Healthy Tips (Lifestyle Part One)
Robert: Welcome to the Consciousness Couchfor another week.
My name is Robert, and also joining us on the couch is Gavin and Megan.
Gavin: Good day! Robert: This week we’ve got a very interestingtopic.
What we’re coming up off a very interesting topic this week is Health through Consciousness.
We’ve identified in the previous episodes that health plays a very a major componentin our lives, obviously but how do we use consciousness to tap into our health so welive a healthy lifestyle, both through exercise or fitness and healthy eating.
So certainly this is a topic that we can exploreover the coming months and years, but we’re really going to use this as a first episode,just a little bit of a catalyst, to find out a little bit more about the three of us aspanel members and what we currently do be more conscious about health living.
I’m glad to have you guys along here becausewe all have three very different approaches in the way that we manage our health in oureveryday lives.
So I’d love to actually kick and throw the bowl over to you Megan.
Certainly out of everyone here, you’ve had the largest of of experience.
I guess justfor the viewers… I know being together in the same counts for a while, is you’ve beenworking through different eating plans, eating smoothies, so maybe you can tell us a littlebit more about how you incorporate consciousness into your wellbeing and your health.
I must say I’ve tried a fewdifferent things over the years.
I haven’t had huge weight issues, just like most womena little bit up and down sometimes I check with my jeans as to whether I’m currentlyplateauing with my weight and I know when I’m feeling uncomfortable – put it thatway.
So for me, I’ve soon realized that gentle exercise is a key.
Also, a few healthchallenges a few years back where I am seem to get quite sensitive to chemicals.
It wasprobably also preservatives and processed foods.
So I literally had to take a giganticallybackwards and completely reassess everything in my life, in my lifestyle.
Literally itwas hard for me to drag myself out of bed in the morning.
For quite a while, I wonderedwhether I was born along chronic fatigue.
What I managed to do was eradicated everythingout of the house as well as my diet that wasn’t natural.
So for me, it’s gone back to basics.
Just go completely natural and supplemented with gentle exercise, I found worked for me.
I’m getting stronger and stronger as I actually get older and the more healthy I become again.
I will admit I have supplemented at times,but more for certain things like B12, foliate, more specific things that we can’t alwaysabsorb from our food particularly.
But I do tend to try to get most of my vitamins andminerals in all the goodies from my food.
But as far as I’m… yeah, just being consciousevery day.
I’m honing and practicing and just try to tune in to my body and get anidea what it needs every day.
Robert: And I think that principally whatwe’re trying to delve in to this rather than just looking at from the perspectiveof saying, “Here’s a healthy eating plan.
” I mean you can go down to the supermarketand every week there’s some magazine or some detox guide on a new vegetable or somefruit, that if you peel the skin and rub on your face, you’ll lose 80 pounds.
I think the biggest thing there is that itcan’t be about fads, is consciousness with your health and withyour exercise, it’s being conscious to what your body needs.
And I think once people trysome things, by all means there’s no golden key.
It’s no one formula thatwork for every single person.
But I think the biggest thing and one thing I would liketo say, taking our from what you said there, is the foods that you eat is being able collectall the nutrients and all the vitamins that you eat those whole foods.
We live in a societynow where its fast foods, it’s processed and even some of the brands out there thatclaimed to be health food, that turned to fast food.
And if you actually look wherethe products come from and pick up the packet… I mean, for example (without naming particularbrands) is you can go and then pick out a sushi or sandwiches and you think, “Oh,this is great.
This is just a basic roll of sushi.
It’s got some seaweeds, some rice,it’s got some canned tuna and avocado in it.
” And all of a sudden, you the ingredientslisted 17 different things plus nitrates and everything to it.
So I think first of all, it’s probably beingaware or it’s getting back to that basic that you said and really stripping it downfrom understanding what is your body need and being able to tap in to your body.
Andthen I get that something that you’re really working on at the moment is trying to tapinto your body, communicate, connect with it.
Could you share with the viewers a littlemore about that? Gavin: Yeah, it’s actually a really excitingprogram.
