Breaking Bad Habits

 

by Christine Hunt


 

 

I receive daily quotes from Neale Donald Walsch and thought I would pass this one along since it can be applied to anyone and everyone’s lives.

 

He who eats ’til he is sick, must fast ’til he is well.Healthy Habits Ahead

That is a Hebrew proverb, and it has to do with a lot more than food.  Look to see what behaviors you are indulging in over and over again that are clearly not serving you.  Then go on a “bad habit diet”.

I mean it.  I’m not kidding.  Pick one bad habit, one bad behavior a day for five days.  You can do this.  Stop doing the stuff you’re doing that obviously does not serve you – or others.

 – Neale Donald Walsch

 

I immediately thought of habits of thought that sabotage us which can be traced to beliefs such as –

I am worthless.
I am not good enough.
What’s wrong with me.
I have to diet and exercise to lose weight.

Just take your pick.

 

positive-thinking_Ghandi_quoteSo, this week be aware of the negative thoughts that constantly run in your mind and consider how you can transform them into positive thoughts.  Stop dwelling on what is going wrong in your life and dream more about what you want to attract into your life.

Instead think –
I have value.
I am good enough.
I am wonderful.
What other options do I have to lose weight?

Do this for one week and make note of how you feel at the end of each day and the week; and possibly what good has happened to you during the week.

Then do the same thing the next week and the week after that until the new, good habits come naturally.

 

 

Please comment below with other ideas that you’d like to share or how this little exercise benefits you!

Happy_face_think-positiveTo 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.

All About Juicers – Which One is Right for You?

 

I’m sold on juicing – Part 4

by Christine Hunt

 


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

Juicing: My Story

Smoothies or Juices – What’s the Difference?

All About Blenders – Which One is Right for You?

Let’s Get Juicing! 

Let’s Make Some Smoothies!

 

 

Vegetable & Fruit JuicesA few weeks ago my granddaughter was visiting and I showed her the juicer that lives permanently on my kitchen counter – since I use it almost twice every day.  I then asked her if she wanted anything to eat or drink and when I mentioned grapes she countered with “Can you make grape juice?”  I chuckled and explained that  I didn’t have the right kind of grapes, nor the quantity of what I did have to do that.  But I was amazed at how quickly she understood that a juicer makes juice and could theoretically make grape juice!

So, today’s topic is all about juicers – which make juice – not smoothies.

 

Citrus Juicer manualWhen I was a child my mother had a citrus juicer similar to the one shown here.

When I got married my mother-in-law would use the motorized version to make fresh orange juice,  and up until a few years ago that’s about all I knew about juicers until I had to do a self-imposed crash course to learn everything and anything I could about them to begin the Gerson Therapy and heal my autoimmune disease – which I did.

 

Questions you may want to consider asking before purchasing a juicer are:
How easy is it to clean?
How noisy is it?
How fast is it?
What is the length of the warranty?
What types of produce do I want to be juicing?
How much counter/storage space do I have for a juicer?

Answering these questions will help you to narrow your search.

 

Centrifugal vs. MasticatingCentrifugal vs. masticating juicers

The first thing I learned was the difference between centrifugal  and masticating or cold pressed juicers.  Over the years most of us have seen the TV commercials by Jack LaLane and Jay Kordich.  They promoted centrifugal juicers which normally have a wide tube/chute at the top, a shredder disk and strainer basket and usually rotates between 3600 (Centrifugal Juicers) and 6300 rpm (Centrifugal Ejection Juicers).

With centrifugal Juicers the produce is put into the top of the machine, is pressed through the chute, hits the spinning shredder disc  and the juice is released.  The straight sided basket spins at a high speed,  much like a washing machines spin cycle and the force pushes the juice through the strainer basket then exits out of the front of the machine.  The pulp stays inside the machine’s basket.  Generally this style juicer can make 1-2 quarts before the juicer must be stopped, and the pulp must be removed before further juicing can take place.

