Ditch the Diet & Lose Weight

by Head Health Nutter on April 24, 2014

What? Say that again? That’s right, today’s guest blogger, Clinical Hypnotherapist Jai, specializes in weight loss and tells us to stop dieting to lose weight! Keep reading to find out why…

A 2007 UCLA study on the effectiveness of dieting found that one of the best predictors of weight gain was having lost weight on a diet at some point during the years prior to the study.

Dieting Advice Confusion Monitor Shows Diet Information And RecommendationsSo let me work this out… dieting makes you put on weight??

I think I have a pretty good understanding of human nature. So it goes without saying that most of us, when told we cannot have or do something, want it even more. Which is why any diet that is based on deprivation does not work and is not sustainable. It’s like telling someone not to think of the pink elephant… So a diet that dictates what you eat (and when you eat) just makes us want to marinate in the forbidden.

Through education and hypnotherapy I have helped hundreds of men and women reduce their weight and gain control of their eating patterns. And what I have found is quite simple; if you eat when you’re hungry, and stop when you’re not, you will lose weight. Even if you don’t increase your exercise regime – which is always advisable.

That’s right! A “no diet” approach with no prescribed eating lists. Phew – what a relief to be told to ditch the diet. After all, very few adults (and even children) need to be educated on the five food groups. We all know what healthy food choices and appropriate portion sizes are. But what I find lacking in the majority of my weight loss clients is they have forgotten how to recognize when they are hungry, and when they have had enough.

We are all born with the ability to recognize hunger and satisfaction, but somewhere along the line in our upbringing (yep, blame your folks) we are programmed to use food as a tool to satisfy our emotions or reward good behaviour. But guess what? If you try to fill something that cannot be filled with what you’re using, the emptiness never goes away and you’ll keep wanting more – every time.

You are not hungry! You’re bored. Or lonely. Or stressed. Or sad. Or just being a guts! (Editor’s note: “being a guts” means “pigging out.”) Learn to recognize the difference. Learn to discover and then fulfill what you are really hungry for (most often it ain’t food). And you will no longer be stuck on using food as an unsatisfactory substitute for relief, release or pleasure.

I’m not suggesting you engage in new patterns and behaviours. Just dig the old ones out and dust them off. You’ve done it before…

About the Author

Jai is a Melbourne Clinical Hypnotherapist specializing in weight loss.

Alright, so now all we need are some tips to know the difference between hunger and emotional eating! Off the top of my head, I’ve heard that if we drink a glass of water and wait 15 minutes, and if we’re still hungry, then it’s real hunger. Do you have any tips for differentiating between hunger and emotions?

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The Benefits of Stopping Smoking

by Head Health Nutter on April 22, 2014

Do you or someone you love still smoke? When I started this blog about 7 years ago, I had just stopped smoking. A year later, I started again and haven’t been able to quit since. Maybe I just need to find a good reason, the BEST reason to give up my addiction again. Maybe it’s listed in this list of benefits from Jennifer Smith!

Anytime is a great time to give up smoking. Smoking is a huge cause of death in the world and places a huge strain on health care. It is estimated that around 5 million people in the world die from smoking related causes each year.

stopping-smokingSmoking has a huge detrimental effect on the body. It is the cause many life threatening illnesses and diseases such as lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease and many more. Smoking is also one of the most preventable causes of death, yet so many people smoke. No matter how old you are or how long you have been smoking, quitting smoking brings many benefits which will improve your life drastically.

It may be difficult at first, but persistence and dedication will reap results. Why wouldn’t you want to live a long and healthy life, even as long as a non-smoker? Once you quit, you will feel healthier straight way.

Here are the benefits of quitting smoking:

Live Longer

Living longer is one of the main benefits of quitting smoking, and with each cigarette you smoke, you are shortening your life. It is estimated that half of long term smokers will die early due to a smoking related disease, such as cancer, heart attacks, heart disease, bronchitis and many more.

It’s never too late to stop smoking and lengthen your life. A recent study showed that people who quit smoking in their 30’s add 10 years to their life. By quitting smoking you are increasing the chances of a disease free future.

