Oct 252015
 

It’s time to have fun with your tea towel. Working out/exercising needs to be “fun” as studies have shown that we will find “fun” elsewhere usually in for form of food!!!

Check out my tea towel video for some great tips that you can do at home to get yourself moving!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3b3LU_U8sM

 

Here’s a little more about Hedonic Compensation…enjoy Moving, it’s what we are made to do!!

Tanya

PS – Busy Mama Detox Tip – Just another reason to add fish oil to your morning routine… Fish oil signals genes in the brain to produce a chemical that keeps Alzheimer’s disease at bay. People who take fish oil have better cognitive function as they age, relative to those who don’t take fish oil. Dietary omega-3s, especially fish oils, increase fat breakdown.

Hedonic compensation

You might know the term “hedonism”, which refers to the pursuit of pleasure.

The theory of hedonic compensation suggests that if we feel like we “lose out” on pleasure in one area, we look to compensate for it elsewhere. (Thus, the thought process of “I’ve had a lousy day; I deserve a treat.”)

In 2014, researchers explored three different studies that help to show why exercise alone doesn’t usually produce weight loss.

In these studies, they found that perceiving a physical activity as “fun”, rather than “exercise” meant that:

  • People chose less junk food during meals.
  • People ate less candy when offered a snack from a self-serve container.
  • People chose “healthy” snacks more often than “unhealthy” snacks.

In other words, because exercise is not seen as fun, people compensate by finding fun elsewhere.

What they learned

Study #1
Thinking of movement as “exercise” instead of “fun” makes people get more of their calories from sugary desserts. Continue reading »

Oct 212015
 

11 Days to Halloween or perhaps better known as National Sugar Coma Day!

What can you do differently this year, Busy Mama?

  1. Don’t bring any candy in the house- even if it’s on SALE. Can’t fight the sweet tooth urge – go for high quality dark chocolate or whip up some raw treats. Email me for The Skinny on Chocolate if you are needing some yummy alternatives.
  2. What about handing out anything but candy like glow sticks, stickers, fangs (sure …kids won’t visit your house next year…just kidding…lots of kids & parents really appreciate something other than candy)
  3. Lastly, if you are going to buy candy for the kiddies, avoid the lowest of the low – the plastic candy, the stuff so fake it shouldn’t be legal. Avoid the Dollar Store chocolates and candy.  Treat all these kids like your kids…what would you feed them?

 

I’d love to hear any suggestions you have regarding how you handle your kid’s candy and also any strategies you have in place for yourself.

I’ve been very open about my love  addiction to sugar (love homemade goodies)…..oh sure, maybe you’re saying, “I don’t have a problem with sugar, I don’t eat candy.” But do you eat bread, pasta, chips, baked goods, cereal, drink pop, juice, alcohol…etc?  Hate to say it, but it’s all sugar in the eyes of your body.

Sugar has become the drug of choice for many people. It’s hidden in foods that are healthy and those that aren’t. And we may have unknowingly trained our bodies to crave it (and look what we are feeding our kids – me included – it’s hard to avoid without effort)….I know that I have absolutely improved my diet (and my family’s diet) when it comes to how much sugar I intake and I can absolutely identify the power of addiction (and also indentify it in my kids and hubby – tired, cranky. Looking for a pick me up).

“Being addicted to sugar and flour is not an emotional eating disorder,” says Dr. Mark Hyman, author of The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet. “It’s a biological disorder, driven by hormones and neurotransmitters that fuel sugar and carb cravings — leading to uncontrolled overeating. It’s the reason nearly 70 percent of Americans and 40 percent of kids are overweight.” Minutes after I start eating it (sugar source), I feel a rush of euphoria and I can’t stop. Then comes the crash where I either have to get more to sustain that feeling or the downward spiral starts, the mood turns sour and I wish I hadn’t even had a bite.  Note to self- don’t have it in the house!!! Can anyone identify with this?

