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Resistance: Is This Also Your Struggle?

An inevitable part of our lives ...


To what you may ask? I think the list can be endless. In my case, it is definitely resistance to change. It is inevitable and part of our lives, but in my case, I really struggle to deal with it in a transformative way ...

I was enjoying the celery smoothies until the resistance to change gene kicked in!

I was enjoying the celery smoothies until the resistance to change gene kicked in!

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On a day-to-day basis, all appears to be going swimmingly, but if I scratch the surface just a little, the problem is laid bare. Let me give a recent example, during January I took part in Natasha of The Loving Chef's Veganuary cooking classes. The benefits of celery juice as a cleanser was discussed and Natasha (and one of the other participants) explained how they start their day with a glass of celery juice to detox the liver.

"Celery has never been one of my favourite vegetables, but I thought I'll give it a try!"

To make it slightly easier for myself I followed a smoothie recipe that contains celery, cucumber, spinach, lime juice and a little bit of ginger to which I add just a little bit of soya milk. Magic! I loved it and followed this for at least 10 days.

Instead of starting my day with this, I chose to end my day with it. Celery is a natural diuretic and drinking it at night meant that I had to go to the loo a couple of times during the night.

The benefits outweighed these minor hassles because I quickly felt better, I could feel my stomach was flatter and I felt much lighter (I don't have access to bathroom scales at the moment so I am not sure if I lost any weight, but it certainly felt as if I did). As I said this continued beautifully for at least 10 days and then the resistance to change gene kicked in again to jeopardise all the good work! Oh, I forgot to mention that the aim is to drink the celery juice for 30 days.

Suddenly the thought of my green, celery infused smoothie held no attraction any longer. Instead, I craved a slice of toast with avocado, homemade carrot cake and a glass of wine. Still not bad you may say, but going against the flow of my intentions to detox in a very gentle way.

"So, what now? I don't really have the answer (yet) and welcome any suggestions!"

What I did do though, simply because I know myself well enough to not force the issue as it will make it much worse, I allowed the urge for whole wheat seeded toast with avo and homemade carrot cake to be satisfied ... for a couple of evenings already and will return to the celery smoothie again when I feel ready to do so.

This may seem like a 'non-issue' issue to many of you, but it is an example of a repetitive tendency that can be quite destructive in many ways as I know it is holding me back on many levels.

I shall continue to try and explore ways to manage this resistance in a more positive and transformative way ... watch this space. I welcome any suggestions.

Until next time ...


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About Anne Marie Tovey ...


Anne Marie completed an 18-month yoga teacher training through Yoga Campus in London in February 2020 to share the magical benefits of yoga with others.

She also recently completed a PTSD and Yoga4Health certifications through The Minded Institute to help people dealing with trauma and those who want to start a healthier lifestyle through yoga.

Helping business owners to create a supportive working environment that will have a positive impact on their business. The benefits, that flow from the holistic and systemic approach from yoga, will have a rippling effect on the health of all employees, their families, their communities and all stakeholders from the bottom up and equally from the top down.


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