Better sex and fertility

Smoking not only increases your life expectancy, it also increases your sex life and fertility levels. By quitting smoking, the blood flow in your body will improve which increases the sensitivity in the genitals, allowing for better sex.

Men will benefit from reducing the risk of erectile dysfunction and women may benefit from better arousal and orgasms. When you stop smoking, you fertility will also improve for both men and women and it also reduces the chances of a miscarriage. In addition, stopping smoking also make you more appealing to the opposite sex, making it easier to find a relationship.

Better Breathing

One of the most obvious benefits to quitting smoking is that you will benefit from smoke free lungs and ultimately, better breathing. You will notice you will cough less and be able to breathe more easily, allowing you to much more things such as sport.

It is estimated that when you quit smoking, you lung capacity improves up to 10%. This will allow you to do many more things in your life and not have to stop every 10 minutes to catch your breath when on a simple walk.

Higher amounts of energy

Quitting smoking will drastically improve you, overall. Not only will you experience a boost in confidence and motivation, within 12 weeks, you will notice how much more energy you have, due to the improved circulation.

This will allow you to partake in much more physical activity, such as running, walking, playing your favourite sports and find them much easier to perform. You will have a greater ability to breathe and will be able to run and walk for much longer. You will be much less tired and have the chance to do the things you have always wanted to do.

In addition, the extra energy also benefits your immune system, allowing your body to fight off illness, such as colds and flues much easier.

Improved appearance

Quitting smoking will improve your appearance and make you more appealing to the people around you.

Almost straight away you, your friends and family will notice a difference. Your teeth will be whiter as they will not become stained by the tobacco, and you will also have fresher breath. Your chances of gum disease will also dramatically reduce.

Your clothes will also not have a constant smell of cigarette smoke. In addition, your taste and smell senses will also improve as your body rid itself of the toxic chemicals caused by smoking.

The timeline of stopping smoking:

  • 20 minutes – After 20 minutes, your blood pressure and pulse return to its normal state.
  • 24 hours – After 24 hours, your lungs begin to clear.
  • 48 hours – After two days, your body rids itself of all nicotine. Your taste and smell begin to improve.
  • 72 hours – Increased energy and a better ability to breathe.
  • 12 weeks- Your circulation improves.
  • 1 year – The risk of a heart attack is halved.
  • 10 years – After 10 years, the risk of lung cancer is halved.

Quitting smoking is something you should do right away. As you can see, there are countless benefits to quitting smoking which will improve your life in many ways.

What do you think of this blog post? Can you think of anymore benefits of giving up smoking? If so, please let us know in the comments below.

About the Author

This blog was written by Jennifer Smith on behalf of TABlites, the E-cigarette specialists.

I can attest to the greater amounts of energy from being smoke-free. I remember JUMPING out of bed in the morning, throwing on my runners and going for morning walks, fresh and energetic as a youngster. 

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You Can’t Afford NOT to Eat Well

by Head Health Nutter on April 18, 2014

Do you sacrifice your health so you can live within your means? You don’t have to anymore after reading today’s guest post by Kimberley Laws!

Does your tight grocery budget have you filling up your cart with white bread, Spam, and Hamburger Helper? While these options may be easy on your debit card, they are likely wreaking havoc on your health. There is a way to fill your fridge with nutritional foods without emptying your bank account. So put down the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and say “hello” to healthy, but affordable eating.

eatwellGone are the days of penny-pinching at your health’s expense. Forget creating a budget for your stomach and come up with a plan that will address all of your vital organs’ nutritional needs.

Stick to the Perimeter.

Processed foods are filled with tongue-twisting mysterious ingredients that are harmful to your body–and these, typically, are found in the inner aisles of your supermarket. Instead, limit the bulk of your shopping to the outer aisles where the whole foods live. This way you’ll end up with a healthy supply of meat, dairy, fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains. If it’s in a box, put it back and flee the area.

Mm. Frozen is Good.

