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Friday, September 18, 2015

Shoot for Your Best Health or be Unfulfilled

In this life we should shoot for our best health achievable to each individual - otherwise we will never be satisfied and will live with guilt, shame and regret. That sounds terrible I know but that is the reality of many people who live unsatisfied stuck in a rut of eating unfulfilling foods that provide no nutrition to the body at all. We know at a deeper level when we eat foods that are processed and devoid of proper nourishment that something isn't quite right. Junk foods rarely give us lasting fulfillment. The only time when junk foods give us fulfillment is if you live with a great balance of health being immaculate majority of the time and letting junk food pass right through you. However most people when they eat junk food know deep down that they are not doing enough on a daily basis to take care of their health, and hence guilt attaches itself to every junk food binge. I am grateful that I broke a strong addiction to junk foods - a vicious cycle that I was stuck in for 5 years. It ruled my life and now I am completely free of it. I may have other stressors in my life, but health, food and eating is not one of them. When the body is nourished & energized it makes every other issue in life much easier to get through and handled.  

I had lots of space to reflect during the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle.

Ever wondered why it's so easy to over eat on candy, chocolate, chips, breads etc? When those foods hit the stomach and digestive system, they send a signal to the brain 'didn't get nutrition, still hungry, send more food please.' Hence we can overeat on junk foods wondering how on earth did I manage to consume all that? And see its impossible to binge on a bowl full of carrots or broccoli pieces - because our body stops eating when it gets all the nutrition we need. 

Many of us have accepted a certain level of suffering and live with it until it gets worse and worse, until it blows up in our face one day. Which is what happened to me after binge eating on junk foods everyday for 5 years and I landed in hospital when my lymphatic system exploded with a tumor. My body forced me to break down and surrender to change. I was once obsessed with being "skinny" and as I sat in hospital hearing these depressing results at age 21 my entire world shifted and my priority became - I would achieve consistent health. Forget wanting to lose weight, I just want to FEEL good. And I wanted to not just feel good a little bit, I wanted to feel good majority of my time. Someway some how I would break the addiction to junk food and over eating and I would achieve a harmony of health, so that I felt healthy from moment to moment to moment. At this point I didn't care what weight I was - my health was taken away from me and all I wanted was to feel good in my body again. My goal changed, and I realized that for the rest of my life I would shoot for the best health I could possibly achieve.

I was sick and tired of being unfulfilled and sick of suffering so much which is why I declared to myself that I would eat only foods from the earth for 365 days and call it a blog "The Earth Diet" and here we are. I knew I would travel, study, work and go here and there - yet I was committed that wherever I was in the world I would stick to it - I would stay on course and eat only natural foods, and focus on what nature provided me. That one year did me good, it detoxed my body, cleaned my system of excess toxins, boosted my immune system and healed my body; the tumor dissolved. 

Years later I am still traveling the world sharing my story of transformation and assisting others in achieving the same. Last weekend I had the opportunity of attending Bumbershoot music festival at the Seattle space needle! When I heard on the radio what bands were playing I got so excited... The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, Zedd, Hozier, Flying Lotus, Ben Harper, Bassnectar, Cake... Just to name a few. In fact I since learned that 89 bands played over the 3 days during Labor Day Weekend. Aside from music there was also comedy, film, performing arts, dance, spectacles theatre, visual art, a youngershoot playground, a laser dome, I words & ideas! They also had a silent disco - one of my favorites! A main sponsor for the event was the Center for Infectcious Disease Research "Spreading HOPE to find s CURE." I wrote an article years ago on the possibilities of curing cancer, and received some negative attacks of people saying I was giving people false hope. The thing is hope is a positive emotion that moves people towards healing, whereas a negative emotion felt over a long period of time will lead to dis-ease. 

Every week on my radio show - Wednesday's at 6pm EST - I encourage people to tap into their inner wisdom and move forward the best they can. 

To get un-stuck always just show up, keep moving and do your very best! 

Bumbershoot kicked off on Saturday night which was The Weeknd and Cake! 

just love his song "I can't feel my face when I'm with you, but I love it." When you get that feeling from being around someone, embrace them! What a great feeling! You know that saying "Love the ones your with." 

Photo by Dave Lichterman 

I grew up listening to Cake - not really by choice haha - my parents played it a lot which im now really thankful for, especially at night when we were sleeping so it somehow seeped into my subconscious so now I know all the words to their original songs! 

