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Overcoming fear and setbacks with DeShawn Fontleroy

Episode 45 – Learn How to Overcome Fear and Setbacks

Today we welcome DeShawn Fontleroy of Sports Mastery. Sports Mastery was created to bridge the communication gap of between the student athlete and their parents and coaches. He begins by mentoring athletes first on how to overcome fear and then by making the most of any obstacle or setbacks they may face. All while challenging their sacrifices and social conflicts to help them reach their goals.

 

DeShawn begins with many of his clients by first explaining the process of fear, followed by a list of everything that they find to be a fear in their own life. Common fears are rejection, criticism, ill health, poverty etc., which as DeShawn says, “Are all taught by our friends, family and environment.” He describes the only true fears we’re born with is the fear of heights and of loud noises. These are fears engrained in us, but not often found when looking at what cripples us on a daily basis.

The true definition of fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous and likely to cause pain or threat.

DeShawn says, “The opposite of confidence is doubt and fear.” Your desire to improve has to include overcoming that fear factor if you truly want to overcome the emotions that are holding you from acting towards your dreams.

Many of us have these fears when it comes to making lifestyle changes or even a taking a break from things like sugar, caffeine, alcohol and refined carbs. It’s easy to wonder if you’re even capable. Well, you are!

Christa’s corner stones to fitness:

  • Daily Movement
  • Eating healthy
  • Positive mental thoughts with Mind Zoning® and meditation
  • Community

Life comes with challenges and the brain likes to go back into old habits in these times in an act to keep you safe. If your setback is a place that returns you to community it will bring you back to a place of progression. Being a part of a community, with mentors or what DeShawn calls a “corner man,” that always demonstrates acceptance and inclusion, will make you feel welcomed no matter where you are in your journey. This support will fuel you forward.

Sports Mastery Champion’s Blueprint

  • Legacy – This isn’t solely on what your goals look like, but how do you want to be remembered for the work you’ve put in? What are you doing every day which will reflect this?
  • Vision – When you have goal, what does it look like when you get there and how is it going to feel? Visualizing this goal will help your brain to follow that specific emotion, making it far more achievable when you get to work.
  • Mindset – What systems and strategies are you going to have in place for success and for setbacks? Success intoxication, as DeShawn describes, is when you fall back into an old mindset or set of habits when achieving a goal quickly. Keep moving forward!

The Power of Community

Both Fitlandia and Sports Mastery are deeply ingrained in the concept of community as a fundamental component to success, including the need to be deeply intimate with yourself. This intimacy includes all your accomplishments and your weaknesses. It’s important to know how to recover without feeling guilty when setbacks occur and to have that community of people in that time of need.

Recovering from setbacks quickly:

  • Have a plan in place so when you do have a setback, you immediately know what you’re going to do to recover
  • Have a couple people who keep you humble no matter how successful you are
  • Have a few “cheerleaders” you can always turn to

DeShawn says, “It’s all about planning for success and knowing what you’re going to do when fear creeps in so you can get back to the road moving forward.”

Make sure to list out your fears, work towards your goals by accepting the wins and the setbacks and go to iTunes and rate Fitlandia and Sports Mastery both with five stars! And if you haven’t already, click to join the closed (but completely open to everyone) Facebook group to be welcomed into the community!

For more of Sports Mastery, check out DeShawn’s Podcast and make sure you download his PDF to learn basic definitions and workbook assignments that will help determine your fears and how you feel and deal when challenged or threatened with them. You no longer have to deal with the bear of fear, “You just have to do the work”!

Thank you again to Portland Community College’s Institute for Health Professionals Functional Nutritional Program for sponsoring today’s show! This wonderful program is one year and 100% online making it doable for the busy entrepreneur who wants to integrate more holistic nutrition into their practice or if you’re just starting out. This program can completely boost your healthcare career in nutrition, just like Christa did back in 2015. The course is taught by practitioners who are experts in their fields who teach a science based curriculum; and for a well-rounded perspective, also incorporates traditional wisdom such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. To learn more or to enroll for the next course starting September 25th, check out PCC’S functional nutrition program.

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JP Sears of Awaken with JP

Episode 41 – Become Ultra Healthy with JP Sears of Awaken with JP

Christa intros JP Sears to the show and jumps right into some nutritional controversy with the American Heart Association’s assertion that coconut oil isn’t healthy. Christa wanted to get JP’s take on the situation since the topic was all over social media.

 

Here’s what JP had to say:

“From the bottom of my heart, I would dare say, virtually anything the American Heart Association says deserves to be flushed down the toilet.”

Because of the corporate agenda and funding into research, these studies aren’t for the greater good of people, but instead putting dollars into their pockets. Christa concurs. She points out that there is conflicting info in the industry and JP uses the example of the days when margarine was touted as being healthy.

The Power of Meditation

Christa reminds newcomers to the show that Fitlandia is on a mission to end dieting by first helping people change their thought-patterns using Mind Zoning®. Because these are like guided meditations, she explores the power of meditation with JP.

JP provides an amazing suggestion for those short on time or starting out. Personally, he does 10 minutes per day and focuses on a practice he learned from Thích Nhất Hạnh, which is a simple breathing meditation. As you breathe in, say to yourself, “I’m breathing in.” As you exhale, say to yourself, “I’m breathing out.” This is easy and approachable for anyone to try.

“Meditation is a great service we can give ourselves.”

Christa & JP discuss the challenges with life and busy schedules and that we don’t have to be perfect in our health practices. In fact, being aware and open about our triggers can help us keep moving forward.

“I used to shame the living crap out of myself. How I’m shaming myself is probably more toxic than the cookie I ate.”

End the Shaming Cycle

The shaming cycle can take someone back into an old, viscous addictive pattern, but Mind Zoning® can help, as well as being thoughtful about the benefits of that pattern. Looking at things that feel unhealthy always has an element of comfort and provides a sense of feeling in control.

Christa & JP speak on the power of planning for travel and staying healthy on the road and rely on Whole Foods to help stay healthy during travel and even search AirBnB listings to ensure access to being able to cook their own meals.

So what do Christa & JP eat? It’s similar: focus on veggies, higher on the side of healthy fats, and high-quality protein…and most importantly, don’t follow a dogma and instead focus on growing intuitively with what to eat and learning what’s best from how the body feels.

Christa shares a cautionary tale and that if you’re struggling with sugar, refined carb and/or alcohol addictions then tuning into your body could be challenging and her #1 tip: FOOD JOURNAL.

Self-Sabotage and Unresolved Wounds

Together they get heavy with regards to self-sabotage and looking at the root of self-sabotage. JP speaks to childhood experiences and how we reaffirm disempowering beliefs due to unresolved emotional pain.

Christa adds it’s connected to a lack of self-worth and the need to become aware of traumas. She gets inspired to create a Mind Zoning called “The Journey of Courage.” Doing inner child work can be an incredibly powerful process to healing and moving forward.

JP and Christa wrap up the show speaking to the power of vulnerability and community and/or tribe to help guide you through your transition. Also, working with a coach or therapist can have a powerful impact. He mentions Brene Brown’s TEDTalk on the Power of Vulnerability where she talks about connection and its power in our lives.

“Embrace discomfort. Nobody has ever excelled at anything by avoiding discomfort.”

