Archive for October, 2015

Clean Eating Reset

tomatoes2It’s that time again – a week to reset and recharge by eating clean foods.

What does that mean?

Eating Clean might be a buzz phrase, and it might mean different things to different people.

At Bexley Acupuncture and Wellness, it means these seven words: Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. 

 

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It means eating whole, real foods while decreasing or eliminating sugar, and processed foods. Eating this way will give our metabolism a rest from the high and low blood sugar fluctuations as well as our energy levels. Most people will notice that they sleep better, feel lighter, and become more mindful about what they put into their body.

You can read more about the background of my Clean Eating Challenge from the first round we had last year here.

I am always looking to make these Clean Eating weeks more productive and successful. After conducting my first TRANSFORM weight release program beta group, it is clear to me that I don’t want to stick to the term ‘challenge’ so much. It’s not harmful, of course, to have a challenge, or be challenged (we all need a little fire under us bums sometimes). But mentally, it’s more sustainable to decrease the usage of terms that have a beginning and and ending.

So I am going to switch from Challenge to Reset. We live busy lives, and we all can use a bit of resetting every now and then, right?

 

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The Clean Eating Reset week is this coming week, October 26 – November 1.

Yes, I am cruel to run it over Halloween. It’s partly coincidental, and partly intentional… Arguably, Halloween week is the most challenging week of the year to say NO to sweets… sweets we do NOT need.

If you want to join, sign up NOW, and you will get the support throughout the week.

If you are reading this after October 26, and want to participate in future Clean Eating Reset weeks, you can still sign up here, and you will be notified about future Clean Eating Resets!

Have a wonderful week!

Kit

 

How hypnosis can help you lose weight

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Have you been on some kind of diet, a detox or a cleanse, and when you are not ‘supposed to’ eat something, all you want is that very thing?

A little voice inside your head says, “Oh, why bother? I will be good tomorrow.” Or, “Just this one time, and that’s it.”

That little voice comes from your subconscious mind — a vast territory in our brain that hangs on to most of our past memories, emotions, traumas, feelings and more. It likes to be helpful, but oh so irrational. We have a terrible time telling it to shut up.

This is where hypnosis comes in. Hypnosis can tame that voice.

Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation. In this meditative state, we can access the subconscious mind much more readily. We can ‘talk’ to it, ‘listen’ to it, and give it new suggestions. You can think of it as taming a new puppy, and training it at the same time. While the puppy is calm and collected and content, it will learn new ways of doing and being without going back to old bad behaviors.

 

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Our subconscious enjoys old repeated patterns or long-term habits because it does not have to do much work that way. So when in doubt, it will revert and rely on old patterns, no matter how good or bad they are.

For instance, you may have a habit of eating in front of the TV, or computer. It may ease your anxiety, or calm and reward you in some way. So each time you are about to sit down to watch TV, or work on the computer, you must have something to eat. The subconscious registers that as a habit… and it will want you to repeat this habit each time that you do these activities. It does not know what you choose to eat, or how much. It just knows that its job is to signal the pattern to you to replicate.

The problem with this pattern is:

  1. You are mindlessly eating.
  2. You are in a trance (because your eyes are fixated on one thing), and it’s hard to stop.
  3. You will most likely overeat.
  4. You will most likely feel bad that you just overate.

And yet, the pattern continues, over and over and over again.

As a tool, hypnosis can stop the old pattern by understanding why you have this habit in the first place. We will then reverse the old conclusions, and give your subconscious new, healthier choices. After each session, you will feel empowered and relieved that you don’t ever have to be a slave to your subconscious any longer.

As a result, you will make healthier choices around eating. You will lose the unwanted weight.

 

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For more information about my weight release program, TRANSFORM, you can go here. The program is offered in group sessions, or privately.

If you want to stay up to date on the next group session (January, 2016), sign up below.

3 Rules Acupuncturists Live by

 

 

I want to let you all in on acupuncturists’ secrets to staying healthy.

Mind you, we do get sick, of course. We are humans after all. But there are a few things we learned while becoming Chinese Medicine practitioners that do help keep us stronger during the cold-flu seasons.

These are nothing earth shattering. They are actually common sense rules that we sometimes forget.

1.We say no to ice.

Cold is a major invader to our immune system, especially our digestive system. Drinking iced beverages, especially on a cold day, is like being a bully to our stomach and intestines. It is best to drink warm liquids, and never put ice in anything.

As for injuries, ice works well in an acute situation, to stop the inflammation. After 24 hours or so of an injury, however, we say no to ice. It’s an ongoing debate with other healthcare providers, but when in doubt, acupuncturists prefer warmth, and heat for healing.

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2.We cover our necks. 

The neck is the gate for all external invasions to enter our body system. Exterior cold temperatures, or cold air can truly take our immunity down. Have you gotten sick after being too cold outdoors? It is wise to keep our neck covered when the temperatures fall, so we are less likely to be defeated buy the cold invasion.

Cold can also contract our muscles, causing stiff neck or shoulders if we are exposed to cold air while sleeping. Acupuncturists know this, and we never sleep near an open window, or a blowing fan.

 

 

  IMG_54563. We get adequate rest.

Evening time is yin time… Yin is the quiet, the solitude, the rest. Without yin, there is no yang… So without rest, there can be no activity (or not a very good one). If we want to be the best at what we do (help you all feel better), we must go inward and rest.

Try these not-so-secret rules we live by, and see if it helps you stay healthy this season!

In good health,

Kit