Eat All Six Tastes

Even though there are emotional causes and limiting beliefs that contribute to weight gain, it still helps to look at our actual diet and what kind of balance we are creating with it. In the West balance is based on having enough protein, carbs, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water.

But in the East, balance is created based on taste. We feel satisfied after a meal when we have the right combination of tastes, and have all the tastes included. In Ayurveda, the ancient Indian ‘science of longevity’, we need six tastes each day to have a balanced diet. They include three that are familiar to us in the West: sour, salty, and sweet. The other three are less familiar and we tend to eat them a lot less too. They include: bitter, pungent, and astringent. Sour foods include things like citrus, yogurt, Concord grapes, and green apples. Salty foods include salt itself, and foods like seaweed and celery. Sweet food in Ayurveda includes many foods with substance. So we are not just talking about sweeteners and fruits, but also meats, butter, milk, many beans and grains, and some vegetables.

Going to the less familiar list, bitter foods include, among others, sesame and sunflower seeds, some herbs and spices (like sage, cumin, and cinnamon), and some green leafy veggies (like collard greens and dandelion greens).  Pungent foods are sharp. They have a kick to them. Some are very heating, like chilies. Others are moderately heating, like onions, garlic, ginger, and many spices. Many of them are good digestive aids. Astringent foods have a quality of drawing water out of tissues. They include sesame seeds, many beans, many fish, butter, some spices (like coriander, cumin, saffron, and fenugreek), some grains (including buckwheat, rye, and barley),many fruits (including apples, bananas, peaches, pears, and plums), and  peanuts and walnuts.

While all of us need all six tastes daily for balance, we need them in different amounts. If you have a constitution that is thin and wiry and tend to have a nervous disposition, then you need more sweet, salty, and sour food. If you constitution is more stout and strong-boned and you have trouble getting going on things, then you need more bitter, astringent, and pungent foods. If you are very active, have a medium/muscular build, tend to anger easily, and are very organized, then you need more sweet, bitter, and astringent foods. To learn more about this, a good starting point would be to read an introductory book about Ayurveda, such as Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing by Vasant Lad or Prakriti, Your Ayurvedic Constitution by Robert Svoboda.

Traditional Chinese Medicine also focuses on balancing one’s diet by taste (as well as by color). The five tastes in this system include: sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, and salty. Each taste is also connected with a time of year and a color. Sour goes with spring and the color green. Bitter goes with summer and the color red. Sweet goes with Indian summer and yellow-orange shades. Pungent goes with fall and the color white. Winter goes with salty and the color black (also dark blue and brown). In this system balance is created not only by having all the tastes, but also by having all the colors. Therefore there may be more to it than just aesthetics if you eat a colorful meal!

 

If you are ready to tailor your food plan to achieve your ideal size and shape, call me at 317-445-4203 to set up a free consultation or single session starter. We will work out a success plan that meets your unique needs. 

Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com    Both group and private sessions are available.

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Eat Only When Hungry

Are you in the habit of eating only when hungry, or helter-skelter throughout the day? It’s important to be hungry when we eat, as that’s when we have the most digestive fire and the greatest ability to process what we take in. But it’s also important to eat meals at regular times, so the body has time to digest, and then has time to assimilate and remove wastes. Snacking gets in the way of this process big time.  After we eat, the body works on metabolism, assimilation and waste removal. But if more food comes in before the previous batch has been processed, the poor body becomes confused. It goes back to digesting, and undigested food from the first time around has to wait its turn to be processed. This is not to say that snacking is taboo in all circumstances, but as a general rule it helps to avoid it. Times when it might be needed are: with hypoglycemia, with pregnant women, with diabetics, or if you get caught somewhere away from food and are very hungry.

The best way to eat for good health is to combine eating only when hungry with eating meals at the same time every day. Here’s the formula…

Eat When Hungry + Eat at Set Times = Good Digestion, Health, and Weight

To accomplish this, remember that eating only when hungry does not mean eating whenever. What is does mean is getting your body into a routine and rhythm that you follow as much as possible. It means establishing your meal times that are well-spaced away from each other (generally 4-6 hrs.). Then, figure out what you can eat at breakfast that will leave you with a good appetite for lunch. Next figure out what you can eat for lunch that will leave you with a good appetite for dinner. This will require some experimentation, but soon your body will be in a good rhythm and you’ll feel better.

Remember that it’s best to eat the main meal in the middle of the day when our digestive fire is at its zenith like the sun. But this is not too practical with our work schedules. So if you can’t eat your main meal midday, next best is to eat dinner as early as possible, maybe by 6 or 6:30 pm. Eat enough so you won’t get hungry again before going to bed, but not too much so you’ll still feel full when you go to sleep. Again, it’s a balancing act that takes some time to master.

 

Remember that all rules are made to be broken! While this is an excellent plan for health and weight control, there are times when it just won’t work. I.e.,when you’re on vacation, with other people who have other plans, at a party, etc. So my suggestion is…develop the above plan and make it part of your life until you’re on automatic with it. Get to the point where it’s so comfortable to follow it that you really notice a difference when you deviate. Really make it a habit. Then deviating once in a while will only increase your desire to get back on track. Not a big deal. But, if you start deviating before you have the habit established, then it will be easy to go back to your old habits. So it’s another balancing act.

 

If you are ready to succeed in achieving a naturally slim body, call me at 317-445-4203 to set up a free consultation or single session starter. We will work out a success plan that meets your unique needs.

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com    Both group and private sessions are available.

 

Time and Space for Eating

Do you eat on the run? Eat while you’re multitasking? Do you hate to spend time eating because you have so many other things to do? Do you inhale your food? If you answered yes to some or all of these questions, you are leading a typical American lifestyle. As time goes on we get more and more pressed to get ‘stuff’ done (although I often wonder how much of this ‘stuff’ really needs to be done and what positive impact it is having on our life).

Because so much is crammed into a day, the average person doesn’t give much thought to or emphasis on: making eating a sole activity, sitting in a designated space to eat, or leaving time and space to cook on a daily basis. Focusing on any one of the above can lead to vast improvements in your eating habits and awareness of the effects food is having on your body and mind. You can then easily develop a good eating routine which will help keep you slim, energetic, and healthy.

Let’s take a look at the first two categories above: making eating a sole activity, and sitting in a designated space to eat. Much of our eating is done in a car, in front of a computer, in front of a TV, and eating while reading. Sound familiar? This gives us little time to pay attention to our food or to the other activity we’re engaged in. Our attention is always split. With a little attention, we can effortlessly move into a much better habit pattern.

Making eating our sole activity yields great benefits, such as learning what effect food has on our body, breath, and mind; seeing what foods we digest easily (or not); taking time to chew food well (i.e., 32 times per bite); and enjoying the flavor of food. If we don’t enjoy the flavor of the food, usually the food is processed and covered with flavor enhancers, artificial flavorings, preservatives, refined food items, etc. As we pay more attention we pick these foods less because they are really not enjoyable to eat. We might even notice that they taste awful and we don’t feel at all satisfied when we eat them! This allows us to spontaneously make better food choices, and more easily reach and sustain a healthy and ideal weight.  Plus, research has shown that it takes about 20 minutes for eating to register in the satiety center of the brain. Therefore, if we eat slowly we will feel more satisfied and less likely to snack. On the other hand, if we gobble our food down, we will probably get hungry sooner and be more likely to snack or eat anything on hand/convenient.

To help yourself with the process of making eating your sole activity, it helps lots to have a designated place to eat. At home, make this a spot away from distractions, such as in your dining room or kitchen. Let the space be clean, clear, and attractive so you are not distracted by clutter, mail, and other things going on. You might even want to put energy into having a nice tablecloth, dishes, flatware and napkins. Some candles or an aromatherapy diffuser might also add a nice touch.

At work, be sure to get out of your workspace. Eating there is a toxic habit and can really make you sick. Go to a designated staff room, or eat outside or find a healthy place to eat near your workplace. The mental break from work will also refresh you so that you accomplish more work in less time when you return.

Initially, you might fight yourself on this one if you’re used to eating on the run. Some journaling might be useful for recording your thoughts, emotions, and body sensations. Also do some tapping (if you don’t know how to tap, find out by going to: http://www.makingweightlosseasy.com/QS-opt.html ). You are making a statement that taking care of you is now important, despite your past conditioning or present pressures.

Remember that the mind always finds an excuse and resists doing new things that are beneficial. But there’s another part of the mind that’s ready to move on and help us improve ourselves. Let that part of the mind be victorious!

 

If you are ready to tweak your schedule to make good eating a priority, call me at 317-445-4203 to set up a free consultation or single session starter. We will work out a success plan that meets your unique needs. 

Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com    Both group and private sessions are available.

 

Eat with The Sun

This food secret comes from Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of health. Ayurveda means ‘the science of longevity’ and practical tips from this system can be used to maintain or restore health as well as to achieve our ideal weight.

Just as the sun is the center of the solar system, our solar plexus (the area around the navel) is the center of our body. When the sun is at its zenith, it is strong and fiery and we need to watch out or we’ll get burned by the heat. Our bodies imitate the sun, so our digestive fire is also strongest midday. For this reason, it is best to eat our largest meal between 12 noon and 2 pm. The ‘fire in the belly’ is at its zenith and it helps us burn up what we eat, and gives the body ample time to metabolize what it has taken in. This helps us maintain our ideal weight as well as stay healthy.

If we eat our main meal later in the day, our digestive fire is definitely down, like the setting of the sun. Therefore Ayurveda says to eat lightly at night, i.e. soup and toast or a grain/veggie dish. That way the body is not straining to process our last meal and we can go to bed feeling light. Then the body can gear up for cleansing and elimination while we are sleeping – just the way nature intended.

Think about it – the word breakfast means break fast. Eating light and earlier at night gives us a longer fasting period so wastes can be amply eliminated. However, with our modern lifestyles, eating earlier at night and eating our main meal midday can be challenging. Here are a few pointers on what you can do:

  1. Cook large amounts and freeze serving size portions to heat up quickly.
  2. Prep foods, especially veggies, in advance.
  3. Use a pressure cooker for faster cooking.
  4. Partially cook food in the morning and then put it in a wide mouth thermos to finish cooking while you are at work.
  5. Cook simple meals. It is healthier to eat simply, and saves a lot of time too.
  6. Put up food in the summer and fall that you can pull out of the freezer in the winter.

Have other pointers? Please post them so others can benefit too.

If you are ready to make a plan to achieve your weight goals, call me at 317-445-4203 to set up a free consultation or single session starter. We will work out a success plan that meets your unique needs. 

Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com    Both group and private sessions are available.

