Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes, Psychic Clarity and My Mistake

Mashed PotatoesI have a story to tell.

The recent long holiday weekend was a challenge for me. Really. Not because family was visiting (they were) or because they stayed for many days (which they did), not because it made it more difficult for me to get some “down time” (which it did) and not because I had to attend nine million hockey games (which I did). Thanksgiving was hard for me because of the food. Yep, that’s right – the food. Those of you who have worked with me repeatedly already know this – but for those who don’t – I keep myself on a very strict diet intended to keep me clear, calm and grounded. After all, if I wasn’t clear (if I was stuffing myself with as much lava cake as I would really like to) I wouldn’t be able to be the conduit that I am everyday in my work AND I wouldn’t be able to be a very effective mom, wife and human outside of work.

What’s nice about my diet is that it was created through communication with my guides and it is completely tailored to my needs. For example, many people can eat chocolate and become more grounded – but for me, it (oh-so-sadly) takes me right out of my body and makes it hard to concentrate. So, no chocolate for me. Potatoes are another one. I have plenty of clients who can eat baked potatoes or french fries every once in a while – but not me. Again – POP! I’m out of my body, unable to function well.

When Thanksgiving rolled around this year, I had planned on being extra careful so as to maintain my clarity and grounding by staying in constant contact with my intuitive side. I actually got off to a great start and “knew” that it was OK to try a couple dalliances here and there. Based on connection with my guides beforehand, I thoughtfully added mashed potatoes into my Thanksgiving meal. It was off my diet but my guidance said that if I kept things in check, I would still feel good and mostly clear. That was if I kept things in check!

And I didn’t. I really, really didn’t. I took one bite and went “Oh wow! I have missed this! I shouldn’t have to miss this!” In the first three minutes of the meal, I had eaten more than two cups of mashed potatoes which easily contained a half container of Earth Balance in them. I just kept going – shoveling them into my mouth spoonful after spoonful. I finally stopped, not because I intuitively knew I should (by that time I was ignoring all intuitive advice) but because it didn’t look like there would be enough left for everyone else who hadn’t even finished serving themselves yet! No joke. The result was that I felt completely off balance and unclear (translation: cranky) and had to go upstairs to my bedroom and lay down for the next three hours. I missed out on the rest of the holiday.

Why am I writing this humiliating story? I simply wanted you to learn from my mistake. Like me, there are a lot of people who will make decisions about what to eat this time of year based on emotions (“I’m having such a great time! I can eat whatever I want!) or feelings of deprivation (“I’ve been good for the past week, I deserve this treat”) and even on anger (“Screw them all, I’m doing what I want.”) My mistake was in the vein of all three really. PHEW!

So, the lesson here is one you’ve heard me say before:

Decisions made through emotions take you the long route home.

Clarity and balance again turn out to be the most important factor in a successful holiday meal (as well as a family visit, a Christmas party, a Hanukkah get-together and whatever else you’ll be doing). If you find yourself going off-balance, just step back for a moment, take some deep breaths and clear yourself. I know I wish I had – and I know I’ll be doing that for Christmas dinner in a few weeks!

14 replies
  1. Cathy DeBuono
    Cathy DeBuono says:

    Danielle, I’m so excited to have you as my guest on my radio show tomorrow. I just wanted to stop by and leave a note here for your readers to let them know.

    LIVE Tuesday, 12/06/11 at 12pm PST on “Cathy Is In”
    on, and WBLQ 1230AM RI.



  2. Jess Goldman
    Jess Goldman says:

    Ah, yes Danielle, thanks for sharing the human factor! It takes a lot to remind ourselves of what feels best, beyond the momentary taste.
    It’s all so seductive to be with friends or family, “sharing” in the conspiracy of enticing scents of loads of delicious homemade food, in a festive environment. Often it’s more a quality of people sharing the disconnect from what’s really important. I eat just one more tasty bit, that perhaps reminded me of my Mom’s cooking and all the memories that go along with this, for better or worse. Or no reminiscing, just stuffing, so to speak!
    It’s no longer a stuffed turkey resting quietly presented on it’s platter before us, but a stuffed person, Me, wondering what did I just do!?! Ouch! Oy! Stuffed!
    I got lucky this year, as I arrived exhausted off a flight directly to my friends’ lively family gathering. For the first time ever I was too tired to eat much, and slipped out without saying goodbye, before desserts were brought out! No one would have let me leave. I slipped out before it was too late to save the day!
    I’d love to see my self choose, day to day, what will keep me clear and in my body. Imagine feeling good!?! Why not.

  3. Sue
    Sue says:

    OH DUH. I never thought about asking my guides about what to eat… I do have a tendency toward stress/emotional eating but didn’t think about going about it that way. THANK YOU. Fortunately, I don’t seem to have an issue with it affecting my intuition unless I eat a lot of sugar or unopposed simple starches (potatoes especially) without protein–the fight/flight/freeze heart palpitation thing isn’t conducive to intuition. But most things, including some chocolate, aren’t ungrounding for me.

