We have been on quite a journey together up to this point. Each of us, perhaps our ot curiosity or need decided to discover more about a whole plant-based lifestyle. Along the way, many of you have shared your struggles and successes with me and me with you.
There have also been many shared experiences including monthly community potlucks, the hosting of special events such as dining out, film screenings or special presentations and of course, the annual “Fork Smart Summits, in which leaders of the whole plant-based world shared their wisdoms.
Over time, I have come to realize in my own life and from those who have kindly shared with me, that a whole plant-based lifestyle requires even more than recipes, cooking tips and social gatherings.
Biggest need in a whole plant-based lifestyle?
Psychological Flexibility. What is that? Psychological Flexibility is the ability to notice what you are doing and choosing what works to get you where you want to go, even in the presence of obstacles.
Where do you want to go?
What motivates most of us to get out of bed in the morning is who and what is important to us.
However, just when we are trying to get closer to who and what matters to us – some “yucky” stuff can show up. This yucky stuff includes difficult, nagging thoughts, uncomfortable, painful feelings, memories or even bodily sensations likes aches and pains. Often these obstacles are coupled with common life challenges like existing with chronic health issues; anxiety; depression; loss and grief; fractured relationships (at home and /or at work); parenting (single, couple, step, or divided households); school issues (including homework allergies and peer relationships); social media management or substance abuse.
So how do most of us handle all this? Understandably, this leads to trying to escape, avoid, distract, deny or use other controlling behaviours to relieve the pain and hurt. What happens next? It often results in creating even more problems for ourselves and those we love. We become stuck in this feedback loop instead of moving toward where we want to go in life.
To stop the struggles and get unstuck - TowardMoves Counselling Services was created!
I have learned and continue learning actions for ‘unhooking’ from the yucky stuff and unhelpful behaviours and moving towards who and what is important to me like maintaining my 110 lb. weight loss for over 5 years, remaining a non-diabetic after being a type 2 diabetic on insulin. remaining sighted after being legally blind for over 5 years and upholding my reversal of the very rare, no cause/no cure disease of Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.
What can I offer you? I have over 25 years of experience working with thousands of people from children to seniors in health care, mental health, addictions, education, and work places. I can offer you warm, empathic support, while facilitating the opportunity for you to gain new perspectives on your stories, so you can keep moving toward where you want to go, even in the presence of obstacles. Offering on-line, phone or in-person counselling services.
Helping You Eat and Stay Plant-Based - Free Webinars with Replays Every Wednesday from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm MST on the TowardMoves CrowdCast Channel: https://www.crowdcast.io/towardmoves
Eating and staying plant-based requires more than recipes, cooking tips and social gatherings. The biggest need is becoming more psychologically flexible. Psychological flexibility is the ability to notice what you are doing and choosing what works to get you where you want to go, even in the presence of obstacles. Let’s explore these obstacles using the plant-based matrix. (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Action).
Ready to team up?
Kate McGoey-Smith, DipNrsg, MSW, RSW, FM, Certified ACT/Prosocial Matrix Trainer and Facilitator
On-line, phone or in-person counselling sessions available. https://towardmoves.com/
Connect: email@example.com or 403-519-9261 (MST- Calgary, Alberta. Canada)
Additional services: Whole plant-based lifestyle consulting and coaching.*
(*Please note: Holds International Certificates that are applicable outside Alberta, Canada and outside limits of RSW designation/fee coverage)
Note: Fork Smart Community events will continue on-line during COVID