Our Hectic, No Time Lifestyle, Stress & Your Health


 

An  earlier posting discussed adrenal fatigue and its connection to stress.  This article is about our perceived lack of time to get everything done, an interesting study on how people use time, given different options, and how the crazy, busy lifestyle affected the author’s health.

 by Christine Hunt


 

 

Crazy, Busy, Overwhelmed.  Why You Don’t Have Time

by Shannon Harvey

Running out of time.

 

Last week I found myself caught up in an airplane boarding queue as my fellow passengers hustled and bustled to get settled in seats. The plane was packed full of corporate commuters traveling between Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s two busiest cities. There was a sense of chaos in the air.

 

As harried passengers pushed and shoved their bags into tight overhead lockers, the line lagged and a flight attendant made polite small talk with me.

“Hello, busy day?” he asked, expecting me to reply with the common response,

“Yes, crazy.”

But I wasn’t feeling stressed or rushed.

“No, not really,” I said smiling.

There was a brief pause. I’d taken the flight attendant by surprise with an uncommon answer and he tried to work out what to say next.

“Ah, traveling for pleasure then?” realization on his face.

“No, I’m working,” I replied.

“On your way home then?” he asked still trying to work me out.

I laughed. “No. I’m heading away.”

 

The line moved on before we got to explore the conversation further. But the exchange was timely. This week, I’ve been reading about how busyness, chaos and overwhelm have come to be the norm of our everyday lives and pondering how all this is affecting our health.

 

I’ve been noticing that busyness or what I call crazybusyness is not only expected but it’s almost flaunted in our culture. I’ve noticed that some of us use our ‘overwhelm’ as a kind of status statement; a sign of success; a measure of our capability and a signal that we’re going somewhere and achieving something.

 

I'm late!

The words hecticwhirlwind and insane seem embedded into most of my conversations about time, as parents tell me about their children’s before and after school schedules, friends tally the number of days and weeks they have worked without time off or the number of hours they haven’t slept, and colleagues tell me about stress resulting from slow Wi-Fi connections while they were on holidays.

 

The more I’ve been thinking about this, the more I can’t understand it. How has this chronic, pervasive lack of time happened? We have washing machines, microwaves, the Internet, motorized cars, supermarkets, email and smart phones. We’re supposed to have more time not less. But reality is at odds with the facts.

 

We’re more stressed then ever. The American Psychological Association has reported that 42% of adults say that their stress level has increased in the past five years. 43% say that stress has caused them to lie awake at night in the past month. According to this alarming study done by Dr. Emily Ansell from Yale School of Medicine, stress shrinks key regions of our brain involved with emotion regulation and impulse control.

 

I’m sure economists would say this is the fault of a higher cost of living, rising healthcare, soaring housing prices and surging household debt leading to a vicious cycle of working and spending, working and spending. And that is indeed what the American Psychological Association foundwith 71% of people worrying about money, 69% worrying about work and 59% worrying about the economy.

 

Prof. Christopher HsseBut before you put all this down to the external forces that come with living in the modern world and get back to being busy, I’d like you to consider some fascinating research being done by 
Professor Christopher Hsse
, a psychologist and professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago and his series of studies called ‘Idleness Aversion and the Need for Justifiable Busyness.’

 

In one study, the research team gave 98 students a survey to fill out and told them they needed to drop it off before filling out a second survey. The students were given a choice between a busyoption, of walking for 15 minutes to drop it off, or an idle option of delivering it just outside the room and then hanging around for 15 minutes.

 

When the students were told there would be a piece of chocolate waiting for them regardless of where they dropped off their survey, most chose the lazy option and dropped their survey outside the room. But when they were given a choice of chocolate, most of the participants chose to walk for 15 minutes. The interesting thing about this was that the students chose to walk regardless of what the choice actually was. The researchers changed the rewards offered at the end of the 15-minute walk, and the stats stayed pretty much the same. People needed an excuse to be busy, even if it was a flimsy one.

 

Reading this made me wonder whether we are all running around unconsciously finding excuses to keep ourselves busy. How important are the bigger houses, better cars, tennis lessons and new clothes?

 

Taking a survey.

I dove deeper into the work of Hsse and his team and came across another compelling paper simply titled Overearning. In a series of carefully designed laboratory studies, they showed that volunteers chose to work more than they needed to, piling up more chocolate rewards than they would ever eat. Even more fascinating is that when people are earning a higher wage, they aremore likely to earn more than they can spend. Hsse calls this mindless accumulation – a tendency to work and earn until getting tired rather than until having enough, even at the cost of happiness.

