Spirit: Using the Seasons and Moon Phases to Develop Eating an Exercise Plans

The following are great ideas for using natural cycles of the seasons and moon phases to help develop eating an exercise plans. It’s kind of like a pagan diet or a pagan health guide.

New Moon to Full Moon is Waxing

The moon is growing from 0 to 100. In this time period, you want to focus on growing things. This is very true of ritual magic, but should also be true in a dietary plan, so…

– Exercise wise, you want to focus on “upping” your cardio game and focusing a lot more on weight and strength training. You can push yourself on your cardio workouts, you can even add weights to your cardio workouts. What could be ideal for workouts these weeks if slowing down your cardio workouts by adding weights or turning that cardio machine time into endurance training where you slow down but go farther and maybe add on incline too.
– Food wise, you want to focus on being really strict about what you eat. Before, I would have said you would increase your protein load. You should be eating the regular amount of protein, but be really strict about everything you’re eating. You’re increasing or growing your nutrition.
– Spirit wise, you want to try and boost a lot of things but maybe focus on one thing per waxing period or per week. Maybe focus on gaining knowledge or awareness of something or something else of the same nature. Maybe you do a spell to gain fortune or peace.

Full Moon to New Moon is Waning

The moon is shrinking from 100 to 0. In this time period, you want to focus on loosing things.

– Exercise wise, you want to focus on “loosing” that fat. That means a lot of cardio. Turn up those weight training days by adding movement. During the Waxing period, you were slowing down those cardio days with weights. Now, you’re speeding up those weight days. You can even use some of the cardio suggestions for the waxing period as your weight training workouts during this waning period.
– Food wise, you want to focus on losing the protein. Protein is important, but there is protein in vegetables and fruits and it would be great to replace some of that pure protein with fruits and veggies. You can supplement some of that protein too with seeds and beans of course as you could anytime. Nuts too.
– Spirit wise, you want to think about losing things. Maybe you want to kick some bad habits, clear out the closet or room of clutter and junk, maybe you focus on just cleaning. Definitely you should think about losing stress. Well, not THINK about losing stress, but actually LOSING IT.

Times of the Year

Winter

– Winter is the time of cold and slow growing. Everything is in sleep mode and waking up. SO, this should be reflected in what you’re doing. Don’t push yourself too much in exercise, work, or anything else. When in comes to dieting, think about warm foods and cooked foods. It’s cold, so warm your body with food. It’s a traditional food practice in Eastern cultures.

Spring

– Spring is all about growing. This is where you really want to start or try new things or start improving things that are already happening. This is the time to start “upping” your game. Your diet should be starting to grow about now, incorporating fresher and more uncooked things like salads which are growing and harvesting now. Spring is also the time for GREEN. Get out and watch the world grow green, maybe (if its not too late) start growing some stuff in the garden. This could also mean doing more projects that make you money or saving up money to grow the green in your bank.

Summer

– Summer is about LIFE. The sun is king and the harvest is thriving. Experience it! Go to a pick your-own farm and PICK YOUR OWN. Taste that fresh from the farm food! Go out in nature, protected with that bug spray, and see nature thriving. See all the flowers and wildlife. Exercise wise, you should be outside doing stuff! Go to the pool! Go to the beach! Go hiking! Go run or walk around a lake! You should be doing so much outside that you will be getting most of your exercise out of the way! Save the indoor work for when it’s dead noon and for night time. Make sure to save some of those nights for dancing though. Food wise, there is so much fresh food that you should be eating mostly just that fresh food. Mix things up, experiment, and eat a lot less warm foods. Eat more cold foods. Opposite of the Winter stuff. It’s hot so cool the body with cool foods. Make cold smoothies and homemade fruit pops, eat raw foods too. If you cook stuff, slightly steam maybe. Maybe cook the food then refridgerate it like cold soups. Make filling salads.

Autumn

– Autumn is like Spring, except the exact opposite. In Spring, you were growing and now you are slowing down. You want to be out in nature like you were in the Spring, but now you are there to watch the fall colors bloom. In Autumn, you want to calm down that Summer hoopla. Everything is active and energy and AWAWAWAWWWAWWWWW, but now it’s time to calm down. Exercise wise, you definitely want to get some outdoor workout, especially in those nicer weather times of the Autumn. Don’t go as crazy as you did in the Summer though. Food wise, there are lots of Autumn vegetables and fruits, so make use of them. You can start adding back some warmer foods too.