Yes, you read that correctly. When it comes to vegetables, frozen is the best way to go. Not only are they picked and frozen right away–making them more nutritious than fresh varieties that have spent days getting to your store –but they won’t go bad, they don’t need to be washed, you can buy them in bulk, and they are easy to prepare. And, whatever you do, stay away from veggies in a can. Frozen fruits are also a viable alternative to fresh, particularly during the off-season.

Pick Low-Price Proteins.

Put down the mock chicken, macaroni loaf, and other mystery meats. Instead, opt for economical, high-quality protein sources. Legumes pack a mean protein punch without a hefty price tag. Eggs, milk, natural peanut butter, chicken, and lean pork are other wise choices. Canned tuna is another viable option; however, it is recommended that you don’t consume more than 6 ounces per week due to high mercury levels.

Go Generic.

Yes, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet–and your no-name condiments are just as tasty as their pricier counterparts. Admittedly, there will be times when you will want to stick with your tried and true favorites, but, for the most part, you will never be able to tell the difference between brand names and generic labels.

Frequent the Farmers.

A great way to get your paws on affordable fresh produce is to buy from your local growers. Whether you opt to buy directly from a familiar farmer, frequent a farmers’ market, or pull up to a stand on the side of the road, purchasing local fruits and vegetables helps boost both your local economy and your overall health. If you are feeling particularly energetic, you may even want to try growing produce in your own back yard.

Eat Your Oats “Old School.”

Old-fashioned, whole oats are dirt cheap, can be purchased in bulk, and–here’s the best part of all–they are crammed full of healthy nutrients including fiber, protein, and oodles of minerals. They warm you up on a chilly day. And they keep you feeling full for a long time.

Steer Clear of “White.”

White bread, white pasta, white rice, and white sugar should be eaten in moderation, if at all. Instead, opt for their brown counterparts. The price difference is negligible, but the health benefits will be huge.

By following a few helpful tips, you can eat both cheaply and nutritionally. So rid your cart of those boxed foods, kiss your “mechanically separated” meat products farewell, and toss your squishy white bread back onto the shelf. There’s a new you in town and you refuse to sacrifice your health for your budget.

What tips do you use to eat healthy without going over your budget?

About the Author

Kimberley Laws is a freelance writer, avid blogger, and adventurous eater. You can follow her neurotic and OCD ramblings at The Embiggens Project and Searching for Barry Weiss.

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Homemade Natural Beauty Solutions

by Head Health Nutter on April 15, 2014

Don’t you just love recipes? Whether they’re for dinner, desserts or even homemade cleaning products, you end up saving money AND being healthier! Check out today’s guest post by Stu Lieberman as he shares three recipes for homemade skin-care solutions!

Walk into any skin care store looking for natural beauty products and you could spend more than $100 per product. The salesperson will likely tell you that natural beauty formulas cost more, and then give you some line about how you have to spend more to look younger.

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It doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to drain your bank account in order to enjoy smoother, more vibrant skin. Here are some easy and quick natural solutions you can make right at home.

Rejuvenating Papaya Facial Mask

The papaya fruit is loaded with skin nourishing vitamins and antioxidants. Due to its high concentration of the enzyme papain, papaya is also a natural and gentle skin exfoliator, helping to scrub away dead skin cells so that new fresh skin can be revealed. When you exfoliate your skin, the look of fine lines and wrinkles is reduced, and your skin appears younger. Interestingly, a papaya’s level of papain is highest when the fruit is not yet ripe.

What you’ll need:

  • ½ unripe papaya, peeled and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Directions: mix ingredients together in blender or food processor until smooth, with a paste-like consistency. Apply to face, and neck, if desired. Leave mask on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Skin Brightening with Lemon

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Summer Travel Tactics to Benefit Your Body & Your Budget

by Head Health Nutter on April 12, 2014

It’s starting to feel more like summer! So why not start thinking about making this summer one of the best with the family? Check out these vacation ideas from Kaity Nakagoshi that will help you, the family and your pocketbook stay lean and healthy.