 

I realize that the studies I’ve written about here took place in carefully contrived laboratory settings and that there are many factors affecting how hard we work and why we’re time poor. I realize that some of us love what we do and there is much more to it than simply earning a salary. But I think this research forces us to consider some interesting questions.

 

Do we spend too much time doing work we loathe; striving for things we don’t have time to enjoy? What do we really want and what do we need to do to get it? What is the true cost of mindless accumulation and busyness?

 

For me, the price was paid with my health. I have no doubt that being crazybusy and stressed contributed to the autoimmune disease I got when I was 24-years-old.  These days my life is very different and my health reflects the shift. I am really well, despite my prognosis. Don’t get me wrong, I feel time poor all the time, every day, multiple times a day in fact. But I have a weapon against it. A simple technique that serves me well and has a little science to back it up.

 

Hsse and his Chicago University team have found that when people were asked to think about their earnings and the consequences of their earnings, their desire to get more stuff and earn more than they needed was disrupted.

 

In other words, the secret is reflection.

 

Reflection.

 

When my husband and I share quiet moments after our respective busy days, we often ponder what we’re doing this all for. How much is enough? And what will we do when we get there? For us, it’s not that we strive for more things. It’s not even that we want more time to be idle. We hope to work a little less and play a little more. And when we do have to work, we want that work to have meaning.

 

When I ask friends and family to reflect about why they do what they do, I get wide and varied responses. One friend aims for ‘jet money,’ another wants a home with a back yard, another wants her kids to have every opportunity their heart desires. My parents, who both run their own businesses during the working week, have chosen to invest their retirement savings into a small business that requires them to work on the weekends. They do this, they tell me, because they love it.

Source: https://www.theconnection.tv/crazy-busy-overwhelmed-why-you-dont-have-time/

 

To your health!


 

Do you think that your hectic lifestyle could be contributing to a health condition you may have? 

Do you use EFT to reduce stress and  help you to prioritize your daily obligations?

Please share your questions and comments below.

 


 

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.

 

Do You Want to Weigh Less & Get Well?


 

ARE YOU…

Tired & Frustrated of losing weight then gaining it back?
Living day-to-day with a chronic illness or pain?
Stressed out and anxious?

 

Have you tried different programs and therapies but nothing has been a long term solution?

 

Idea!

 

Maybe those methods did not address the

              source of the problem.

 

 


 

Wellness Coach, Christine Hunt, helps you

lose weight and get help with chronic illness

with a proven 3-part approach that

gets to the source of your weight or health problem.

 

Learn why what she does works, at a free workshop!

 

Weigh Less & Get Well

September 5, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

at

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2385 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 103

Gambrills, MD

(In the Waugh Chapel Shopping Center)


In this hands-on workshop, you will learn…Workshop training

  • What role stress plays in weight gain and chronic illness.

  • Why traditional diet and exercise programs don’t always help with weight loss.

  • The hidden root cause of weight gain and chronic illness.

  • A technique to help you get relief and so much more!

 

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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.

 


 

 

 

Metabolism: What It Is & How to Boost It


Everything You Need To Know About Your Metabolism

by James Colquhoun

There’s a lot of different theories surrounding metabolism. From what it is, ways to boost it, and what lifestyle choices actually make a difference to how it works. So we’ve found out all the essentials you need to know to help make sense of your metabolism!

 

Feeling Good

 

 

What Is Metabolism?

Your metabolism is not a ‘thing’ as such, like your heart, lungs or other organs. It’s the collection of natural processes that occur in your body to keep you alive. Just like breathing isn’t a physical thing, but more of a process. Your metabolism is the sum of the physical and chemical processes that produce energy to allow your body to do all it needs to do.

How Does Metabolism Work Exactly?

As your metabolism is a whole range of processes producing energy in your body, it needs to be told how fast or slow to do them. This is where your thyroid plays an important role. It is the ‘moderator’ of your metabolism, overseen by the pituitary gland ‘the Manager’, and the ‘boss’ – your hypothalamus! Your hypothalamus sends signals to your pituitary, which sends out signals to your thyroid to release hormones to either slow or speed up your metabolism.

The pituitary affects the thyroid gland by producing a hormone called thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which prompts the thyroid to release more T4 and T3. If there is too much T4 circulating in the blood, the pituitary reduces the amount of TSH produced, which then causes thyroid activity to slow. If there is too little T4, the pituitary increases the amount of TSH. In this way, T4 and T3 levels in the blood are kept relatively constant.

