When was the last time you felt that sexy feeling?
And how many of us wish we felt it more often?
Chocolate might be the food of choice for romantic gestures on Valentine’s Day, but how many of us feel sexy after eating a box of Godiva's? For some women, an overdose of chocolate and sugars triggers a yeast infection – and there ain’t nothing sexy about that!
Sugar is what we crave when we feel emotionally vulnerable. We equate special treats with a decadent pudding or a glass of champagne. When we’re stressed and need to grab lunch, without even realising it we reach for the pasta, the quiche or the ham & cheese croissant.
Many of my clients and readers struggle with sugar cravings. In fact – “how to quit sugar” consistently comes out as the number one health & wellness challenge in my reader polls.
THE KEY TO QUITTING SUGAR LIES NOT IN HOW YOU STOCK YOUR PANTRY. IT LIES IN TRANSFORMING YOUR INNER NARRATIVE.
For clients who are emotional & binge eaters, part of the journey in nutritional transformation is exploring the emotional connection between the food they eat and what they say to themselves when they eat. So, I often ask:
When eating that carb heavy lunch or when tucking into that chocolate bar or bag of crisps, what is the little voice in your head saying to you?
Generally, the little voice says something along these lines:
You really shouldn’t be eating this because you’re going to bloat and feel horrible.
This is not going to help with your weight loss goals.
It’s just this once but you really shouldn’t.
These little messages of self-criticism eat away at our self-esteem and power.
Every time we eat food that we “shouldn’t” eat, we are calling ourselves unworthy.
And every time we call ourselves unworthy, we deny ourselves the permission to change the habits that no longer serve us; the habits that prevent us from losing weight, from feeling energetic and from being who we want to be.
ISN'T IT TIME WE STARTED CALLING OURSELVES WORTHY & DESERVING?
Isn’t time that little inner voice said, “You’re awesome! You’re sexy! You’re on top of the world!”
YES! IT DARN WELL IS!
One of the most effective ways to unlock that voluptuous and empowered voice, is to connect with and nourish the Sacral Chakra. This area in your body is located on the spine just below the navel and it envelops your guts and reproductive organs.
This chakra is where our creativity, intuition and fertility originate. It governs our self-worth and is the centre for feeling emotion, pleasure and connection to others. A powerful Sacral Chakra will catapult you into the highest echelon of sexiness: that impossible-to-deny sexiness that comes from a body and soul that is abundant in self-confidence and self-worth.
And guess what my friends – the negative-calorie celery stick is not this chakra’s food of choice.
Rich sources of healthy fats are what this chakra most desires:
- Wild salmon, ocean trout, barramundi – and all those gorgeous fatty fish, rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
- Nuts & seeds like almonds, walnuts, pumpkin, flax and hemp abundant in therapeutic oils.
- The soft flesh of the coconut and its delicious milk.
- And last but not least – orange foods like papaya, carrots, sweet potatoes, peaches and apricots to enflame the orange essence of the Sacral Chakra.
I don’t know about you, but just writing those foods gave me that sexy feeling.
So dear readers, whether you’re looking to give your libido a boost or whether you’re seeking to transform your relationship with food, why not try incorporating this sexy little dish into your life.
PAPAYA COCONUT MOUSSE
The lush orange papaya coupled with the nourishing milk and the soft flesh of the coconut nurture the sacral chakra. Add a little collagen to heal the gut, make your skin glow and keep your blood sugar from spiking and you are all set for a love-fest!
- 1.5 cups of ripe papaya
- 200g of coconut flesh + ¼ cup water OR 1 can of full fat coconut milk
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 scoop of Vital Proteins collagen powder
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 1 tsp of activated crushed pecans or pistachios
- 1 tsp of coconut flakes and/or some pomegranate seeds
Put the papaya and coconut ingredient of your choice plus the collagen powder, honey & cinnamon in the blender and whizz until smooth. Put in a glass container and refrigerate for a few hours.
When ready to serve, scoop out and top with the nuts, pomegranate and coconut flakes.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated. It just has to be mindful.
Change your narrative & relationship with food with me!
Cristina Tahoces is a holistic nutritionist and owner of Thrive Nutrition Practice, which focuses on digestive healing, blood sugar regulation & post-natal recovery. Please join her Facebook Group "Thrive Nutrition Practice" for weekly articles, recipes & promotions.
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