What Is Weighing You Down?

Weight loss can be as simple as “Exercise more and eat less”! That can work but short term only. The weight that is lost in this way will almost always come back because we have not gone to the root of the problem. We have not figured out what is weighing us down.

Many of us are carrying emotional baggage from past hurt, from abusive/unhappy relationships, not being able to pursue our passion, lack of love, being lonely, past guilt or shame (which is a big one). When we have not healed these emotional issues it becomes hard to “move”.

What can we do to help heal ourselves and in turn be able to get up and “move”?

1. Forgive others and forgive yourself

2. Keep communication open in our relationships and pay attention to what is not working

3. Always spend some time in doing what makes us happy i.e pursuing a hobby, a sport, spending time with friends

4. Seek professional help i.e coaching/ counseling if it seems like it will help

5. Taking lots of deep breaths, laughing out loud and loving ourselves and our loved ones more!!!


Kalpana is a certified Life Coach (ICF) and a certified Eating Psychology Coach from The Institute For The Psychology Of Eating. Her main goal in her coaching practice is to help people to love themselves "now" as opposed to waiting to do that only when they "get there." She has a true passion for helping people cultivate unconditional love for themselves, and helping people to form healthy relationships with food.

 

Make Food Your Friend

Take a few minutes to conjure up in your mind the image of two women.  One thing they have in common is that they both love to eat.  The first woman loves the food she’s known all her life – Big Macs with the side of fries and the extra-large Diet Coke, of course.  It might be Wendy’s another day, Kentucky Fried Chicken the day after that.  More often than not, she grabs her food in a bag handed to her through a drive through window, and will have finished the meal before she gets home.  She doesn’t cook – she’s usually too hungry when it’s mealtime to take the time to cook, and anyway, the food tastes better soaked in lard and fried in grease.  She may socialize with comfort food, fried chicken and potato salad at a church social, followed by apple pie that is likely to be bought at the grocery store, where they’ve been sitting prettily on the shelf thanks to the preservatives used to keep them looking good.  This woman’s approach to food, the food she loves, is almost frantic.  She loves it so much, she just can’t wait to eat it.  During the day, she may curb her hunger between meals with a Snickers bar or maybe even a “healthy” granola bar or serving of sugary yogurt.  She can’t go to bed without a helping of Ben and Jerry’s – that stuff is to DIE for.  She eats it as if she would die without it, and the fact is, she’s dying because of it.

Can you picture her?  She may be skinny, but more than likely she’s overweight.  For sure her skin isn’t as clear and bright as it could be.  She isn’t grounded.  Food rules her life, and she loves this food.  But it doesn’t love her back.  She suffers from many issues including digestion, stress, hormone, sleep, hair, skin, and mood.

Picture the second woman.  She loves her food, too.  But she loves it in a wholly different way.  She strolls through the farmer’s market on a Saturday morning.  She takes her time inspecting and admiring the fruits and vegetables in the produce bins.  She loads her basket with carefully chosen greens, artichokes, carrots, onions, organic peppers and sweet potatoes.  She adds fresh strawberries, kiwi, melons, and apples.  She might choose an organic chicken and some duck eggs from the same farmer.  She talks to the farmers, asks about their crops and harvests.   Whatever she can’t find she picks up the local grocery store – a little quinoa, spices, olive oil, beans and a bottle of organic red wine.  Perhaps she even has her own garden, where she grows her own eggplant, tomatoes and bib lettuce.  When she gets home she takes her time cooking an organic veggie chili. She cuts the onions, peppers, sweet potatoes and carrots, puts them in the crockpot with the beans adding some tomatoes, kale and spices.  The house fill with the aroma.  She uses her mothers favorite recipe to bake her artichokes.  She makes a salad and pours some wine.  Her company arrives to a meal they’ll all share and savor together.

I’m sure you can picture this second woman, too.  A healthy glow to her skin, a genuine smile.  A peace and serenity about her.  She’s not frantic. She’s not sick.  She’s at peace with herself, and with her food.  The two go hand in hand.

Now – who loves food more?  I mean, truly loves it?  Respects it?  Honors it?  And enjoys it in a peaceful, dignified, grounded way?

The first woman claims she loves food, but the food is her enemy.  It controls her, and if she wanted to “diet,” to lose weight or otherwise get control of herself, she would easily see food as an obstacle to her goals.  Right now, food is something she is panicked about, desperate for, and grabs when she feels she is empty and needs to fill herself up – very much like a dysfunctional relationship, in fact!  If she wanted to change her habits, food would be something she’d have to manage, deprive herself of, conquer and defeat.  It would be a constant struggle, because of her mindset.