What Affects Your Metabolism?

Your metabolism can be affected by a range of things including:   metabolism_boost_it

  • age
  • gender
  • body composition i.e. muscle-to-fat ratio
  • diet
  • physical activity
  • overall lifestyle

However, how much your metabolism is affected by each varies greatly,

and typically, the things you can’t change, tend to affect your metabolism the most e.g. age and gender.

To keep your metabolism and therefore, all the processes in your body running smoothly, you need to make sure that you’re giving your body the fuel it needs – energy. Each metabolic process in the body requires energy to occur. In fact 60-70% of your total daily energy expenditure (TDEE), calculated according to your age, gender, weight, height, and physical activity levels, is used up by vital metabolic functions. That’s your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). To find out your BMR and TDEE, click here.

Can You Speed Up Your Metabolism?

Your metabolic rate is the rate at which your body burns energy to function. There are a few ways you can increase your metabolic rate. But first, let’s break down how the energy, or calories, from what you eat typically gets used:

  • 60-70% vital functions such as breathing, heart rate, and body temperature (this is your BMR – the amount of energy you need just to survive if you did nothing but sleep very still)
  • 15-30% usually goes towards daily activities such as physical activity, housework, gardening, gym workouts etc
  • 10-15% to your digestion – the functions associated with the breakdown of the food and drink you eat into compounds the body can use to repair, rejuvenate and function optimally

As you can see, the majority of the energy we consume is burned up just by existing!
Therefore you can increase your metabolism by exercising and moving more and eating regularly, but they won’t make as big of an impact as you may have originally thought!

What foods support a healthy metabolism?

Boost metabolism with a whole foods diet

 

There are some foods that do help to fire up your metabolism, but the effect is minimal and only for a short period of time. These include spicy foods such as chili because of its heat, caffeinated beverages due to their stimulatory effects, and high protein foods as they take longer to digest. However, it’s much more important to focus on a healthy diet and lifestyle in general. This includes:

  • Eating a wholefood based, minimally processed diet
  • Drinking plenty of water each day
  • Eating plenty of vegetables to boost nutrient intake and dietary fiber
  • Reducing intake of refined foods such as sugars, flours, and processed, packaged foods and fast food.
  • Opt for lean protein sources that fit your dietary needs e.g. lean meats, beans, and legumes.
  • Consuming fats from wholefood sources including nuts, seeds, olive and coconut oil. Fish, hemp seeds and chia seeds is also a fantastic source of anti-inflammatory omega-3s as well.
  • Eating to feel satisfied not full. Monitor your portion sizes and try to eat slower to give your body a chance to tell you you’re full before overdoing it. A healthy weight is important for a healthy metabolism.
  • Iodine-rich foods. Foods such as seaweed and seafood are rich in iodine which is an essential nutrient required by the thyroid gland to manufacture thyroid hormones. However, Both iodine deficiency and excess iodine can be a problem, so iodine supplementation is generally not helpful, and can often exacerbate any issues that may be present.
  • Consuming a source of selenium regularly is important as it’s a necessary nutrient for proper thyroid function. Brazil nuts, tuna, crab, and lobster are high in selenium, but you can also get some from sunflower seeds, lean meats and mushrooms.
  • Avoiding processed, non-organic soy products and limiting organic soy products to minimise their potential goitrogenic effect on thyroid function.
  • Consuming cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, and Brussel sprouts cooked. Heating them denatures much of their potential goitrogenic effects.
  • Spending 10-15 mins in the sun getting Vitamin D to prevent deficiencies commonly associated with thyroid issues.
  • Keeping active. Exercise helps to boost your metabolism, manage your weight, and reduce your risk of a whole range of health conditions that can be even harder to manage with a thyroid condition. Make sure to include weight-bearing exercises to boost your muscle-to-fat ratio. The more muscle you have, the more energy you need to burn to function and maintain that muscle mass daily, so your metabolism gets a boost!

 

Exercise

Sunlight for Vitamin D

Drink water to boost your metabolism

 

 

 

 

 

To your health!

 


 

 

How do you regulate your metabolism?  Has hypothyroidism been a problem in your life?  Please share your questions and comments below.

 


 

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.

 


 

 

 

Oatmeal in the 21st Century: Five Fast, Healthy Breakfasts


by Christine Hunt

It used to be called porridge and since before the time that Oliver Twist naively uttered “Please sir, I want some more.” oatmeal  has been a staple of the world’s morning meals.  Unfortunately this hearty, whole grain standard has been replaced by boxed cereals laden with sugar, artificial flavors and colors with little to no fiber or nutritional value.

