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The Joy Diet

books-joy-dietThe Joy Diet changed my life.

8 years ago, I felt lonely and unsatisfied as a caregiver. I was homeschooling my 5-year-old while chasing after my toddler and caring for my elderly grandfather at home. My days were filled by tending to the bodily functions of other people (and rarely my own). Although I loved my family fiercely, I knew something needed to change.

With no time to read, but desperately seeking help, I downloaded an MP3 of The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life by Oprah columnist Martha Beck. Within 30 minutes, I knew I had hit gold. It turns out that the original meaning of the word “diet” had nothing to do with food, and everything to do with the way we live our lives. In her typical down-to-earth, unassuming style, Martha delivered on the book’s promise to help me add 10 simple behaviors to my way of living and thinking to enhance my life. Her action points were so remarkably do-able, even on my fully packed schedule that even I could follow through.

The ten “ingredients” of The Joy Diet will challenge and delight you. Martha recommends working through the practices in order, making sure each one feels like second nature before moving on to the next. Just one step a week is all it takes. The first assignment, “doing nothing” for 15 minutes a day, is tougher than it looks! By the time you integrate the next action steps, creating and absorbing a daily moment of truth and exploring one of your heart’s desires, you will be well on your way to creating a life you actually enjoy. And if you want to expand your enjoyment of life beyond what you thought was possible, add in the final seven ingredients: creativity, risk, treats, play, laughter, connection, and feasting.

Sounds easy, right? After all, you’re “just” tuning into your deepest truth and learning how to be good to yourself with play-filled steps. Yet it is impossible to incorporate these life ingredients without transforming long-standing patterns of thought and action. While The Joy Diet is technically a diet for the spirit, I found myself feeling healthier and losing weight as I filled myself up ecologically from the inside out. So whenever anyone asks me if The Joy Diet will help them lose weight, I say “it certainly may, but that’s just a side benefit!”

I longed for one thing when I finished the book – something to remind me of each day’s steps and provide space to write down notes about my journey. Customized journal pages just for The Joy Diet.

Well, they didn’t exist – not yet. My family commented that I should approach Martha (did I mention she’s Oprah’s life coach?) to propose the creation of such a thing. Me? Are you kidding? Who am I to do such a thing? I hardly thought that was in the realm of possibility. But I did create a template for my own personal Joy Diet Journal Pages to assist me in my journey. Two years later, on a delightful radio interview with Martha Beck, I asked if official Joy Diet Journal Pages had been developed. Imagine my surprise when she said “No,” and suggested I contribute my personal template to the Team. Here was the exact opportunity I couldn’t imagine how to manifest not so long ago. The ability to collaborate with Martha Beck and share a life-enhancing tool with other people embarking on The Joy Diet.

Interested? Read (or listen to!) The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life, then send me a note or a post to this blog with your email address and I will enthusiastically send the Joy Diet Journal Pages to you!

And darling, if you’ve been busy tending everyone else’s needs and are scared of losing your chance to live the life you want, let’s talk.  Alchemy Sessions may be exactly what you’re searching for.  I can help you move beyond the soul-numbing grind and reawaken into life full of connection, magic, and extraordinary possibilities.  It’s time for you to feel ALIVE again!

I’m a passionate alchemist devoted to rekindling your life force for more energy, beauty and magic everyday.

Comments (17)

  • I’m listening to the “Joy diet” right now but am only in week one of “do nothing”. I am loving it! I would dearly love to have you journal that you created to go with it. Could you please send it to me?
    Thank you so much! ♥

    • Excellent! Yes, I will be glad to email it to you 🙂 Let me know how it goes!

  • I am in transitional phase of my life and just started listening to the joy diet. I am on step 1 and would love your template if you are still giving it out. Thank you

    • Dear Amanda, I will gladly send it to your email. Let me know how it helps xoxo

    • Hello Christy!

      Thank you for the review of the Joy Diet! I came across the book on the recommendation of a friend after exploring together a book idea I’m working on related to Joy. Your review and experience with it have been helpful. I would love to receive a copy of the journal pages you created!

      Thank you!!

      • Hi Mary Ellen! I’m glad to send one your way 🙂

  • Hello there,
    I am working through “The Joy Diet” and WOW is it life changing.
    Would you please send me your template for journaling?
    Thank you,

    • Hi Christina, absolutely! Thanks for reaching out 🙂

  • Hi, I love the joy diet and would find a template really helpful. Please send to me. thanks Kate

    • Hi Kate, thanks so much for asking – I’ll pop them into your email now 🙂

  • Hi Christy,

    I was about to create a Joy Diet journal for myself, but found you first…Would you mind sharing with me?

    And thank you!

    • Yes, Katrina – I’m glad to share xoxo

  • Been working on The Joy Diet and sharing it with friends. Would love for you to send me an email with your journal!

  • Hi! Just started listening to The Joy Diet during my commute because that’s how full life is. Would love your journal pages if you’re still sharing. Thank you!!

    • Absolutely! Glad you are finding nourishment 🙂

  • You are a genius, and also so generous to share the pages you made for this wonderful book. I’d love to get them too!
    Many thanks!

    • Hello Allison, I’m more than happy to send a copy your way. May you recognize your own intuitive genius guiding you to resources that serve your greater wellness…and in doing so, enhance the good you bring daily to our world.


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