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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.

If you enjoyed this Mind Zoning® session make sure you listen to Mountain Escape, on the Fitlandia website. You can sign up for a FREE, 2-week trial and unlock access to the entire collection and all the other member benefits for 2-weeks.

 

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How Your Junk Food Reward for Exercise is Killing Your Goals

Wow! That was a great workout! You feel motivated. You feel proud. You did it!

You are taking steps toward your goals and burning those calories like nobody’s business! Time for a little sweet treat to reward yourself, right?

Think again.

Reaching for that cookie to reward yourself for your workout might just be the very thing that is making your healthy lifestyle journey so difficult.

Why?

Our brains are malleable substances. They notice, learn, and adopt patterns and behaviors without us consciously realizing it. This can be great for learning basic skills as a child, but it can be detrimental to our success when trying to permanently adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Though after a great workout we may think to ourselves, “Hey, I worked really hard. I’ve totally earned a little sweet treat!” you may want to think about what is really going on.

Rewarding our good behaviors with opposing, less desirable behaviors can actually trigger our brain to derail and fall back into our old lifestyles of unhealthy eating and reward systems.

Even just one cookie as a reward can lead you off course. One cookie can easily trigger your brain to fall into an addictive behavior…until it’s not just one cookie anymore.

It’s a cookie after every workout. It’s a cookie a week. It’s a cookie a day. And down you go into old habits that fight against the healthy lifestyle you are aiming for.

Try A New Perspective.

Consider the calorie count. The average cookie, muffin, donut or other favorite sweet treat contains about the same amount of calories that you burn from a really great 1 hour workout.

So you are you really “earning” the cookie at all?

No, you are simply equaling out your hard earned calorie deficit and leaving yourself exactly where you started.

There is no need to feel ashamed! A cookie is by no means the end of the world.

It is GREAT to enjoy a cookie every once in awhile. But for no other reason than to enjoy it.

No reward. No harmful triggers to the brain. No falling back into old addictive behaviors. Just savoring a cookie and being okay with that!

Shame is Not the Answer.

The brain is a tricky thing and understanding it is the first step to being able to effectively mold it and create permanent lifestyle habits that will lead you the healthy life you desire.

Rewards work in our brain because of our ancestor’s need of basic survival. This is important when considering food because when our ancestors could eat, they could live.

Unfortunately, this system in our brain can now fight against us in a time when we can find plenty of food easily on the shelf at the store or in our very own pantry.

When we eat, our brain releases chemicals that make us feel good and tells us we are doing something right. But today, we have to make these associations with the right foods to support a healthy lifestyle.

Making these permanent changes is not about your willpower, it is about encouraging your brain to make positive choices that are associated with the healthy lifestyle you want. You can learn more about this in our article, Willpower is a Myth and a Lie. Learn How to Change Your Habits for Good!

So next time you finish that amazing workout, give it a second thought before reaching for that cookie and try creating new reward responses in your brain. Give yourself a nice big glass of cold water, find a positive quote for the day, or snack on a bit of tasty fruit. Your body AND your mind will thank you!

Ready to adopt new thought patterns and perspectives to support your healthy lifestyle? Download the Mind Zoning® app for FREE today!

References:

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

Central (2005): https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2005/10/20/mit-explains-why-bad

-habits-are-hard-to-break/

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

endocrinologica 38.3 (2013): 255–267. Print.

Berridge, Kent C. “Food reward: Brain substrates of wanting and liking.” Neuroscience and

Behavioral Review 20.1 (1996): 1-25.

Articles for inspiration:

https://wayofgray.com/cheat-meals-good-bad/

http://sixpackforgirls.com/avoid-ruining-your-diet-over-the-weekend

https://authoritynutrition.com/how-to-overcome-food-addiction/

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_articles.asp?id=1990

https://paleoleap.com/reward-yourself-without-food/

https://authoritynutrition.com/how-food-addiction-works/


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Episode 28 – Stories of Transformation with Gina & Kris Robert

Long-time (30 years!) friend of Christa, Gina Robert and her husband Kris, join the Fitlandia Podcast to talk about their incredible lifestyle overhaul. They’ll share how they managed to make amazing healthy changes in spite of both of them having full-time jobs and 4 children, 2 of them under 10! This episode is filled with laughs as they all speak openly about what it takes to make a permanent lifestyle change.