 

Tricks to Drop Unwanted Pounds

Here are some ways you can lose those unwanted pounds, with very little effort. They are based on research findings…

  1. Studies have found that people lose about a pound a month by eating 20% less food. If we cut back by that much, we don’t notice it too much or feel deprived. Once we cut out 30% of our intake (almost a third) we do notice it and don’t like it! So find that 20% point and continue eating what you eat, just a little less.
  1. Studies have also found that we are used to eating a certain volume of food. The food takes up a certain amount of space on our plates and we get used to that. Once we have less volume on our plates, we tell ourselves that we will be hungry. So, the trick is to keep up the volume with more low-calorie foods. That means filling your plate with salad greens, raw and cooked veggies, etc. Aside from having less calories, these foods are nutrient-dense and will help your health as well. 

 

If you want some individual help developing in figuring out an effective food plan for yourself, please sign up for my no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat with me at www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

The One Thing Stopping You

If there was one thing stopping you from losing weight, what do you think it would be? In my experience, people really, really want to release those extra pounds and look/feel great. But they come up with all kinds of excuses why they can’t do it. Do any of these sound familiar to you…

  • I don’t have the time right now
  • I don’t have the money right now
  • I live too far away from help
  • I’ll do it next month
  • I’ll do it when I feel better
  • My spouse won’t be happy if I do it.

 

Underneath it all, there’s something else lurking – the fear of failure. What if I invest time and money and don’t succeed? Then I’ll really be discouraged. You definitely won’t fail if you stay where you are. But you won’t succeed either. You will stay stuck where you are, putting on more pounds each year and watching your health and well-being deteriorate. The only way you can succeed is to step out of your comfort zone and take a chance. Are you willing to do that, or would you like to go another year, or decade, in exactly the same place as you are today?

If you’d like to move forward but are afraid of failure, here’s a script to tap on. If you’ve never tapped before, please download my Quick Start Guide first and find out how to tap. Just go to: www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

Give this challenge a SUD level: How afraid are you to try something new to have a naturally slim body? Then let’s start tapping at the karate chop point.

 

Even though I’m afraid to try something new, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

Even though I fear failure around becoming slim, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

Even though I’m afraid I’ll lose the weight and gain it back, I accept who I am and how I feel.

 

Top of Head: I’m afraid I’ll fail.

Inside the Eye: It’s easier to not try.

Outside the Eye: If I don’t try I definitely won’t fail.

Under the Eye: But I won’t succeed either.

Under the Nose: What if I spend all that time and fail.

Under the Mouth: What if I spend all that money and fail.

Collarbone: I’ll be so discouraged if I fail.

Underarm: This fear of failure.

Top of Head: I procrastinate because I’m afraid to fail.

Inside the Eye: I can’t seem to get moving in a different direction.

Outside the Eye: I don’t want to fail again.

Under the Eye: I’ve failed so many times before.

Under the Nose: It’s so discouraging to try and not succeed.

Under the Mouth: I don’t want it to happen again.

Underarm: But every year I gain more weight. I need to do something now.

 

KEEP TAPPING THE SAME THING FOR SEVERAL ROUNDS. WHEN YOUR SUD LEVEL HAS DROPPED AND YOU ARE FEELING BETTER ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE, THEN GO ON TO THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE.

 

Top of Head: I may fail, but what if I succeed?

Inside the Eye: Wouldn’t that be wonderful!

Outside the Eye: I can see myself at my goal weight.

Under the Eye: It feels great!

Under the Nose: I really do want to be slim.

Under the Mouth: I want to have good health.

Collarbone: I want to have lots of energy.

Underarm: If I succeed I’ll be so proud of myself. I’m will to make the commitment and give it a try. It’s worth the risk.

 

Also write down whatever comes up for you when you tap, and also tap on that.

 

 If you want some individual help breaking free from fear and  procrastination, please sign up for my no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat with me at www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

Intention to Change

If you are ready to make some changes in the New Year, it’s a good idea to write down your commitment. If it’s staring you in the face, you will pay more attention to it. However, this is different than New Year’s resolutions, which most people make and forget about by the end of January or February.

Here are some pointers to help you stick to your resolve…

  1. Write your intention down. You can even make a collage or picture to symbolize your intention. Or create a vision board.
  2. Make it realistic.
  3. Post it in several places to keep reminding yourself. If it’s a goal to release a certain amount of pounds, write your ideal weight on post-its and post them around as reminders.
  4. Know that you will need to make effort to achieve your goal. There will be ups and downs in the process. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it.
  5. Be willing to try, to make attempts, to do something different.
  6. Be persistent. Keep at it until you reach the goal and stay stable at it. Tell yourself, “I can do this. I will do this. I must do this.” 

 

If you want some individual help setting your intent, please sign up for my no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat with me at www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

Start The New Year Off Differently

Imagine doing something differently than you usually do and getting the results you want! I often refer back to the saying, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” What an incentive to try something else if you’re not happy with your present situation!

What if a new approach worked and you released those extra pounds? What do you have to lose trying something new? What do you have to gain? Here’s a tapping script that can get you started in a new direction.

If you’ve never tapped before, please download my Quick Start Guide first and find out how to tap. Just go to: www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 

Give this challenge a SUD level: How easy is it for you to try something new? Then let’s start tapping at the karate chop point.

 

Even though I’m leery of trying something new, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

Even though nothing works for me, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

Even though I’m afraid to try something new because nothing ever works, I accept who I am and how I feel.

 

Top of Head: I’m tired of trying new things.

Inside the Eye: Nothing ever works.

Outside the Eye: I don’t want to be disappointed again.

Under the Eye: Everyone in my family is overweight.

Under the Nose: I’m doomed to the same fate.

Under the Mouth: It’s a hopeless case.

Collarbone: I don’t want to put energy into trying something new.

Underarm: I’ll probably get the same results.

Top of Head: I’ve been this way so long, I’m afraid to change now.

Inside the Eye: I don’t believe anything will work.

Outside the Eye: So I just don’t bother trying.

Under the Eye: It’s too hard.

Under the Nose: I just don’t have confidence that I can change.

Under the Mouth: Why invest in something that may not work?

Underarm: What works for other people doesn’t work for me.

 

KEEP TAPPING THE SAME THING FOR SEVERAL ROUNDS. WHEN YOUR SUD LEVEL HAS DROPPED AND YOU ARE FEELING BETTER ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE, THEN GO ON TO THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE.

 

Top of Head: I’m not really happy with this extra weight.

Inside the Eye: It’s not good for my confidence.

Outside the Eye: It’s not good for my health.

Under the Eye: I don’t have enough energy.

Under the Nose: What if a different approach really worked.

Under the Mouth: What have I got to lose?

Collarbone: I choose to give it another try.

Underarm: I really want to be slim and healthy.

 

Also write down whatever comes up for you when you tap, and also tap on that.

 

If you want some individual help creating a new start, please sign up for my no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat with me at www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

My Mind Is Elsewhere

Do you eat without paying any attention to what you’re doing? Is a box of cookies or a bag of chips gone before you even realize what you did? Do you wonder where all the food on your plate went to in such a short time?  If so, here’s a script to tap on.

If you’ve never tapped before, please download my Quick Start Guide first and find out how to tap. Just go to: www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

Give this challenge a SUD level: How easy is it for you to eat while your mind is on something else? Then let’s start tapping at the karate chop point.

 

Even though I often eat without paying attention to the food, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

Even though I can eat a lot while my mind is elsewhere, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

Even though it’s hard for me to be present while I’m eating, I accept who I am and how I feel.

 

Top of Head: I often eat without paying any attention.

Inside the Eye: I don’t do much chewing.

Outside the Eye: I inhale my food.

Under the Eye: I wonder where all the food went.

Under the Nose: I rarely enjoy the smells, colors, textures, and tastes of the food I’m eating.

Under the Mouth: It’s so hard for me to pay attention while I eat.

Collarbone: My mind is on more important things.

Underarm: Eating isn’t that important.

Top of Head: I don’t really enjoy my food.

Inside the Eye: But I sure am sorry when I see what I’ve eaten.

Outside the Eye: It’s my habit to eat while my mind is elsewhere.

Under the Eye: I’m using food to push down my emotions.

Under the Nose: It’s not really about nourishing myself.

Under the Mouth: It’s amazing how much I can eat without even realizing it.

Underarm: If I paid attention, maybe I’d enjoy my food more and eat less. Maybe I wouldn’t  even put some foods in my mouth if I were paying attention.

 

KEEP TAPPING THE SAME THING FOR SEVERAL ROUNDS. WHEN YOUR SUD LEVEL HAS DROPPED AND YOU ARE FEELING BETTER ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE, THEN GO ON TO THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE.

 

Top of Head: I’d like to eat with more awareness.

Inside the Eye: I choose to change this habit pattern.

Outside the Eye: What would my eating be like if I stayed in the present moment?

Under the Eye: I’d learn about myself if I paid more attention.

Under the Nose: Maybe I’d even get to the root of this whole eating/weight challenge.

Under the Mouth: It might not be easy to switch this pattern.

Collarbone: But I’m willing to give it a try.

Underarm: I want to see the connection between my food choices, eating habits, and thoughts/feelings. It would be awesome to eat like a naturally slim person.

 

Also write down whatever comes up for you when you tap, and also tap on that.

 

If you want some individual help developing a new habit pattern, please sign up for my no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat with me at www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

I Gain Weight Over the Holidays

Do inevitably gain weight over the holidays? Are you concerned that the same will happen this year? Maybe you could enjoy the holidays, including the food, and not gain weight. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Here’s a script that can help. If you’ve never tapped before, please download my Quick Start Guide first and find out how to tap. Just go to: www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 

Give this challenge a SUD level: How easy is it for you to gain weight over the holidays? Then let’s start tapping at the karate chop point.

 

Even though I always gain weight over the holidays, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

Even though those forbidden holiday foods keep talking to me, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

Even though I eat way more that I want to over the holidays, I accept who I am and how I feel.

 

Top of Head: Food is part of holiday celebrating.

Inside the Eye: I enjoy all those different holiday foods.

Outside the Eye: It’s fun to celebrate by eating.

Under the Eye: But I still haven’t lost the weight I wanted to lose this year.

Under the Nose: And the holidays add insult to injury.

Under the Mouth: All those wonderful sweets!

Collarbone: All those parties.

Underarm: And less exercise than usual.

Top of Head: It seems like a hopeless case.

Inside the Eye: Other people are eating all those party foods so I do too.

Outside the Eye: Everything looks so tempting.

Under the Eye: It’s just not the time of year for plain food.

Under the Nose: Once I start it’s hard to stop.

Under the Mouth: I just give up once I eat the wrong foods.

Underarm: It’s a cycle that repeats every year.

