In this podcast you will learn why spring is the best time to make change, how to change negative thoughts into positive thoughts and how to manage stress. You will also have the opportunity to experience a gentle journey using hypnosis to help you combat stress leaving you feeling renewed and rejuvenated.
If you wake up tired and groggy in the morning, you may be waking up during a sleep cycle.
Our sleep is divided into several cycles (rem, deep sleep) and each of these lasts for 90 minutes on average.
If you want to wake up feeling renewed and refreshed it is beneficial to wake up in between sleep cycles. There is a wonderful tool that I use with clients to help them calculate the time they should go to sleep and wake up in the morning. http://sleepyti.me
By waking up in between sleep cycles it makes the transition from sleeping to being awake a much easier one.
If you are interested in improving your health, eating right is a great place to start. We have seen an increase of awareness around the foods that we are consuming. People are waking up to the effects that pesticides, GMO's and processed foods are having on their health.
Organic food can be more expensive. All it takes is a visit to the larger organic grocery chains to see that the prices are more than conventional stores.
There is a better way to go organic!
Karma Co-op is a market with heart located in downtown Toronto. Karma specializes in organic, local, GMO free and fair trade products
As a member you contribute 2 hours of work a month. The prices are marked up less than other grocery chains as a result so the savings are passed on to members.
Karma carries over 200 bulk items, organic produce fresh from dozens of Ontario farms, health supplements (we even have a registered nutritionist on staff to help with your questions) and the highest quality, eco-friendly goods making it a one stop shop for the health conscious consumer.
We would love to have you as part of our community. If you are interested in joining, please visit www.karmacoop.org
You can watch an introductory video on the co-op here!
I have been hard at work completing an album for relaxation called "The Journey" which is now available for purchase on my site. It will be available on Friday on itunes.
Raw foodie Donald Currie will be teaching you how to incorporate more raw foods into your diet. This workshop will cover 3 simple to make recipes that are truly amazing.
Raw Thai Spring Rolls with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce
Raw Vegan Burritos with Red Pepper Corn Salsa, Rosemary Guacamole and Cashew Sour Cream
Raw Blueberry Cheesecake with raw chocolate and vegan blueberry ice cream
This event will be held at Karma Food Co-Op. Cost for the event is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.
Non members will have an opportunity to join the co-op for only $5 more.
This price is reasonable considering you will get to eat all of the delectable creations!
If you are interested please RSVP at email@example.com
Many people turn to hypnosis to help them lose weight. I have had the priviledge of working with many people in my 9 years of practice to help them reach their ideal weight. By setting clear weight loss goals, working with the simple habits and behaviours around the relationship with food, uncovering subconscious patterns and causes for emotional eating and aligning the mind with positive patterns and behaviours weight loss can be easy.
Here are what some of my past clients have said about their experience with the process.
"I just wanted to thank you for all of your help. I have lost a total of 40 lbs since our sessions. I continue to use your "think yourself thin" cd. I look forward to excercising and find it easy to make proper food choices. I just feel better all around." DM Toronto
"Hi Donald, I just wanted to let you know that hypnosis has worked well for me. Not only have I lost all the weight that I wanted but I am also in a new relationship and it is going well. Certainly unexpected. I feel that the work we did together not only impacted my weight but also other aspects of my life as well. Please feel free to share this with future clients as a testimonial. I would be more than happy to suggest your services to anyone. Thanks again." RT Toronto
"I am half way there. I have lost a total of 25 of the 50 lbs we had set the goal for. All this after only 4 sessions? I don't even think of chocolate anymore...how did that happen! I am on track still and will reach my goal by the end of March at this pace." PY Toronto
Many people wonder what being in a state of hypnosis feels like. The truth is that you have already experienced hypnosis in your daily life, you just don't realize it.
