Life Happens – Don’t Give Up On Your Health Goals

Life Happens – Don’t Give Up On Your Health Goals

You’re on a roll. You’re eating healthy, you’re getting into a workout routine and the pounds are starting to melt off. Then life happens. You get sick, your schedule changes, you’re tempted by your favorite treat. The reason really doesn’t matter. The truth is that you fell off the wagon and ate some unhealthy food and didn’t make it to your weekly workout. (more…)

5 Daily Habits of Successful People

5 Daily Habits of Successful People

Do you long to be a success in some field? Maybe there is some financial, physical or work goal you are pursuing. When you reach a goal, do you set your sights on some other achievement? If so, that is natural. Humans have an ongoing desire to set goals and work to achieve them. In other words, you are hardwired to seek success.

Regarding success, what does it really mean anyway? The Merriam Webster dictionary gives this definition for the word succeed: “to turn out well: to attain a desired object or end.”

If you seek to succeed, it is smart to copy others who have done what you are attempting to do. After all, they once had the same goal you have, and they were successful in achieving it. The following 5 tips are found in the traits and behaviors of many successful people. Adopt and practice them yourself, and you inch closer to success in the pursuit of your goals.

1 – Get Up Early

Talk to someone who is a success and you will probably hear that they get up earlier than most people. They have a burning desire to accomplish their goals, they went to bed the previous night thinking about what they had to accomplish the next day, and they know the earlier they rise, the more time they have to pursue success. This also means successful people get to bed earlier than night birds, which makes rising early in the morning easier.

“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.”
~Aristotle

2 – Establish an Exercise Routine

One poll taken of high achievers shows that more than 70% of those successful people find a way to exercise each day. Successful people are often very busy. However, even though time is at a premium for them, they know the importance of a healthy mind and body. Establishing and sticking to a regular exercise program teaches discipline which can pay dividends in pursuit of your goals.

“When it comes to health and well-being,

regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.”

Nhat Hanh

3 – Create Boundaries and Balance

It may be hard to believe, but successful individuals do not work on their career or personal goals all the time. They make time for different parts of their life. They give time to their family, they plan “me” time for themselves, and they also portion time for their career or business. Sometimes we believe that successful people are “go, go, go” all the time in pursuit of a single goal. The truth is a balanced life is more likely to get you where you want to be.

 

“When we fail to set boundaries and hold people accountable, we feel used and mistreated.

This is why we sometimes attack who they are,

which is far more hurtful than addressing a behavior or a choice.”

Brene Brown 

4 – Plan Tomorrow Today

Some people do stumble on to success from time to time. This is a rare occurrence, however. When you do not plan for success, you are courting failure. At the end of each evening, right before you go to bed, plan the next day. This gets your subconscious thinking about tomorrow’s goals and responsibilities while you sleep, and you wake up with an organized plan that improves your chances of success.

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.

Alan Lakein

5 – Don’t Think of Failures as Who You Are

A failure is an event. It is not a person. You will fail from time to time, that is an absolute certainty. Still, this does not make you a failure. You are just a person who didn’t achieve the results you are looking for. You simply learned one way not to do something. Successful people have a strong ability to learn lessons from their failures, and then put them in their rear-view mirror. You must let go of your past to succeed in the future.

There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.

Brene Brown

 

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.

Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion.

Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential.

Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.

Muhammad Ali

 

Does Hypnosis Work for Weight Reduction and Management and if so How?

Since I have produced my “The Perfect Size Just for You! set of hypnosis audios I have had lots of people ask me “Does Hypnosis for Weight Reduction and Management work and if so How?   So I here is my explanation on whether it works and how it works?

So my question to you first and foremost is “Why do you jump on every weight-loss product that comes on the market without questioning if there is scientific evidence it works or if it is safe but if Hypnosis and weight reduction and management are mentioned in the same sentence you want evidence and question if it is safe!” Something to think about.  Now listen to the video.

The Dirt On Clean Eating

The Dirt On Clean Eating

This article was written for the https://www.hcf.com.au/content/hcf/home by Roseannah Shelson

We see the term ‘clean eating’ everywhere – in celebrity interviews, Instagrammed breakfasts, podcasts and diet books – but what does it mean, and is it healthy?

Rosannah Snelson
June 2017

Whether it’s sugar-free, organic, paleo or raw, every day we’re bombarded with advice on how to eat ‘clean’ and be healthy. The messages are often confusing, not to mention conflicting.

“There is general societal confusion around health, and if you take on board every bit of health literature out there, ultimately there’s nothing left to eat,” Sarah McMahon, Psychologist at BodyMatters Australasia said during a Radio National interview.

“There are a lot of diets and theories around food – raw movement, veganism, clean and pure eating – where there isn’t a great deal of research,” McMahon warns.

In today’s media environment just about anyone with an audience – from a chef or model to a blogger or TV personality – can offer advice on nutrition, despite being unqualified. This can lead to people making uninformed and unsafe decisions about their diet, and creates a culture where disordered or abnormal eating is largely normalised.

What is clean eating?

