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The Biggest Loser (In More Ways Than One)

Posted by myhealthexperts on January 8, 2009

is that 'you'?

Who is The Biggest Loser?

The hit TV show ‘The Biggest Loser” teams up people and has them in a boot camp style program of exercise and diet to lose weight. Once again in this matrix of deceit we’re not told the truth; that participants exercise for 3 to 4 hours a day and eat ridiculuosly low calorie diets. Plus they also have them losing water weight, often by dehydration. This is very unhealthy. The show is a real sham, read for yourself of the crazy antics done to lose weight, and how many of the participants gained weight back after the show. But thats what most people want – the quick fix.

I do love the title, as you may come to realize, this is a year of paradigm shifts. Losers will be the winners (ever hear of the ‘Sermon on the Mount? lol), people will do more by doing less, and some open minded individuals may even gain everything by giving everything up. The ‘in’ thing will be the ‘nothing’. Or maybe I am just surfing the zeitgeist too much again!

Back to losing. As in the TV show, one of the biggest thing people want to lose is fat. Its an interesting thing to think about; all the images that fat symbolizes. Unhealthy, unattractive, lazy, sloth (one of the 7 deadly sins), emotionally challenged (everyone knows over-eating is often an emotional issue), the list goes on and on. Bouncing from one cause and effect to the next, we’re like ping pong balls in an endless game. Feeling empty, we overeat (or over-work, drink, etc), then we feel fat or sick, so most reach for the quick fix – like a diet drug, or even a diet. Then the diet drug has side effects, so we take something else to deal with that. But then we realize one of the effects of all this was more weight gain – so we are back to square one. Its the same circle with any issue if you look deep enough.

Did you ever walk into the gym or somewhere else and feel fat (or unattractive)? Or feel that someone would judge or look at you and see how fat you were? What I find so funny is that at that very moment, someone WAS doing just that. They are your worst enemy. And who might that be? Why, YOU of course! Talk about sleeping with the enemy. More on that later.

Here are some practical tips on losing weight for the new year:
1) Eat Less. Exercise More. Sounds easy. But few can actually do it. Diet is really the key for losing weight, not exercise. For most people that means whole foods, lower carb (NO SUGAR), and healthy fats and proteins. Eat some protein with every meal.
2) Don’t skip meals: people who skip meals often lower their metabolism
3) Go back to 3 meals a day: All that 6 meal a day stuff I think is not good for our health. The GI tract needs time to be empty for us to detox. The only exception is post workout – have a recovery shake to build muscle.
4) Try Intermittent Fasting: This works wonders for many people. Ask me more and I will tell you how to do this.
5) Eat Organic: Researchers report that dieters with the most organochlorines (pollutants from pesticides, which are stored in fat cells) experience a greater than normal dip in metabolism as they lose weight, perhaps because the toxins interfere with the energy-burning process. Other research hints that pesticides can trigger weight gain. Always choose organic when buying peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, imported grapes, and pears; non-organic versions tend to have the highest levels of pesticides.
6) Sleep and Stress: Get a handle on these – sleep 8 hrs and get stress levels under control. Critical for weight loss.
7) Lift weights: Intense exercise like weightlifting increases insulin sensitivity, and this will help with long term weight loss.
8.) Exercise in a fasted state can increase fat burning.
9) Stay well hydrated.
10) Stop beating yourself up: The same self that got you into this problem is now beating you up for being there. Stop trusting your thoughts!

That little ‘you’ is the biggest loser – so lose it! Discover the bigger ‘YOU’ that is your source, your true self, and the key to happiness!

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Steep Climb Ahead: Get Fit Now!

Posted by myhealthexperts on November 13, 2008

Obama has become a symbol of hope for many. As Obama said, ‘the climb will be steep’ and I think most of you have no idea how tough next year could be – so both literally and figuratively – climbs are easier if you are healthy and fit!

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How To Solve Any Relationship Problem

Posted by myhealthexperts on November 6, 2008

Even James Bond Has Relationship Problems!

Even James Bond Has Relationship Problems!

There is only one relationship you ever have a problem with: your ‘self’. It might just be words to you now, but the more you live from that awareness, the easier all relationships become.

