New Beginnings Ezine
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... and as usual, a few of my favorite quotes:
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
— Oscar Wilde
"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
— Winston Churchill
"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."
— Samuel Johnson
"The power that various events, people, and problems have over you is determined by how you process information. Any time you come from a position of fear or anger, you suffer."
— Bridgett Walther
"To live is the rarest thing
in the world. Most people exist, that is all."
— Oscar Wilde
"Life isn't about waiting for
the storms to pass,
it's about learning to dance
in the rain."
"The day after tomorrow is the third day of the rest of your life."
— George Carlin
"Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you criticize him, you're a mile away and you have his shoes.."
"The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its
— Oscar Wilde
"Decide to be happy, knowing
it's an attitude, a habit gained
from daily practice, and not a result
— Denis Waitley
"You must believe
— D. J. Pena
Welcome to the May/June newsletter. That’s right, I’m combining them this time around. It seems that during this time of year, many of us start to focus a bit more on our bodies, weight and the kind of shape we are in. It’s only natural, with warm weather making its reappearance (at least up here in the Northern Hemisphere), and more skin being exposed, that our focus would shift in this direction. When I think about it, though, in the Southern Hemisphere, and just getting into the middle of winter, we also think about our bodies, our weight and maybe ways to keep it all under control as we find ourselves staying in more, maybe eating a bit more and noticing those few extra pounds beginning to creep up.
Keeping that is mind, this edition is going to focus primarily on the body and how the Mind can actually determine not only what the body feels like, but what it looks like as well. You might find yourself surprised, so please read on …
HypnoSculpting (changing or sculpting your body with hypnosis) is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to surgery and/or for use with a dieting or weight training regime.
HypnoSculpting can be used to, among other things, increase or decrease virtually any part of the body with a seemingly high degree of success.
Here’s how it works. The subconscious can effect and control where blood flows. An easily understood example is sexual arousal. When we become sexually aroused, flows to certain parts of our body. We don’t tell blood to flow there, it happens because the idea (or suggestion) of being intimate causes the blood flow to be redirected to that area.
When blood can be directed to and concentrated in a particular part of the body, sculpting occurs. This is also one of the principals behind weight training.
HypnoSculpting can also be effective as a weight loss technique. By directing blood to a particular part of the body, that part heats up and fat in that area gets consumed more quickly, literally burned away. Conversely, other parts of the body can be cooled down slightly and the consumption of fat slowed to increase size; this is particularly effective with breast enlargement.
Speaking of breast enlargement, HypnoSculpting, is being used for both breast enlargement and most recently penis enlargement. Although different techniques are used, the principle is basically the same. If the breasts are full of blood, they will stretch. Typical results are one cup size change.
As with any changes in the body, the results are gradual over a period of several weeks. This is a good therapy for women who do not want to incur the high costs and potentially negative effects of surgery. After the breast size has been increased, blood flow can be directed to an area of the body to burn away fat, such as the stomach area, while giving suggestions keeping the breast size larger and the area cool to reduce the possibility of reduction occurring.
The technique for penis enlargement is somewhat different and incorporates suggestions that specifically enlarge and strengthen the pubococcygeus muscle. It is quite common to see a two inch enlargement, but again as with any physical changes to the body, results are gradual and over a period of several weeks.
I know there of many of you out there who are right now saying “Yeah, right, and I’ve got some lovely swamp land I want to sell you for real cheap.” I know that when I first heard of HypnoSculpting, that’s kind of what I thought as well. But I have since changed my mind and here’s why.
The subconscious has the ability to effect change at a cellular level. This is something I have had the opportunity to see first hand; and this change results from collective cell stimulation. All that is required is the proper set of suggestions. Here are some examples that you can easily relate to.
If you are driving down a road and you suddenly smell food that you enjoy, perhaps some french fries, or maybe barbeque, your mouth will start to water and you will immediately start to feel hungry and get a craving for that particular food. You will want to stop and indulge yourself.
The end result is that with the correct and specific hypnotic suggestions, the mind and body are capable of and will respond accordingly to do what is needed to fight an illness, make physical changes, or modify a behavior pattern.
When starting a journey of this nature, it is important to remember the mind, body and spirit connection. Research shows that our emotions and thoughts directly affect not only our spiritual well-being but our physical body as well. Holding onto anger, hostility, resentment, hurt, fear and guilt has very specific physiologic consequences. Some of these are increased blood pressure and hormonal changes that are directly linked to cardiovascular disease, weight gain, immune suppression, depression, cancer and possible impaired neurological function and memory.
In addition, these negative emotions can trigger bad habits such as smoking and drinking, can lead to serious food addictions, eating disorders, alcoholism and drug abuse.
