Health and Wellness
Health and Wellness is all about what we do on a regular basis to maintain our physical and mental condition – essentially, how we take care of ourselves.
We know now that it’s not just about paying attention to our physical health by eating healthy and nourishing foods to fuel and heal our physical body, but also how we treat ourselves mentally and spiritually. Quality sleep, daily quiet time practicing mediation/mindfulness, and being compassionate and kind to ourselves is as important as doing the same to others.
The quality of life starts with having a sound body and mind and the selection of materials you’ll find here cover insights into natural therapies, our mind-body connections, nutrition and weight management, stress, slowing the aging process and much more.
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There are two important secrets to weight loss I’ve learned in helping my clients, and critical to know if you’re considering a weight loss program of any type.
It doesn’t matter if its weight watchers, Virtual Gastric Band, Jenny Craig, weight loss hypnosis, South Beach Diet or North Beach Diet or any beach diet. Read this before you go further for a reality check and before you part with your hard-earned money.
You need to decide if you want to lose weight permanently or just as a temporary measure to feel good for awhile. Unfortunately most people fall into losing weight temporary because losing it permanently takes a mind change and not a diet and… mental toughness and a word spelled C-O-M-M-I-T-M-E-N-T.
Anybody can lose weight temporarily to fit into that one size smaller dress or slacks using your favorite weight loss diet. Pick any – it doesn’t matter – any will work if you follow the plan! Be bold and slash even more calories you’re allowed off the diet and you’ll shed even more and faster and maybe be one of their testimonials that say ____ lost 30lbs in first month! By the way I don’t recommend this for health reasons.
Of course I’m being a little cynical here.
Now, some people do lose large amounts of weight quickly on diet programs – they’re usually significantly overweight at the start of the program and so just a small adjustment to their diet translates into large weight loss for the first month. But then problems set in as continued loss becomes difficult and quickly stops. But heck that first month sounds great – it sells the program to others. After all who would do a program that promised you’d lose only 8 lbs in the first four weeks?
How about smart people?
How about people that reject the predatory nature of these weight loss diet program claims and instead embark on a program for permanent weight loss?
The fact is people who are sold the dream of losing 30 lbs in four weeks are being sold a temporary solution that ends the minute you stop paying for the special meals or ongoing service fees.
The truth about losing weight permanently is a lot less glamorous and more effort than just counting calories to shed temporary pounds quickly.
Permanent weight loss is about changing your habits and not about just counting calories although if that’s your preferred diet plan that’s okay – it can’t just be all though. Counting calories or eating overpriced prepared meals on their own isn’t the road to permanent weight loss – just temporary… and who really wants that?
You deserve better.
Secret #1 to Permanent Weight Loss:
A more reasonable weight loss goal is 2 lbs per week. If this seems like a small goal then consider that’s 26 lbs loss in three months, and 52 lbs in 6 months – ½ year. That sounds pretty good to most people put that way. And much more healthy way of losing weight than starving your body intensely to grab that sort of loss in one or two months!
This is the first important secret of losing weight permanently – small but steady weight loss.
But in order to be successful losing 2 lbs per week consistently for six months you’re going to have to make some commitments and be prepared for some dedication and effort to implement core lifestyle changes in your life. But once you do and they become habits then you’ll lose weight naturally because you make different choices about food and portion size and you’ll reach your right size and stay there.
But it won’t be easy for those first few weeks and if you don’t make those lifestyle changes until they become habits then you won’t lose weight permanently. If you’re a person that never finishes what you start when the going gets tough then you’re going to be wasting a lot of time and money and chasing a never-ending road to your right size.
Secret #2 to Permanent Weight Loss:
Many people look at others that seem naturally slim and enviously explain it away as having a hereditary make-up that allows them to eat anything they want and not pack on the pounds.
This is just plain wrong.
Slim people pay attention to their eating habits and adjust as needed to keep at their right size.
So here is the second secret to losing weight permanently. People who get and stay their right size make food choices all the time to stay slim – it’s just a habit to them they don’t think about anymore… they just do it!
Losing 2 lbs a week consistently until you’re the right size and learning new habits and lifestyle changes to get and keep you there are the core principles of the weight loss programs I offer.
Also, it doesn’t mean you won’t lose more than 8lbs in the first month – 12 lbs or even 16 lbs is possible but in order to instill realistic expectations in clients I set the bar at 2 lbs a week which I’ve found is doable for anybody… if they have the commitment to follow the program.
