Yummy and Filling Portobello Fajitas

by Christine Hunt

 

Our bodies need fat but if we are eating animal products like beef, chicken, pork or dairy at every meal our bodies are being overloaded.  The best fats come from vegetables, beans and seeds.  Their  Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are better balanced for our bodies.  They are also absorbed more readily.

Here is a great meat substitute for one of America’s favorite Mexican dishes – fajitas.  The Portobello mushrooms have a firm, meaty texture are just as filling as meat and don’t contain the fat.

 

Portobello FajitasPortobello Mushroom Fajitas

Ingredients:

1/2         onion, thinly sliced
               splash of water, (about 3 tablespoons)
2             large Portobello mushroom caps, thickly sliced
2             cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp   ground cumin
1 tsp       chili powder
1              large roasted red pepper, sliced
3 Tbs       fresh cilantro, chopped
                corn or whole wheat flour tortillas
                salsa or lime wedges

 

Directions:

Over medium-high heat, sauté the onion until it turns a rich, dark brown color.  Add splash of water and quickly stir.  the liquid will evaporate in just a few seconds.  Reduce the heat to medium.  Add the Portobellos and garlic and sauté until the mushrooms glisten and lose their raw, whitish appearance.  Add the cumin and chili powder; sauté for 15 to 30 more seconds.  Remove the pan from the heat.  Immediately add the roasted red peppers and cilantro.  Serve with tortillas as well as salsa or lime wedges.

 

NOTE:  You may use red and/or green peppers in place of the roasted red peppers.  In order to keep the calories at a minimum hold the sour cream and cheese. 

You may add fresh tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, black beans or other fun, salad type veggies to add more bulk and flavor.

To avoid GMOs and gluten, look for tortillas made from brown rice or quinoa.  You may find them in the frozen food aisle of the Natural Foods section of the grocery store or in Health Food Stores.

 

Whatever your resolution, Hunt for Hope Wellness is the solution.

 

Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off) and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

 

Source:  21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, Neal D. Barnard, M.D.

When Diets Don’t Work – The Real Reason Why Some Can’t Lose Weight.

by Christine Hunt

Exercising for weight loss

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It is the middle of January and I am sure that many of you have begun the weight loss resolutions you made for the New Year.  You are deciding on what diet to begin or what gym to join, or how to work in time on the  exercise equipment you got for Christmas and envisioning the slim, trim you that will result in your efforts. 

 

 I applaud you!  You’ve got a plan and are determined that this time your efforts will be realized.

 

 But can you tell me how many times has this scenario has played out in your life?   How many times have you made similar plans and have not gotten the weight loss results you’ve wanted?  Is it the second, third, sixth, tenth time you have given this a try?   Have you met your goals only to have the weight return or gained more weight than what you had when you started?  This is an all too common story for 80% of dieters and every year they are hopeful that this time is the charm. 

 

Maybe what you are eating or your activity level isn’t the problem.  We have been conditioned to believe that calories in/calories out is all there is to weight gain or loss.  Billions of dollars are spent every year on pills, drinks, diet plans, personal trainers and programs that work for some, but not all.

 

There is another reason why people cannot lose weight and keep it off

 and it has absolutely nothing to do with food.

It is about beliefs.

 

Beliefs run subconsciously in our minds.  They are created when we form a decision based on a life experience.  Beliefs protect us and keep us safe – but they can also result in holding onto weight.

 

Placebo effectWe’ve all read about the Placebo Effect.  It is best associated with pharmaceutical drug testing.  A group of people get the actual drug and a different group gets sugar pills, or placebos.  The symptoms of each group are recorded.  Some who got the drug responded as expected and some did not.  But the amazing thing is that some in the placebo group got the same results as those expected in the drug group.  The reason is that they believed they were getting the drug and their body responded accordingly.

 

A good test for a belief is to say out loud “My normal weight is ___ pounds and that is how much I weigh.”  Go ahead, say it.  What comes to mind?  Do you agree with the statement or do other thoughts crop up? 

 

For some, thoughts such as:

I won’t ever lose weight.

I’ll always be fat, it’s just who I am.

It isn’t safe to be that thin.

My friends or family won’t like me.  (Ask yourself whom exactly?)

Losing weight is just too difficult.

