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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 | 13 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: , , , ,
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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 »

5 Ways to Feel Fantastic on January 1

December 18th, 2013 Tags: , , , ,
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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 »

4 Powerful Ways to Express Your Gratitude

November 20th, 2013 Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Appreciation & Gratitude | 5 Comments »

We’re coming up on Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. If you’re reading magazines, or articles and posts on the internet, you’re probably seeing a lot about gratitude right now.

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 »

Weight Loss, Holiday Over-Eating & God

October 21st, 2013 Posted in Weight Loss | 6 Comments »

With the holidays fast approaching, and the abundance of candies and sweets soon coming your way, it can feel challenging to remain focused on releasing weight.

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 »

This (Food Urge) Too Shall Pass

September 23rd, 2013 Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Emotional Eating | 8 Comments »

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 »

How Loving Your Inner Child Helps You Lose Weight

August 27th, 2013 Tags: , ,
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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 »