Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What You Want vs. What You Deserve

[Post by Cliff Harvey]

I had an enlightening, heart warming chat with a client yesterday.
She dropped by the clinic for a catch-up, for no real reason, simply to say 'hello' and fill me in on what had been going on in her life.

This client had begun seeing me some time ago for a weight loss goal.
She wanted to lose weight, but what she really deserved was to have better self-esteem, self-worth and inner strength. So softly, softly, we worked over a period of many months on a process of change. A process that incorporated physical health and well-being, and a transformation of mind-set from one focussed on achieving an extrinsically motivated goal of weight loss through starvation, deprivation and beating oneself up with excessive amounts of exercise, into a process defined by strength and the honouring and valuing of the self.
This process involved intelligent, targeted strength based exercise to challenge the body, and plenty of good quality, natural, whole and unprocessed nutrition to support the needs of the body (not starve it into shape), along with mind-body techniques to release attachment to self-limiting belief patterns.

I nearly burst into tears of joy when she told me "I came to you for weight loss, and I ended up getting so much more".
If we had solely focussed on weight loss she would have achieved what she wanted...but would still have been debilitated by the stress of worrying what others think of her, and being obsessed with 'controlling' her body image through starvation and excessive exercise.
Of course she looks great now (in fact she always did anyway!), and she achieved all of her physical goals...but it came as a result of a positive, empowering process of mind-body-spirit transformation, one in which she started walking a a path towards what she (thought she) wanted, but realised that what she deserved was so much more.

~ Blessings,

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Creating the Perfect Smoothie

Building the Perfect Smoothie

The equation:
Protein + Good Fat + Superfood + Carb (optional) = The Perfect Smoothie

[And for the less graphically inclined]

Note: Use 1 portion from each. If using more than one option use equivalent amounts (note: I know it differs slightly from the sue me...but some foods fit into more than one category)

Order Good Green Stuff and Clean Lean Protein at and use coupon code: CLIFFDOG for a special 'friend of Cliff' discount. 

Good Fat
Clean Lean Protein
<100ml coconut cream

1 Tbsp. oil (olive, coconut, flax, avocado, hemp)

2 x Tbsp. nut butter (almond, Brazil, pecan, walnut, cashew)

½ avocado

2 x free-range, organic egg yolks


2 tsp. berry powder

1tsp Good Green Stuff


1 banana

<1 cup chopped mango, papaya, or grapes

½ cup Beet-It* juice or Pomegranate Juice

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Causation, Correlation or Co-Factor?

[Post by Cliff Harvey]

One thing I constantly remind my nutrition students of is that just because a factor is associated with a negative health outcome, doesn't necessarily mean that it caused it.
It may be corollary or a co-factor, but we often commit the error of assuming causation.
There have bee several moments in life that I have thought; "This situation is making me unhappy!..."
But with the benefit of meditation, prayer and conscious communication, I have realised that most often it isn't the situation that makes us unhappy, but instead that the dynamic created by situations shines light on old wounds and old patterns arising from the past, thereby causing pain. So often these situations occur as triggers for our own self-limiting patterns, and provide an opportunity to grow, learn and evolve, and come out the other side stronger.
These periods of depression, darkness and heart ache have always lead me to be able to appreciate more of the light and love of life.

In particular of late I have been reminded of several important things:

1.  No matter how many dozens, hundreds or thousands of people I've helped, I'm far from perfect and always have room to learn and evolve as a human.
2. In spite of being a 'good' person I can still cause hurt. For that I'm sorry, and I strive to be more caring, more compassionate and connected every day.
3. Practitioners need help too...helping others isn't a substitute for seeking help and doing self-work with a facilitator.
4. One must bring the shadow self into the light. Not to get rid of it, but to accept with loving compassion the totality of our unique human condition.
(We all embody the angel and the demon...)

I stand in the shadows, but I walk on. Thank you to those who help light my way and take me by the hand when it is too dark to see.

~ Blessings

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Cracked Mirror ~ A Haiku

[Poem by Cliff Harvey]

Crooked face, cracked mirror.
Face of beauty,
Languid in shadow.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Today I Give Thanks for LIFE!

[Post by Cliff Harvey]

I woke up this morning feeling a little battered physically, mentally and emotionally.
The second half of 2012 has been busy....REALLY busy, and there's been a few not insignificant personal shifts occurring.
On these types of days it's easy to slip into patterns of self deprecation and negativity. But one thing I've learned in my own battles with depression and in helping others with theirs, is that when life gets you down you simply need to put one foot in front of the other, and keep on moving.
Something I've always found has helped with this is to form a powerful daily intention. A daily intention that serves as a mantra to motivate and inspire to keep in motion.
As I lay in meditation this morning I let something come to me from within and without. The phrase that formed in this universal conduit was "Today I give thanks for LIFE!"
I'm alive, I have arms to hold, I have feet to carry me forward. I have breath, after beautiful breath, and when the world seems to be spinning in it's crazy, frantic way I can always return to that - breathe in, breathe out...breathe in, breathe out...
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" the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. 
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful."

~ Blessings

Note: As I wrote this post I realised it's Thanksgiving in my second home of Canada. What a serendipitous daily intention!