Today in the gym one client was complaining about his wife, how selfish she was. Another client was going on about the welfare moms and blacks in this country that take her tax dollars and ‘pump out babies’ as she said. She was upset that now Obama would create a socialist welfare state for the poor. (Interesting observation because the current socialist welfare state for the rich ($700 billion bail out and counting) certainly has not worked out for us.)

No matter who it is, we all suffer from our relationships. That little ‘self’ inside us is saying ‘NO!’ to the reality of the world, convincing us if we scream or get angry enough it will change things. The only thing it always changes is us – we become more brainwashed by its voice in our heads, addicted to the feeling it gives us. And of course the release of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that keep us up at night, or make us get fat, age faster and die sooner (and die angry or depressed too!). Ah well, there is always the next life to learn the lessons! lol

Help is Here:
My friend Dr. Denise Nadler works with people one-on one to transform their relationships. She is a colleague of Dr. John DeMartini who was featured in The Secret and on Larry King Live. I’ve personally witnessed her skill at helping people transform their lives and make significant breakthroughs. She rocks!

Another insightful coach, Byron Katie, has developed a simple yet effective program for anyone to create happiness and freedom from relationship pain. And ultimately, isn’t that what we all seek? All our anger, frustration, resentment, and even all our striving, ambition, and efforts are all for one goal – to feel complete, whole, happy and at peace.

Of course you can simply choose to feel complete and happy now, but our minds have forbid us to do so. Worse, most of us buy our own lie that we are happy and whole – yet everyone else can see we are just like the rest of humanity running around frantically chasing one thing after the next. Getting frustrated in traffic, upset or angry in personal relationships, blaming others for our problems, the list goes on and on.

Try the simple exercise in The Work, it works!

After if you want to read a great example of Byron Katie working with someone in the process, read this:

I hate my husband!!

Peace and Health;
Brian

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Your True Core: Pain & Fear?

Posted by myhealthexperts on October 31, 2008

Most of us are hopelessly clueless to just how much fear or pain, choose whichever words makes sense for you, rule our lives.  We fail to make the deeper connections behind all the negative feelings we experience. I mean, did you ever figure out yet, why traffic makes you so impatient and angry? We never realize these feelings all stem from a robotic, mechanical ‘self’ that even science shows is an illusion, devoid of free will and simply bouncing from one cause & effect to the next.

Yes, my friend, you are a robot, monkey, cockroach, use whatever word you need to drive home the realization that you are indeed not a free human being, but a slave to your programs. Want proof?  No truly intelligent being would intentionally hurt themself. Yet we all hurt, in many ways, every day!

I realized this myself once when I lost a job I had. My reaction was fear of the unknown future that was ahead of me. How would I pay my bills, etc? I felt a wave of depression and anxiety rise over me. Then I woke up and caught myself slipping into this automatic response. I then in my pause, asked myself if there was any other possible reality that could also be in my future? I quickly realized that just as viable was the potential for this door that just closed (my job loss) to free up my time to look for other doors that could open! I could in fact create any number of possible futures that all had a positive spin on them.

So I thought to myself in my awakened state – why did I automatically choose to go with the negative feelings over losing my job? I did because I was not really awake, not fully present to the experience, and as such I reacted with my lower self, my ‘Pain Body’ as Eckhart Tolle calls it.

One of my clients told me he wanted to lose his belly fat. I said, ‘belly fat is from high cortisol, so do some stress management techniques”. He said he couldn’t do that, that he was afraid he might lose his motivation. There you have it – he needed his stress, aka FEAR and PAIN to keep him moving in life! Fear and pain are what most people use to drive themselves through life! Uhhh, are we all insane or what?

Ok, before I lose you, watch this clip of Eckhart on the ‘Pain Body’  – do not make the mistake of dismissing this valuable lesson just because the words you might use, like ‘Jesus’ or ‘God’ are not there.  Getting hung up on words and missing the lesson only insures you will remain in pain.  Interesting that often those needing fear and pain to move through life are also the ones who cling to the manufactured ways society tells them will bring them ‘salvation’ or ‘peace’.  Seek the deeper understanding. (Note: Your True Core is not Pain and Fear – but something much more magical! Discover this with me at http://www.MyHealthExperts.com )

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Why Bother?

