CARBS VS. FAT, OR PERHAPS SOMETHING ELSE

July 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Body-Mind

Recently I was taking a look at a vending machine to see if there were any worthwhile snacks in it. Considering the shelf life of the treats (which is probably much longer than the date stamped on the package) I figured there wasn’t much that was worthwhile in there. After all, I once heard a nutritionist say “if it doesn’t rot or sprout, throw it out,” referring to all of the unhealthy processed foods and the additives that come with them.

What I saw in the machine made me chuckle. (At least I got a little stress relief from it.) Before me was a package of fried pork rinds. The label proclaimed: “Zero net carbs per serving”. Wow, give me some of those! What was even more interesting was the package of pretzels nearby. The package on these little carb-filled gems stated: “Fat Free”. So the question is: Is it best to go with the solid-fat-no-carb snack, or the fat-free-full-carb snack. Surely the marketing experts know what they are talking about, right? No wonder obesity is still on the rise.

When we look at the physical and psychological aspect of weight management, the more important ingredient is actually protein. This is because protein has the highest satiation effect and the highest thermic effect. In other words, protein is the best at satisfying hunger and helps us to feel more full.
In addition, the thermic effect has to do with the amount of energy the body uses to digest the high-protein food. When you eat protein, your body uses more energy to digest it than it uses to digest fats and carbs.

If you consider that fat is stored energy, you actually burn more fat when you eat proteins.
However, always keep in mind the following: Everything in moderation. Too much of anything can be detrimental to your health, so there is no need to go overboard with the protein. And, we can’t expect ourselves to eat “perfectly” all of the time. But above all, never neglect the mind-body-soul connection for permanent weight balance.

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LOSE CONTROL and LOSE THE WEIGHT

July 5, 2010 by  
Filed under Release

Just the other day, someone asked me “how do we control our weight?” The answer is: There is no control. If you understand the power of the mind and the law of attraction, then you know that the more you focus on something, the more you will attract it. In other words, if you keep focusing on losing weight then you will actually get more of it.

When we try to control our eating by denying ourselves some of the foods that we love, it will generally “backfire”. So, reverse psychology is actually the name of the game. If you let go of your grip on deprivation and say to yourself “I can have that”, then you will feel a release of the temptation. When that feeling of deprivation is gone, then you may lose the desire to eat whatever it is that you were denying yourself in the first place.

In fact, there was a study in which two groups of women were given a plate of cookies. The first group of women were on a “diet”, and their intention was to not allow themselves to have any of the cookies. The second group were allowing themselves to go ahead and enjoy the cookies. In the end, the second group actually ate less of the cookies than the first group, because the desire to eat the cookies was not as strong as the group of women who were denying themselves.

The point is that if you try to allow yourself to enjoy foods that you love, and release the need to control your eating, you may find that you experience less emotional eating. Ultimately it is important to be good to yourself, and enjoy the foods you love. At the same time you can feed your soul in ways that will fill your heart and not just your stomach. As a result, the body will find its own natural weight balance.

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Support can be Beautiful, especially when it comes to Losing Weight

July 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Reconnect

It’s been proven that people (particularly women) are greatly benefitted by support groups. The support from others can be in person, over the phone, on the internet or any other way that two or more people can connect to support each other. In fact, it has been shown that women with breast cancer have a higher survival rate when they have the support of friends and family, in addition to others who are also healing from the disease (or dis-ease).

Throughout history, it has been shown that the connection between two or more people creates an added power that allows people to reach their goal more quickly and effectively. The best-selling book “Think and Grow Rich” (originally published in 1937) was written by Napoleon Hill. Mr. Hill wrote the book after spending years interviewing successful people in order to gather information on how they achieved their success. In the book he states that one of the important keys to success is the Mastermind group, which is a group of two or more people that have a similar goal.

In my book Lose the Diet, I wrote about Nancy Makin who sort of “stumbled” upon the support that she was craving when she began networking with people on the internet. After years of feeling lonely and isolated after her divorce, Nancy had gained over 500 pounds and did not leave her apartment. But when her sister gave her a computer, she become so busy connecting with other people that the excess weight gradually disappeared without the use of a scale, counting calories, or feeling deprived.

On the contrary, when Nancy began to feel more fulfilled, she no longer needed to fill herself with the food that was not ultimately satisfying her soul. Connecting with others helped her to improve her self esteem, and also helped to improve her health – from the inside out.

So whatever your goal may be; whether it is weight loss or something else, try connecting with others for support. There is no need to discuss calories, pounds, carbs, fats or anything diet related. But fill each other with the connection that you are craving, and your body will find balance from the inside out.