Connect with all of JP’s awesomeness here:

Awaken with JP website

Awaken with JP YouTube channel

Buy the book: How to Be Ultra Spiritual with JP

Follow on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

Gratitude for today’s sponsor!

Portland Community College Functional Nutrition Program Check out their 100% online functional nutritional program today.

 

If you’re looking for a holistic nutrition program to connect with others, learn how to connect with your body and overcome addiction for the next 30-day program with Fitlandia.

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is coconut oil healthy

Is Coconut Oil Healthy?

Oh boy! When I saw the USA Today article titled, “Coconut oil isn’t healthy. It’s never been healthy,” I thought to myself, “Here we go again. Yet another food industry or big pharma-sponsored research study meant to keep flooding their pockets at the expense of our health.” Yes, I realize these are strong words and I stand by them.

First, a little history on my education, experience and position with regards to scientific research studies. During my Functional Nutrition training we had an entire class dedicated to this very topic called, “Intro to Research and Evidence-Based Practice for Nutritional Therapy.” Through this class I came to learn three very important things:

  1. Studies are open to interpretation.
  2. Science can not “prove” anything. It can only “disprove” ideas. Click here for more misconceptions about science.
  3. Private corporations pay for up to 75% of all studies.

In a nutshell, look to see who’s funding the studies and make your own judgement about the validity of their interpretation.

I do not profess to be a scientist, a research expert, nor a medical practitioner.  But, I am quite well-read and have my list of experts I do trust and rely on for information.

The key for anyone navigating nutrition information is to always keep these points for consideration:

  • Your body is unique and what works for someone else, may not work for you.
  • Giving up processed foods and adopting a whole foods’ diet is good advice for everyone (and the more plants, the better)!
  • Daily movement and a mix of strength training and cardio (along with a healthy diet) are needed to support your health goals.
  • Monitor your own health stats including:
    • LDL/HDL (the ratio counts, not just LDL)
    • Triglycerides
    • Fasting blood sugar
    • Resting heart rate
    • Blood pressure
    • Digestion, mood, sleep, energy, cognitive function

I personally eat a diet made up of 60%-70% fat; mostly from coconut oil, grass-fed butter, ghee, avocado oil, and for my cold-prep, olive oil. I avoid canola, sunflower, safflower, soybean, and other vegetable oils whenever possible. My health stats are amazing, but they weren’t always that way. Through immersing myself in the available information, becoming educated on the flaws of research studies, and monitoring my own health stats, I’ve come to have very strong opinions on what the AHA, FDA, and USDA pump out as their guidelines for us to follow. I’m not buying their stance one bit.

So do I think coconut oil (raw, organic, unrefined form) is healthy? Most definitely.

Be sure to subscribe to the Fitlandia Podcast and tune in to episode #41 where JP Sears of Awaken with JP shares his very direct insights on the AHA’s warning!

Ready to really geek out on the subject? Here are some other resources to shed even more light on the topic.

Dr. Axe: Is Coconut Oil Healthy? (The American Heart Association Doesn’t Think So)

Dr. Mark Hyman: Coconut Oil – Are You Coco-Nuts to Eat It?

Dr. Mercola: Why Coconut Oil is So Good for You

If you’re interested in giving up processed food and kicking diets to the curb, work with us to get your healthy-self back! Fitlandia can help you with our online, holistic programs.

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nutrigenetics and the future of healthcare

Episode 40 – Nutrigenetics and the Future of Healthcare

Christa welcomes back Dr. Michelle Neil-Sherwood, DO and Dr. Mark Sherwood, ND, or as they like to be called, “Drs. M & M without the sugar” to talk about the science of nutrigenetics. Dr. Michele and Dr. Mark own and operate a wellness-based practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma called Functional Medical Institute. Their practice bridges the medical model with the functional model to teach people how to be completely and totally well. Drs. M & M use all kinds of unique and interesting tools to accomplish their mission and have many patient success stories where existing medical conditions have been reversed or eliminated.

 

Christa repeats Dr. Michele’s opening statement and says, “So it’s not outside of our realm that we can actually be completely and totally well?  I love that.”

A Little Background on the Subject

The functional medicine approach gets to the root cause by looking at:

  • Hormones
  • Neuro transmitters
  • Nutrition
  • Lifestyle

Looking at genetics:

  • We are 99.9% genetically identical
  • The .1% difference is what makes us unique
  • That difference makes all the difference in the world – not everything works the same for everybody
    • Traditional diets
    • Workout programs
    • Supplement types and quantities

We’re born with our genes, but the experiential knowledge those genes have with the interaction of environment is called Epigenetics (the environment’s effect of the genes). For example, two identical twins can grow up and turn out a little different from each other because of the environment’s effect.

Nutrigenetics – the genes effect on the environment

  • How do our genes detoxify things?
  • How do our genes influence what we need to be taking?
  • How do our genes handle lipids; metabolize the fats we consume?
  • How do our genes handle workouts we do?
  • How do our genes handle inflammation?

Simply stated, what we eat could actually influence our DNA and the expression of our DNA.

Genetic Testing

Drs. M & M utilize genetic testing to get the ideal breakdown of macro nutrients for each individual based on their genetic makeup. They formulate a unique nutrition and exercise plan based on those results to optimize body composition for each person. Benefits of testing include:

  1. Cutting edge technology
  2. Replaces trial and error
  3. Unravels the mystery for each person so they get specific, individual plans
  4. Optimization of health
  5. Saves time by getting to the answers faster

Dr. Mark gives an example of how two people can have different reactions when consuming caffeine late in the day. One person may not be affected by a late afternoon cup of coffee, while the other person may be awake all night. Why? The person who is not affected at night by the coffee has a faster metabolism, so the caffeine is processed quicker. For the person whose metabolism is impaired, the caffeine is not processed as fast.

To change metabolism:

  • Reduce detoxification on back end (inside) = nutrigenetic effect
  • Reduce toxins on the front end (outside) = nutrigenomic effect

How does the genetic test work?  Get specific information here

  • A sample ‘buckle swab’ of cheek cells is taken
  • The sample is sent to lab and tested for 80 different genes specific for health, metabolic and exercise
  • Results come back within 21-25 days
  • Analyzed by Drs. M & M
  • An individual plan is designed based on patient’s genetic and lifestyle information
  • A sustainable life plan is created for the patient to use for the rest of their life
  • Implementation may be either fast pace or a slow transition but results are definite

Exercise Considerations

Most people think that more exercise is necessary to lose weight but it can create inflammation and can be the wrong type and amount for our unique genetic makeup.

Example:  A female patient, in her 40’s, chronic boot-camp person, 15-20 pounds overweight in excess fat, can’t get the fat off, frustrated, going to two boot camp classes daily several times a week, exhausted, and stressed out of her mind!

The patient’s genetic testing revealed that she is of an endurance-based structure. Drs. M & M outlined a new exercise plan including:

  • Only two boot camp sessions per week
  • Walking, yoga, relaxation to “chill out”

Once she incorporated these changes in her fitness routine, she immediately began to see results by allowing her body to adapt to the way it is supposed to be.

