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 »
diet, emotional eating, meditation, Weight Loss
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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 »
diet, emotional eating, holiday overeating, holiday stress, Weight Loss
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We’re now officially in full-swing holiday mode. And it’s easy to let the to-do list, the cookie dough, the parties, and the lack of sleep pull us from our intentions and our schedule…right?
We rationalize tossing away our plans with thoughts like, “It’s more important to make these cookies for the neighbors than go to the gym,” or “Everyone overeats this time of year.”
Well, I know you can stay healthy, peaceful and on track with your weight-release or maintenance, even with all the temptation around you. Here are five of the techniques I swear by every December. Read the rest of this entry »
appreciation, diet, gratitude, holiday stress, Weight Loss
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While the holidays can be a joyful and blessed time, they also can be especially challenging when you’re struggling with weight, finances, or strained family relationships. Perhaps you feel a disconnect with this push to feel grateful if you’re feeling overwhelmed, lonely, or scared your weight-release journey will get derailed.
Don’t deny your feelings. Acknowledge all of them. But know when to let your feelings go so they don’t spiral out of control. Because it’s so important to remember that even with all the triggers and extra stress of the holiday season, there are so many blessings in each of our lives. And it is a beautiful and rewarding practice to take time to be thankful for these, big and small.
While you’re acknowledging all the gifts in your life, I want to encourage you to recognize the most important blessing of all: Read the rest of this entry »
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But when you decide in advance how to manage all the extra food and treats, and what supports to put into place, you can enjoy the holiday season with loving attention to your body and emotional well being (and continue to release weight).
It Takes More Than an Eating Plan
How to avoid holiday overeating is a common theme this time of year. With thousands of articles out there offering strategies and tips for eating mindfully, adjusting portions, rating your level of hunger, etc., I want to give you something different.
Here’s why… Of course it’s important to take healthy and responsible action steps to enjoy food in moderation, especially with the challenges of holiday festivities.. But equally important is transforming yourself into someone who naturally takes those steps because caring for your body and health is the only choice that makes sense to you.
So, how do you do that? Read the rest of this entry »
90 second rule, diet, emotional eating, stress management, Weight Loss
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The 90-second rule is one of my favorite techniques to help my clients cope with stress and stop the urge to impulsively turn to food for comfort.
Here’s how it works:
Once you feel triggered with overwhelming emotion and feel that old urge to eat, it takes just 90 seconds for the stress you feel to leave your body. After that, you’re in charge, whether you keep the stress response going and head for the refrigerator, or clear your mind and allow the urge to pass.
I learned about the 90-second rule from My Stroke of Insight, by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. Dr. Taylor was a brain scientist at Harvard Medical School when she suffered a stroke that left her unable to perform even simple tasks. Through her recovery she gleaned extraordinary insights about the mind/body/spirit connection.
This is what I learned from Dr. Taylor: Read the rest of this entry »
Inner child, inspiration, Weight Loss
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Your Inner Child needs you. She needs your attention, your support, and your love. When you connect with her and soothe the wounds she carries, you develop a deep faith in yourself. This helps you feel more at peace so you can release the need to use food for comfort and honor your feelings in a more grounded way.
Let’s start at the beginning and meet your first Inner Child, your one True Self.
You were born into this world as a perfect, loving, curious, and creative being. This is your True Self; your authentic you. Everyone’s childhood includes obstacles to overcome, but when you’re supported in a loving, nurturing environment, you can navigate life’s rough spots with faith and security, trusting you have the help and inner resources available to not only cope, but to thrive. Your True Self remains strong, secure, and deeply connected with her source energy, or Higher Power.
But if you came from an abusive, neglectful, or emotionally unavailable family, your True Self’s journey may have been compromised.
When confronted with the turmoil and loneliness of a dysfunctional or abusive environment, your True Self goes into hiding. Her authentic feelings go underground because it feels unsafe to express them. This results in a deep feeling of emptiness, as if something is missing. Anxiety, panic, or acting out behaviors may surface. Sadness and depression, or anger and rage, become a familiar emotional mask. She may soothe herself with food to cope. Read the rest of this entry »
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Are you familiar with the Pareto principle? It’s a business principle suggesting that, for many events, 80% of the results come from 20% of the causes. Why am I mentioning this? Well, applying this to your clothes, you probably wear 20% of what’s in your closet 80% of the time.
I don’t know all the reasons for the 80/20 rule, but I do know this:
Our clothes hold the energy of who we were when we first purchased them. When we release clothes that no longer reflect who we are today, we expand our consciousness and become energetically lighter.
Assuming weight isn’t the reason, have you ever wondered why something you used to enjoy wearing no longer feels right? Read the rest of this entry »
body and soul, body confidence, body image, dieting, Weight Loss
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Over the past few months you’ve probably seen articles urging you to scramble and get your “beach body” ready for summer. One article title said, “Get a great beach body in 3 days!” Three days. No kidding.
I’m 57 years old but even when I was younger I always thought those Cosmo-type articles were annoying. I know this appeals to the desire to comfortably wear bathing suits, shorts, and sleeveless clothes. I get it. But fitness is for all season long, not just for summer. Wearing fewer clothes in hot weather can feel intimidating enough to those who already lack confidence with their bodies.
I have an alternative.
Instead of fretting about getting your beach body ready, how about making friends with your body all year long? Here are five promises to make to your body this summer… and to keep forever: Read the rest of this entry »
diet, exercise, spiritual weight loss, Weight Loss
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