 

…and many others may come to mind. These are limiting beliefs running in your subconscious mind that may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.

 

These beliefs are usually connected to some event(s) that occurred earlier in your life that your subconscious and your body are unknowingly holding onto and the result is the inability to lose weight. 

 

But there is hope and a way to break the cycle.  Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT or Tapping) is an alternative therapy that addresses limiting beliefs, cravings, stress and other emotional factors that lead to weight gain and retention.

 

EFT is known as emotional acupuncture and is based on the premise that the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.  EFT does not use needles, but instead stimulates the acupuncture meridians by tapping on them with your fingertips while focusing your thoughts on negative beliefs, unhappy memories, uncomfortable emotions, food cravings, pain or any other problem.  It is painless and long lasting.  When done properly underlying emotional factors that contribute to weight retention, are released.

 

Once limiting beliefs and uncomfortable emotions are released, new, positive beliefs can replace them and a transformation occurs.  Things or people that used to annoy you don’t anymore.  Cravings for certain foods vanish.   The results vary for each individual but on the whole are powerful,  positive and life changing.

 

Success at losing weight

Yes!! You did it!

If you’ve been on the diet and exercise roller coaster, lost weight then gained it back and you are open to trying something different – something that has been proven to be effective and long lasting, then contact me and let me help you make 2015 the year of your success.

 

 

 

Whatever your resolution, Hunt for Hope Wellness is the solution.

 

Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off) and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Forgiveness: The First Step in Healing Mind and Body

To forgive, according to Webster’s Dictionary is “to give up resentment of or claim to requital for”.  In other words, to pardon.  We normally think of forgiveness in relation to forgiving another person for some wrong they have done toward us.   We may harbor anger toward them regardless of whether or not they apologized for their deeds.

But the most powerful form of forgiveness is for ourselves.  It is also the most difficult.  Because we know ourselves so well, and we remember all of the stupid things we have done throughout our lives, sometimes we hold the most anger toward ourselves.  The longer we hold onto the anger, the more damage it does to our health, relationships and peace of mind.

The article below  explains this concept  in more detail and gives you some ideas as to how you may begin the process of forgiving others and yourself.    I am the “clinician” that you would talk to to help you release the life-long baggage that may be hindering you in recognizable or unrecognizable ways.

Consider forgiveness as your resolution for 2015.

Christine Hunt

 

Learn to Forgive in 2015

Don’t carry grudges into the New Year …
By Jinnie Cristerna

 

Forgiveness is the key to peace of mind.What is forgiveness and what does it mean to forgive? The concept of forgiveness is timeless and has been around for thousands of years.

Forgiveness is a form of love and at the core of religious, spiritual, and clinical healing.

Forgiveness is a conscious and deliberate process that helps people heal from and let go of feelings like anger, grief, and sadness. It is when people truly forgive someone (or a group), they are free to move on to live a life full of love and joy.

Unfortunately, people often make the mistake of thinking that forgiveness means “What you did to me was OK.” That’s untrue.

Forgiveness does not mean that what someone did to you was OK. It means that you will no longer carry the pain of their actions anymore. You give it back to them to carry.

Forgiveness is easier said than done and is one of the most difficult things that anyone can do, especially the first few times. The pain of betrayal or loss can be so intense that the notion of choosing to love the person who caused or inflicted the pain goes against every natural instinct to want to hurt them back.

 

Forgiveness is a choice.

 

Forgiveness is not something that naturally occurs; which is why it is a conscious and deliberate process that a person chooses to engage. The fact that forgiveness is a choice also explains why it is so powerful and transforming.

When we choose to forgive, we choose to let go of anger, despair, and all of the other negative emotions that weigh us down. And, when we let go of all of the things that weigh us down, we have room to embrace the lighter, happier emotions such as love, joy, and peace.

A patient once asked me why she was having such a hard time forgiving someone even though she was making a conscious effort and working very hard to do so.

My reply: You haven’t forgiven yourself, yet.

Before we can love anyone else, we have to love ourselves. Before you can forgive anyone, we have to forgive yourself.

Look, when someone hurts you, it is very natural for you to feel anger, even hatred toward him or her. It doesn’t make you a bad person – it makes you human.

So, forgive yourself for hating someone and for having the thoughts you have. Forgive yourself for being human.

