The Head Game of Weight Loss & Chronic Illness

by Christine Hunt

 

EFT for weight loss and chronic illness

The Head Game of Weight Loss & Chronic Illness

 


 

I wanted to let you know that I will be speaking about

 

 The Head Game of Weight Loss & Chronic Illness

 at

 East West Healing Arts on Saturday, March 7th at 1 p.m.

1321 Generals Highway, Suite 203, Crownsville, MD

 To attend, R.S.V.P chris@huntforhopewellness.com or call 410-923-6129

 


 

 

You may know that I am a Wellness Coach and a Certified EFT Practitioner but you may not fully understand what EFT is and why it is helpful with so many things from weight loss to chronic illness. 

So, if you are…

Tired & Frustrated of losing weight then gaining it back?

 Living day-to-day with a chronic illness?

Stressed out and anxious?

And you have tried different programs and therapies but nothing has been a long term solution.

Then maybe those methods did not address the source of the problem.

 


 

I help my clients lose weight and get relief from chronic illness with EFT.

 

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is an effective alternative therapy that is clinically proven to address the root causes of weight gain and chronic illness.

 


 

 EFT is a different approach than most programs and

it works when other methods fail.

 

This transformational information could be the beginning of a New You!

 


 

 

My talk will explain more about the EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) process,

what it is,

how it works and

why it is so beneficial

for helping people lose weight and get relief from chronic illness.

 

EFT has been known to help people with:

Weight Management for those who have experienced the YoYo diet pattern.

Chronic Disease like Arthritis, Diabetes, Allergies, Fibromyalgia, IBS and many others

Stress and Overwhelm

Addictions of all kinds

Separation and Divorce anxiety

Fears & Phobias

Money issues

Depression and so much more.

 


 

Learn why it is so versatile, how it does what it does and how it may help you or someone you know so, bring a friend or loved one.

 


 

Space is limited so be sure to R.S.V.P. at Head Game or contact me.

 

To stay up to date on all of my talks and events go here.  

 

To your health!

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.

 

Are You Fed Up?

 

by Christine Hunt

There are dozens of documentary movies about how horrible the so called “foods” are in the grocery stores. 

 

I have just learned of one called Fed Up which, among other things, addresses the amount of sugar contained in most processed foods.   Sugar on your tongue triggers the release of opiates in your brain, which triggers a release of dopamine – the brain chemical that is responsible for the feelings of pleasure.  What it boils down to is that those who consume mostly processed foods are, unknowingly, sugar addicts.  

 

 

You may watch the full length movie for $3.99 here.

 

You may purchase the DVD here.  

 

These eating habits get passed down to your children and the cycle continues.

 

How to break the cycle?  It begins with eating whole foods – foods in their natural form – foods that are in the produce section of the grocery store – and learning how to prepare and cook them.

 

If you are interested in having a guiding partner in this journey I can help.   If you live near Annapolis, MD I can come to your home for a Kitchen Krash No matter where you live I can help you through coaching and consultations either in my office or by phone or Skype. 

 

Contact me and let’s discuss how you can create a healthier food environment in your home for yourself and your family.

 

To your health!

 

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.

John Oliver: The Truth About Drug Companies

 

by Christine Hunt

 This video is hilarious and definitely makes fun of a serious issue that affects millions of people worldwide. 

(NOTE:  Some content is adult and suggestive in nature so be aware of who is around when you view it.)

 

 

If the content concerns you, prompts you to consider taking steps to not support the industry and/or improve your health then contact me and we can create and implement a workable plan to potentially free you from big pharma’s grasp.

 

To your health!

 

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.

Energize Your Morning with These Stretches!

 

Stretching feels so good and is a wonderful way to incorporate some movement into your life if you have not initiated an exercise routine in your weight loss journey.  It is a gentle, first step that you can take to ease your body into exercise since it increases flexibility and gets the blood circulating.

To your health!

Christine Hunt

 

Rise and Shine: 8 Stretches You Should Do Each Morning

by Suzanne Bowen

One of the best ways to start your day in a healthy way is to take a moment to ground your thoughts by stretching and intentionally breathing.  It’s amazing what you can accomplish in less than seven minutes to set your day on the right path.When you stretch deeply, you should always be warm.  So performing this series after a morning workout or after a hot shower is optimal. If you do it right out of bed, make sure you stretch more gently.Here are eight stretches to add to your morning routine to feel strong, flexible and grounded. These exercises cover all your major muscle groups and can be followed any time of day, including after your workouts.