Posted by myhealthexperts on October 2, 2008

Why Bother?

Summary: In order to succeed you must “Find Your Source”- those core values that inspire you. Then act from that inspiration. If you don’t know your values, you won’t have the motivation nor commitment to achieve your goals. When you know what you value and what you want: you will know that health & fitness are your ticket to success!

One of my clients recently told me “Brian” he said, “No offense, but I hate coming here. We have fun together, but I just dread coming to the gym. “So stop coming Joe” I told him. “I enjoy our time together too, but I don’t need your money.”

“But think about it for a minute, because I struggle with the same thing. It’s hard to get motivated to do an hour of cardio, or to put down the potatoe chips and eat something healthier. So why bother?” I asked.

“Let’s say you take time off exercise, and after a few months, in all probability, you will have gained some fat and lost some muscle tone. You will start feeling more and more blah or unhealthy. Then what happens?” I asked.

“I will probably want to get back into the gym” Joe replied. “Exactly” I added, “you simply replace one fear for another. First you fear that the gym is a waste of time, that you are not getting paid back for your investment. I don’t mean just the money, but the time, the pain of getting off the couch and into a cold car, driving over here, and of course the pain of exercise.”

“Then after you quit and time goes by, you fear being unhealthy. You feel less attractive (this is a big one, being such social primates, we all to varying degree’s want to be attractive), perhaps lethargic, fat, and now the opposite fear propels you back to the gym”, I said.

You’re like a ping pong ball, bouncing from one fear to the next, one impulse to the next. But where do these impulses come from? We are motivated away from fear and toward pleasure. But often these are only short term, acute responses. Its hard being motivated to be healthy, as health is such a nebulous term dealing with the long term. For example, being ‘cancer free’ is not really a pleasure, in fact we take it and our health at large for granted. We only know the pain and fear of having cancer and then we become motivated to not have cancer.

Its hard being motivated to work (exercise) and be healthy (choose good foods etc), if it’s not tied to something concrete, like our values. As Joe remarked to me, if I were to educate him on the benefits of being healthy, it could increase his desire to be so. “Knowledge is the seed of Wisdom, and Action is its Flower.” some wise man once said.

What Motivates You?

People are motivated by what they value. For example, parents usually value their children (and nannies!). Exercise helps to reduce stress, increase ‘feel good’ endorphins, increase stamina, lower blood sugar, and on and on, all of which make parents able to cope better with helping their child do homework, lifting heavy kids, not stressing out as easliy when the house is a mess, etc. I tell prospective clients that if they want their kid to go to Harvard, they better start working out. Because it takes a parental support team that is mentally and physically healthy to improve the odds of a child getting into an Ivy League school. The same and more can be said for our diet and nutrition as well.

Its obvious that no matter what we do, being healthy, fit and optimized to deal with the challenges of life in work, family and on the tennis or basketball court is to our advantage. But we all seek to do just enough to get by. It’s that lazy factor, ie the ‘conservation of energy’ – an evolutionary hold over from when food was scarce and exercise to find it (hunting, foraging etc) was plentiful. Like I said before, remember why lions sleep 23 hours a day? Its not because they are lazy. Lazy is a product of fear.

Our ancestors typically had to hunt and forage (exercise) for hours to get their food. Often they didn’t even get a full meal. Today it’s the opposite from the environment in which our human nature was shaped. Now we have too much food and too little exercise. We are dying from being rich! How ironic.

“Climbing Mt. Improbable”
Joe wants to climb Mt. Everest. I need to tell him he has his head up his ass! People die on Everest, often because they were not prepared. No one should attempt such a feat unless all systems are operating at peak capacity. This includes all physical and mental factors, such as nutrition, aerobic capacity, recuperative ability, balance, hormone levels, strength, neurological function, emotional balance and well being, cognition, awareness, etc.

But we are all climbing Mt. Everest in some way: some of us climb it at work, others taking care of their children, etc. When you have all systems in your favor, you function better in all areas that matter to you. You decrease the chances of accidents, from cancer, to falling down a glacier, since you are at peak potential.

This is why you need to make health and wellness the core of your life!

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Are You Dead or Alive?

