See the bottom of this article to join the IWJ 90-Day Challenge…article 2
Andresen is loving the losing, but it takes courage to recognize the barriers. She was recently able to see a direct link between her food choices, her childhood, and how she valued both.
“I came from a poor background,” says Karleen Andresen, publisher of the IWJ and IWJ 90-Day Challenge taker, “and I just found out that food represents wealth to me.”
Growing up, Andresen remembers eating jelly sandwiches pulled from a tattered bag while envying those who had bologna and chips from a lunchbox or nicely folded lunch bag. “I was aware we didn’t have what other people had” says Andresen, “If I could spend six cents for chocolate milk, it was a blessed day.” She didn’t realize until taking on the IWJ 90-Day Challenge that she was afraid to let go of the food…because it meant a public statement that she wasn’t as wealthy or as worthy as the others.
At a local sandwich shop recently, it all came to a vision Andresen says, “Eating my meal as an adult, I could see me as a little girl. I saw me sitting at a wooden lunch table outside the cafeteria with kids all around. I feel the energy swirling and pause to hear the happy chatter. I look around and see cool lunchboxes with thermoses, meat sandwiches that look delicious, and always a bright yellow bag of chips to go with the sandwich.” This is not an isolated event. Andresen remembers doing this during many lunch breaks, but on this day, as an adult, she reveled in having as much as everyone else, and then her aha-moment.
Eating her sandwich and chips as an adult, Andresen was jolted to catch herself fantasizing about the old story. In the eatery she wasn’t eating jelly sandwiches anymore. She was eating what the rich ate, what the ‘worthy’ people ate. This epiphany lifted a corner of the curtain.
Some women pack their burdens, fears, heartbreaks, and barriers, on their body, and Andresen is one of them. Being willing to get a little gutsy can expose core truths about food choices. Andresen saw her food quantity and combination as a direct link to her personal choices of consumption…a barrier to a better self. As she continues her journey, she’s realized that those fantasies are misguided childhood perceptions, which can be changed.
Andresen has created an IWJ 90-Challenge and invites others to join the team.
It will cost $99 per month (two meal replacements per day) or you can look at other packages that include hunger fighters and water flavor crystals, or muscle builders etc.
Andresen has promised to keep the IWJ updated through articles and facebook… connect with Karleen on Facebook by clicking here