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5 lessons I learned losing 10kg: –

Losing 10kg was definitely a learning experience within itself! I found out more about myself during this time than another in my adulthood. There were many things that worked (some of them surprised me) and many things I tried that are supposed to work but didn’t for me! Everyone is different and there isn’t a one size fits all system so be true to your body, work with it not against it. Here are a few things that worked for me:

Lesson #1

Ignorance is not bliss, its delusional! If you can’t face the scales how are you going to suck it up and do what needs to be done to lose weight? Have the courage to take inventory of what is really going on not just on the scales but other factor that could be contributing to weight gain. Set a realistic picture of what you are striving for and go for gold!

I have the belief that the scales are my friend. They always tell me the truth no matter what and sometimes give me the reality check I need. It was jumping on the scales and seeing that I was 2kg beyond my worst nightmare that gave me the much needed kick in the butt to do something about it. I haven’t weighed that much since.

Lesson #2

Caffeine is my enemy. As much as I love a heavenly latte in the morning, coffee excess unfortunately causes a host of negative ripple effects in my body and blocks weight loss. Coffee leaves me with the jitters soon after consumption then super drained in the afternoon. On top of that it also gives me migraines 

You might be reading this and think there is no way coffee could block weight loss, research shows caffeine to stimulate weight loss. However, caffeine can have adverse effects in women who have thyroid or hormonal dis-regulation https://goo.gl/VdHckq.

Lesson # 3

Investigate and resolve your health issues holistically with good quality food and supplements. If you have been enduring a condition or illness for some time, isn’t it about time you explore alternative options? In my case it was hormonal- PMS, moodiness, bloating and cramps. During these times I would crave highly processed carbs, corn chips, pasta and bread like a mad woman which would only add to bloating and cramps later.

Health issues (some really personal ones) are not something you have to hide in shame or just put up with just because you have been told you can’t do anything about. Nutrition does make a difference to how you feel and symptoms you may be experiencing. A naturopath was able to provide me with guidance on how to eat to restore my health, what foods suited me and what didn’t.

Likewise, your psychological health is just as important. Having fun and enjoyment is so underrated. Feeling unhappy, resentful, depressed one can turn to emotional eating for comfort. (In lesson # 5, I mention the benefits of hypnosis for emotional eating).

Lesson # 4

Vegetables are your best friend. The more you eat the less room you have for other foods that are not so good for you. Vegetables contain fiber, nutrients and protein that provide you with that full feeling but without the regret of excess calories. Go nuts!

I predominately ate a plant based diet and the weight feel off. You can use vegetables to fill the void of some of those (not your friend) processed staple foods you may have been accustomed to.

Lesson # 5

Mindset is King! No strategy or dietary approach works unless you make it work for you. When you what you need to do, your attitude and determination about getting it done will determine how strong you hold to the finish line. The great thing is a winning mindset can be developed fairly effortlessly with hypnotherapy. This is something I did that helped me eat smaller meals and develop a mindful routine around food.

Addressing the issue at the root cause, building confidence in oneself is also important as it is easy to get distracted by the next diet fad. At HypnoLAB (Hypnotherapy Clinic in Melbourne) we have had much success in with using Hypnosis for emotional eating as an effective tool to assist individuals to adopt healthy weight loss behaviours.

About the Author:

Monika Polemicos Clinical Hypnotherapist is the founder of HypnoLAB a busy Hypnotherapy clinic in Melbourne specialising in hypnosis for emotional eating, sugar addiction, weight loss and more. Contact Monika to find out how you can make weight loss easier with hypnosis.

7 Secret Habits of Happy People

*The following has been adapted from The 30 Day Body Beautiful Program with Monika Polemicos, a therapeutic approach to weight management.

Hormones don’t lie. The following Secret Habits of Happy people have been researched to the wah-zoo and have demonstrated time and time again chemicals in your body determine your overall sense of happiness. These little suckers influence the way you feel –happy, sad or irritable as hell. Incorporating the following habits can assist you to use hormones to your advantage.

Serotonin is a hormone and neurotransmitter found in the gastrointestinal tract and brain that regulates mood, happiness and sleep. The production of serotonin fluctuates during the day which can account for the 3 p.m. slump in energy that has you reaching for the cookie tin and 3 sugars in your coffee.