The second woman already sees food as her friend, and she doesn’t seem deprived at all – does she?  She takes her time, appreciates the food – the way it looks, feels, smells.  She cooks it carefully, and serves it in the midst of joy and happiness.  She makes it with love.  And the best part?  The food she loves DOES love her back!  She’s healthy and happy, and the food fuels her.  When she eats, she spends more time thinking about what she’s putting in her body so she can live and thrive, not what she’s depriving herself of.

Food – real, whole, nourishing food – is your friend.  Thinking of  your food that way is important for health.  So go to your favorite farmers market and  discover the foods you love, and they will love you back.

Know your food-Because Real Food Changes Everything!

Connie Rogers is a Certified Integrated Holistic Health Coach and Wellness Writer. www.bitesizepieces.net

Expert in toxins that can disrupt our metabolic and endocrine health.

Prevent Cancer With Food

Did you know that half of all Americans will eventually be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives? HALF.

That means, it's a flip of the coin whether or not you'll be one of them. That is, if you're not one of the Americans who first goes down with a heart attack - which happens around twice every minute of every day.

Too many of us are complacent about those odds, believing not much can be done to change what we collectively believe is an inevitable fact of American life. Cancer, we're told, is random, it's genetic, and sooner or later, it's going to get us.

But the truth is, a cancer diagnosis doesn't have to be a 50/50 proposition. In fact, what if you could up the odds to nearly 100% - a 100% chance you WON'T end up with cancer?

Modern medicine has been claiming for years that a cure is around the corner. But the best cure I’ve found is prevention. And prevention requires looking at the toxins in our environment, and mitigating their effects.

Instead of embracing pink ribbons and joining the 'race for the cure', perhaps we'd all be better served by a race to stop cancer in its tracks before it has a chance to grab hold of us.

Certainly, much of the cancer we see is due to environmental toxins and hazards that are difficult to combat, depending on where we've lived and worked. But the majority of cancers we see developing are heavily influenced by lifestyle choices, such as smoking and, yes, especially diet.

It might seem at first glance that it's not possible. But consider the standard American diet: lots of meat, dairy and animal products, high in starches and oils and sugar, massive amounts of processed foods and artificial ingredients, and very few fresh vegetables, fruits, and legumes. With a diet like this, it's very hard for the body to get the optimal nutrition it needs to stay well.  Of course, this includes making conditions ripe for cancer to develop.

Preventing cancer requires increasing the beneficial antioxidants and phytochemicals and cutting down or completely eliminating the toxins. To really protect yourself, the steps below are simple and easy.

  • Drink lots of clean, pure water to flush toxins from the body.
  • Eat more vegetables and fruits, especially raw and organic berries(to ensure they've not been treated with pesticides and chemicals)
  • Eat cruciferous veggies, cabbage, kale, garlic, onions, and mushrooms- evidence is growing to suggest that these vegetables have powerful anti-cancer properties. Eat green veggies 3 times a day!
  • Incorporate into your busy schedule a good nights sleep, to assist the body in releasing toxins.
  • Drastically cut down your consumption of rBGH meats and dairy, and refined flours and sugar.  Completely eliminate processed meats, fast foods, gluten products, and all other foods void of nutrition.
  • Avoid toxic cleaning chemicals, dryer sheets, detergents, soaps, candles, floor cleaners, air fresheners, toxic candles and more in your home.
  • Avoid all Hand Sanitizers!

So, sure... we can race for the cure all we want. But if we put more effort into a push for prevention, there wouldn't be so much of a need for a cure.

Some of the most serious health problems of our time,  are endocrine and metabolic related.  As a Certified Holistic Health Coach, I specialize in toxins that can disrupt our metabolic and endocrine health.

Besides advocating health, Health Coaches support their clients in learning those necessary “bite size pieces” for growth & change.  If I were to teach one thing about food -I would choose “food is a masterpiece full of necessary information for our cells. “ It’s Art-because it unites all cells to work together on one canvas.  You!   It’s time to add color to your plate while adding prevention to your vocabulary. www.Bitesizepieces.net

footnotes:

http://www.cancerschmancer.org/trashcancer


Connie Rogers is an Expert in toxins that can disrupt our skin, metabolic and endocrine health. Lifestyle Educator, Reiki Master, 37 years Certified Cosmetologist/Esthetician, Certified Integrated Holistic Health Coach, Accredited through American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Published Author, Wellness Writer, Owner Reverseage Wellness Essential Oils

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Smart & Natural

Ever wonder how huge Corporations convince us toxic products are really good for us?  They use words like “Natural” or “Smart Drinks or Foods” when reality is, truly smart people, see right through their expensive ad campaigns.  We see through their bright colors and cute jingles and are quite aware, these must be related to the same companies that convinced us that cigarettes and DDT, were good for us.

