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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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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)

Florida Speakers Association: The Art of Impromptu Inspiration

Maureen Whitehouse
Presents

Speaking With Soul

The Art of Impromptu Inspiration

Date: Sept 13, 2008  8am-4pm

Most professional speakers work long and hard to developing their Signature speech – the presentation that will help them make their mark and propel them to the heights of success – their Masterpiece! They tweak it, hone it, polish it, perfect it and then market it ad infinitum – only to find that somewhere along this arduous path, they lose themselves in all of it. There is a better way…

Learn How to Speak from Your Soul

During this mind-expanding, heart-opening and empowering workshop with Maureen you will discover how to see your craft in a whole new light. Join her as she vividly illustrates:

  • The Art of Showing up
  • Ways to Spontaneously Tap Spirit
  • The Authority of Presence
  • Listening – as the most important aspect of speaking
  • The Power of Laughter
  • There is never a dull present moment
  • How your Closing can be Just the Beginning, and more…

Move mountains with your Words and Help Create a Whole New reality!

CLICK HERE to hear a personal message from Maureen Whitehouse.

Visit Florida Speakers Associate website for more info

Coconut Water: Better than Any Sports Drink

Question: What is the healthiest thing for my eight-year-old son to eat and drink before playing sports?

Maureen’s Answer:

Word hasn’t really hit the mainstream yet, but more and more people are discovering a truly wonderful source for the five essential electrolytes that help athletes perform at peak levels—not in manufactured sports drinks, but in coconut water! Tropical residents have known the benefits of drinking coconut water for a very long time. Because they work, play and live active lives in a hot, humid climate, they perspire often—and just as athletes, they must re-hydrate their bodies often to maintain optimum health.

Coconut water is a refreshing, tasty, and electrolyte-replacing beverage that—in my opinion—far surpasses every artificial sports drink. Coconut water contains no artificial sweeteners or added sugars. It’s not colored or artificially flavored and it’s fat and cholesterol free. But of most important concern to athletes, is that it’s an excellent source of the five essential electrolytes: potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and sodium—all delivered in nature’s perfect balance.

You can purchase whole Thai Baby Coconuts in oriental markets and in some natural foods stores, such as Whole Foods. These are not the little round brown coconuts—those are more mature and typically contain more coconut meat than water. Thai baby coconuts are found in the refrigerated sections of stores and they typically have the white husk still around the coconut shell.

These whole coconuts require some skill and tools to open, so although fresh, live coconuts are the best tasting, you can now purchase cartons (individual serving sized; or larger, 34 FL. Oz. sized cartons) that are convenient, easy to chill and drink from at any location—like sports fields! If you don’t have an oriental food store or natural food store nearby. Ask the grocers in your local supermarket to order some for you. Who knows, you may start a new trend for the folks in your neighborhood—and promote a winning (well-hydrated) team!

Two brands of coconut water that I particularly like are: Vita Coco and O.N.E. – here’s a link where you can find them on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=UTF8&keywords=Vita%20Coco&tag=swoggle5776-20&search-alias=grocery&sort=salesrank

New York Open Center, June 2008

Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 7–10pm

Soul-Full Eating Workshop

NY Open Center

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Maureen Whitehouse

According to Maureen Whitehouse, author of the best seller Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious!) Path to Higher Consciousness, it’s possible to eat our way to enlightenment. Eating “soul-fully” is something that’s available to all of us, no matter our faith or philosophy. By being aware when we select, prepare and eat our food, we can radically increase our vibrancy, vitality, eco-awareness and connection to Spirit. (more…)

Living Green

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Living Green: Soul-Full Eating with Maureen Whitehouse
Maureen Whitehouse of eatwithsoul.com tells us — “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!”

This show is about the LOVE OF FOOD that anyone–no matter what your faith, religion or personal philosophy–can follow. Become more aware of simple, yet dynamic changes you can make in the way you select, prepare and eat food that increase your vibrancy and personal energy. Learn how to deepen your spiritual connection on a daily basis and how to approach edge eating programs such as Raw Foods, Macrobiotics, Ayurveda, Acid/Alkaline Balancing, Food Combining and the “new” Kosher. You will discover even more “how-to” ways to more lovingly connect with your Spirit and to the planet any time you consume food…even eating a chocolate bar!

TRANSCRIPT:
Meredith Medland: Welcome to Living Green. I am your host Meredith Medland. Today on our show you’ll discover ways to more lovingly connect with your spirit and to the planet anytime you consume food. Maureen Whitehouse is our guest today.

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Press Release: 10 Possible Story Show/Story Ideas

Press Release

Consider Maureen doing a weekly or monthly segment in which she shows your audience how to eat Soul-Fully so they can end the diet battle forever while recovering their most fulfilling relationship – the one with their Soul.

10 Possible Story Show/Story Ideas (more…)

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