Come See Me at the Holistic Health Fair!

March 21, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 Holistic Health Fair

Come see me at the WRNR Holistic Health Fair.  Bring a friend and make it a fun afternoon.

 

Hunt for Hope Wellness

Come by and see me!

I will have a table where you can talk to me personally and ask questions about how I can assist you in your journey to losing weight and achieving overall wellness.  

 

I will also be speaking about The Head Game of Weight Loss at 2: 30 p.m., on EFT’s role in weight loss and healing.

 

Free handouts will be available and enter the raffle to win a healthy goody basket.

 

The Fair will be held on:

Saturday, March 21st from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

at the Lowes Hotel

126 West Street

Annapolis, MD 21401

 


 

 

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), get relief from chronic illness 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.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

All About Blenders – Which One is Right for You?

I’m sold on juicing – Part 3

by Christine Hunt


 

 

Blenders

If you have read Parts 1 and 2 of this series, I hope you now understand the difference between blenders and juicers and that blenders make smoothies and juicers make juice.  Now I will talk a little bit about what to consider when buying a blender for making smoothies and the different brands available.


Walk into the small appliance section of any box store like Wal Mart, Target, or even departments stores such as Sears and you will find a variety of blenders, probably much like what your Mother had on her counter when you were growing up.   Grandma's blenderMost are fairly inexpensive and of low wattage.  But, if you plan to use your blender for smoothies which contain fruits and vegetables more than making fancy tropical drinks which consist mainly of juices, alcohol and ice, my recommendation is to get a heavier duty model than what Mom or Grandmother had.  Fruits and vegetables have more resistance than liquids and the blender has to work harder to pulverize them.  A more powerful blender will be able to handle the load and last longer. 

 

Blender manufacturers include Hamilton Beach and Oster, which account for more than 40 percent of all counter-top blender sales in the U.S.  Other brands include Black & Decker, Breville, Cuisinart, GE, KitchenAid, Ninja, Blendtec, Proctor Silex, and Vita-Mix.

 

Features that you may want to consider are wattage, the configuration of control buttons, the number of speeds, among others which I will review here.

 

Wattage:

Blenders generally range between 300 to 1,000 watts.  One would normally think that the higher the wattage the better the performance.  This is not necessarily the case in terms of whether or not the ingredients turn out smooth or lumpy.   How the wattage will make a difference is whether or not the motor can handle dense ingredients without burning up – you know that weird smell that electrical appliances emit when they are functioning beyond their capacity?  So, for smoothies, higher wattage is better.

 

Breville blender controlsControls:

Touchpad controls are very popular now and are easier to clean than push button or dial controls.  Some touchpads are programmable whereas push button and dial are simple, manual settings.  Also, with a dial control you need to turn it through all of the settings until you reach your desired speed.

 

Number of Speeds:

Blenders normally have between 3 to 16 speeds.  Usually three speeds is adequate for most any task.  But, if you like more, go for it.

 

Wide Mouth Container:

The wider and more open the container is the easier it will be to clean.  Also make sure the container will handle the capacity that you will need for what you want to use it for such as large batches of soups that need to be blended which may exceed 1 quart.

 

Big Markings:

Big, easy to read notches and numbers on the container help you to measure accurately and with less guesswork. 

 

Blades:Blender blades

Make sure that the blade mechanism is easy to remove for cleaning and has a good, easily gripped way to unscrew it.  Attached blades make a container sturdier but a lot harder to clean.

 

Pulse Setting:

Pulsing can help you fine-tune blending time and there is no lag between when you push the button and when the blender starts and stops.

 

Blender lidLids:

Make sure that the cap for the hole in the lid is easily removable and wide enough to feed ingredients like scoops of powders, fruit and vegetable pieces and scrapers or spoons into the blender while it is running.

 

Footprint:

Some blender models are wider and short while others are narrower and tall.  So, keep in mind where your blender will live.  Will it be on the counter, on a shelf, or in a cabinet? What is the height of the space where it will sit?  The insides of cabinet heights differ from the heights available on a counter or shelving. 

 

Prices:

A very basic model  can be as low as $20 and can exceed $1,000.  For smoothies I would recommend something in the $100 up range and no less than 600 watts.  I have had lower wattage blenders for less money and the motors have burned out.

 

MANUFACTURERS

I am listing some of the lesser known brands here.

 

Magic Bullet BlenderMagic Bullet is a popular blender that defies the traditional blender design and is very popular for those who primarily want to just make smoothies. 

 

Cuisinart makes good quality mid-range blenders and some models double as a food processor. 

 

 Breville,  an Australian company, makes high end, upscale blenders that range from $129 to $449.  

 

KitchenAid carries mid-range blenders from $99 to $179.  And they come in red, pink and fuchsia too! 

 

Ninja Blender BladeNinja blenders are unique because they have a tall central shaft with multiple blades that runs up through the container.  This enables the container to be filled with food, liquids, ice etc. and blended quickly and effectively. 