If you drive, perhaps you can recall a time when you were driving down the highway and your mind started to drift and wander. Or those tv shows that seem to draw you in and you are able to suspend disbelief and allow yourself to be taken in by the story only to feel strong emotions related to the content of the program. Perhaps you can think back to a relaxing holiday at the beach. Your eyes closed, the sun pulsing down on your skin, the waves gently crashing against the shore as a gentle breeze caresses your body as you hear the sounds of seagulls in the distance.
All of the above events elicit a hypnotic response within the mind. Our conscious minds seem to quiet and we live in a moment of just "being". There is a sense of openess and quietness within. A gentle lull.
This is very much what hypnosis feels like. Being in a place where time and space seem to dissolve. It is within this place that transformation and healing can occur. When the correct hypnosis techniques are applied within this state, old patterns stored in the subconscious mind can be re-aligned with new ones, old emotions can be released and new ideas and thoughts can be more readily accepted.
Hypnosis can feel like a power nap or a quiet vacation on a beach. It can feel like pure elation and exaltation!
If you drive, chances are when you pull up to the gas tank you make a choice as to what kind of gas you put into your car. The higher the octane in the fuel, the cleaner it will burn, the better the fuel economy and the longer the engine will live.
Food is fuel for our bodies. Much like when we pull up to the gas tank, when we open the fridge we have the opportunity to choose the quality of fuel that we use. Foods that have high nutritional profiles such as fruits, vegetables, greens, sprouts, nuts and seeds are wonderful for giving the body the proper nutrients that it needs and will give you more energy to live. These foods fill you up faster and provide sustainable energy throughout the day.
When you start seeing food as fuel for your body it begins to change your relationship with food. You only eat when you are truly hungry, you stop eating when you are full and no longer have the need to "stuff" yourself. As a result of this, not only can you lose weight, but you will also most likely feel better physically, emotionally and mentally.
Here are some tips to help you make better food choices when shopping
-Stick to the outside isles. Purchase fresh produce and stay away from anything that comes pre-packaged.
-Eat more colour. Choose a variety of colours in your fruits and vegetables as colour indicates the unique essential vitamins and nutrients in each. The more colours you are eating the better off you will be.
-Do some research. Learn about what you are putting in your mouth. Read about nutrition on line and learn the benefits that food can provide.
I have been certified by the Alliance Professional of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists as a Naturotherapist. This means that the majority of health insurance companies will now cover my services under Naturopathic.
Receipts will be given at the time of payment.
If you have made a New Year Resolution, and managed to stick with it, you are reaching a very important time. If you started your New Year Resolution on January 1st yesterday would have marked your 21st day or 3rd week with the new habit. This is an important milestone! It takes 3 weeks or 21 days to make any habit subconscious. It's the turn around time when a habit no longer requires so much conscious effort to keep and becomes much more automatic. Your brain has rewired itself with new positive behaviours and you should feel proud!
There is however, something to watch for. It's the number one reason that people fall out of their new desired behaviour and go back to their old pattern of undesired behaviour.
People tell themselves "Jee I am doing so well at the gym! I have been eating right and working out! I am going to give myself a few days to eat whatever I want and not go to the gym."
Or the ex-smoker tells themselves "It's been 3 weeks since I stopped smoking, I have done so well! When I go out drinking tonight it wouldn't hurt to have just one cigarette as a reward!"
This is one of the ways that the mind can work against us in our quest for betterment of self. The mind never forgets anything it has experienced and as soon as the ex-smoker lights up or the comfort eater starts bindging, those patterns can return rapidly. This can lead to feelings of guilt and remorse which can lead to giving up their resolutions.
To combat this from happening, it is important to focus on the success that you have achieved. Remember the reasons for wanting to make the change in the first place. Remember how you felt before and after you made the change.
Think about what that chocolate cake or cigarette really represent! Are they a reward? Comfort? A way to relax? Think of an alternative way to get the benefit that your mind is seeking! There is a world of ways to reward, comfort and relax yourself that are far more exciting without going back to your old vices. Take a yoga class, go to a movie, visit a good friend or take up a hobby that appeals to you!
Make this the last time you ever have to make the change again....
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