Inner Detective Work – Disorderly Eating

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Parents teach their kids lifestyle behavior patterns. Perhaps you, as a parent-leader, have failed many times at making lifestyle changes. There may be a part of you that doesn’t even want to read my books, articles or participate in mp3 sessions or workshops. It may be difficult for you to concentrate, or maybe you are overwhelmed with what you have to do. It may have been years since you felt well. I hear this every day and so you are not alone. This is all too familiar in the world of chronic disease and symptom management. So…. I wonder if you would be willing to put all of that aside & take a leap of faith with me?….
Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht

LET’S START AT THE BEGINNING…

We all start off pretty much the same, at least on the outside, but if one could visit the genetics of you as a baby , the underpinnings of many chronic diseases would most likely be found at cellular levels. These are parts of your internal wallpaper or tendencies towards particular diseases, as well as addictions. Your future health outcomes, as well as your cognitive or mind development, depend on how your parents cared for you, as well as how you cared & continue to care for yourself in later years.

Of course, habits are born early. As a young child your learned from your experiences & what your senses tell you from the time you were an infant. Your parents & siblings were your early health & wellness teachers. If they weren’t practicing good lifestyle behaviors, you learned what not to do…… & like all babies, learned it very well!

While statistics are often seen as boring, they do help us to self-motivate. Chronic diseases account for 7 of every 10 U.S. deaths & for more than 60% of medical care expenditures. In addition, the prolonged illness & disability associated with many chronic diseases decrease quality of life for millions of Americans.

STAYING AWAKE

It’s a good idea to stay aware as you walk through life. Notice people & their level of health. See if you can spot those with chronic disease. A good mind exercise is to image your head on the body of someone with a chronic problem. Focus on the lifestyle behaviors that accompany the individual. If you are shopping, look in their carts. If you are in the mall, observe their ability to move, as well as the level of fatigue. The better your focus on the problems displayed by other individuals, the more you will uncover that can be beneficial to you in your own self-growth. This says to the subconscious mind, “this could be me.” These humbling moments of self-awareness can be extremely powerful in developing inner programs for change.

THE CRITICAL ROLE OF HEALTHY EATING

Perhaps you picked up my book or registered for this workshop because you know that you need to change your eating habits. This was a good first step. Perhaps you already know that good nutrition lowers the risk for many chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, some types of cancer, diabetes & osteoporosis. For example, for at least 10 million Americans at risk for type II diabetes, proper nutrition & physical activity can sharply lower their chances of getting the disease.

Good nutrition that is designed to meet the specific needs of your body and exercise level also stops food cravings, bingeing, as well as cravings for other addictive substances.

Perhaps another reason you picked up my book is because you have noticed a resistance to change in some areas of your lifestyle behaviors. You are certainly not alone. Although Americans are slowly adopting healthier diets, a large gap remains between recommended dietary patterns and what Americans actually eat.

It is very interesting to observe people & their relationship to eating. Most people tend not to pay any or little attention to what they eat or drink. There is often a complete lack of discipline, as if food and beverage had nothing whatsoever to do with the internal functioning of the mind and body.

Truth be known, there is a huge connection between nutritional intake, chronic disease development, management & symptoms. Many individuals live in continuous food stress, causing their body and mind to function at very low levels. The chronic disease is often blamed, while the true culprit is the food stress.

OH…….THE POOR BODY PARTS

I wish you could be a fly on the wall of my office & listen as I interview patients about their eating habits. It is rare to find a single soul who is not experiencing what I call food stress, or disorderly eating. One cannot help but feel sorry for the poor body parts sitting before me. These body systems & cell groups are locked up, unable to get what they need to survive.

Imagine someone carrying a hungry baby in their arms & refusing to feed it. When individuals refuse to feed their body correctly, it is very much the same. The person with the baby could be arrested for child abuse. It’s unfortunate that there isn’t a law against self-abusing one’s body. Perhaps if there was such a law, people would begin to pay attention to what they are doing to themselves.

