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12-Day Countdown to 2012 – Day 3: Set Your Intentions for Food and Diet

Posted Dec 29 2011 9:00am
Written by Tera on December 29, 2011 – -

- by Tera Warner

When I use the word “diet” here, I’m not using it in the sense that so many of us have come to know, impling some sort of short term calorie restriction in an effort to drop unwanted pounds and fit into that little black dress.

I’m referring to your typical dietary regime, and the foods you tend to feed your body and mind on a daily, weekly, monthly, and even annual basis.

In other words, what food choices do you make? What do you eat? Is there a pattern to the types and amounts of foods you eat?

Set Your Intentions for Food and DietKnowing what I know about most people who read this blog, and knowing what I know about myself, I almost hesitate to bring up this area when it comes to setting goals and intentions for 2012.

As we cover extensively in the Body Enlightenment program, putting too much attention on food isn’t a recipe for healthy living. So many of us have become food obsessed that we feel tremendous guilt when we eat something we “shouldn’t” and we spend hours being concerned about what we “should” eat.

Some of my favorite food interviews during the WISH Summit this year were with Donna Gates, Dr. Joel Fuhrman and Colin Campbell.

Set Your Intentions for Food and DietEveryone is in a different place on this topic. Some of us have been on intravenous green juice for years, and others sit around, watch the pretty posts about adding more chlorophyll to our lives, admire the tasty looking recipes, but haven’t yet managed to pull out the blender and start whipping up the chlorophyll in high doses.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves with other people, but the most important thing is simply to acknowledge YOUR path, your process, your comfort boundaries and to address diet changes on a comfortable gradient. When you try to avoid eating certain foods and have a very restrictive diet, then you create compulsions toward those very things.

Aversion creates compulsion. What you try to avoid, you will stick yourself to even more.

So what’s the next step for you?

What clear intentions can you set for 2012 with respect to your food and diet?

Love and lettuce,


21-Day Green Smoothie Detox!


One of the best ways to find out how food really affects you, is to eliminate the variables and bring your diet back to the basics for a little while.

If you’ve not yet had the chance to try our 21-Day Green Smoothie Detox, then consider joining us on the 2nd of January when we dive in and do a New Year’s Resolution version of this program!

You can read all about it here!

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  1. By Jenny on Dec 29, 2011

    I intend to return to my green guzzling ways. I have slowly slipped away from the green smoothies and juices,and I want to get back. I will reduce/eliminate my consumption of chips (other than kale of course) and wine/beer.


  2. By Marcy on Dec 29, 2011

    I intend to eat only when physically hungry and stop when I am comfortable. I also intend to get more fresh fruits and veggies into my diet by using green smoothies.


  3. By Bianca on Dec 29, 2011

    I intend to listen and respect my body, and be patience with myself. Instead of trying to eliminate unhealthy foods from my diet, I will try to add more juicy yummy healthy goodness.


  4. By cindi on Dec 29, 2011

    i intend to drink more juices and gr smoothies… stay vegan… cut down on cooked even if i do not eliminate it totally but most definitely make my diet high raw and yummy!


  5. By Ali on Dec 29, 2011

    I intend to ramp up my raw food consumption as well as the green drinks and smoothies. I also intend to grow my own wheatgrass so I can have wheatgrass shots. I always feel physically better and mentally sharp when I consume less food, so I also intend to eat only when really hungry (not based upon whether or not the clock indicates it’s time to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc). I will eat slower and chew more, so I can truly enjoy my wonderful food. I have purchased so many wonderful raw, “uncook” books so my intention is to try lots of new, yummy, healthy recipes this year!


  6. By Carolyn on Dec 29, 2011

    My intention for food and diet are to increase consumption of good healthy veggies as described in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book “Super Immunity.” More raw, more smoothies, more of all the good stuff.


  7. By kathy on Dec 29, 2011

    i intend to make green smoothies every morning to start my day off with health. i intend to make small lifestyle changes to my diet instead of a drastic change which leads to failure. my focus will be on health, not a number on the scale


  8. By Shannon Lagasse on Dec 29, 2011

    I intend to eat more raw foods and get back to the diet that transformed my life in the first place: 80/10/10.


  9. By Anya on Dec 29, 2011

    I intend to become 80% raw in 2012


  10. By Tiffany on Dec 29, 2011

    I will drink green juices/smoothies everyday if I can. Eliminate dairy and gluten from my diet because of the way it makes me feel when eat it. Eat more of a plant based diet and raw foods. Learn how to make my own Kefir. Control my sugar cravings.


  11. By Elizabeth on Dec 29, 2011

    Having been about 98 percent raw for the past two years, I feel good about my diet. I will continue to eat this way as I think it has served me well. I would like to learn and use some detox juicing methods…and possibly get into colonics…..