Researchers at UCLA have found that in studies of HIV-positive men, optimism is associated with stronger immune-cell function. And research at Harvard suggests that the relaxation response which can be achieved through yoga, meditation, imagery and hypnosis can help counter the effect of chronic stress and the hormonal changes associated with that stress. The body produced more nitric oxide when deeply relaxed and this molecule acts as an antidote to cortisole and the other potentially toxic stress hormones.
It is this mind-body connection that can be used to your advantage to increase the effectiveness of your HypnoSculpting sessions. This is why it is important that the proper hypnotherapy suggestions be given instructing the body and cells to change, and also the suggestions needed to change your unique behavior patterns or whatever else is required for you to reach your specific goal. It is this mind-body connection that is also the fastest way to achieve the goal desired when hypnosis is used. With the use of hypnosis and the proper suggestions, you are able to strengthen the mind-body connection ultimately finding success and reaching your goal, whatever it may be.
Linda Simmon C.Ht.
If you would like more information on hypnosculpting, please don’t hesitate to email me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Anyone who emails me and mentions this newsletter, will get two hypnosculpting sessions for the price of one.
Eating to Lose Weight?
Sprinkle on Red Pepper Flakes
Wouldn't it be great if you could just sprinkle something on your food to help you lose weight?
Research suggests these fiery flakes might fit the bill: crushed red pepper. A small batch of studies has shown that a key ingredient in hot peppers -- capsaicin -- may help curb appetite and hinder the storage of fat. If you're serious about losing weight, red pepper flakes alone aren't going to move the dial much. But they could be a useful addition to a legitimate weight loss plan.
Researchers in one study concluded that capsaicin may boost sympathetic nervous system activity in a way that dampens hunger and calorie intake later in the day. And related research found that capsiate -- a capsaicin-like compound from sweet peppers -- hindered fat storage and boosted weight loss.
Besides possibly helping you lose more weight, adding heat to low-calorie meals will boost flavor and interest as well -- whether you choose capsaicin-rich cayenne pepper, diced jalapenos, or any variety of hot chili peppers.
Bitter Fruit for Better Weight Loss
You've heard about the grapefruit diet. But can just the smell of grapefruit help melt the pounds from your body? Seems it has some potential. Preliminary animal studies show that the scent of grapefruit oil may help reduce appetite. Eating a couple of grapefruit won't hurt your waistline, either.
Are the rumors true? Could grapefruit -- touted for years as a weight loss wonder -- actually work? Possibly.
In one 12-week study, obese people who ate half a grapefruit before each of three daily meals shed more pounds than their counterparts did. In the study, whole grapefruit also took a bite out of insulin resistance in folks with metabolic syndrome -- a constellation of conditions that can raise the risk for several serious health problems, including diabetes. Find out if you could be at risk for metabolic syndrome.
Although grapefruit juice and grapefruit capsules also may have pound-shedding potential, whole fruit was clearly the winner in the study -- probably because the whole fruit has appetite-controlling fiber as well. The scent of grapefruit may help you, too. Here's why:
That wacky grapefruit diet aside, studies have linked regularly eating grapefruit with weight loss. But now the mere smell of the stuff is good enough? Only more research will tell us for sure. Researchers speculate that the effect the oil's smell has on liver enzymes might help nix cravings and spur weight loss. Sound too good to be true? Maybe. For a surefire way to lose weight, here's the four-step plan from RealAge doctors Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen.
Plan your meals.
Find a diet buddy.
Walk every day.
Track your progress.
Exercise and a calorie-controlled diet remain the true cornerstones of weight loss, but if grapefruit helps, great! However, if you're taking medications of any kind, talk to your doctor before adding grapefruit to the mix; it interacts with several meds. Try these other fat-blasting tips, too:
Walk with me. Walking has the highest stick-to-it rate of any exercise. And a walking buddy can help even more.
Be sane. Fad diets, like the famous but extreme 600-calories-or-so-a-day grapefruit diet, may help some people lose weight temporarily, but most gain it all back in the long run.
Get a grip. Do you eat when you're bored? Stressed? Sad? See below to find out what's behind emotional eating and what you can do to curb it.
- Make Your Waist Smaller with This 30-Second Habit
Few things plant the waist-widening TV remote more firmly in our hands than the need to distress. But here's a healthier way to let go of it all: Just breathe deeply. It takes only about 30 seconds to do it right, and a quick and easy stress reduction strategy like this is critical to your waistline -- especially given a recent study on job stress and weight gain.
In the study, workers who were super stressed tended to have bigger bellies than their peers who were more at ease. It's not that stress in and of itself causes waistlines to expand; it's how people deal with the stress that makes them fat. Researchers suspect the difference in weight was more likely due to the unhealthy coping mechanisms the stressed-out folks used -- like vegging in front of the TV, skipping that afternoon walk, and dipping into a pint of double fudge ice cream for cold comfort when they got home. (Related: Emotions can drive uncontrolled eating.)