Upper Back Release
Targets the upper back and back of shoulders.Standing with feet hip-distance apart, clasp hands and round upper back keeping arms straight and active.Think about the shoulder blades spreading wide across your back.Hold stretch for 2-3 deep breaths. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chest Release

Targets the chest, front of shoulders and biceps.

Holding a wall, door frame or window ledge with left arm, step forward with left leg and turn entire body to the right especially at the hips.

Hold stretch for 4-6 deep breaths increasing stretch with the pivot at the hips.  Repeat on the other side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Side Stretch

Targets the IT band (outer thigh), obliques and shoulders.

Standing with right hand on bed or wall, cross left leg in front of right leg, feet pointing forward.

Shift into the left hip and reach left arm up and over head, creating a long line from the left ankle to the left fingertips.

Hold and take 2-3 deep inhales and exhales.  Repeat on right.

 

 

 

 

Seated Spinal Twist

Targets the spine, neck and shoulders.

Sitting on a chair or edge of bed with legs together, lengthen spine rotate from the waist, placing one hand behind you and the other hand on your outer thigh for support.

For a deeper stretch for the neck, turn your gaze to look over your shoulder as well.

Hold 2-3 deep breaths.  Repeat other side.

 

 

 

Standing Hamstring Stretch

Targets hamstrings.

Supporting yourself for balance as needed, bring right leg up onto a step or bench, increasing height as flexibility increases.  Keep legs hips distance and parallel and keep back leg straight (if possible) and front foot flexed.

If you need to increase stretch, hinge at the hips (not the waist or back), keeping the spine completely straight.  Don’t round the spine.

Take 4-6 deep breaths. Repeat other side.

 

 

 

 

Standing Quad Stretch

Targets quadriceps.

Holding a chair, wall or bed for support, stand with feet hip-distance apart. Soften left knee and reach for your right foot or ankle, bending the right knee to point straight down to the floor.

Keep pelvis neutral and spine tall with the crown of your  head reaching to the ceiling.

Hold for 4-6 deep breaths.  Repeat other side.

 

 

 

 

 

Outer Hip Stretch

Targets hips and outer thighs.

Lift left leg, knee bent, onto bed. Square off hips and make sure front knee is outside of front shoulder.

Keeping tailbone untucked and spine straight, hinge forward at the hips, placing hands on the bed for support.

Hold for 4-6 deep breaths then change sides.

 

 

 

 

 

Standing Forward Bend
Targets hamstrings and lower back.

Standing with feet hip-distance apart and knees slightly bent, hinge forward at the hips.  Allow your upper body to hang over your legs and clasp elbows.

(Note: Do not “hang” from elbows if you have any lower back issues. Instead, place hands on floor or legs for support.)

Hold for 2-3 deep breaths while you gently shake your head no and even more gently nod your head yes.   To come up, pull in abs and gently round up one vertebra at a time.

 

 

Source: SparkPeople

 

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.

Acapulco Comes to Your Table!

 

Bring a little bit of Acapulco to your home with this stir-fry version of a Mexican food medley.

This is a colorful dish of reds, greens and yellows.  If it is too hot/spicy, then cut back on the hot pepper seasoning and chili powder.

To make it into a main meal, on your plate, spread a layer of corn chips, then a layer of your choice of lettuce or other greens, add black beans to the Corn Medley and put on top.  Mix it all together on the plate and enjoy!

To your health!

Christine Hunt

 

Corn, tomatoes & zucchini medlyAcapulco Corn Medley

Preparation time;  15 min
Cooking time:  10 min
Serves: 4-6 as a side dish

 

Ingredients:

2 Tbs      butter
1              medium-size onion, chopped
1              red or green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 lb         zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1              canned whole green chile, seeded and chopped
1.5 c.      fresh corn kernels, cut from about 2 large ears of corn; or 1.5 cups  frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed and drained
1              14 oz. can pear-shaped tomatoes, chopped
1/4 tsp  liquid hot pepper seasoning
1 tsp      paprika
1/2 tsp  chili powder

 

Directions:
Place a wok or large frying pan over medium heat; when wok is hot, add butter.  When butter is melted, add onion and bell pepper.  Stir-fry until vegetables are soft (about 5 minutes).

 

Stir in zucchini, chile, corn , tomatoes, hot pepper seasoning, paprika and chili powder.  Increase heat to high.  Stir often until almost all liquid has evaporated and zucchini is tender to bite (about 5 minutes).

Per service: 102 calories, 3 g protein, 15 g carbohydrates, 7 g total fat

Source: The Complete Wok Cookbook

Adding lots of vegetables and other whole foods to your daily meal plan helps you lose weight and gives your body the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients it needs to thrive and overcome chronic illness.

