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Mind Over Matter: Give Yourself a Break!

Are you one of those people who is constantly hard on yourself? Do you say nasty things to yourself like “You’re too fat”, “I going to get fat ’cause I didn’t get to the gym this week,” basically anything that begins with ‘can’t, don’t, won’t or a sentance that uses the words ‘never or always’, “I’ve always been fat,” or other negatives about yourself or your body in some way? This way of thinking about yourself is all too common, but unhealthy! Healthy habits of mind begin with you.

I am a registered life coach and one of the things I teach people about their thoughts is that they eventually affect the way they feel and their actual physical body. Basically you will become what you think! Mind over matter! If you think you are fat, and you say it to yourself for long enough – you will become fat.

Now, it seems they are proving that what I have been saying it true: a study in the American Journal of Health has suggested, “the less satisfied people [in the study] were with their size, the more unhealthy they felt regardless of how much they weighed.” If you consistently perceive a negative about your body it will eventually manifest in some way.

How can you stop ‘dogging’ on yourself? My advice is to do what I do:

  • start to monitor your thoughts, we have around 20,000 to 60,000 thoughts a day and 80% of those are usually unconscious thoughts, (you are not aware of them) they happen automatically
  • when you catch yourself having a negative thought say, “I take that back! what I meant to say was…” and say something more positive about your body or you.
  • Get yourself a wellness or life coach – good for people who have a hard time believing nice things about themselves or have very poor self confidence

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live a balanced life!

May 21, 2008 Posted by | Wellness | , , , , | Leave a comment

Fat Burning Foods = Negative Kj’s

This photograph shows two pink grapefruits (Citrus Ă—paradisi), one of the two cut in pieces.Image via Wikipedia

Yes, there are foods that give you a negative kj result and some of them even help you burn more fat and create more health, and I will give you a short list of the best of them right here:

  1. Grapefruit – now I am one of the few people I know that truly loves a fresh, cold grapefruit. These healthy citrus are one of my favourite fruits, I will admit that I like the pink or red variety as they are the sweetest. Grapefruit is well known in weightloss circles and with good reason, not only does it take more kj’s to digest a grapefruit than it does adds, they are so healthy for you. The pink and red varieties are rich in lycopene (anticancer antioxidant), Vit C, and bioflavonoids, and fibre. The best news of all for those wanting to slim down is that research has found that grapefruit contain special enzymes that cleanse the liver and burn fat and lower insulin levels.
  2. Coconut Oil – is a functional food because it provides many more benefits than its caloric content would suggest. It is the most misunderstood of all fats as it seems to be our worst enemy (a saturated fat), however this one contains no cholesterol and it raises your metabolism, enhances thyroid function and burns fat. When they added it to cattle food in feed lots thinking the extra fat would create fatter cows, they had an ooops! moment, within less than a month all the cows were stripped of excess fat and becoming more muscular, with no difference to their life in any other way. They had to remove all coconut oil from the feed and replace it with a different oil.
  3. Hot Peppers and Cayenne – Both of these foods contain capsaicin a natural compound that naturally speeds up metabolism and fat burning. Adding these to your recipes regularly adds zest and heat to your meals and that little bit of extra heat burns away those kj’s.
  4. Broccoli – Broccoli has been in the news for the past few years as researchers have found some amazing compounds in the humble broccoli. Natural compounds that can help you avoid and perhaps even heal cancer. Regular consumption has also been found to significantly lower the risk of coronary heart disease. So eat your ‘trees’ as my kids called them as they were growing up, you will be healthier and slimmer for it.

Live a balanced life…

April 27, 2008 Posted by | Wellness | , , | Leave a comment