Christa shares her similar story of being an athlete all of her life, being 50 pounds overweight while working out six days a week (but eating and drinking “trash”). She functioned in survival mode with no coping mechanisms to handle stress and no boundaries to shut down work, or do any type of self-care. Christa confesses that she is now more aware to her addictive tendencies towards donuts and wine, but it would have been great to have this type of testing information back then – it would have saved time because it was a long journey for her to figure things out.

Taste Bud Genes (Phenylthiourea-Phenylthiocarbamide “PTC”)

The spectrum of taste is determined by our genetics. There is an inherited genetic component that influences how we taste PTC, a single gene that codes for a taste receptor on the tongue. This gene is known as the PTC gene or TAS2R38. People can be classified as “tasters,” “non-tasters,” or somewhere in between.

Tasters

  • Wide taste spectrum
  • Appreciates a broad range of tastes; bitter to sweet
  • May have a dysfunctional dopamine receptor which indicates that sweet equals happy; therefore, food becomes happiness

Non-Tasters

  • Narrow taste spectrum
  • Limited taste receptors
  • Prefer or can eat more bland foods
  • Doesn’t typically link food to happiness

Food Addiction

  • Must use caution when opening door to any type of “comfort” or “happy” food because it will cause the door to come flying open, which can activate the addition and lead to binge eating.
  • Once the addiction cycle opens that door, it can swing open for a long time.
  • Limit the shaming cycle by using Mind Zoning® or other types of mindfulness practices may help shorten the time that we are in the addiction.
  • Once we know this information, we are empowered.
  • We don’t have to ask for permission or forgiveness if we slip up; it is up to us to use the information and tools we have to be successful in all areas of our wellness journey.

Access to Genetic Testing

It’s not necessary to live in or to visit Tulsa, OK to get this genetic DNA test from Drs. M & M. You can access the information on their website and order your own sample test kit and mail it back for analysis. You’ll receive a 48-page comprehensive report within 3-4 weeks. Then, Drs. M & M spend 45-60 minutes (via Skype) reviewing it with you. They discuss your areas of vulnerability and set forth an action plan to fix those areas nutrigenomically. The plan is emailed to you as a written implementation synopsis.

Cost

Less than $500 for the entire package

$349 + shipping for kit, testing and analysis, written report

$100 for Skype consultation

“We want people to have this so they can unlock the keys and the mysteries to these problems; how do I lose weight and keep it off, maintain muscle tissue and fight against heart disease and diabetes,” explains Dr. Mark. We provide the tools necessary to answer their own healthcare problems so they can manage their healthcare. Investing in yourself and your health saves money. Drs. M & M point out that their goal is to “take away the ignorance button.” Their patients are fully equipped to make educated adult decisions about their health, exercise and nutrition. They own their own healthcare.

Final Tips

  • Food is vitally important to health
  • Food has changed and our health has declined over time because of it
  • Low-fat foods lead to the obesity epidemic
  • Using food to prevent disease

Dr. Michele quotes Aristotle, “Let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food”.

Which Food Plan Works Best?

Eliminate the “standard American diet” foods such as:

  • Sugars
  • Grains
  • Breads
  • Corn
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • GMOs
  • Soy
  • MSG
  • High-fructose corn syrup

Bring your diet back to what we were designed and intended to eat:

  • Fresh and raw fruits and vegetables
  • Nutrient-dense foods with low sugars
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Healthy proteins

Drs. M & M encourage their patients to follow an anti-inflammatory food protocol with no limits (just guardrails) so their taste buds never get out of control and dopamine receptors are not stimulated. People who stay on the path don’t tend to overeat.

Supplementation

  • Rule of 5 – if you’re taking over 5 supplements, there needs to be a good reason
  • Too many supplements can overstimulate your body and can weaken or limit your defenses
  • Antioxidants can be oxidative if used in excess
  • Cost savings by streamline and identifying targeted supplementation needs

Please check out Drs. M & M’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet from their previous last Fitlandia podcast.

If you’re looking for a holistic nutrition program to help break addictive cycles, sign up for the next 30-day program with Fitlandia.

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30 Days of Mind Zoning® via Facebook LIVE

30-Days of Mind Zoning® via Facebook LIVE

Oh my gosh, I’m so excited (and crazy scared) that I’ve decided to take the leap and go live on Facebook EVERY DAY for the month of June, delivering 5-minute Mind Zonings® to my awesome, loyal following. And I really want you to join me.

The History of Mind Zoning®

For those of you new to Fitlandia, Mind Zoning® is the foundation of everything we do to help you get fit today, but stay fit for life and put an end to dieting. These audio recordings are much like guided meditations that help create new neural pathways in the brain so that eating healthy, moving daily, and having positive thoughts becomes easy. Sounds great, right?! Check one of them out here: Healthy Suggestion Surge. I developed this process through my own journey of leaving the wild, corporate exec world and transitioning to a Certified Hypnotherapist, Life Coach and Nutritional Therapist. Through this, I realized the diet and fitness industry were broken because no one was addressing the mind along with food, movement and community.

Our Core Values

As I started to build Fitlandia, I wanted to ensure we addressed the most hectic lifestyles: busy moms, execs, entrepreneurs, etc. Making time to prepare meals and move every day can be tough. So everything we do at Fitlandia addresses these times crunches. We have loads of 30-minute recipes, workouts as short as 15-minutes, and soon we’ll have…

5-Minute Mind Zonings®

While I’d love to say to everyone reading this, “Take 30-minutes each day to meditate,”I know that’s a tough hurdle when making dramatic lifestyle changes. Realizing the mind is so powerful, I knew that even carving out 5-minutes per day, every day could have significant benefits. Hence, 5-minute Mind Zoning®.

It’s because we share a crazy-busy lifestyle that I was inspired to develop this collection. Every day in the month of June, I’ll be recording a brand new MZ to then mix with gorgeous spa music and/or binaural beats to launch the collection in the Fall of 2017.

Facebook Live EVERY Day?

I really struggled with the idea of going FB live everyday in June. That means I have to get out of my PJs, put myself together, maybe even shower EVERY day. I haven’t done that since I was in the corporate world. And truth be told, I probably won’t do it now either. I’m going to commit to delivering great content and let go the notion I need to be completely done up to deliver it. I mean heck, your eyes will be closed anyhow – HA!

So I thank you in advance for accepting me as I accept all of you – perfect in imperfection…and some days still in my workout clothes – or with bags under my eyes. 

How I Developed the Content

Ok, now onto the good stuff – the line up of Mind Zonings®. I carefully crafted this schedule based on 3 key things:

So for those of you thinking about making a healthy lifestyle change, it’s a big notion for your brain to get on board with. Learning how to create new habits and release old ones is very similar to what one experiences in the 5 stages of grief. Denial, bargaining, even anger are common. Dr. Jerome Craig and I discuss this in the webinar Grieving Your Old Lifestyle. Our willingness to change evolves over time too. Having a bit of understanding about these stages can be a giant relief for someone trying to embrace where they are today and what next steps to take.

The design of the Mind Zoning® schedule is meant to build upon the previous day; therefore, starting with day 1 and seeing it through every day with me will have the best impact on behavior by the end of the 30 days.

The Daily Line Up at 12PM PT

Drum roll please. Here’s the day-by-day line up starting June 1, 2017. I’ll provide a brief intro on the topic then launch right into 5 minutes of bliss.