 

The show opens with Christa cracking up as Gina says, “She looks just like she did in high school, except without the bangs.” After the ladies recall they’ve known each other for over 30 years, first meeting in high school, they settle in to talk more about their collective fitness journeys. Through the power of Facebook, they’ve been able to watch each other’s transformation over time.

Kris shares his story of growing up in sports and how he started to lose his healthy fitness habits in college to focus on his studies. He also notes the typical college lifestyle of not-so-healthy food in the cafeteria and drinking. As a teacher he found he was stress eating too. He would make attempts over the years with Weight Watchers and/or brief stints at the gym.

Kris was  diagnosed morbidly obese and found it increasingly difficult to find clothes that fit. He knew he had to make a change.

Gina then brought to his attention a challenge at Fit Body Bootcamp where they both signed up! Feeling a bit skeptical at first, Kris then became hooked through their challenges where he’s now

  • lost over 60 lbs since September 2016
  • has all normal blood work, including cholesterol for the first time in his life
  • lost 15% body fat
  • inspired now to help others on their own fitness journey
  • reversed digestive issues

Gina was personally motivated after her daughter turned 2 and after having a c-section, she wanted to get her body, especially her stomach feeling fit and doctors told her to reactivate these muscles. Well that inspired her to look at her total body the same way – that it was time to reactivate ALL of her muscles to get fit.

Previously, they would let their healthy food spoil so now they are saving money by making time to cook and using the healthy food they buy. Gina’s gotten very creative using spices and veggies to change up using base proteins like chicken – and even her kids are gobbling it up!

Kris and Gina then go on to talk about their #1 tip: PLANNING for meal prep.

Sunday is their big prep day together and they’ll take the time to get all of their veggies prep. When they do need to eat out, they just make healthy choices.

Christa, Kris and Gina commiserate on the negative attitudes they hear from others on how hard it is to give up X or they don’t have enough time for X. It’s just a matter of changing habits. Christa then talks about the power of Mind Zoning® to change the neural pathways in the brain.

Together they all discuss how unhealthy foods are a part of our culture and how to integrate the occasional treat. They are sticking with their new diet because they finally know what it feels like to feel normal and how that outweighs that brief moment of indulgence with cake. Kris wraps up with his favorite tip to have your favorites on hand. Try new things, yes, but when you’re really busy, have your go-to meal available. Final thoughts from them all – have positive thoughts! Get the Mind Zoning® app free here.

“Focus on what you’re gaining and not what you’re giving up.” – Christa

 

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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/

Download the FREE Mind Zoning® app on iTunes today.

 

 

 

 

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

(2005): https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2005/10/20/mit-explains-why-bad-habits

-are-hard-to-break/

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/

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160526185419.htm

https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2005/10/20/mit-explains-why-bad-habits-are-hard-to-break/

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

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150805140245.htm

http://examinedexistence.com/how-you-can-train-your-brain-to-create-new-habits/


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Best Low-Carb, Keto-Friendly Vegetables

Best Low-Carb, Keto-Friendly Vegetables

Looking for veggies with less than 3g of carbs per serving? Check out our list of low-carb, keto-friendly vegetables here!

Recently, I started a ketogenic diet with my good friend and long-time Fitlandia supporter, Dr. Jerome Craig. (Listen to our podcast episode here). He’s one of our Expert Practitioners contributing to our website, but he’s also my personal doctor, helping me with sleep and hormonal issues over the last few years.

When he invited me to join his 7-week Ketogenic Intermittent Fasting Group Program, I jumped at the chance. After all, I love experimenting with new dietary programs out of shear fascination with how my body will be impacted by them. And, because I’m still battling my sleep issues I thought, “It couldn’t hurt.”

