Using Hypnosis to Stop Procrastinating

August 1st, 2013 § Comments Off on Using Hypnosis to Stop Procrastinating § permalink

I’m sure you’ll understand me when I tell you that I’ve wanted to write an article about using hypnosis to stop procrastinating for such a long time, but I just keep putting it off! Procrastination – that annoying habit of consistently putting off doing things that you know you have to do. It happens to all of us from time to time, but for some, it can turn into more than just an occasional annoyance. It can become problematic to the point that it interferes with one’s ability to finish school, to work dependably, or to fulfill one’s potential.

What exactly is procrastination?

“According to psychologist Professor Clarry Lay, a prominent writer on procrastination, procrastination occurs when there’s ’a temporal gap between intended behavior and enacted behavior.’ That is, procrastination is occurring when there’s a significant time period between when people intend to do a job, and when they actually do it.” – Overcoming Procrastination

Perhaps one of the most frustrating things about procrastination is the fact that we can’t blame anyone but ourselves for not following through with our obligations. This fact may be to our detriment, but it is also to our benefit. Because no one else is responsible for our procrastination, we have the absolute power to diminish and/or eliminate procrastination on our own. This is where hypnosis comes in. » Read the rest of this entry «

Eating Regularly Scheduled Meals Just Makes Sense

May 8th, 2013 § Comments Off on Eating Regularly Scheduled Meals Just Makes Sense § permalink

Eating regularly scheduled meals just makes sense. Developing a routine of eating three meals and two snacks each day is a good idea for a variety of reasons. Hypnosis can help you to establish an eating routine, and maintain it long-term.

If your goal is to lose weight, it just makes sense to develop a “habit” of eating on a regular schedule. Most of us are familiar with what happens when we don’t eat enough and our bodies go into starvation mode. It stands to reason that eating three meals and two snacks each day will keep us from getting too hungry, and bingeing on foods that are not good for us.

But did you know that if you include protein in each of those three meals and two snacks you can stabilize your blood sugar and minimize, or eliminate, unnecessary cravings? It’s true! In addition, developing the habit of eating healthy nutritious foods in the just the right amounts, at just the right times all through the day, can also improve your mood.

The types of food we eat, along with the amounts have an effect on our outlook. According to this article there is a strong connection between negative moods and disordered eating habits. It makes sense that if you put junk in your body that you’re not going to feel well. However, I think the psychological effects of unhealthy eating are just as responsible for the negative moods as the chemicals in the food.

When you are not in control of your eating habits and you have a weak moment of binge eating you just feel rotten. You feel frustrated, angry, hopeless, and out of control. Many of my weight loss clients have experienced this level of negativity in relation to their eating patterns. Hypnosis is a very effective way to develop the habit of eating regularly scheduled meals and snacks. Control your hunger, and your mood, and let hypnosis show you the way!

Unhealthy eating can make a bad mood worse

How to Get the Most out of Self-Hypnosis

March 26th, 2013 § Comments Off on How to Get the Most out of Self-Hypnosis § permalink

OK, so you learned how to do self-hypnosis (Self-Hypnosis is Easy and Fun!), you know about creating positive suggestions for yourself, but, do you know how to get the most out of self-hypnosis and really get to the bottom of what you want?

In my practice at Intuitive Hypnosis in Portland, Oregon, I use an approach with my clients based on a Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) outcome frame. It is an excellent tool that I use with almost every client to help us narrow down exactly what they want as a result of their hypnosis treatment.

The NLP outcome frame has a lot of questions, all of which I use with clients in my office. I have narrowed down the questions to the most important, in my opinion, to include when combining with self-hypnosis. By learning to use this NLP outcome frame to create your outcome statement, you can learn to expertly define exactly what you want as you practice self-hypnosis. » Read the rest of this entry «

Modeling Healthy Eating Habits for Our Children

March 8th, 2013 § Comments Off on Modeling Healthy Eating Habits for Our Children § permalink

Modeling healthy eating habits for our children helps prevent them from becoming junk food addicts and has a greater influence than the mother’s eating habits while pregnant .

It is common knowledge that what we consume, or whether or not we smoke, when are pregnant will have an effect on our baby. So it makes sense that if a pregnant mother consumes a diet rich in junk food, that the baby may be effected by the quality of nutrients. The following study suggests that pregnant mothers who consume junk food actually cause changes in the development of the opioid signaling pathway in the brains of their unborn children. This change results in the babies being less sensitive to opioids, which are released upon consumption of foods that are high in fat and sugar. In turn, these children, born with a higher “tolerance” to junk food need to eat more of it to achieve a “feel good” response. (See  Eating junk food while pregnant may make your child a junk food addict)

While I agree that the consumption of junk food while pregnant is not healthy for mother or child, it seems to me that the eating habits and lifestyle of the family unit after the baby is born has more influence on whether or not a child becomes a junk food addict. In other words, modeling healthy eating habits for our children helps prevent them from becoming junk food addicts and has a greater influence than the mother’s eating habits while pregnant. Learning about nutrition is interesting and fun, and learning to like new foods can be enhanced with the use of hypnosis. Hypnosis is about behavior change, and eating is one behavior we have participated in since the day we were born! Almost all the clients I’ve worked with in regard to weight loss have had an addiction to one or more categories of junk food. Hypnosis is a very effective way to eliminate the cravings for junk food, thus eliminating the addiction.

I’d like to believe that it’s never too late to learn about nutrition, and model that behavior for our children and grandchildren. If you feel that you are addicted to sweets, or chips, or anything that is not good for you, hypnosis can help.

Fruits and Veggies Good for Emotional Health

March 7th, 2013 § Comments Off on Fruits and Veggies Good for Emotional Health § permalink

When it comes to feeding our families, it is easy to become overwhelmed with so much focus on gluten-free foods, food allergies, organic food choices, etc. Separating the chaff from the wheat (pun intended) can be quite a challenge. What a relief to know that sticking to a healthy, clean, and green regimen is still supported by scientific research as noted in Many apples a day keep the blues at bay.

As this report shows, there is a strong day-to-day relationship between more positive mood and higher fruit and vegetable consumption, but not other foods. That makes it easy to shop for your family, easy to plan meals, and easy to cook! In the early days of processed foods, they were seen as a convenience. Now that we understand the harmful effects of eating a diet heavy in processed foods, they don’t seem so convenient anymore.  Thank goodness for natural foods! After all, what could be more convenient than fresh fruits and vegetables?

However, some people don’t like fruits and vegetables. In the past four years, I have had the pleasure of working with more than a few clients whose desired behavior change was to learn to like fruits and vegetables. As adults we usually eat and enjoy more foods than we did as children, but that early childhood programing can often keep us from enjoying a wide variety of foods. Hypnosis can help by re-programming your mind, and your taste buds!

As parents, and grandparents, it’s important to remember to feed our children fresh fruits and veggies at a young age,  allowing them to develop a taste for what is healthy. Be a good role model for your children. Keep a fresh supply of fruits and vegetables on hand at all times, and eat them yourself. Children imitate what they learn at home. Eat fresh, clean, and green!

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    Debbie Taylor
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    Debbie Taylor is both a consulting hypnotist and a certified hypnosis instructor. She has a Masters degree in Organizational Management and over 20 years experience working with children and families in public and private education as both a teacher and principal. As the owner of Intuitive Hypnosis in Portland, Oregon and the Portland School of Hypnosis she has expanded her ability to help others by utilizing hypnosis to assist people in empowering themselves to lose weight; stop smoking and/or quit chewing tobacco; reduce stress and anxiety; improve performance in sports, academics, and much more.  Read More...
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