Notice I haven’t mentioned exercise yet. Exercise is important and helps you reach your target size quicker, and should be a part of your program but I don’t consider it a secret – and frankly, there are many schools of thoughts about it for weight loss to which I can’t do justice to in this post.
But the important thing is to do exercise regularly and something you enjoy doing – and walking is fine as long as you break into a sweat.
Another core element of the programs I offer is hypnosis. Hypnosis is used in every session and it helps make the lifestyle changes easier for you. It doesn’t mean you’ll never pay attention to what you eat again – you will – but it will be second nature to you. Not calorie counting attention as such but unconscious awareness of your choices so you automatically adjust and over the course of a week balance out your calorie intake without thinking about it.
And that’s what thin people do naturally.
I wish you success in finding a weight loss program that works for you, but leave you with the thought that the most important element in getting to your right size and staying there is you, and not a magic diet or pill. And helping you is what hypnotherapy is focused on.
Finally, If you’re interested in more information about my own weight loss hypnosis service or just looking to remove ugly fat around your belly with a fast results red-light therapy program then click here or contact me here.
OTHER RESOURCES FOR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT HELP:
Erika Slater CH
Free At Last Hypnosis
In my last article on the Aging Baby Boomer topic – Simple Ways for Aging Baby Boomers to Stay Young – I discussed ways to live and incorporate healthier activities and mindsets into becoming a “new you” or “older you with a new, positive outlook” so you can still be or become your best self.
And the bottom line: It’s truly never too late to learn any and all new tricks of the trade to help you feel young… or at least young at heart!
If you recall, in the last article I asserted that it all starts in and with the mind. You are only as old, or “slightly worn,” as you believe yourself to be.
The key to understanding and accepting your current age and your perception of it is to develop a new and current mindset which dictates how old you want to feel – and hopefully that is forever young!
And how does one go about feeling “forever young“? Simply telling the mind that you want to feel and be young or younger. Of course this is easier said than done, but “done” is not that hard!
It requires just two key ingredients; 1) a new and positive mindset, and 2) mental discipline.
Remember, you are whatever and whomever you think you are. A great passage from the Bible, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” said it best. British author and philosophical writer James Allen expanded on this passage and wrote an entire inspiring book “As A Man Thinketh” to motivate people and it has become one of the greatest self-help books of the last 100 years!
What do you “thinketh” about who and what you are?
Do you struggle to feel full of life and feel young again? Remember, if it is going to be it is up to you to get the ball rolling. It all starts with a single thought… thoughts become things! In this case, you become what you think about most.
The best way to attain the level of being you want to get to is to get a clear understanding of what it is to feel young at heart – see yourself feeling, being and doing “young” things. The key is to seed the mind with “young” thoughts. The more you think about it, the more you are fertilizing/cultivating the thoughts associated with “feeling young“.
Remember, where thoughts go, energy flows!
I have had people ask, “Well, I want to feel younger and think younger, but my mind is stuck on old thought patterns. What can I do about fixing this?”
Perhaps the most efficient and easiest way to accomplish this is through visualization accomplished through either meditation or self-hypnosis. You see, when you visualize anything and it feels so real, it literally becomes real to your emotional states.
When you see something that elicits a feeling, the experience is energized ten-fold. In fact, it feels so real like you are actually in the experience or are the experience! Hypnosis gets you to this point quickest because it by-passes the critical mind’s sensors and brings you to the place of “make believe” where you literally make things happen that you want to believe possible.
How bad do you want to turn back the clock, at least in your mind?
How awesome would it be to feel, act and even look younger? Remember, you are what you think and only you can determine what you want to think and feel. If you want to discuss working directly with us on your particular issue to see if we can help and advise you on a next step, then check out our Hypnosis Services or you can contact us here.
Alternatively, if you prefer a self-hypnosis MP3 product to start thinking young then get started today by checking out this session here >>>.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES RELATED TO BABY BOOMERS:
Peter Andrew Sacco Ph.D.
Free At Last Hypnosis
STRESS: (def’n) A psychological distressing feeling leading to thoughts of frustration and eventual rage causing you to want to choke the hell out of the person closest to you. Do you ever feel this way?
Stress is considered the number one cause of illness, both physical and psychological. Even though studies and medical professionals continually tell us it is bad for us, most people continue to thrive on it. Of course the definition at the beginning of this article was in jest, however the truth is many people live this way. The only way they truly know they are alive is when they are stressed!
How about you? What are you doing to manage your stress?
Stress will always exist in some form in everyone’s life.
Not all stress is bad as humans need it to evolve and create positive changes in their lives.
There are two types of stress; distress and eustress.
