People who have stopped with me know that Hypnotherapy is the easy way to stop smoking. There is a special offer for you at the bottom of this blog. Please pass it on or share this blog to help other people stop smoking and take advantage of this special offer.
Is it time for you to give up smoking?
Giving up smoking is one of the best things you can do to dramatically improve your health and life expectancy. On average, non-smokers live around a decade longer than smokers.
As well as improving your own health and wellbeing, you’ll also give your family peace of mind in the knowledge you’re doing everything you can to be with them for as long as possible.
The benefits of giving up smoking are endless, from better breathing to saving on average £2,920 per year. You can work out your cost savings here.
Vapour devices aren’t always the best solution as the nicotine and the smoking habit still exists. It’s not until you eliminate the habit that you become a non-smoker.
How is Hypnotherapy Effective for Giving up Smoking?
There are dozens of methods to stop smoking, including patches, gum or prescribed drugs. The effectiveness of these methods is varied, but many people struggle as they don’t help you at an unconscious level.
Hypnotherapy works with the greater part of your mind, the subconscious mind, which is responsible for behaviour. By working with the subconscious, your desire to smoke is removed and the determination to stay a non-smoker is enhanced.
I use Harley Street techniques
It costs £1000 to give up smoking with a Hypnotherapist in Harley Street. I’m offering the same treatment here in West Sussex for far less. And you don’t have to get on the Tube!
It’s taken me a few years to perfect my stop smoking treatment. Even though Hypnotherapy alone is enough, I want to cover all bases and make sure my client stops for good and is confident that this has happened.
I now blend Hypnotherapy, NLP and tapping to deliver a stop smoking session which address any emotional reasons for smoking, the habit itself and the belief that you are now a non smoker.
I build in strategies for not putting on weight, feeling like you are missing out and seeking comfort in smoking. These are issues I have found that people are concerned about when giving up.
You will be able to cope with situations where you may have previously wanted to smoke.
You will fully understand the reasons why you personally have given up smoking and buy into them at a deep unconscious level.
What is the Process with Stop Smoking Hypnotherapy?
The stop smoking treatment is a one session treatment, where we’ll discuss your own reasons for giving up and wanting a healthier life. You walk in a smoker and out a non-smoker. Job done.
You will also be given recordings to use at home, ensuring you retain the state of mind which tells you that you don’t need to smoke.
Special offer for my blog readers
If you mention this blog when you call to book your stop smoking session I will give you £50 off the full price of my treatment so you stop smoking forever. Contact me now and book in.
Many people don’t realise how fermented food helps your health but there is an ‘underground’ society of people that do and this movement is getting stronger 🙂
I’ve been into probiotics for some time and have always wanted to learn how to make my own fermented foods like kefir, sourdough bread, sauerkraut and the fermeted drink, Kombucha. And recently I went on a workshop in Shoreham, West Sussex to do that so I will share that with you in this post.
Did you know your gut is referred to as your second brain? Your gut is very important to your overall wellbeing. There is ever growing evidence to the effect it has on your mental and physical health. Improving your gut health will give you better immunity, more efficient digestion and less stress. Because your digestion is better you will have more energy – yay.
In your gut there are trillions of bacteria that help you process food, produce nutrients, and fight disease. You might remember seeing adverts on TV about ‘healthy bacteria’ and this is what I am talking about here.
There are three things you need to do to look after your gut bacteria
Make sure you have enough good bacteria
Make sure that they survive
Don’t deplete them
1 – You put healthy bacteria in by eating probiotic foods that contain them.
2 – You preserve them by eating probiotic foods that support them.
3 – You protect them by being aware of what depletes them and that is stress, antibiotics, steroid medications and stomach bugs.
So what can you do to improve your gut health?
You can take a probiotic supplement or eat probiotic food like sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, coconut kefir, yoghurt, kefir and apple cider vinegar.
You can eat prebiotic whole foods. Certain foods feed and support the growth of good bacteria. Raw onions, garlic, dandelion greens, artichokes and bananas are some of the best.
