Are You Afraid of Your Shadow?

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Have you ever found yourself feeling scared or annoyed by something, only to learn that it wasn't what you were thinking it was? Kind of like when a young child first notices their shadow and can be scared by it... until they see that it isn't real in any way that could harm them. And from then on, they don't feel scared when they see it.

A number of our clients have been noticing that at times, when they want to reach for food when they aren't hungry, there's a feeling that they're turning to the food for to get rid of. They find that eating does change how they feel, but the long term result of eating to deal with their emotions isn't what they want.

What we've been helping them see is that the feelings they're trying to get rid of are coming from something they're believing, that isn't any more real than a shadow. And as they see that, the feelings that used to arise in those situations don't arise any more, and the urge to eat then doesn't arise anymore either.

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Isn't that about the cutest thing ever? Children, with such innocence, misinterpreting the nature of their shadow, believing it's something real that could harm them, when in fact it has no real substance.

Next time you find yourself reaching for food when you aren't hungry, see if there's a feeling you're trying to get rid of with food that's really more like a shadow than something real that can harm you.

If you'd like a free session with us to explore your relationship with food in this way, contact us or leave a comment below.

The recipe for this week was inspired by the amazing, fresh-picked veggies we just picked up from the farm. There's just nothing like the flavour of vine-ripened food like you can get off the farm or at farmer's markets. Try this exceedingly simple Farm Bounty Salad. It tastes so fresh and alive.

To your Amazing Health,

Connie and Bill

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Farm Bounty Salad (Serves 2)

  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 2 - 6-inch to 8-inch-long cucumbers, peeled
  • ¼ red onion, thin slices
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Ground black pepper to taste

In two large 9-inch salad bowls, slice the tomatoes to cover the bottom of the bowl. Now slice the cucumbers into the two bowls. Add the thin red onion slices on top. Sprinkle balsamic vinegar over vegetables and give each a grind of black pepper.


This salad is super quick and easy. It was inspired after we came home from our friend’s farm with several boxes of the most amazing tomatoes, cucumbers and red onions. There’s nothing like vine ripened tomatoes and cucumbers. So, we recommend making this salad when you can get fresh picked tomatoes and cucumbers from a farmer or farmers’ market. The taste and freshness really make this.