Photo by Dave Lichterman

After arriving you get schedule and map of the entire event. The very first thing on the list of "What can we bring into Bumbershoot?" 
1. A smile and positive attitude 

And the first point on the "Sorry, you can't bring" list: 
1. A grumpy attitude 

This was not a place to be dwelling on anything other than being in the present moment!! 

The vibes were high and everyone was having a great time - aware that this was probably the most epic festival of the year for Washington State! 

I happened to be in Seattle during this time for assisting the launch of TigerNuts (Organic Gemini) into Washington State! This is the first year I've visited Washington State and it is really booming with life, nature, organic and greenery. It is known as the Evergreen State! It's an honor to travel around the state and educate people on the newest superfood on the market: TIGERNUTS!! My favorite fact about them is they have the same amount of iron as red meat! Which makes TigerNuts an excellent festival superfood snack! 

At Bumbershoot on Sunday I checked out the food options! Extremely important to nourish ourselves especially at a high energy event like Bumbershoot! 

I was so happy when I spotted.... Chipotle!!! What an awesome go-to healthier upgrade fast food for protein and fresh vegetables! From farm to foil... 

Other "cleaner" options included... 

And chocolate lovers your all set! Plenty of organic handmade raw and even vegan chocolate! Blissful wunders...

Monday night was Ellie Goulding night! She posted earlier that day on Instagram... Cake at Flora a veggie cafe in Seattle! A must check out for people wanting to have their cake and eat it too! Getting nutrition from your cake as well as pleasure = winning! 

Ellie Goulding is a vegan and regularly promotes a plant based lifestyle on her social media and interviews. 

The excited crowd waiting for Ellie Goulding...

Ellie represents health, growth and possibility... 

Young women especially love Ellie Goulding and inspired by the messages in her music... Especially her "Anything Can Happen" song!!

Ellie is an example of someone who is living a full life and shining her light... 

Blasting light on stage with the Majestic Seattle Space Needle background! 
BUMBERSHOOT is truly epic.

Monday I also got to check out the booths! So many incredible options for us to spend our energy (money) on services and people who are creating positive life giving products. A highlight booth for me was Lauren Harkness...

I was drawn to the soothing, empowering and beautiful energy of the handmade pieces by Lauren Harkness. This neck piece in particular! I was so excited to meet the founders, and Lauren and I even named this piece "I AM HEALED" which is a significant affirmation behind a neck piece as much of our communication and empowerment comes from our neck/throat/voice. When I healed the tumor in my neck I approached it from all angles of mind, body and spirit. Every time I wear this piece I will remember the affirmation "I am healed" and be grateful for where I am at with my health. I never want to take my health for granted again. Each one of their pieces represents an affirmation which has power when you wear them. 

Lauren Harkness is handmade luxury - jewelry pieces made with love designed to empower the one wearing it. Lauren describes it as "power symbols". For more story and to get some for yourself check out 

The creator Lauren Harkness says... “For me, making jewelry feels like a dialogue about beauty with women. I love adorning women and seeing their face light up when they put a stunning piece of jewelry on their body. Making things with my hands, creating forms of beauty is a compulsion. It feeds my soul.”
Lauren Harkness-Hand Made Luxury is about jewelry as power symbols. A great piece of jewelry can make an outfit, and it will also do MORE than that. You can look at your “Desire Ring” at a party and tap into your feminine power. You can put on a “Dahlia Necklace” and know that you are safe, protected, and sensual.
Great jewelry ties you to a memory and a place. It will remind you of health, wealth, attraction, and the best that life has to offer.

Jewelry made with PINECONES!!!

A Little Sun!

There was also plenty to explore for the kids! Also adult friendly playground to tap into the inner adventurer! 

Later that evening I had a huge organic feast! Sweet potato fries, and organic burger with organic kethcup & Justin's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. Special thanks to you Blake. 

Organic food keeps the body in a happy place!

What kind of health are you shooting for? What do you really want to feel? What do you want to experience? Don't die with your music still in you - as Wayne Dyer would say.

Special thanks to Mikhael Mei. 

Remember you can be healthy anywhere, anytime, it's just a choice; an inward decision to always shoot for the healthiest possible choices. 

Love Liana 

P.S Thank you to my new friends who gave me your belt - that was kind - but then we lost each other in the Chance The Rapper crowd. 

If you really want to transform your health and live your healthiest life possible, try the Earth Diet for 365 days! And I'll see you next year at Bumbershoot to celebrate! 😝


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