Keep hydrated. Your gut needs water to keep bacteria and waste moving through your digestive system, which will help prevent constipation and bloating. Dehydration affects your bacteria balance.
Eat less sugar as it feeds bad bacteria and you are more interested in the good ones.
Reduce your stress levels. Stress makes your brain go into fight or flight mode, causing your digestion and blood flow in the gut to slow down and digestion is not as effective.
Making fermented foods which help your gut bacteria
Making fermented foods is an interesting experience and when the scoby comes out that’s exciting! I learnt at a workshop with my local Homoeopath, Therese Eriksen
During the workshop we made:
Sauerkraut – a kind of pickled vegetable. We made red cabbage and another of carrot and ginger. You can have a little bit on the side of practically any meal to add some lovely flavour. It keeps well too.
Sourdough bread – a bread make without yeast which some people find easier to digest. Once you’ve mastered the basic recipe the world is your bread basket as you can add herbs, cheese, sundried tomatoes. YUM
Milk Kefir – A ‘live’ drink that you make from grains (main blog picture). You can drink it straight if you are hard core or make smoothies with it or flavour it.
Kambucha – Is the tea teetotallers champagne! It’s made with a scoby which I have put a picture of below. It’s a weird disc thing that you put in tea to make the Kambucha but then it takes on a life of its own and grows!
In Copenhagen Kambucha is readily available, they know it helps them get Hyggey 🙂
Let the fermenting commence!
So now my kitchen is full of kilner jars doing their different things. I’m so excited about having fermented foods in my life that I’ve made myself.
One of my guiding principles of life is to cradle my health (mental and physical) like a newborn baby. Not in an obssessive way, but it’s very high up my values list. I want enough energy to fulfil my dreams and enjoy my family. But I am conscious this takes effort and thought. Effort in the sense of eating right and making time for exercise. And thought recognising when thinks are out of balance and addressing it.
In life, the effort has to be worth the reward. I am going to try to maintain my fermented food supplies as the reward is better health and more energy. That has to be worth it!
If you want to learn how to make fermented foods with the Therese you can book through her website or Facebook page.
Our third guest blogger is Sam Heywood-Cox North Staffordshire. Here Sam tells us why she loves Mondays.
Mondays Are My Favourite Day:
For most Monday is a daunting thing – a full week of work to look forward to with all of the pressures and pains of balancing life and work. For me it’s different, Mondays for me return me to balance and new possibilities and most importantly my weekly trip to the local well known diet club.
My journey began in March 2015, prompted largely by two items of clothing:
I bought jeans from M&S (a usually generous manufacturing size) in a size 14.
So, I went to get some “spanx” type underwear to stop the wobble and, when I put them on at home…Muffin Tops!
I was mortified. I had always been slimmer but the post-baby weight was just not shifting.
TIME FOR ACTION
With head hung low and without a word to anyone other than my husband I arrived at the group. Standing on those scales for the first time was terrifying and I was shocked at how much I weighed. I vowed to change.
Roll on to Now:
Mondays are great. I have been at target since 5th October 2015 and I love it.
After dropping my daughter at school I do the shopping according to the meal plan written over the weekend – doing it this way means there is virtually no waste and I am not tempted by the two for one offers which means we save money too.
There are still snacks in for my husband and daughter but the trolley is filled largely with the 229 free to eat any time, any amount foods and some store cupboard staples.
It helps that I enjoy cooking, my husband and son have been really fussy eaters so I am the master of invention and hidden veg.
I work on my business until 2:45 p.m. and always walk to collect my daughter from school; a little daily exercise goes a long way.
If dinner is more involved than freezer to over to plate I prepare what I can, come 5:15 p.m. I am off to group. (I have even coerced a friend into coming and she looks and feels great too).
The group is a wonderful experience, I have made friends, been able to help others and now get regular exercise by helping promote the group through leaflet delivery.
