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Aikido for Food

Deflect and Redirect

Aikido focuses on using an opponents own energy to gain control of them or to throw them away from you. It is not a static art, but places great emphasis on motion and the dynamics of movement. [Source: AikidoFAQ.com]

We can use similar principles with food cravings and choices through substitution over resistance or deprivation. Instead of expending energy resisting cravings we learn to deflect and redirect that energy into better choices.

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REDIRECT: Substitution Over Deprivation

There are of course also increasingly more options that are healthier, such as baked kale chips, roasted nuts without the salt, sugar and oils, and baked organic non GMO corn tortilla chips instead of the standard fare which is fried. But you do need to examine labels carefully because sometimes it can seem healthy but be quite the opposite. For example, my husband likes to snack on the green pea wasabi snacks. Hey, they’re green… look healthy, have a nice crunch and taste great. But… they are fried, which means that any nutrients have not only been killed off, but the frying process actually makes them anti-nutritive through the releasing free radicals into your system. Hungry Girl has a list of foods they call ‘Fakers’, which is when something looks and seems healthy but isn’t. Here’s their take on wasabi peas.

If you love sweets like I do, there are increasingly more options that are healthier. We used to make more of our own wholesome treats, especially when I was a homeschooling our kids and had more time. Now we enjoy healthier alternatives, especially like the gluten free pancake and waffle mixes from Kelley Herring, of The Healing Gourmet. She also has brownie and chocolate chip cookie mixes, but those weren’t as big a hit with my family, and especially for the price.

Healthy Treats

We have tested MANY nutrition bars and most of them are filled with non-nutrients and high in sugar and soy, which is NOT a healthy protein.  We’re loving the Quest Bars, and will continue to bring you the best that we find. Please let us know your favorites!
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Baked Kale Chips: Toss Kale in a little olive oil and lemon juice, add seasonings of your choice, such as Parmesan cheese, seasoned or plain. Bake at 350 degrees until crisp, stirring occasionally.

If you love sweets like I do, there are increasingly more options that are healthier. We used to make more of our own wholesome treats, especially when I was a homeschooling our kids and had more time. Now we enjoy healthier alternatives, especially like the gluten free pancake and waffle mixes from Kelley Herring, of The Healing Gourmet. She also has brownie and chocolate chip cookie mixes, but those weren’t as big a hit with my family, and especially for the price.

My daughter is gluten intolerant, plus we know that bread is not good for the rest of us, so we substitute with the most wholesome of the gluten free breads and tortillas we can find, and use it in moderation. Ideally, we make our own treats out of almond, oat, coconut and quinoa flours, but if you don’t have the time more and more innovative companies are making healthier options available, and I predict these will be the mega corporations of the net decade.

Our favorite healthy (no wheat, soy, or refined sugar) protein bars are from Quest Nutrition. We have tested MANY nutrition bars and most of them are filled with non-nutrients and high in sugar and soy, which is NOT a healthy protein, so we’re loving the Quest Bars, and will continue to bring you the best that we find.

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Please let us know your favorite “Food Aikido” moves… where you are successfully substituting bad habits for tasty good ones and deflecting cravings by simply redirecting then into something better.

Because here’s the thing: think of your favorite fruit. Imagine it next to your favorite junk food treat. Both are delicious and you enjoy them both. One is also nutritious and you feel good about eating it, before, during and afterward. The other, is delicious but not nutritious, and in fact it contributes free radical damage, inflammation and toxicity to your system.
No brainer, right? Yet the struggle is real.

The Fight

If you eat it you won’t enjoy it before you eat it because you will be conflicted in your struggle. You will enjoy it—mostly—while you’re eating it, excepting the guilt you’re trying to shove out of your mind as quickly as the bites you shove into your mouth, or sips main-lining up the straw.

Afterward, you will regret it. You will feel bad about your choice and likely feel weak and hopeless that you seemed unable to resist temptation yet again. Or, that you decided to make that choice.

That’s a deadend street. That’s a been there, done that one too many times. Now is different.

Deflect to Defeat and Dominate

Most of us are never truly hungry. That hunger that comes from true food deprivation. We may get empty and our stomach and energy level may be telling us we are hungry, but likely more than 80% of the time we get up from our desk or out ofour chair to get something to eat, it isn’t because we’re hungry. It’s because our body… the “paleo man” is programmed to think resting means eating, sexing or sleeping.
Our body requires movement to thrive, and if we aren’t moving, the next thing we think of is eating.

So the very best remedy for the desire for food when our body is overweight is to MOVE. Get up and move vigorously, dynamically, briskly. Whenever you get up from your desk (if you work in an office), walk or run to to wherever you need to go if you can.

Imagine you had to jump up for a fire alarm and HUSTLE… or you were late for a very important meeting. That’s how you need to walk or run. THAT will shake up your hormones and rev things up.

If you can, exercise, even if it’s just for five minutes. Just stand up… right there at your chair and move very quickly through a few exercises. Here are three, and you can do these in 1-3 minutes, (remember, you’re moving briskly and as fast as you safely can).

DESKSIDE ENERGIZER: 1-3 Minutes
20 Squats
20 Knee ups (knees to chest from sitting position, or from standing)
20 Push-ups from your desk, a wall, or the floor.

For some 15 minute mindset tips, check out this article: Cravings – Train Your Buds.

Chances are that after this you will not feel hungry but rather you will want some water. That’s next. Enjoy a full glass or bottle of water. Even better if you have a fresh lemon or lime wedge to squeeze into it. Now you should feel refreshed, energized and alkalized… and all in under 5 minutes!

During your next lull or craving, you can repeat this until it’s time to eat a healthy meal. Do different things, such as running up the stairs in your building if you have them, or a brisk walk around it if not. Even better, running some outside stairs if you have access, so that you can get fresh air, sunshine and exercise.

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NOW you are ready to dance with destiny and choose to boost your life by boosting what you put into it and into your body.

Move energetically through life and when it’s not working for you, redirect the negative force into positive momentum. It works.

Now go! 🙂

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