If you would like to get back to some basics for breakfast but don’t have the time to prepare them, give some of these recipes a try.  They can be prepared ahead of time, some in a crock pot,  and will add flavor, fiber and variety to your morning dash to work or school.  Oatmeal is easy to heat up so consider making a big batch and reheating it as the week progresses.

Oatmeal will help you lose weight, boost your nutritional intake, provide lots of fiber, lower your cholesterol and provide you with anti-oxidants.  It’s inexpensive and faster to prepare than you might think so, give the old standard a new look and potentially create a new you!

Oatmeal

Basic Oatmeal with a Flair

By Christine Hunt

 

Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts and the way I have found to speed things up in the morning is to make a big batch one day then heat up portions as I need them.  I use Bob’s Red Mill Organic Oatmeal and a batch will last me and my husband about 3 mornings.  The first big batch takes less than 10 minutes and heating up additional servings takes less than 3 minutes.  Below is the combination of ingredients that I use but you can use honey, regular sugar, other fruits – anything you want to satisfy your taste preferences.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups   oatmealoatmeal with dried fruit
  • 4 cups   water
  • ground cinnamon
  • raisins
  • dried cherries
  • dried cranberries
  • pecans
  • fresh fruit
  • brown sugar
  • coconut milk

Directions:

To speed up the cooking process I combine the water and oatmeal together, then put on the stove.  While the water is heating the oatmeal is absorbing it and the cooking time is usually less than 10 minutes.  The burner should be set on medium-high to get it boiling then can be reduced to low or medium to thicken up.

I then spoon the amount I want to eat into a bowl and combine about a teaspoon brown sugar, a shake or two of cinnamon, fresh fruit or a combination of dried fruit, some chopped pecans and I’m done.  My husband likes to add some coconut milk.

What is left over I spoon into a storage container and pop into the refrigerator until next time.  When that time comes I put water in the bottom of a small saucepan (I seldom use the microwave but you could and use a microwave safe bowl) then spoon in the amount of oatmeal I want that day, add the brown sugar and dried fruit and heat it all up, stirring occasionally.  I add the pecans and cinnamon on top once in my serving bowl.


On The Glow Basic Oatmeal Squares

Vegan, oil-free, soy-freeOatmeal Squares
By Angela Liddon

Yield: 9 large squares
Prep Time:  10 min.
Cook Time:  35 min.

Think of this oatmeal square as basic baked oatmeal that can be dressed up any way you like. Each large square contains a tablespoon of flax and a teaspoon of chia seeds as well as 7 grams of fibre and 6 grams of protein. Feel free to add in nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, and other mix-ins as you desire. Just be careful about frozen fruit. When I made a trial with frozen blueberries they became quite soggy. Use fresh blueberries and you should be fine.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups regular rolled oats (not instant oats), divided
  • 3 tbsp chia seed
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 5 cups almond milk (or other milk)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
  • 2 tbsp nut or seed butter
  • 1 banana, chopped small
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • Dry sweetener, to taste if you want them a bit sweeter

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8 inch square pan with two pieces of parchment paper.
  2. In a blender or food processor, blend/process 1 cup of the oats until a flour forms. Or you can just use 1 cup of oat flour.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: oat flour, 1.5 cups rolled oats, chia, flax, baking powder, salt, cinnamon. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: milk, syrup, nut/seed butter, banana, vanilla until no clumps remain. Add wet to dry and stir until combined. Add dry sweetener to taste if desired. Fold in any nuts or dried fruit that you desire.
  4. Pour mixture into prepared pan and smooth out. Bake for 35-40 minutes until lightly golden along edge and it springs back slowly when touched. I baked them for 40 minutes, but baking time may vary. Place pan on cooling rack for 10 minutes, carefully remove, and cool on rack before slicing.

Source:  Oh She Glows


Carrot Cake & Zucchini Bread Oatmeal

Serves 2 – 4 (2 large portions, 3 medium portions or 4 small portions)

Carrot Cake & Zucchini Bread Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup steel-cut oats (use gluten-free, if desired)
  • 1½ cups vanilla-flavored non-dairy milk (such as coconut, almond, rice, etc. – I used coconut milk)
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • ¼ small zucchini, peeled and grated (I used a little more, maybe ½ small zucchini)
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar or maple syrup or agave nectar
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • I also added 1 tsp. of pure vanilla extract.