 

KEEP TAPPING THE SAME THING FOR SEVERAL ROUNDS. WHEN YOUR SUD LEVEL HAS DROPPED AND YOU ARE FEELING BETTER ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE, THEN GO ON TO THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE.

 

Top of Head: Maybe it’s not all or nothing.

Inside the Eye: I can eat a treat and stop when I feel satisfied.

Outside the Eye: There are healthy choices along with the unhealthy ones.

Under the Eye: It’s a matter of paying attention.

Under the Nose: A little of a treat can go a long way.

Under the Mouth: Eating enough protein is important. That will fill me up.

Collarbone: I will make a point to fit exercise into my schedule.

Underarm: It’s time to deal with this challenge. And I’m ready!

 

 

Also write down whatever comes up for you when you tap, and also tap on that.

 

 

If you want some individual help breezing through the holidays, please sign up for my no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat with me at www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 

Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

Sugar Is A Drug

If you just can’t control food cravings and feel like you don’t have any will power, check out this experiment. You will realize that you are caught in an addictive cycle, fueled by the food industry’s desire to get more market share at the expense of your health and well-being.

David Ludwig, M.D. and his colleagues at Harvard University proved that foods with more sugar trigger a special region in the brain called the nucleus accumbens, the pleasure center that when activated makes us feel good and drives us to repeat the experience.

They gave 12 overweight or obese men, ages 18-35, a low-sugar, low-glycemic index milk shake. Several weeks later they gave them high-sugar, high-glycemic milk shakes. Both shakes had the same number of calories, and the same amount of fat, protein, and carbs.

The high-sugar milkshakes caused a much greater spike in blood-sugar and insulin levels, and caused more hunger and cravings four hours after consumption. For all participants, the high-sugar shakes lit up the nucleus accumbens “like a Christmas tree”. There was no such response in the nucleus accumbens with the low-sugar shakes. “This study proved conclusively that foods that spike blood sugar affect the brain in the same way that drugs like cocaine and heroin do and, so, might also be biologically addictive.”  (Mark Hyman, M.D., Experience Life, March 2014). 

 

Curious to see if what you’re eating is triggering responses like this? Consider calling me at 317-445-4203 to set up a dietary consultation, free weight loss consultation, or single session starter. We will work out a success plan that meets your unique needs for weight loss and improved health. 

Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions. To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com    Both group and private sessions are available.

 

 

Positive Beliefs Essential to Weight Loss

What we keep telling ourselves has a great impact on our ability to lose weight, or on our ability to keep on a bunch of extra pounds!

Here are some positive beliefs that will help you live in a slim body…

  • Hypnosis, EFT, and other techniques that work with the unconscious mind and energy body help me lose weight
  • I am responsible for my own health and weight and I chose to take charge now
  • I am worthy of living a healthy and happy life
  • I let go of extra weight and keep it off
  • My metabolism is speeding up
  • I easily see myself at my ideal weight and size
  • I easily drink 8 glasses of water a day
  • My body wants to be slim

 

CAN YOU LIST FIVE MORE THAT APPLY TO YOU? THEN KEEP REPEATING THEM TO YOURSELF DURING THE DAY, AND PICK ONE TO FEATURE.  REPEAT TO YOURSELF THE ONE YOU WANT TO FEATURE 10 TIMES RIGHT BEFORE YOU GO TO SLEEP.

 

If you want help learning how to live like a naturally slim person, please contact me at 317-445-4203. No obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chats are also available. Please go to  www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

Better Than Chocolate

Here’s something so tasty it could make you give up chocolate (or almost). I make it every fall in large batches and freeze it for something wonderful during the winter. What is it? It’s apple-apricot sauce.

It’s really easy to make. You can cook it in a pot, but I slow cook it in a crock pot for seven hours. Here’s what I do…

  1. Put about ½” of water in the crock pot.
  2. Add a layer of apples about 2 ½” deep. I pick my own apples, which makes it very fresh and tasty.
  3. Add some cinnamon, clove, a little ginger powder, and a dash of salt.
  4. Add some cut up unsulfured dried apricots.
  5. Continue layering apples, spices, apricots until the crock pot is full.
  6. Cover and let cook on low for 7 hours (I let it cook overnight).
  7. Cut off crock pot. Take a potato masher and mash to desired consistency.
  8. Cool and freeze/refrigerate.

 

If you want help with food preparation ideas, or to learn how to live like a naturally slim person, please contact me at 317-445-4203. No obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chats are also available. Please go to  www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

Focus on Fall Squash

What a wonderful time of year with so much fresh produce. I always feel so uplifted and abundant when I go to the farmer’s market! It’s a great time to put up food for the winter, when we inevitably have to shop for produce that comes from a long distance.

Once food item I always put up in my garage is lots of squash – butternut, buttercup, acorn, spaghetti. It’s so easy to prepare and also tasty and satisfying. Put the squash in a box or paper bag or bushel basket. Avoid moving them around so they stay fresh longer.

One way to cook a squash is to put it in a dry crock pot, covered, on low for four hours. It comes out nice and moist and you don’t have to be around to watch it.

I also like to bake squash whole. Put on a dry pan, bake about an hour at 425 degrees. You can test it by putting in a small knife and making sure it’s tender. I then cut it up and put some cinnamon on it. You can also melt butter with a little sorghum or other sweetener and cinnamon and drizzle it on top of the squash.

Another easy method is to cut the squash up and steam it. If you do spaghetti squash this way you can scoop out the cooked squash, separate the strands out with a fork, and put tomato or marinara sauce over it. It’s a great gluten-free substitute for pasta. Squash can be quickly steamed in an Instant Pot in just a few minutes.

Squash is also delicious roasted. I like to roast patty pan squash, butternut squash, Brussel sprouts, and beets or purple sweet potatoes. Be creative in your own combinations!

 

If you want help with food preparation ideas, or to learn how to live like a naturally slim person, please contact me at 317-445-4203. No obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chats are also available. Please go to  www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

Time for Fall Cleanse

Now is the time of year when the body can use a good cleanse. The weather is transitioning and we are less likely to get colds and flus if we get the excess out of our system.  Plus, cleansing is always a good aid to weight loss.

There are many simple cleanses we can do. Here are a few…

  1. Simple juice fast: use fresh fruits and veggies, preferably organic. Do the fast for 1-3 days. Leave extra time to rest, and for light exercise.
  1. Fresh fruit and veggie diet: eat these for a few days as your total diet. It’s best to use local and or organic produce when possible. Foods can be eaten raw in salads or blended drinks or steamed-baked-roasted.
  1. Do one or two days a week of only 500 calories. Favor veggies and lean protein.
  1. Do one or two days a week of liquid diet. Use fruits, veggies, grains, beans. Cook your food and liquefy it. Add water to thin as needed. You can also make smoothies and even hot cereal with a lot of extra water so it’s soupy.
  1. Use a cleansing product with the above, or alone. It’s best to do with a lighter diet (i.e., avoid wheat, sugar, dairy, and too much fat). Some good products are Young Living ICP (you can take this for a few weeks or even more) or the 5-Day Nutritive Cleanse. There are also specific cleanses for certain organs, as Juva Cleanse for the liver. Please contact me for how to order these products for your cleanse.

 

If you want help with a good cleanse for you, or to learn how to live like a naturally slim person, please contact me at 317-445-4203. No obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chats are also available. Please go to  www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 

Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

Give Up One Food a Week

Here’s a method to help you lose weight a little at a time, so painlessly you might not even notice it!

What you do is give up one food (or drink) each week. It might be the same item for several weeks in a row, or you may choose a different item each week, or you might rotate them in and out. When you take one problem food out of your diet, it can save lots of calories and also help you get into better eating habits. Some people like to start with their most problematic and troublesome food, others prefer to start with something easier and ease in.

I have sometimes found that what people give up the first week, they never go back to, or they go back to it on occasion and it no longer has the strong draw that it used to have. It’s also good to explore what memories are associated with that food, and how it feels to give it up.

 

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 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 

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Eat Your Greens

Dark leafy green veggies are a great way to pack your diet with nutrients, and to counter the heaviness of the typical Western diet. Greens have a bitter taste, which is an essential taste to have in our diet every day. If we miss out on the bitter taste in our daily diet, we are more likely to need this bitter taste in medications later on. Which would you prefer?

What exactly is meant by leafy greens? Most folks think of lettuce, but that’s not all that I’m talking about here. Dark leafy greens include kale, collards, Swiss chard, mustard greens, turnip greens, Bok Choy, spinach and dandelion greens, among others. We can eat more by cooking them (they actually aren’t as pleasant or digestible when eaten raw, except in very small amounts).

Greens are very light and are packed with vitamins and minerals. They are good for the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes. They are a good liver cleanser and help to boost the immune system. The bitterness helps us burn excess off the body, so they are an aid to weight loss.  When my husband and I are on vacation, eating out in restaurants takes its toll on us. When we get home the first thing we cook is leafy greens, and we come back into balance almost immediately.

Spinach, Swiss chard and beet greens are high in oxalic acid, which prevents us from absorbing calcium. They are therefore best eaten in moderation, rather than several times a week.

Greens are good cooked with coriander powder, which adds sweetness and counters the pungency of the greens.  They can be cooked with sweet veggies such as sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or beets. They are really delicious and very satisfying if you heat some healthy fat in your skillet (like coconut or olive oil), add the coriander powder and sauté briefly, and onions and maybe also garlic and ginger and sauté until tender, add your greens and other veggies with some salt, pepper and water. Then cover, stirring occasionally and adding water as needed. Cook until done to your liking.

Another way to get the benefits of greens is to make a green smoothie.  Add greens with other green veggies like celery and cucumber. You can also add something to sweeten them up, like some carrot or green apple. Other additions might include: protein powder, hemp or flax seeds, almond butter. Then add some water to blend it up. Whatever way you prepare them, they are well worth adding to your diet!

 

If you want more tips on healthy eating or need help setting up a diet plan that works for you, please call me at 317-445-4203. We can set up a dietary consultation, free weight loss consultation, or single session starter. We will work out a success plan that meets your unique needs for weight loss and improved health. 

Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions. To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com    Both group and private sessions are available.

 

 

I’ve Given Up on Losing Weight

Have you given up on reaching your goal of slimness and energy? Are you stuck in a rut because nothing has worked, or it’s worked too slowly and you gave up prematurely? It so, here’s a tapping script that can get you going again.

If you’ve never tapped before, please download my Quick Start Guide first and find out how to tap. Just go to: www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

Give this challenge a SUD level. How much have you totally give up your weight loss goal right now? Then let’s start tapping at the karate chop point.

 

Even though I’ve given up on losing weight, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

Even though I no longer believe I can lose weight, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

Even though I no longer even try to lose weight, I accept who I am and how I feel.