When you tune in every day at 12PM PT, please ensure you’re in a place where you will not be interrupted or distracted. It’s only a few minutes and this is a real gift you can give yourself – a mental break in your day. Ahhhhh…

Safety first: do not listen while driving or operating machinery.

Dealing with Denial

It’s easy to deny the true state of our health and fitness because it can literally feel overwhelming. Join us for help with accepting where you are to then create a path forward.

Become Aware

Feeling resistant to change, unmotivated to move, unready for help? Today’s Mind Zoning® will give you permission to accept where you are so you aren’t feeling forced to change against your will. We’ll then invite your mind to become aware of the opportunities that do feel safe as an easy next step.

Navigating Anger 

Have you ever felt angry looking at others around you that can seemingly eat anything they want while you have to limit certain foods to manage your fitness? That “why me” syndrome is common and normal. Today, we’ll help you navigate those feelings so they become productive v. disruptive.

End Bargaining

As part of the process in giving up an old, unhealthy lifestyle, there’s bargaining involved…and lots of it. You may have had thoughts of “Well I can eat just one,” or “If I do this exercise, I can have a few drinks.” While this is a normal part of adopting a new lifestyle, these are pitfalls that tend to maintain the status quo. Get savvy on how to release the bargaining trap.

Ready for Change

Maybe you’ve already started your journey to fitness with doing some research, connecting with others, or talking with your doctor about lifestyle changes. Celebrate those actions and take them to the next level today as you’re ready for change.

Pros and Cons

Connect with your “why” on a deep level to understand the deep drivers to the change you desire. Maybe it’s better health, increase self-esteem or more energy. Listing out all you hope to gain, while also outlining you’re giving up, can help you see how positive this overall endeavor really is making action that much easier.

It’s Time to Act

Take even the tiniest of actions and turn them into real transformation. When we repeat behavior each day, our mind develops a new, lasting thought-pattern that serves your fitness goals.

Visualize Your Future

Your mind loves a roadmap to follow. Create the blueprint for the body, mind and soul you desire through visualization. You’ll then get to connect with the emotions of having already achieved all your goals, which solidifies the plan. You’ll notice how much more motivated you are to move, think and eat well every day.

Reframing Thoughts

You are what you think. Period. With our brains naturally geared toward a negative bias, we have to practice reframing all negative thoughts and turning them into positive ones. Having this switch will do wonders for releasing old behavior that no longer serves your goals. Go from “No, I can’t,” to “Yes, I can!”

Ditch Diet Myths

You remember the days of “No pain, no gain,” right? And you’re still being bombarded with quick-fix promises through pills and powders. These old dieting paradigms have been proven to fail you. It’s time to ditch them and focus on adopting a lifestyle for good. It’s time to end dieting and get fit for life.

Prioritize Your Day

We’re here to tell you, you DO have time to exercise and make healthy meals. Yes it requires planning, but also knowing how to prioritize your time. Find tips to become more efficient in your tasks, as well as clearing our your calendar to make you fitness a priority in your day.

Setting Boundaries

If you’re a natural caretaker, you’ll want to tune into this Mind Zoning® for sure. Making yourself the priority is foundational to showing up as your very best for others. Give yourself permission to set healthy boundaries so you can put yourself first, guilt-free.

Get Over the Hump

During the change process, people can look back on that past life, feel a deep sense of loss and become depressed. Here you can reconnect with your why and purposing driving your desire to live a healthy lifestyle.

Find Your Tribe

Did you know you’re 3x more likely to stick to a healthy lifestyle when you’re connected with others on the same journey? Visualize the type of people that will elevate your fitness goals so you can then go out and find them!

Power in Vulnerability

Identifying and communicating where we struggle opens us up to a world of support. As we mentioned yesterday, it’s about leaning on your tribe when you need them. There’s power in vulnerability so open your heart up to receive the love and support.

Goal Setting

Our minds love something to look forward to. Our behavior then falls in line to support achieving it. Set a clear, attainable goal today that you can feel proud of once you’ve achieved it. This wins build upon themselves to continue a successful health journey.

Find the Right Food

Not one dietary plan works for everyone and it can take years to find what is best for you without this Mind Zoning®. Learn how to track your meals and tune into your body to create the best possible meal plans for you and your goals. The following 3 tracks will also help you along the way.

Jazzed to Journal Part 1

Let’s get you over the idea that food journaling is a painful, tedious process. Go from feeling furious about the practice to feeling curious about what it will reveal.

Jazzed to Journal Part 2

Let’s get you focused on tracking your macros (protein, fats and carbohydrates) along with your energy, mood and hunger levels to find what ratio works best for you.

Jazzed to Journal Part 3

Struggling with a health concern such as obesity, high blood pressure, skin disorders, auto-immune disease? Tracking your food before starting an elimination diet then during and after can help you become certain about which foods to put on your -no-no list to feel your best.

Sleep Essentials

Make restful sleep your number 1 priority. Without solid restorative sleep, you’ll be at risk for a myriad of health problems. This Mind Zoning® will guide you to a nightly routine of good sleep hygiene to promote the rest you need and deserve for optimal health.

Make it a Lifestyle

End yo-yo dieting and ditch the idea you’ll maintain weight loss “once you get there.” Today’s the day to embrace a permanent, healthy lifestyle and give up the on-again off-again cycle of deprivation and over-indulgence. It won’t happen overnight, but instead it’s unfolding everyday.

Healthy Eating Out

It’s not an oxymoron to think you can eat out and still have it be healthy. Break through this perceived obstacle and open your mind to the possibility of eating healthy anywhere. Whether is engaging some pre-planning or asking for modifications, you can do it anytime, anywhere.

Becoming Resourceful

Your mind is a powerful muscle. Strengthen it by opening up to the possibility that you have access to everything you need to be successful. Tap into your inner wisdom to get answers that will break through any fitness barrier. You’ve got this.

Motivation to Move

Imagine the desire to move everyday. Exercise doesn’t have to be hard, nor does it have to be time-consuming. Give your mind the space to imagine all the health benefits from a daily practice.

Get Unstuck

Sometimes we all get in a rut. Let Mind Zoning® reconnect you with your goals and reignite your passion for fitness. Keep moving forward and let nothing stop you from living the healthy life you deserve.

Overcome Plateaus

Our bodies are miraculous instruments geared toward our survival. This Mind Zoning® will help you connect with you remind to find and accept your ideal weight or give it the reassurance it needs to continue to release excess weight being carried.

Inspire Others

Tap into the very heart of who you are and your unique approach to inspiring someone new on their journey. By sharing your wins, stumbles and recovery you’ll spread the mission to put an end to dieting so we can all be supported to live the healthiest possible lives together.

Getting Back Up

We all have our stumbles, but with Mind Zoning® you don’t have to let them take you back into an old lifestyle. Recover faster and easier from any hiccup. Remember you have this collection to go back to any time to support whatever it is you may need.

Celebrating You

You are a magical, powerful being. Your ability to transform your life is endless. Connect deeply with your incredible resolve to life the healthiest life possible. You are capable of anything and everything you imagine. Go after it today and every day.

 

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Episode 31 – Tap Into Childhood to Understanding Adult Lifestyle Choices

Today we are excited to have Christa’s colleague and certified hypnotherapist, Anya Drapkin here to teach us how to tap into our childhood through Mind Zoning® to understand why we make certain food-related choices in adulthood. Stay tuned to the end, when Anya leads us through a ten-minute Mind Zoning® session!