With centrifugal Juicers the produce is put into the top of the machine, is pressed through the chute, hits the spinning shredder disc  and the juice is released.  The straight sided basket spins at a high speed,  much like a washing machines spin cycle and the force pushes the juice through the strainer basket then exits out of the front of the machine.  The pulp stays inside the machine’s basket.  Generally this style juicer can make 1-2 quarts before the juicer must be stopped, and the pulp must be removed before further juicing can take place.

 

PLUSES & MINUSES

The pluses of centrifugal juicers is that they will handle whole or large sections of produce, which minimizes the time in cutting them up and overall the process is fast. Depending on the construction of the juicer cleanup is fairly fast and easy. They are good for people who want to incorporate fresh fruit and vegetable juices into their diet and have healthy digestive systems.  Some brands are very inexpensive but most range from $100 to $400 or more.  Their counter storage footprint is more compact than some masticating juicers.

The minuses are they are noisy and the oxidation generated by the high rotation speeds kills the beneficial enzymes contained in the juice.  The enzymes are especially important for those people who have a lack of digestive enzymes in their intestines due to poor diet, continued use of drugs and antibiotics (that kill the enzymes) or who suffer from digestive and other health problems in general.   Most centrifugal juicers cannot juice wheatgrass or leafy greens.  Greens are so lacking in many American’s diets that incorporating them into a juicing routine is a great way to easily ingest their powerful, nutritional values.

coldpress vs centrifugal juicesCentrifugal Juicers also create more foam than masticating juicers which is indicative of the oxidation process and can take some time to dissipate before you can access the juice in the glass or container.  Unlike some masticating juicers, which have additional features outside of juicing, all centrifugal juicers do is juice.  The shredder disks and baskets can be time consuming to clean.

 

Masticating juicers will juice anything.  Some first shred the produce then presses or squeezes the pulp to extract the juice.  Auger style juicers may have one or two augers which crush the produce, squeezes out the juice  and ejects the pulp.

The pluses of masticating juicers are that they will juice anything.  They will juice fruits, vegetables, leafy greens and even wheat grass.  Many of them also are designed to create nut butters, applesauce, sorbet, baby foods, even pasta in different forms and sizes.  Their slower rotating speeds, around 80 rpm, makes them quieter and  because they produce very little foam, oxidation is minimized, allowing for the survival of beneficial enzymes which are critical to healthy intestinal health.  Cleanup is usually fast and simple as some of the filtration screens are smaller than the baskets used in centrifugal juicers and there are no sharp blades to handle.  Prices range from around $100 to over $2,000.

Minuses are the produce has to be cut up into smaller pieces.  When juicing citrus or other high liquid content fruits it is best to add some firmer produce to help move the liquid through the juicer.  These juicers take more time to create the same amount of juice as a centrifugal.  Some masticating juicers have a large, counter footprint but the vertically designed models take up less space than most centrifugal juicers.

 

Warranties will vary between manufacturers and their individual models but will range between 1 to 15 years or more.

You may read more details about the differences between centrifugal and masticating juicers here.

 

MANUFACTURERS:

Breville makes both centrifugal and masticating juicers as well as citrus presses.  Most of their line is centrifugal juicers.   Prices range from $100 to $400 for the model that can also purée soft fruits for smoothies.

Omega also makes both centrifugal and masticating juicers but has more masticating models.  Their centrifugal juicers range from $200 to $300 and masticating juicers start at $230 and cost up to $460.  I personally bought the Model 8006 for the juicing required when I was on the Gerson Therapy and it has been a workhorse for me.  The 8006 and some of their other models have the ability to make pastas, sorbet, applesauce and the other foods I mentioned above.

Norwalk JuicerNorwalk makes the mother of all juicers.  This is the one the Gerson Therapy recommends using not only because of its durability but also its ability to extract the most juice from the vegetables.  Its two-stage process first shreds the produce then squeezes it to extract the juice.  And it’s $2500 price tag and 12 year warranty will keep you juicing for years to come.