    Thanks! I’ll give it a go finding my own custom way to eat… better than running molecular demanifestation all the time on bloating and extra calories ingested!

    Thanks for revealing part of what doesn’t work for you without revealing your complete diet… it’s so damaging in my opinion when people go into emulate-your-favorite-metaphysical-teacher mode with respect to diets rather than following their own needs.

    Raw veganism is great for some people, paleo and atkins work for some others, but either of these extremes would make me pretty ill over time!

  4. Rose
    Rose says:

    Wow, I thought I was the only one who sometimes ate stuff and felt bad/funny afterwards (and then ashamed, particularly if I had too much of something I didn’t need) After years of battling bulimia and anorexia and ME I eat very healthily and am in great shape, but sometimes for no apparent reason I will feel strange or off for a while after eating or even drinking something (it’s not allergies, but a metabollic reaction) and have fluctuating blood sugar which can be problematic. This has caused me to have to spend time alone and has even got me into trouble at work, because I couldn’t communicate clearly or even concentrate for a period. Now I am slowly getting better at ‘listening’ to what is going on and figuring it all out but it is consuming at times has been almost soul destroying in it’s intensity and has caused me much frustration and sometimes despair. Moving forward is freeing and joyful but has been slow. Thank you Danielle and happy holidays to you and everyone!!

  5. Kimberly
    Kimberly says:

    In response to all, the blood type diet is the quickest, easiest way to put your body back in balance (with some fine tuning based on the individual). 10-15 years ago I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Iron deficiency, depression, and even told to “get my affairs in order” by a neurologist because I was beginning to get definitive MS symptoms. I have “cured” all of those “diseases” by simply giving my body the kinds of foods it needs. I astounded a weight loss program because I “cheated” (by their terms) and still lost a lot of weight. And oddly enough, most of what I learned had already been proven to me in practice. My boyfriend at the time was an A and I am on O, nearly complete. If you listen, your body tells you what you should eat, but if you feel addicted to something it’s probably a no-no.

  6. Maria Jimenez
    Maria Jimenez says:

    This brought a huge smile to my face. I would say my fallout this Thanksgiving was pumpkin cheesecake. OMG heavenly! – made me miserable for 3 days and no wonder I couldn’t stand my family 🙂 So one thing about getting clear and grounded is that I have started to notice how the small things impact me – almost like I am super sensitive. But I have always been super sensitive so it’s more like…I was so ungrounded that I couldn’t tell the big stuff vs the small stuff.

  7. Miha
    Miha says:

    Dear Danielle,
    I am so grateful to have been guided your way!!! I Love your humor and the way you communicate, and I’m looking forward of improving my communication skills with animals
    Sending you healing energy, Light and Love

  8. Mary
    Mary says:

    I loved your article! I am really starting to tune in to my inner guidance for what I need to nourish my body,through nutrition, self care and exercise. It is amazing what happens when I go against the guidance.

    Have you considered giving a class on this topic? I think that it would be great and help many people. I would love it!

    Thank you for a great read!


  9. Deb
    Deb says:

    I’m finally learning that I can control how I feel, physically, mentally and emotionally with exercise and what I choose to put in my body. Sharing your Thanksgiving experience reinforced that it’s not always easy to make good choices, and that we ALL (even experts like you) need to keep working at it. Thank you for that. Lucy & Howie thank you too, because when I’m clear, calm and grounded so are they. — Deb

  10. Joyce
    Joyce says:

    I didn’t know that food would affect intuition! But eating really is a joy, and I’ve learnt it’s important to enjoy every morsel, know what you are putting into your body, and have a feel for what your body actually needs. That way, I enjoy my food, my body feels good, and no guilt after that because I listened to my body:)

  11. Susan
    Susan says:

    Thank you Danielle for sharing. I also deal with several food allergies and it is sometimes hard to find something to eat that won’t affect you in a negative way. I have learned several times the hard way and it sure is a long road home. The food we consume is very important to our bodies and our mind. I have been working on fine tuning feeling the energy of the foods, and using my intuition about the foods I think about eating. My intuition will tell me not to eat it but the devil over my right shoulder (LOL) tells me it will be good for me. He is soooo evil… Have a great day and a wonderful Holiday Season.

  12. Teena
    Teena says:

    Thanks Danielle. I enjoyed your story as I have to stick to a special diet too (which I haven’t been due to stress and a many numerous other things). Now I am paying with allergies and vertigo. Just like you , I think some of those things before eating (although I’ve never eaten that many potoes in one meal). I mostly tend to feel sorry for myself when I see everyone else enjoying food I can’t have. Now I realize it’s how I’m thinking it. Instead of thinking that I CAN’T have the food, I will think of you and say to myself: I CHOOSE not to eat that food. Way to go Danielle. Your inspirational stories are always touching me in some way. Hope you’re feeling much better now.


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