It’s called “Weight Loss Within,” and a very different approach to you guyswhich is always been my philosophy is that I shouldn’t have to be restricted by notbe able to eat certain foods or sometimes the day, or after waiting my food, or afterI consumed all these certain food, food groups and all the stuff became a annoyance to me.
So when I started looking at consciousness,I started realizing that the belief systems that we have inside our minds is really controllingour weight in our health.
So we kind of delve in deeper into that, the viewers are goingto see some more information about this in the coming weeks with this Weight loss program,we’re going to video blog and all that stuff.
It’s going to be really interesting to watchbecause what I found is, let’s say for example you are sitting down and you eat a piece ofcake, and you think, “I’m going to gain weight because I’m eating this cake.
”That’s the belief system that’s causing that.
There’s a really radical differentway at looking at it, because people think well, “That’s because I’m putting abunch of calories,” right? Robert: Yeah.
Gavin: So the remains to be shown, and we’regoing to show in this program and its entirety so people can see how we actually producea change the way we see ourselves.
But just for viewers right now, if you ever think ofsomebody who maybe has said something like, “I know I can eat anything” or “I havea high metabolism and I never gain weight,” the reality is that’s what happens withthem.
So is it the food that they’re eating, oris the belief systems? They can easily eat anything that they wanted and they don’tgain weight.
So it’s kind of paradigm shift on what we’re used to hearing from out thereand there’s a lot of belief systems… we call them “society belief systems,” wherewe have a certain way of seeing food and how we consume it and transforming how we seethat, it’s going to transform your weight.
I’m really excited about that approach becauseit makes what was easy, it’s exciting and fun because we just don’t have to stickto all these rules and regulations which is the good thing there.
Robert: And I think there’s another goodthing there that really come from the program where we’ve spoken about at off screen,is that, it’s also being able to strip away some of the beliefs and being conscious towhat is my body type? Is this… coming back towards I’ve said with a magazines and TVand all media sources out there, is we all pick up on this image of what the ideal bodyor the ideal figure, or the ideal weight range for our height is.
I meanthe BMI scale.
For viewers, certainly I mentioned in anotherepisode I love Going to the Gym.
I love the exercise, I love lifting weights, I just lovethe adrenalin rush and I’ve been doing it in years and years now.
And I’ve gone througheverything else, competed in body sculpting, I’ve gone to power lifting, I’ve doneevery top of weight lifting and eating program out there.
And I think the biggest thing wherepeople get timid into is I come from the opposite of the gym where I just love going there.
I’ve done different things but people will turnaround with exercises especially, “WellI’m going to go do boot camps,” certain things have popped up all around the worldnow, and you got these intense exercise programs that will get your body ready for summer andget your body ready for winter.
There’s always something to get ready for, but I thinkit’s finding that, “What is it for me, what is that I actually want to be with myself?”because I can say personally, is it when you do, I’ve gone to the nth degree in that body sculpting, and certainly you get the 6/8 pack, you look completelybuff, but lasts probably about two weeks unless you want to maintain that lifestyle not eating.
It’s very antisocial.
You have to take food,as I’ve said you have to weight, you have to take everything with you, it’s all aboutsimple carbohydrates, complex carbohydrates Gavin: Complex.
Robert: And also, the thing that you mentionedbefore Megs, was supplements.
Now, I was pumping pills like crazy from the perspective… noscale rewards or anything else, but it was natural.
But I mean you had your creatine,your glutamine, you had basically all of your essential minerals.
You had your protein padthat was way isolate, we are even talking metro vegan, the list goes and on, and we’llcertainly cover that all if we’ll be doing some series of the ccouch on different foodgroups and doing some cooking and other things.
Sherina, that we’ve had on the couple episodes,I know she’s going to be doing her own series on some of that as well.
So certainly forthe viewers to stay tune for that.
But you mentioned about supplementation before, andjust for the viewers, Megan, you’ve also come from a Nursing background in the previouslife (but still in this lifetime) but what’s the stand from that, without going into anutritionist, there are so many supplements you walk into any chemist nowadays, it’stake this, this and this – the supplement.
Megan: It’s hard for me to say because Ialso have a background of naturopathy so I’m probably not a nurse, and found it very hardto give out tablets.