 

Top of Head: I don’t know what to do to lose weight.

Inside the Eye: Nothing has worked too well for me.

Outside the Eye: So I’ve just accepted that I can’t lose weight.

Under the Eye: If I lose a little at a time it’s not good enough for me so I give up.

Under the Nose: But if I had kept losing a little at a time I’d be a lot slimmer by now.

Under the Mouth: I don’t even think about losing weight any more.

Collarbone: Why bother.

Underarm: Nothing works.

 

Top of Head: I’m resigned to being overweight.

Inside the Eye: I feel fat but I don’t know what to do.

Outside the Eye: It’s not worth the effort to keep trying.

Under the Eye: And not succeeding.

Under the Nose: I don’t want to set myself up for failure again.

Under the Mouth: It’s just too tiring and hard.

Collarbone: Maybe I should just accept the weight that I am.

Underarm: But I’m not happy with how I look and feel, and it’s affecting my health in a bad way.

 

KEEP TAPPING THE SAME THING FOR SEVERAL ROUNDS. WHEN YOUR SUD LEVEL HAS DROPPED AND YOU ARE FEELING BETTER ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE, THEN GO ON TO THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE.

 

Top of Head: There has to be a way to lose this weight.

Inside the Eye: Other people do it.

Outside the Eye: So I can do it too.

Under the Eye: I really want to achieve my goal.

Under the Nose: I’ll feel so good being slim and trim!

Under the Mouth: I know I can do it.

Collarbone: I choose to eat like a naturally thin person.

Underarm: And enjoy being successful

 

Also write down whatever comes up for you when you tap, and also tap on that.

 

 If you want some individual pointers on how to keep going when you feel discouraged, sign up for my no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat with me at www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 

Why Some People Hold On To Weight

Are you one of those people who don’t lose weight, no matter what they do? It may have to do with your small intestine and how you absorb food. If you are eating foods that inflame this organ, it can cause small perforations in the intestinal tract. Then nutrients leak out, nutrients that your body really needs. Toxins also leak out, which cause the inflammation. This condition is called Leaky Gut Syndrome. The body sends out a signal to hold on to everything it has, since some essential nutrients are not being absorbed. Then your body holds onto extra weight as hard as it can.

Two big culprits for inflaming the small intestine are gluten and dairy. If you are eating these foods (and especially if you are eating them in large amounts) it would be an interesting experiment to cut them out for a while and see if it helps you lose weight. If it does, I’d suggest continuing the experiment as well as seeing your health care practitioner to find out how to fix the small intestine.

For further information, check out this Dr. Mercola report…

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/12/is-a-leaky-gut-causing-you-to-pack-on-the-pounds.aspx

 

Do you have questions about diet and nutrition? Call me at 317-445-4203 to set up a dietary consultation, free consultation or single session starter. We will work out a success plan that meets your unique needs for weight loss and improved health. 

Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions. To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com    Both group and private sessions are available.

 

 

Ways to Have Good Food Handy

Are you ready to make the changes you need to make to be healthy and slim? If so, you will need to plan ahead. One big stumbling block to good change is not having the food on hand that you need when you’re hungry.

Here are some ways to make life easier on yourself…

  1. Keep a grocery list on your refrigerator door so you know exactly what you need to get when you go food shopping
  2. Cook more than you need and freeze some in serving portions to take out as needed
  3. Travel with veggies and high-protein foods
  4. Wash and cut up fruits and veggies at night or over the weekend so you are ready to go when you are busy
  5. Start a meal in a crock pot or Instant Pot before you leave the house in the morning
  6. Keep some frozen veggies on hand for when you run out of fresh or don’t have time to cook them
  7. Keep a good stock of grains, beans, and other staples in the pantry
  8. Keep a good stock of frozen lean protein foods in the freezer, like fish and beans
  9. Have on hand some different herbs and spices to add pizzazz to your meals 

 

If you want more tips on healthy eating or need help setting up a diet plan that works for you, please call me at 317-445-4203. We can set up a dietary consultation, free weight loss consultation, or single session starter. We will work out a success plan that meets your unique needs for weight loss and improved health. 

Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions. To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com    Both group and private sessions are available.

 

 

Seven Food Culprits for Weight Gain

There are two foods that can be very problematic for losing weight: foods with gluten, and dairy. Even if you eat small portions and eat ‘healthy’ your body might be holding on to extra weight if you have a food sensitivity to these foods (and many of us do). The food sensitivity leads to inflammation, and with inflammation the body holds onto weight to help dilute the toxins that are produced.

Some people think that there are five more common culprits in addition to the two above. So now there might be seven culprits that are interfering with your reaching your weight goal. These seven foods are:

1 Gluten

2 Dairy

3 Refined sugar

4 Soy

5 Corn

6 Peanuts

7 Eggs

 

If you are really curious how these foods are affecting you, try this experiment. It does involve some sacrifice and will make it harder to eat out, but it’s all in the name of science! What you do is leave out the foods for 21 days. See how you feel and take some notes on any changes that have occurred so you don’t forget. You might be surprised and pleased to find that you are losing weight without any additional effort.

Then very slowly reintroduce the foods, one at a time (see details on how to do this in the book below, or call Carol). Study what happens when you add the food back. If symptoms went away without the food and then came back with it, that is a sure indication that a particular food is something you do not tolerate well.

For further information, check out the book The Virgin Diet by JJ Virgin.

 

Do you have questions about diet and nutrition? Call me at 317-445-4203 to set up a dietary consultation, free consultation or single session starter. We will work out a success plan that meets your unique needs for weight loss and improved health. 

Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions. To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com    Both group and private sessions are available.

 

 

I Eat When I’m Nervous

Do you eat when you’re nervous without even realizing it? Do you see food in front of you and eat it without even thinking? And then regret it later! If so, here’s a tapping script that can help you pay more attention to when you engage in nervous eating.

If you’ve never tapped before, please download my Quick Start Guide first and find out how to tap. Just go to: www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

Give this challenge a SUD level: How strong is your tendency to turn to food when you’re nervous? Then let’s start tapping at the side of hand point.

 

Even though eating helps me feel more relaxed when I’m nervous, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

Even though I eat first and think second, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

Even though I eat unconsciously when I’m nervous, I accept who I am and how I feel.

 

Top of Head: I automatically turn to food when I’m nervous.

Inside the Eye: I don’t even realize I’m nervous.

Outside the Eye: The food is there and then it’s gone.

Under the Eye: Later I regret it.

Under the Nose: I don’t feel so good later on.

Under the Mouth: I don’t even realize what I’m doing.

Collarbone: I haven’t connected eating with feeling nervous.

Underarm: This unconscious eating.

 

Top of Head: I’m attracted to foods that don’t agree with me when I feel nervous.

Inside the Eye: I focus on the food and not the emotions.

Outside the Eye: If I realized I was nervous I could focus on that.

Under the Eye: I’m used to covering my emotions with food.

Under the Nose: Food helps me relax.

Under the Mouth: It’s a great comfort after a stressful day.

Underarm: It’s a great comfort when I’m nervous about something.

 

KEEP TAPPING THE SAME THING FOR SEVERAL ROUNDS. WHEN YOUR SUD LEVEL HAS DROPPED AND YOU ARE FEELING BETTER ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE, THEN GO ON TO THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE.

 

Top of Head: What if I paid more attention when I get nervous?

Inside the Eye: What if I focused on the emotion and not the food?

Outside the Eye: I can allow myself to feel nervous.

Under the Eye: When I’m nervous there are other things I can do besides eat.

Under the Nose: I’d rather feel nervous then eat food I don’t need.

Under the Mouth: What else can I do when I get nervous besides eat?

Collarbone: I can always tap and practice breath awareness.

Underarm: I choose to be with my emotions and see where it leads me.

 

Also write down whatever comes up for you when you tap, and also tap on that.

 

 If you want some individual pointers on how to keep going when you feel like giving up, sign up for my no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat with me at www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

Ultra-processed Foods Lead to Overeating

A National Institutes of Health research study recruited 10 men and 10 women to stay at a research facility. For the first two weeks, half of them ate only ultra-processed foods like sugary cereals, white bread, and reconstituted meats. The other group ate minimally processed foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, grilled chicken, and whole grains. The meals for both groups included similar amounts of calories, sugars, fats, and carbs. The subjects were told they could eat as much as they wanted.

On the ultra-processed diet, participants gained an average of two pounds. They ate faster and consumed an extra 500 calories a day compared to the whole foods group. The whole foods group lost an average of two pounds, and had increased levels of an appetite-suppressing hormone.

It goes to show that all calories are not created equal. Plus, with whole foods we reach satiety sooner and don’t care to eat more and more. In light of this, here’s an experiment to try out. Aim to eat five servings of fresh fruits and veggies a day. Also include lean protein and whole grains in your diet. With the inclusion of these foods, you might find that your taste for refined sugars and starches (ie, cookies, chips, ice cream) will be reduced, plus you won’t have as much room in your stomach for all these extras if you are eating the essentials.

 

If you want some individual help in fine-tuning your eating and drinking habit patterns, please sign up for my no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat with me at www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 

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Berries Pack a Wallop

Berry season is now upon us! Berries are high in fiber and nutrients, low in calories, and have a high antioxidant level. They are a perfect sweet treat on a weight loss diet.

One cup of strawberries has over 100 mg of Vitamin C, almost as much as a glass of orange juice. Strawberries also have calcium, magnesium, folate, and potassium.  Blueberries also have a significant amount of vitamin C, plus minerals and phytochemicals. They boost brain power as well.

Also remember to include raspberries and blackberries. Raspberries aid in good cardiovascular health and are an aid in cancer prevention. Blackberries have a very high antioxidant score, aid in good brain functioning, and help keep the GI tract healthy.

Use berries in fresh fruit salads, on quinoa, with yogurt, and in summer desserts. They are really good with some coconut milk or cream and a dash of cinnamon. Also include them in your smoothies.

It’s best to eat local and organic whenever possible. If you have a lot of them (i.e. you just went berry picking) here’s a tip for keeping berries fresh longer. Fill your sink with water and add a drop of lemon essential oil (food grade only, like Young Living Oils). Be sure to add only one drop or your berries will taste like lemons! You can put the drop in a small glass of water first. Then if two drops come out by mistake you only add half the water to the sink water. You can drink the other half to refresh yourself.

 

Feel free to call me at 317-445-4203 to set up a dietary consultation, free weight loss consultation, or single session starter. We will work out a success plan that meets your unique needs for weight loss and improved health.

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions. To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com    Both group and private sessions are available.