Get the award-winning book Lose the Diet now at: http://www.amazon.com/Lose-Diet-Transform-Connecting-Soul/dp/0982183100/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277594052&sr=8-1

Love Yourself and Lose the Weight

July 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Love Yourself

First of all, just a friendly reminder: The more we tell ourselves not to eat something the more we want it. Whether you call it the Law of Attraction, or the workings of the subconscious mind, the more you say “no, no, no!” the more the mind hears “yes, yes, yes!” So, stop depriving yourself. Let go. Enjoy. And above all, don’t feel bad when you do. The result is that you will have less of a chance of going overboard with the goodies that you feel so desperate to eat due to deprivation.

Be yourself. In other words, be realistic. Some people cannot physically be a size two, including me. (I’m simply not built for it.) After all, some of us have the bone structure of a bulldozer. But what’s wrong with that? Isn’t it great that we are all different?

Love thyself: It’s time we love ourselves for who we are. And when we do, we magically become more able to achieve a healthy weight. Perhaps it’s a hard lesson to learn, but it’s a great one.

Enjoy the food with those you love. And if they cannot be here with you, remember them in spirit. Cherish the memories. Savor the foods that you enjoyed in the past, and be true to yourself.

Above all: Connect with yourself. Connect with those you care about. Breathe, relax, let go and enjoy. And when you do, your mind, body and soul will thank you.

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball

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For weight loss success, take a breath and feel better: ONE STEP AT A TIME

July 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Breathe

Sometimes we are not feeling like ourselves. We may feel angry, lonely, depressed, or a number of other emotions. When this happens, we may wish that we could feel happy, and we may wonder why we cannot change the way we feel – instantly.

But if we look at the process of feeling better as gradual steps, it can seem much easier. Just try feeling a “little” better. And step by step, slowly work your way up to feeling somewhat better. With each step that you take, you are creating balance in the way that you feel. And when you feel more balanced, you are less likely to stuff the negative emotions with food.

Remember that we naturally love ourselves. Not in an arrogant way, but with a sense of self-respect. What gets in the way of that natural positive feeling, is when we feel bad about ourselves which counter-acts that natural sense of balance.

So take a deep breath, and if you are feeling sad, then just try to bring it up a “notch” so that you feel a little better. And then try to go up another small notch, so that you feel slightly better. You can also use appreciation to help improve the way you feel. That sense of appreciation can help to lift your spirits, so just think of something that you can be appreciative of. And hopefully, you will gradually find those negative emotions lifting and creating that natural balance that you have been craving.

Get the award-winning book Lose the Diet now at: http://www.amazon.com/Lose-Diet-Transform-Connecting-Soul/dp/0982183100/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277592174&sr=8-1

WHEN IT COMES TO WEIGHT LOSS, THE BIGGEST LOSER IS THE BIGGEST WINNER

July 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Inspiration

Michelle Aguillar, winner of the Biggest Loser said: “I remember standing on the scale, trembling on the inside, thinking, I hope nobody sees how freaked out I am. Now I’m like, you want to put my weight on my shirt? I’ll do it. It’s just a number, it doesn’t define me.”

In our society, It can be very easy to get caught up in the numbers. After all, almost everything we eat is labeled. (Except for natural whole foods.) We can become obsessed with the calories, carbs, fat grams, etc. Did our ancestors from years ago have that information? Of course not. And the level of obesity back then was less than it is now.

It would seem that the most “important” number of all, is the number on your bathroom scale. But what does that number signify? Gravity? Even nutritionists admit the body mass index (which tells us what our weight “should” be) is innacurate. That index does not take into account your muscle mass and bone density. After all, you are unique. There is absolutely no one like you.

The truth is, you are a powerful spiritual being with dignity, direction and purpose. And in reality – you are three parts: Mind, Body and Soul. But when you become highly focused on the numbers, it can become easy to lose sight of who you really are. That sense of being disconnected from who you are can lead to the weight imbalance.

The key to finding balance is to start by letting go of your grip on the numbers and the deprivation, which can negatively impact your body/mind/soul, and will result in the yo-yo effect if weight loss followed by weight gain. Instead, take a look at your needs, and how you feel on the inside. That will help you to begin to satisfy yourself from the inside out. And ultimately, your eating habits will become more balanced and so will your weight.

It’s time to lose the diet. Stop calculating, and start connecting.

Get the award-winning book Lose the Diet now at: http://www.amazon.com/Lose-Diet-Transform-Connecting-Soul/dp/0982183100/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277592174&sr=8-1

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