and a very Happy New Year to you!
You have no idea how many drafts there are – how many times I have sat down, and taken hours, days – of revisiting, editing, eliminating, rewriting, deleting … this article. Pretty much it’s been a resident draft here since I bought the domain. I’ve always known what I wanted to say – I was just having trouble articulating it. I’ll admit, my writing – some days it flows easily, and other days it’s a real struggle. Never did I imagine one day I would have my own Blog. It’s still a tad outside of my comfort zone. I don’t aspire to be a writer, I aspire to be a Great Coach. And being a recognized professional now-a-days means there’s a lot to convey, and a lot of people to reach. So when I feel that flow – and I sit down to write, and something good comes out – I Love it! I really truly do want to give you something that’s worth your time and effort. Yes, I have my reasons for why I think you should want to hire me as a coach – na-huh don’t go there – please get to know me first, my true reason just might surprise you.
According to NeuroScienceNews.com, research has now determined that the gut (your gut) is now recognized as a major regulator of motivational and emotional states. If any of you have attended my Eating Psychology Coaching classes you know this is primarily what we talk about – how you see your food, how you feel about food, what you crave, why you binge …. Raise your hand if you’ve heard me ask “who are you when you eat?”
It says it right on the home page of my website – My mission is to help those struggling overcome that which is not necessary. I’ve been there, I have struggled. I’ve told you my story, my traumas; you’ve witnessed in real time with me how I went from vulnerable just a few years ago – to empowered – coaching, and guiding you.
I know how my personal relationship with food, how my body image, how my BODY was affected by the trauma I went through, and with all the stress around it, and all that I dealt with over time. I know what my body went through, and what it needed in order to recover. I am not too shy to share with you about the damage, repair and rebuilding process my body, my whole person condition experienced; and how I still feel the affects from those years, what I need to do now. It’s because I’ve been there – that I can make such a statement and say that My Mission . IS . To help those struggling . To help them Overcome . That which is not necessary.
Years ago and just starting out I didn’t realize the impact of my statement. Now my Mission statement has a whole new meaning, a whole new life of its own. I wasn’t an Eating Psychology Coach long before I began on my next certification – Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®). For me it was more like: I needed this – you might too! I’ll admit, I was more emotional back then. I was still living in the practical feelings of why I wanted to help you. But between the two courses I kinda became a bit nerdy about it all. All the facts, the science of it all – biologically, physiologically, neurologically, emotionally, spiritually — yea, I geeked out. But I try not to be a geek with you, instead I try to be practical, informative, helpful. I do my best to make it personal – for you. Hopefully in a way that there’s a connection so you understand and possibly relate.
Then I came across this article – and finally the draft, thee draft – I was able to open it with a sense of YES! I can do this! It’s the right time. I finally feel what I want to be expressing. And here we are. So here’s the link to the original article from NeuroScience News.com – so you can go and be geeky in your own way, at your own pace, in your own space, with your own time. Then I want you to go back and re-read a few of my posts, reacquaint if you will – on Facebook, on Medium, here, my newsletters if you’re a subscriber (*btw if you like the content here, but want more, and want to experience truly how I pull it all together – write “subscribe” in the subject line and email it to me, and introduce yourself too please, at info.LK.CEPC@gmail.com) (Yes, I know that there’s a way to put buttons on my sites and all that jazz – but again, it’s just me! I’m a one woman show, and I’m not aspiring to be a tech professional either. Accept me for who I am and that is me who is quite non-tech savvy. I am here to Coach).
What am I going on and on about you ask? Ok. So this article talks about how our “reward center” in our brains affects our mental state, and how the gut-brain connection is in fact a real thing. It’s a shout out to all the dinosaurs who aren’t updating their ways of thinking and accepting the facts that hey – you are a Whole Person. And yes, you are in fact made up of an intricate and highly complex set of systems, within systems, within systems. And people – YES! = YOU it’s time to look at yourself as a system of systems, intertwined, dependent, and expectant of eachother. Why this article? SHRUG I honestly don’t know – something clicked so hey, let’s take it.