What shocked me was that for someone as knowledgeable about macros (fats, carbs and proteins) and a die-hard food-journaler (yes, I made that word up!), I knew very little about the carb count of veggies.

Sure I knew root veggies such as sweet potatoes, parsnips and carrots were higher on the carb scale, but I didn’t realize that my beloved onions could cost me 11g of carbs. When you’re targeting 20g total for the day, that’s a lot.

Without a super-easy reference guide to help, I figured I’d create a nice little chart – all in one place – to help folks on their keto diet make the easiest choices.

Please note, I’ve listed total carbs, not net carbs, which can be misleading. For those of you targeting 20g of total carbs, these are the best resources since I don’t list the net carbs below, but total for a more accurate count. If you’re targeting net carbs, then bonus – you can eat more!

Veggies with 3g or Less Carbs

It’s easy math; the more veggies you select from this list, the more you can eat throughout the day. And it’s always better to get your nutrients from the food itself than to rely solely on supplements.

Vegetable Carb Count Serving Size
Arugula 1.5g 2 cups
Asparagus 2.5g 4 spears
Bell Peppers 3g ½ medium pepper
Broccolini 2g 1 cup
Celery 2.4g 2 stalks
Cucumber 2.9g 1 cup
Mushrooms 3g 4 large
Radishes 2.1g 7 large
Spinach 2.2g 2 cups
Swiss Chard 2.7g 2 cups


My Continued Journey with Keto

Hopefully, this reference has been helpful for those of you venturing into keto-land. For me personally, it has been just amazing reaping the benefits that come with a fat-fueled day:

  • Increased energy
  • Elevated mood
  • Amazing focus
  • Decreased cravings
  • Managed hunger

And I hate to say it, but since I’m a crazy-busy entrepreneur, working 12-14 hour days, I really appreciate not having a nagging hunger throughout the day. Having the additional focus has made me more productive and I can be more mindful about my meals because I don’t end up in a raging battle with dropped blood sugar.

I’ve been sleeping better too. I think because I am getting more accomplished in my day, which leads me to be better organized and prepared for the next day, I can rest a little bit easier. I’m also making some assumptions that my body is becoming keto-adapted and therefore knows how to grab some fat for fuel v. waking up from a drop in blood sugar.

Stay tuned as we announce Dr. Craig’s next keto-class here on the Fitlandia site. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to learn about it to secure a spot!

Think a ketogenic diet is too tough right now? But you’re ready to detox and break your addiction to sugar, refined carbs and alcohol?

Join us on 4/1/17 for our No Fool’s Detox.

Click here to learn more and reserve your spot today. Only 15 total spots available and the price goes up on 3/16.

 

 

 

 


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Episode 24 – Stories of Transformation with Caroline

Episode 24 – Stories of Transformation with Caroline

 

Fitlandia continues its global reach as Christa sits down with Caroline from the U.K. What makes Caroline’s story compelling is how she finds the resolve to prepare healthy meals to combat a heinous commute.

While her intense work schedule would leave anyone worthy of “excuse-making,” Caroline shares her drive to focus on being well-prepared to keep her on track with a healthy lifestyle.

Listen today and get all of her tips!

If you, or someone you know, have a Story of Transformation that should be told, we’d love to schedule an interview to be the next guest on the Fitlandia podcast.

Just email us at info@fitlandiafitness.com.

And don’t forget to download today’s episode and leave a comment in the reviews for us. We’ll feature you on a future podcast!

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Episode 23 – Balanced Nourishment; the Different Ways to Feed Ourselves

Episode 23 – Balanced Nourishment; the Different Ways to Feed Ourselves

 

Fitlandia being the anti-dieting site and really honing in on the power of the mind to transform the body, we also want to talk about how to bring in the heart and soul into a living a truly healthy lifestyle. So today, Christa King and Fitlandia Expert Practitioner & Certified Hypnotherapist Kelli von Heydekampf get together again to talk about the ways we can holistically nourish ourselves. It’s not just about what we eat! Hang on to the end where Kelli provides a Mind Zoning® you can enjoy right now.