Let yourself cry and feel all of the emotions that are present. While some people may want to avoid the negative emotions, embracing them actually helps with letting go so you can forgive.

 

While there isn’t an absolute process to forgiveness, there are some things that you can do to help yourself move closer to forgiving someone.

1)   Mantras. “Even though I am angry with (or, even hate) you, I deeply and completely accept/forgive myself.”

2)   Write down what you are thinking and feeling. This will help you get some of it out so you can let go of the pain.

3)   Talk with a clinician. A seasoned therapist can really help you accept your feelings and move on with your life in a healthier and more grounded way.

When we don’t forgive others, or ourselves we create our own prison of resentment and only we hold the key. Holding on to anger is like taking poison and hoping the other person dies. You’re the only one who suffers.

 

Here, is one of my favorite (amended) short stories:

There was once a little boy who had gotten into an argument with his best friend. He stormed into the house angry and yelling. His grandfather stopped and asked why he was so upset and the little boy replied, “I am not his friend anymore! He broke my favorite toy and didn’t say he was sorry. I HATE HIM!”

The grandfather looked and said, “Ahhh … yes. I know of the hate you feel as I, too, have hated people that much. It is a fight that goes on inside of me.” The little boy looked at his grandfather with big eyes as tears rolled down his face, “You have?” “Yes”, said his grandfather. “What did you do?” Asked the little boy.

“Well, you see, inside of everyone are two wolves. One wolf is love and the other is anger. The loving wolf is full of joy, forgiveness, and abundance; but the angry wolf, oh my! He is full of hate, resentment and pain.”

The little boy paused for a moment, “Grandfather, if these two wolves fight inside of you, which one wins?

The grandfather replied, “The one that I feed.”

 

 Whatever your resolution, Hunt for Hope Wellness is the solution.

 

Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to heal their bodies, lose weight (and keep it off) and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

 

Source:  http://www.jetmag.com/life/moment-of-clarity-life/learn-to-forgive-in-2015/

 

A New Recipe for the New Year!

One of my resolutions this year is to provide you with lots of valuable information to help you lose weight (and keep it off), promote the healing process of your body from chronic illness and transform your thoughts from negatives to positives.

 Because I advocate a whole food/plant based diet as the healthiest way to achieve your ideal weight and reduce inflammation, which is at the heart of chronic disease, here is one that sounds absolutely delicious.  The pasta makes it filling, the butternut squash gives you loads of anti-oxidants and beta-carotene and the cashews, cheesy flavor of the nutritional yeast and liquid smoke blend together to make this one scrumptious, filling meal. 

 I recommend adding more vegetables of your choice to the recipe so that there is approximately a 50/50 balance of veggies to pasta.  You can combine broccoli, greens, mushrooms, onions, just pick your favorites and use a lot of them.  Instead of roasting or sautéing  them, you may steam them.  The sauce can be used on just veggies too.

To your health!

Christine Hunt

 

Smoky Butternut Squash Sauce with Pasta and Greens

Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

 

Smoky Butternut Squash Sauce with Greens and PastaYield, 4-6

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time:  40 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked

  • 1 (3.5-4 pound) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced (or two (1 lb) packages chopped squash)

  • 3/4 cup water

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional, but recommended)

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, or to taste

  • 1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke

  • hot sauce, to taste

  • 1 (1 lb) package mini shell or macaroni pasta (use gluten-free, if desired)

  • roasted broccoli or sautéed kale leaves, to stir into pasta

 

 

Directions:

  1. Add cashews in a small bowl and cover with water. Soak overnight or for at least 3-4 hours, until soft and plump. Drain and rinse before use.

  2. Preheat oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. See note about prepping squash below. Spread out chopped squash on sheet and drizzle with oil. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt. Roast for 30-40 minutes, flipping once half way through baking, until squash is fork tender. Let cool for at least 5 minutes.

  3. Add the soaked and drained cashews, water, garlic, nutritional yeast (if using), lemon juice, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, and2 cups of cooked squash into a high speed blender. Blend on high until smooth. Now add the salt, liquid smoke, and hot sauce to taste and blend again.

