Power Up Your Diet.


Screen shot 2009-09-24 at 4.39.47 PMAt The Hungry Heart, we know how difficult it can be to keep from emotionally overeating.  Yo-Yo Dieting is another common practice we see amongst our clients.  We find that it helps to have as many tips in our back pocket as possible to keep our diet on track.  Here are 5 suprising superfoods that will keep you on the right track!

When the experts want to get leaner, stronger, and healthier, they reach for these 10 surprising healthy food superstars. Meet your new mealtime secret weapons.

Tomato Salsa

This low-cal staple pumps up the flavor of everything from chicken breasts to scrambled eggs. “It’s jam-packed with antioxidants, including lycopene, which may reduce the risk of some cancers, and beta-carotene, which may help fight heart disease,” says Joan Salge Blake, RD, an associate clinical professor of nutrition at Boston University.

Eat It Up: Beta-carotene and lycopene are more easily absorbed by the body when consumed with a bit of healthy fat, so add some chopped avocado to your salsa-topped chicken. Or add salsa to Low Sodium V8 for extra fiber.

Nutrition facts per 2 tablespoons: 9 calories, 0g protein, 2g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0.5g fiber

Whole Wheat Pitas

Give your usual turkey sandwich a healthy upgrade by swapping the bread for a whole wheat pita pocket. If you put veggies in your sandwich, it’s usually a few lettuce leaves and a slice of tomato or else the bread falls apart. “But with a pita, you can stuff it full of vegetables and still get a healthy dose of whole grains,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a FITNESS advisory board member and author of The Flexitarian Diet. Just be sure to check the ingredients list: “enriched wheat flour” means the pita is an imposter. Look for the words “whole wheat.”

Eat It Up: Go Greek by filling your pita with feta, hummus, diced cucumbers and tomatoes, arugula, and black olives. Or put a Mexican spin on your sandwich by adding low-fat refried beans, salsa, avocado, and chopped romaine lettuce. Rather have a snack? Make pita chips. Cut a pita into triangles, drizzle with olive oil, add a pinch of salt, and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, or until crispy.

Nutrition facts per 1 large pita: 170 calories, 6g protein, 35g carbohydrate, 2g fat (0g saturated), 5g fiber

Popcorn

“Because it’s super-low in calories, popcorn is the perfect food for those times when you don’t want to worry about portion size,” says Sharon Richter, RD, a nutritionist in New York City. And it’s loaded with fiber, which is crucial for staying slim. In fact, people who maintain a healthy weight consume an average of 33 percent more fiber daily than those who are overweight, according to research.

Eat It Up: Save calories (and money) by getting a basic air popper. One we like: Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Hot Air Popper by Presto ($25, bedbathandbeyond.com). Pop the kernels with a bit of salt and toss with nuts and raisins for a tasty trail mix.

Nutrition facts per 1 cup air-popped: 31 calories, 1g protein, 6g carbohydrate, 0g fat, (0g saturated), 1g fiber

Oranges

Apples get all the glory, but oranges are the unsung heroes of fresh fruit, says Susan Kraus, RD, a clinical dietitian at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. “They’re very low in calories and a good source of potassium, fiber, and folate,” Kraus says. Not to mention that a large orange has a day’s worth of immunity-boosting vitamin C.

Eat It Up: Add orange slices to a spinach salad topped with goat cheese, chopped nuts, and some slivered red onion. Or blend 1/2 orange, 1 cup yogurt, and 1/2 cup frozen blueberries for a delicious, nutritious smoothie.

Nutrition facts per large orange: 86 calories, 2g protein, 22g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 4g fiber

Plain Yogurt

“Yogurt contains the perfect ratio of carbohydrates, protein, and fat — the carbs give you instant energy, while the protein and fat are released more slowly, keeping you full longer,” Kraus says. In a recent study, dieters who consumed three 6-ounce servings of yogurt a day lost 61 percent more body fat overall than those who didn’t eat yogurt. The researchers believe that the calcium in dairy increases the activity of enzymes that break down fat cells. Look for yogurts that have at least 20 percent of the RDA.

Eat It Up: Mix plain yogurt with a teaspoon of cinnamon or top it with berries for an easy, low-sugar snack. Or use plain Greek yogurt for an extra protein boost in recipes that call for mayo or sour cream, like tuna salad, veggie dip, or salad dressings.

Nutrition facts per cup: 137 calories, 14g protein, 19g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0g fiber

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Eat Before You Overeat.


Eat Before You Overeat.

Eat Before You Overeat.

Stopping yourself from grazing the second you get home is as easy as one, two, three.

1. Find a diversion. Wait 15 minutes between coming home and eating something. (Or wait even longer.) Check blogs, log on to Facebook—do something relaxing that will break the connection that makes you think you need to snack the second you get home.

2. Have one small snack—while you’re sitting down. No standing at the counter shoveling food into your gullet. Try:
An apple, which has a low-glycemic index—meaning its natural sugars and fiber are digested slowly, making you feel satisfied longer. If an apple alone is too dull, add a one-ounce piece of reduced-fat cheese.
Carrot sticks or a bowl of berries.
A pickle (or a small bowl of cornichons) if you want something salty.
Pepitas (toasted pumpkin seeds). About 90 seeds (1/4 cup) are just 150 calories.

3. Be prepared to prepare dinner. To keep from picking and tasting your way through cooking, chew a piece of gum or suck on a cough drop to kill the flavor of anything you’re tempted to nibble.

Avoid Stress Eating.