The night before:

Oil the crock of your slow cooker. Combine all of the ingredients, except pecans, in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

 

In the morning:

Stir the oatmeal, taste and adjust the seasonings, and add more milk, if needed. Top with chopped pecans.

Source: 86 Lemons


Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients:Baked oatmeal

  • 2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°.

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Combine the milk, applesauce, butter, and egg. Add milk mixture to oat mixture; stir well. Pour oat mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Serve warm.

Source: Health.com


Slow Cooker Overnight Quinoa & Oats

Prep time:  5 minsQuinoa & Oats
Cook time:  7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 5 mins
Author: Chelsea
Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups steel cut oats (no substitutes)
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 4 and 1/2 cups water, or almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, fresh berries, splash of milk, additional sugar for topping

Directions:

  1. Spray your slow cooker with non-stick spray. (Do not forget this step!)
  2. In a mesh strainer, rinse out the quinoa really well.
  3. Combine the steel cut outs, rinsed quinoa, water or almond milk, brown sugar, maple syrup, salt, vanilla extract, and cinnamon (if desired) into the slow cooker.
  4. Stir really well and then set your slow cooker to low or, if you have a programmable slow cooker, set it to when you will wake up.
  5. This meal is ideal at 6-7 hours (best at 6 hours if you have a fast crockpot) and after that it becomes mushy and not so great.
  6. If you sleep 6-7 hours then turn it on low right before going to sleep or set the program to start preferably 6 hours before waking up.
  7. Once you wake up, immediately turn it off the heat and transfer to another dish or to breakfast bowls.
  8. Serve with a splash of milk, fresh berries, and additional brown sugar if desired.

Notes:

If you leave the mixture in the slow cooker for longer than indicated after being cooked, have an excessively fast cooking slow cooker (haha!), or cook it for longer than indicated your results will be most likely mushy and perhaps even burn along the edges.

 Source:  Chelsea Messy Apron

To your health!


Share your likes and dislikes about your oatmeal experiences and any favorite recipes you might have in the comments section below..


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.

Sugar’s Contribution to Obesity, Cancer & Chronic Disease; and 7 Steps to Reduce It In Your Diet


by Christine Hunt

 Sugar

For decades the fattening of America  has been blamed on our consumption of foods that contain fat.  To combat this belief and increase sales, processed food companies removed the fat and advertised LOW FAT and FAT FREE on the labels of their products.  But without the fat most products have little to no flavor.  What did they do?  They added sugar.

Nutrition Facts LabelRead the Nutrition Facts Label of most any processed food and you will find the sugar content listed in grams.   Four grams of white sugar is equal to 1 teaspoon of sugar.   In order to calculate how many teaspoons of sugar a food or beverage contains divide the number of grams of sugar by 4.

Have you noticed that unlike most all other ingredients listed on the Nutrition Facts Label that sugar does not have an amount listed under the % Daily Value * column?  That is mainly because of the lobbying of large, processed food companies.  Why?  Because most people would be alarmed at the amount of sugar in these foods and maybe not purchase them.

According to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are:

Men – 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons)

Women – 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons)

The current daily average consumed is 104 grams or 26 teaspoons per day.

To give you an idea of how much that is in some popular foods, a 12 oz. can of Coke contains 140 calories from sugar and a regular sized Snickers bar contains 120 calories from sugar.  So, either one would max out your recommended daily intake.

Add to that the sugar you put in your coffee, the sugar in your breakfast cereal, donut or muffin – and that’s before you even leave your home in the morning.  If you eat at a fast food restaurant for lunch and order a soda or get a super-sized  one at the local convenience store (especially the ones that give the free refills) you are super-sizing your waistline.  And that doesn’t include sugar content in prepared soups (Campbell’s Tomato has 12 grams) , yogurt (19 to 29 grams) and Nature Valley Granola bars (12 grams) if you want a quick snack in the afternoon.


The Secrets of Sugar

The Secrets of Sugar, a The Fifth Estate video by CBC news, sheds light on the topic and reveals information about sugar and its affect on health that you may not be aware of.


So what can you do?