Before we know it, the kids will be out of school and summer time will be upon us! You’ve probably already started plotting potential vacation destinations in your mind. After all, a family vacation requires all sorts of advanced-planning, so the sooner you can iron out the details the better.

healthy-family-summer-vacationThis year, consider a fun-filled family getaway that will also nourish your mind, body, and soul. Often times, we associate vacations with indulging and splurging, both in regards to food and finances. It is certainly ok to splurge and indulge a little bit, but be careful not to go overboard. Nobody wants to return from a relaxing trip with a wallet and waistline that are filled with regret.

There are plenty of ways that you and your family can enjoy the benefits of traveling without having to renew your passports or forfeit your healthy diets. Keep in mind that a summer vacation is meant to provide relaxation, rejuvenation, and real time memories. Here are some ideas to guide you through the process of planning your souped-up summer vacation: [click to continue…]

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The Lean Philosophy In Healthcare

by Head Health Nutter on April 8, 2014

Where are you in the world? What is your healthcare system like? Does it need some improvement? Today guest blogger, James, shares some information on a lean healthcare system.

The American healthcare is facing a crisis. The industry has many issues that it is struggling with. There are skyrocketing costs as well as issues with the quality of health care. Nurses are in short supply and employees are dissatisfied. These are symptoms that indicate a deeper problem in the system. Healthcare providers are realizing the imperative need for improving quality and safety and cut costs at the same time. That points a finger towards waste management. That is why many healthcare organizations are looking at the lean philosophy to find a way out for such problems.

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Applying Lean Principles In Healthcare

In many production or manufacturing setups, lean philosophy has been implemented by way of Kaizen and six sigma principles. The same is now being applied for the healthcare industry. It is not being seen as simply another project or a way to judge the performance of the people. It is a way to transform or bring about changes in the entire organization and the way of working.

The healthcare delivery system need to be of high quality and high on performance, and maintain profitability as well. There are many obstacles that lie in the healthcare systems, which stop them from achieving excellence in their work. Indeed, manufacturing of products can be streamlined efficiently, but service organizations like healthcare provide other challenges that need to be overcome.

Challenges Seen

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An Intro to Meditating with Singing Bowls

by Head Health Nutter on April 5, 2014

Are you looking to learn how to meditate? Have you tried and feel that you can’t do it? Maybe you need a little assistance from a tool many people don’t know about! Today guest blogger, James Lynch, tells us about singing bowls and how to use them to help us get into a meditative state.

If you’ve never heard of a singing bowl, don’t worry, most people haven’t. In brief, a singing bowl is an inverted bell used primarily with meditation. They originated thousands of years ago in Asia and were incorporated into Buddhist ritual. Singing bowls became popular in Western culture around the same time that Buddhism did in the mid-Twentieth century as many prominent Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama, became well-known for advocating against Communist China. As Westerners came to embrace Buddhism, the practice of meditation grew as well.

singing-bowlWhen a lot of people start practicing meditation, they find it difficult. A common assumption is that you just sit in a quiet space and don’t think; but that’s not really what it’s all about. Real meditation is a strengthening of the mind. It’s gaining control of your thoughts and not letting them run amok… and it can be real challenging at first!

My early attempts to form a consistent meditation routine failed. But through a little research, I discovered that the use of a meditation aide, such as a singing bowl can help a ton (or any other bell and gong for that matter).

My first singing bowl is still the one I use to this day. It was a plain copper singing bowl that I’d purchased from a local Buddhist-themed bookstore in town. For awhile, I would just sit and let the bowl “sing”. This is done by gently circling the rim of the bowl with a short wooden ‘striker’. It causes a beautiful resonance that can bring about a sort of momentary hypnosis in many people; that’s one way to find focus with these bowls.

The primary method for using singing bowls with meditation is by simply striking them once to begin your meditation and then once again to signal the end.

I’ll explain how I use it:

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Dealing with Heavy Menstrual Cycles

by Head Health Nutter on April 2, 2014

This might not be a post for everybody, but for those who are interested, I know you`ll enjoy this article by guest blogger, Ashley Hardway. Share it with others who you think might benefit from it!

Down through the generations of our family we have all dealt with menstrual problems. We have a history of heavy bleeding at least as far back as my great-grandmother. Followed by my grandmother, mother, myself, and now even my daughter is suffering from this problem. Over the years things have changed a great deal as far as treatment goes but the suffering attached with these menstrual cycles has not changed.