 

 

Start with One Little Thing

If losing the weight you want to lose seems overwhelming, start with one little thing. Just go a step at a time. Pick something to do that is do-able. Something you can fit into your schedule and don’t resist doing. Think in terms of losing ½ pound a week, which adds up to 26 pounds a year. If you are gaining 5 pounds or so a year, imagine what a difference this will make in a few years!

Here are some ideas…

  1. Move your body 20 minutes, 5 days a week. It can be something fun like dancing or playing with your children or grandchildren.
  2. Omit one of the following from your diet: wheat, soy, sugar, dairy, peanuts
  3. Smell peppermint oil several times a day (I recommend Young Living, which is the most pure and powerful oil I have found).
  4. Skip one or two desserts a week.
  5. Spend 10 minutes a day doing deep, diaphragmatic breathing.
  6. Spend 10 minutes a day in meditation or prayer.
  7. Walk stairs instead of using the elevator.
  8. Eat at least one hot meal a day.
  9. Cook at least one meal a day.

 

If you want some individual pointers on what intervention will work best for you consider signing up for a no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat with me at www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

The Power of Imagination

Which would you say is more powerful, will power or imagination? Actually, imagination is more powerful. Let’s think about it…if will power was more powerful, we’d be able to do all the things we want to do. But somehow that doesn’t happen because the unconscious mind has its say. That’s the part of the mind that leads us to act in certain ways, ways we’re often not even aware of.

The interesting thing is that the subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between what happened and what we imagine happened. So we can reprogram the mind for a different outcome.

Here’s an experiment to try out. Before you go to bed at night, picture something you would like to happen, like being at your ideal weight or eating several servings of veggies each day. Imagine it so perfectly that you can feel it in every cell in your body. Imagine it happening right now, in the present.

Then say to yourself 10 times what you were imagining. For it to be effective, say it in the present tense, stated in positive terms. Examples are…

  • I choose fruit when I want something sweet
  • I enjoy being at my ideal weight of 125 lbs.
  • My body metabolizes food perfectly
  • I like being seen in my slim body
  • It’s easy for me to express my feelings
  • I eat protein at every meal
  • I drink 8 glasses of water each day

 

When you do your 10 repetitions, bend one finger down for each one so you’re sure you did 10. Be sure to finish all 10 before you fall asleep! 

If you want some individual pointers on how to use your imagination to realize your dreams, consider signing up for a no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat with me at www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

Healthy Summer Popsicles

In a recent blog I showed you how to make healthy banana ice cream. Here’s a recipe for raspberry vanilla cream popsicles. It comes from Pure Fresh Daily (www.purefreshdaily.com). Here’s what you do…

Blend together:

1 13.5-oz. can coconut milk

2 6-oz. packages of fresh raspberries (or pick your own or buy them at the Farmer’s Market and guestimate the conversion)

3-4T raw honey

1t vanilla extract

2T coconut oil

 

Blend on high until creamy. Pour into popsicle molds and insert sticks.  Freeze for at least 3 hrs.

Variations: Use other fruit, add some of your favorite nut butter, add some cacao powder.

 

If you want some individual pointers on making your diet fun and satisfying, sign up for a dietary consultation or for my no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat with me at www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

Healthy Ice Cream

Here it is summertime, and ice cream is just the perfect food! Who can resist it! There’s a way you can have your cake and eat it too (or in this case, ice cream).

Here’s what you do. Peel a few bananas and put them in the freezer in plastic bags. Whenever you want ice cream, take out a banana, break it up into pieces and put it in your food processor. Add 1/4t almond extract, and maybe a little liquid (water, almond milk, coconut milk, etc.) to blend it up more easily. Voila – instant ice cream. You’d be amazed how much the texture and taste are just like ice cream. You can add fresh berries and a few nuts on top for a sundae. Be sure to eat it right away.

 

If you want some individual pointers on making your diet fun and satisfying, sign up for a dietary consultation or for my no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat with me at www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

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Tasty Salad Ideas

If you are trying to eat more veggies, summer is the season to go for it! There are all kinds of salads we can make. Here are some combo ideas…

Tomato, cucumber, fresh basil leaves, black olives

Lettuce, cucumber, grated beet, fresh mint

Cucumber, radishes, tomatoes, green onion

Lettuce, red cabbage, red bell pepper, avocado, grated carrots, fresh oregano

Spinach, red bell pepper, sprouts, avocado, fresh thyme

Watercress, grated carrot, pecans

Asian or Western coleslaw (get creative and add things like sunflower seeds)

For a complete meal, add your protein food to the salad: beans, chicken, fish, hard-boiled egg, etc. Then get creative with dressings. You can easily make your own vinaigrette, or blend up a cucumber or fresh coriander dressing. The herbs add lots of extra vitamins and minerals and make everything taste so good!

For some extra pizazz, add a specialty vinegar like chocolate or raspberry. You can also add a few drops of essential oil to your dressing, like lemon or lime or basil. Remember to chew well! Raw foods take more chewing than cooked foods. 

 

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Frustration with Not Losing Weight

If you have tried over and over to lose weight but have not succeeded, try tapping with the following script. If you have never tapped before, you can learn how by going to my website and downloading the Quick Start Guide. The link is: www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

Give this frustration a SUD level on a scale of 0-10. Then reevaluate after every few rounds of tapping. See if you can get it down to a 0, or even a 1 or 2.

Side of Hand Point: Even though I haven’t been able to lose this extra weight, I deeply and completely love and accept myself. Even though I’m frustrated that I haven’t lost weight, I still love and accept myself. Even though I just can’t succeed with weight loss, I accept who I am and how I feel.

 

Top of Head: It’s so frustrating trying to lose weight.

Inside the Eye: I just can’t succeed.

Outside the Eye: I’ve tried so many ways.

Under the Eye: It’s easy for me to give up if I don’t start losing weight.

Under the Nose: I don’t like how I look in the mirror.

Under the Mouth: I would feel better about myself if I were slimmer.

Collarbone: This weight just doesn’t want to come off.

Underarm: I feel so stuck.

 

Top of Head: It’s easier to eat this junk food than to eat healthy foods.

Inside the Eye: It’s hard to not snack at night.

Outside the Eye: When work is stressful I turn to food.

Under the Eye: Food is my comfort.

Under the Nose: Losing weight is hard work.

Under the Mouth: I don’t know if I’m up for it.

Collarbone: Even when I watch what I eat I don’t lose weight very easily.

Underarm: I feel driven to keep eating. There doesn’t seem to be a solution.

 

Top of Head: Maybe it would be easier if I knew why I sabotage myself.

Inside the Eye: But I still love myself even with these extra pounds,

Outside the Eye: Even though I don’t approve of my eating habits.

Under the Eye: I’ll feel so much better about myself if I lose these extra pounds.

Under the Nose: It’s just not okay to eat the way I do. I want to change for my health.

Under the Mouth: I  choose to be slimmer.

Collarbone: I’m choosing to persevere until I reach my goal.

Underarm: Because it would feel so good to succeed and move on in my life.

 

 

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Food Zones

Please think about it for a minute. What places do you eat at? If you’re the typical American, your answer might include any or all of the following: in your car, at your desk, in front of the TV, standing somewhere in your kitchen. You might be eating and checking emails, eating and texting, eating and reading, eating and driving, eating and watching a TV program, or eating quickly while your mind is on something else.

Do you eat at a dining room or kitchen table? If so, you are probably in the minority. Tables have been invented for eating! Yet many people don’t sit down and eat a meal, concentrating only on their food, its tastes, textures, and flavors. And many family members eat on the run, rather than sitting down together at least once a day and sharing with each other what’s going on with them.

The various places you eat are called food zones. You can utilize this information to easily lose weight. All you have to do is pick one place to eat – a dining room or kitchen table, or at a table in a restaurant when you’re out. If you’re adventurous, try this experiment for a week. Eat whatever you want, but sit down at your designated food zone and eat there. And one more thing – just eat at the table. Skip the phone, tablet, book, mail, etc. It will be waiting for you when you’re done. I guarantee it.

You will probably notice that a lot of the TV snacking will drop away, snacks and seconds in the kitchen standing will drop away, treats in the car will drop away. You will no longer wonder how you inhaled a bag of chips or half a package of cookies. You will be left with eating meals and conscious that you just ate a meal.

Plus, you will feel lighter and clearer. You might even decide to extend the experiment past a week and develop it into a life-long habit.  I would love for you to post the results of your experiment on this blog, so other readers and I can see how you did.

 

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Check Your Glucose Tolerance

Many people who struggle with weight loss are addicted to sugar. Once you eat sugar, it sets up a craving for more. This is because your blood sugar level spikes up quickly, and then drops suddenly. When it drops you will reach for something else with sugar, because you feel tired and out of sorts. A vicious cycle is created.

According to Dr. Gillian McKeith, in You Are What You Eat (p.95), you can do a quick self-check to see if you have a problem with the regulation of insulin and glucose in your body. If you have three or more of the symptoms below, you have a problem. It’s time to make some changes.

The symptoms are:

  1. Difficulty in concentrating
  2. Excess consumption of caffeine, chocolate
  3. Excessive sweating
  4. Excessive thirst
  5. Extreme difficulty getting out of bed
  6. Falling asleep in the middle of the day/feeling really drowsy
  7. Inability to get going without a caffeine/nicotine fix
  8. Irritability without frequent meals
  9. Need for more than 8 hours of sleep

 

If this applies to you, here are somethings you can do:

  1. Eat fresh fruit (preferably organic) instead of other sweets
  2. Eat enough veggies and protein
  3. Get regular exercise (at least 30 min, 5 days a week)
  4. Drink enough water (half your body weight in ounces daily)
  5. Use food grade essential oils which help balance blood sugar: cinnamon, dill, fennel, coriander
  6. If you want some individual help in fine-tuning your eating and drinking program, please sign up for my no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat with me at www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

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I Need to Exercise

If you are working with food choices, but just can’t get in gear to exercise, try tapping with the following script. If you have never tapped before, you can learn how by going to my website and downloading the Quick Start Guide. The link is: www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

Give your resistance a SUD level on a scale of 0-10. Then reevaluate after every few rounds of tapping. See if you can get it down to a 0, or even a 1 or 2.

Karate Chop Point: Even though I haven’t been able to move my body enough, I deeply and completely love and accept myself. Even though I just don’t like to exercise, I still love and accept myself. Even though I just can’t find the time to exercise, I accept who I am and how I feel.

 

Top of Head: I know how important exercise is.

Inside the Eye: I’d probably lose weight twice as fast if I moved my body.

Outside the Eye: I just can’t seem to get going.

Under the Nose: I’m too tired to exercise after work.

Under the Mouth: I know I’d feel better about myself if I moved more.

Collarbone: But I feel self-conscious exercising at this weight.

Underarm: Exercise is more difficult since I gained these extra pounds.

