Happy Monday rock stars!!! I hope your weekend was filled with rainbow love beams, music, breath and space. I’m working on a piece for you based on some new research that proves that when you listen to music (live or recorded) it releases dopamine. Dopamine if you didn’t already know is the feel-good hormone. Dopamine is associated with feelings of euphoria, bliss, motivation, and concentration. We’re totally onto something with this music obsession of ours. It’s good for us. I knew it!!!
Rocking Life ONLINE is the place where all of us live music fanatics can support each other to use the passion we feel when going to shows to cultivate the health and wellness we deserve. Everything is more fun with friends. We’re all in this together and if you’d love to take a bath with me and all of my musician and health expert friends, you can do so HERE (aka learn all about Rocking Life ONLINE)
I’d like to share a story with you about how life was for me when food was all I thought about. Here is is:
Disordered eating was the only way I knew how to eat. One summer I ate entire loaves of Italian wheat bread with a cans of soup every day. That’s it. Back at school, I’d crush entire boxes of cereal for breakfast. Feeling guilty about that, I wouldn’t eat for the rest of the day. When I’d do that, around 10pm, I’d be starving and since my roommate worked at a pizza place, I’d eat all the pizza she brought home. Even the kinds I didn’t like. Speaking of roommates, I’d eat their leftovers all the time. Out of the garbage can! I’d drink a dozen diet sodas (at least) every day. A gallon of nonfat frozen yogurt followed by an intense workout was my norm.
Reading that makes me feel sick to my stomach and so sad. Now, I can see so clearly why I ate that way. Freshman year of college, I didn’t make the cheerleading squad because of the points they deducted from my score because of my weight. I would have made it otherwise. Junior year I tried out for the dance team. Making it til the last cut, I was so excited until I got cut and was told the reason was because I was too fat. A boyfriend cheated on me because he said I had a little gut and other girls didn’t.
So I ate and ate and then felt guilty about it and exercised and exercised.
My health was starting to suffer. Acid reflux, spells of passing out, crippling IBS and chronic sinus infections were just some of the ways what I was doing was manifesting.
I created the perfect storm and it was drowning me.
Food was a way I thought that I could protect myself from getting hurt from all the rejection that was getting thrown at me left and right.
“It wasn’t my fault,” I tried to convince myself. “I didn’t do my best because my stomach hurt, my head hurt, it was this, that and the other thing.”
During my studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition I learned that everything is food. Everything? Yikes! I was nourishing myself in all the wrong ways.
My transformation to living the healthy and happy life didn’t happen overnight. I slowly started creating healthy habits when it came to relationships (friends, family and romantic) to career choices to the way I exercised. Eventually it spilled onto my plate and binging was a thing of the past.
I was filled up on life so I didn’t need to overcompensate with food.
Making it a priority to get out and see live music was a huge part of my recipe for success. The tunes nourished me. They’re my soul food. Just one show can light a fire within me that lasts for months. That fire is key to keeping me on track with my healthy lifestyle. I just want to feel good! We all deserve to feel good.
That’s what Rocking Life ONLINE is all about. Nourishing the WHOLE self so you can feel good all the time and learning how to do it with friends. Let’s have some fun!!!
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The light and music lover in me sees and bows to the light and music lover in me,