Blond woman having a stomachache in her bathroomI have heard stories from my mom about how menstruation issues were handled in the past and I have to say that I am very thankful that we have advanced in the area of sanitary products. I cannot imagine dealing with heavy bleeding before having the more modern sanitary products. I shudder to think of it!

I know that the answer in my grandmother’s day for heavy bleeding was a hysterectomy and this was the case for my mother as well. Hearing about the details of my grandmother’s hysterectomy and her suffering afterwards made me cringe. It was almost to the point of being barbaric in nature. But then my grandmother was born in the early nineteen hundreds and most women were still having their babies at home as well. My mother reassured me that times had changed and that her hysterectomy was not as gruesome.

Just a couple of years ago now my doctor advised me that I should also have a hysterectomy because of heavy bleeding. He explained that they no longer had to cut through the stomach muscles and that they actually only had to make a few small cuts. They now use a scope to see what they are doing and can do everything without a major surgery and long recovery periods.

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Increase Your Longevity with These Vitamins & Supplements

by Head Health Nutter on March 30, 2014

Do you believe in vitamin supplementation? If you do, are you wondering which ones you should be spending your money on? Today’s guest blogger, Jefferey Morgan, shares with us a list of 6 supplements he considers the most important.

What do we need to do to stay young, feel energized and live longer? Specialists say that the recipe for a healthy body depends on three main factors: nutrition, regular exercise and vitamin supplementation. Unfortunately, very few people consider the last factor important.

Believe it or not, the body can’t absorb all necessary vitamins and nutrients from food only. Supplements are needed, yet it’s important to know exactly what the system lacks and not start popping pills at random. Here’s a list with several essential vitamins and supplements that are known to increase longevity.

Herbal supplements

ALA (alpha lipoic acid)

Alpha lipoic acid is a compound that occurs naturally inside the body. It has a vital role in the function of one’s cellular level (energy production for example), and as long as the body is healthy, it can produce enough ALA. However, when the body can’t produce enough ALA you are advised to take supplements. Specialists are claiming that alpha lipoic acid can treat conditions like diabetes and it might even help people lose weight.

Calcium

Calcium is a mineral found in abundant amounts in the bones and teeth. Natural sources of calcium are dairy products, orange juice, spinach, kale, and we must admit that the compound is vital for the general health of our system. In the US, more than 10 million people suffer from osteoporosis, a condition that affects the bones. That’s because very few pay attention to how important calcium can be for their general well-being. [click to continue…]

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New Exercises & Their Benefits for Your Mental Well-Being

by Head Health Nutter on March 27, 2014

We all know diet and exercise are the cornerstones to physical health. But what about exercises to strengthen the mind and heart? Today, guest blogger Matthew Morris tells us about 6 physical exercises that recent research has shown to be beneficial to both mental and emotional well-being. 

Along with diet, daily exercise is cited as the most effective way to promote health and increase longevity. Want to be healthier and live longer? The answer is simple: get fit! We know–almost intuitively–that good physical health is related to physical activity. If we want to feel better physically, exercise has to be part of our daily routine.

Pretty woman doing yoga exercises in the autumn parkBut what about good mental health? We spend so much time thinking about our physical well-being, that we often overlook the just-as-important aspect of our mood and our outlook.

Luckily, the same tools we have to build physical health allow us to achieve mental stability, as well. Studies have shown that physical activity can have a tremendous effect on mental health, and can alleviate symptoms of depression, lessen feelings of anxiety, and increase life satisfaction and self-esteem. That’s some pretty wonderful news!

But what kind of exercise is right for you? Let’s take a look at some activities that are known for the positive effect on mental health, and how you can incorporate them into your day.

Yoga. The incredible growth of yoga is astounding. Not long ago, yoga was seen as a foreign and mystical practice, and finding classes was very difficult (my first class, in 1986, was in the attic of a yogi’s house, and it was one of the only classes offered in my state!). Now, ashrams and yoga centers are everywhere, and most gym memberships include classes.

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