Distress is the bad stress which causes mental, emotional and physical pain. And then there is eustress which is actually good stress. Yes, there is such a thing as good stress— change, situations or circumstances which produce acts of discomfort but makes one better for enduring it. For example, say you love kids and decide to have them. The stress of raising them may make you want to pull your hair out and give them up for adoption, but you wouldn’t give them up because they are your world. They bring you continual joys and pleasures in the presence of distress. The good stress of having them out weighs the bad stresses.
For one person, their distress might be another person’s eustress and vice versa. You see, stress is all based on perception. The key to managing your stress is influenced by how you choose to perceive it — holding onto the reins and steering it comfortably, or squeezing to tightly causing it to run roughshod!
Having taught stress management for many years to college students, clients and employee assistance programs I have found a handful of activities to be quite effective for most individuals.
Not in any order, I have found; hypnosis (self-hypnosis), meditation, walking, exercise and comedy/laughter (entertainment) to have the greatest, immediate impacts on reducing distress.
Hypnosis through the guidance of a train hypnotherapist or through the self-hypnosis (training or CDs) is an excellent way to relieve bad stress. First, it helps the mind to escape the rigors of fast-paced lifestyles, worries and anxieties. Through post hypnotic suggestions, the mind not only relaxes while it is in a state of hypnosis, it also learns to shift into a peaceful mindset of deep relaxation when faced with stressful situations.
Like hypnosis, meditation works the same way to calm the mind. It helps bring individuals to places of mental serenity where shifts in brain wave activity causes healthy, positive neurochemicals to be released. NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) training which is used in hypnosis to achieve changes in the neuro-connections in the brain/mind are available in meditations CD’s which provide instant deep meditation highly conducive to creating new neuro-pathways in the brain.
Walking is another wonderful stress reliever. By walking, one walks away from the problem(s) metaphorically — Exit stage right! Walking creates balance whereby one’s coordination is put to the test. One must swing their left and right arms/legs which creates this balance. Did you know that walking for 20 minutes creates a balance/harmony in the brain. Is it any wonder people report feeling better after going for a walk? Walk it off!
Like walking, exercise creates the same effect. It not only brings the brain into harmony, but it also helps release more healthy endorphins which make people feel better. Just working out 3 to 4 times a week for 20 minutes has tremendous health benefits besides relieving stress. Also, eating healthy, choosing wholesome energy foods like fruits, vegetables and nuts/grains, along with green tea are great for stress. It is important to take plenty of vitamin C, B-complex, Omega 3-6-9 oils or Krill oil and L-Arginine to protect the body/immune system from the damages of stress.
Finally, laughter is the best medicine. Stop taking life so serious! Research shows that people who laugh/smile a lot actually release positive hormones that promote good health and youthfulness. Just laughing a couple of times a day has tremendous health benefits.
Remember, what happens to us accounts for only a fraction of why we feel the way we do –stressed!
It’s not what happens to us rather how we respond which determines whether we are distressed or eustressed!
If you feel you’re in need of some decreasing of stress check out our stress and anxiety hypnosis management program here >>>.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP MANAGE STRESS:
Peter Andrew Sacco Ph.D.
Free At Last Hypnosis
They say that time flies when you are having fun! And then you get old… Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. After all, age is just a number and how old you feel is just a state of mind.
With that said do you feel younger than the D.O.B. on your driver’s license?
The famous developmental psychologist Erik Erikson discussed how our personalities and social development evolves over 8 stages in our lives with the last culminating in ego integrity versus despair when we become seniors. What he was basically saying was that when we reach senior citizenship we either look back on our lives and embrace/accept what we’ve accomplished and who we’ve become, or we shake our heads and ask ourselves, “What might have been?”
Obviously, when we embrace our histories we have a great sense of ego integrity–we like who and what we are. Unfortunately, many people wind up on the other side of the coin, one of despair.
They look back on their lives and see things as a complete waste of time. Many kept waiting for something to happen, to magically change their lives but that “change” never came. What they didn’t realize is that they were and are the change!
If you are one of those who worry about retiring, or are retired and believe your life is over, think again! You can still be whatever you want to become and there is no time like the present to become the change you most want to see in your life.
For most, quality of life is at the forefront of truly living. You are never too old to invest in healthy lifestyles and activities/situations that bring love, peace and joy. A famous best-selling author/TV evangelist (Possibility Thinker) Dr. Robert H. Schuller once told me, “If it’s going to be then it’s up to me!”
How true, given that he is in his mid-80’s and still living his life as if it were 30 years ago. He said, it’s all about perception and how you see yourself. So, see yourself as young, happy, productive and full of life. How do you do this?