Here’s a great example of a product, that paid their packaging team to entice consumers with well crafted words.

“Is it really SMART to let yourself fall in love with a snack?  OF COURSE IT IS! ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S SMARTFOOD™. “You know you want it.  You know where to get it.  Now go out there and be SMART about it.”   And their slogan:  “Smartfood Popcorn - Sign of an INTELLIGENT Life.”  It only took two seconds to glance at the nutrition fact label to see that this is really not smart to eat.

  Let’s read this ad for Velveeta ™ Advertising Campaign “When creamy is what you crave.”

  What does a naked woman have to do with our decision to buy cheese?

Or how about “Betcha can’t eat one.”  Frito-Lay ™ is permitted to make all kinds of claims about its fat laden/ fried products, claiming that Lay’s potato chips are now “heart healthy.”

Do you sit on the sofa, watch TV and regret eating a whole bag?  You have been programed.

Moving on we seem to desire sliming ourselves fast.  Find the Slim-Fast® “Strawberries N Cream” product.  You won’t find “strawberries” or “cream” on the label.  Sure sounds delicious, but after years and years of research, chemists have discovered how to satisfy our taste buds, with chemicals.

Special K® “What will you gain when you lose.” and "Satisfy your sweet tooth.”  Before we buy into a million dollar ad campaign, maybe we should do some due diligence first!  Sugar, sugar and more sugar, artificial flavors, toxic vegetable oils, GMO’s and chemicals.   Sugar toxicity ends up in the circulatory, endocrine, immune and lymphatic systems.  Sugar is a poison to our metabolic system.

Vegetable oils are found in practically every processed food, from salad dressing to mayo to conventional nuts and seeds. These oils are some of the most harmful substances we can put into our body.

And then we have diet foods. Diet-artificially sweetened soft drinks have been associated with obesity and metabolic syndrome.

Is Dove ™ appealing to your body image?  The people at Dove have exploited a void in the marketplace. By introducing so-called women with “real” bodies, they distinguished themselves from their competitors. The down side: Whatever toxins we put on the skin, will go trough the skin, be absorbed into the blood, to be filtered in the liver.

If we as women became content with our appearance – accepting our body size, (including breast and thigh size) wrinkles, gray hair, entire industries would collapse. 

What ever happened to Truth in Advertising? 

If these products put the words:  poison, toxic, chemically processed, Genetically Modified, on the labels would you buy them?  Some ingredients have been shown to increase heart attacks, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disorders and more.

Searching for the “Wake Up Button”?  It’s time to make Smart Choices with a rock solid resolve to become totally awake about how choices we make today, will impact our lives in our future. It’s Spring Cleaning time.  Time to think about eliminating and discarding these “toxic waste products” from our pantry.

There are hundreds of products that need our attention.  For blogging purposes, I offer you a handful to begin with.   Connie Rogers founder of Bitesizepieces.net

Footnotes:

 www.sott.net/article/216727-The-Addictive-Opioids-in-Wheat-and-Dairy-Foods

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1038/oby.2008.284/abstract;jsessionid=08CFC090C1C9CFE4AB7F969832B81A17.f01t02

http://theillusionists.org/2013/04/the-problem-with-dove/


Connie Rogers is an Expert in toxins that can disrupt our skin, metabolic and endocrine health. Lifestyle Educator, Reiki Master, 37 years Certified Cosmetologist/Esthetician, Certified Integrated Holistic Health Coach, Accredited through American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Published Author, Wellness Writer, Owner Reverseage Wellness Essential Oils

Connect Linkedin: Connie Rogers

https://www.facebook.com/ReverseageWellnessSpa

www.bitesizepieces.net

Looking Into The Eyes Of An Apple

“Living in the sixties we all set out to change the world as we knew it.”

How do you identify your roll in life, when your life has taken a U turn? As John Lennon said “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans”

Most of us have seen many friends and family pass away from cancer.  I have.  At the moment they retire or come down with an illness you may hear them say things such as, I’m not working any more, I’m taking time off, I’m resigning or I have to concentrate on my health now.  How many times have you heard this, and then they go off to die.