  12. By Danielle on Dec 29, 2011

    I want to eliminate animal products!


  13. By Amber on Dec 29, 2011

    I intend to drink more green smoothies and eat more raw foods and stay away from animal products.


  14. By Christine on Dec 29, 2011

    I wil keep on drinking my green smoothies every morning and try to stay away as much as possible from potatoes chips…especialy the Stax B.B.Q!!!!!


  15. By Allison on Dec 29, 2011

    To eat more raw, more greens, less meat and sugar and processed goo. To buy a juicer and juice.


  16. By POLA on Dec 29, 2011

    I will change a mere 10% a month, so that I can acquire better eating habits & create habits not impulse. I’d rather be disappointed than regret not enjoying a healthier Life!


  17. By Lynnette Struble on Dec 29, 2011

    One of my intentions around food this year is to enjoy smaller portions, possibly eating more frequently, paying more attention to satisfying foods and eating only to satiety. Another intention is to include more green smoothies and learn tasty ways of preparing raw foods.


  18. By Martha on Dec 29, 2011

    I want to eliminate caffeine and sugar from my diet. I intend to get good energy from green smoothies and salads.


  19. By Barbara on Dec 29, 2011

    Two intentions about food for me. Make every day rich with greens and no more eating in the evenings.


  20. By Ally on Dec 29, 2011

    I plan to delve into learning as much as I can about food and my personal relationship with it. I choose to continue my raw journey in as many meals as I can, and to introduce others to it who are interested in it as well.


  21. By Kornelia on Dec 29, 2011

    Almost two months ago, I started my new journey – high raw and vegan. Even though I eat steamed veggies or cooked veggie soups, or even some chicken or fish when I’m invited and my friends made the meal for me, I consider myself high raw and vegan. Because that’s how I eat when I have the choice most of the time. I want to continue my journey in 2012 and stick to my morning green-smoothie and a big veggie salad for lunch. I also want to start a Monday juice or water fast and make it a habit.


    Reply by Kornelia on December 29th, 2011

    Ah, yes, nearly forgot: I want to go to the Biarritz retreat (in France) run by Fiona Robertson for a week of detox and colon cleanse (all areas are covered there – food, sport, beauty and spirit). That will be my biggest WISH for 2012.


  22. By Cathy Kurio on Dec 29, 2011

    I intend to continue to tweak my diet by trying several new ways of eating. I love my green smoothies, but I know I don’t want to be 100% raw, as that is not what my body needs to be at its best. I am trying the recipes in Eat to Live by Dr. Fuhrman. I will also do a cleanse in the New Year and eliminate all sugar and sweet fruit for 2 weeks and see how that feels. I will follow some of the ideas in Donna Gates Baby Boomer Diet. I have discovered I need to add hydrocloric acid so I can digest raw foods and nuts and seeds better. I love what I have discovered from my 30 days on the BE program and will continue with many of the recipes I enjoyed.


  23. By Cindy Alvarez on Dec 29, 2011

    My intention is to stop obsessing about food so much, & just enjoy whatever I eat, even if it happens to be something that’s not so good for me.


  24. By Carol on Dec 29, 2011

    I intend to include green smoothies on a more consistent basis and to eliminate animal products from my diet.


  25. By Daniela on Dec 29, 2011

    2011 has been the year I got vegan and I am so proud I got rid of fish, dairies and coffee which were my addictions (I never really ate meat). I also cut down my alchol consuption, no spirits for over 9 months and just about a glass of wine or beer per week (I believe neither are raw) and my wheat consuption, I have abowl of pasta or a pizza every other week (I am Italian so pasta is a main issue). Discovering the raw diet has set a non return point in my life, I am so passionate about food, I now experiment with raw recepies all the time and I had a vegan Christmas. I am also proud of the fact that my body adjusted so well to this diet that every time I eat something not raw (even a vegan pasta) the digestion is heavy and it makes me almost regret having eaten it.
    When I eat raw I feel so light and energised and my intention for 2012 is to win my mental cravings and going 90-100% raw as I now do on a good week.


  26. By Lilach Mutzafi on Dec 29, 2011

    this has been a really long journy for me.
    vegetarian for 18 years, off dairy for 4 years, and hooked on green smoothies for 8 months!! i have a liter every morning for breakfast since i took the 21 green smoothie detox, which i soooo reccomend to everyone!!
    it really changed my life!

    for 2012 i intend to get my emotional eating under control, increase significantly the percentage of raw foods that i eat (i’m about 70% on average right now, and espiring for 90%) and start getting creative in making awsome raw dishes!
    i intend to start going to sleep earlier so i won’t eat late at night just because i’m tiered!
    and maybe got off gluten completley… but that’s a really tough one…


  27. By Minerva Rae on Dec 29, 2011

    I intend to take care of my body and as I learn more about foods and I would love to incorporate it into my life and my family’s life.