  4. Cook pasta according to package directions. If using broccoli, kale, or other vegetables, roast or saute those too.

  5. Add the drained pasta back into the pot. Pour on your desired amount of sauce and stir to combine. Stir in the cooked vegetables, if using. Cook over medium until heated throughout and serve immediately.

  6. Leftover sauce can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 1 week or so in the fridge. It’s great poured on roasted vegetables too!

 

Whatever your resolution, Hunt for Hope Wellness is the solution.

 

Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to heal their bodies, lose weight (and keep it off) and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

 

Source:  http://ohsheglows.com/2013/10/21/smoky-butternut-squash-sauce-with-pasta-and-greens/

 

The Mind/Body Connection for a Happy/Successful 2015

 

At this time of year most articles are about resolutions and the promises that the New Year will fulfill.  But the one below is about something that was great about 2014.  It is not the usual type of topic that I post but because the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) work that I do with my clients relates so much to this topic I thought it would be good information with which to begin the New Year.  EFT helps to relieve stress,  remove the negative thoughts and limiting beliefs that cause personal pain and allows you to think more clearly and positively.  Enjoy your New Year and I wish that all of your dreams are fulfilled in 2015.

 Christine Hunt

 

The Four Greatest Psychological Discoveries of 2014

By Jonice Webb

 

ContentmentEvery day of every year, scientists toil away in their efforts to understand the workings of the human mind. What makes us happy? How do our emotions work? What should we be doing differently in our lives to make ourselves healthier, happier and stronger?

Each year, a few studies stand out as particularly helpful by outlining a clear path to accomplish a better and healthier life; studies that everyone should know about. Here are four such studies from the year 2014. I hope they will help you to shape your coming year.

 

1.  We look for happiness in all the wrong places: We typically think of major life events, raises, large purchases, and success as the main sources of happiness in our lives. 

But a Harvard University study by Zhang, et al., 2014 shows that we are overlooking a powerful and readily available font of happiness: the small things that happen from day to day. In this study, students were asked to place 5 mundane items that represented their daily lives in a time capsule, and to predict how much happiness it would bring them to see these items 3 months later. The students drastically under-predicted the joy they actually felt when the time capsules were opened.

The Implication: Pay more attention to the small things that happen in your daily life. Small sources of joy are powerful.

 

2.  The mind/body connection: 2014 was the Year for Mindfulness. The concept of mindfulness has gradually morphed from simply “being in the moment” to a more complex definition: “being aware of your own thoughts and feelings in the moment.” This new way of viewing mindfulness has opened doors to new areas of research. 

In 2014, study after study has shown that mindful people are better off in a variety of different ways. In fact, higher emotional self-awareness has been found to improve your overall health. A Brown University Study by Loucks, et al., 2014 showed that people who are more aware of what they are thinking and feeling in the moment have lower BMI (body mass index), lower fasting glucose, less smoking and higher levels of physical activity.

The Implication: We should all work on being more aware of what we are thinking and feeling in the moment, and why.

 

3.  There is a simple way to fight your own negativity and anxiety: Negative, obsessive thinking is a common part of many emotional and psychological problems. A new study by Nota & Coles, 2014 offers an option to try if you would like to reduce your own negative thinking patterns. These researchers found a clear connection between going to bed late at night, inadequate sleep, and excessive negative thinking/worrying. More studies are planned, but in the meantime, it makes sense to try this relatively easy fix.

The Implication: Try going to bed earlier and work toward getting 8 hours of sleep per night, and see if it helps reduce your negative, anxiety-driven thinking patterns.

 

4.  People who treat themselves with compassion feel better about themselves and their bodies: A 2014 study by Kelly et al., 2014 found that women who treat themselves with more kindness and compassion are better able to cope with disappointments and setbacks in life. They were also less reactive to other people’s judgments or criticisms of their body shape and size.

The Implication: If you are kind to yourself in the face of your own mistakes and flaws, you will be a stronger and more resilient person overall.

 

In a nutshell, here are my wishes for you in 2015: 

That you will take joy from the small things in your daily life

That you will be aware of what you are feeling in the moment

That you will take care of yourself by getting enough sleep

That you will treat yourself with the same kindness and compassion that you offer others

 

Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to heal their bodies, lose weight and keep it off and change their lives for the better.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

 

Source:  http://tinyurl.com/kkfat62

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