You might find it hard to believe a bag of chips or chocolate bar could create such catastrophe, but those and other processed foods send a rush of sugar that alerts your brain’s reward center to release feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and beta endorphin.

These endorphins respond to dietary triggers. When you eat a fatty, sugary food – say, a chocolate chip cookie – they really come out to party. The endorphin surge gives you intense pleasure and blocks pain, the same as if you had just injected heroin.

Considering the average American eats 22 teaspoons of added sugar, largely from processed foods and fizzy drinks (YIKES!!!), those several daily feel-good surges can become quite a habit.

Therefore,

  1. Keep it OUT of your HOUSE
  2. Don’t buy processed foods and drinks
  3. If you do want something sweet …upgrade your treats. Email me for your copy of The Skinny on Chocolate which has really helped me over the years.

 

Sugar: The New Cocaine?

A decade ago, critics appeared skeptical sugar could become addictive. Yet as new studies emerge and prominent experts speak out, sugar addiction has become a legitimate, concerning focus as sugar consumption, particularly as high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), escalates.

“Animal studies have shown that refined sugar is more addictive than cocaine, heroin or morphine,” says As Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of The Hunger Fix. “An animal will choose an Oreo over morphine. Why? This cookie has the perfect combination of sugar and fat to hijack the brain’s reward center.” Hyman believes sugar can be eight times more addictive than cocaine.

It’s not just the immediate gratification that creates damage. Sugar addiction also sets the stage for future hunger, cravings, and food intolerances.

One study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found high-sugar impact foods trigger the nucleus accumbens, your brain region that controls reward and craving. Researchers noted this domino addictive pattern plays a “special significance to eating behavior at the next meal.”

Dr. Robert Lustig believes sugar creates serious hormonal havoc…….

High blood sugar elevates insulin, which blocks your satiety hormone leptin. High levels of cortisol, your stress hormone, increase your urge for comfort foods. High cortisol during sleep increases ghrelin, your hunger hormone, so you’re more likely to ask for a stale donut the next morning with your caffeine fix….and so the loop continues until you acknowledge it and work to correct it.

Other hormones become disrupted too, but you get the domino-effect point. From that hormonal havoc, you can begin to understand how sugar addiction occurs. With the right strategies, you can free yourself even if you’ve been an addict for years or decades.

Freeing Yourself from Sugar Addiction

  1. Find sweetness in berries, sweet potatoes, nuts, etc
  2. Fancy up your water with lemon, cucumbers, grapefruits, mint…ditch the juices, pop and other nasty beverages, including those with fake sugars
  3. Read labels and notice where the sugar is hiding – get picky!
  4. Stock your fridge with veggies, hummus, nuts and seeds
  5. Upgrade your treats
  6. Add spices and herbs to your meals instead of sugar sources
  7. Breathe and know that you are LOVED and that you are the GREATEST! Slow and steady, baby steps will take you a long way!!!

Healthy Hugs without the Sugar,

Tanya

plank drinking smoothieTanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Detox which is a 12 week program that runs in January, April and September of each year. To find out more about this life changing program check out the testimonials and information at www.busymamadetox.com. Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, www.moveyourbody.ca and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending. You can get your PDF copy here. Recently Tanya created Gain Energy Lose Fat sessions to help people realize the importance of healthy fats in their diets and how eating fat can make you lose fat. Tanya also coaches clients on Nutritional and Lifestyle Management.

Want more Info:

Check out Dr. Robert Lustig, an American pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), has become a vocal sugar-as-addiction proponent. Lustig’s lecture “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” has almost five million YouTube hits.

JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet

Oct 182015
 

Support Your Body’s Fat Burner

 

Surprising fact: The most important metabolic organ in your body that supports weight loss, weight maintenance and weight control is your LIVER! Did you know that it is the size of a football???

