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Got Resolutions? Talk at Unity Church, Cambridge

Got Resolutions?

New Year’s is the only holiday that celebrates the passage of time. Perhaps that’s why, as the final seconds of the year tick away, we become introspective. Inevitably, that introspection turns to thoughts of self-improvement and the annual ritual of making resolutions, which offer the first of many important tools for remaking ourselves!”

– Gary Ryan Blair

Are you considering “re-making” yourself in 2010?  Who do you want to become this year? What kind of a life do you envision for yourself?

Will you join the millions upon millions of people world-wide who declare their intentions to “change” but then as the days, weeks and months pass and their resolve wanes, see their top-of-the-mountain intentions flatten? For many, as the bright light at the end of the “some day I’ll attain that” tunnel dims, it’s easy to feel self-loathing and defeat.

This January, you could join this universal trend and, as many experts advise, make firm resolutions, set challenging goals, and develop detailed action plans that promise to enable and empower you to have the best year of you life.

Or… you could experience something entirely new.

Come join Maureen Whitehouse and the Unity of Cambridge congregation as we herald in the New Year celebrating the beginning of a Miraculous (and entirely resolution free) year… Manifesting Your Best Year Ever!

Service will be held on Sunday, December 27th in the auditorium of the Morse School, 40 Granite Street, Cambridge, MA 02139   map.

Services start at 11:00 AM, with a meditation period from 10:30 to 10:50 AM.

Followed by an Afternoon Workshop led by Maureen from 12:30 to 2:30 PM

Maureen Whitehouse is the award-winning, best-selling author of Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path to Higher Consciousness and the highly acclaimed, new release Done with Dieting: 30 Days of Soul-Full Eating. She is a much loved, inspiring and knowledgeable teacher and expert in Personal Development and Self-Realization. She has inspired and helped thousands of people to make meaningful and lasting changes in their lives.

The MorningCoach.com Daily Podcast Introduces Maureen Whitehouse and Soul-Full Eating

Maureen joins JB Glossinger on his daily podcast on MorningCoach.com

JB welcomes Maureen to the Morning Coach community, while Maureen shares the Soul-Full Eating path and her newest program, Done with Dieting.
Plus, a Valentine’s Day Special: How to Be In Love All of The Time & Conscious Couples.

Book Review – Elephant Journal, Summer 2008

Soul-Full Eating by Maureen Whitehouse
VIA KATYA SLIVINSKAYA

For me, food has always been more about joy than health, so I was happy as I turned the pages of this hefty read to find much talk about the enrichment of the soul. Although the gentle, far-from-preachy voice of the author takes us through the many food paradigms of the diet world (finally!), acknowledging its myriad confusing contradictions, the term “nutrition book” would be a misnomer for this one. Its scope is much broader, linking the way we eat to as many avenues of life as you can think of. Everything about Soul-Full Eating is comforting, which makes it a good one to keep around rather than reading once and tossing.

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http://www.elephantjournal.com/2008/10/summer-2008-book-reviews/

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Midwest Book Review

In “Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path To Higher Consciousness”, author and nutrition expert Maureen Whitehouse explains just how a deep sense of personal fulfillment and well-being is to be found in eating foods that resonate with the human soul. Featuring engaging and illustrative personal accounts that enhanced the presentation of cutting-edge nutritional and spiritual information (backed up by comprehensive and documented research), “Soul-Full Eating” is informed, informative, and thoroughly ‘reader friendly’. Readers will lean how to select, prepare and eat food that increases their vibrancy and personal energy; explore the best approaches to dieting; use foods to stimulate the body’s ability to rejuvenate and heal, and deepen a daily spiritual connection and commitment to a compassionate, sustainable world. “Soul-Full Eating” is an impressive addition to personal and community library collections, and particular recommended to the attention of non-specialist general readers with an interest in diet, nutrition, spirituality, health, ecology, and alternative medicine.

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COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale, Cengage Learning
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How Can I Put My Child on a Diet Program Without Making Her Feel Self-Concious?

Question: My daughter is 5 years old and weighs 72 lbs. I dont want her to have a weight problem when she gets older. Is it wrong for me to put her on a diet and excercise program?