7 Steps to Reduce Sugar In Your Diet

No to sugar

  1. Understand the common names for sugar and eliminate or minimize them from your diet. Some are brown sugar, corn syrup, dextrin, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, high fructose corn syrup, galactose, glucose, honey, hydrogenated starch, invert sugar maltose, lactose mannitol, maple syrup, moslasses, polyols, raw sugar, sorghum, sucrose, sorbitol, turbinado sugar and xylitol.
  1. Reduce or eliminate sugary beverages, juices and sodas. Drink water and add lemon or lime juice for a light, refreshing flavor.  Herbal teas come in many different flavors.  Don’t order sweet tea when you eat out but regular iced tea and add a small amount of sugar.
  1. Incorporate more healthy, whole foods into your meal plans. Most from scratch recipe ingredients are void of sugar.
  1. Read labels of all processed foods that you buy and minimize their consumption. Check your salad dressings, ketchup, barbeque sauces cereals and other processed foods for their sugar content and find alternatives.
  1. Find breakfast cereals with less than 8 grams of sugar per serving or , preferably, unsweetened altogether like oatmeal and use fresh fruit to sweeten it up.
  1. Don’t skip meals. Eating regularly helps you feel full longer and less likely to reach for sugar laden snacks.
  1. Set a daily sugar quota and stick to it. You may do this gradually so your sweet tooth doesn’t rebel.  Set an amount that you will reduce your sugar intake by each week and plan your meals accordingly.

To your health!


Sources:

Reader’s Digest
Dr. Mercola
Campbell Soup
Huffington Post
Fooducate
Authority Nutrition


What kinds of foods do you have in your pantry that contain sugar that you were unaware of?  Please share your experiences and questions with eliminating sugar from your diet in the comments section below.

 


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.

Understanding the Mind’s Connection to Health

 

by Christine Hunt

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

 

Mind-body specialist Dr. James Gordon states that the mind and body are essentially inseparable: “the brain and peripheral nervous system, the endocrine and immune systems, and indeed, all the organs of our body and all the emotional responses we have, share a common chemical language and are constantly communicating with one another.”

In other words every emotion causes the release of a certain chemical or hormone into the body.  Good feelings release good hormones like dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin among others.  When we are afraid or stressed, harmful hormones like cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine are released.  When stress or fear become a constant in our lives, these hormones begin to suppress the immune system, increase blood pressure and result in other health problems.

Can someone become happy if he or she alerted the good feeling hormones inside their body?  Yes it would work.  But unless the root causes of your unhappiness, stress, anger and anxiety is dealt with, the happiness won’t last for long periods of time.
 
 
 

What exactly is meant by the word “mind?”

Our mind is not our brain.It’s important to note that “mind” is not synonymous with brain. Instead, in our definition, the mind consists of mental states such as thoughts, emotions, beliefs, attitudes, and images. The brain is the hardware that allows us to experience these mental states.

Mental states can be fully conscious or unconscious. We can have emotional reactions to situations without being aware of why we are reacting. Each mental state has a physiology associated with it—a positive or negative effect felt in the physical body. For example, the mental state of anxiety causes you to produce stress hormones.

Many mind-body therapies, such as EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) focus on becoming more conscious of mental states and using this increased awareness to guide our mental states in a better, less destructive direction.
 
 
 

What is the history of mind-body connection?

Doctor with stethescope.Awareness of the mind-body connection is by no means new. Until approximately 300 years ago, virtually every system of medicine throughout the world treated the mind and body as a whole. But during the 17th century, the Western world started to see the mind and body as two distinct entities. In this view, the body was kind of like a machine, complete with replaceable, independent parts, with no connection whatsoever to the mind.

This Western viewpoint had definite benefits, acting as the foundation for advances in surgery, trauma care, pharmaceuticals, and other areas of allopathic medicine. However, it also greatly reduced scientific inquiry into humans’ emotional and spiritual life, and downplayed their innate ability to heal.

In the 20th century, this view gradually started to change. Researchers began to study the mind-body connection and scientifically demonstrate complex links between the body and mind. Integrative psychiatrist James Lake, MD, of Stanford University, writes that “extensive research has confirmed the medical and mental benefits of meditation, mindfulness training, yoga, and other mind-body practices.”

The ability to manage emotions comes from the inside out and many times our reactions are subconscious because a current situation reminds us of a past event in our lives which was either threatening or enjoyable.  These are the root causes of our emotions.  EFT is an effective method to uncover the root causes in a safe, comfortable way and the results are long lasting and most of the time, permanent.

 

Human emotions

 

As humans we are extremely adaptable and capable of changing habits and healing our minds and bodies to improve our lives.  EFT is a gentle tool to aid the transition.

To your health!

Christine Hunt

 

References:
Know Myself
University of Minnesota


 
 

 What do you think about the mind/body connection as it relates to health?  Can you identify times in your life that your emotions have affected your health?  Please share your comments below.

 


 

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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