 

Top of Head: It’s easier to say I’ll start tomorrow.

Inside the Eye: Even though tomorrow never comes.

Outside the Eye: If only I could get up earlier and do it in the morning.

Under the Nose: It’s too hard for me to get out of bed earlier.

Under the Mouth: I haven’t found a form of exercise I really enjoy.

Collarbone: My other responsibilities always take preference over exercise.

Underarm: If I had more energy I could exercise.

 

Top of Head: But if I exercised more I would have more energy.

Inside the Eye: It’s really not fun for me to exercise.

Outside the Eye: But I know it will help the pounds come off faster.

Under the Nose: If I exercised more I’d feel better about myself.

Under the Mouth: But I get tired just thinking about it.

Collarbone: It’s just too much effort to exercise regularly.

Underarm: I’ll always find an excuse not to do it.

 

Top of Head: What if I started with really modest goals.

Inside the Eye: What if I just did 20 or 30 minutes 3 times a week.

Outside the Eye: Maybe I could manage that.

Under the Nose: It would be a lot better than nothing.

Under the Mouth: I might be encouraged to do more once I lost more weight.

Collarbone: It’s worth a try. It might create an upward spiral.

Underarm: I can even keep a log and track my progress.

 

Please write down whatever comes up for you when you tap, and also tap on those aspects.

 

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Simple Spring Cleanse

Sometimes it’s hard to cleanse without the luxury of being home to rest and detox. Here’s something you can do while on the go. You will still be eating solid food, just restricting your diet.

This cleanse involves omitting seven of the most allergen-producing foods. They include: soy, eggs, dairy, sugar (including artificial sweeteners), gluten, corn, and peanuts. Whenever you eat a food that is an allergen, it causes inflammation and the body often protects itself to keep on extra weight to dilute the toxics. Therefore, you might be eating eggs (even free-range organic) thinking they are healthy for your system. For many people eggs are a healthy food, but they may not be for you.

If you omit these foods for a week, you will probably start to see a difference in how you feel. You may also notice pounds dropping off more easily. They you can re-introduce one food a week to see how it is affecting you. If you have a reaction, it’s best to avoid that food for a while. Then go back in three months or six months and introduce it again. Perhaps your system can tolerate some of it now, or maybe not.

In JJ Virgin’s plan (The Virgin Diet), these foods are kept out for three weeks, and then re-introduced one at a time. So please keep in mind that this is a short version of her plan. I still think it is beneficial for giving your system a good rest and starting to study the effects of one food at a time.

Keep in mind, that when you do a cleanse, it is best to:

  • Get enough rest
  • Get moderate exercise
  • Eat in moderation
  • Keep your mind in a pleasant state
  • Drink a lot of water
  • Do anything else that helps with detox such as yoga and massage.

 

 

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The Liquid Diet

Your digestive tract is working really hard to digest and assimilate the food you eat. Once in a while it needs a rest! Giving it this much-needed rest aids in both good health and weight loss. Fasting is one way to do this, but fasting often leaves us tired and unable to function properly during a busy work week. Another option is the liquid diet. If your digestion isn’t too strong and/or you are having trouble losing weight, you can do the liquid diet as often as once or twice a week. It may give you just the boost you need. Or, if the need isn’t too great, you may want to try it once a month.

To do the liquid diet, think in terms of having all your foods liquefied. Eat vegetarian foods on these days. Some options include smoothies, fresh fruit and vegetable juices, blended cooked veggies, blended rice and beans, blended soups, and very ‘soupy’ hot cereal.

You might need to plan ahead and make your midday meal the night before or in the morning to take with you. You can heat it up if it’s something from the night before and take it in a wide-mouth thermos.

You’ll be amazed at how much lighter you feel, even though you are eating nourishing food. This is because liquefying food is a way of predigesting – instead of doing all that chewing, you are saving that energy for something else, like allowing your body time to heal itself and for your digestion and metabolism to normalize.

 

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Stress Eating

Too much work to do. Just can’t get it all done. I’m tired and I need to rest, but my boss is expecting this work to be finished by tomorrow. If I don’t push myself, I’ll miss out on closing this deal (or getting a promotion, or keeping my job, or living up to my expectations). Do any of these sound familiar to you? If so, you are not alone. As time goes on, we have more and more to do and less time to do it.

A common response is to turn to food to buffer the demands that: 1. are made on us, and 2. we make on ourselves. Food becomes a convenient and acceptable way to give ourselves a break from it all. While we’re eating, we are not thinking about all our worries and emotional responses to the overload. We’re just enjoying some time out, and rewarding ourselves for all our efforts.

However, we rarely enjoy the food while eating this way. Afterwards we put ourselves down for being out of control, or for putting on more weight. Our short-lived ‘fun’ has given us even more challenges to deal with.

How can we take time out without using food? There are so many different ways that it just depends on how much you use your imagination. You can do simple things like take a walk around the block (which can surprisingly change your whole perspective in a short time), sit and do nothing, read something funny or inspirational, call a friend whose presence is comforting, or take a breather.

Breathing is the quickest way to affect a change in your nervous system and switch your perspective. Here’s a simple method you can use.

Sit in a chair with your head, neck, and truck straight. Focus on the bridge  between the two nostrils. Feel the air going in the nose and out of the nose. Breathe comfortably, without tension or strain. You might notice that after a while your breath gets slower, which is a good thing. As you tune in to the feel of the breath, see if you can notice that the breath is a little cooler on the inhalation and a little warmer on the exhalation. This is because the air has been heated by the body before it is exhaled.

Do this for a couple of minutes. Then see if you feel more physically and mentally relaxed. Has your perspective changed? Do you feel refreshed? If so, it’s time to resume your activities. If not, you may want to breathe this way for a few more minutes. With regular practice you will be able to relax in less and less time.

It’s best to do this exercise twice a day. After a while it will become part of your regular pattern to stay aware of your breath. And with this awareness will come a more balanced and comfortable breathing pattern. At this point, some of your eating habits may reverse themselves – the more centered we are the easier it is to eat what our body really needs, and eat it at meals rather than throughout the day or night.

 

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Cut Food Into Small Pieces

Did you know that hundreds of people die each year by choking on food? Often the concept of taking bite-sized pieces and chewing them well gets lost in the process of eating. The results can be disastrous.

One of the best ways to stay healthy, have good digestion, and maintain our ideal weight is to chew food well. Think in terms of 32 chews per bite (one chew for each tooth). Mahatma Gandhi used to say, “Drink your food and chew your drinks.” What he had in mind was chewing food well enough that it got liquefied before being swallowed, and that drinks be treated like food and mixed with saliva before being swallowed.

An easy way to get into the chewing habit is to cut your food into small pieces. I had a friend who had used this technique to lose weight and it helped her maintain her slim weight. When we’d go out, she would systematically cut all the food on her plate into small pieces. Then she’d put one piece in her mouth, put her fork down, and chew it a lot before she picked up the next piece.

As an observer, it seemed to me that she was truly enjoying her food. So I started experimenting with it myself. It helped me slow down my eating (who can’t use that) as well as enjoy the flavors of each bite. I have also learned to use it when I’ve been out and have had very few food choices (a disaster for someone with a big appetite and fast metabolism). I found that I got fuller a lot sooner by really relishing each bite. I was also able to leave the table feeling full and satisfied with very little food (or at least a lot less than I was used to).

This can be a great technique to use if you want to lose weight and don’t want to give up the foods you love. Just make it a practice of really paying attention to your eating.

 

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Healthy Eating for a Busy Schedule

As a general rule of thumb, eat the healthiest you can at any given time / in any given circumstance. This may mean that you’re not eating the ‘ideal diet’, but you are eating a lot healthier than you might if you relied on high fat and high sugar fast foods.

Tip #1: Have foods on hand that you can pack and take with you.

Quick, on-the-run foods include: fresh fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds, and nut butters (eat in moderation due to high fat content), whole grains and whole grain breads (avoid wheat), and protein foods such as baked chicken, turkey, or fish, hummus, beans, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, and yogurt.

Other options: Leftovers from dinner, and soups.

Tip #2: How to put it together.

Your best insurance plan is to pack up your food the night before. That way if you’re running late in the morning, you just pull the bag out of the refrigerator and go. No worries. What can you put together with the above foods? Here are some ideas:

Sandwiches: hummus, sliced chicken, turkey, cheese, nut butter. It’s best to not have sandwiches too often, due to the high carb content and possible inflammatory effects of wheat. There are many gluten-free breads available for times you really want a sandwich.

Salads: Add a protein food to your salad, or have cut up veggies with cheese, nuts, eggs, fish, or other protein foods. Salad dressings are high in calories, so be mindful of how much you use. Vinaigrette dressings are better than creamy ones.

Other Combos: Fruit and yogurt; fruit and nuts or seeds; whole grain salads made with a whole grain like brown rice or quinoa, some nuts or seeds, veggies or dried fruits, maybe some herbs and a light dressing; soup with salad or sandwich or hard-boiled egg

Food for Two Meals or More: When you make dinner, have some extra food that you can reheat, put in a wide-mouth thermos and take with you. You can also do some extra cooking on the weekend, freeze it in serving portions, and take it out as you need it. This works well with soups. Plus, it’s really nice to have something warm on a cold day.

 

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A Simple Daily Cleanse

Cleansing practices often take time and drain us of needed energy for daily life. However, they are valuable for ridding the body of excess. You can do a simple cleanse all day long every day, in addition to more strenuous periodic cleanses.

This daily type of cleanse comes from Ayurveda (the ancient Indian system of health) and provides a way to increase agni in the body. Agni is our digestive fire. When it is strong, we not only have good digestion, but also have a high energy level and clarity of mind. This cleanse helps the body eliminate toxins, making weight loss much easier.

This daily cleanse is called the hot water sip. To do it, boil water. Put it in a thermos and carry it around with you all day. Pour the water into a mug and sip on it during the day. For folks who get cold easily, it will warm you up. If you get hot easily, just pour it in your mug, let it cool off, and drink it at room temperature. For those who just have to have their ice water, keep in mind that Ayurveda says ice water is not suitable for any constitutional type, as it tends to freeze up the body and disturb circulation. It’s better to put some mint leaves or cucumber slices in your water, both of which are cooling.

A simple guideline for how much water you should drink each day is half your body weight in ounces of water. So if you weight 120, drink 60 ounces of water a day. Often we feel hungry when we are really thirsty. So before you reach for a nibble, try having some water first. If you were really thirsty rather than hungry, it will take away that urge to eat something.

 

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Eat All Six Tastes

Even though there are emotional causes and limiting beliefs that contribute to weight gain, it still helps to look at our actual diet and what kind of balance we are creating with it. In the West balance is based on having enough protein, carbs, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water.