 

As with any Mind Zoning® session make sure you’re taking a break from distractions, outside of your car, and have a space to “zone out” and let your mind unwind.

Childhood Patterns That Shape Our Adulthood Behaviors

During Anya’s educational training, she discovered how crucial the first seven years of life is for us when it comes to how we behave later in life. This time period serves as a template for how we relate to our environment, nature, our homes and even our food choices. This imprint period has been shown to directly shape our patterns, but is also the root which determines how our habits are formed. These engrained behaviors are unlikely to change unless we tap into them.

Our culture places a big importance on food and although we don’t want to shame the treats used in celebrations, such as birthday cake, we do need to be mindful of how these celebratory foods make us feel. From an early age, we are taught to associate food with comfort and happy times, and this relationship typically continues into adulthood. We “self-soothe” with food.

Anya points out that a child’s first interaction with their mother is being brought to the breast to be fed. The child feels loved, reassured, and the sweetness of the milk fills the brain with pleasure and there is a bond that forms over this encounter. This intimate moment is a core time that shows that love flows from mother to baby. This first nourishment soothes the brain for years and emotionally attaches the child to the food and the human it comes from.

As we grow, we don’t always get the same emotional support from humans that we can find from food. We may find ourselves using food, sugar or alcohols as a way to soothe and comfort ourselves – so this becomes a critical point where we need to analyze these patterns and behaviors we’ve brought into our adult lives.

Carbs, Sugar, and Alcohol

These substances in particular are to blame since they “fire up” the reward center in our brains. If you’ve ever tried to give up all or one of these things for a period of time, you’ve surely realized the emotional and physiological connection associated with these substances.

It makes better sense when we look back to the caveman stages of humanity (primarily what the paleo diet is based from) our brain is wired to keep us safe. When we eat sugar, it fires up our brain’s reward center and suddenly we feel happy and safe. In today’s times, it’s important for us to realize that our brain is simply trying to fix itself. We consume these foods because we are hardwired to do so. This realization may help to release the guilt we associate with consuming these substances that we know are not good for us. Although the brain is trying to recover that feeling of safety and comfort, it is actually creating havoc in our bodies. It’s important for us to create new patterns as a brain safety mechanism. Getting off the reliance of sugar, carbs and alcohol gives our bodies the freedom to create new neural pathways.

Tapping Into Childhood

Anya states that most people struggle with changing lifelong behaviors towards food and alcohol simply because of the ritual they’ve created around it. Patterns are built through repetition. We associate a lot of our eating habits with situations with emotional components and that we want to cherish and repeat. Many of these patterns ‘make us feel good’ and many times we use these habits to help us feel good in a pinch. We not only need to learn how to break the ritual but also the brain connection we have with it. Anya encourages, “We have to create a different, healthier way to get our means.”

Techniques How to Identify and Shift These Patterns

Anya focuses on:

  • Diving into the emotional state – We simply cannot address the inner soothing we need by giving ourselves quick sensations. Food doesn’t work on the cognitive level.
  • Empowering to use imagination – In our society we are trained to use our more logical left side of the brain. This is the product-driven, performance-based part that controls behaviors that make us successful. To evolve as humans, it’s important we pay more attention to the right side of the brain. This is the emotional, holistic part of us that makes up the meaning of life.

“Nothing has meaning other than the meaning you give to it.”

Anya asks her clients to envision and use imagery to tune in at this time, the conscious mind will go to what is most relevant. She says, “The power is about what the client’s subconscious needs to complete and it will soothe what the deeper being wants to receive.” Anya goes on to tell us, “The mind zoning space will bring you what’s missing and what the solution will be for you, outside of food. Sometimes it’s community or support and to engage in the people who want to support and love you.”

Now it’s your turn (guided hypnotherapy)

Find a safe space that you can relax and take a couple deep breaths

Know that you have all the talents and skills to get relaxed

Tune out visual stimulus and wiggle into a comfortable position

Feel the solid support beneath you

Begin to get in touch with your breath

Paying attention to your breath and the words

Notice any tight spots you’re holding tension

Feel the deep breaths in the bottom of your lungs

Feel the power of your muscles as you consciously inhale

On the exhale surrender into gravity

Trust the solid support beneath you

Keep deepening your breath

Tune into yourself

You’re the most interesting entity in this moment

Tune attention inward so you can fully benefit from your focus

Accept your focus

Let that be a possibility

Have unconditional acceptance and focus

You deserve it

You can take up space

Begin to move attention

Open your inner eye to a place where you can imagine things

You’re at the top of the staircase moving down

You see a big beautiful tree

So big it has a doorway

Walk around the tree

Walk up to the door

Behind the door is your childhood

A place where you were safe and felt good

Put your hands in the doorway and step through

Step into a place where you were much younger and smaller

Go into that place

How do you feel?

Notice the quality of the air

Notice who’s there

Where you are

That you’re okay

That you’re still in your imagination

Notice that this childhood mind is still in you

Notice what does this child want

Do you want to play?

Explore?

A hug?

Look at your childhood self and ask a question

“What do you want the most right now?”

“What are feeling right now?”

“What do you need?”

Anya asks us to think about, what would you tell your childhood self that would comfort them and give them an opportunity to grow and soothe their inner worries during that moment? These answers are the very things that we carry with us into adulthood.

For more information about Anya and her practices check out her website My Oasis for Healing.

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Episode 30 – Benefits of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

We’re pleased to welcome Functional Medicine Practitioners, Doctors Mark and Michele Sherwood, to talk with us about how to live and benefit from an anti-inflammatory diet.

Background

Dr. Michele Sherwood began working in functional medicine after she began noticing that she addressed her patients more by their specific medications or diseases, instead of by their names. She had earned a naturopath degree before medical school and was now realizing she was simply prescribing maintenance medicines to her patients; a type of “band aid”. She discovered a dramatic improvement in her patients and in her practice when she began to look at the root cause and their life as a whole; including nutrition, activity level, hormonal balances, stress, and sleep patterns which can feed into sickness and disease.

Mark and Michele, besides being married, also have a wellness-based medical practice. They work with genetics, excessive fat reduction, medication reduction and improvement of muscle tissue and texture. Simply put, they’re working to eliminate self-imposed choice driven sickness and diseases from the planet.

By helping to get the focus off obsessing over weight and transitioning to eating whole foods and being healthier overall, Mark and Michele are hoping to work themselves out of jobs.

Get healthy on purpose and lose weight on accident

Mark states, “Anytime we talk about a program where weight loss is included, it’s important to remember, you cannot lose muscle tissue.” Muscle tissue is the way we move our bodies, without it, we’re dying. When we focus on maintaining muscle, we lose fat and overall body composition and our longevity improves.

When focusing on overall body composition it’s a good ratio for 10%-20% body fat for men and 18%-28% for woman. When this is normalized, physical health and emotional health improves.

In their practice, they use an analysis called Bioimpedance for examining body composition. This is different than BMI (Body Mass Index) that measures below, in the middle or above a certain range for body composition but doesn’t actually measure the actual body mass. Conversely, Bioimpedance evaluates lean body mass; how much is withheld, fat inflammatory mass, intracellular and outer cellular water and basal metabolic rate. This is a more accurate measure of cellular health.