  28. By Christy on Dec 29, 2011

    I intend to include green smoothies at least for one meal a day for a while, and to work on eating raw, whole fruits and vegetables until dinner time.


  29. By K.P. on Dec 29, 2011

    How odd. Yesterday I was searching for Day 3 and couldn’t find it, so I decided to write about all 12 intention areas. Didn’t want to miss a day of the blog. Glad that I found Day 3 today!!!

    • Spirituality, Wisdom & Learning – daily meditation
    • Money & Abundance – set a budget and review it often, add greens from my garden to my green smoothies
    • Career and Business – limit my non-overtime paying job to just the hours that I do get paid for.
    • Love and Relationships – express my gratitude more often
    • Sex and Sensuality – buy a perfume that suits my taste, maybe look into how to make a scent?
    • Creativity & Play – get outdoors everyday and find something intriguing to photograph
    • Attitude and Outlook on Life – relax and smile in more types of situations
    • Clutter and Personal Organization – clean my office space
    • Beauty and Personal Care – drink more water! sleep with magnesium oil socks once per week
    • Food – have a green smoothie daily
    • Fitness – walk a minimum of 10 – 15 minutes daily
    • Health – become more aware of the ingredients in processed foods, drink more water, cherish my garden


  30. By Samantha on Dec 29, 2011

    to get back to the basics of food and to put only the best in my body.


  31. By himmie on Dec 29, 2011

    I do not eat animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ever!!!!! Period!!!!!!!!!!


  32. By martha on Dec 29, 2011

    Intention: Eat with attention, enjoy food fully, and share it.


  33. By adrianna on Dec 29, 2011

    Remaining gluten-free and tweaking what that looks like as I listen to my body.

    Basically: Keeping it simple (with emphasis on raw), listen to my body, and have fun – enjoy the food I select, the experiments – sometimes I feel like a mad scientist in the kitchen!

    Additionally, I am doing an experiment with eliminating chocolate for a time, to see how my body reacts. This is challenging, so I want to say it out loud with my intentions.


  34. By Debbie on Dec 29, 2011

    I intend to eat foods that heal me. I will be drinking more green smoothies, green juices and eating more raw foods. I will be more organized when preparing meals for my partner and I and what we eat weekly.


  35. By valerie on Dec 29, 2011

    My intention for 2012 is to simply be aware of the food and drink that I put in my mouth. By slowing down a bit I know I can make good choices overall – like the kind of drinks I sell at my smoothie and juice bar!!


  36. By Dominique on Dec 29, 2011

    I’ve been ovo-lacto vegetarian for the last year and a half, and in 2012 I plan to go completely vegan! I think the hardest part is not going to be self-motivation but to convince other people around me that it is actually really good for me! Also I plan to start increasing my volume of running as to run a full marathon by the end of the year (don’t know which one yet), so I guess I will adjust with my new diet and I think this is going to be a great experience of discovering and testing.


  37. By Pat on Dec 29, 2011

    Food & Diet
    I intend to do the 21 day Green Smoothie Detox. After that I intend to continue into the Raw Food lifestyle.


  38. By Elaine on Dec 29, 2011

    I think I might partake more of fermented foods. Learn and study the Body Ecology Diet. Figure out the diet that makes my body sing with optimal energy and stamina for a wild 2012. I want to feel the life that I know is a little dim because of my stress, and food habits. I am however, making 2012 the road to recovery and turn that little smouldering fire inside of me into a brilliant, roaring, exploding energy bomb with love and time to spare!


  39. By Kathi on Dec 29, 2011

    My intention is to be more mindful overall–to slow down and think about what I am putting in my mouth and why, and whether it’s due to hunger or something else.


  40. By bobz on Dec 29, 2011

    It will be a rawesome year :) .
    So, I am planning on lots of juicing and green smoothies, salads and superfoods.


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  42. By Stephanie on Dec 29, 2011

    I need to reduce the amount of alcohol I drink. Coming from a russian jewish family I was born with a bottle of vodka in my hand. While I have restricted my intake to only the holidays and live off of fruits and veggies all year, I do overindulge during the holidays.


  43. By Polly on Dec 29, 2011

    I’m going to actually order the Vitamix that I saved money for. :-) And have smoothies until dinner for at least 5 days a week.


  44. By Jen on Dec 29, 2011

    My Intention for food and diet is to eat in a way that enhances my health and helps me become true to myself and what makes me feel the best. For me this means to become as clean and simple as possible. For some reason the cleaner and more simple I eat the more I feel at peace and alive.


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