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Trigger Foods: Love ‘em or Leave ‘em?

October 21st, 2014 Tags: , , , ,
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ItalianCooiesDo Halloween treats call out your name?

Do Happy Hour chips and salsa compel you to snack when you’re not hungry?

Do you welcome, or fear, the holiday cookie platters soon coming our way?

How you relate to trigger foods helps you lose weight more easily or creates constant struggle. Take time to decide how you want to manage this… especially before the abundance of holiday sweets appear.

What is a Trigger Food?

A trigger food is one that causes you to lose self-control once you begin eating it. You then overeat to the point of feeling physically uncomfortable, emotionally upset with yourself, or both. Common trigger foods include fat and sugary foods such as cookies and ice cream, or fat and salty foods such as potato chips and dip.

A trigger food may prompt an overeating episode even when you’re not particularly stressed. You see the food, feel the urge, start to eat and can’t stop. Sometimes an emotional reaction prompts the urge to eat specific foods. For example, you have a difficult conversation or a tough day at work and immediately react by grabbing potato chips.

There are two opposing approaches to manage trigger foods. One says avoid them; the other says give yourself permission to eat whatever you want. Let’s take a closer look at both. Read the rest of this entry »

Message to us, from God…

October 20th, 2014 Tags: , ,
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Relax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How Your Family Keeps You Heavy

September 17th, 2014 Tags: , , , ,
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SeptLL2_zYou’re at a family gathering, hoping to have a good time… when the questions begin.

“Is that all you’re eating?”

“Have you put on weight?”

“Are you sure you don’t want more cake?”

Sound familiar? These kinds of comments may seem innocent or even well intentioned, but you know how hurtful and unsupportive they can feel. And they run the gamut from inappropriate ways to express concern to mean-spirited attempts to sabotage your health and weight loss plans.

Here’s the thing: If you react angrily or try to defend yourself, you give up your power and make matters worse. When you rise above the drama and don’t let it affect you, you stop dancing the same old dysfunctional dance. Read the rest of this entry »

Tapping for Weight Loss

July 27th, 2014 Tags: , , , , ,
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Imagine possessing a simple tool to curb your food cravings.

Imagine being able to calm yourself down before stress drives you to the refrigerator.

Imagine having a quick way to regain confidence when you feel discouraged or anxious about your body…

The Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, offers all this and it is, quite literally… right at your fingertips. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Promises to My Body

July 27th, 2014 Tags: , , , ,
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No matter where you are in your weight loss journey, these five promises will help you focus on what matters most.

Start by choosing one promise to honor each day. Take small steps and over time these promises transform into new skills that become life-long patterns.

Your body appreciates the effort you make to honor these promises and wants you to be patient and gentle with yourself. Begin today to create a loving, respectful relationship with your body…

1.  I Promise to Speak to You Kindly.
(No self-criticism.) Read the rest of this entry »

Lose Weight with Help from Your Wise Self

June 22nd, 2014 Tags: , , , , ,
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What if you already had what you needed to release weight successfully?

What if all the answers to your questions were right inside of you? 
What if your own inner wisdom could guide you to a thinner you?

Meet… your Wise Self. Welcome this Divine being as she guides you to take better care of yourself and your body and help you live a happy, healthy life.

Who is your Wise Self? People refer to this spiritual power in different ways. It has been called the Inner Advisor, Spiritual Guide, Higher Self, or Divine Light. I like to call it my Wise Self because, like an imaginary friend to a child, she is my mentor, someone I call forth in my mind—a strong, down-to-earth woman who is knowing and loving and whose guidance is always available whenever I ask.

Here’s the thing: You probably already know your Wise Self. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Stop Overeating

May 28th, 2014 Tags: , ,
Posted in Emotional Eating | 12 Comments »

I received the following question last week. It describes a problem I know you may struggle with, so I’m answering it here:

“My biggest problem is trying to stop eating when my body has had enough. Once I start, it is very difficult to stop until I am miserably full. It just feels so good to eat… but it’s getting worse. Do you know how I can control this monster inside me?” –Kim

I know this feels like a huge challenge, Kim. And it is. But others overcome it and with patience and perseverance, you will, too.

Here are five things you can do that will help: Read the rest of this entry »

Feed Your Feelings with Love

April 28th, 2014 Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Emotional Eating | 2 Comments »

When you feel the urge to eat—and you’re not hungry—most likely it’s because you’re emotionally overwhelmed, stressed-out and unable to contain your emotions. Maybe you feel angry after arguing with your partner, demoralized because you gained a pound, or hurt because your best friend forgot your birthday.

Whatever the trigger, if your habit is to turn impulsively to food when upset, somewhere along the way you learned that food soothes your hard feelings and numbs your pain. We all need to feel comfort when upset. Food may feel like a trusted friend, always there when you need it.

But as you also know… turning to food when upset can harm your body and result in guilt and shame which just perpetuate the emotional eating cycle. To break Read the rest of this entry »

Relax Your Body… and Lose Weight

March 8th, 2014 Tags: , , ,
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This sounds so simple… I know.

But releasing weight happens more easily when your body feels relaxed. A relaxed body is a happy body. And a happy body digests food better, optimizes metabolism, and reaps the benefits of good health and fitness more than a stressed body.

I’ve sometimes heard from clients that after a relaxing vacation—and despite eating more than usual—they not only didn’t gain weight, they released weight.

While I know this to be true from studies I’ve read about our body’s relaxation response, I never experienced this.

Until last month… Read the rest of this entry »

The Peaceful Path to Weight Loss

January 27th, 2014 Tags: , , ,
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If I told you there’s a simple thing you could do every day that promises to bring inner peace into your life and help you release weight, would you do it?

What if I told you it was easy? And only a breath away.

What if I told you it was meditation?

Releasing weight successfully, and permanently, requires harmony between your mind and body. Meditation helps create this vital balance. There are many well-documented positive physical effects of meditation. For example, it reduces stress hormones in your body so you feel calmer, changes the cells in your brain to improve cognitive function and reduces blood pressure.

But there is so much more. Read the rest of this entry »