The Yogurt Hype

If you are trying to lose weight, thinking about losing weight, or simply have an interest in nutritious eating, then you have probably come across the yogurt hype. One of the first things that health-conscious eaters seem to go for at the grocery store is the dairy aisle, with a very specific goal in mind: yogurt.

Since yogurt has become such a fad, it is importantly to take a closer look at whether or not it can fulfill its promises—one should always be a little suspicious of major trends, especially in the diet and exercise world.  Since many claim that yogurt is one of the staple, super foods in a nutritious diet, let’s see this dairy wonder food is all that it’s cracked up to be.

Experts agree that yogurt is an excellent source of calcium, protein and other nutrients. The biggest health attribute in yogurt is its probiotic nature; yogurt contains lactobacteria and other healthy bacteria that keep your body in balance.  Eating yogurt regularly also has the following probiotic benefits:

  • Improves colon health: Yogurt has lactobacteria which are bacteria that are friendly to your colon. They promote the growth of healthy bacteria and this then stops bile from being turned into carcinogenic bile acids.
  • Immunity Booster: Yogurt is a healthy immunity booster since the probiotics keep the body’s systems in balance and running smoothly.
  • Prevents Yeast Infections: Yogurt that contains live and active cultures decrease that inhibit yeast overgrowth in the body. Many people do not realize that yeast infections do not only affect women; yeast overgrowth is not restricted to female genitalia, it can actually systemically infect the entire body of both men and women. This is a condition commonly known as Candida Albicans. This condition is developed when the body is thrown off balance by way of immune disorders, heavy doses of antibiotics, or a diet high in sugar and processed foods. It can attack your blood or any other vital organ and it causes fatigue, chronic pain and severe moodiness.
  • Lowers Cholesterol: Studies have shown that yogurt lowers your blood cholesterol and improves the overall health of your circulatory system.

As you can see, yogurt plays a vital role in keeping your body in balance. It is an excellent source of important nutrients and most people do not object to eating yogurt—it is generally well-liked. Here we have a case of hype living up to its promises. However, a word of warning:  Yogurt is only as healthy as the rest of the ingredients in it. If you really want the full health power of yogurt, then you need to eat plain yogurt with no sugar or preservatives added. Eating yogurt loaded with sugar (as most flavored yogurts are, even the organic ones) will cancel out all of the health benefits, particularly its ability to combat yeast overgrowth. The good news is you can jazz up bland yogurt with slices of fruit, peanut butter or whatever other healthy thing you can find. In short: yogurt is as great as they say it is!

When Is The Best Time Of Day To Exercise?

If you are trying to lose weight or are simply interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, then regular exercise is a key ingredient in their recipe of goal achievement. However, many of us are struggling with lives that are increasingly busy and, consequently, we see our free time diminish as our responsibilities increase. This is bad news for people who want to exercise, especially because the best time of day for a work out is between 4 and 6 pm. Great. Right after work and right before dinner—probably the time of day when we have the least amount of energy!

Of course, exercise practices are subject to much debate among nutritionists and researchers and as with nearly everything else in life, not all agree with each other regarding how to design the optimal exercise program. However, most experts generally agree that the late afternoon/early evening is the best time to exercise because

  • Our strength levels are greatest in the afternoon and this helps our endurance. We can exercise longer, harder and push our bodies more than we can any other time of day.
  • Due to increased strength, we are less likely to injure ourselves while exercising. Many people injure themselves when exercising in the morning or late at night, but mid-day strength keeps us from getting hurt as often.
  • Our body is in balance hormonally and our body temperature is at its highest. We are thus feeling our best and mindset is an important part of exercise.

The problem with the late afternoon vis a vis exercise is that it is a time of day when we are least likely to exercise or be able to exercise. Researchers have also concluded that people who have a fitness program that they do in the mornings are the most likely to be consistent and keep up with their work outs. However, in the morning our body is at its weakest and most vulnerable , so its looks like we have run into a bit of a conundrum here.

The truth is, while it would be great to exercise at the right time of day, it is more important that you exercise at all. If the only way you can keep your work-out routine regular is by going for a 5 am jog, then go for 5 am jogs.  Don’t stop yourself from exercising just because you can’t get on the treadmill at 5 pm everyday. One strategy that you can use to get the best of both worlds is to try and walk as much as you can between workouts and maybe commit to going on a walk before or after dinner (if weather permits). You may not have the strength for a full-on work-out at the end of each workday, but if you can incorporate movement in some capacity, you will take advantage of your body’s optimal late afternoon condition. Whatever you do, get active—your body needs it!

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The Beginner’s Guide to Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)

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Neuro-linguistic programming is a concept that you may or may not have heard of but learning more about it could change your life.  Neuro-linguistic programming or NLP is a system that explores the dynamics between mind, language, and behavior in human beings. It is a method of helping humans achieve their best self and is predicated on the fact that human experience is fully grounded in subjectivity. Let’s take a closer look at NLP to see exactly what it is all about and how it can be useful.

NLP was developed in the 1970’s by John Grinder, a linguist, and Richard Bandler, a therapist and mathematician. Their goal was to demystify the relationship between the mind and language and their affect on human behavior in order to help humans achieve happier, more grounded and productive lives.  Grinder and Bandler believe that the neurological system regulates our bodies, language determines how we communicate with others in the world around us and our behavior is shaped by the interaction of our beliefs, neurological processes and communication. A main premise behind NLP is that if we can find positive ways to harness the power of the mind, language, and behavior we can not only shape better selves but also a better world.