  1. Your brain triggers certain food cravings to boost serotonin production: carbs and sugars. Therefore…Eating complex carbs with a low GI (Glycaemic Index) like root and green leafy vegetables (sweet potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, and broccoli), legumes, beans ensure slow release and less of a crash and burn effect on your energy levels. Do not omit carbs from your eating plan; you will only binge on the wrong kind later.
    Eating and exercising right are the obvious not-so-secret habits of happy people. In addition to these are our social habits that have a far greater impact on happiness.
  2. Support network- Great people to be around and support you when needed. To have a great social network takes time and energy to establish and means going out of your way to help your friends when they need you.
  3. Have appreciation for others and experiences. Dopamine has long been known to be the ‘pleasure’ chemical. It’s produced when people are in love, engaging in pleasurable activities like eating or thinking about these things. Keeping a gratitude journal of daily reflections stimulates the production of dopamine and the overall feeling of bliss, it also helps to keep you focused on the things that are in your control and influence rather than dwelling on this you cannot change. A perfect pathway to becoming an optimist.
  4. Are in a relationship/in love. The Grant Study followed a group of men for their entire lives found that “the capacity to love and be loved was the single strength most clearly associated with subjective well-being at age eighty.”
  5. In addition to living longer, happy people also work hard, they have goals, are driven by a purpose and get things done. Happy people actively make plans and schedule to do things that make them happy—hobbies that are enjoyable and set time aside for family vacations etc. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow (a tad drastic I know) what are the things unfinished or you didn’t get around to doing? Time to make a bucket list, and fill your time with things that are really important to your happiness.
  6. Light exposure has been used as therapy to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (the SAD’s) occurs predominately in the winter months with the reduction of natural sunlight exposure. Some research shows light therapy effective in the treatment of depression. Ensure your indoor environment is brightly lit during the winter months. Spend time in the outdoors even when it is overcast.
  7. Contribute by volunteering to a worthy cause. Dr. Stephen Post a Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine points out in a recent national survey of 4,582 American adults, 41 per cent of Americans volunteered an average of two hours per week; 68 per cent of volunteers agree that volunteering “has made me feel physically healthier”; and 96 per cent say volunteering “makes people happier.”

In addition, the survey results indicated that volunteers have less trouble sleeping, less anxiety, and better friendships and social networks.

How to have a food blowout and still look amazing Monika Polemicos

Wouldn’t it be dreamy to indulge now and then without the guilt of going overboard? to meet the nutritional demands of your body without the muffin top?

Changing your relationship with food and giving yourself permission to eat is only part of the equation. There are some practical guidelines that to keep yourself in check to ensure one indulgent meal does not become a week long food bender.

In a study dieters were asked to evaluate the impact of one sweet high calorie dessert on their eating plans. The participants who catastrophized the impact of the dessert identifying they had ‘blown’ their diet proceeded to eat 5 times more than those who identified their eating plan could accommodate the dessert.

Creating flexibility in your eating plan rather than rigidity is essential to your mental health while trying to lose or maintain weight. When you make foods forbidden somehow this only increases your desire for them. Following the 80/20 principle of eating healthy nutritious meals 80% of the time and sometimes foods 20% of the time takes the energy out of a food being labeled “good” or “bad”. For some this may mean they are a health nut during the week but on the weekend a little more relaxed. If you know Friday nights get a bit hectic and a take away is always calling you then enjoy! look forward to the experience with excitement and eat with gusto. Your state of mind effects digestion. Feelings of guilt and apprehension hinders nutrient assimilation when eating, that kind of stress only makes you overeat even more!

There does need to be some guide post to make the 80/20 rule work. Planning when you are going to indulge is a start. Mark when the 1-2 indulgent meals per week will be occurring in your calendar. These are times to looks forward to life a special occasion. In between those times you do your absolute best to provide grade A nourishment for your body.

‘but what if I get a craving’

no doubt you will and a perfect time plan for your next indulgent meal. Write about your cravings and save it next to the date for your next indulgent meal. This way you are not saying ‘no i cant have this’ you are saying ‘yes I will’ just at another time. This eliminates the forbidden nature of food because you can have anything you want.

When it comes to your indulgent meal time you should have a host of ideas you have generated during the week. By being aware of HOW you eat and listening to your own body cues you can eliminate going overboard and eating the whole tray/6 pack/box etc. In addition to savoring the moment you are finally united with the food you have been longing for, it’s a very satisfying experience acknowledging your body when satisfied and pushing the plate away. The key is increasing your food awareness during meal times.

For example:

  • Observe what your dish looks like, notice the colours shape etc.
  • Inhale deeply noticing what the aroma does to your mouth and salivary glands.
  • With your eyes closed observe the texture of the food in your mouth.
  • Follow the taste of the first bite through to watery paste right a the very end before it goes down the hatch.
  • Allow at least 20 min to complete your meal, frequently checking in with yourself “am I satisfied yet”. Be proud you have left food on the plate and clear away/bin any left overs.

With a few tweaks to the way you eat and think about food you can keep those indulgent meals on the menu and still keep that amazing body in check.