Archive for January, 2010
On Monday, Feb. 1, 2010 at 5 p.m. PST and 8 p.m. EST, I will be hosting a live, 60-minute teleseminar.
If your question is selected, I will ship you a complimentary copy of my book, “The MindBody FX Lifestyle: Mastering the Mind-Body Connection for Permanent Weight Loss.”
I’m looking forward to answering your questions!
What is it you desire to have happen in your life? Are you clear about what it is? Do you embody the atmosphere of your desire? Do you feel that you deserve to have wonderful things happen to you?
Are you unclear about what you desire or whether you feel worthy enough, creating a negative self-image? Beliefs like this are all detrimental to your self-esteem and will stop you from creating what you desire.
You are not alone. There are many people who do not see themselves in a positive light. You may see yourself as being overweight and a failure because you’ve tried every diet and nothing works. Then you hear about the importance of positive thinking and weight loss. But you don’t believe that you can lose weight.
What you believe in your subconscious mind will manifest in your life and you will be right. And you have created another opportunity to belittle yourself and run to the fridge for some comfort food.
What you believe and focus your attention on, whether it is positive or negative, will manifest in your life. In her book, “You Can Heal Your Life,” Louise Hay suggests this affirmation while looking in the mirror: “I love and approve of myself exactly the way I am.” It is important for you to learn to love, appreciate and accept who you are, exactly where you are in your life.
You can’t expect anyone else to love you more than you love yourself. It is of great value to you to acknowledge all of your wonderful attributes. It boosts your self-esteem and you will attract into your life new ideas, new people, and a new way of seeing yourself.
That is the law of attraction at work for you. By loving yourself and who you are, more good will stream into your life. You will create the life you truly desire and deserve.
January is Thyroid Awareness Month. So let me start by talking about where the thyroid is and what its function is. Your thyroid gland is a pinkish, butterfly shaped gland situated in the front of your neck, just below your larynx (voice box). It is the master regulator of your metabolism and temperature.
Every cell and metabolic function in your body must be at the correct temperature in order to function effectively. If the thyroid gland is not functioning optimally, then every reaction in your body will suffer.
The thyroid is part of the endocrine system that regulates the balance of chemicals, pH, hormones, and temperature. The pineal, pituitary, parathyroid, thymus, pancreas, gonads, and adrenal glands, along with the thyroid are all part of that system. These glands are meant to work together in harmony. If any one of these glands is overworked, or exhausted, the other glands will work overtime to compensate.
The thyroid has two modes of function, production and conservation. Production mode is when you need to perform your day-to-day activities at optimum levels. Conservation mode is when the body needs to conserve energy and repair, usually when there is an illness or a high-stress event. A very easy way to see if your thyroid is functioning in harmony with the rest of the organs is to take the BTT self-test.
The Basal Temperature Test (BTT) is a test that you can do at home. Place a thermometer in your armpit and hold it there for 10 minutes, record the reading for three consecutive days.
The normal body temperature taken this way is between 97.8 and 98.2 F (36.6 C and 36.8 C). If it is below 97.8 F (36.6 C), the thyroid may need support. Women who are menstruating need to do the BTT test on the second, third, and fourth mornings after finishing their cycle.
This is where nutrient and lifestyle changes can make a difference and give the thyroid the tools to switch back into production mode again. Having a balanced diet and exercise routine will get you back on track.
Eat more iodine-rich foods. Seafood, sea vegetables, such as kelp, dulse and algae, carrots, cod liver oil, garlic, onions, pineapple, spinach, and tomatoes.
Exercise more. Exercise stimulates thyroid function, increases metabolic rate, and serotonin levels. Those are important for important for to achieve a good mood.
Supplements with thyroid-supporting nutrients.Vitamins and minerals like zinc, selenium, B-complex vitamins, vitamin E, vitamin C, and iodine work together to help the thyroid manufacture hormones. Homeopathic thyroid support formula can stimulate the body on an energetic level. Digestive enzymes, additional adrenal support, and a probiotics are also beneficial.
By making better lifestyle choices you will lose weight and get your thyroid back on track!
Using affirmations that allow you to imagine the goal or results you want to achieve is a profound way to attract what you want. Focus on these thoughts and images in the morning, during the day as many times as you can, and before you go to sleep.
Affirmations are designed to focus you to go towards your goal. But without action, these affirmations will be totally useless. So affirm and take action.
To give your affirmations more power and immediacy:
- State the affirmation in present tense, “It is easy for me to be a non-smoker.” Never use the future tense because it opens up your mind to thinking you are not ready now. Know in your mind that it already is your truth in this very moment.
- Say affirmations out loud. Do this while driving or walking. Looking in the mirror is a powerful way to affirm your intention.
- Put your body into your affirmation. As you say, “I am happy and healthy, smoking does not interest me,” walk around with your shoulders back, and head held high, taking fluid light steps.
When you speak out loud with emotion and physical feeling, the affirmation process becomes a powerful change agent. It deepens the effect in your subconscious mind.