At first it felt daunting facing the scales but, with very small changes to the way I cook and the ingredients used, it has been easy to implement. Even on the weeks where I have gained rather than lost (and believe me it is about 50:50) going to the group has given me support and encouragement, and some great food ideas, including new ingredients (kohlrabi?).
Moreover the group and the weight loss has given me back my body confidence. I see myself in a shop window and see a beautiful lady rather than the leggings and baggy jumpers of 2014. I smile more, I dress better and have even gone back to wearing short skirts.
I am now embarking on a career as a wellness coach – not for this particular diet plan but generally to help people hit their own personal goals.
For me it was about finding my self-confidence and in finding a regime that suited my life-style I have certainly done that. There are so many options for health available out there that you are bound to find one thing that suits you.
My Go To Brunch:
Wilted spinach and dry friend mushrooms and tomatoes
Two dry fried eggs
Sam is 44 years old and has two children. She lives in North Staffordshire with her husband and daughter, her grown up son lives up the road and comes home regularly for meals. Sam runs an MLM selling cards, wrapping, stationery and more. She is also a wellness coach with a continued professional development plan in place.
Welcome to day 1 of my healthy eating blog. Over the next 29 days we will explore healthy eating and hear from lots of guest bloggers who will share their experiences and knowledge.
You might already be a healthy eater and be looking for new ideas and inspiration or you might want to improve your diet for a variety of reasons. Either way this is a good place to be. A non judgemental place with the intention of inspiring and sharing.
‘What the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve’
It might be that you use the next 30 days to make changes to your diet. I will be doing the same. I have qualifications in nutrition so I understand the impact of a healthy diet, but the theory and the practical are different things! The first place I will start is with my mindset. As a Hypnotherapist I believe that ‘what the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve’. What this means to me is you’ve got to want to do it, believe you can do and set your mind to it!
What makes us want to do something? Motivation is a broad and complex subject! But if you can get motivated you can be unstoppable. Motivation comes from your ‘why’. So think of a time when you were really truly motivated. Maybe you did something sporty, or saved up for something, or studied for something or drove 100 miles to get that Christmas present that was out of stock that you knew your kid would love! When you have really committed yourself to something you would have been motivated to do it and your motivation comes from the ‘why’ behind it.
Five reasons to east more healthily
Your ‘why’ might not be obvious and can be interesting to explore. But for now let’s look at 5 reasons to eat healthy and maybe one of these will resonate with you.
1 – More energy
Think of a lightbulb that is running out and flickering. It can barely muster a steady glow. That’s what it can feel like to have low energy. It’s not a nice feeling. With low energy running the home and doing our jobs become much harder, not to mention having the will to exercise. Although we have physical, mental and spiritual energy, the physical is very important for us to function! The more energy you have, the more you can enjoy life to the full.
2 – Better sleep
If you are pumping your body full of unhealthy ingredients and sugar this may affect your sleep. I don’t know how well you sleep but I know for sure when people go sugar free, they all tell me that their sleep improves. When you eat healthy food, your energy is more stable throughout the day. So when it comes to sleep time you are ready.
3 – Savour the flavor
When you are not eating randomly you might find that you are more appreciative of what you eat. You might eat a wider range of foods and as a result enjoy the tastes and flavours more. Taste is a major pleasure sensor and if you eat less sugar you will find that the sweetness that mother nature has put in fruit is actually enough. If you are eating lots of chocolate, biscuits and sweets and you reduce this, you might yourself enjoying other forms of sweetness like dates and other dried fruit. You have between 2000 and 5000 tastebuds just on the front and back of your tongue. Bring those tastebuds to life! This leads to feeling more satisfied and satisfaction can make a lot of difference to your quality of life.
4 – Lose weight
A by product of eating more healthily might be losing weight. This might be your big ‘why’. You might have higher self-esteem as a slimmer you. Or want to be able to wear different clothes. You might feel more attractive or be more agile when exercising. Being overweight is considered a health risk. Fat in the viscal area (round your stomach) in particular is a risk as it squashes your organs and puts them under pressure. Your risk of diabetes and heart disease are higher if you are overweight.