But in the East, balance is created based on taste. We feel satisfied after a meal when we have the right combination of tastes, and have all the tastes included. In Ayurveda, the ancient Indian ‘science of longevity’, we need six tastes each day to have a balanced diet. They include three that are familiar to us in the West: sour, salty, and sweet. The other three are less familiar and we tend to eat them a lot less too. They include: bitter, pungent, and astringent. Sour foods include things like citrus, yogurt, Concord grapes, and green apples. Salty foods include salt itself, and celery. Sweet food in Ayurveda includes many foods with substance. So we are not just talking about sweeteners and fruits, but also meats, butter, milk, many beans and grains, and some vegetables.

Going to the less familiar list, bitter foods include sesame and sunflower seeds, some herbs and spices (like sage, cumin, and cinnamon), and some green leafy veggies (like collard greens and dandelion greens).  Pungent foods are sharp. They have a kick to them. Some are very heating, like chilies. Others are less heating, like onions, garlic, ginger, and many spices. Many of them are good digestive aids. Astringent foods have a quality of drawing water out of tissues. They include sesame seeds, many beans, many fish, butter, some spices (like coriander, cumin, saffron, and fenugreek), some grains (including buckwheat, rye, and barley),many fruits (including apples, bananas, peaches, pears, and plums), and  peanuts and walnuts.

While all of us need all six tastes daily for balance, we need them in different amounts. If you have a constitution that is thin and wiry and tend to have a nervous disposition, then you need more sweet, salty, and sour food. If you constitution is more stout and strong-boned and you have trouble getting going on things, then you need more bitter, astringent, and pungent foods. If you are very active, have a medium/muscular build, tend to anger easily, and are very organized, then you need more sweet, bitter, and astringent foods. To learn more about this, a good starting point would be to read an introductory book about Ayurveda, such as Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing by Vasant Lad or Prakriti, Your Ayurvedic Constitution by Robert Svoboda.

Traditional Chinese Medicine also focuses on balancing one’s diet by taste (as well as by color). The five tastes in this system include: sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, and salty. Each taste is also connected with a time of year and a color. Sour goes with spring and the color green. Bitter goes with summer and the color red. Sweet goes with Indian summer and yellow-orange shades. Pungent goes with fall and the color white. Winter goes with salty and the color black (also dark blue and brown). In this system balance is created not only by having all the tastes, but also by having all the colors. Therefore there may be more to it than just aesthetics if you eat a colorful meal!

 

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Quick Cooking for Busy People

Do you like the idea of coming home to a cooked meal? Of waking up to hot cereal? If so, you’d probably enjoy having an Instant Pot, which I recently started using.

This invention has really come into vogue of late and you can buy them everywhere. I find it especially useful because:

  1. The food comes out with a light quality. This has happened with everything I’ve cooked in it so far.
  2. You can delay start so that you can get the food in the pot and then set it for when you want it to start cooking.
  3. You can set and forget it. The pot does not have to be watched. The only exception is if you want to quick release the pressure with certain foods so they don’t overcook, i.e. steamed veggies. Otherwise the pressure will release on its own. It was especially useful to me the other morning, when I wanted to cook but also wanted to do yoga and take a shower. I knew it would take 40 minutes for the food to cook, and that it would release the pressure on its own. That gave me 40 minutes of uninterrupted time.
  4. You can also opt to use the Keep Warm setting (available on most models) and the food will stay warm until you are ready to eat it.
  5. You can cook all kinds of foods in the pot, including veggies, grains, beans, chicken, fish, meat, soups, baked potatoes and sweet potatoes, boiled eggs. You can bake a cake; and make yogurt too in some models.

So, if you really want to eat healthier but come home too late and are too hungry to fuss with food preparation, or if you have other things to do besides cook, then this pot can be a life saver.

Downside? The manual that comes with the pot is insufficient, but you can find lots of recipes and YouTube how to’s to get you started. That’s what I use before I try something new. Also, some things take the same amount of time in the Instant Pot that they take with other cooking methods, but the food does not have to be watched while cooking, which is another type of time saver.

 

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Sit with Your Emotions

Are you caught in the cycle of eating what you don’t want to eat, and then regretting it later? A deep way to access what’s going on internally is to sit with your emotions when you have a craving for a particular food, or you just feel like eating when you’re not hungry. Often there’s an emotion coming up that feels uncomfortable to experience, so you will consciously or unconsciously eat to cover that emotion.

Instead of heading right for the food, take a few minutes to sit with what’s coming up. The trick is to catch it soon enough. If the underlying emotion becomes too strong, you will just tell yourself that you don’t care, that you are going to go ahead and eat anyway. So you need to sit and study what’s happening at the first sign of an urge or even when you first start thinking about eating.

First identify what emotion is surfacing. I.e., anxiety, sadness, anger. Then think back to the first time you remember experiencing this emotion. Notice if you feel the same now as you did then. What body sensations and thoughts go with this emotion? Take a few minutes to sit with the memory, and see if the drive to eat starts to diminish.

Often just sitting with it will help it to diminish. You can also tap to further release the uncomfortable feelings. Here’s a sample for tapping. Just substitute what comes up for you.

Top of Head: All this anxiety.

Inside the Eye: It makes me feel like eating.

Outside the Eye: I’m afraid I won’t get my work done on time.

Under the Nose: Then I may lose my job.

Under the Mouth: I feel better when I eat chocolate.

Collarbone: Then I can settle down.

Underarm: I’m anxious about losing my job.

 

Top of Head: It reminds me of being anxious in grade school.

Inside the Eye: I had to stay after school if my work wasn’t done on time.

Outside the Eye: All this pressure to perform.

Under the Nose: I couldn’t stand the pressure.

Under the Mouth: I felt sick from the anxiety.

Collarbone: Too much to get done.

Underarm: I was anxious about my performance.

Please write down whatever comes up for you when you tap, and also tap on those aspects. 

 

If you are having trouble figuring out what you are experiencing, or you have trouble releasing it when you do know, sign up for my no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat with me at www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com so you can get some pointers.

 

Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.

To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 

Eat Less in Restaurants

Some people do well with good eating at home, but blow it when they eat out. If you are nodding your head as you read this, here are some things you can do.

  1. Look at the menu in advance and plan what you can eat that is the most similar to what you eat at home. Emphasize veggies, salads and lean protein. Avoid fried foods, creamed sauces, heavy cheese dishes, and high carb meals.
  2. If you get a salad, order oil and vinegar (or lemon slices) on the side.
  3. If you only need to eat part of the meal to be full and satisfied, ask for a take-home box at the beginning of the meal. Set aside the portion of the meal that you really don’t need to eat.
  4. Ask for substitutions when possible. For example, substitute tossed or kale salad for fries or chips.
  5. Pace your eating with the slowest eater in the group. That way you will be satisfied with less food.
  6. Dessert – that can be a problem. You can share a dessert with one or more people, order something light like fruit, or eat enough at the meal so you are satisfied to skip dessert. Ordering a tasty tea or coffee might also fill the need for something to end the meal. Be mindful to avoid having caffeinated drinks late in the evening.
  7. Sometimes you will need to be assertive on where you will be eating. If everyone wants to just go out for pizza, let them know that it really doesn’t work for you and see if you can find another alternative that all of you will be satisfied with. Or, find something on the menu besides pizza that keeps you on track.
  8. If nothing on the menu suits you, see if you can put together your meal from the sides on the menu, or ask them if they can make up something like steamed vegetables and baked chicken, roasted veggies and fish, hummus and veggies, or whatever else will work for you. If you look carefully at the main dishes, you will have a better sense of what’s available. This usually works in a more upscale restaurant where customer satisfaction is important.
  9. Be mindful of alcohol, which has a lot of carbs and calories. Determine in advance how much you will drink, or avoid drinking at all. Sip water with lemon or a nice hot beverage instead.

 

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It’s Not About the Food

If you struggle with food and weight loss, you might have already realized that it’s not really about the food. Somehow emotions get connected with food, and limiting beliefs about yourself reflect in your food habits and choices.

What are some factors that might be involved? When you start to explore this, it opens up the proverbial can of worms. The following is a partial list of what might be going on. As you read through the list see which ones you relate to.

  • Eating for procrastination
  • Loneliness eating
  • Boredom eating
  • Discouragement eating
  • Feel safe – from sexual abuse
  • Feel invisible – won’t be accountable for much
  • Don’t feel good about myself
  • Sexual frustration
  • Work stress
  • To prove someone wrong
  • To celebrate
  • It reminds me of good times past
  • To reward myself
  • Clean plate club
  • Might get hungry when I can’t eat
  • To feel in control
  • Worry eating
  • Eating for energy
  • Eating by the clock
  • Comfort eating
  • I’m not good enough
  • Anxiety eating
  • I can do whatever I want
  • I can never lose weight so it doesn’t matter
  • Everyone in my family is big
  • Thin people are too vulnerable
  • Thin people get too much attention
  • We gain weight as we age

 

Do some of these really ring a bell? Which ones do you resonate with? The first step is to identify which emotions and beliefs are a part of your mindset. But, what can you do next? Sometimes we are aware of what’s going on but still can’t affect a change. The best tool I’ve come up with is tapping. If you are unfamiliar with this method, check it out at the following link. You can tap on your own or give me a call for help (317-445-4203). Tapping changes the flow of energy in the body and helps us slowly release our troubles. Tap on any of the above that apply to you, or add more of your own.

http://www.makingweightlosseasy.com/QS-opt.html

 

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 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 

 

Time and Space for Eating

Do you eat on the run? Eat while you’re multitasking? Do you hate to spend time eating because you have so many other things to do? Do you inhale your food? If you answered yes to some or all of these questions, you are leading a typical American lifestyle. As time goes on we get more and more pressed to get ‘stuff’ done (although I often wonder how much of this ‘stuff’ really needs to be done and what positive impact it is having on our life).

Because so much is crammed into a day, the average person doesn’t give much thought to or emphasis on: making eating a sole activity, sitting in a designated space to eat, or leaving time and space to cook on a daily basis. Focusing on any one of the above can lead to vast improvements in your eating habits and awareness of the effects food is having on your body and mind. You can then easily develop a good eating routine which will help keep you slim, energetic, and healthy.

Let’s take a look at the first two categories above: making eating a sole activity, and sitting in a designated space to eat. Much of our eating is done in a car, in front of a computer, in front of a TV, and eating while reading. Sound familiar? This gives us little time to pay attention to our food or to the other activity we’re engaged in. Our attention is always split. With a little attention, we can effortlessly move into a much better habit pattern.