I was always finding that more pills were causing more interactionsand that we’re getting another pill to step aside effect from the pill that we just giventhem.
This is not always the case for everybodybut people that end up with chronic long term complicated medical conditions, are shiningexamples of us, how complicated that can get with supplementation.
And a lot of thingslike medications aren’t recognized by the body.
So again, we supplementation are alwaysfound more natural, the better, less bulking agents; I mean they’ve got chalk, calciumcarbonate into bulk things up as well.
So it’s about quality.
Yeah, again it would have to be… it depends.
Sometimes things like homeopathic might suffice, a vibrational star of medicine would be somethingyou could use to help… just get that absorption and that alignment with the body.
Like consciousness,you want to get an alignment with everything.
Have it resonate with you and vibrate withyou on every level.
So like I said, I’m not against supplementation definitely butyou’d want to pick and choose carefully.
Do your due diligence.
Like I was going tosay before, everybody’s different.
Our body’s area all different.
We all need to do ourresearch.
But again with what Gav saying, maybe we’re not so different after all,and there’s same limiting beliefs coming in.
So it puts me to check about everythingI said before I became more conscious.
And I think… I always say, a lot of those thingsalways grappling where coming from limiting beliefs.
So yeah, it’s definitely something…I even add things that you were saying about, smoothies, I might add in a little bit ofraw vegan protein powder, making sure it’s absolutely as pure as I can get.
But if itgives me that bit of a boost, I’ll use it but I’ll still try and keep it really pureand natural.
Gavin: You know what’s interesting to yourpoint now is that, somebody puts us a new information of someone needing a certain supplement.
What we’re talking about the mass populace.
Generally speaking, how could itbe necessary true for everybody? So this is where consciousness really comes in, and again,the viewers are going to see this to this program where you can actually tap in to thatinformation to see what’s most beneficial for you.
When I look at the BMI chart, I think I’msupposed to be at 180; I’m a 6’3”, so that would be too scary just to think about,to be that weight.
But that’s what I have to be according to the chart.
So is that mytruth? Is that where I’m supposed to be really? So when we’re looking at this program andwe’re looking at consciousness, you’re seeing more customization.
And what somebodyis putting something out there to the masses isn’t necessarily good for everybody.
Robert: Well, the one thing I think that’svery interesting is when you back mentioned about the BMI chart Gavin, is that the BMIcharts were actually brought in post war.
So if you’re going through a time that whenthis BMI chart is being brought in, there’s two factors there.
Is you had a populist thatit was well before processed food revolution or whatever you want to call it, so peoplewere eating more whole foods and getting the nutrients from proper foods so you didn’thave body fats, you weren’t eating refined carbohydrates, lots of sugars and really justabsorbing a lot of gunk into to your body.
So you had the think up population,but also then it was post war.
It was during depression.
There wasn’t mass excess offood that people could just go around and pulling and grab and take away coffee andtheir Big Mac, whatever it is they wanted to eat.
Megan: It’s very different Robert: yeah, exactly.
17 foot long Sub.
It was a different time.
So certainly for viewers out there, is that beingcareful is, I would love to say, if you’re going to compare yourself against the BMIchart, I’m anti scales and into BMI chart or comparison.
I’ve certainlystepped away from that, but because of those BMI charts, because of what of them… thatthe research in history – we go back, and we look at all these academic references thatcome from where it was, and you look at the textbook and it was back from somebody in1952, “Really? The human formed from outside and evolved and grown a third armbut we’re slightly told.
We’ve got different framesets of… you’ve got to take thatinto consideration.
And I know as well from being from the gymworld, there are some gyms and personal trainers out there that unfortunately play of thata nutritionist, although there is a lot of that, they’re doing a good job.
Thereare some good play on that and put that thing in a healthy wide range.
You’re not doingand take these supplements signed up for the three month long fitness campaign and maybedon’t lose a weight.
You’re not going to get to that or ifyou do, you’ll be in for about a week and then your body will go back to what form itshould be.
Megan: Thanks for that Rob.
Just keeping inmind that time constraints, that’s okay.