Liver detoxification is something that goes on every day of your life, just as nature intended, your body has the ability to “cleanse” naturally on a daily basis. This occurs optimally if your diet adequately supplies the nutrients necessary for this process and the burdens are not too great. Continue reading »

Oct 112015
 

Lying Down Meditation & Mindfulness

 

As you’re lying down on your mat feel the sensation of being held up, carried, and supported by whatever surface you are laying on.

Surrender completely to the embrace of gravity, and let go into the mat and let it do the work. Sometimes it can feel like you’re floating, and that can be very pleasant and increase your motivation for taking up residence in your body and in the present moment.

Join me for meditation & mindfulness during Core Conditioning Tuesday’s at 9am, Realign restore Meditate Thursday’s at 9:30am & Saturdays at 8:45am Continue reading »

Oct 042015
 

It is always now. The reality of your life is always now. And to realize this you will see, is liberating. In fact, I think there is nothing more important to understand if you want to be happy in this world.

Join me for meditation & mindfulness during Core Conditioning Tuesday’s at 9am & Saturdays at 8:45am

But we spend most of our lives forgetting this truth; overlooking it, fleeing it, repudiating it. And the horror is that we succeed. We managed to avoid being happy while struggling to become happy, fulfilling one desire after the next, vanishing our fears, grasping at pleasure, recoiling from pain, and thinking, interminably, about how best to keep the whole works up and running. As a consequence, we spend our lives being far less content then we might otherwise be. We often fail to appreciate what we have until we have lost it. We crave experiences, objects, relationships, only to grow bored with them. And yet the craving persist.

There is nothing spooky about mindfulness. It is simply a state of clear, non-judgemental, and undistracted attention to the contents of consciousness, whether pleasant or unpleasant. Cultivating this quality of mind has been shown to reduce pain, anxiety and depression; improve cognitive function; even produced changes in gray matter density in regions of the brain related to learning and memory, emotional regulation, and self-awareness.

The Buddha described four foundations of mindfulness, which he taught as “the direct pass for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and limitation, for the disappearance of pain and grief, and for the attainment of the true way”. The four foundations of mindfulness are the body (breathing, changes in posture, activities); feelings (the senses of pleasantness, unpleasantness and neutrality; the mind (its moods and attitudes); and the objects of mind (which include the five senses but also other mental states such as volition, tranquility, rapture, equanimity, and even mindfulness itself).

 

There is nothing passive about mindfulness. Being mindful is not a matter of thinking more clearly about experience- it is the act of experiencing more clearly, including the arising of thoughts themselves. Mindfulness is a vivid awareness of whatever is appearing in one’s mind or body – thoughts, sensations, moods – without grasping at the present or recoiling from the unpleasant. Simply pay attention to the flow of experience in each moment.

The principal enemy of mindfulness – or of any other meditative practice – is the deeply conditioned habit of being distracted by thoughts. The problem is not thoughts themselves but the state of thinking without knowing that we are thinking. In fact, thoughts of all kinds can be perfectly good objects of mindfulness. Most people who believe they are meditating are merely thinking with their eyes closed. By practicing mindfulness, one can awaken from the dream of discursive thought and begin to see each rising image, idea, or bit of language vanish without a trace. What remains is consciousness itself, with its attendant sights, sounds, sensations and thoughts appearing and changing in every moment.

With practice, mindfulness becomes a well-formed habit of attention, and the difference between it and ordinary thinking will become increasingly clear. Begin to feel fully immersed in each moment of your life.

Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Detox which is a 12 week program that runs in January, April and September of each year. To find out more about this life changing program check out the testimonials and information at www.busymamadetox.com. Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, www.moveyourbody.ca and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending. You can get your PDF copy here. Recently Tanya created Gain Energy Lose Fat sessions to help people realize the importance of healthy fats in their diets and how eating fat can make you lose fat. Tanya also coaches clients on Nutritional and Lifestyle Management.

Namaste,

Tanya

Source:

Waking UP by Sam Harris