
I’ve actually been working with this fantastic coach myself for the past few months, and I must say, delving into the rather vulnerable (sometimes downright shameful) world of what we eat, how we treat our bodies, and facing that dreaded reading on the scales, has never been so…inspiring, enlightening and comforting. Sam is a transformational coach & healer who is dedicated to empowering women to become themselves fully – and that’s exactly what she has done for me!
Sam passionately encourages women to listen to their bodies, and from the wisdom that it holds, deeply access their own power and knowing about what is right for them. Working with Sam has made me see more than ever, that dieting/food issues/weight issues and anything around nutrition is very much intrinsically linked to the rest of our mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. I have seen first hand that in order to get a deeper understanding of my own issues with health and food, there is so much power in going into deeper issues with a coach/supportive friend/professional.
So…please put your hands together and give a big warm ‘Pocket Full of Wellness’ welcome to….. Sam Rock Cooper!
Joyful Food, Joyful Life (Part 1)
For the past few months, I’ve been exploring a new way to live and eat. It’s an ongoing discovery, without shame and judgements as I explore what’s right for me.
I am so blessed to have robust health and a strong body. And yet as I’m now mid-40s, with a lively 4 year old, it’s definitely ‘time’ to create optimum health and wellness.
There’s been several pivotal steps along the way so far. The first was a strong inclination to detox. We eat vegetarian, mostly organic food with high vegetable content, minimal wheat etc. And yet there were other foods and eating habits that I knew weren’t supporting my health. So I’ve increased natural ‘live’ foods, added in breakfast smoothies and generally have smaller portions.
At the same time, I created an online Joyful Food, Joyful Life group with some Feminine Power sisters. We meet weekly and support each other – this is not a diet group – we’re diving into our beliefs and habits around food as well as exploring our lives as a whole. That support has been crucial to me – firstly as women sharing together and also as the self-appointed leader/facilitator, it’s lovingly forced me to show up and reflect each week.
For me, this food enquiry is about food and it isn’t! It’s about who we’re being as a person in the world. The foods we eat are a reflection of our inner landscape, our values and belief systems and all the things we’re suppressing too.
Have I got this totally sussed? No not yet. But I feel so much better in myself – I’m in alignment – the food choices I make are personal to me – they’re not from a book telling me what to eat, how to exercise etc. although I research nutrition a lot. This is a lived experience… every day I connect with myself, I listen to what my body wants and I use food as a doorway to my desires and thoughts. I try to sit down quietly with my food and be present while I eat and I’ve had some deep insights on issues in my life which aren’t food related. By releasing the pressure of food and ‘ideal’ weight, I’m allowing my energy to fully flow and for other things to emerge.
On an outward level, I’ve lost 9kg easily. I’m choosing to exercise a lot more. My skin is glowing. On an inner level, I’m ‘me’ and that’s being reflected by the people I meet and coach. They can feel my energy and the space I hold. And I know that sounds like hippie talk but the truth is we’re energetic beings, we have an electromagnetic field. I’m sure that the high energy living foods I’m eating are adding to the energy I already have as a healer/coach and as ‘Sam’.
At the core of it all is who we are as sacred beings. That we each have the right and need to claim our space in the world and to be ourselves fully, in all our radiance. By being ourselves, we support others to truly be themselves, to shine and be radiant too. Food is a gateway to this and I’m honoured that I can use this for my own self discovery and to support others with theirs. Because we’re in this together. It’s so not about the food, it’s about the JOY of being yourself, which is why I call it Joyful Food, Joyful Life. It’s a beautiful circle with our true selves.
So let’s start a revolution to discover ourselves, our desires, our passions and our potential. Let’s live that Joyful Life one mouthful at a time!
Inspired by Sam? Contact her below for Coaching, Reiki, and guided meditations…..
For Part 2, click here.