Posted by myhealthexperts on March 31, 2008

Are You Dead or Alive?
Last Sunday was the most important day of the year for Christians who celebrate their belief that Jesus rose from the dead after being crucified & buried. According to them, he died so that they might live an eternal life with God. And, it’s reported, he rose from the dead to prove to them that they too can rise up after their death in life everlasting.
Jesus is often referred to as the ‘Light of the World’ (our very first notions of God were in fact derived from the sunlight). Light is seen as ‘good’ as opposed to darkness which is ‘bad’.

Do you realize the ‘Gravity’ of the situation?

In physics, light is an expansive force – it goes out in all directions. Both the Big Bang, and the Biblical “Let there be Light” refer to the same expansive force of light. Gravity is the opposite, it pulls everything together. As such it can be seen as the opposite of light – it is, ‘self-centered’, contractive, or even ‘dark’. (In fact ‘Dark Matter’ is what makes up most of the matter in the universe).So it’s little coincidence that Christians see human nature as inherently bad, or even ‘evil’. After all, like gravity, we too are self-centered. Indeed, the word ‘grave’ means both where we place the dead, but also ‘dark’. Jesus came out of the grave.Born-Again, And Again, And Again:

Easter is about the cycle of life and death. It’s once again, no coincidence that Easter marks the start of Spring – the dead of winter is over and the world can once again spring to life! That which is dead now lives, and can be referred to as ‘born-again’. Christians often refer to themselves as ‘born-again’ – to symbolize the belief that they are born of the spirit. I am an atheist (the word ‘God’ is like ‘Easter Bunny for Adults’ to me), but the words of the great cool dude Jesus are worth mentioning:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot (SEE) that (which is beyond words)… The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit”

 So it can be said that until or unless one lives from that eternal source of inspiration, they are in essence dead, at least spiritually. Ironically most who claim to be born-again are anything but. Our president is one such example. Being born-again is a moment to moment choice. It’s not a one-time declaration or a baptism. It’s living in the eternal wow! that’s happening now, and now and so on. Living every moment through inspiration, literally being ‘born-again, and again, and again…’

I Robot, I Pod, I’m Dead? So are you dead or alive? My guess is dead. Let’s look at this:Science, and Hollywood also reflect our fascination with life and death. I won’t go into the tangent of how medicine profits off making you deathly sick and then profits even more keeping you amped out on life-support systems long after you’re dead. But those ‘prophets’ of health sure are profitable!

In the movie “I Robot” Will Smith deals with robots that are for all intents and purposes, alive. They are fully functioning individuals. Is a robot dead or alive? I think most would say robots, like computers, are dead – non-living things. The major difference between dead and alive is really one of semantics: life is any creature (robot) created by evolution, dead is any robot (creature) created by humans. But since humans are from evolution, so too is whatever they create! So in essence, robots can be just as alive as humans are. Or humans are just as dead as robots. Take your pick!

In the Matrix (that modern day story of Jesus played by Keanu Reeves) people were in fact ‘ I Pods’ – wrapped up in little pods while the supposedly ‘dead’ robots & machines fed of them by sucking the very life juices out of their bodies. The people were asleep, virtually dead to life but living in the virtual world of the illusory Matrix.

Take a deep breath because it gets even more interesting:

Science shows us that all life (including you) is extremely mechanistic (aka ‘robotic’). While they have not as yet created life, the mechanisms are well understood, and artificial intelligence “AI” makes leaps and bounds in its ability to think like humans do. Robots currently can function at the level of insects in that they can respond to the environment in much the same way. And AI computers can beat the best chess players at their game. Just like the deeper we probe into the atom the more empty space we find, the deeper we probe into the human mind, the more empty space we find as well. The truth is there is no one at home. The notion of ‘self’ and ‘free will’ evaporate like cool aid in the hot desert sun.

So once again, science and spirit are aligned, not opposed at the theologians and scientists tell you. In a mechanistic universe, human nature, that complex array of genetic and epigenetic algorithms, is like a highly developed ‘AI’ at best. And dark , dead humans are easy to figure out. So Thomas Malthus and Revelation are probably right, and we have front row seats for Armageddon! No, it’s not the movie starring Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck!