Why do we wait so long, to hear that we’re about to die, to make the decision to begin to live?

On October 5, 2011,  “Apple announced that Steve Jobs has passed away,” and for many, the world came to a long empty silence, as they had lost a powerful guiding light in their lives.  A visionary, who had changed their world.  The question in their minds:  would the team he left behind, have the ability to carry the torch, with the same breakthroughs and innovations to continue into the future?

The journey begins, and a most fascinating story it is:  Once upon a time, we were all small children, exploring, discovering, growing with each new experience.  Our dreams at night were dynamic, colorful, vibrant and some, their dreams began to drive them during their waking hours.  We see these people as visionaries, leaders, innovators, working their way to the top of every field.  The Beatles changed the music industry.  Steve Jobs changed the computer industry and gave us smart phones, iPads and more.

Maybe you know someone who’s one of these unique visionaries.  Maybe it’s you!  As a health coach, I ask one simple question:  Which is more important:  Your health or your wealth?  If we become what we focus on, and our entire focus is driven by our job, our vision, our career path, then we are missing a huge element to our long-term success.  We are, to put it quite simply:  Out of balance!

History is filled with brilliant visionaries, who died way too young.  George Harrison died at 58 years old.  That means at 29, he was middle aged.

All the money in the world has not been able to save brilliant people from the grips of degenerative diseases.  Sure, none of us get out alive, but let’s make sure that we can enjoy a vibrant life while we are here.   Cancer is a metabolic disease and can take hold anywhere in our body many years before you hear those words, “you have cancer.”  We don’t catch cancer, we create it.  Our digestive system, liver, blood sugar levels and hormones plays a direct part in pancreatic cancer.  Pancreatic adenocarcinoma, the most common type of pancreatic cancer, strikes about 40,000 Americans per year.  However, it most often goes undiagnosed. http://www.siteman.wustl.edu/ContentPage.aspx?id=3890 See also http://carcin.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/12/11/carcin.bgt480.abstract

Steve Jobs was diagnosed in 2003, but could have had cancer many years before his diagnoses.  Pancreatic cancer is a malignant tumor of the pancreas caused by changes in DNA.  DNA is responsible for cell production, the instruction codes of our cells.  When DNA is damaged, pancreatic tissue cells become unhealthy, begin to grow uncontrollably, and can develop into malignant tumors. http://www.puristat.com/pancreas/pancreaticcancer.aspx

This story is too familiar with many that have succumbed to this disease. Most of our loved ones have battled with depression, eating or anxiety disorders, which many refer to as “their demons.”  Sugar, anti depressants, endocrine disruptors, sleepless nights can all play a big role in how the body balances hormones, internal gut health and cancer cells.  I had a friend that actually ate dried fruit every day of his life until he was given 2 weeks to live from having pancreatic cancer.  He  passed at 39 years old.  I had another that was living on store bought bottled fruit juices all day long while at work because she didn’t want to take time out to prepare a meal.  My sister had depression, mood swings and medications to handle her anxiety, way before being diagnosed with cancer.  She has passed.

Metabolic disorders such as diabetes and pancreatitis can begin with diet, stress and internal toxic related issues.  We stress our bodies to work longer hours and demand ourselves to be faster and quicker then our team members.  We consistently run on sugar and caffeine just trying to keep up. 

The dance of emotions: The liver plays a roll in how one controls one’s emotions ( includes temper or mood swings.)  When running optimally the liver removes toxins with little effort.  But when our liver is toxic and hot, we can have severe mood swings.  Have you seen road rage on TV lately?  What do you think can cause this?  Is it possible that many people are out of control because they are toxic? 

Steve was said “to be like a haunted house by his early girlfriend ~ Chrisann Brennan, having many mood swings.”   I could only speculate that sugar and caffeine may have played a roll in Steve’s diet over his lifetime.

Mr Jobs admitted to suffering bouts of depression and divulged he took LSD which is a drug broken down by the liver and has been shown to increase blood pressure.  High blood pressure can negatively effect liver health.  However, there are many pieces to this puzzle that we call cancer.

