Limiting Beliefs Around Weight Loss

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Many people have come to us over the years wanting to lose 20 or 30 pounds. And as they share with us the desire to lose that weight, they often share a limiting belief they have about it. They often say that they just can't lose weight. Or, that they have lost weight but can't keep it off. Another limiting way to see themselves.

And there is proof in their lives that makes it look like it's true they can't lose weight or keep it off. But that's not really the crux of the matter.

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What's interesting is how, when they begin to examine the belief that they want to lose weight, they discover that there's a deeper desire they're looking for behind the idea of losing weight.

Almost always, when we ask "How would you be different if you lost the weight?" they say things like "I'd feel lighter, I'd be healthier, more energetic, more vital." Ultimately, they see that what's behind their desire to lose weight is gaining a deeper sense of well being in their life. They're looking for a better feeling than the one they're living in now.

What eliminates limiting beliefs is when people see that what they want and think they can't do, like losing weight, isn't actually what they're looking for. That what they're really after is a better feeling. And feeling better isn't something we can do.

What we're looking for is a way of being, a deeper sense of well being. But because we can't do being, the mind looks for what we can do to take us in that direction. Like lose 20 pounds. It turns the goal of well being into a doing that, ironically, ends up creating a limiting belief standing between us and our desire to feel better.

A limiting belief is any form of "I can't". And, interestingly, the sense of well being we're looking for is available any moment, regardless of how much we weigh, or what job we have, or how much money is in the bank.

The sense of well being we're really looking for is available in every moment if we let our busy mind settle down. When we aren't going round and round about how to get the weight off. What to eat, what not to eat, how much to eat. When we let the mind settle down, we find the feeling of well being is waiting for us there. That good feeling we're looking for is experienced when we relax and let our mind become quiet.

When our mind is quiet, we align with our true nature. And those limiting beliefs of "I can't" don't exist there. They're gone.

The recipe this week is a Mushroom Pesto Linguine. It's a wonderful, fresh and quick pasta dish to enjoy as spring is coming on.

To your Amazing Health,
Connie and Bill

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Mushroom Pesto Linguine (Serves 2-4) *Adapted from Forks Over Knives

  • 12 ounces dry linguine
  • 2 pounds fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup filtered water
  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup or more low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon no salt seasoning
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 15 ounce can no salt cannellini beans, drained
  • 6 cups fresh arugula
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to pan.


Meanwhile, cook mushrooms and garlic in ¼ cup filtered water until tender and liquid evaporates.


Transfer mushroom mixture to a food processor and add basil, walnuts, sunflower seeds, 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice, vegetable broth, no salt seasoning and black pepper.


Cover and process until uniformly blended and smooth. Add more vegetable broth as needed, 1 tablespoon at a time, to make the pesto a creamy sauce.


Combine in a bowl arugula, lemon zest and remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice.


Toss mushroom mixture with pasta to coat and serve pasta topped with bean and arugula mixture.