Body Love – Body Confidence w/ Liis Windischmann (Part 2)

April 30, 2016

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Hi there loves!

Thank you for the great response a few weeks back on post about “Body Love” and the importance of finding a healthy connection with your body. On the heels of that discussion, I joined a coaching group that was created to help health practitioners like myself work with clients that struggle with unhealthy patterns of eating.

The feeling of stress when you eat is a topic that came up for me in this discussion group and I’m also working with a client that is always eating in a rush. So, I needed to ask the questions: what’s the rush all about?  Where is the stress coming from?

It’s so important from both a physical health and mental health perspective to chew your food with intention. First, the simple act of chewing your food helps to produce much needed digestive enzymes that help with digestion. So, if you’re feeling bloated and yucky after eating your meal quickly, the simple act of “taking your time” eating will resolve this.

On the flip side, you need to think about why you’re quickly scarfing down the food.  What are you really hungry for?  In a lot of cases, it’s not the food necessarily.  It’s often the feeling we get (that we’re sometimes missing) when we eat the food. So what is that for you?

I think you’re really going to love this post.  I talk a little more about the day to day practices of self-love and self-care with Liis Windischmann in Part 2 of my Body Love – Body Confidence. In Part 1, Liis and I talked about her journey to wellness, her tips on how to build a healthier relationship with food, her struggles with a thyroid disease which eventually made her adopt a paleo eating lifestyle (you can read more about that interview here).

Several years ago, Liis adopted a low-stress, gluten-free, Paleo lifestyle, delved more into alternative healing and exercise modalities and found the keys to creating a healing shift in her life. Liis believes in living a healthy, holistic life encouraging others to stop obsessing about the numbers on a scale and instead be more concerned about learning to love themselves mind, body and soul.

Julie:
You’re big on mantras – me too! Tell us why mantras have been an important part of your journey.

Liis:
I have always resonated with meditation but found when I was really not feeling well, especially when dealing with dis-ease and pain affecting my brain, it was hard to literally get out of my head. I would often say short mantras to help me overcome pain like – I am light. I am love. – or – I am healthy. I am happy. Sometimes I would just chant “Om” or recite the vowels “a, e, i, o, u” in order to feel the vibration in my body and get out of my head.

Julie:
What is your favorite mantra?

Liis:
I actually tend to go more visual lately and many times I will envision light emanating from my heart chakra, beaming out throughout my body, surrounding me. The colours will change – sometimes golden white, pink, green, purple…depends what resonates with me that day and what healing or empowering colour feels right.

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Julie:
What are the first three things that you do when you wake up in the morning?

Liis:
Keeping my eyes closed, I take 5-10 minutes to remember and analyze my dreams for important messages and reoccurring themes. I then shower & use body gloves to wake up my body & my mind. Then I brush my teeth followed by a 5-10 minute meditation in my bedroom – sometimes longer depending on my mood. (Ok…that was 4!)

Julie:
What is your favourite book?

Liis:
I have a few: The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Time Traveler’s Wife, a 1960’s college poetry book of my mom’s…there are more but I will stop here…

Julie:
What is your best health and lifestyle tip?

Liis:
Small changes make a big difference. Don’t be overwhelmed by what you have to do. Just take one small step at a time and before you know it, you will be transforming your life and your happiness.

Julie:
Take a picture of the inside of your fridge and tell us about your ‘must have’ essentials?

 

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Liis:
I always have to have several types of apples as I will have one for breakfast along with sausages. There is usually a concoction in there of homemade dressing consisting of olive oil, Dijon mustard and fresh lemon juice. I generally have one big salad every day so there will always be veggies and blueberries or raspberries for that. And I always make “fast food” for my freezer – this week I made a massive fish stew which entailed throwing in every vegetable I needed to cook up which made about 10 ready-to-go containers for when I don’t feel like cooking!

You can learn more about Liis by going to her website, LiisonLife.