So spiritually we’re dead, and in a scientific sense we are biological robots and hence, dead as well.

Call 911: I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up!

So now that you’re dead, how do you wake up? How to come alive? And what the hell does this have to do with working out and eating healthy? It has everything to do with everything.I realize after talking with some of my clients, that many could read the words of the ‘ABC’ Program I discussed last week, but they did not get it. I am trying to share an understanding that goes beyond words, but it’s tough because words are all we have currently.Jesus, like Buddha and Lao-Tzu were a few human beings that were truly alive. But as expected on the planet of the apes; we made them into Gods – an insult to what they lived for. Blasphemy even. But what do you expect from dead robotic apes? lol

Inspiration: To Breathe In

(Interesting how the word inspiration means both to breathe in and to be ‘in spirit’. Also note that scientifically proven is the fact that with each breath you literally can share some of the same atoms that were once part of the body of Jesus or the Buddha) What can we do now to wake up and be truly alive? Start by becoming aware of your breath. I have told some clients “with every breath, life or death?” – meaning with each breath we get to choose – are we dead (normal) or alive (awake and present fully in the now)? It’s a small start, so don’t expect to walk on water yet! But baby steps are the best most of us ‘children’ can aspire to now!We all have some form of addiction – sex, food, running, working out, alcohol, cigarettes, working, sleeping – to be human is to have addictions.

The next time you indulge, and its ok, don’t feel you have to stop. Just feel. Feel into your body as you indulge – listen for the innate intelligence inside you as you allow the energy of this addictive substance to penetrate your being.It may surprise you what becomes apparent for you to see when you do…

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Exercise Tips: Get the Balance Right First!

Posted by myhealthexperts on March 3, 2008

 With any exercise program, we want to progress from the simple and most basic (body) to more advanced programs. This evolution in program design then not only benefits the body to increasing degrees, but also integrates mind and even ‘not-mind’ aspects of your being. 

I will progress clients from doing an exercise to performing it on 1 leg for example. After they have mastered that, I might have them do the same exercise with their eyes closed. This strengthens the other aspects of balance that we use, propioception and our inner ear. Thus the neurological systems involved here also can improve, and we improve balance and functionality.

The most basic programs are designed to build strength and endurance, and as such simple, stable movements are done that do not require much in the way of the mind and our attention. This is because at this lower level, the movement itself can be enough of a challenge for the beginner.  Their brain has to wire up millions of new connections to get these new movement patterns locked and loaded.

Ironicaly, it becomes apparent that body follows mind and mind follows spirit, so the lessons on one level will often apply on other levels too. I often have my clients do exercises that involve balance, for example bent over dumbell raises on 1 leg.  Many jump in and quickly lose their balance in their determination to accomplish the goal. Sounds like most peoples lives when they rush to get things done without being truly centered.

However when they place balance first and then move once balance is established, they more often accomplish the goal with less error.  To establish balance we often need to pause first to center ourselves.

If we all committed to honoring balance in our life first, all our problems would shift.  We would not get angry nearly as often, and we’d more practice pausing (as in the exercise) to get balanced before acting on anything.

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More Evidence that Human Nature is Shallow: Looks Matter Most

Posted by myhealthexperts on February 1, 2008

We all know that studies show better looking people do better in life, and that for every inch taller a man is it ends up about $5000 extra income per year. Much as we all like to think we can, we DON’T escape human nature, and when revealed its often an uncommfortable truth in just how inhumane our nature is! (Unless your gorgeous of course! lol)

Again, Free will and the idea of self are illusions, realize this and you are on your way to true Freedom (with real Free Will). Free Willy! lol

Haircuts, Shined Shoes Matter Most in Business” (link)

 Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — There has long been an adage that it isn’t what you know that’s important for getting ahead in the business world, it’s who you know. Now it appears that what really counts is what you look like. According to research by U.S. economists, the more time you spend combing your hair and polishing your shoes in the morning, the more money you are likely to earn once you finally make it into the office. And, perhaps surprisingly, the effect is more pronounced for men than it is for women.That backs up a growing body of economic literature that tells us that the better looking you are, the more likely you are to do well in life.

And yet, what that says about the way modern business works is rather worrying: People are shallow in their judgments, they value showmanship over ability, and they are creating a culture of narcissism, in which the vain triumph over the worthy.

