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Tranquility du Jour #423: When Food is Comfort

Tranquility du Jour #423: When Food is Comfort

When Food is Comfort with Julie Simon. In this week’s edition of Tranquility du Jour, we discuss why we turn to food for comfort, the seven skills to inner nurturing, why airports are hard, ways to shift cravings, and why nurturing connections are important.

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Tranquility du Jour #423: When Food is Comfort


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Julie M. Simon, MA, MBA, LMFT, is the author of When Food Is Comfort and The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual. She founded the popular Los Angeles–based and online Twelve-Week Emotional Eating Recovery Program and offers workshops at venues like Whole Foods and UCLA. She lives in Los Angeles and you can visit her online at

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April in Review + Resources

You can start anew at any given moment. Life is just the passage of time and it’s up to you to pass it as you please.—Charlotte Eriksson

Month in Review

April whirred by like a high speed train with sweet stops along the way.

Last month’s experiences included the spring virtual retreat, two jaunts to the beach, a jaunt to the woods, the purchase of a Kindle to tote a portion of my library with me, a Wise Woman Wednesday feature, a jaunt to the mountains on Easter, hours of planting flowers in my patio garden, nine ballet and a few yoga classes, two podcast releases, veg week, updates to Tranquil Treasures {hope you like them!}, the struggle to make myself a priority, a Pigs & Pugs Project board meeting, the ongoing practice of tea meditation, listening to Elle Luna speak about her new book, the appreciation of many pink spring blooms including my first peony bouquet, collaboration with mentoring and therapy clients, a podcast interview on The Creative Imposter, an afternoon tea with a girlfriend, playtime in my art journal, the ongoing search for a farmette, and the release of the creativity module for Year of Tranquility.

Since selling the studio I’ve enjoyed the energetic shifts that include open weekends without the weight of responsibility. April provided space to explore how my use of time and energy aligns {and doesn’t} with my deepest desires. I hope to do continued reflection on how to shorten the gap.

As I turn my attention to May, I see opportunities for spending time with more pink blooms, learning, and writing. My wish is that we can continue this connection to blooming along with the natural world while also weeding out that which no longer allows us to grow. Bisous. x

May Wish List

Learn lots at a small farming workshop
Host inspiring Year of Tranquility Minimalism module
Take 10-12 ballet classes
Finish Animal Assisted Interventions module
Tend garden {the peas are sprouting!}
Buy peonies, peonies, peonies
Pen weekly blog posts
Release two love notes
Collaborate with mentoring and therapy clients
Designate reading and writing time
Learn lots at Duke writing program this week
Finish TranquiliT spring launch
Survive single parenting for 10 days
Enjoy Giselle ballet performance date with friend
Return to memoir writing

Savvy Sources

13 Films to Watch to Inspire Your Next Paris Trip
How to Stop Eating Sugar
Pink Pomegranate Rose Latte
Getting the Right Things Done: Important vs Urgent
The Way to Wear Overalls
10 Books to Add to Your May Reading List
Vegan Spring Recipes
Guide to 10 Amazing Greens
How to Grow Microgreens
15 Tiny Outdoor Garden Ideas
Spring Cleaning: The Practice of Minimalism
Sketching On the Go
Create Your Own Afternoon Retreat

Detox: Day 7

Beyond nutrition, beauty is fed with your breath, your thoughts, and the way you sleep, move, feel, and even digest.—From Eat Pretty by Jolene Hart

We did it! Today is the final day of our 7-day detox.

While I definitely had some missteps {hello vegan ginger scones from Teaism}, I drank green smoothies, ate rice and steamed veggies, consumed salads, drank hot water with lemon, savored soaks in the tub, went to ballet and yoga classes, ate mostly unprocessed foods, and wrote in my journal.

Most of these practices are fairly typical for me. However, I’ll often succumb to the bakery across the street from my office or add a sweet treat to a meal and this week I made a conscious effort {despite a couple breakdowns} to stay on track.

Although I must confess, since last night I’ve had visions of consuming a large vegan pizza in celebration tonight.

Overall I definitely feel lighter, I was only hungry midday when I hadn’t filled my belly with enough snacks such as honeycrisp apple slices with all-natural crunchy peanut butter, raw almonds, or kale chips.

After tonight’s pizza {don’t judge}, I plan to use this momentum to take me into spring with more awareness and discipline to fill my body with beautiful, fresh, unprocessed fuel.

We’ve already started our spring cleaning {internally} and now let’s welcome the blooms that are sure to follow! Healthier habits, less inflammation, happy belly, less harm to the environment, glowing skin, more energy, fewer mood swings {darn sugar}, less suffering of animals.

Thanks for joining me for a meal, a day, a few days, or the full detox. I hope you, too, have found this reset enlightening. Bisous. x