The show opens with Kelli sharing the wall in her office that features clients’ transformations they’ve experienced after a session with her. Check out the YouTube video to watch the interview.

As a culture we’re overstressed and under nourished in our heart and soul.

“We are one complete system. Our mind is part of that. Our physicality is part of that. Our soul is part of that. Our heart is part of that.”

It starts with harnessing the power of your sense of self-worth. You’re entitled to the abundance of health. First realizing you are worthy of a fit body, mind and soul is the very beginning. Until then, you will sabotage your efforts to be in a state of health; unconsciously. Secondly, look at the full picture of health. When we take a holistic approach, we can bring in true nourishment: to bring in substances necessary for life and growth – not just physical, not just food.

We talk about the sense of satiety too, which means to provide with enough. Looking at both nourishment and satiety, we can start to analyze the 5 categories of how we are doing at nourishing ourselves adequately.

The 5 categories of nourishment:

  • Metabolic (food & water)
  • Physical (movement, closeness to people, intimacy, sex)
  • Mental (intellectual stimulation, learning, creativity, hobbies)
  • Emotional (connection & relationships)
  • Spiritual (life purpose, identifying/utilizing gifts)

Kelli and Christa get deep on the power of the energetic connection with our thoughts and what we are able to manifest for our fitness using thought. The idea is that we are either in a state of expansiveness or constriction. We are in one state or another. When we sense that we are in a constrictive state, an easy tip is to engage the act of identifying all that you’re grateful for. While in a state of gratitude, it’s impossible to remain in a constrictive state, which can then release that constrictive state, limited your goals.

The key is to moving into a place of feeling the gratitude, not just creating a checklist.

Kelli goes on to share the story of a client who has been managing difficult emotions with food to self-soothe. The brain only wants to protect us and keep us safe so it will drive one to resort to what it has learned over time will make us feel good. The purpose of looking at whole-life nourishment, is that we can then find other options to make us feel more positive. We can look at providing more nourishment for us mentally, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually v. trying to get all of our nourishment from food.

“The brain in fundamentally trying to nourish you with food because there is a lack of nourishment in one of the 5 categories.”

Taking it a step further, we can become aware that food is even used as a reward so much so that we feel that we deserve certain foods and/or alcohol when we’ve accomplished something. But what would happen is we expanded that reward list to include a good workout, meditation time, a massage, or a new book?

We can find other ways to not only manage stress and difficult emotions, but also ways to reward ourselves so that our brain can start to see healthier alternatives to living a holistically healthy lifestyle.

This is all critical in creating a permanently healthy lifestyle and to end the viscous dieting cycle.

Kelli’s homework for you is to write down a rewards’ list that doesn’t include food.

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Episode 19 – New Year’s Resolution Part 6: Finding the Courage to Change With Kelli von Heydekampf

Episode 19 – New Year’s Resolution Part 6: Finding the Courage to Change With Kelli von Heydekampf

 

On the 19th episode of the Fitlandia podcast, Christa teams up with with a Kelli von Heydekampf for a special Interview/Mind Zoning® combo which will give you the courage to tackle change head-on. In addition to being one of Fitlandia’s practitioners, Kelli is a certified hypnotherapist running West Metro Hypnosis in Minneapolis.

The Courage to Change

Making a lifestyle change is similar to going through the stages of grief, people are faced with uncertainty, worry, and judgement. Generally, it’s easier to simply stay the course, so change isn’t something that people tend to embrace or run towards. While Fitlandia focuses on health, “the courage to change” isn’t restricted to diet, it can be applied to your professional life, your personal life, breaking out of addiction, literally anything that needs to happen.

Often we have an inner conflict with ourselves regarding change. We recognize that we want to be better, but question whether we’re “enough” in our current form. Strong enough. Healthy enough. Ready enough. We are not looking at the word ‘better’ from a comparative sense: it’s not about competition, but evolution. It’s about discovering what our true essence really is.

As humans, we have a perpetual desire to see what we can evolve into, and for many people that starts with our physical representation. Letting that focus be on health instead allows us to properly evolve into a sustainable, long-term lifestyle.