You may even want to write a “stop smoking and be healthy” agreement with yourself. For example, “I (your name) give myself permission to stop smoking. I deserve to be healthy. I now enjoy being smoke free!”
Find a quiet space and begin writing positive affirmations. They should be one sentence, easy to say, and remember. This positive energy will create a new healthy habit that will result in you being smoke free and in good health.
What your mind thinks, your body will feel. So say your affirmations with emotion and conviction.
- I believe in myself and my ability to be smoke-free.
- I enjoy being a non-smoker.
- I enjoy a smoke-free environment.
- Smoking does not interest me.
- I am smoke-free.
To be successful using affirmations to quit smoking they need to be said more than once or twice a day. Say them as often as you used to think about that next cigarette.
How many people do you know that have had cancer? Perhaps you may be a former cancer patient yourself. What is there were some simple steps you could take to decrease your risk of getting one of the many forms of cancer? Would you take responsibility and make some healthy changes for your own well-being?
Cancer is a disease of weakened immunity. When cancer cells are created, which occurs from time to time, strong immune processes will recognize and destroy mutant cells by creating antibodies against them. But the immune system is dealing with more than just cancer — it also has to deal with microorganisms, allergens, sugar, etc. (see list below).
The more invaders the immune system is fighting, the weaker the immune system becomes. It’s less likely now that all of the cancer cells will be caught before they proliferate and become a problem.
There are some simple ways to decrease your risk factors associated with cancer. Sometimes empowering yourself can be as simple as decreasing:
- Altered fats: Trans-fats, hydrogenated fats and oils, rancid fats, and fried foods.
- Refined complex carbohydrates: White flour, white sugar, white rice, white pasta, and white bread.
- Chemicals in food: Additives and preservatives, specifically MSG, artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners (specifically aspartame and sucralose).
- Excess consumption of animal foods: Excess red meat, saturated animal fats, commercial cheeses, cured meats, and grilled meats.
- Detrimental habits: Coffee, alcohol, smoking, and overeating.
One specific substance to avoid is sugar. Sugar is like candy to cancer. When we eat a meal full of refined sugars or grains, a surge of insulin is released to usher glucose into cells for energy production. The liver then releases insulin-like growth factors 1 and 2 (IGF-1 and IGF-2), which stimulate cell growth, both in healthy and cancerous cells. By eating complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and good fats with every meal, we can avoid insulin surges and growth of cancer cells.
One of the best things you can do to support your immune system is to eat a plethora of fruits and vegetables daily. Fruits and vegetables both stimulate and support our immune system. The colorful pigments offer protection against free radical damage, and each color supplies different protection.
By eating at least one food per day from each of the five color groups — red, dark green, yellow and light green, orange, and purple, you will be provided with the variety of phytonutrients needed for whole-body protection.
Take a look at the above list and see how many of the detrimental habits creep in to your daily lifestyle. What’s the state of your immune system health? Are you frequently feeling run down, catching colds and flues, or plagued with allergies? These are all signs of a weakened immune system.
By changing a few of the detrimental habits above to healthy habits, like including a rainbow of fruits and vegetables and switching white bread to whole grain, your immune system will be able to protect you far better from random mutant cancer cells. It’s the least you can do.
Introducing the new MindBody FX official blog widget. Stay up to date on Melonie Dodaro’s latest MindBody FX blog posts, where she covers topics on weight loss, dieting, nutrition, fitness, and more importantly, improving your mindset. All keys to effective weight loss management.
This blog widget, otherwise known as a blidget, can be installed almost anywhere on the web. So if you have a Google home page, add it there. Add it to your favorite blog. Share it on your Facebook profile. Any widget-friendly area on the web will do.
Installing the MindBody FX blog widget is easy. Simply select the ‘Get Widget’ button on the widget below. Yes, that’s the actual widget! Copy the code as directed and paste this code into your blog or preferred site. You may also link to any of your favorite sites by clicking the images below the code, such as Blogger, Facebook, iGoogle, Twitter, and more!
It’s that easy!
“The MindBody FX Lifestyle: Mastering the Mind-Body Connection for Permanent Weight Loss” is not about dieting! As the title says, it’s about a lifestyle and mastering the mind-body connection for permanent weight loss. It focuses less on what you should or shouldn’t eat, and more on what you should or shouldn’t think.
We’ve all heard the saying that “you are what you eat.” Well, I completely disagree. I believe “you are what you think.”
You attract into your life what you consistently think, feel, and act upon. As the book cover points out, your thoughts create your feelings, your feelings create your actions, and your actions create your quality of life — good or bad!
Here’s how my book is different from all the other weight loss books out there.
- Create a mindset for success. In order to do this, it’s important for us to understand how your mind works.
- Take control of your thoughts, beliefs, and habits.
- Follow the easy, common sense nutrition plan.
- Get more active in a way that works for you.
The first 10 chapters are dedicated to identifying the primary cause of your weight problem and creating the right mindset. The remaining six chapters are dedicated to creating a healthier lifestyle.
