From Punishment to Nourishment. Chara Rodriguera

Is there something about yourself that you wish you could fix?

Do you ever look in the mirror and think, “Yikes…what a hot mess!”

Are some of your self-care choices fueled by criticism…deprivation…or restriction?

If so, you’re not alone! A lot of us look in the mirror with a critical eye and harshly judge ourselves as needing improvement. So often, the underlying belief goes something like this…”In order to be acceptable and lovable…I have to fix this about myself!” While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look and feel our best, the tendency is to take action as a form of punishment. For example, “I need to lose weight, therefore I’m going to restrict my diet and force myself to workout more! Once I fit into my skinny jeans, I will allow myself to be happy!”

When motivation comes from feeling not good enough, the outcome is usually struggle and discouragement. When we are caught in this false belief, there is a goal that we have in our mind that never seems to be achieved. Therefore, the negative belief is reinforced and we move through our days feeling defeated.  Then the self-criticism becomes more severe and the cycle of frustration and disappointment perpetuates itself.

But what if we could turn that cycle around with a courageous and profound shift in our perspective?

What if instead of fixing ourselves…we focused on forgiving ourselves?

What if instead of loathing ourselves…we focused on loving ourselves?

What if instead of punishing ourselves…we focused on nourishing ourselves?

The concept is simple, but it’s not always easy to change our thought process and habits. It takes courage, awareness and compassion. It takes a willingness to say, “I am worthy of a more loving relationship with myself, I am worthy of more supportive thoughts, words and actions.  I am worthy of saying YES to the things that NOURISH my body, mind and soul.

How does the energy of NOURISHMENT feel compared to the energy of PUNISHMENT?

In each moment, we have a choice. As often as possible, let’s ask, “What would be nourishing now?” 

A delicious, healthy meal can be nourishing.

A comfy, cozy nap can be nourishing.

Speaking with a kind friend can be nourishing.

A walk or run in nature can be nourishing.

De-cluttering a closet can be nourishing.

Saying “NO” to something non-essential can be nourishing.

Sipping a delicious LizzyJays Juice can be nourishing.

What would be nourishing for you right now?

When we make choices that are motivated from nourishment, as opposed to punishment, we experience more ease and joy. When we feel nourished, our whole being is in a higher energetic vibration, which allows us to function better physically, mentally and emotionally. From this positive, productive state we are working in harmony with our body instead of against it. It’s no secret that it’s easier to thrive in a loving and encouraging environment. And guess what….we have the power to create a supportive and nourishing inner and outer environment through our intentional thoughts, words and actions.

If you’re ready to take a step toward feeling and looking your best…we would love to support you with our ultimate health and beauty juices, cleanses and retreats!

Each bottle of LizzyJays Juice is a gift of well being…and a loving reminder to keep asking, “What would be nourishing now?”

Chara Rodriguera is Co-facilitator of LizzyJays Retreats, Creator of Sol Path Yoga and the Optimal & Dream Life Programs, Author of YOU ARE…12 Empowering Messages that Celebrate You! For more inspiration by Chara, check out her website and follow her on Facebook at

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