There’s no scientific definition of ‘clean eating’, but it seems to be based on healthy choices – eat plenty of wholegrains, fruits and vegetables; reduce salt, sugar and alcohol; and eliminate processed foods. The crux of clean eating is to consume food the way nature delivered it, or as close to this as possible.

Dietician Susie Burrell says, “Generally, the clean eating recommendations are a harmless, if not beneficial, dietary choice. It’s when people take it too far – cutting out all carbohydrates, sugar, dairy, grains or legumes for example – that clean eating can result in a number of dietary deficiencies.”

Health experts are so worried about the rise of obsessive eating that in 1997 they coined the term ‘orthorexia’, which means “fixation on righteous eating”. The main difference between orthorexia and anorexia is the fixation on perceived health, rather than weight loss, however weight loss often follows. People with orthorexia are obsessed with eating only foods they judge to be healthy; but the irony is that their health can actually end up suffering.

“This is one of the paradoxical elements of orthorexia, that someone is in the pursuit of health but the illness itself makes them unhealthy,” McMahon said.

The risks of clean eating

In the mind

Let’s start with the name. By defining some foods as ‘clean’, it implies that other foods are somehow ‘dirty’ or ‘bad’, and this isn’t a good mindset when it comes to healthy eating.

“Nutrition is complex; it’s not as simple as sorting foods in categories of good and bad and eliminating those seen to be ‘dirty’ or ‘impure’. Healthy eating is about a balanced approach to food and not demonising any particular food group,” Burrell reminds us.

While attempting to improve your diet is generally a good thing, if obsessive food behaviour starts to occupy too much of your time, or causes you stress, it may be masking other issues and you should seek professional advice.

“When diet and exercise habits start to negatively impact other areas of life, whether it be relationships, mood or anxiety over eating out, this is when we start to get concerned,” says Burrell.

Disordered eating conditions, such as orthorexia, can lead to a clinical eating disorder so if you think your attitude towards food has become unhealthy or obsessive, seek out help. Even if your GP isn’t a specialist in eating disorders, they can be a good first stop. Your GP can provide a referral to a dietician with specialised knowledge in health, nutrition and eating disorders. The Butterfly Foundation of Eating Disorders can help if you’re worried about your child or a loved one.

In the body

Generally, any diet that recommends cutting out entire food groups should be carefully examined – unless you have a medical reason to do so (e.g. lactose intolerance or coeliac disease). By excluding sugars, carbohydrates, dairy, or anything else, you run the risk of depriving yourself of important nutrients and upsetting the way your body functions.

In the case of sugar, most people can benefit from reducing their intake of processed sugars but “it’s when this obsession turns to all sugars, including starchy vegetables and fruits, as well as the majority of carbohydrate-rich foods like rice, bread, cereal, pasta, legumes and grains, that our nutrition starts to be negatively impacted,” says Burrell.

Avoiding fruits and vegetables is also a concern as this can cause your fibre intake to drop dramatically, particularly the types of fibre required to keep your bowels working well.

“When intake of fibre reduces initially, you’re unlikely to notice any significant change. But over time it’s common to see changes to bowel habits, reduced energy and feelings of fatigue,” says Burrell.

Avoiding carbohydrates can rapidly deplete fat stores, resulting in fast weight loss. While this initial effect may seem encouraging, it’s unhealthy. Your body may not be technically ‘starving’, but abnormally low levels of carbohydrate affect metabolism, appetite and cognitive functioning. When you begin eating normally again, you can experience rapid weight gain as your body clings to the extra calories.

“For some, this can lead to years of unhealthy dieting and a bad relationship with food,” warns Burrell.

Dairy is important for getting enough calcium and reducing your risk of weakened bones (osteopenia) and osteoporosis. If you can’t tolerate dairy and have been medically recommended to avoid it, seek advice from your dietitian on how to keep your calcium levels safe.

“For months you won’t notice any change, but as your body starts to realise it isn’t getting enough calcium, it’ll start to slow down some other functions, such as regulating muscle and heart functioning and nerve transmission,” says Burrell.

The bottom line

We live in a culture where diet messages are everywhere and anyone can spruik nutrition advice. It’s important to recognise that while well intentioned, being ‘too good’ can actually become a bad thing for your health and wellbeing.

“When things seem too good to be true, they usually are. Most extreme dietary changes, especially if they involve cutting out food groups, will have consequences. A balanced diet is still the way to go,” says Burrell.

McMahon agrees: “One of the main things we can come back to is the idea of moderation and balance.”

For more information and tips on a healthy diet according to the recommended guidelines, visit the Eat for Health website.

For information or support about eating disorders, contact the Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorder’s National Helpline on 1800 33 4673 (Mon – Fri, 8am – 9pm AEST).

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3 Steps to Creating New Habits

3 Steps to Creating New Habits

Let’s talk about forming new habits. We all have times in our lives where we intentionally want to change our behavior for the better and create new habits for ourselves. This could be getting in the habit of eating healthier and drinking more water. Or it could be moving more and taking the dog for a daily walk. Or it could be work related, or spiritual, or… There are so many areas in our lives that could be improved and made easier if we created new habits. (more…)