Maureen’s Answer:

You asked, “Is it wrong to put her on a diet and exercise program?” I feel the more effective question to ask yourself here is what feels “right” or “wrong” to you. And I‘d like you to consider that question with something very important in mind. On the deepest level there really is no right or wrong, only moving closer to love (feels right!) or further away from love (feels “wrong” – i.e. -unpeaceful, disconnected, empty, or bad). It’s really feeling a lack of love that so often compels people to overeat, in an unconscious effort to fill the void.

So if I am interpreting your real question correctly, you are asking, “How can I best help my daughter to feel, happy, accepted, safe, cared for, and loved?” Well, that doesn’t have to be a some-day-in-the-future experience for her (or you!), and you certainly don’t need to diet your way there! You can offer feelings of deep fulfillment to her right now—or with her next meal.

Share with your daughter the most effective “diet” there is, the only one that can bring the truest, most easily shared and enjoyable experience: “Eat with love, what’s grown with love, prepared with love and served with love.” Simple ’eh? All you have to do is ask yourself, “Is this food a symbol of my love?” If so, offer it joyously.

Do you realize that your daughter sees you as the most amazing, powerful, beautiful being on the planet? Therefore, whatever you see in her, she subconsciously desires to become. To all children, parents are the authority—they feel we know best. What a powerful opportunity that presents for you. See only her perfection, her beauty and—most importantly—her strength and unique individuality, and then just step back and watch! Believe me, you won’t feel fear for her well-being any longer. The only reason any of us parents are ever overly concerned for the well-being of our children is if we mistrust ourselves! While all the while, we hold within us such wisdom—because the gift that comes along with parenthood is the wisdom of love. It sounds to me like you just forgot how to access your own truest mother-lovin’ wisdom for a brief moment in time. (Fear does that to us, by the way.)

There is a way for you to discern whether or not your consideration of putting your daughter on a diet is fear-based or love-based. Here’s how: just sit still for a moment, and completely divorce yourself from the “good” or “bad” opinions of other people. Now, consider the same question you asked me, imagining that you and your daughter exist in a vacuum of sorts—there’s no one else on the planet to judge either one of you. There’s only, you, your daughter and love. Now you tell me, do you need to do anything… let alone put your daughter on a diet!? It’s the fear (most often of both the good or bad opinions of other people) that begets the emptiness that leads to guilt and excess weight. Show her she’s unconditionally loved, just as she already loves you! What beautiful mirrors you’ll be to one another then. Just relax and love yourself for being such a caring, amazing mother who now realizes it’s only the love that fulfills us all—it’s our deepest craving and at the very same time, who we really are! And then just enjoy her—and every meal you have the grace to share together—she’s perfect and so are you!

If you feel it may be healthy for your daughter to spend more time exercising, you can simply encourage her to spend more time outside. Children have a natural curiosity and playfulness, so there’s no need for a “diet or exercise program.” Just find out what sports and games she’s naturally interested in. It could be that a tap dance class, a place on the soccer team, or a friendly game of tag with the neighbors is all your daughter needs to spark a more active lifestyle.

For more from Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path to Higher Consciousness visit eatwithsoul.com

Health, Wellness and Attaining an Ideal Weight

Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path to Higher Consciousness

Are you a war veteran of what seems to be a constant battle with your weight? Or are you just interested in attaining superior health and wellness, inner and outer balance and a greater sense of self worth and personal radiance?

There are scores of diets out there… and although these diet plans may be well intentioned, most people find the many conflicting approaches to diet confusing at best. How would you like to give up the confusion for good, gain greater self awareness and spiritual healing… along with dropped pounds!

The one key ingredient that most diet plans are missing is: LOVE!

Soul-Full Eating is for you:

  • If you would like to experience effortless weight loss (or weight gain) along with an overall sense of health and wellness
  • If you are sick and tired (literally!) of following fad diets and the diet trend of the day…the high protein diet, low fat diet, South Beach Diet, Atkins Diet, The Zone Diet, Fat Smash Diet, low carb diet, diet pills… the list is endless.
  • You’ve found yourself faced with food obsession and compulsive eating disorders such as binge eating, anorexia, bulimia, emotional over eating, fast food addiction and even depression and would like to banish food concerns and food addictions for good.
  • You crave a healthy lifestyle, greater balance, self-love, and connectivity and desire to live a life where healthy eating and healthy foods are just as natural to you as breathing.
  • You are ready to attain your ideal weight, experience vibrant health, have a trim, healthy, radiant physique and step onto a fulfilling, spiritually connective path that is not only delightful but fun but delicious!

