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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.

Improve Your Mental Capacity with the Seven Most Intelligent Foods



I vividly remember standing at the front of my 4th grade classroom, being faced down by my teacher, Mrs. Chamberlin’s beady eyes as I first stammered, and then completely faltered, while attempting to recite the Gettysburg address. I just couldn’t remember what came after the pivotal line, “Now we are faced with a great civil war…

Had I only known then, what I know today: that a powerful way to enhance our ability to learn is to pay attention to what goes into our mouths as well as what goes into our minds. Then, I might have told my mom to put a hold on the pop tart she’d given me for breakfast that morning, and asked her for a nice hot bowl of steaming oatmeal instead.

One of the most Soul-satisfying experiences for any human being is to discover new information, as we are all perpetual students of life! But what many people aren’t aware of is the great impact that eating certain foods can have on our capacity to focus, learn and retain knowledge. When we feel hungry or under nourished, it’s very difficult for us to tap our full capacity for learning and live an inquisitive, interesting life. This experience leads to frustration, low self-esteem and feelings of failure. You may have been, or know of, or even have a child who’s experienced learning problems – which is no surprise in today’s world. According to recent studies, the frequency of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) among school children in the US has been estimated to be as high as 20 percent. This is a prime example of the learning/behavioral problems that affect millions of children and adults all over the world.

So what causes some people to thrive in academic situations while others struggle? The fact is that many learning problems are caused by eating food that is lacking in “intelligence” – food laced with chemicals, junk food, and food that just isn’t fresh. Such fare, lacking in intelligence, disturbs the mind. Although this has been surmised by many for quite a while, modern researchers are just now discovering the extent to which learning disorders are linked to harmful food additives such as chemical food preservatives, colorings, flavorings and emulsifiers. All of which are unfortunately found in most packaged foods.

One rather shocking study showed that the average person consumes 8 -10 pounds of additives a year. And the troubling truth is that the harmful effects of these artificial flavors, colors and preservatives are magnified many times for children who are in the critical developmental years. Children exhibit even more allergic reactions to foods than adults do because they are more sensitive due to their lower body weight.
Regardless of our size, or age, when we eat “unintelligent” food, we are not nourishing our minds with the vital minerals, vitamins, and other aspects inherent in nature’s bounty. But fortunately in our abundant and progressive society that situation is easy for us to remedy. We are blessed with an abundance of healthy intelligent food choices. We just have to choose our food wisely – a sort of “catch 22”, isn’t it!

So to make it a lot easier for you, I’ve put together this list of what I feel are The 7 Most Intelligent Foods. Keep them in mind while filing your grocery cart, preparing your next meal or filling your child’s lunchbox. And remember, the best way for our children to learn and grow effortlessly is to be led by our loving example!