 

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.

What Your Emotions Look Like in Your Body

 

We all know that emotions don’t live only in our heads. The hair on our arms tends to stand on end when we feel fear, and our stomachs flutter when we’re excited or nervous. Emotions clearly have a direct physiological effect on our bodies, and now a team of Finnish researchers has analyzed exactly how—and represented them in this visualization.

 Emotions in body

In a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, more than 700 participants were shown two blank silhouettes alongside words, movies, stories, and facial expressions. They were then asked to rate how they felt and where on their body they felt it, corresponding to the silhouettes. This created an overall picture of bodily responses to emotions.  More activity sees the color change from black to red to yellow, while decreasing activity is represented by an increasingly bright shade of blue.

 

The results, published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, tally with many of the experiences you’ve probably had: depression is linked with a deadening in the limbs, while shame induces bright spots on the cheeks. Sadness even features activity in the eyes, presumably representing the tears experienced by participants.

 

The researchers acknowledge that “[all] cultures have body-related expressions for describing emotional states” — such as “butterflies in the stomach” — that don’t necessarily have an actual physiological link, and thus, some of the feelings experienced by the participants could be societally influenced rather than organic. But, even though they can’t rule out such a possibility, the authors say the results of the study don’t agree with that argument. Researchers claim they found a strong consensus in physical responses to a given emotion in people from a range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, (participants were drafted in from both Finland and Taiwan) suggesting that these are “universal sensation patterns triggered by activation of emotion systems” and are more likely a result of a biological basis for our response to emotions, rather than a cultural one.  That might mean a blush or maybe just a nerve sensation, but it’s something we all share.

Sources: Gizmodo & refinery29.com

 

More evidence that emotions are stored in the body.  EFT is an effective modality that relieves the negative emotions that we accumulate throughout life that can lead to weight gain, physical pain and chronic illness.

Christine Hunt

 

 

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.

Super Quick and Delicious Carrot Recipe

 

Sweet & Sour CarrotsSweet & Sour Carrots


Preparation time:
  About 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 8 minutes
Serves: 4

 

Ingredients:

1/4 cup vegetable broth

2 Tbs      each vinegar and firmly packed brown sugar

1 Tbs      cornstarch

1 Tbs      olive oil

1 lb         carrots (about 4 medium-size), cut into 1/4 inch thick slanting slices

1              onion, small, cut in half, then cut crosswise into 1/4 inch thick slices

3 Tbs      vegetable broth

                Salt

                Minced, fresh parsley (optional)

 

Directions:

In a small bowl, stir together the 1/4 cup broth, vinegar, sugar and cornstarch and set aside.

Place wok or large frying pan over high heat.  When pan is hot, add oil.  When oils is ot, add carrots and onion and stir-fry for 1 minute.  Add the 3 tablespoons broth and reduce heat to medium.  Cover and cook until carrots are tender-crisp to bite.  Increase heat to high.  Stir cornstarch mixture and pour into pan.  Stir until the sauce boils and thickens.  Season to taste with salt.  Sprinkle with fresh parsley if desired.

NOTE:  This can be used as a delicious side dish and the sauce compliments cauliflower and green beans too.

To make this a heartier main meal, add more veggies of your liking.  Choose cauliflower and/or green beans above or take your pick from squash, mushrooms, broccoli, eggplant and so many others.  Make the combination your own.

Source:  The Complete Wok Cookbook from Sunset Books

 

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.

Time Table for Perfect Vegetable Steaming

by Christine Hunt

 

Yummy steamed veggies!Like stir-frying, steaming vegetables also preserves nutrients that would be lost when boiled.  The colors stay bright, flavors are sweet and fresh and, if you are trying to cut back on fats, no oil or butter is used – just swirling steam.   Many times they can be topped with simple, herb based seasonings or sauces  to add flavor and stimulate your palette.

 

To steam vegetables you will need some basic equipment.  One of the simplest, and least expensive, is a metal steaming basket as shown to the right.  Some are collapsible and will adjust to the size of your pot, others are more solid and rest inside.  

 

Double boiler with steamer pot.Some double boilers have a steamer pot option that sits on top. 

Bamboo steamer basket for wok.And if you want to use your wok for steaming you may use a bamboo steaming basket.  Any of them will accomplish the task beautifully.

 

To steam, fill the bottom of the pot with about 1″ to 1.5″ of water, making sure that it doesn’t touch the bottom of the rack.  Bring the water to a boil over high heat then place the vegetables in the rack.  Cover and reduce to medium heat and begin timing.  The water should be boiling the entire time.  Check the level occasionally and add more water if needed. 