Who wants to Play?

Whenever we look at change or self-improvement we tend to view it as work. We see it as one more thing that we have to do. Meal Plan. Workout. Journal. It just seems to add on to our already busy lives. About a year ago Kelli joined an improv group, and they always begin by asking the group “who wants to play?” That surprised her. She hadn’t been asked that in decades, and it became a revelatory phrase for her. Now she approaches wellness in the same way, with a sense of play, curiosity, and wonderment. It doesn’t have to be work.

“Pay attention to when your beliefs become your excuses. Your negative thoughts are protecting you.” – Kelli von Heydekampf

Your negative thoughts are protecting you. That aspect of your brain is there for a reason, but sometimes the behaviors that it chooses are not beneficial. You simply need to update those thoughts into ones that will benefit you.

Our thoughts manifest our realities, so would any of us consciously choose negativity? The brilliance is we get to choose. It may not always be easy, but we get to choose. What allows us to be successful is small successes continually built over time. Look at what you’re already doing well and want to maintain, and build on that every day. Even if it’s just drinking one more glass of water than the day before, it all adds up.

“Long-lasting change in an inside/outside job.” – Kelli von Heydekampf

With all that in mind, Kelli leads a Mind Zoning® to help us find the courage to change. That’s what this gratitude Mind Zoning® is all about, tapping into the power of the mind and giving you that determination, gratitude, and thankfulness to help you reach your wellness goals. As with our other episodes, this Mind Zoning® is broken down into four key parts:

  1. First, we use a progressive relaxation technique which will help you relax your muscles and ease yourself into a relaxed, inward-looking mental state.
  2. Next, we invite you to enter your safe space to feel relaxed. Letting your thoughts pass through your mind as you progressively look deeper and deeper.
  3. Then we sink deeper you’ll notice as your body becomes more relaxed, your mind opens to new learning, suggestions, and insight. In this state, you’ll harness the power within yourself to embrace change and become your healthiest self.
  4. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, invigorated, and ready for your next healthy step.

You don’t have to be “good” at meditation, this is simply a relaxing method to help you along your fitness journey and aid you with making a healthy lifestyle change. Just let your mind follow the voice and allow yourself to take this step in your fitness journey.

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Episode 15 – Mind Zoning®: Releasing Old Patterns

Episode 15 – Mind Zoning®: Releasing Old Patterns

 

On this episode of the podcast, Christa attacks 2017 head-on. Listen and ready yourself to harness the full power of intention for your New Year’s Resolutions.

The Transtheoretical Model of Change

Before the Mind Zoning®, Christa discusses The Transtheoretical Model of Change and the stages that it is comprised of. In order to deal with change of any size, this widely-accepted scientific model explains how we prepare, accept, and ultimately integrate change into our lives. As depicted in the above link, the five stages of change are:

  1. Precontemplation (Not Ready)
  2. Contemplation (Getting Ready)
  3. Preparation (Ready)
  4. Action
  5. Maintenance

While it’s easy to look at a model like this one and see how change works, the actual application is much more difficult. Change of any kind can be daunting. Whether it’s your New Year’s Resolution to lose weight, moving to a new city, or dealing with the loss of a loved one, the initial shift is always hard. Because we’re dealing letting go of our old patterns, that can be scary.

Because the model is so multi-layered, this episode specifically addresses the first stage of the model: precontemplation. In this stage, you’re just starting to think about healthy behavior, but it’s still further down the road, not an immediate change. At this point in your journey, Christa recommends creating a pros and cons list. The “cons” side may be extremely long because there’s that fear associated with the change, and the “pros” may be short because you don’t know or realize the full benefits. Looking at those two side by side you can see how it’s easier to take the “easy” route and not make the change, but as you take in more information (like this podcast ?)  the benefits become more apparent as your knowledge grows into a beautiful state of readiness.