Picture 25There is an empty pretzel bag on your desk, and all clues—looming deadline, lack of sleep, a cranky boss—point to you; even if you don’t actually have any recollection of eating a full bag of Rold Golds. “Stress eating is completely unconscious,” says New York City nutritionist Lauren Slayton, founder of foodtrainers.net. You just keep putting something in your mouth and chewing and hoping for calm and comfort. To avoid wood-chipping through an entire sleeve of Oreos, you have to recognize your triggers and find replacement activities, says Susan Roberts, a professor of nutrition and psychology at Tufts University. “Drinking a cup of sweetened hot tea works for some people. Simply brushing your teeth works for others.” New York City diet expert Stephen Gullo points out that it’s possible to feed your stress with healthful snacks such as broccoli dipped in nonfat Greek yogurt with a few teaspoons of onion soup mix. Slayton says to “make a rule that when you eat, you focus on the eating,” and not, say, on your email inbox. It also helps to write down everything that you eat.

Lauren’s Story…Emotional Overeating.


Picture 9Lauren’s Story

I created the program because I had struggled with my own issues of compulsive overeating, binging, and yoyo dieting. I went through periods of my life where I would exercise excessively and attempt to starve myself to lose excess body fat that I had gained from my binge eating.

Although I had periods of time I could get my eating under control, it wasn’t long before something would set me off and I was eating out of control again.

This battle destroyed the quality of my life, inner peace, and self esteem. I spent years gaining and losing weight while I tried every diet, club, group, doctor, therapy, and book available. It took me years of work and self study to overcome my problems with food, BUT I DID IT!

Taking Control

After 10 years of not needing food to deal with my life, maintaining my weight, exercising regularly, and approaching food in a healthy manner, I realized how fortunate I was to be free of this painful cycle that had once ruled my life. I decided if I could break out of this pattern, then others could too.

I spent 2 1/2 years putting the program together, pulling from all the different resources and tools that allowed me to be successful and live a healthy balanced life. I now live life the way I was meant to. I enjoy each day as it comes, work through my emotions without eating to block them, and take care of myself without using food to do it.

I started working with clients in Laguna Niguel, California and was amazed at the results I was able to see consistently. By giving clients the tools to create permanent life style changes, and working through resistance and self sabotaging behavior, clients would feel better about themselves, take better care of themselves and lose weight naturally and permanently.

I have shared this process with other counselors that have struggled and worked through their issues with food that are located in Irvine, California San Diego, California, Del Mar California, Castlerock, Colorado, Sarasota, Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida, Wappingers Falls, New York. Providence, Rhode Island, Brentwood, Tennessee, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Newport News, Virginia, and Bellevue, Washington.

We have put together an entire process to help others in an efficient and effective manner to get the results they are looking for. If we can do it, so can you!

Sincerely,

Lauren Grant
Founder, The Hungry Heart
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
Nutritional Counselor
Email: questions@HungryHeart.org

How do you deal with your emotions?


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HOW TO HANDLE YOUR EMOTIONS

All of us experience a wide range of emotions in our lives. Usually, that’s a good thing. But sometimes we have difficulty controlling our emotions, even to the point of letting our emotions control our behavior. Usually, that’s not such a good thing. Here are some helpful suggestions for handling your emotions.

• Be honest with yourself.

Talk to somebody about your feelings.

Don’t ignore your emotions, they are telling you something.

• If you are having an unpleasant feeling, think of something you can do that will help, and then do it.

• Find positive ways to express anger that are not hurtful to others.

• Remember, whatever you are feeling, you’re not alone.

• Try not to get overwhelmed, things usually improve.

• If you do get overwhelmed—ask for help.


Sometimes it helps to get your feelings down on paper. Here are some ideas for writing that may help you deal with your emotions so you don’t turn to emotional overeating:

1. Write about a time when you felt like you had to hide your emotions. Have you ever tried to hide them even from yourself?

2. Describe one or two times when you had big emotional mood swings.

3. Describe a time when you felt like you were mad at the world. Were you really mad at the whole world, or just one or two things? Did you figure it out?

4. Who do you talk to when you are feeling down? What does this person do that helps? Do you ever do the same for others?

5. Have you ever felt like you are totally alone and no one else could possibly understand what you’re feeling?
Do you think other people sometimes feel that way too?

6. Watch a television program and write about one of the characters. What were the major emotions that motivated that character’s behavior? How did the character deal with those emotions? Did this character handle his/her emotions in a positive or negative (helpful or harmful) way? Can you think of a better way?

7. Imagine that some day you will have a child. Write a letter of advice for that child to read when he or she reaches the age you are right now. Tell the child about the moods and emotions you experienced at this age, and how you hope he/she will deal with his/her own moods and emotions at this age.

Hypnosis…What is it???


Hypnosis

Hypnosis

Are you familiar with Hypnosis?

Some of us think of hypnosis and we imagine stage shows where an individual is standing on a chair acting silly or quacking like a duck. We may say to ourselves, “Oh, my goodness, I would never want someone to have control over my mind like that.”Actually, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, which means that the client has complete control over their experience.

Remember, those at stage shows are there for entertainment purposes and when given the suggestion to “quack like a duck,” would probably do so in their own living room as well. No one can ever make us say or do anything out side of our value or belief system when we are in hypnosis.

So what exactly is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is an “awake” state, where the physical body is relaxed, yet the mind is mentally alert. When the conscious mind is relaxed or at bay, the subconscious mind becomes open to suggestion. Hypnosis is similar to guided visualization, and allows us to become greatly absorbed in the experience and sensations of our ideas and imagination. If we can perceive it, we can achieve it.

For help with emotional overeating, contact us at The Hungry Heart.