When the mind & body are under food stress, additional stress chemicals are produced as the body attempts to find balance. It is well known that chronic disease states are stress related. The medical literature suggests that 60-90% of disease states are related to stress in some way. This is actually good news. Translated correctly, this means that 60-90% is within one’s power to change.

There is much to be learned from observing chronic disease & the lifestyle behaviors of those with the problems. There is no lack of people to observe. Walk through the supermarket, the mall, the movie theater, the baseball park or just about anywhere else. Go into the school cafeteria or walk the halls, observing the junk machines. Count the fast food restaurants as you drive through your town. Try to locate a healthy place to eat. See how many non-food places sell junk food at their registers.

Observe how many people are eating outside of regular meal times. How many of these people are doing something else while they are eating. This is called mindless, or blind eating. Walk through your office or workplace and see how much junk you can locate. Watch for ongoing cans of soda or the bottomless coffee mug. Also look for those items that people try to pass off as healthy “alternatives”. Then ask yourself, why do we need to eat all day long?

Observation or assessment is key to designing change, because if one can’t see what needs to be changed, how can it be possible to do so? Sometimes these statements appear ridiculous, but once you begin paying attention to the problems that surround us, you might be stunned by what you uncover about yourself.

The reason for this is that most people live their lives on automatic pilot, not paying much attention to what they do “moment to moment.” They don’t see the big picture, nor the minute changes occurring in the mind & body triggered by unhealthy lifestyle behaviors.

Little attention is paid to the reasons why heart disease, diabetes, circulatory disease, asthma, or the many others develop in some people, but not in others. Why do these diseases speed up during particular times of life and not in others? Little attention is paid to why the bowel is irritable, or why the body keeps breaking down in so many areas. Little attention is paid to why anxiety and/or panic disorder seem to be problematic in some, or why the anxiety comes in the afternoon & not the morning. If this sounds like detective work, you are right on the mark.

CHRONIC DISEASE vs CRONIC CONDITIONS

So, what is the difference between a chronic condition & a chronic disease. Is it possible to reverse these? Broad definition of chronic disease are illnesses that are prolonged, do not resolve spontaneously & are rarely cured completely. Chronic conditions such as irritable bowel or gastric reflux may not be labeled as a chronic disease, but again it is just a matter of words. What’s important is that many can be prevented and if one is already present, the outcomes can be improved by reducing the risk factors.

It is vitally important to accept the concept that everything is connected & this is very good news, the reason being that once a person takes full responsibility for the working of the total picture, the outcomes can change dramatically. That is not to say that all diseases will reverse completely, but once a person makes healthy lifestyle changes that include nutrition, stress & emotional management, as well as exercise, the body begins to heal & recovery is on the way. It may be that chronic pain is reduced, blood pressure normalizes, or digestion improves.

Just a word of caution here. Please discuss all lifestyle change programs with your physician before starting. You may be taking certain medications that will need monitoring as your blood sugars stabilize. If you are over-weight you will probably begin losing stored fat. If you are under-weight, your body will respond in healthy ways to your improved lifestyle changes. It is not uncommon for certain types of medications to need a dose adjustment. The physician may choose to actually eliminate certain medications as your body begins to respond to these changes.

This program will present information that may appear very simple on the surface. You might even view it as far too simple for managing any perceived large problems. Make no mistake. The answers to big problems are often very simple indeed. Most answers are subtle, and this is the actual reason for the lack of success. True long term success lies in doing the same simple, subtle things over & over, & then over & over again. Boring? I don’t think so. This is where the tools of persistence & continuity come into play. This book & workshop are about developing these powerful assets.