“There is a general understanding that people are judged on their appearance,” said Fiona Line, diversity adviser to the U.K.’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. “What is important is that companies should be recruiting based on talent, not on what people look like, however strong an instinct that might be.”

Leaving aside the rather obvious counter-example of Bill Gates, who didn’t exactly forsake a career in Hollywood to get into the computer industry, there is no disputing the basic data.

Jayoti Das and Stephen DeLoach of the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business at Elon University in North Carolina took the 2005 American Time Use Survey, which studied how 13,000 individuals filled up their day. They then compared that with earnings data.

Importance of Grooming

“Extra time spent grooming has a positive and significant effect on both men’s and women’s earnings, but the effect is considerably larger for men,” they said in a paper called “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Effect of Time Spent Grooming on Wages.” “For men, every extra 10 minutes daily grooming increases their weekly wages by 6 percent. However, women would have to nearly quadruple their daily grooming time to receive that much in additional wages.”

In countries from the U.S. to the U.K., Australia and China, research has shown that those of us who might be mistaken for the back end of a bus are likely to earn much less than people who regularly find themselves mistaken for George Clooney.

And yet, aside from pepping up our portfolios with some shares in the cosmetics maker L’Oreal SA, what does this obsession with how people look tell us about the business world?

Sign of Commitment

Of course, nobody wants staff turning up in the office if they look like they spent the night sleeping on the streets. Their co-workers won’t appreciate it. Neither will the customers.

Likewise, putting some effort into your appearance might well be taken as a sign of commitment to your work and organization. It’s certainly reasonable for employers to reward the people who try hard over those who can’t really be bothered about their appearance or their work.

More importantly, “don’t judge a book by its cover” contains a healthy element of truth. By and large, people can’t do very much about how they look. Shouldn’t companies find a fairer way of assessing their workers?

Within most large corporations, showmanship is now rated more highly than ability or intrinsic worth. Presumably, businesses are assessing staff according to their looks because appearance rather than substance is what they are mostly about.

Out of Hand

While there may be some justification for that — salesmanship is an important part of the success of any organization — it can get out of hand. In reality, concentrating only on appearances was how we ended up with companies such as Enron Corp. — it looked great, but there was nothing inside.

Lastly, all those men spending extra time on their personal grooming every morning, and being rewarded with extra pay, are likely to be self-obsessed not just in getting ready for the office, but when they get there as well.

We all know the type. They spend the whole day boasting about their achievements (often non-existent), taking credit for other people’s work, and schmoozing with the directors. They may be the ones who are getting the promotions. That doesn’t mean they are the best people to be running the business.

In short, fakery rules. If you want a pay increase, invest in a better haircut. That’s how things work in a business culture dominated by vanity and pretense.

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Your Brain Starts in your Stomach!

Posted by myhealthexperts on February 1, 2008

Yet another realization of the complexity of life, that NOTHING is what you think it is but part of a system more complex than itself – research shows more and more that our GI tract is intimately involved in many aspects of brain chemistry. For example we produce most of our serotonin in our gut. Food produces a cascade of reactions in the gut that results in signals such as leptin and ghrelin being sent to the brain. This makes us feel good, full, energized or at times sleepy. Sharing a meal with someone also releases oxytocin, the bonding hormone.

A seed is nothing without the sun and oxygen to move it into action. Its all about relationships

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Fat Burning Ice Cream!

Posted by myhealthexperts on January 13, 2008

Fat Burning Ice Cream? The Secret Recipe for Your Success!By Brian Cunningham, MS

Imagine that- fat burning ice cream. Well, its not out yet, but I’ll give you a recipe that will satisfy that craving for ice cream and still help burn fat (more later). Sometimes it seems the whole world it against us. For example, corporations create huge industries around our weaknesses for fat and sugar. So we have a nation of fat, unhealthy people. Many people resort to drugs to lose the weight, only to further compromise their health. We crave fat and sugar because these preferences kept our ancestors alive. Today these same hard-wired preferences are killing us. They also affect our mental health. Thankfully we live in the “Information age” where we can learn and make positive changes in our lives.