I guess what we’d like to share with theviewers is probably just at least a tip guys regarding following their easiest or bestpart to wellbeing and fitness.
Mine would definitely be just do your due diligence.
Just do a lot of research, ask a lot of questions of yourself and of anyone around you thatyou can get information.
Gavin: For me, it would be just being moreconscious of your thoughts when you’re eating.
When you’re sitting down to eat food, thinkof this food as nourishing and think about that this is providing necessary nutrientsthat you require at that moment.
And so being mindful of your thoughts instead of thinkingnegative totally about food or what is it going to do to my body; just being consciousto that, can really transform how you enjoy food.
And just forget about all that stuffthat you read about all different types of what you should and shouldn’t eat.
If that’s something that you want to eatand it feels good to you, just be conscious that that is what you require at the timeand be okay with that.
Megan: Good idea.
Gavin: Your eating experience will be muchimproved.
Robert: So I guess you could sort of, ratherthan seeing a result, you could dove tail from what Meg said is, read theinformation, tap in to yourself and see how relevant that information is to you and thenreally work with it and experiment with it, and be conscious… Megan: And enjoy it.
Robert: And enjoy it.
Gavin: If you’re doing drive throughtwo or three times a day Macca's probably not the best idea and obviously that’snot going to have a good feeling inside.
So being conscious to the fact that you haveto realistic, but if it’s something that you want, desire as a treat, then don’tbeat yourself up about it because in beating yourself up, is the act of the negativitythat brings in the health issue.
Megan: It’s like self-denial and self-shame.
It’s just perpetuating all those feelings, isn’t it? Robert: Yeah, and I’d like to bridge offthat too because it’s in the training world, is that’s what they call it.
It’s calledthe Cheat Daddy.
Now even the connotation of that, when you use to be or cheat mealdepending on how competitively you’re training, is that it such got negative connotation.
Overall, you’ve done this work during the week or at the forth night, and they comeand you had the cheat meal.
And the whole time you’re there, maybe having your [inaudible00:04:54] and basically… this week’s potato fries you feel guilty and you don’t enjoyit.
So those having negative connotation.
Just to wrap it up, my points would be tryto swap it out.
First thing it’s using that there is it is hard to start, if you’reconscious and you tap in, you’ve got some research, instead of going and buying… okaymost people work full time, it’s very hard buy going down to a coffee shop or going downthe road, is just throw some carrots and some organic hummus or something in there and swapout [inaudible 00:05:32] the muffin you buy every second day, just swap out one meal orone snack with something healthy.
And just slowly begin to swap things out, but swapit for whole foods would be the thing that… Megan: or homemade.
Gavin: Homemade, exactly.
Use whole ingredientsto go in.
If it’s being processed, just try to push it to the side.
So it’s still I’m not saying, cut and swap every meal out, but instead of goingand buying the muffin or going and buying, even if says it’s a healthy brand, it’sstill processed.
Swap it out with some celery and naturally processed almondbutter.
So it’s just got a 100% raw almonds is us that, just swap that little things outand then probably work on the exercise line.
I would definitely recommend isometrics.
Don’ttry to be aggressive and lift heavy.
Especially for guys out there, it’s very much a thing.
Don’t keep your look book and keep is stop doing bodyweight, push up,sit ups; just starting and really isolating the muscle and taking time to do your exercises.
There’re a lot of different programs out there.
By all means, jump on YouTube.
Com is another great resource where there’s a lot of trainings in peoplewho were specifically on building muscle.
It’s a bit like when you learn a musicalinstrument.
If you don’t learn your scales, it’s going to come back and bite you in the ass.
It’s much better to stop, start small, start working; work with weights and train smart.
So it’s swap it and train smart for me.
But look, I think that’s a pretty good wayto sort of… we get it off from sort of started that 17 different topics in here.
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We said we really do value your feedback and certainlywe’d love to hear from you about your ideas for episodes.
Certainly from this topic is,we can branch out a million different directions, but certainly let us know what you’d likeus to look at and we can delve a little bit deeper.
But on behalf of us here at ConsciousnessCouch, we’ll see you next week.
Megan: Thanks! Gavin: Thanks! Robert: Bye.