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What Are You Really Hungry For?

The 19th century French Physiologist Claude Bernard noted that any living organism must continually be able to satisfy a number of needs in order to maintain an independent life and survive.

We know that as animals there are some basics we need to survive. Things like water, food, air, protection/shelter, safety from harm, etc. Many animals also have psychological needs required to survive like community, family, love, purpose, satisfaction, courage, confidence and so on. Having these things satisfies us and when one or several are lacking we become unhappy and unsettled until we can fulfill our needs once again.

In our abundant Western world, food is a common ‘filler’ we use to find comfort when something is lacking in life. As I write this I am in a 6 month long plateau so close to my health goals and I know what is holding me back is that I still regularly indulge in food as a way to feel good. So for the past 6 months I’ve been all about food, trying to fix a symptom because it is psychologically safer than addressing the real problem.

Avoiding the real problem is the reason so many people never reach their potential. We avoid facing the demons because they are scary. We avoid searching for what makes us hunger because we are afraid we will never find it. We aren’t worthy of it. We don’t deserve it.

My hunger is for people, community, connection. Since the day I started this blog I’ve want to say that, but even to say it now is terrifying. Sometimes having your family on the other side of the planet and being a foreigner in a different place is a challenge I don’t feel up to. Sometimes my anxiety about people’s acceptance of me is too much for me to brave new social situations or touch base with someone I really like. I fear my connections because I still struggle to see myself as worthy and lovable and not-flawed.

I just turned 29. This year as I continue on my mission of wellness I know where my development needs to be. It is not food and it is not exercise, these things are not what is holding me back. It’s loving myself and finding people to love too. I am going to keep challenging myself and my self-esteem so I can foster my existing relationships and create new ones. I am going to create a community of friends one interaction at a time despite my fears. I am going to keep working on me.

What are you hungry for?

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Life is Just One Big Party!

Most people I know will agree with me that certain places give off vibes.

Walk into an upbeat, happy party and it’s infectious. Walk into a couple arguing and it’s downright depressing.

You know what I mean right?

I believe that within ourselves we also create a vibe. In the past my internal vibe was one of tension, hate and judgement. I didn’t like me, and I was not having a good time. If my internal vibe were a party, it would be LAME.

But if the party (life) is happening regardless, what point is there in having a shit party? Like, if I’m going to be partying it up for another 70 years, I’m going to want one happy, exciting and enjoyable party. Otherwise, that’s gonna be a long 70 years. If I’m having a good party, others are going to want to share it with me! But if my party is a drag, it’s going to get worse when no one wants to join in.

Your life is a party. Make it a kickass one that everyone wants to be at!

Angie xo

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How Often Should I Weight Myself? Never.

If you are following Wellness Mission on Facebook (and I hope you are!) you may have seen my post a few weeks back about banishing the scales in 2014. It’s been two weeks since I have weighed myself, and it’s been an interesting journey to date.

Am I good enough? I need to know scales, tell me!

Banishing the scales was a challenge for me to stop judging my health on the whim of some external force (which, as you know, is fickle at best Continue reading

Reflections On My First Three Day Juice Cleanse

Early last week the sun really started to shine and I suddenly became aware that winter was well and truly over. I decided I needed to do something to mark the end of hibernation and in true spring fashion I decided to do a cleanse.juices

In 2012 I did my first cleanse, Dr Alejando Jungers Clean Cleanse for 2 weeks (which involved 1 solid meal and 2 liquid meals a day plus a host of supplements). In the end I found it a bit overwhelming and this took away from the psychological benefits, but thats mostly to do with how I approached it and the fact that I tried my first cleanse for 2 weeks! Don’t get me wrong, I felt physically amazing at times, but as my main goal was to lose weight I tried to only have juices (not smoothies or soups) it just left me starving, especially after 14 days. Lesson learned there: starving yourself isn’t fun (duhh). Continue reading

Easy Quinoa and Kidney Bean Patties

IMG_4720Hello there!

I’ve officially fallen below my 1 post a week goal for the first time, shame on me! It’s been a bit of a hectic start to September but I’ve still got loads of posts I want to share so don’t lose faith in me yet 🙂

It can be hard to always keep on top of the things we know we ought to do when times get crazy. When it gets busy it becomes easier to fall out of active stress management mode (exercise, personal time, etc) an into passive stress relief mode (e.g. zone out on couch, indulge, etc). Continue reading

Addressing Your Movement, Food and Mind in Stressful Times

Dear Monday: This week I hate you!

Today was the last straw. I have been bloated and puffed up all day and I know it’s because of the funk I have found myself in. For over a week I have battled an incessant headache; had low energy and low mood; craved sugar and caffeine; slept terribly and so on. It’s all made me feel like one big heap of crap.

My body is my mind’s beacon – if I am stressed, my body is stressed, and that comes out in acne, bloating, tummy problems, poor sleep, low mood and energy, etc. Continue reading

How I Fell in Love with Exercise

Until fairly recently in my life, I was not regularly active. I hated sports and fitness growing up, and only ever considered exercise an annoying necessity to being less fat… Hmm, was it any surprise I didn’t enjoy it? Not really.

For years I went through waves of exercise activity:

  • At age 12 I signed up for my first gym because I hated my body… I lost some weight, but then moved away 6 months later and never kept it up in my new town.
  • At age 18 I signed up for a gym again, this time because I didn’t want to be fat in my prom dress… I worked out for 1.5 – 2 hours at a time, 5 times a week (sometimes at midnight). I lost some again, but of course packed all the weight back on (and then a hefty some more) after I stopped going. Continue reading