Do You Have a Healthy Body Image?


Supermodels reinacting Da Vinci's Last Supper...without food.

Supermodels reinacting Da Vinci's Last Supper...without food.

When we were young, we were taught that our bodies are perfect just the way they are. Somewhere along the way, that ideal became skewed—skewed by stick-thin runway models, too-toned-for-their-own-good celebrities and an unhealthy standard of what’s beautiful. So where does that leave us today when it comes to how we feel about our bodies?

Many women and men don’t know how to deal with this sort of pressure, especially in a culture where our worth is defined by the way we look.  With that pressure, a lot of times comes emotional overeating.  Do you find yourself eating when not hungry?  Grazing all day long, returning to food to pick at all day?  Working in an office environment, food is constantly delivered and there is usually a candy drawer/bowl within an arm’s reach.  This results in a large overall number of calories consumed even if the quantities eaten at any one time are small.  At the end of the day, there is guilt and shame brought on by this behaviour and can lead to additional overeating at home…which is usually worse because it can be done in secret.

Does this sound like you?  Do you have a story?  Do you suffer from emotional overeating and as a result have an unhealthy body image?

Post your story here…

Supplement Tools for PMS and Menopause.


Profemme, a gentle, natural hormonal balancing supplement helps decrease the symptoms associated with menopause and premenstrual syndrome. If you suffer from mood swings, cramping and bloating, fatigue, hot flashes or other symptoms of menopause or PMS, the all-natural, hypoallergenic blend of flower pollen extracts may be just the solution you have been searching for.

Profemme gently balances your hormones with a Neo-Nutritional blend of hypoallergenic flower pollen extracts specifically designed for women’s health. It works on both PMS and menopausal symptoms without side-effects.

This remarkable product is formulated based on over 30 years of research. Profemme contains no soy or estrogen… just the simple purity of Neo-Nutrition as Nature intended for women’s health.

Femerex®

Natural Menopause Relief and Support

Ideal Health’s Femerex for menopause relief  is an all-natural, proprietary dietary supplement contains the specific herbal extracts indicated for the relief of menopausal symptoms.

Healthy Highlights

The anecdotal evidence is so strong that Femerex is now part of an on-going one-year clinical trial being conducted by a prestigious clinical trials facility. Preliminary results in the first 10 weeks of this study are providing an exciting promise in symptom relief. In fact, most women are receiving relief from such distressing menopausal and perimenopausal symptoms as:

Sleeplessness

Hot flashes

Fatigue

Menstrual irregularity

Urinary tract symptoms

Decreased sex drive

Skin, hair, and nail changes

Brain fog/decreased concentration

Emotional changes (including irritability, anxiety, and depression)

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you owe it to yourself to try Femerex for your menopause relief.

Best of all, when taken as recommended with meals, virtually no side effects are being observed with this all-natural blend of phytoestrogenic (plant-based) herbal extracts.

If you would like more information or assistance with any of these dietary, lifestyle or supplements please speak to your Hungry Heart counselor.

Tools for Dealing with PMS and Menopause II.


From a lifestyle standpoint: Take care of yourself by taking time for yourself and reducing your expectations of what you need to accomplish at home or work. Enjoy some relaxation. Mild to moderate exercise will help reduce the challenges of strong hormones, increase endorphins, curb your hunger and calm you down. Avoid stress during this time frame. Put off making big decisions until you are up to it and cut down on responsibilities. Set yourself up for success!

Supplement Tools:

Researchers at the U.S.D.A. Forks Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota report showed that low blood iron levels were most common among women dealing with depression, mood swings, and breast discomfort. Mood swings and poor concentration were associated with low intakes of vitamins A, B2, B6, folate, calcium, copper, and zinc. They even noticed fluctuations in lycopene and lutein levels during the menstrual cycle.


Time Management||Procrastination


STEP FIVE: Don’t procrastinate today? Save procrastination for tomorrow.

Stop worrying is it right, what if, and just start. You’ll waste as much energy worrying about it and the job could have been done already.

Start with small doable easy task and build up small successes and then take that energy and put it into bigger pieces. Keep each piece small and realistic and accomplishable on a moment to moment, day by day basis. If it feels to big, cut it in half, and cut the goal in half again.

Take responsibility for time when you are preoccupying yourself with other activities and not truly focusing on your life goals. There is a difference between activity and productivity. Start being realistic with yourself, if you are just coming up with things that need to get done, and you keep putting off your true priorities.

Take responsibility for your delays.

Create a reward system for to overcome challenging obstacles or doing a new activity.

Overcome any challenging beliefs or resistance to an activity. Use the tools to Refuting Irrational Ideas or look at:   –  Is it a conflict with one of my other priorities?

Just Do it!


Managing Your Time|| Evaluate Available Time


Step Four: Evaluate Available Time for your Action Steps

Take a look at all the activities you have to do during the day, what activities you could minimize or give up to find your available time daily or weekly.  Set windows of time aside to work on your project. Set times, locations, etc. For each action step you have on your list, put how much time you think each activity will take. People tend to underestimate how long many things take to do. So set up a realistic schedule for yourself so you don’t feel overwhelmed or stressed. You can re-evaluate how you are spending your time weekly to see how things can be adjusted.

Example)

Phone Calls to Vendors to Buy Notepads                  45 minutes

Organize Files for Clients                                               2 hours

Visit with local shops                                                      2 Days

Email materials to the printer                                        20 minutes

Once you have a list of your activities and how long they will take, put down what day they will get done. If other activities take longer than expected or other life priorities got in the way, reorganize for the next day what needs to get done. Set realistic goals and time frames to get things done. Have a focused list each day of how you will spend your time. Re-evaluate your list at the end of each day and game plan for the following day.


Create an Action Plan|| Time Management


Step Three:  Creating an Action Plan

Write down the step by step path of how you are going to get from where you are today to where you would like to be.  Include in your action plan- a well thought out and specific goal, a detailed list of resources you will need and how to get them, the order of the steps you will take, how you will monitor your progress, reasons why you might procrastinate and how to overcome it,  and what rewards will motivate you.

Imagine you have achieved your goal- what would it look like, how would it feel? What did it take?  And start brainstorming all that would be involved. Have Fun and Get Excited, Be realistic about what you are willing to do and not. Set a contract with yourself of what you are going to do and how you are going to monitor your progress.

Create Effective Goals


Step Two: Creating Effective Goals

Your Values are your ideals. Your Goals are specific in time and action. Ask yourself the following questions about each of your goals.

Is this goal something I am willing to commit a lot of time and energy to achieving? Just because you would like to travel, doesn’t mean you would be willing to dedicate money and time to accomplishing it.

Is this goal consistent with your highest values? If you want to finish your college education, but spending time with your sick grandmother is your priority right now, you may give yourself more time to accomplish it.

Is this goal achievable? Have you set a specific time to reach your goal? Do you have access to the resources to make it happen?  Have you defined the details so you know when you have reached your goal?

Is this goal written from a positive perspective? I won’t overeat versus I will eat 5 to 6 small meals a day.

Are your goals in balance? Are all of your goals related to work and not including fun or family time? Creating balance in your life is the key to long term happiness and minimizes stress.

Break your goals in to Short Term (one week to one year), Medium Term (one to five years), and Long Term over 5 years.