 

How long you need to cook the vegetables will depend on their freshness and maturity of the vegetables.  It is best to steam one type of vegetable at a time but if time and space is limited refer to the steaming chart below and put the firmer vegetables in first then follow with those that are softer or more tender at the appropriate interval so that all are cooked and ready at the same time.

 

You may test after the minimum cooking time by tasting or using a fork to determine their tenderness.  If still to firm, continue to cook and test frequently until they are done to your liking.  Most cooked vegetables should be just tender when pierced.  Whole potatoes should be tender throughou8t and leafy vegetables should be wilted and have a bright color.  When they turn dark, they are overcooked.

 

Below is a chart of quantities of vegetables and their recommended cooking times.  It may take a little experimentation but steaming vegetables will add variety to your meals and preserve valuable nutrients.

 

To your health!

 

Vegetable steaming table.

Use this handy Vegetable Steaming Table for perfectly cooked veggies every time!

 

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.

Time Table for Perfect Stir-frying

 

Healthy cooking in a wokStir-frying and steaming vegetables are two of the healthiest ways to cook them.   The vegetables are bright, colorful and naturally sweet in flavor with a texture that is crisp yet tender and  they usually cook in less than 5 minutes.   They are the ultimate Happy Meal!  The benefits are less calories, less fat and more fiber and more nutrition!  A winning combination to help you lose weight and heal from chronic illness.

 

Vegetables can be stir-fried as the main meal or a side dish and the varieties of vegetable combinations and sauces is endless.  It is a fantastic cooking technique that will help you to shift from the Standard American Diet of meat with a couple of sides to a healthier balance of flavorful vegetables as the primary portion of your meal. 

 

As a fan of one-pot meals – not only because they are easy to prepare and easy to clean up after – I regularly stir-fry vegetables with flavorful sauces for my evening meals.

 

For those who are just starting out and don’t really know where to begin with how long to cook them, I’ve provided a table for your reference below.

 

The trick is to get them hot but not mushy.  Begin with the denser veggies first then add in the softer veggies in after the first ones have cooked a bit so that they are all ready at the same time.

 

It is best to cut up all of your ingredients, including creating the sauces, first so that they are ready when it is time to cook.  You may use prepared sauces that you can find in various sections of your grocery store – mainly the Asian section.

 

I find it best to use a very large cutting board since stir-fried vegetables take up a bit of space when they are cut up and school yourself on using a good, sharp, Chef’s knife that will speed up the chopping process.  This is a link to a video on using a Chef’s knife properly.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arOHmHYhEaY&feature=related

 

To cook you will need:

A large wok or frying pan (lid is optional)

A large spoon to stir-fry the vegetables

Small amounts of olive or coconut oil

Cut up vegetables

Sauce of your choice

 

To begin cooking, place your wok or frying pan over medium-high to high heat.  When pan is hot, add the specified amount of oil.  When the oil is hot (never let it get hot enough to smoke) begin putting in your vegetables.  If you are cooking only one kind of vegetable put it all in at once.  If cooking more than one kind, then follow the chart below for cooking times adding the firmest foods first and the softest foods last.

 

A recipe may call for some sort of liquid to aid the cooking process – almost as a way to steam the vegetables.   It may be vegetable broth if you are choosing to void meats, otherwise, chicken or beef broth is fine.  Some people just use a bit of water.   Add the liquid, cover and cook for the remaining time.  As the vegetables cook the liquid will evaporate thus preserving the nutritional value of the vegetables.

 

The times in the chart below are to be used as guides.  Actual cooking times will vary depending on the freshness and maturity of the veggies and on your individual preference.  You may taste the vegetables during the cooking to determine if they are the right texture and continue to cook accordingly.

 

Do not crowd your pan with too much food.  A traditional 12 to 14 inch wok can handle about 5 cups of cut-up vegetables.  If you are using a smaller pan reduce the amount of vegetables accordingly.  To prepare more servings that you can cook at once, just cut up the total quantity of vegetables needed, then cook them in two or more batches.  Stir-frying is so fast that the first portions will stay warm, without losing their flavor while you are cooking the rest.

 

If you or your family is used to the Standard American Diet, begin incorporating stir-fried veggies as side dishes then gradually increase the proportions of vegetables and reduce the amount of meats.  Eventually you can cut the meats  into strips and stir-fry with the vegetables and then eliminate them altogether if you so choose.

 

Incorporate them into your meals in any way you choose as they will nourish your body and provide endless variety to make your taste buds happy!

 

To your health!

 

Vegetable Stir-fry Table

Use this handy table to help your stir-fried veggies come out perfect!

 

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.

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