What’s Your Destination?

Posted by: Leslie  /  Category: Food Psychology

There is an old adage, “If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably go someplace else!”  That is true with most of life’s choices and it is especially true with how you want to look and feel.  If you aren’t clear on what is important to you and what your life’s journey is about, your weight and overall health will probably be out of control.  If you don’t care about yourself, what you think, what you are feeling, how you look, you will create a reality that reflects that.  If you don’t take the time to ask yourself what’s important to you and why, you will treat your body like a garbage can and throw into it any old thing that catches your fleeting fancy.  And then one day, you look and “There!”,  in the mirror  is a person staring back at you that you never thought you would become.  Read that line again:  “There!” in the mirror is a person staring back at you that you never thought you would become.  Why?  Because “you never thought”.  You did not take the time to connect the dots and to realize that you are what you think about, along with what you eat. 

 But it is not too late to change!  As another old adage states, “You are not dead yet!”.  So get on with it.  Become your own project!  Whatever you have to do (meditate, pray, yoga, run, etc. etc. ) start thinking about who you want to be now in this present moment and be that person.  Remember you create your own reality!  And if there is something in your subconscious mind that is blocking you from being that person, then go get help!  Hire a coach, talk to a friend, read a book but do something to change the course of your life and your weight issues will be a thing of the past!  Know who you want to be and where you are going and you will be a happier more fulfilled person when you arrive!  Blessings for peace and prosperity!

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Stinkin’ Thinkin’ #1

Posted by: Leslie  /  Category: Food Psychology

We all do it!  We undermine our worthwhile goals and sabotage our gifts by stinkin’ thinkin’.   

One major way we quicksand ourselves when it comes to food is by overgeneralizing.  When we overgeneralize we take a single set-back in our healthier eating behavioral plan and see it as a never-ending pattern of defeat.  So, when we eat that piece of forbidden pie, skip exercising for a week, or drink an extra glass of wine we label ourselves with words like, “I’m such a jerk.  I never stick to my goals.   I always end up slipping back into my old habits.  There is just no use in me trying to lose this weight.  I will always be heavy and I’ll never be thin.” 

This is stinkin’ thinkin’ at its worse.  Think about it!  Just because you slipped up once, twice, or more, where is the evidence that you will always slip up and that you will never reach your goal?  There is none.  The error is in your mind, not in your genes, and you can control your thoughts. 

Every moment is a new opportunity to choose again.  Stay present.  Choose again to be healthy, thin, or whatever your heart desires.  Just be conscious.  Let go of stinkin’ thinkin’ and you will reach your goal even if you occasionally go somewhere else.  Blessings!

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What’s Eating You?

Posted by: Leslie  /  Category: Food Psychology

Let’s face it!  Most of us eat for the wrong reasons; not because we are starving or even truly hungry!  We eat out of loneliness, frustration, anger, etc.  In other words we tend to use food to medicate underlying feelings of unworthiness, anxiety, tension, nervousness and fear.  I know I do!  How about you? 

What’s eating you?

If you want to find out more about what type of eater you are, go visit www.amenclinics.com and take the free, short survey that Dr. Amen provides on his site.  You will receive immediate feedback as to what type of eater you are.  Once “named”, you are able to create a Healing Path for yourself.  You may want to visit  www.miraculouslifecoaching.com  for some ideas and/or other resources to create your path or drop me a note at miraculouslifecoaching@yahoo.com and let me know how I can be of service to you.  Blessings!

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What’s stress got to do with it?

Posted by: Leslie  /  Category: Food Psychology

Everything!  When we feel upset, out of sorts, overwhelmed, we eat.  What’s worse is chronic low-level stress, via cortisol and insulin, decreases calorie-burning capacity and lays a foundation for weight gain.

Thus, when we are constantly on the move, feeling anxious and under pressure to meet our goals and/or are filled with fear, doubt and worry about the future (taking ourselves out of the precious present), we set ourselves up for digestive shutdown and decreased hormonal activity not to mention a long list of possible inflammatory and auto-immune illnesses.  But it doesn’t have to be this way.  We can choose a different path.

How do we change course and turn our ship around?  Well, just like Einstein commented that you can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it, as long as you remain in a chronic state of high or low level stress, your body will remain in a state of alarm, a survival state, and will attempt to save you from the lion. 

But there is no lion!  You have created a mind-set that thinks a lion is chasing you and since the mind cannot tell the difference between something imagined and something real (imagine sucking on a lemon right now), your body is reacting to the mental image you have placed before it.   

Solution?  Change your mind.  Begin with relaxation practices such as mediation, prayer, hypnosis and deep diaphragmatic breathing exercises.  When you are in a relaxed state, program yourself to like exercise and watch yourself begin to change by exercising more and worrying less.  Also, remember that  thoughts are things and  by challenging your automatic negative thoughts (called ANT’s by Dr. Daniel Amen) that tell us we don’t have enough time, energy, money, or ability to achieve our goals in a more relaxed, healthy way we begin to slay the lion and take charge of our lives.

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Taste everything, eat nothing!

Posted by: Leslie  /  Category: Food Psychology

You don’t have to eat the whole thing!  Years ago I learned the strategy of  managing my cravings with the slogan “taste everyting, eat nothing” and it has worked.  Try it!  Managing your weight is tied to how your think.  Adopt a few basic rules and you will discover that life is a lot easier.  Blessings!

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