Join us on this delicious and soul-satisfying path. It is more than possible to attain your ideal weight via consciousness!

Lose Weight – Gain Spirit!

Soul-Full Eating is congruent and fully compatible to weight loss programs that promote greater self awareness such as Weight Watchers and Overeaters Anonymous.

Maureen also speaks on a variety of other important and inspiring Soul-Full topics. Click here if you would like to see what other subjects you can bring Maureen in to present to your company, group or organization.

A Sustainable message

Greening the Planet one plate of food at a time. Go Green!

The Dish on Soul-Full Eating

What happens when you cross a tree-hugger with a foodie and add a healthy helping of soul?

You’ve got what author Maureen Whitehouse describes as the new brand of Soul-Full consumer in her award-winning and best-selling book, Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path to Higher Consciousness.

Soul-Full Eating is most surprising in its ability to flawlessly intertwine concepts that, until now, have not been considered in the same genre.

Whitehouse spreads the word about “going green” in a non-threatening way that all Americans can relate to—even those of us who are attached to our cold cuts and cars. Instead of scolding people into handing over the keys to their SUV, she advocates an easy-to-embrace and yummy path and shows the masses that helping the environment is well within their means. She reminds us that the same actions that are most fulfilling to us personally are also what best suits the planet. For example, the Soul-Full Eating motto: “Eat with love, what’s grown with love, prepared with love and served with love.” From a bright garden plot in the backyard to a fresh, home-cooked meal shared with family, Whitehouse shows us how paying attention to our food not only keeps us on track with our diet, but helps us to feel a healthier, more connected sense of comradery with the entire planet each and every time we sit down to “the entire world in our plate of food.”

Whitehouse doesn’t expect people to completely change their lifestyles overnight, but instead encourages them—and provides the tools—to become educated about where their food comes from and how it effects their well-being. She invites them to take whatever steps they can towards living a more authentically motivated life. Whitehouse reminds us that “going green” doesn’t have to be an us-against-them polarizing message, but one that is all-inclusive and that actually makes us feel better about our lives on a concrete level. Her message helps us to realize that via this practical path, filled with appreciation for the planet we live on, we can simultaneously gain a deeper love for our own lives and give up the “blame game” altogether.

If you’re interested in learning about what you can do to green your lifestyle in a fun, friendly and encouraging environment, then Soul-Full Eating for you!

Join us on this Delicious Path. We’d like to actively involve as many people as possible in the mission to eat with love!

We think this message is so important that we’re working on building a world-wide online community that will allow us to interact with one another in an engagingly fun, friendly and supportive atmosphere.
Even if you’re only “green curious” and not entirely green conscious, and have no idea where and how to begin… you’ll find that Soul-Full Eating takes the mystery—and misery—out of living a more sustainable lifestyle.

Maureen also speaks on a variety of other important and inspiring Soul-Full topics. Click here if you would like to see what other subjects you can bring Maureen in to present to your company, group or organization.

A Spiritual Message: Food as a Path to Higher Consciousness

Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path to Higher Consciousness

What if, when sitting down to your sumptuous meals, considering that tray of delightful d’oeuvres or decadent deserts, you realize that it is actually possible to Eat your way to Enlightenment?

There are so many obvious ways we can miss the opportunity to live a supremely fulfilling life. But what surprises most people is that fulfillment can be found through eating… that is, when you are choosing foods which resonate with your Soul!

Finally, a chance to navigates the vast (often contradictory) wealth of both traditional and modern nutrition advice while simultaneously honoring your unique singularity. Because author, Maureen Whitehouse believes in only one nutrition axiom: “Eat with love what’s grown with love, prepared with love, and served with love,” this isn’t about fitting your body into the perfect size, or diet, or worldview. Guided by Maureen’s extensive, hands-on nutrition knowledge, learn how to integrate and apply the principles of many traditions to create a lifestyle that’s right for you, while deepening your spiritual connection on a daily basis. Not only will your health transform, but you’ll walk away with a profound knowledge of self-love, viewing food not just as a way to fuel and nurture your body, but as a connection to your community, the world around you, and your Soul.