Champion makes masticating juicers for home and commercial use (although the price difference is minor).  Be sure to read their Types of Juicers web page to understand the difference of their design over others.  Prices are less than $300.

Cuisinart makes a limited number of centrifugal juicers ranging from $100 to $150 as well as a citrus juicer.

Hamilton Beach offers a line of centrifugal juicers for less than $80.  Note:  I would recommend low end/cost juicers only if you will be juicing “occasionally”.  If you are a serious juicer, and by that I mean juicing almost every day and sometimes more than once per day, it is worth your money to invest in a heavier duty machine.

Waring has a limited line of citrus juicers and juice extractors for under $200.

 

Person questioningSo which one do you buy?  That depends on how frequently you want to use it, how fast you want to produce juice, speed of cleaning up, how much space you have to store it either on your counter or in a cabinet, if you want to juice mainly fruits, vegetables or greens ( or all of them) and how long you want it to last.

Juicers are not as readily available in local stores as some blender models so, shopping online may give you more variety than what you might find at your local kitchen or department store.  But some stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond have several models and manufacturers to choose from and you can see for yourself their size and construction.

Also, talk to people you know who juice and find out what models they have and why.  Ask them if you can help make some juice with them to see how it is done.  After all, you may know how a blender works, but may not be familiar with the juicing process.  Most people who juice are happy to share their experiences and the benefits they have derived from juicing with anyone who asks.

I hope this series of blogs has helped you understand the differences between blenders and juicers and which would fit the best into your lifestyle and nutritional needs.

 

Please ask any questions you may have  or comment below what type of juicer you may have at home, how you use it, what you like/dislike about it and anything else you’d like to share – maybe even a juice recipe!

 

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.

 

How Your Thoughts and Emotions Can Make You Sick

 

As a Certified EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Practitioner I am thrilled to see this article by Dr. Mercola.  He has been a long-time advocate of EFT and uses it with his patients (and himself) to help them get relief from many health & weight problems without medications.  Wellness really is all about the mind/body connection.

Christine Hunt

 


 

E-Motion:  Trapped Emotional Energy Is Linked To Disease

by Dr. Mercola

 

Your thoughts and emotions, many of which are driven by subconscious beliefs and long-forgotten experiences, are a powerful force that can aid or degenerate your health.

The…documentary (movie), E-Motion, asks, “If your subconscious mind is 1,000 times more powerful than your conscious mind, what controls it?”

 

Emotions as Energy in Motion

According to Dr. Nelson, when you feel an emotion, what you’re really sensing is the vibration of a particular energy. Similarly, Tolman suggests thinking of emotion as “energy movement.”

 

Emotions in BodyEach emotion has its own vibratory signature, and when intense emotions are felt, they can become trapped in your body, much like a ball of energy.  These “balls of energy” can become lodged just about anywhere in your body, where they can then cause disruptions in your body’s energy system, which underlies your physical system much like an invisible matrix.

 

Your body is both biochemical and biophysical, and disruptions in your field of energy will eventually result in physical dysfunction. It’s interesting to note that certain emotions are known to be associated with pain in certain regions of your body, even though science cannot give an explanation for why.

 

For example, those suffering from depression will often experience chest pains, even when there’s nothing physically wrong with their heart. Extreme grief can also have a devastating impact—not for nothing is the saying that someone “died from a broken heart.” In the days after losing a loved one, your risk of suffering a heart attack shoots up by 21 times!

 

Your Body Is Pure Energy…

Thinking of your body as a conglomerate of densely packed energies rather than material cells will also help you understand that an important factor in the root cause of disease is really inharmonious activity at the energetic, subatomic level.

 

Stressors of LifeStress is one major factor that can produce significant amounts of chaos at this underlying energetic level, which is likely why removing stress has such a positive influence on health.  The American Medical Association (AMA) states 80 percent of all health problems are stress related, and even the conservative Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that 85 percent of all diseases appear to have an emotional element.