Endocrine Disruption: Cancer types that have been well documented in literature to be related with environmental exposure to toxins include the reproductive system, breast, lung, kidney, pancreas, and brain. There is a significant correlation between exposure to xenoestrogens and increased, gender-related, cancer risk.  http://www.ehjournal.net/content/11/S1/S8

1-Sugar is an endocrine disruptor.  In addition to hyperinsulinemia, the increased blood glucose and free fatty acids in diabetes may also promote the growth of pancreatic cancer.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7638764?dopt=Abstract&holding=f1000,f1000m,isrctn

2-Research published in the November 2007 issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition which concluded there was “evidence for a greater pancreatic cancer risk with a high intake of fruit and juices.

3- Grains and soy can be considered disruptors and can feed cancer. https://www.bulletproofexec.com/steve-jobs-dr-dean-ornish-and-vegetarian-cancer/

4-There is known pancreatic cancer risk and environmental toxins from  PCB’s and dioxins- http://www.foxriverwatch.com/pancreatic_cancer_pcbs_1.html

5-Dry cleaning and paint removals are disruptors- http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/153/9/841.full

6-Gingivitis or periodontal disease-Helicobacter pylori infection /gut bacteria can be linked to cancer.

Whether or not you are at risk for developing pancreatic cancer, cleansing your body of wastes and toxins is vital for optimal health, which is directly linked to metabolic and endocrine health.

Consider the fact that petroleum products, ranging from fertilizers to deodorants, are one of the most prevalent toxins in our environment. Chemicals in, on and around us act as xenoestrogens (synthetic estrogen), blocking liver function, and interfering with hormone functioning.  “These toxins work to weaken the neuroendocrine system – where certain pancreatic cancers develop – wreaking havoc on the glands that secrete hormones into our bloodstream.”

According to news reports, back in 2004 Jobs underwent successful surgery for a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor.  These tumors produce excess hormones. (Hormone Disruption) (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/05/steve-jobs-health-timeline_n_997313.html)

 Fortune magazine publishes a controversial piece claiming that Jobs masked his cancer battle for nine full months before informing anyone outside of the most intimate of inner circles.  A Buddhist and vegetarian, Jobs reportedly "considered not having surgery at all," upon receiving his diagnosis, according to the piece.

August 2011: Jobs announces his resignation  "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know.  Unfortunately, that day has come."

Looking within:  Even today there is misinformation promoted by pictures of food pyramids, focused on calcium content, protein requirements to the paleo diet.  Jumping to grab the latest fad, we lose sight of true health.

Some say they are eating vegetarian but remain faithful to their daily toxic cheese and french fry habit loaded with carcinogens, morphine, sugar and trans fats.   Vegans all come together with the object of health as a commonality but in really is it so?  Have you seen vegans eat tons of sugar?

How can we obtain true health while still ingesting chemicals.  When we look at how GMO’s have poisoned our food supply, do we still buy conventional?   When we look how far we’ve come knowing that toxins cause cancer do we think ourselves immune, thinking that it can never happen to us?   When we have the flu or arthritis do we run to the nearest doctors for the fastest relief?  If we do all these, then are we ready to accept the diagnosis?

Advertisements are intentionally deceptive.  Do we believe in happy pills, sleeping pills and getting your life back into control pills?   Are we active members of the twilight zone giving up our sub-conscience to our TV’s as we chow down on a bag of potato chips?  It is never just one thing that we expose ourselves to.  As a spa owner for almost 4 decades, I know which ingredients can be toxic endocrine disruptors.   Whether TV promotes a cream or lotion to look 20 years younger-do we see it as something we want to ingest?   Did the chemical lab of that product sell you on a sham story, that it was going to make you more beautiful and desirable?   Did he research those toxins and disclose your cancer risk?   Are you dying to look good?

Some people promote everything is good in moderation. However I believe-since when is a toxic poison in moderation good for us?

In the 60‘s we were going to change the world.  Have we made those necessary bite size steps or do we still practice behavior that can cut our life in half?

Steve Jobs was building a business, with his stress, his demons and ill health, but  where is he today?  He tried to practice mindfulness with Buddhism at the same time denying he had a daughter.

Cancer is our body’s way of saying we can’t take the insults any more.

Our toxic beliefs live inside us, we call these our demons.  Knowing how to truly nourish ourselves in mind, body and spirit is truly the key to living a strong, vibrant life. 

Steve you will be missed.  I wish I could have been your Health Coach.

Connie Rogers is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, specializing in toxins that can disrupt your Metabolic and Endocrine Health. Founder and owner of BiteSizePieces.net

If we take a U turn toward our vision, do we forget our health along the way?  The answer in most cases has been yes. Being laser focused on a huge long-term goal, building a business, some entrepreneurial venture, or what ever your dream might be, make sure you never lose focus on you.