A Truly Luscious Life

June 2, 2011

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“Before I commit to working with you, I want to know what makes your life luscious,” a startling voice demanded of me over the phone.

“Gulp, ello…” I sputtered while answering the phone and swallowing my last bite of freshly baked lemon pound cake.

Her brash interruption of my sweet moment continued as she loudly insisted, “Tell me what you mean by a truly luscious life!”

Attempting to regain my composure, I took a deep breath and thanked her for visiting my website and noting my tagline message. She cut in and repeated her demand, again.

I brushed the yellow cake crumbs from my shirt and replied, “Well, when you called I was eating my breakfast: a piece of insanely moist lemon pound cake”

After a long silence she scoffed, “That’s it?! Eating pound cake for breakfast? That’s what you mean by satisfying your hunger with a truly luscious life?”

I quickly countered, “Yes … and no. Lemon pound cake can be luscious – particularly this lemon pound cake. Did I mention the roasted wild Maine blueberry compote that I made to top it?” And then I held my breath.

“How on earth am I supposed to lose weight eating like that?” she asked in a mocking tone.

“Well, you can lose weight by eating nourishing food that you love… in fact, Intuitive Eating is about eating food that you love and loving what you eat … mindfully… and leaving deprivation behind for good … deprivation is what weight loss diets propagate …,” and I prattled on and on.

As you may have surmised, being the smart cookie that you are, that conversation never gained traction, and exasperated, the woman hung up on me. I’m sure that I sounded to her like Pollyanna-meets-crazy-lady-covered-in-cake-crumbs.

Afterward, I shook off the unpleasant encounter and jotted my luscious life list so that the next time someone asks I’ll have a short and sweet “CAKE” of a list to share:

cake-300Creativity. Creating and crafting with my hands, sometimes using luscious art materials in my studio and other times using fabulous food in my kitchen.

Adventure. Adding new stamps to my passport makes me giddy. Closer to home, trips to my local farmers markets send my taste buds on a flavor adventure.

Kindness. As the Dalai Lama says, “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” Practicing loving kindness feels as delicious as cake tastes.

Exercise. Moving my body in ways that don’t seem like exercise – everything from hiking and yoga and skipping rope to spinning till sweaty and twirling to tunes turned up in my kitchen.

Try making your own Luscious Life List – with or without cake crumbs.

Need some help? Every day I help women transform their relationships with food, weight and body image. Let’s chat about about how you can satisfy your hunger with a truly luscious life.

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