Making eating our sole activity yields great benefits, such as learning what effect food has on our body, breath, and mind; seeing what foods we digest easily (or not); taking time to chew food well (i.e., 32 times per bite); and enjoying the flavor of food. If we don’t enjoy the flavor of the food, usually the food is processed and covered with flavor enhancers, artificial flavorings, preservatives, refined food items, etc. As we pay more attention we pick these foods less because they are really not enjoyable to eat. We might even notice that they taste awful and we don’t feel at all satisfied when we eat them! This allows us to spontaneously make better food choices, and more easily reach and sustain a healthy and ideal weight.  Plus, research has shown that it takes about 20 minutes for eating to register in the satiety center of the brain. Therefore, if we eat slowly we will feel more satisfied and less likely to snack. On the other hand, if we gobble our food down, we will probably get hungry sooner and be more likely to snack or eat anything on hand/convenient.

To help yourself with the process of making eating your sole activity, it helps lots to have a designated place to eat. At home, make this a spot away from distractions, such as in your dining room or kitchen. Let the space be clean, clear, and attractive so you are not distracted by clutter, mail, and other things going on. You might even want to put energy into having a nice tablecloth, dishes, flatware and napkins. Some candles or an aromatherapy lamp might also add a nice touch.

At work, be sure to get out of your workspace. Eating there is a toxic habit and can really make you sick. Go to a designated staff room, or eat outside or find a healthy place to eat near your workplace. The mental break from work will also refresh you so that you accomplish more work in less time when you return.

Initially, you might fight yourself on this one if you’re used to eating on the run. Some journaling might be useful for recording your thoughts, emotions, and body sensations. Also do some tapping (if you don’t know how to tap, find out by going to: http://www.makingweightlosseasy.com/QS-opt.html ). You are making a statement that taking care of you is now important, despite your past conditioning or present pressures.

Remember that the mind always finds an excuse and resists doing new things that are beneficial. But there’s another part of the mind that’s ready to move on and help us improve ourselves. Let that part of the mind be victorious!

If you are ready to tweak your schedule to make good eating a priority, call me at 317-445-4203 to set up a free consultation or single session starter. We will work out a success plan that meets your unique needs.

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com    Both group and private sessions are available.

 

Eat By Colors

Here’s a fun strategy to balance your diet. First, survey the foods and drinks you have eaten in the past few days. What colors were they? What meals were the most satisfying and what colors did they contain? What colors are the foods that lead you to eat more and more and never leave you feeling satisfied? What are the colors of your comfort foods? The foods you go for when you’re feeling on top of it all?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) foods are balanced by colors. In each meal it is good to have at least a little bit of each color. The five basic colors are as follows…

  1. Wood Element – green
  2. Fire Element – red
  3. Earth Element – yellow/orange
  4. Metal Element – white
  5. Water Element – black/brown/dark blue

 

If you find you are low in one color, you can add a chunk of it to your meal, or even a small garnish of that color. For instance, you can add a full serving of broccoli for green or even a piece of parsley.

Some colors require a bit more thinking than others. We have lots of red and orange and green foods, but not so many black or dark blue ones. Here are some that might not immediately come to mind: black raspberries, black sesame seeds, wild rice, blueberries, blackberries, and black radishes.

Try balancing your diet for a week by color and see what happens. If you feel better and are making better food choices, keep it up. If you get stuck on having one or more colors, explore it further and see what associations that color has for you. What about it makes you avoid it? Then try to consciously work on having one of those foods at a time and see what happens. You can even try a day of eating just green foods. Green is in the middle of the color spectrum and is considered very balancing. I tried a green diet one day and felt very serene. There are tons of fruits and veggies that fall into this category. Here are a few: green grapes, green apples, kiwi, avocado, celery, broccoli, cabbage, string beans, greens, lettuce, spinach, cucumber, fennel , green bell peppers, green tomatoes, brussel sprouts, and many herbs.

Have fun experimenting and please share your experiences in the reply box below.

 

You can sign up for my free no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat at: www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com to get some additional pointers. Also consider signing up for a dietary consultation.

Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.

 

To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

Both group and private sessions are available to meet your needs.

 

 

Stress Eating

Too much work to do. Just can’t get it all done. I’m tired and I need to rest, but my boss is expecting this work to be finished by tomorrow. If I don’t push myself, I’ll miss out on closing this deal (or getting a promotion, or keeping my job, or living up to my expectations). Do any of these sound familiar to you? If so, you are not alone. As time goes on, we have more and more to do and less time to do it.

A common response is to turn to food to buffer the demands that: 1. are made on us, and 2. we make on ourselves. Food becomes a convenient and acceptable way to give ourselves a break from it all. While we’re eating, we are not thinking about all our worries and emotional responses to the overload. We’re just enjoying some time out, and rewarding ourselves for all our efforts.

However, we rarely enjoy the food while eating this way. Afterwards we put ourselves down for being out of control, or for putting on more weight. Our short-lived ‘fun’ has given us even more challenges to deal with.

How can we take time out without using food? There are so many different ways that it just depends on how much you use your imagination. You can do simple things like take a walk around the block (which can surprisingly change your whole perspective in a short time), sit and do nothing, read something funny or inspirational, call a friend whose presence is comforting, or take a breather.

Breathing is the quickest way to affect a change in your nervous system and switch your perspective. Here’s a simple method you can use.

Sit in a chair with your head, neck, and truck straight. Focus on the bridge  between the two nostrils. Feel the air going in the nose and out of the nose. Breathe comfortably, without tension or strain. You might notice that after a while your breath gets slower, which is a good thing. As you tune in to the feel of the breath, see if you can notice that the breath is a little cooler on the inhalation and a little warmer on the exhalation. This is because the air has been heated by the body before it is exhaled.

Do this for a couple of minutes. Then see if you feel more physically and mentally relaxed. Has your perspective changed? Do you feel refreshed? If so, it’s time to resume your activities. If not, you may want to breathe this way for a few more minutes. With regular practice you will be able to relax in less and less time.

It’s best to do this exercise twice a day. After a while it will become part of your regular pattern to stay aware of your breath. And with this awareness will come a more balanced and comfortable breathing pattern. At this point, some of your eating habits may reverse themselves – the more centered we are the easier it is to eat what our body really needs, and eat it at meals rather than throughout the day or night.

 

If you want some individual help breaking free from your stressful habits, please sign up for my no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat with me at www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 

How Do I Know When I’m Hungry?

Do you eat when you’re not hungry? Do you know what it feels like to be hungry? Often people who want to lose weight do not experience what real hunger feels like in the body. In order to know when you’ve had enough food, you need to know what sensations come up when your body needs more fuel. If you eat when you’re not hungry, you will never reach a satiation level because your body does not need food.

It’s good to eat when you’re at a moderate level of hunger. If you eat when you are just a little hungry you have less digestive fire going and your body will not handle the food quite as effectively. But if you wait until you get too hungry, you will want to devour everything in sight! Somewhere in the middle is a happy medium. If you rated your hunger level on a scale of 1-10, you would do best by waiting awhile if the level was a 2 or 3, eat when it was at least 4, and remember to eat sooner if it goes up to an 8 or higher.

When hungry you will feel emptiness in your stomach and maybe growling. Your concentration will decline because your body is signaling you to take care of feeding it. You might even start to get a headache, get cold, or get irritable. The signs will be a little different for everyone, so it’s best to start studying your own make-up and then heed the signs and signals.

 

If you want some individual help developing healthy habits, please sign up for my no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat with me at www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

Intention to Change

If you are ready to make some changes in the New Year, it’s a good idea to write down your commitment. If it’s staring you in the face, you will pay more attention to it. However, this is different than New Year’s resolutions, which most people make and forget about by the end of January or February.

Here are some pointers to help you stick to your resolve…

  1. Write your intention down. You can even make a collage or picture to symbolize your intention. Or create a vision board.
  2. Make it realistic.
  3. Post it in several places to keep reminding yourself. If it’s a goal to release a certain amount of pounds, write your ideal weight on post-its and post them around as reminders.
  4. Know that you will need to make effort to achieve your goal. There will be ups and downs in the process. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it.
  5. Be willing to try, to make attempts, to do something different.
  6. Be persistent. Keep at it until you reach the goal and stay stable at it. Tell yourself, “I can do this. I will do this. I must do this.” 

 

If you want some individual help setting your intent, please sign up for my no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat with me at www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

Start the New Year Off Differently

Imagine doing something differently than you usually do and getting the results you want! I often refer back to the saying, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” What an incentive to try something else if you’re not happy with your present situation!

What if a new approach worked and you released those extra pounds? What do you have to lose trying something new? What do you have to gain? Here’s a tapping script that can get you started in a new direction.

If you’ve never tapped before, please download my Quick Start Guide first and find out how to tap. Just go to: www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 

Give this challenge a SUD level: How easy is it for you to try something new? Then let’s start tapping at the karate chop point.

Even though I’m leery of trying something new, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

Even though nothing works for me, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

Even though I’m afraid to try something new because nothing ever works, I accept who I am and how I feel.

 

Top of Head: I’m tired of trying new things.

Inside the Eye: Nothing ever works.

Outside the Eye: I don’t want to be disappointed again.

Under the Eye: Everyone in my family is overweight.

Under the Nose: I’m doomed to the same fate.

Under the Mouth: It’s a hopeless case.

Collarbone: I don’t want to put energy into trying something new.

Underarm: I’ll probably get the same results.

Top of Head: I’ve been this way so long, I’m afraid to change now.

Inside the Eye: I don’t believe anything will work.

Outside the Eye: So I just don’t bother trying.

Under the Eye: It’s too hard.

Under the Nose: I just don’t have confidence that I can change.

Under the Mouth: Why invest in something that may not work?

Underarm: What works for other people doesn’t work for me.

 

KEEP TAPPING THE SAME THING FOR SEVERAL ROUNDS. WHEN YOUR SUD LEVEL HAS DROPPED AND YOU ARE FEELING BETTER ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE, THEN GO ON TO THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE.

 

Top of Head: I’m not really happy with this extra weight.

Inside the Eye: It’s not good for my confidence.

Outside the Eye: It’s not good for my health.

Under the Eye: I don’t have enough energy.

Under the Nose: What if a different approach really worked.

Under the Mouth: What have I got to lose?

Collarbone: I choose to give it another try.

Underarm: I really want to be slim and healthy.

 

Also write down whatever comes up for you when you tap, and also tap on that.

 

If you want some individual help creating a new start, please sign up for my no obligation 15 minute ‘Free My Body’ chat with me at www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com

 Carol Crenshaw is a Weight Loss and EFT Expert, helping hundreds of people weed through all the weight loss myths and providing healthy, fast and freeing weight loss solutions.To find out more about Carol and the weight loss programs she offers, go to www.MakingWeightLossEasy.com