This is used as a base line evaluation of a body’s composition and how many calories are necessary to be properly fueled. Mark and Michele use this to study and develop individual plans for their patients. They’re also working on point specific genetics dealing with metabolic health and sports components. Stay tuned for a future podcast where we’ll dive into this information on what chronic inflammation can do this to our bodies and techniques like these that can be used to target solutions.

Now, how does our food inflame us right into disease?

Inflammation, when acute, is how we heal. When it becomes chronic is when it becomes problematic and is the first signs of sickness or disease.

Roughly 80% of the inflammation in our bodies is coming in through our mouths.

When we eat foods that inflame our system, they’re disguised as macronutrients when in reality, they’re simply just macro calories. If we have an efficient, healthy body when we eat foods with good macro nutrient quality, we can get the micro nutrients out of these foods. If not, our bodies start to get inflamed and break them down one organ at a time which can result in hormone imbalances, weight gain, back pain, digestion issues, brain fog, etc.

Known inflammatory foods  

A good pneumonic for these foods is, S.A.D. which stands for the Standard American Diet.

This includes:

  • Fried Foods
  • Sugars, Artificial Sweeteners, Soda
  • Processed Foods and Preservatives – including processed sandwich meats
  • MSG – fillers found in dressings, cookies, spices etc.
  • Excessive Caffeine – 200-300 milligrams more than daily amount
  • Excessive Alcohol – 1-2 drinks a week
  • Corn, Soy, Yeast, Grains and Bread
  • Anything found in a box or package
  • Any foods with added ingredients to change the foods nature or preserve it

 Anti-inflammatory foods to enjoy

Anything that grows in the land, aside from certain food allergies, is going to be much easier for the body to identity and digest. Including more of these types of foods will start to improve your health and mood in as little time as a week!

  • Raw fruits – lower glycemic so you watch sugar levels, but also include nutrients and vitamins
  • Vegetables – no limits to greens. Vegetables help alkalize the system and help with digestion, they also provide lots of minerals and fiber.
  • Hormone free, grass-fed meat
  • Pasture raised eggs
  • Fish – fresh cod and farm-raised fish like trout

Pro Tip: 75% of your plate = vegetables and then make healthy fat choices for the remaining 25%.

What to expect when transitioning to an anti- inflammatory diet

  • Increase in energy which helps release brain fog
  • Better digestion which boosts weight loss
  • Look out for perceived fatigue because of blood sugar dropping – don’t quit – have a piece of fruit, and let your mind and body start to adjust.
  • Don’t focus on depravity but welcome the new journey of releasing toxins and overcoming the brain, gut connectivity we have to certain foods.

It’s helpful to stay connected and you’ll be three times more successful with support and accountability partners. Here at Fitlandia we have an amazing group of people who will help you every step of the way.

Mark states, “Don’t dabble in your health, it’s not a part time job but a full-time life.”

Ready to try out an anti-inflammatory diet and reclaim your health with both mental and nutritional support?

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Episode 29 – Is a “Gluten Free” Diet Just a Fad?

This week we bring back regular guest, Dr. Jerome Craig, to teach us all about living a gluten free lifestyle. As you may know, Dr. Craig is the voice, vision and wisdom behind many of our Fitlandia webinars.


Today we’re talking about being gluten free and asking if it is just another diet fad or truly beneficial for our health. If you’ve listened to previous Fitlandia podcasts you know we’re passionate about bringing credible, science-backed information to our listeners – no more fads, no more diets, no more quick fixes. So, this gluten free thing is a hot topic right now, and was initially thought to be healthy. But now there’s a backlash about the research, or lack thereof about the health benefits of eating gluten free.

So, we posed this question to Dr. Craig, “Do you believe being gluten free is a diet fad?”

He tells us that it’s become a very popular way of eating. The statistics show that 20 million Americans are eating gluten free and a third of those people are trying to avoid gluten. It’s very much front and center in today’s culture.
So, is it a fad? Yes, no and maybe. It is a necessity for everyone? Yes, no and maybe. Dr. Craig states, it’s important to look at the science.
It’s hard to say, one way or another, exactly what being gluten free or not will do for your body but a diet concentrated mostly on any grain isn’t going to be the most nutritious. The best thing about grains is how much fiber they provide. Fiber is good for us, helping to maintain blood glucose levels but also creates digestive distress for many people and that’s when the gluten argument gets a little foggy.

So, what is gluten?gluten

Typically, we know of gluten as the protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Gluten is made up of two molecules that are added together; a larger, polymeric glutenin and a smaller protein, gliadin. When combined, they create a lot of stickiness. As wheat is ground and kneaded into dough, it becomes very elastic which is popular in bread making. The air molecules within the dough are trapped, making the bread strong and fluffy.

This is where the science and the argument come in – the gluten free market place is a huge industry now. Dr. Craig tells us, “The gluten free market has more than doubled in sales between 2011 and 2016 and today is a $15 billion market.”
Although thriving, these products are not necessarily better for you, just because they are gluten free. Most of these baked goods are corn or rice based and don’t provide us more nutrition.

Gluten Free Society posts a variety of glutens. Their argument is with 400 glutens occurring in nature; only 40 of those exist in the human food supply. Most seeds are made with components that are meant to be protected and not digested. These seeds are grown so animals eat and spread them to reassure regrowth of the plants. For optimal health and digestion, it is recommended to not only watch wheat glutens, but all grains because every grain has gluten in it.

That’s right; gluten is not just in wheat, rye and barley but also rice, corn and millet which are used in gluten free foods. These all have a group of plant storage proteins, called prolamins, which for most of us are not easily digestible. If we look back at traditional ways of making breads, they used to ferment it. These grains required time to absorb water and the fermentation process gave the bread the gluten-like texture we know and love.

They Don’t Make ‘Em Like they Used To

Today, however, commercial bakeries use a gluten concentrate in creating doughs. This modern way of milling flour strips the nutrients, leaving the starch and then the concentrate is added to make the bread fluffy again. This is why eating “gluten” causes intestinal distress for so many people because our immune systems and guts are reacting to it. Additives such as coloring, sweeteners, shortening and bleaching agents are added to commercial bread products and are not usually labeled because they’re not technically food ingredients. No wonder our bodies are inflamed!

One of our big issues with gluten today is with studies of Celiac; a serious genetic autoimmune disorder. Celiac provokes problems with the immune system if gluten is consumed. Most celiacs have to follow a strict gluten free diet. Even non-celiac people may have sensitivity to wheat/ gluten because many ingredients in wheat can be problematic. The best way to feel better is to avoid eating these types of foods for a period of time, and there are certain probiotics that may help people digest gluten.

Dr. Craig points out, “If you eliminate all grains from your diet, you’re going to change your body’s microbiology. This colony changes when you change what you eat, and when a certain food is eliminated and then brought back into the diet later – there is likely to be difficulties with digestion.”
Studies do show people who suffer with gut inflammation, leaky gut or IBS greatly benefit from a grain free diet. Eliminating grains not only helps us cut out wheat glutens but we naturally incorporate more fruits and vegetables into our diet instead of processed foods. This gives us greater health benefits by increasing our nutrients and helping to manage blood sugar levels.