Maureen also speaks on a variety of other important and inspiring Soul-Full topics. Click here if you would like to see what other subjects you can bring Maureen in to present to your company, group or organization.

Soul-Full Eating

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Soul-Full Eating:

A (Delicious!) Path To Higher Consciousness

There are so many obvious ways that we can miss the opportunity to live a supremely fulfilling life. But what surprises most people is that eating offers an aspect of satisfaction which is often overlooked… that is, choosing foods which resonate with your Soul!

Here’s the key:

Eat with love what’s grown with love,
prepared with love, and served with love.

In her provocative book, Soul-Full Eating, Maureen Whitehouse artfully combines her knowledge as an expert in nutrition and spirituality to guide you along a delicious and rejuvenating Soul-satisfying path. It’s one based on the love of food that anyone–no matter what your faith, religion or personal philosophy–can follow.

Take this spellbinding journey to consciousness, if you would like to:

  • Become aware of simple, yet dynamic changes you can make in the way you select, prepare and eat food that will increase your vibrancy and personal energy.
  • Deepen your spiritual connection on a daily basis.
  • Explore the best approaches to diet that are available today–including Raw Foods, Macrobiotics, Ayurveda, Acid/Alkaline Balance, Food Combining and the “new” Kosher.
  • Gain cutting-edge knowledge about weight loss that bring self-love along with dropped pounds.
  • Use foods to stimulate the body’s ability to rejuvenate and heal.

By reading this truly revolutionary book, Soul-Full Eating, you’ll discover ways to more lovingly connect with your Spirit and the planet any time you consume food. Plus you’ll not only find a path to your Soul, but also to the renewed health and vitality you’ve also been seeking!

“This is a heart-expanding book from the most powerful, authentic woman I know.”
~Catherine Ann Johnston, Founder, The Body Positive.

“Read Soul-Full Eating and get active in your Soul’s purpose with every meal.”
~Peter Cervoni, Natural Foods Chef and Cooking Instructor

Maureen Whitehouse expansive knowledge in the field of nutrition grew from the demand to maintain a “picture perfect” image as an international model and commercial actress. This lead to decades of experiences traversing the globe voraciously studying the world’s nutritional and spiritual traditions.

Anyone can become a spiritual master at mealtime!

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Done with Dieting: 30 Days of Soul-Full Eating

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Connect with Soul and Give up your Dieting Woes for Good!

Done with Dieting: 30 Days of Soul-Full Eating

When Kate seeks help for her yo-yo dieting and weight gain, she’s looking for more than just another carb counting quick fix. Tired of both herself and an endless parade of nutrition and fitness advice, Kate doubts that any diet can help her overcome her compulsive eating habits to find the perfect weight.

But the seemingly ordinary “life coach” who agrees to take Kate on as a client, has more than Kate’s waistline in mind. This unconventional diet is a complete overhaul of body, mind, and soul, causing Kate to question some of her most cherished beliefs, and let go of past regrets along with mealtime baggage. As Kate’s mentor guides her into unknown territory, they uncover an aspect of eating Kate had long ago forgotten: joy. Throwing all rules and restrictions out the window, Kate is led by one simple principle, “Eat with love what’s grown with love, prepared with love and served with love.”

A warm-hearted and fiercely direct dialogue ensues, as the two women clear Kate’s kitchen, asses her wardrobe and uncover a brilliantly confident woman that Kate never realized was hiding under her own skin.

Join Kate on her journey from “I’m not” to “I am!” by receiving one installment of the story each morning for 30 days, accompanied by daily exercises and meditations to integrate Kate’s discoveries into your own life. Accompanied by Kate, the path to health and radiance has never been more engaging or appealing.

Sign up now, and you’ll receive a month of teleconferences with Maureen, plus unlimited access to her via email, Free!

You may sympathize with Kate if you’ve ever…

  • Quit a diet that you swore you’d stick to, feeling defeated and self-loathing.
  • Triumphantly reached your dieting goals, only to yo-yo back to your original weight, while frantically trying to control your fluctuating waistline.
  • Felt frustrated and confused by the hundreds of diet “plans” and “experts” all with their own, often-contradictory methods of achieving the perfect body.
  • Grown sick of listening to other people tell you how you should eat, exercise and look.

What if you could end all of your struggles with food and stop dieting forever?
You can!