 

The classic definition of stress is “any real or imagined threat, and your body’s response to it.” Research has shown that your body’s natural stress response can have a significant impact on everything from immune function and brain chemistry, to blood sugar levels, hormonal balance, and much more.

 

For example, researchers have found that ruminating on a stressful incident will increase the levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation, in your body.  And, as noted in the film, the emotions associated with living in a “state of emergency” all the time—which is what happens when you’re chronically stressed—are anger, aggression, hatred, fear, prejudice, anxiety, insecurity, hopelessness, and other negative states that feed the energetic chaos that manifests as physical pain and disease.  All of these emotions, which we consider to be part of our conscious reality, are derived or produced by stress chemicals.

 

Now, if your emotions allow you to “see” your conscious mind, where do you look to observe your subconscious mind? Dr. Dispenza says your body is your subconscious mind.  So your subconscious is actually nowhere near as hidden as you might think… Your subconscious is speaking to you loud and clear all the time. To “hear” what it’s saying, all you have to do is notice what’s going on in your body.

 

The Rise of Mind-Body Medicine

Your body cannot tell the difference between an actual experience that triggers an emotional response, and an emotion fabricated through thought process alone—such as when worrying about something negative that might occur but has not actually happened, or conversely, thinking about something positive and pleasant.

 

The fact that you can activate your body’s stress response (which produces chemicals that can make you sick) simply by thinking means that you wield tremendous power over your physical state in every moment. Moreover, it means that you can literally manifest disease, or healing, by thinking.

 

In recent years, there’s been an up welling of mind-body therapies that EFT Tapping Pointstake this inter-relatedness between your emotions and physical health into account. The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is, I believe, among the most effective.  Clinical trials have confirmed that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, your body can often rebalance itself and heal more or less automatically.

 

Studies demonstrating EFT’s effectiveness include the following:

  • A critical review published in the American Psychological Association’s (APA) journal Review of General Psychology found that EFT “consistently demonstrated strong effect sizes and other positive statistical results that far exceed chance after relatively few treatment sessions.”

  • A 2009 study of 16 institutionalized adolescent boys with histories of physical or psychological abuse showed substantially decreased intensity of traumatic memories after just ONE session of EFT.

  • An EFT study involving 30 moderately to severely depressed college students found that depressed students given four 90-minute EFT sessions showed significantly less depression than the control group when evaluated three weeks later.

  • A 2013 study published in the Energy Psychology Journal confirmed that the benefits from EFT are the result of the tapping process and not a placebo effect.

 

EFT Can Counter the Physical Effects of Negative Emotions

Relief from Stress As discussed in the film, physical pain is more often than not caused by trapped emotions, or trapped energies, in your body. And, by changing how you relate to past experiences, and change your emotions, it can have a direct effect on your pain. The same can be said for virtually all other health problems as well. Once you recognize how your emotional baggage can adversely affect your health and quality of life, it becomes easier to see how strategies such as energy psychology can have such a profound healing effect.

 

In short, energy psychology techniques such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) allow you to correct the emotional short-circuiting that is causing the physical dysfunction. As explained in the film, by tapping on specific points of your energy meridian system, you effectively disrupt that subconscious, energetically stored program that is directing your body to respond in a certain way.

 

How to Tap for a More Positive Attitude

EFT Tapping PointEFT, sometimes simply referred to as “tapping,” is a simple process that involves tapping your fingertips on various parts of your head, chest, and hands while thinking about your specific problem and voicing positive affirmations. This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmations works to clear the “short-circuit”—the emotional block—from your body’s bioenergy system, thus restoring your mind and body’s balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical disease.

 

Again, the beauty of EFT is that it can reprogram your body’s reactions to the unavoidable stressors of everyday life, thereby providing a more lasting effect. … it’s simple enough that a child can do it. But if you suffer with more severe problems, it would be wise to contact a licensed EFT practitioner, as it is an art to really get down into more deeply rooted issues.

 

To your health!

 

Source:  Dr. Mercola


 

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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