There are a host of things you can do to think, feel and act young.
First, be around positive people with positive mindsets. You become who you associate most with and vice versa. If you hang around “old” people who think, feel, act and complain a lot, that will bring you down. It is important to do the things you like and make you feel good!
Try to stay active. If you can, walk for 20 minutes 3-4 times a week. It will not only encourage your body to stay healthy or become healthier, it will also balance your brain and keep it fit. Along with walking, try to eat healthy–low fat diets, avoiding red meats and unsaturated fatty foods while eating your fruits, veggies and fiber filled foods. This will definitely help you feel loads lighter and healthier.
Try to read good, inspirational books.
Read autobiographies and self-help books which teach you and encourage you to harmonize all aspects of your life. Along with great books/literature, try to meditate on a daily basis. Meditation can be simple or more intense, if there is such a thing when it comes to meditation.
Hypnosis is an amazing way to feel great as you relax, relieve stress and develop new mindsets for living.
In articles to follow, we will examine ways to live and incorporate healthier activities and mindsets into becoming a “new you” or “older you with a new, positive outlook” so you can still be or become your best self. You know, it is never too late to teach an old dog new tricks.
Well, no need to think of yourself as an old dog, rather a pup in positive, possibility training! If you want to discuss working directly with us on your particular issue to see if we can help and advise you on a next step, then check out our Hypnosis Services or you can contact us here.
Alternatively, if you prefer a self-hypnosis product to start training you to slow down aging today then check this resource out here >>>.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES RELATED TO BABY BOOMERS:
Peter Andrew Sacco Ph.D.
Free At Last Hypnosis
How many times have you heard the term “How in tune are you with your body” in connection with getting and remaining healthy? Our own Peter Sacco this is the wrong question to ask, and a better one is “How in tune are you with your thoughts?”
Our thoughts control our feelings which are shown to be a significant impact on the health of our bodies as we further understand what our bodies go through during times of depression and sadness and even anger.
The benefits of “Getting in tune with your thoughts” are explored in the fifth installment of Peter Andrew Sacco Ph.D. Mind Body Connection series entitled “Mind Body Connection – The Power of Suggestion.”
We can will our bodies to feel or act in a specific way by the thoughts we feed it. Tell yourself you can’t catch to save your life enough times and next time somebody throws a ball at you you’ll most likely drop it. You’re right you can’t catch it – you saw it coming and at lightening speed your subconscious mind told your body it couldn’t catch. So you fluffed it – further evidence you’re a goof-ball when it comes to catching. Right
I told myself for a number of years I couldn’t draw and was bad at math – know what I was right. My sketch pad was filled with stick figures and I struggled to balance my checking account. Then I learnt some strategies for both and realized I could draw and I was pretty good at math.
By the same token you can will yourself to feel tired or not sleepy, and thus your body will feel “tired” or keep you awake at night. This has happened to most people at one time or another, particularly if tiredness is brought on by boredom or something you hate to do – like going to a job you hate!
These are all examples of the mind body connection. Peter Sacco suggests no matter what you want in life or where you want to go, the mind must be adjusted by your thoughts to point you in the right direction. The mind body connection is a “mindset.”
Many of us think changing our body will change our mind. This happens all the time in weight loss and stop smoking world. People think losing 30 pounds is going to make them feel better about life – have healthy thoughts, feel less depressed, etc. But it doesn’t work that way.
What people are looking for is a quick fix or pill to solve their problems. But they don’t fix the real issue, the mind… where the problem or dis-ease is originating from. This is why most people gain back those 30 pounds or go back to smoking.
Peter Sacco discusses these examples in more depth and offers practical advice on how to change the script of your life. And what is great is it’s all up to you. You’re not the victim of somebody else’s story but only the victim of your own unless you’re tired of that story and ready for some new chapters.
I hope you enjoy discovering how to get in tune with your body through your thoughts in our Mind Body Connection series.
Here at Free At Last Hypnosis we recognize and understand the mind body connection is real. We see the strong connection in evidence almost every day with our clients we help with our weight loss service or various stop smoking hypnosis programs.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR MIND-BODY CONNECTION:
Read Part I of series Mind Body Connection – Introduction here.
Read Part III of series Mind Body Connection – Thinking, Feeling, and Becoming here.
Read Part IV of series Mind Body Connection – Seeing is Believing here.
Read Part V of series Mind Body Connection – The Power of Suggestion here.
Part VI of series Mind Body Connection – Putting it All Together here.
Erika Slater, CH
Free At Last Hypnosis
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