It’s not about replacing the gluten with other non-gluten baked goods but transitioning into more of a “paleo style” way of eating by removing all flours and adding in more root vegetables and nutrient dense foods. We need to listen to our bodies. When we slow down and pay attention to how our body feels, we can use that as a guide for dietary choices. The easiest way to see what might be causing you inflammation is to take a break from it, see how great your body feels, and introduce it back slowly later if you choose.

Tips on Reintroducing Foods Back Into Your Diet

Grains for example:
• Look up fermentable ways to make your own bread so you know exactly what you’re adding in to it
• Start with consuming small amounts and see if you feel any gastrointestinal distress
• Probiotics which help with digestion – some in the bacillus or lactobacillus family or any lactate fermenting will help break down these foods.

With so many people suffering from gut inflammation and borderline immune dysfunction, its no wonder that being gluten free has become so popular and is seen as a trending fad.

People who experience food disorders or GI distress tend to benefit from a low FODMAP diet. A low FODMAP diet, or FODMAP elimination diet, refers to a temporary eating pattern that has a very low amount of food compounds called FODMAPs.

The acronym, as described by co-creator Sue Shepard, stands for:

• Fermentable – meaning they are broken down (fermented) by bacteria in the large bowel
• Oligosaccharides – “oligo” means “few” and “saccharide” means sugar. These molecules are made up of individual sugars joined together in a chain
• Disaccharides – “di” means two. This is a double sugar molecule
• Monosaccharides – “mono” means single. This is a single sugar molecule
• And Polyols – these are sugar alcohols (however, they don’t lead to intoxication!)

This way of eating is primarily beneficial for people with GI problems because any fructans, the fructose molecule found in wheat are removed as well as plant fibers which lead to bacterial overgrowth in the gut.

Leaky gut can also be caused by a gluten dense diet resulting in a buildup of antibodies to the hormone, Zonulin. This hormone, which acts like a border control in the gut, opens up gap junctions allowing large particles to pass through. However, gluten stimulates the release of Zonulin which can promote leaky gut.

How do glutens affect autoimmune disease?

Protein molecules that define a grain may be mistaken by our immune system to look like the digestive tract called molecular mimicry. Hyperpermeability, or the increase of permeability (leaky gut), is at the heart of immune dysfunction. Protein leaks out of the digestive tract directly into the blood stream which creates a negative response in our bodies. This can be caused by food particles or toxins that make it across the bacteria that lines the gut. Our bodies become hyper-vigilant and when the immune system dials in with an unrecognizable substance in the system, our bodies can start attacking its own cells. To help with this, we want to broaden the spectrum of probiotic foods in our diet, since we tend to miss out on nutrients if we eliminate food groups for long periods of time.

For people who are trying to reintroduce foods back to their diets, Dr. Craig suggests starting with fermented foods which are easier to digest. A small amount of toxins help to keep our immune system alert and makes it easier to adjust after detoxification.

As you start reintroducing foods look for:

• Family history (especially celiac) to try and avoid gluten and grains
• Gut inflammation (heart burn, IBS) correlations with food allergies
• Intestinal permeability (many food sensitives) you will start to react to more foods
• Skin issues (eczema, psoriasis, discoloring, bruising)
• Digestion (gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn)
• Brain function (brain fog, hard time concentrating, fatigue after meals which are all associated with immune function and a difficulty regulating blood sugar and insulin levels.
• Anxiety / Depression – inflammatory process which grains tend to feed into this response

For more on how grains affect our neurological health, check out Grain Brain by David Perlmutter.
If you’ve experienced any of the symptoms we’ve talked about or are curious about eating grain or gluten free, it’s worthwhile to try it for your body. Our food controls every function of our bodies; our mood, energy and our digestion.
When you look out for your gut, your gut will look out for you!

Here are some helpful tips:

• Focus on understanding how your body feels – food journaling is beneficial
• Use framework of how you’re doing with eliminating or reintroducing foods (Christa uses a scale 1-5)
• Look at avoiding pesticides and glyphosates in commercial foods which damage the gut microbiome
• Be confident in your journey in finding what best works for your body

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Willpower is a Myth and a Lie. Learn How to Change Your Habits for Good!

Holding onto the thought that willpower will help you create a permanently, healthy lifestyle is myth and a lie. But we’ve got a solution to help. It’s called Mind Zoning®.

Flashback. We’ve all been there. The dinner party with friends filled with plenty of hors d’oeuvres and drinks that smell and look so tasty.

You glance at the table of snacks just to see what is there. You note that only a few options are healthy and would fit within your lifestyle choices, but you grab some of the others too.

Mentally, you know you have chosen poorly, but “You just can’t seem to help it in those social situations!”

Flash forward. Now, if this situation sounds somewhat familiar to you, don’t feel bad. This situation is more common than any of us would like to admit.

But why couldn’t you just choose the healthy options? Why couldn’t you pass up the snacks outside of your lifestyle choice? Why did your willpower fail you?

Here’s Why: Because Willpower is a MYTH and a LIE.

To understand this, let’s learn a little anatomy of the brain together!

The neural pathways of the brain work like little highways that pass along immense amounts of information throughout the brain. The more a certain pathway is used, the more it is turned to when your brain isn’t sure which pathway is appropriate for the situation or when your brain is placed under stress.

For example, if you have always kept a bar of milk chocolate in your desk and eat a small piece whenever you feel stressed at work, your brain is now triggered to choose chocolate (or another fatty and sugar-filled substance) when it is stressed both at work AND elsewhere.

What’s more? Even when you work hard to adopt and practice healthy lifestyle choices, under stress, your brain will still turn to those old neural pathways and the corresponding bad habits.

The Good News is That the Brain is Moldable.

The flexibility of the brain is called neuroplasticity, which means that it is always changing and CAN be adjusted to create new neural pathways and make positive choices!

Enter the hero of this story! Mind Zoning®.

Mind Zoning® is the technique created by Fitlandia CEO, Christa King, to help create new thought patterns in your brain to make lasting and permanent changes.

This means that by harnessing the power of your own brain with this technique, you can now actually train your brain to forget those bad habits when placed under stress, and turn to the new and good ones!

Before you can successfully shift your exercise and eating habits to the healthy lifestyle of your choice, you need to first shift your mind to positive thought perspectives.

Mind Zoning® helps you do this and finally ends the disheartening cycle of starting, and then falling off your diet, or yo-yo dieting. You can adopt a health body, spirit and mind for good!

So How Does Mind Zoning® Work? 

Mind Zoning® begins with meditation. You regularly engage your brain by listening to powerful guided meditations to encourage your brain to release the old neural pathways and adopt new, positive ones.

Research proves that adjusting your neural pathways can help you lose weight, stop smoking, or simply adopt the healthy habits that used to fail to stick. You can drive up to 95% of your fitness and healthy lifestyle behaviors with this amazing technique.

With regular practice, you will see amazing results and finally take control of your mind and develop the healthy lifestyle habits you have always wanted.

Learn more about harnessing the power of your mind and Mind Zoning® at https://www.fitlandiafitness.com/mind-zoning/

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References

1) Yau, Yvonne H. C., and Marc N. Potenza. “Stress and Eating Behaviors.” Minerva endocrinologica 38.3

(2013): 255–267. Print.