Mind Your Mind:Whatever your goals are- the first friend you need on your side is your mind. Often this is the key to success or failure. Ever notice how that little voice inside your head is usually beating you up? Ok, maybe its just the voice inside my head, or maybe I need to increase my meds. But the fact of the matter is whether you have a voice inside or not- the world is full of people who fail to achieve their goals. And studies reveal that “self-talk”; ideas repeated over and over in the mind, even if we are not aware, shape how we feel about ourselves. I’m going to prove to you that you don’t have ‘Free Will’, it’s an illusion. Right away your ego tells you this can’t be true. Well, if you have free will, try to simply will your mind to be quiet for 15 seconds. Or just try to focus on one thought only. You’ll soon see you can’t do it.

Many of us will work towards our goals, like bodybuilding, yet fail to work on perhaps the single most important aspect of who we are: our minds. The impacts are everywhere; the symptoms obvious in broken families, divorce, alcohol and drug abuse. The amount of people on mood altering drugs like anti-depressants is pandemic. People are not addressing their own mental health.

Where do you start? You already did. Just the awareness of this issue will point you in a new direction if you feel the need strongly enough. Self-help guru and infomercial star Anthony Robbins has made the field of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) very popular. NLP is very similar to bodybuilding principles- use it or lose it. Our thoughts and feelings are stored in our brain as patterns of inter-linked neurons. Different patterns produce the cascade of neurochemistry that results in our thoughts, feelings and actions. The more we use certain patterns, the stronger the pattern gets. The less we use it, the weaker the pattern gets. Want to lose weight or stop smoking? Just change the pattern. Sounds easy, but it can be very difficult to do on our own. You wouldn’t build a house without tools, so too you cant build a healthy mind and body without tools. NLP is one such tool.

One key thing many philosophies ranging from Buddhism to NLP and others stress is awareness. You don’t have to “do” anything, you simply need to see. The present literally is a present, a gift in that it’s the only opportunity to change. You don’t change the past, and you cant change in the future, you can only act to change in the present moment. Practice presence, for in the awareness you will see that you have more degrees of freedom to choose your actions, versus the instinctual and often emotional reactions we all typically follow that allow far fewer degrees of freedom.

Another key we must see is to accept responsibility for our lives. This does not mean blame, responsibility literally means the “ability to respond”. One simple step is to be aware in the moment that these negative feelings or behaviors arise. And in the awareness comes the ability to respond- the freedom to choose what we do. If we are not aware we just react or follow the same patterns – and there is no freedom in this. Bodybuilders do this already while dieting. We are keenly aware of our food choices in order to prepare for contests. We don’t just react and grab any food on an emotional basis because we have trained ourselves and our minds to be disciplined. The results show in the abs and details of a shredded physique. But what about getting angry while driving in traffic? Or when our spouse pushes our buttons? Do we just react or do we have freedom to choose our action?

Some negative thoughts can be removed simply by repeating the words “erase” or “cancel” over and over again in our minds. This is like overwriting memory on a computers hard drive. It literally works to scribble the thought/pattern and can make it go away. More advanced techniques such as NLP require elaboration beyond the scope of this article. Another advanced method that is simple to use is Thought Field Therapy (TFT) or Emotional Freedom Techniques. These are based on gently tapping with your fingers key acupuncture points when negative feelings or behaviors crop up. There is a free manual for this available on the web.

Fat Burning Ice Cream: The recipe!The concept here is substitution; choosing a healthier version of whatever you crave. Smokers can learn to substitute their craving for a cigarette by being aware and not reacting to the stress they feel by grabbing that cigarette. Obese people also can develop the awareness of their emotions and how they react by choosing certain foods. The more you practice it, just like a muscle, the neuronal connections you choose to link grow stronger. Bodybuilders have been doing it for years, eating protein bars instead of candy bars for example.