 

Vitamix is a high-end line starting at $249 and going up to $649 and is “the blender” of choice for many. 

 

Blendtec blenders are very high end and start at $319 and go up to over $1000.  

 


 

For most  average users a mid-range blender would be perfectly adequate.  The higher priced ones are certainly more durable, but unless you are running a smoothie bar or a restaurant are not necessary.

 

The best thing to do to begin your investigation as to what model is right for you is to ask friends and family what they have and what they do with their blenders.  Also, go to the websites of the manufacturers, compare features and prices, then visit some of your local stores to see them up close.

 

Blenders can be purchased at local department and specialty cooking stores, at the manufacturer’s website, Amazon and other online retailers.

 

Please comment below what type of blender you have at home, how you use it, what you like/dislike about it and anything else you’d like to share – maybe even a smoothie recipe to share!

 

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), get relief from chronic illness 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.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

 

 

Smoothies or Juices – What’s the Difference?

I’m sold on juicing – Part 2

by Christine Hunt

 


 

Smoothies vs. juicesWhen I tell my personal story of how juicing helped to heal my chronic illness sometimes the person I am speaking with will say how they also juice their vegetables in their Bullet or their Vitamix.  I then have to gently explain to them that they are blending, not juicing – which is usually met with a questioning look and a cock of the head similar to the RCA Victor dog (for those of you old enough to remember him).  You see, blenders are blenders and juicers are juicers.  They do different things.

 

A blender pulverizes everything that you put into it and essentially creates a smoothie.  A combination of many things can be added to a blender such as water, milk, juice, fruit, vegetables, raw egg, protein powders, nuts, seeds and so on.  When you create a smoothie you are getting not only the juice from these items but you are also getting the fiber or pulp from them – a very essential part of what is needed to maintain a healthy digestive system – to, um, move things along.

 

A juicer extracts only the juice from the fruits and vegetables and discards the fiber/pulp.  You are getting only juice from the vegetables or fruits that you put into it.  The fibrous waste can be used on your compost pile, mixed in with ingredients to make veggie burgers or other casserole type meals or just thrown away.  With juicers you only use vegetables, fruits and possibly wheat grass.  No nuts, seeds or powders.

 

Besides these differences there is another to consider when deciding to juice or blend and that is the amount of nutritional value you get from the amount of ingredients that you use for each.  With blending you are eating the whole food and most of us have limits as to how much our stomachs can hold.  So, a cup of liquid with a banana, apple, orange or cup of berries might be all we can consume at one time.  On the other hand when you juice, you are not adding any liquid and you may be able to extract the juice of several vegetables and several pieces of fruit at once to create a 1 to 2 cup serving.  Eating all of the vegetables and fruits you use for the juice would be difficult to eat at one sitting.

 

So the amount of nutritional value you derive from a cup of juice is far more than if you created a cup of a smoothie.  In short, juicing gives you more nutrition in a concentrated form.  I call it mainlining nutrition.  And essentially that is what you are doing.  Fiber allow the food’s nutrients to enter the bloodstream at a slower,  more controlled pace and it keeps you fuller longer.  Juices are absorbed rapidly since they don’t have any fiber to slow down the process and you may get hungrier sooner.

 

For example:

I make a carrot/orange juice most mornings for my husband and myself.  In order to get two, one-cup servings I juice, depending on the size, 2-3 whole oranges and 4-8 carrots.  A 5 pound bag of carrots lasts us four to five days.  Plus we eat something for breakfast.

 

So imagine two people eating or blending 2-3 oranges and 4-8 carrots into a smoothie plus eat something else for breakfast.  It is a huge amount of food even for two people.

 

Smoothies vs. Juicing

I hope that this better clarifies the difference between smoothies and juices and blenders and juicers.  Essentially we still drink the end product but there are vast differences in the amount of nutrition, and the amount of produce it takes to create a serving of each.  Either of them are healthy ways to consume fruits and vegetables and add valuable nutrients to your diet.

 

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), get relief from chronic illness 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.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

Juicing: My Story

I am sold on juicing!!!

by Christine Hunt


 

This is the first of a six part series on the difference between juicing and smoothies, the appliances that are used to create each, the many benefits of each and recipes for you to try.

 

If you haven’t read the other 5 parts of this series you may do so at these links: 

Smoothies or Juices – What’s the Difference?

All About Blenders – Which One is Right for You?

All About Juicers – Which One is Right for You?

Let’s Get Juicing! 

Let’s Make Some Smoothies!

 

Nutritious juices!I won’t bore you with the details of how it healed my kidneys, reduced the inflammation in my body that had lead to a chronic illness and all of the articles that I have read about juicing therapies that healed autoimmune diseases, cancer and helped people lose weight in a healthy manner.  Nor will I extol the massive amounts of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that juicing infuses into your body.  Let’s just say that juicing is wonderful!