  1. Eat Colorful Fresh Fruits and Veggies – Here’s an easy to follow rule of thumb – at least 30% of your food should be non-cooked, non-processed fresh and raw. That includes a huge array of possibilities when you consider the many fruits and vegetables, and nut and seed varieties available to us today. Get creative! Include every color of the rainbow in your next meal. Adding a crispy red apple, some green celery or grapes, a colorful, chopped salad and a handful of raw nuts to your lunch or dinner insures that your food choices are brain nourishing and chock full of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs. (More on this in Soul-Full Eating – Chapter 13: Dead and Live Foods, Chapter 27: The Raw Food Diet and Chapter 40: Food As Healer.)
  2. Eat Organic and Locally Grown Foods – Whenever possible, choose organic and locally grown foods. They are not only healthier, but tastier. Take a typical snack; on the surface, there is little difference in appearance between a peanut butter and jelly sandwich made with organic ingredients and one that’s not. But the difference in nutritional value is significant. Non-organic grapes, peanuts and wheat are known to contain some of the highest levels of chemicals and pesticides of all foods. So choosing to go organic here is a wise choice. And what about the milk you use in your morning cereal? Non-organic milk contains not only the residual pesticides from the non-organic feed that the cows consume, it also contains the antibiotics and hormones given to the cows to keep them healthy and producing milk while eating a contrived diet rather that the fresh, sweet grass (grown with fresh air, water and sunshine) that Mother Nature intended them to eat. (More on this in Soul-Full Eating – Chapter 4: Buy Locally/Grow Your Own and Chapter 5: Choose Organic Foods and Chapter 18: Got Organic Milk?)
  3. Eat Foods with Good Fats – Something amazing I’ve discovered, that most people aren’t aware of, is that the human brain is made up of about 60% fat. So doesn’t it stand to reason then that fat is a very important part of your diet? The fats you eat profoundly affect your brain function. Yet there is no other dietary topic that seems more confusing or conflicting than fats – so here’s what you need to know in a nutshell – avoid trans fats (also referred to as trans-fatty acids). These fats form when vegetable oil hardens in a process called hydrogenation. Hydrogenated fats are considered to be very dangerous and are linked with many diseases, including heart disease. It’s fortunate that the FDA has mandated that all processed food labels identify them whenever they are used as an ingredient. So what are the good fats to include in your diet? Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fats are a dietary must. They are found in fish oils, such as cod liver oil, and in vegetable oils such as flax seed, walnut oil, or canola oils. Be certain to use cold-processed and organic oils whenever possible. (More on this in Soul-Full Eating – Chapter 20: Here’s the Skinny on Fats and Oils.)
  4. Eat Low Salt Foods – Most people love it. But too much of a “good” thing can wreak havoc within our body’s many systems. Sodium is not just a tasty seasoning, it’s a vital component of the fluid that bathes each and every cell of your body. To avoid the perils of eating too much salt, here are some tips: Again, eat fresh, whole foods. Substitute unrefined sea salt or Himalayan rock salt for common table salt. Check labels – words that signal a high sodium content are: barbecued, broth, pickled, cheddar, parmesan, smoked, marinated and tomato-based. In essence all chips, other than reduced or no sodium chips, contain high levels of sodium. The good news is that craving salt is one of the easiest tendencies to overcome. (More on this in Soul-Full Eating – Chapter 22: Salt – Easy Does It.)
  5. Eat Foods Low in Sugar – If you’re eating a typical American diet then it is quite likely that you are eating a whopping 42 teaspoons of sugar a day! The major percentage of this intake comes from eating prepared foods. For example, did you know that one chocolate bar has 7 teaspoons of sugar, a stick of gum has ½ tsp.; a half cup of ice cream, 5 to 6 tsp.; a slice of apple pie, 12 tsp.; and a half-inch piece of chocolate cake, 15 tsp.? Even though that’s a lot of sugar, you do expect to find sweetener in those items. However, it may surprise you to discover sugar in foods you’d never suspect – such as frozen lunches and dinners, cereals, breads, many caned fruits and vegetables and even French fries and ketchup! Be a conscious consumer and read the labels of your favorite prepared foods. There are always healthier versions to find, or even to create! (More on this in Soul-Full Eating – Chapter 21: Sugar – The Not-So-Sweet Truth.)
  6. Consume Plenty of Fresh Water (and Fresh Air) Be sure you have the opportunity throughout the day to drink plenty of water and to breathe clean, fresh air. Many people find themselves lagging during their day at times when it’s not appropriate to eat. Realize that this is a good time to get a drink of fresh water and to take a few deliberate nice deep breaths. This will refuel and replenish your cells with oxygen and help you avoid brain fatigue. Avoid having sugar laden energy drinks, soda and other carbonated beverages. They contain not only excessive amounts of sugar but caffeine – both of which are addicting. (More on this in Soul-Full Eating – Chapter 24: Do Drink the Water and Chapter 26: Breathe Deep, Chapter 21: Sugar –The Not-So-Sweet Truth, Chapter 23: Kicking Caffeine – Grounds For Change.)
  7. Love! Above all else, love is the vital ingredient of Soul-Full Eating. When you pay attention to the source, ingredients and preparation of your food, you feel the attentiveness you put into your meal on a much deeper level – this is what I call the Soul-Full quality of food. It’s the most fulfilling ingredient – your presence! When you eat with love, what’s grown with love, prepared with love and served with love, you automatically feel, nourished, revitalized, satisfied, fully balanced and loved!

One final point – vital to living a vibrant, healthy and joyous life – remember that anything you eat with judgment, guilt or fear is less than optimum. Love is the key. When we love ourselves unconditionally, no matter what we eat, while taking advantage of the many good, wholesome choices available to us today, then we feel effortlessly aligned with peace, and have the capacity to tap our highest intelligence and our deepest, most creative, divine nature.

PS – I ate a nice, fresh, juicy organic apple with love before writing this article to ignite my cleverness. . . how’d I do?

This article was written by Maureen Whitehouse, the founder of Axiom, Inc., expert in Personal Development and Enlightenment and author of the newly released, award-winning book, Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path to Higher Consciousness – available now in bookstores everywhere. To find out more about Maureen’s 30 Day Non-diet Program, books, CDs, newsletter, Soul-support groups and other products and programs visit her website at: www.soul-fulleating.com

Download: The 7 Most “Intelligent” Foods (pdf)

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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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.

COPYRIGHT 2007 Midwest Book Review
COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale, Cengage Learning
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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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