5 – Treat yourself
We often use the word ‘treat’ when we are having unhealthy food. Maybe a chocolate bar or a takeaway. We do it with kids too. We use sweets as treats and bribes! But really these aren’t the treats our bodies want! Your body wants nutrients, good fats, fibre so it can it can do its best work for you. Your body thinks a treat is something different. The good news is that you can have more as most healthy treats as on the whole, they are less calorie dense.
So maybe one of those five things will be your reason ‘why’. Or maybe you have a ‘why’ of your own. I would love to hear it in the comments of this blog.
What this blog is:
This is a 30 day blog about health eating where different people will share their thoughts and experience
This is a non-judgmental place of inspiration
This is a place to learn, pick up tips and think about your own eating
What this blog isn’t:
This isn’t a weight loss plan. Although losing weight is often a by-product of eating a healthier diet! I do help people lose weight with Hypnotherapy but that is not the purpose of this blog.
It isn’t a place to feel regret about the situation of your health right now. Today is a chance to make changes!
Your mind power is the most powerful thing you own.
In fact so powerful, you even have two! The conscious and the subconscious. The conscious mind helps you operate in the ‘now’ and makes rationale decisions. The subconscious operates at a deeper level and looks to protect us in all we do. You can read more about your two minds here
On Day 2 we started to look at mind chatter. Many of my clients spend more than 50% of their day thinking negatively or hearing negative mind chatter. If you watched sad films for that amount of time, they would probably lower your mood. But the good news is, if you spent the same amount of time watching positive films this would no doubt lift your mood.
Now this isn’t saying you shouldn’t watch sad films or feel negative emotions because we are human beings. We need to feel the whole range of emotions to have a complete human experience. This is about being aware that when a negative thought comes into our mind, it may not be the truth and maybe we shouldn’t spend time dwelling on it or believing it if it makes us feel bad.
Negative thoughts are like criminals in your mind
Say you lost your job. This is a serious life affecting event and can have a huge effect on people. Now say you spent much of your time thinking about:
‘I should have worked harder’
‘Why didn’t I take that course so I would be better’
‘I’m no good’
‘I’m not clever’
‘I’ll never get another job’
These thoughts are like criminals in your mind.
You might spend a few hours a day thinking about these things. These thoughts may run concurrently in your mind and feel like a cloud around your head, stifling you. When your friends and family are talking to you, you might not be listening to what they are saying because you are so wrapped up in what you are thinking. You can’t really read or watch TV properly because you are thinking about the ‘bad stuff’. It starts affecting your sleep. You lose enthusiasm for things you used to enjoy. All because of these thoughts. These thoughts are affecting your enjoyment of life, your relationships and opportunities. You might find it harder to get another job because your self-esteem is low and everything becomes much more difficult.
You need mind COP ne naw ne naw
Mind COP is a good COP. He (or she!) is there, patrolling in your head, looking out for negative thoughts and helping you to; Catch them. Own them. Protect yourself.
Tomorrow I will be showing you mind how COP will protect you against those criminal negative thoughts in your mind. And yes, you really do have the power of arrest (in real life, it’s a citizens arrest ). We will look at how mind COP will help you make arrests and bang the baddies to rights.
Now all this talk about mind COP and criminal negative thoughts is using our imagination. This is the beauty of the mind. It’s imaginative (which is a problem when it creates negative thoughts, phobias and anxiety) but wonderful when it creates excitement, possibility and power.
So let’s imagine mind COP now…. close your eyes (but read this first!). Can you see mind COP? What can you see? Does mind COP have a voice? A uniform? A face? How big is mind COP? How will mind COP help you?
You create your own thoughts you see. With your amazing, powerful, imaginative mind.
Here’s the plan:
Keep noting your mind chatter in your notebook
Read your gratitude list often
Come back tomorrow and I will show you Mind COP in action catching those criminals and keeping your mind safe