 

Some people confuse blenders, that make smoothies, with juicers, that make juice.  And then there are centrifugal and auger juicers.  Needless to say, for some, the topic can be a little confusing.  I am going to write a series of blogs to help you understand the differences and to help you decide if you want to do one or the other or both!

 

Greens & apple juice.In the meantime, I am going to share the short version of my story.  To heal my kidneys and autoimmune disease, I had adopted a vegan diet and for a few years that worked very well for me and stabilized my condition.  But, there came a time that my kidney function unexpectedly declined and I decided to adopt an organic juicing therapy called The Gerson Therapy.  For 8 months I juiced 8 times a day, detoxed my body and ate a strict, organic vegan diet.  Admittedly, it interfered with my social life, but as a result my kidney function improved to above normal levels, my body pH rose into the alkaline range and I felt FANTASTIC!!!! 

 

During the therapy I gave up my beloved morning orange juice.  When I stopped the therapy I was so excited to begin drinking my OJ again.  I poured myself a glass, took a sip and practically gagged.  It tasted like chemical to me.  I had been drinking freshly juiced organic vegetables and fruits for so long that I couldn’t tolerate processed juices of any kind. 

 

Some of you might think, “Oooooooo, that is a bad thing” and some may see it, “Yea!, it is a good thing”.  I saw it as a GREAT THING!!.  I recognized that my body was so detoxified and so clean that I was sensitive to whatever chemicals or “non-fresh” foods I was tasting and to steer clear of them.

 

Delicious, fresh, carrot/orange juice.I started juicing fresh orange/carrot juices in the morning for myself and my husband.  A few months later I had to leave home for a few days on business and my husband bought the orange juice, that we always used to drink, for himself.  He poured a glass, took one sip, poured the rest of the glass down the drain and gave away the almost full bottle.  He jokingly says that I ruined him but both of us know that I really saved him from something that most likely wasn’t that good for him.  At least not as good as the fresh juice that I made for him every morning.

 

That was almost two years ago and I continue to make orange/carrot juices in the morning and green juices at lunch.  If my schedule doesn’t allow me to make my daily juices I can literally feel a difference in my body.   My mind isn’t quite as sharp.  I don’t have quite as much energy and I just feel like something is missing from my life. 

I highly encourage you to consider juicing if you are having problems losing weight or suffering from a chronic illness.  In my next posting I will explain more about why juicing is so beneficial to your health.  Until then please share your comments or questions about juicing below.  I would love to hear of your experiences.

 

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), get relief from chronic illness 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.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

EFT Continues to get Mainstream Attention

 

by Christine Hunt

 

Dr. Mercola’s inaugural publication of his magazine has a front cover, bold article headline on EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques).

 

 He says:

“Nothing comes closer to ‘magic’ than the positive results I have personally witnessed using EFT on thousands of my patients who suffered from physical and emotional pain and illness…”   “It has literally manifested miracles in my own life.”  Dr. Mercola, founder of Mercola.com

 

Dr. Mercola frequently "prescribes" EFT in his articles.

Dr. Mercola is a strong advocate of EFT.

 

A newsletter article by Dr. Mercola is how I originally learned about EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). I found it to be so wonderfully transforming that I became certified in the technique and now use it successfully in my Wellness Coaching practice! Thank you Dr. M!!

 


 

Here is what some of my clients have said after their EFT sessions.

 

An EFT session focused on her feelings around her husband wanting to separate and this client wrote… 

“Thanks so much for the session yesterday – I haven’t cried since (can’t believe how much/hard I cried yesterday!) I am feeling so much more hopeful and empowered.” – NS

 

This weight loss client was having difficulty getting motivated.  After an EFT session she shared…

First of all, I wanted to thank you for the EFT session last night!  (Her friend) and I left out of there feeling so good and you should know that while I didn’t jump out of bed this morning, I hit my snooze button a couple of times and then re-set my alarm but I just couldn’t get back to sleep because I really did want to get out of bed and start my day!  I have to say that I definitely have more get up and go today and I would say that it’s more than just 10%! ” – SL

 


 

Leaders in the Health & Wellness/Self Help fields say:

 

“EFT is the most powerful new transformational technology to come along in years…” Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

 

“For those seeking a prescription for eliminating limiting, self-sabotaging beliefs that lead to fear, anxiety, and chronic illness, look no further…  Lissa Rankin, MD, author of Mind Over Medicine

 


 

What Christine says:

 

EFT has completely transformed my life.  Long-held, self-sabotaging beliefs are no longer a part of me.  And because I am “emotionally free” of these beliefs I am able to expand and grow in my work and personal life in ways that truly serve me and in turn, those whom I touch.

If you would like to be free of the struggle of weight loss or chronic illness please contact me.   I work with clients outside of the Annapolis, Maryland area via Skype or phone.

 

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), get relief from chronic illness 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.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

 

 

 

 

 

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