Spirit: Part-time Vegetarian Diet – I lost 6lbs

I don’t know if it’s been since Saturday or before that but a week or so ago I weighed in between 197 and 199lbs (I forget exactly where in between those numbers) and yesterday I weighed in at 192lbs. So, I’ve lost between 5-7lbs! Awesome.

Here’s my diet and health regime that I started Saturday.

  1. Reduce the amount of canned foods, processed foods, high salt foods, and the amount of salt/grease/fat you add to food.
  2. Reduce the amount of food you eat per meal (not including most veggies; carrots and corn are limited though because of sugar content)
  3. I eat breakfast at 6am, lunch at 12, and dinner at 6pm (or right around those times). I eat a snack between meals if I need it and I try not to eat after 7pm but if I do I eat slow light food like a little fruit and tea or slow digesting food like bread or cheese)
  4. I exercise everyday whether it’s a little yoga or a full on circuit.
  5. I try not to eat as much meat anymore (part-time vegetarian) and try to incorporate protein, starch, veggies, and fruit at every meal.
  6. I still allow myself honey for my tea, peanut butter, dark chocolate, cheese, and eggs. All are healthy for you in moderation. Honey is a good substitute for sugar because it digests slower and isn’t as processed. Dark chocolate is good for the heart and brain. Peanut butter has lots of protein and healthy fats. Eggs and Cheese are also sources of  good fats and healthy cholesterol.
  7. I drink less juice (whether health juice or not) and drink just water or tea instead. I still drink milk too though not as much as I used to. (I drink Whole Milk)
  8. I get to bed early, between 930 and 11, if I can fall asleep by then (and usually I can).

So, it’s not highly restrictive and I get my chocolate. I love it so far and I think I’ll call it the part-time vegetarian diet.

Spirit: Mood Lifters

Like everyone, I have my ups and downs, everyday. These are some tips I have found that work. (I’m a girl, so some of these are exclusively for girls)

  1. When I’m sick or feeling physically weighed down on top of being in a bad mood, I find that dressing up like you were going to go out with friends helps. Taking a shower, washing your face, putting on scented lotion or spritzing perfume, putting some make-up on, doing your hair, getting dressed in maybe jeans or nicer can really do a number on how you feel. Even doing just some of these will help. When you look good, you feel good (a good deal of the time).
  2. Take time out of your day to do something you absolutely love whether it’s watching a favorite show, going for a hike, grabbing a piece of Godiva, or putting on your favorite song and doing a little dance. Life is full of the bad stuff and times were you get to have no fun, so add a little pleasure in there to make life a little better. Indulge yourself sometimes.
  3. Entice your sense of smell. Sometimes just putting on some incense, wearing a favorite perfume, smelling a flower or relaxing for a moment to take a deep whiff of a smell you love can make a lot of difference to your mood. When you make a favorite food (or buy it), take a moment or two to just breathe it in. When you have to study for a dreaded test, thing about spraying a little perfume on the books you have to read or around your computer or if you’re a guy, go study somewhere that smells good, as long as it’s not somewhere that will distract you.
  4. Exercise. I’m not just talking about the workouts you do specifically for getting or staying shape. I’m also talking about just doing something physical in general. Go for a walk, a bike ride, a boat ride (peddle boat, kayak, canoe), a yoga class, go dancing, hiking, fishing, or visit someplace that requires you to walk a lot to see the sights. You can go play with your kids, take your dog (or someone else’s dog you know and if they let you) for a walk/run/play, or play a sport for fun with your friends/family. Besides the fact that exercising releasing endorphins it also wakes up your mind, releases pent up energy, gets the blood flowing and depending on what you do can get you laughing, seeing beautiful sights, and bonding with friends/family/pets. All of those are mood lifters.
  5. Music. We all know songs that lift us up (where we belong or would like to be, lol) and those that get us in a bad mood. Put some music on of the first kind while you cook, study, exercise, getting ready, waking up, or are on the move.

Hope some of these help. Healthy and happy thoughts to all, even those who aren’t reading this.