Weight Loss MAP to Freedom

Eating to Counter Anxiety and Fatigue

Most people I meet who are overweight, over eat. It’s also likely that some of the foods they eat can’t be absorbed and/or digested by their body. So their mind body system is underfed, malnourished and stressed out. It’s no wonder they complain of fatigue and anxiety and crave simple carbs and fatty foods.

As a psychologist, I look to food second to explain the symptoms a client describes. First I ask about their current life situations. So often it is both that lead to the distress they feel in their body and mind. This fact generated this post and I could write hundreds more on this topic. But I will start with a couple of suggestions you can incorporate into your life right now. Why wait! (more…)

Decluttering your Digestion

When the new year comes, a frequent topic for magazines, TV hosts and bloggers to focus on is decluttering everywhere; closets, basement, pantry, office, make-up and file drawers. Annual may work for some, but for me it’s definitely more than a once a year clearing-out!

I find the more often I toss things out or give them away, the easier decluttering on a fairly regular basis becomes. What had once appeared to me a sparse closet after a major decluttering three years ago, I quickly discovered wasn’t sparse at all because I liked everything in it. I felt abundant in there, and I knew I’d feel good and look my best in whatever I picked out to wear. Plus, it was more manageable when I was scurrying to get it together and leave. (more…)

Lose Weight Restricting Time Rather Than Calories

I  first heard about the amazing weight loss result that occurred when a woman reduced the time period in which she consumed calories each day to somewhere between 9 and 12 hours when I was attending a continuing education on nutrition and  the brain. It was in Pasadena in early 2012. And the woman the speaker, a psychiatrist and neurology doctor was showing pictures of as she lost weight, dramatically,was his wife. She stood up as our jaws dropped.  She also exercised daily, ate intentionally healthier meals and took nutritional supplements.   (See more, with a video, too. ->) (more…)

Living Mindfully

What does it mean when you are living mindfully?  Are you in a constant mindfulness meditation? No.

Being mindful means being open, receptive and non-judging about the moment you are in, the present. Accepting and observing what is actually going on in the moment gives you more complete information to help you take more effective actions and make better decisions.

When you are living your days more mindfully, you are letting into your consciousness, awareness more information from all of your senses and your intuition.  Many women today are so busy they live most of their life on autopilot, which is habits and patterns.

Ever wonder why you feel more alive, alert and stimulated while on vacation?  (more…)

Changing Course the Easier Way

Have you been avoiding changing the course of a meaningful part of  your life because it’s so darn hard to do? For as many times as you’ve been successful, there are likely more times that the old ways return seemingly stronger than ever. We’ve all been there, but there’s an easier way.

Here are 4 steps that make changing easier because when changing is filled with wonder, paying attention to your life, and finding your direction unfolding in front of you, you’ll never feel completely lost and alone in the climb up the mountain.

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What Does Mindfulness have to do with Losing Weight?

Being mindful, paradoxically, is more likely when you are dieting or on a cleanse, as you pay more attention to how your body feels and the food you are eating than when you’re not on a diet.  When dieting, you might notice you’re feeling jittery, hyped, hungry, or tired. You might notice the pre-packaged food is tasty or tasteless, salty or needs some, filling or not. You might notice how food smells more now and find you can’t eat it. You might notice how often you think to grab for a handful of something now that you are on a 3 meal a day plan. You notice the hunger.

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Where the Body and Mind Connect in the Brain

Most people think to start with food when they attempt to lose weight. So what’s wrong with that you ask?

In Weight Loss MAP to Freedom mentoring my clients start with something that’s related to food but is not the food. Any ideas as to where weight loss really begins?

To be successful, it begins with awareness.  Awareness of eating.  Awareness of how different foods make you feel.  Awareness of how you feel in your body or your mind before you reach for food. (more…)