Resisting to change…

I often wonder what’s it that makes change so hard for many people?

Working with people on a daily bases gives you enough “insight” into peoples habits, things that makes them happy, things that makes them unhappy, things they want to change and things they want to leave untouched and it’s really hard to find a pattern, to find a formula as we are all “so different but so much of the same”.

If I look back in my life I find myself as one of “these people”… I was not one for changing, in fact I was very set on my old ways, the type that would look at you and say “This is who I am! I am NOT going to change, if you don’t like me, deal with it. I was born this way, I will die this way”. Crazy, uh?

Today I can’t even identify with those sentences anymore, much less comprehend where did I got the belief of “being” as such a permanent, unchangable form. Today I think that the concept of “ME’ is very fluid… if I don’t like how something is, I change it.

What got me into the path of changing myself was, of course, Jim Rohn and his classic quote:

“for things to change, you have to change”

That helped me to understand that I could not keep being who I was, keep doing what I was doing and expecting different results. I think it was Einstein that said that the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results.

I see that all the time when it comes to my weight loss challenge participants… someone that has been doing “Weight watchers” for 20 years and wants to keep doing it. With all due respect to “my people” and to weight watchers, if that plan was working the person wouldn’t need to be here, right now. Isn’t it time to change your approach?!

People will always try to repeat “what they know” even if that isn’t helping them to achieve what they want. I can try to come up with all sorts of answers to why is that… conditioning, been scared of the unknown, lack of knowledge, been afraid of succeeding, but the truth is, I don’t know why people resist to change.

So I invite you to think about yourself, think about your resistance (if it’s the case) to new things and come up with your own answers…. What are the old habits that you keep repeating that are stopping you to achieve the results that you want???

Food Cravings and Your Body

By susanb, September 2, 2010

Are food cravings really the body’s way of telling us we’re lacking certain nutrients?

The belief holds that nature creates these strong and specific food cravings so we’ll consume the necessary foods to make up the deficit.

It seems like a logical connection – that pregnant women, for example, must crave ice cream because they lack calcium, or pickles because they need sodium. Or that we turn to chocolate to cheer us up because it supplies us with compounds that are supposedly lost during a crying bout.

But scientific studies discount these notions and instead say that cravings – specifically, the intense desire for a particular food, drink or taste – are triggered not by nutritional shortages, but by a more complex set of circumstances.

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Childhood Obesity

This week Herbalife is sponsoring a two-day Conference in Orlando that Physicians and nutrition scientists from around the world are gathering in order to discuss emerging trends and grass roots solutions to the global obesity epidemic employing balanced nutrition and teaching healthy active lifestyles.

The focus has been Obesity Prevention and yesterday they talked about Childhood obesity. This is a subject that touches me, and truth be said, makes me very sad.

In the United States, obesity rates in children have quadrupled in the last 25 years. (exact the same in Canada)

When we talk about childhood obesity (and overweight) many people will get mad about it, as they perceive it as a “pressure to look good”, or they think it will create an “eating disorder”, “it’s too early to teach about dieting”, etc. But the point here is not appearance, it’s HEALTH. It’s not dieting, it’s living a healthy lifestyle.

As a result, children are experiencing the same obesity-related diseases as adults – such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. But the difference between children and adults is that, in children, there is a shorter time interval between the onset of obesity and the development of obesity-related diseases. “Obesity-related diseases that may take 10 years or more to develop in adults can appear as early as 3-5 years after the onset of obesity in children,” adds Greene.

Scientists say that prevention tactics are critical, since obesity can set in firmly as early as age five. In fact, research suggests that the most critical period for prevention of obesity may be during the first two years of life.

“If we could prevent childhood obesity, this generation would witness a 50 percent reduction in obesity as adults,” said Greene.

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A silent killer

So yesterday I was watching the Oprah show with Dr. Oz about diabetes: “America’s Silent Killer: Oprah and Dr. Oz Want to Save Your Life.”
It was a very interesting show that I highly recommend you to go and watch it, it truly is information that can save your life but as they mention in there “it’s not what you know, it’s your emotions that will make the difference”.

Some of facts out of the show:

  • Diabetes is the fastest-growing disease
  • 6 million Americans undiagnosed
  • It’s estimated that 80 million people in the United States have diabetes or are on the verge of developing this disease.
  • United States is forced to spend $174 billion a year treating this disease—more than AIDS and all cancers combined.
  • Type 1 diabetes (you are born with it), formerly known as juvenile diabetes, affects 10 percent of Americans diagnosed with diabetes.
  • Type 2 develops from lifestyle issues. “Ninety percent of type 2 diabetics can actually reverse their problem,”
  • On average person eats 150 pounds of sugar a year.
  • In the United States, approximately 86,000 diabetes-related amputations are performed every year.
  • Dr. Oz says there are four major risk factors for type 2 diabetes: Belly fat,  Sedentary lifestyle, Family history and Smoking.

We all heard about diabetes before, haven’t we? What’s different about it now?

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Healthy Cooking Experiment

Here’s the deal… this year I’ve decided to try to eat healthier and to try all the things “I don’t like” and see if I can find a way to like them. With that I also know for a fact that if you want to eat healthy you have no choice other than eating home cooked meals!
Putting 2 and 2 together = I have to cook more ofter. I know you can call me a genius 🙂

So every Friday or Saturday I will try a new “Healthy Recipe” and I will post it in here. By the end of the month I will “elect” my favourite that will be featured at my monthly newsletter. I will commit to update the blog with the new recipe no later than Monday.

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