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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.

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Should I Make My Daughter Finish All of the Food on Her Plate?

Question: My two-year-old daughter often sits with us at the table and eats—usually. My question is, should I have her eat if she doesn’t want to? Should I force her to try new foods? Should I make her sit there until her plate is clean or until she’s eaten two bites of peas? If she asks to leave the table before her father and I are finished eating, do I let her?

Maureen‘s Answer:

As you may know, the theme of Soul-Full Eating is: “Eat with love, what’s grown with love, prepared with love and served with love.”

I feel that across the board, this simple statement is the answer to all kinds of struggles that adults have with food. But it’s important that as adults we ask ourselves, when do most food struggles begin? The answer is often in childhood. Many of us grew up in households where it was expected that we “clean our plates” before we could be excused from the table. Let’s get more specific to your questions now… to an inquisitive, on-the-go two-year-old this can be a torturous experience. Often, before the adults at the dining table have finished two mouthfuls of their food, a two year old will declare, “I’m done.” That’s because they’re genuinely satiated with one or two bites themselves and are now ready to move on to “more interesting things.”

So I’d like you to ask yourself, if you’re asking an “expert” how to feed your own child… maybe at some point you were led to believe that other people’s opinions and feelings are more valid and important than your own. The only question I believe you need to ask here—to yourself!—is, “what feels most loving to me now?” How can you best show my daughter that she is completely loved—even at the dinner table?

By the way, my sister-in-law still speaks about how traumatized she was by having to sit at the dining room table long after every one of her siblings was excused, until she ate those last three cold and wilting peas. As she relates it, as a child she rebelled and tried to assert her autonomy for hours and hours saying, “I don’t like peas!.” Unfortunately she’d eventually break and eat them—her dad was a military Colonel at the time, so he knew how to win a battle! But, at what cost?

We never crave food as much as we crave love. And you can teach your children self-love via eating food. Yes! Offer them good, wholesome, healthy choices—plenty of them—this will spark their creativity and feelings of empowerment as they can make their own choices and feel your love as they do so.

If you find that, as an adult, you are unsure if you are in a battle with food yourself, here’s an excerpted exercise from Soul-Full Eating, that’s often very revelatory for my readers. Try it and let me know what you find out. And remember, it’s through conscious parenting that we often discover the spontaneous, joyous, oh-so-loveable “lost child” in ourselves.

SOMETHING TO CHEW ON
Spend five minutes meditating on or writing about the following questions: When you were young, were you given praise for finishing every last bite on your plate? Were you ever coerced into eating even after you felt full by being told about the starving children in other parts of the world or about how others suffered and sacrificed to provide you with your meal?

If so, then it’s likely that guilt has been coloring your world when it comes to eating—guilt for not eating enough, or guilt for eating too much. We are all born with an internal comfort-seeking mechanism—the Soul—The “Voice” of sanity. However, for many of us, it’s been layered over, smothered and silenced by the guilt inherent in our fear-based conditioning.

SOUL-FULL EXERCISE #1
Just for one day, do only what you genuinely love to do. Can you do that? Lucky you, if you don’t have to put a hold on everything and completely rearrange your entire life to do this. That means you are already being True to your Soul!
But if you do have to do a bit of finagling of time and space in order to allow your authentic-self to emerge, that’s still fine. Why? Because now you can see that you really do deserve to love yourself more. Once you do this once, there may be no turning back!
Eating what you really don’t love, without love, is just one small symptom of a greater picture of denying your brilliance and self-worth.

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.

Done with Dieting: 30 Days of Soul-Full Eating

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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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elevision Interview, 2007

ele:vision – Maureen Whitehouse
Interview by Waylon Lewis. Elephant Magazine

As a fashion model in New York and Europe, Maureen learned to stay thin as well as healthy and sane. Twenty years later, Soul-full Eating shares these insights.

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Article: How About Eating Organically?

Heritage Villager, Southbury, CT, April 2007

HOW ABOUT EATING ORGANICALLY
For Your Grandchildren’s Health?
by Judy Lundberg

What, you say? Well I learned a long way back that headlines grab readers so I decided this was the best one I could think of. It’s true, if you eat organically your children and grandchildren will benefit. Here’s why. (more…)

Soul-Full Eating Workshop, Nov. 17, 2007

Soul-FUll EatingYOU ARE INVITED…

Just in time for the holiday season, when friends and families the world over gather together to celebrate spirit by sharing food…

Come enjoy a life-changing experience, as you learn how to:
Eat Your Way to Enlightenment (more…)

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