I show you the three levels of denial, which are simple denial, minimization, and transference, and how to move past them. Next, I teach you how to create a new mindset using The Cycle of Creating Your Results.
I discuss how to change negative habits, and create a paradigm shift that will allow you to create the results you’re looking for. The Law of Attraction is discussed and how you can use visualization techniques to lose weight and achieve lasting results.
There’s a section with 14 easy steps to develop positive self-talk and the benefits of affirmations. I discuss overcoming emotional eating and the differences between emotional and physical hunger.
You will learn an easy-to-follow nutrition plan. And you could discover a common metabolic imbalance might be responsible for you gaining weight, and be preventing you from losing weight.
The last part of the book covers the importance of water, getting active, and creating a support system. It ends with a chapter that lets you set your goals and create an action plan to achieve them. That is my lifestyle success plan!
To download the first three chapters for FREE go to www.MindBodyFX.com now.
Do you ever lose track of time and think, Where has the day gone? By the time you realize it, the day is over and you never got your workout done. Here are tips you can use throughout any busy day to help you get fit and lose that unwanted weight!
1. Walk and take the stairs.
One reason why we gain so much body fat is due to laziness. To avoid that, drive to work and park where it will take you 10 minutes to walk. If you catch a train or public transportation, get off a couple of stops before your destination and walk the rest of the way.
If you’re in a building with an elevator, take the stairs. You’ll become fitter and stronger. You’ll be amazed when the pounds start to shed away. Obviously, do it gradually until you can do it consistently and daily.
2. Breathe from the diaphragm (suck it in). This can be an amazing tool to tighten your mid-section. People forget that they have a natural weight belt (transversus abdominis). This muscle determines whether your belly sticks out or is nice and firm, creating a tight waistline. Why “waist” time, use it or lose it.
Not only will it allow you to have a tighter mid-section, but it can assist in alleviating lower back pain. Concentrate on doing this breathing so you see your belly moving in on the out breath, and out on the in breath. Set a timer so you can remember to do this every 10-15 minutes. This can help you lose a number of dress sizes.
3. Start randomly moving (fidgeting). Believe it or not, fidgeting actually increases your metabolism and burn calories. Particularly if you’re someone who always sits still. An example would be things that are less obvious like tapping your feet under the desk or moving your legs.
4. Do housework and garden. Moving around the house, doing housework, or gardening are great ways to increase metabolism. While doing any of these, make sure the intention is to increase heart rate. So really work at it. Spend about a half hour or whatever you have available.
5. Use the imaginative mind. If you normally go to lunch and sit for an hour chatting, just spend half the time sitting while finishing your lunch, and spend the rest moving around town.
6. Move around the office. If your office space allows you, don’t just sit down and do work. Get up and move about, especially while on the phone and thinking out loud.
7. Company fitness center. These days many large companies have a gym facility. It’s been found that having fit employees generally means an increase in productivity and less sick days.
I had the opportunity to talk to Steve Siebold, mental toughness coach and author of, “Die Fat or Get Tough: 101 Differences in Thinking Between Fat People and Fit People.”
I talked to Steve about the controversial response he’s received from his book, and the mental toughness that is necessary for dieters to obtain successful weight loss.
Steve says this book is for dieters. It will really help people who have already made the decision to lose weight.
Listen to my podcast and leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of my new book, “The MindBody FX Lifestyle: Mastering The Mind-Body Connection For Permanent Weight Loss.”
At MindBody FX we believe that in order to lose weight and achieve the body you desire, you need to focus more on your mindset. Therefore it is essential to keep your mind working by exercising it regularly.
Like every other muscle in your body, your mental muscles need a workout too. You need to cross-train your mental fitness to exercise your memory, focus and attention, sensory processes, communication, language skills, emotional understanding, motor coordination, and mental visualization.
Sudoku, crossword puzzles, bridge, and chess are all good. However, they limit the range of mental cross-training and may not give the right combination of challenge, novelty, and variety.
The computer is a wonderful tool for keeping the mind healthy and active. Try something new on your computer every day, play some new games, or old favorites! It has been proven that playing games exercises your memory, mental muscles, and increases hand/eye coordination.
Here are some Web sites to get you started:
- Happy Neuron is loaded with games and activities divided into five critical brain areas including, memory, attention, language, executive functions, and visual/spatial.
- Crossword puzzles are a classic brain trainer, accessing not only verbal language but memory from many dimensions of knowledge.
- My Brain Trainer is full of games, puzzles, and other challenges. The site recommends 10 minutes of brain training twice a day, for the best effects.
- Play with Your Mind has over 100 original mind games, and has full range of ways to exercise your brain.
- Braingle claims to have the world’s largest collection of brain teasers to give your brain a super workout. It also has an online community of enthusiasts.
- Sudoku is highly addictive, it is known to improve short-term memory and concentration.
Remember to do things you enjoy that challenge and stimulate your mind. It will give your mind muscles a good workout!