You didn’t fail the diet, the diet failed you

Another symptom of the precontemplative stage is a period of reflection and looking back at past “failures” and patterns. When viewed from a historical perspective like this, it gives us another reason to avoid change because we don’t want to “fail” again. If you’ve visited our website, follow us on social media, or have listened to any past podcast episodes you know we’ve said it again and again: You didn’t fail the diet, the diet failed you. Most traditional dieting platforms aren’t set up for long-term success, and that’s why Fitlandia approaches fitness from a mind-first perspective. That’s what this Mind Zoning® is about, letting go of past judgements and failures that are keeping you locked into old patterns. As with our other episodes, this Mind Zoning® is broken down into four key parts:

  1. First, we use a progressive relaxation technique which will help you relax your muscles and ease yourself into a relaxed, inward-looking mental state.
  2. Next, we invite you to enter your safe space to feel relaxed. Letting your thoughts pass through your mind as you progressively look deeper and deeper.
  3. Then we sink deeper you’ll notice as your body becomes more relaxed, your mind opens to new learning, suggestions, and insight. In this state, you’ll harness the power within yourself to embrace change and become your healthiest self.
  4. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, invigorated, and ready for your next healthy step.

You don’t have to be “good” at meditation, this is simply a relaxing method to help you along your fitness journey and aid you with making a healthy lifestyle change. Just let your mind follow the voice and allow yourself to take this step in your fitness journey.

New Year’s Savings

This episode also comes with a coupon code to receive Fitlandia Premium for 40% off: Use NYE2017 until January 7th at checkout to save.

 

     


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Episode 14 – Stories of Transformation: Caren Marre

Episode 14 – Stories of Transformation: Caren Marre

 

This episode of the Fitlandia Podcast Christa talks to Caren Marre who has been a part of Fitlandia since before the platform’s official launch. Caren has long been conscious of health and fitness, but (like so many of us) life got in the way and her self-care ended up taking a backseat. After a long period of feeling sluggish following a series of surgeries she started gaining weight and ended up in a spot ready for change. She was ready for a new start and eager to get her first step going. At that time Christa came to Caren with Fitlandia and offered the guidance, structure, and healthy path she needed.

Mindfulness

When first starting out the single word that helped Caren was “mindfulness,” keeping track of what foods went in, and how your body felt after that. When Caren started out, it was a simple two-second filter to ask herself if she should eat something, and now it’s become a habit and she barely has to think. Just by paying attention she started to notice things and was able to successfully get healthier. It’s truly a lifestyle change.

One of her biggest hurdles, in the beginning, were the physical cravings. We so often default to “oh, I’m hungry, I want something” but to remind yourself “I’m trying something new” during that introductory phase is definitely a block. She used self-talk “remember, you’re doing this for yourself, Caren” to keep herself on track and leave her previous bad habits behind.

Mind Zonings®

Caren goes on to explain how influential Fitlandia’s Mind Zoning® Recording were in her journey, and how she couldn’t wait to get to bed just so she could set her daily worries aside and take a moment of relaxation and reflexion. Taking time for yourself is huge, and it seems hard, but they allow you to be more efficient, more effective, and more energetic. You’ll use your time better when you have the time to eat better, relax, and move more.

Something Caren did when she was starting out was to integrate her new changes into parts of her life that she was doing already. She went to bed half an hour earlier just to listen to Mind Zonings® and have that time of reflection. What she found was that when she started to self-assess her life and think ‘where could I possibly fit this in?’ she found that she was collectively wasting a good amount of time throughout the day. Whether it was zoning out watching TV or absent-mindedly scrolling through Facebook, she realized that she was able to trim out that excess and find the time.

Priorities

As  “Queen Bullet point Listmaker” Caren has an ongoing list of things that constantly need to be prioritized, and now that she’s incorporated these healthier tasks into her life it’s much easier to get everything done and lead a healthier lifestyle. Everything gets easier as you build that skill of paying attention to the priorities in your life.

What resources do I have within myself that I don’t even acknowledge?” – Caren Marre

Caren ends the episode by sharing her mantra “I have everything to look forward to.” The best is yet to come, and harnessing your energy, health, and spirit to take the fullest advantage of each day is the ultimate motivator.

 

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