2) Grohol, John M. “ MIT explains why bad habits are hard to break.” World of Psychology: Psych Central

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3) Websites Referenced:

http://www.marilyngordon.com/240/train-your-brain-to-let-go-of-habits-–-10-steps-to-create-new-neural-pathways-of-the-brain/

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https://www.fitlandiafitness.com/mind-zoning/

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Episode 27 – Intro to Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Episode 27 – Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT Tapping) Releasing Yourself From a Stressed State of Mind

 

Today we welcome Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Therapist Jen Richards, founder of Matrix Rejeneration, who is here to tell us about Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as EFT Tapping. EFT Tapping, or “tapping” is an effective self-help technique which combines cognitive and exposure therapy with acupressure in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 specific meridian points. At the end of the podcast, Jen outlines the steps for us to follow to practice tapping so we can benefit from this quick and simple technique.

Jen’s Story

From her earliest days, Jen suffered with her body image, and by age 17, she had developed anorexia which eventually transformed to bulimia. For next 15-20 years, she lived in limbo not knowing how to eat or nurture her body in a healthy way. She battled depression and her thoughts often felt chaotic when it came to eating. Jen eventually tried tapping and saw immediate results. She says, “I understood why I had developed patterns with eating and the unhealthy relationship I had with food.” This practice can release us from past emotional traumas, stress, or pain and replace those emotions with a state of well-being, giving us back a life of love and healing.

With the success Jen had experienced herself, she knew she could help others by becoming an EFT practitioner and coach, especially to women suffering with body issues. “Once we heal ourselves, we then can inform and inspire others,” she exclaims. Jen has witnessed many triumphs using this technique, and her mission is to empower women so they can step up and step forward into the person they’ve always wanted to be.

How and Why EFT Tapping Works

What happens with stress?

Our bodies are designed to survive and evolve, we are naturally programed to look out for dangers that would interfere with that process. When we encounter things we’re afraid of, or a certain stress, our body goes into a fight or flight mode. We simply can’t digest food properly in this stressful state because our energy is being used for the body to be in survival mode.

Our autonomic nervous system unconsciously reacts and regulates bodily functions such as heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate and other reactionary responses. The amygdala part of our brain, which recalls memory, decision-making and emotional reaction warns us of danger. This causes our body to release an overload of hormones like insulin and cortisol, which are not only fat-storing hormones, but also play factors in weakening our gut bacteria, causing food intolerances and digestion issues. Our thyroid stops functioning properly and even the mitochondria in our cells are diminished, limiting the effectiveness of the metabolic systems we need to burn and digest foods correctly.

These negative thoughts we have about food, ourselves or our actions, set off these hormonal responses and with 37.2 trillion cells in our body, we send those cells into action.

“When we get afraid, it neurologically transforms us.”

How Did Modern-day Tapping Start?

In the 1980’s, clinical psychologist, Dr. Roger Callahan, was working with a woman with an incredible fear of water. This woman’s fear was so great that she was unable to even bathe her children. Without finding success in any current remedies, he read about a similar technique used in ancient Chinese medicine. Pressure was applied (by touch or with needles) to the meridian points that flow through the body. These channels are like energy highways through our systems, commonly referred to as “Chi”.

He discovered when we have a sick feeling in our stomach there’s a meridian point that corresponds with the stomach just under the eye. Dr. Callahan started to have his patient tap on her eye and as she focused on the feeling, eventually the feeling started to leave her stomach and she overcame her phobia. To this day, she is still not afraid. This is when Thought Field Therapy, or TFT, was born.

Dr. Callahan worked along Gary Craig who developed EFT, expanding the practice of tapping. The fundamental difference with TFT being, silently thinking about the problem whereas with EFT, the statement is verbalized.

The Meridian Points – Where to Tap 

Karate chop – side of hand

Eyes – between the eyebrows

Side of the eye

Below the eye

Below the nose

Chin between your lip and chin

Below your collarbone(s)

Under the arm (lady’s bra strap)

Crown – top of head

Work from top to bottom and don’t worry about getting it right, even if it’s not perfect, you’re doing some healing in an energetic way!

The Mantra Statement

Besides the physical tapping motion, we incorporate the cognitive piece by developing a mantra statement. This type of exposure therapy gets us talking about our emotions and keeps our energy flowing so we can begin to release them.

Start with how you are feeling, “Even though…”

When acknowledge a craving, for example, start with how strongly you’re feeling it, where you feel it in your body and associate the feeling with a shape and a color.

“Even though I have this craving for _____, this _8/10 craving for _____, and it’s all in my ______, this big _____ _____, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”

For example, Christa has a lot of stresses in her life, a busy job, home life, finances, etc. She feels the stress in her stomach, and she visualizes it as a big red blob. She ranks the level of her craving as 8/10. When she feels this type of stress, she tends to crave a glass of wine.

Christa’s mantra statement would be something like:

“Even though I have this craving for wine, 8/10 level craving for wine and it’s all in my stomach, this big red blob, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”

Let’s Put it All Together 

Use your mantra as the set up statement, and begin with the side of the hand – the karate chop.
(Repeat 2-3 times)

“Even though I have this craving for wine, 8/10 level craving for wine and it’s all in my stomach, this big red blob, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”

Then, starting at the top of the head and moving through each pressure point, verbalize the “feelings” part of your mantra statement. (Repeat 2-3 times per point)

“This craving, this craving in my stomach, this craving this big blob, this red blob in my stomach, I so want a glass of wine, so want this glass of wine, this craving of wine, this 8/10 craving, I feel it all in my stomach, this craving for wine, this 8/10 craving, I feel it in my stomach, this craving, this big red blob, this craving for wine, this craving.”

Breathe a big deep breath in, let it out and check back in with yourself to see if the craving level has lessened or changed.

Focus on the detail of the feelings at each of the points to release the intensity of the craving.

Tapping helps us discover why we’re really craving something, and to recognize the corresponding emotional reason(s) behind the craving. This is a great tool to use in the moment to decrease our stress level. It gives us access to the frontal lobe of our brains so we can start thinking more logically.

Try to journal while you tap to write down any awareness’s and follow the journey of releasing yourself of your connections you have with food. When we write the issue down, we bring it to life and can see how it may have been restricting us. We can give these thoughts love and not continue to let them control us. “Write it down, and give them the light and the love they actually deserve so you can invite the lesson back to you so you can work through it and grow,” Jen comments.

Your brain is trying to serve a positive function when you crave sugars, alcohol and/or refined carbs. It knows it makes us happy but applying tapping instead will remove that guilt, frustration and shame that follows from performing those behaviors. Now you can create a new pattern that follows and serves your greater good.

“When we shift the brain to gratitude we shift the energy so we shift our biology,” Jen explains.

It all comes down to our thoughts; our thoughts create the blueprint of our reality. The amazing thing to note here is that we have the power to reprogram our DNA by changing the energy flow within our cells.

Jen highly recommends this book, The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles by Bruce Lipton.

Tips:

  • Tap whenever you need to, try to get into a relaxed state and then start tapping through the points.
  • Use EFT to start focusing on loving yourself. Gratitude is the best state for relaxation and it is this state that our body is in a positive place to work in it best nature.
  • Don’t wait until you weigh less to start loving yourself.
  • Give yourself a break!

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