NLP is at its core a holistic approach to understanding the human being. It acknowledges that each person experiences the world subjectively and thus each person has very unique requirements for finding their path and achieving their best self. The following are some of the main goals and objectives of NLP:

  • Finding and developing the models that gives people the necessary tools to heal, change and develop into a state of excellence
  • Helping people explore their identity and their unique purpose/mission in life
  • Helping people grapple with spirituality (the meta level of human experience) and allowing them to develop their wisdom, intuition and vision.

One method that NLP practitioners employ to fulfill the aforementioned goals and objectives is hypnosis. Since NLP is rooted in the belief that the mind and language are what program and shape our reality, hypnosis is an excellent method of helping people create new realities that are healthy and optimal for them as individuals. Hypnosis is a reprogramming of the mind to affect behavioral change and many hypnotherapists combine the practice with the fundamentals of NLP in order to help their patients make the necessary changes towards a happier and more fulfilling life, whether this means quitting smoking or rising out of a deep depression. A hypnotherapist with an NLP background can be the difference between being stuck in the muck of old, self-defeating habits and the discovery of new ways to perceive and be in the world in happiness.

There are many critics of the NLP model (and hypnotherapy for that matter) and they typically come in the form of mainstream medical and psychological practitioners. However, whether or not you believe in NLP or hypnotherapy as viable methods of treatment for various issues, they can never hurt you physically or mentally. Drugs, the method of treatment most frequently promoted in mainstream medicine, can have side effects and even be fatal. Thus, NLP and hypnotherapy are in the very least safe and this makes them worth checking out if you feel that you need to make some important changes in your life. Mainstream thinking doesn’t always have all the answers, and NLP is about finding the courage to acknowledge that and explore new ways of thinking and being and therefore it is worth a closer look.

Manage Your Weight With Hypnosis

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There are many strategies that people employ to lose weight, some effective and other just false fads (think crash diets). The truth behind weight loss is that it is about forming and maintaining healthy eating and exercise habits-there is not magic way to lose weight, it is a matter of discipline and effort. One way you can find assistance in developing healthy eating and exercise habits that will contribute to your ability to manage your weight is hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is not like the Frankenstein trances you see in the movies-it is an effective method of cognitively teaching yourself good habits and learning to control your impulses. Let’s take a closer look at how hypnotherapy can help you manage your weight.

Obesity and overeating are major problems in the Western world. The fast pace of life and the easy, cheap access to junk food and fast food put people at a high risk for developing unhealthy eating habits. While many people like to blame their weight problems on a bad metabolism or other external causes, barring a genuine thyroid dysfunction, most weight problems being internally-they being with an inability to make and maintain healthy choices. This is where hypnotherapy can come in and be effective in helping you manage your weight. A hypnotherapist will lead you through guided instructions while you are in a highly receptive and intuitive state in order to help you train your subconscious to make healthier decisions and better choices related to exercise and diet. Once you have internalized the instructions/suggestions for health and wellness from your hypnotherapist, you will have an easier time building and maintaining good habits. Thus, hypnotherapy is all about acknowledging that you are the driver of your mind and the controller of your actions-only you can make the choice to be healthy and implement that choice and hypnotherapy helps you to realize this fact.

Weight management is a crucial component of living an enjoyable life. It is not about achieving the perfect body or the Hollywood standards-it is about finding a weight that is comfortable for you and will help you avoid the health risks associated with obesity such as heart attack, diabetes, and stroke. Managing your weight is about leading a healthy lifestyle, not achieving perfection. If you feel that you are struggling to keep your weight under control, take the time to research more about hypnotherapy. It will help you take control of your actions and feel like you have the power to shape your own weight destiny.

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Hypnosis As Weight Loss Management

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There are a plethora of weight loss management methods, but one that you might not know much about is hypnosis. There are many negative stereotypes surrounding hypnosis: that it is mind-control, a magic trance, or that is simply hodge-podge that doesn’t work. However, hypnosis is a genuine therapeutic practice that can be used to treat many mental health disorders and various addictions. Let’s take a brief look at what hypnosis is and then discuss how you can use it as weight loss management.

Hypnosis is a mental state of absorption and heightened focus that is brought on by hypnotic induction, which is a long series of questions and instructions given by a hypnotherapist. Hypnosis allows people to be more aware of their thoughts and feelings and gives them the ability to re-focus their habits and actions. It is not a form of sleep-walking or magic, contrary to the pervasive depictions in popular culture.

Hypnosis has become a popular method for weight loss management, particularly because it is so centered on re-shaping habits. Many hypnotists who help their patients lose weight use a two-fold process:

1. Understanding: The hypnotists first gets the patient to understand his or her behavior. For example, the hypnotist gets their patient to understand that they are overeating and the ways in which they are doing it. They also help patients identify the underlying reasons for their overeating: depression? Child abuse? There are many factors that play a role in excessive weight gain.

2. Suggestions: Once the hypnotists and patient have processed the habits and the underlying reasons for their formation, the hypnotist then uses hypnotic induction to suggest new habits. The hypnotist suggests that the patient, deeply ensconced in a state of heightened focus and awareness, change the way that they eat, replacing cakes with carrots and so forth. These suggestions become the basis for the foundation of new eating habits by the patient.

The steps above are just one way that hypnotists use to help their patients lose weight, but they provide a good example of how hypnotherapy identifies root causes and then re-shapes bad habits and behavior. Overeating is a bad habit, and unless you can get your habit under control, or create a new and healthier one, no amount of exercising and crash dieting can help you lose weight. Creating healthy eating habits in combination with exercise and implementing healthy eating practices is what leads you to health and fitness. Hypnotherapy can help you with weight loss management because it teaches you to take control of your actions and reinforces positive behaviors and habit creation.

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