Back to the ice cream; whether your goal is to lose fat or improve your health, substituting better food choices makes a big difference in the long term. If you made the shift from heavy/fatty meals to lean ones, such as Bacon Double Cheeseburgers to chicken breast or a low fat tuna sandwich – you are already on the way. The next jump would be from the chicken breast sandwich (not very nutritious) to chicken breast and a large salad. Even better- wild salmon (most salmon is farm raised and has the same bad fat as beef), organic greens and a healthy salad dressing (flax or olive oil with lemon is the best). The same shift would apply for drinking whole milk. All those ‘Got Milk’ ads brainwash you? Dairy is not a healthy food group. Besides milk leading to Type II diabetes, the homogenization process also makes milk proteins stick to your arteries.1 And recently, a molecule found in milk and beef have been shown in high concentrations in human tumors. 2 So a smart shift would be to gradually taper from:whole milkàskim milkà50-50 mix of milk + soy milk, goat milk, or rice milkà100% soy, goat, rice or almond milk.Crave ice cream? Here is a great recipe that should satisfy your craving and helps burn fat:

8 oz water

1 or 2 large cups of ice cubes

2-3 scoops of Protein(vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or other)

1-2 tablespoons Flax/EFA oil or ground flax seed (or as alternate: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil)

¼-1/2 packet: Fat Free & Sugar Free Instant Pudding/Pie Filling Mix (same flavor as protein) (obtained from supermarket/grocery store)

Mix the protein, Instant Pudding Mix, and water in a blender. Add the Flax/EFA, and immediately after add the ice cubes. Flax oil is very important for health because it brings up the ratio of omega-3 fatty acids which we are all so deficient in. This imbalance of omega-3 found in flax, raw nuts & seeds and salmon, to omega-6 fats found in corn, soy, and most other common oils and foods, is thought to lead to many of the common diseases like cancer, arthritis and heart disease. Omega-3 fats also enable our bodies to metabolize and burn fat more efficiently. Coconut oil is another healthy oil that has fat burning properties, as well as many other benefits such as immune enhancement. You can add as much ice as you want- more makes the final product thicker. So you end up with healthy soft-serve tasting ice cream! If you really want to boost it up, you can add the potent fat burner, mood enhancer Chocamine to a chocolate version. Or add it to a vanilla version and the result is a delicious Mocha flavor!

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References:

1. New England Journal of Medicine, July 30, 1992

2. Molecule Found in Meat, Milk and Tumors – Study. Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent. Reuters, 9/29/2003.

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New Years Resolutions: Top 10

Posted by myhealthexperts on January 13, 2008

The New Years is typically when people once again try to be healthy and lose weight, join the gym etc.

So in that regard here are my Top 10 things I would try for myself and recommend to anyone for 2008:

10) Eat more organic raw foods – nuts, seeds, low Glycemic Index (GI) fruits & veggies
9) Eat more Organic Greens: See my YouTube video on Green Smoothies!
8) Take Dietary Supplements – generous quantities of the right ones will change
your life in many positive ways!
7) Sleep more – try to get to bed before 11 pm! Take naps if possible.
6) Visit a good holistic doctor and get the lab tests I recommend to determine
your current health status.  This is part of being more aware of the inside instead of focusing our attention always on the outside.
5) Exercise regularly (weights and cardio)- try to do more cardio in nature (the
woods etc).
4) Drink pure water on a regular basis with an alkaline pH (add lemon to it for
example) – do NOT reuse PETE water bottles!
3) Install the right shower filter to decrease risk on inhaling toxins in the
vapor of your shower water.
2) Take a Deep Breath (before you do anything)
1) “SEE”: see the connections that knowledge and insight can have on
understanding & improving your life.

I hope to devote time to each of these Top 10 in the coming weeks.

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Happy New Year?

Posted by myhealthexperts on January 13, 2008

Do you ever stop to wonder why people say “Happy New Year” or “Happy Birthday”?
It is a so called special time when you are wishing someone happiness, no harm
in that. But in that happiness that is predicated on a special time, the
opposite is ALWAYS there as well. For with Up comes Down, and with Happiness
comes Unhappiness.

What I wish for you is a ‘happiness’ to use the word, a Joy – that is beyond
words, an awareness not predicated on any special time or experience that
produces in you a transient feeling of happiness.

I wish for you “Happy Nothing” – the happiness that exists independent of any
external circumstances or events, a happiness in “No Thing (nothing)” that is
timeless and eternal. That is what I wish for you.

Recommended Books: Happy For No Reason, Stumbling on Happiness, The Secret of Letting Go

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