Most traditional diets rely on pre-planned meals, regimented lists of “shoulds” and “shoudln’ts”, and carb, fat and calorie counting—methods which only create more guilt and mealtime stress, and often causing dieters to quit altogether or quickly bounce back to their original weight.

Kate’s Awakening, by contrast, tackles mealtime and dressing room woes at their very source—the deep-rooted feelings of guilt and self-loathing that most of us associate with those experiences—and which keep us from trusting ourselves to decide when, what, and how much we should eat.

Over the course of this 30-Day email program, you’ll learn to trust yourself to make healthy, wholesome decisions about food. You’ll learn how to indulge without guilt, to eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full, and to eat—and live—in a way that leaves you feeling satisfied, and not aching for more.

Expect your newfound confidence and appreciation to expand into the rest of your daily experience—get ready to love your life!

Click here to read a sample of Done with Dieting

It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love,
are so entwined that we cannot think of one without the other.
~ M.F.K. Fisher

A Message About Done with Dieting from Maureen:
At first, my motivation to become supremely knowledgeable about nutrition and wellness was entirely self-serving and superficial. As an international model, I wanted to be “picture perfect” and “marketable,” so I could be successful and make a living. But as I watched friends and co-workers turn towards drugs or develop eating disorders, I realized that my interest in full-body wellness and spirituality had helped me not only maintain a desirable physique, but also stay sane in an often crazy and self-destructive industry.

Over the course of a quarter decade, I read literally hundreds of books, attended lectures, workshops and retreats by every known (and unknown) wellness authority of the day. As time passed and I thankfully matured, I realized that there is no “expert” and no one can be anyone else’s “diet authority.”

No matter how learned, how many degrees or titles someone may have after their name, the person who is most expert about you, is you!

In fact, the more I came to know myself, the more evident it became to me how ludicrous it is that any expert should be given the authority to tell me, or any one, what precisely I should eat, at any given time of the day!

I am not here to tell you that this food is good and this food is bad. It’s time to rise above all of that, and allow you to pay attention to your own body and your own needs, to give you the space to decide what is right for you, right now.

Despite a world littered with fast food restaurants and seductive junk food commercials promising ultimate satisfaction there are people who are able to stay thin and healthy and can negotiate their way through the synthetic food jungle every day. And even quite peacefully and consciously indulge from time to time. How?
They are focused on self-love, and have learned what satisfies their own needs, rather than endlessly filling a void and riding the cycle of self-guilt.

Have you ever watched a small child eat? They eat what they want when they want it, and stop as soon as they are full. They never binge or intentionally starve themselves, or feel guilt for not eating the “right” amounts of the “right” foods.

That is, until the child begins school, where there are allotted times for eating, and using the bathroom, and playing, and paying attention. At dinnertime, adults tell her that she has to either finish everything on her plate or stop eating so much of certain foods. As the child grows older, she loses touch with what her body needs, instead relying on experts to tell her what will make her feel and look “perfect.” She might overindulge to ease emotional pain, or restrict herself to feel more in control of her life and image. Soon, mealtime becomes a complicated mess of “shoulds,” “don’ts” and “wants.” Wouldn’t it be nice to return to those childhood eating habits, when you just ate whatever you liked, whenever you felt hungry, with no guilt?

In this 30-day “non-diet” program, you’ll purge yourself of mealtime baggage, and learn to trust yourself to make healthy, wholesome decisions about food. You’ll learn how to indulge without guilt, to eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full, and to eat—and live—in a way that leaves you feeling satisfied, and not aching for more.

Every human has two things in common,
1. We all Eat.
2. We all feel a certain, albeit often undeniable pang of emptiness that whispers, “there must be something more than this.”

Sure we can quiet that voice, from time to time, just like our body’s hunger for food, making it subside by burying it under layers of material consumption. But the only time that any of us are ever truly, deeply full, contented and satisfied is when we feel deeply loved.

That void is the voice of your Soul calling you to live your own life fully and freely, led by a deeply fulfilling interior motivation that is aligned with self-love and awareness. A life guided by, infused with, and impassioned by love.

Wouldn’t you much rather learn to love yourself than temporarily trim your waistline by mastering another diet, only to find yourself yo-yo right back to where you were before you started it?

Welcome to the Done with Dieting Program

It’s the journey to rediscover Soul via the love of food.

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