And yes, while I was obtaining my certification in TRE®, I set off on another journey too. It brought me to this point of having the 3 come together, of me tweaking my tag line, my logo, and my title – to finally feel confident in pushing out this article and what I envisioned it to be. Because all along I saw you as a Whole Person. All along I knew your journey is a complex and highly peronalized one. All along I respected the truth that no two paths are the same. Everything is a process. Trust in the process. I honor mine, let’s honor yours just as delicately, and with the same devotion. How? Bring in the Spiritual component. Spirituality is for you however you define it. It doesn’t have to be something that someone else is doing, it doesn’t come with an instruction booklet and protocols you must uphold. Spirituality to you is what Spirit is for you. There’s no need to question whether or not we jive, we do! Spirit is my mental state. My belief system. What’s yours?
Finally – the three are coming together, can you see it? I was really onto something when I picked my 2018 theme to be Coming in to Focus 🙂 Again, it’s just pulling together for me now – unfolding before your very eyes.
You have this thought. And you have it again. Then again. It’s like a switch you flip. Take a bunch of these switches and flip them and you have a pattern – hint, hint: This is your projected behavior. Then you repeat the behaviors until they become subconscious for you – and voila!, you have created a belief system. Only, what if one day, you no longer like this belief you have – always thinking about it, letting it weigh on you, trying to fix it, change it – help! Eeek. Your spirit has dropped. What is this doing to your body!? What is this doing to YOU?!
So yea – let me teach you how to let go of that stress, shed that guilt, find a new perspective – let me help you heal your body, your self. Let’s get you into the Mind Body Spirit you’re meant to be in. Oh Yeah!
And, with all of this said, and I don’t really feel like making a big deal and seperate announcement just yet (I will once all of the figuring has been figured) – I am hereby announcing that in a short while I will be offering new service packages – to make it easier for you too to Come in to Focus. Because You Deserve A Healthy Self Relationship.
May 8th through June 26th
at Nourishing Journey
8975 Guilford Road, Columbia MD
For the Summer Workshop Series, we will read and discuss The Slow Down Diet by Marc David. Marc David is the founder of The Institute for the Psychology of Eating. This book is read in groups around the world, and facilitated the discussion for a new approach to Nutrition and weight loss.
This series opens the door to exploring and understanding your own personal relationship with food – with the gift of support, and led by Lisa Karasek, CEPC.
“If you’ve ever struggled with finding a way to a deep, happy, and healthy connection with your body and food, The Slow Down Diet is your bible.” – Mark Hyman, M.D.
Because Everyone Deserves A Healthy Relationship with Food
As a Health and Wellness Coach with a focus on Healthy Relationships with Food and the desire to bring your Whole Being into Balance through Lifestyle and Self-Management Coaching, I invite you to join me in 2018 for everything that is
Exciting and Inspirational
Have a Safe and Happy New Year!
The Slow Down Diet by Marc David is your guidebook to developing your good strategies and habits around Food.
The most common and compelling eating challenges of our time – weight, body image, overeating, binge eating, emotional eating, endless dieting, and nutrition-related health challenges that have an emotional componentsuch as digestion, fatigue, mood, immunity … and others.
It’s because we’re all affected in some way or another, whether it be our constant struggle or a tmporary one – we’ve all experienced one or more challenges around food. We ask our doctors, our friends, our loved ones – for support and answers … but really the most definitive nutritious expertise is literally found inside you – it’s called your enteric nervous system, OR The Brain in the Belly (your most faithful and accurate day-to-day dietary guide).
I am employing my Summer Workshop Series to be your guide, a Breakthrough opportunity for you to take charge once and for all, with none of the head scratching and difficulty in choices. See, the struggle occurs when we try and try, and the results are either temporary or absent. With everything else we have to do in life, our relationship with food is, at times, the last thing we feel like working for. No matter what your position – a chronic or temporary struggler – these 8 weeks will change you, and forever eliminate the questions and doubts around your eating habits.
What you’re being asked to do, is, go against what you’ve previously attempted and learned about eating healthy and losing weight – What you’re being asked to do is Slow Down.
To learn why, and HOW slowing down is all you need to do – always … join my Summer Workshop Series, and drop your dieting woes.