Still, stress itself may do some damage as well. In fact, other research has found that chronic stress can increase the production of cortisol -- an anxiety hormone that facilitates the storage of belly fat and may boost cravings for high-calorie snacks. The good news? You can put stress to bed with just 30 seconds of deep breathing.
Controlling the Chemistry of Emotional Eating
AND IMAGINE, WHILE UNDER HYPNOSIS
YOUR BREATHING NATURALLY BECOMES
AND MORE RELAXED.
30 SECONDS DO WONDERS, JUST IMAGINE
WHAT 30 MINUTES DOES!
Learning the science behind cravings is the first step toward controlling them. Our ancestors ate to survive. They ate because they were hungry, or maybe to celebrate a victory over a warring tribe
Us? We eat because we're angry, bored, stressed, frustrated, depressed, watching a movie, too busy, not busy enough, getting together with friends, or ticked off because the Lions lost. And when eating is the result of an emotional reaction -- where we substitute chocolate for a conversation, ice cream for a relaxing bath, or chips for a punching bag -- it isn't as much about character as it is about chemistry.
Brain chemicals not only influence your emotions but also provide the foundation for why you eat at certain times. Here are a few examples:
- Norepinephrine: This is the caveman fight-or-flight chemical. It's what tells you to tangle with a saber-toothed tiger or hightail it to the safety of your hut.
- Serotonin: This is the James Brown of neurotransmitters. It makes you feel good (Hey!) and is a major target of antidepressants.
- Dopamine: This is the brain's fun house. It's a pleasure and reward system and is particularly sensitive to addictions. It's also the one that helps you feel no pain.
- GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid): This one is the English Patient of amino acids. It makes you feel like a zombie and is one of the ways that anesthesia may work to reduce your responsiveness to the outside world.
- Nitric oxide: This is your meditation-like chemical. It helps calm you. This powerful neuropeptide is usually a very short-lived gas that also relaxes the blood vessels of the body
Now, the real question is what do all these chemicals have to do with whether you snack on a Hershey bar or a plum? Read on.
The Brain Chemical/Food Relationship
Let's use serotonin as an example of this relationship. Picture your brain as a small pinball machine. You have millions of neurotransmitters that are sending messages to and from one another.
When your serotonin transmitters fire the signals, they send the message throughout your brain that you feel good; this message is strongest when that feel-good pinball is frenetically bouncing around in your brain, racking up tons of yeah-baby points along the way.
But when you lose the ball down the chute (that is, when cells in the brain take the serotonin and break it down), that love-the-world feeling you've just been experiencing is lost. So what does your brain want to do? Put another quarter in the machine and get another ball. For many of us, the next ball comes in the form of foods that naturally (and quickly) make us feel good and counteract the drop in serotonin that we're feeling.
An example? Sugar. A rush can come with a jolt of sugar. Sugar stimulates the release of serotonin. Insulin stimulates serotonin production in the brain, which, in turn, boosts your mood, makes you feel better, or masks the stress, pain, boredom, anger, or frustration that you may be feeling.
And serotonin is only one ball in play. You have all of these other chemicals fighting to send your appetite and cravings from bumper to bumper.
Knowing how your emotions can steer your desire to eat will help you resist your cravings and, ideally, avoid them altogether.
Your goal: Keep your feel-good hormones level, so you're in a steady state of satisfaction and never experience huge hormonal highs and lows that make you search for good-for-your-brain-but-bad-for-your-waist foods.
Here are three tricks to try:
Use foods to your advantage.
All foods have different effects on your stomach, your blood, and your brain.
Choose turkey to cut carb cravings. Turkey contains tryptophan, which increases serotonin to improve your mood and combat depression and helps you resist cravings for simple carbs.
Choose salmon to curb blue moods. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in certain fish (including salmon, canned tuna, halibut, and mahi-mahi), have long been known as brain boosters and cholesterol clearers, but they've also convincingly been shown to help with depression in pregnant women. Depression contributes to hedonistic and emotional eating.
Savor the flavor.
If you're going to eat something that's bad for you, enjoy it, savor it, roll it around in your mouth.
We suggest taking a piece of dark (70% cocoa) chocolate and meditating -- as a healthy stress reliever and as a way to reward yourself with something sweet.
It's OK to eat bad foods -- every once in a while.
- Go to sleep.
Getting enough sleep can help with appetite control. That's because when your body doesn't get the 7 to 8 hours of sleep it needs every night to get rejuvenated, it has to find ways to compensate for neurons not secreting the normal amounts of serotonin or dopamine.
It typically does that by craving sugary foods that will give you an immediate release of serotonin and dopamine.
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