For years I have coached people on how to get fit and intermittently encountered clients who expressed disinterest in exercising. The obese clients I helped lose weight were not fans of exercising, but desired greater mobility.
Between those clients and my experience growing up with obesity in my family, I had never heard anyone say they absolutely hated exercising –– until recently, when I began getting a Read more…
Seriously, Whole Foods 365, Pacific Foods, and Swanson! Why add cane sugar to your chicken broth? No respectful moms-who-prepare-home-cooked-foods focus group would ever recommended that. It’s bad enough when people who are trying to eat healthy foods are faced with sugar cravings shortly after eating yogurt, a granola bar, or instant hot cereal – because those ”healthy” items are now laden with sugar.
But do we really need chicken broth addicts too? I’m a label reader, but wish I did not have to read them; and could just trust that the food was healthy and did not have natural or chemical additives to make me addicted to it. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
Today, I’m not going to spend time writing about the stress people carry every day. Instead I want to get to the nitty-gritty of how to manage stress.
One common requirement to successfully manage stress is that you have to understand who you are. That means knowing your trigger points, your reactions, and your level of desire to change. Beyond that, you have to make choices that are good for you. Choices that allow you to take positive actions versus being in a negative reactionary mode. The right choices that engender confidence in your ability to minimize, end, and/or avoid stress.
I have helped many people to manage stress and live happier using the following approach Read more…
It is that time of year again when we think about what we have and have not accomplished, and then commit to a slew of resolutions.
According to a study on New Year’s Resolutions by the University of Scranton (Journal of Clinical Psychology, December 13, 2012), of the 45% of Americans who make resolutions, only 8% successfully achieve their resolutions and 40% have infrequent success. The good news is Read more…
Dieting can be a bummer, especially when you are trying to shake the junk food addiction. Yet have no fear, there are plenty of healthy sweet treats you can enjoy when you are trying to drop unwanted pounds or maintain your weight.
A fundamental agreement you must make with yourself is that you will eat half-size portions of your treats and reduce the portion sizes even further, if you desire to lose weight faster. The good news is that you still get to enjoy sweet treats on your journey to achieving your desired weight.
Follow these four rules to successfully lose or maintain weight, while eating sweets:Read more…
I once asked a client, “How can you love others if you don’t even love yourself?” He bellowed, “Love, that’s such an overused word. It doesn’t have meaning anymore.” I understood what he meant.
People in his life made such a big deal of the word, love, and how and whether it is understood, that he was burned out by it. His family and friends were overtly baffled by his lack of success with love, and past lovers browbeat him for not knowing how to love. He felt inadequate and disconnected from love. Soon, he feared and loathed it, cementing his misconception of being undeserving and incapable of experiencing love.
Perhaps you too can understand why love became a confusing and meaningless word to him. For many of my clients, “love,” the word, act, and emotion is inconsistent and overwhelming. Hence, they unknowingly block themselves from it and ultimately deem it impossible. The best way to become comfortable with love and reap its benefits is to Read more…
Ever had this happen? You eat a pastry. Feel energized. Then soon after, fatigued. And what?! Hungry again! And the craving won’t leave you alone. It nags you to nibble on something else. You’ll feel guilty if you eat more, but you have no choice. Your desk is filled with work and you need a sugar boost.
So you eat a snack bar. The craving disappears. But soon after you’re tired again, only this time with a mild headache. You check the clock. It’s only 10 a.m. There is no way you can handle your day with a headache. Defeated, you trash the idea of “cutting back on caffeine today” and head for your second cup of coffee.
The daily indulgence of high sugar treats and caffeine wreak havoc on the body. Plus they put you on a vicious cycle of false happiness that is soon after followed by fatigue and mental downers like, sadness and depression.
I want you to know that you CAN stop this self-inflicted train wreck and get control of your body.
In parts 1 and 2 of Managing Weight Loss, you learn how to mentally get control over food addictions, and gain insights on what and how to eat for successful weight-loss and weight-management.
With the mental part being the most important to get control of, and then getting a grip on what food to eat being next, the third fundamental key to losing weight and keeping it off is … Read more…
Are you an over-eater, binge-eater, emotional eater, breakfast-skipper, fried-food loving, sugar addict, fast food junkie, junk food lover, sodaholic, chocoholic, breadaholic, and an empty the chips bag couch potato who sometimes eats in bed?
Welcome to the club. You and billions of people worldwide suffer from at least one of these struggles.
One more question. Are you overweight, stressed, depressed, lonely, angry, popping prescriptions, constantly sick, frustrated with life, and uncomfortable in your skin because you can’t get control of your body? Again, welcome to a club that you and billions would love to leave.
In Managing Weight Loss – Part 1, I shared how diets set you up for failure, and how your mind needs to be reprogrammed with healthy habits in order to win the weight battle. Your mind is the most important part of a successful weight management plan, the second component is … Read more…
Are you a yo-yo dieter, always on the diet roller coaster? Know why? When you start a diet that means at some point you have to stop the diet. And then return to what? The same way you were eating that helped you gain the weight.
Diets are not the solution to losing weight. They don’t work. It’s time to stop dieting. Ninety-five percent of people fail on diets and most people regain their lost weight in one to five years, according to Statistics on Weight Discrimination: A Waste of Talent by The Council on Size and Weight Discrimination.
Most diets focus on food. Others focus on food and exercise. Then how come diets don’t work? Because they fail to incorporate the most important component for success, your … Read more…