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Managing Disorderly Eating

“As you learn to relax, to let go & ask for the appropriate resources from your inner bank vault or subconscious mind, you can change with a new level of comfort.  When you are tense, the subconscious mind cannot get your attention & so you cannot share the bounty you have available waiting for you.”.……Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht

While there are many kinds of eating disorders & food addictions, many individuals are simply disorderly eaters who often have difficulty planning, or finding  time to shop or cook .They may eat many meals out or prepare them out of their freezer or take-out. Disorderly eaters usually have no set pattern to their eating, often participating in walk-by eating behaviors.  There is little attention to what is needed to change, perhaps also a lack of will or desire & so this individual can be on his/her way to serious disease states without even knowing it, or not even caring much about it.  Rather like putting one’s head in the sand.

Many simply don’t like managing food/eating issues & so come to pay the price for this disorder.  This program brings this potentially dangerous problem home to center stage in the subconscious mind, thereby motivating the disorderly individual into positive & relatively effortless action.

This audio includes deep relaxation, entry tools to the subconscious mind, imagery designed specifically for emotional & thought management, inner motivation & lifestyle change, as well as Interactive Self-hypnosis © practice.

Note: All programs produced by International Medical & Health Writers, Ltd. are written & recorded by Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht.  Each program has 2 or 3 separate original Interactive Self-Hypnosis Sessions, each with it’s own induction.  All programs include directions for listening & other important information. 

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Sugar….the Hidden Eating Disorder
& How to Lick It  Now in EBOOK Format !

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Sugar….the Hidden Eating Disorder & How to Lick It is not just a book/workbook/CD & mp3 Series,  but a complete interactive self-development program.  Sugar addiction is not necessarily about weight loss, although many people with this addiction are over-weight & will lose weight when following this program.  The following link will take you to the table of contents, chapter snips, descriptions of CD’s/mp3’s, as well as an understanding of why you would want to manage sugar & related addictions. Here’s what you will gain…

* No Matter What Your Binge or Addiction….Stop It
* Become Your Own Therapeutic Self
* Recognize & Break Negative Habits that Control Your Life
* Design Your Own Powerful & Positive Lifestyle Changes
* Forget Failure & Make It a Thing of the Past
* Improve Your Health From Where You Stand
* Prevent Diabetes, Heart & Circulatory Diseases
*Control Reactive Hypoglycemia & Sugar Addiction
* Prevent & Correct Chronic Conditions & Disease
* Stop Yo-Yo Weight Gain Permanently
* Silence Cravings for Junk, Smoking, Caffeine & Alcohol
* Find & Manage Your Trigger Foods, Habits & Behaviors
* Manage Emotions & Mood Swings with MindBody Tools
* Reach Your Goals with Powerful Self-Hypnosis
* Reclaim Yourself….. It’s Time!

Meeting the Imposter Self

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Automatic Journaling opens the mind in new ways. There’s always some surprise waiting. My “Journal Master” points to that ridiculously big folder of areas where I obstruct. Typical of me….knowing something is asking to be addressed, but I’d prefer not to go too deeply. Like knowing my refrigerator needs to be cleaned out, but it’s never the right time. Just another way that I obstruct my progress and growth.

When I first started doing this type of journaling, I rarely touched my most “unattractive areas”, but I’m older now and feel more comfortable in my own skin. Still, opening these areas of my life is never an easy choice, but knowing that benefits only come from getting down and dirty, I take a cleansing breath and bring pen to paper. I may be willing to go into an area, such as the obstruction folder, but where to begin? Willingness to take the introductory step is one thing, but where do I place my foot? Now, if a patient asked me this, I would have an answer on the tip of my tongue, but not for mySelf? Why is it so much easier to give advice to others?

My Journal Master is brimming with answers to my questions. Giving me many insights, all helpful. I’m reminded that Automatic Journaling brings answers and plans quickly. It’s a very powerful resource….Reminded that’s it’s easier to be the Teacher Self than the Student Self. The Teacher part brings confidence, focus and Knowledge. While the Student Self may have some Knowledge, it is often not fully developed. The connection to Spirit is lacking. This under-developed part also brings baggage, some of it very old, dank and dark. Reminded that all “carry-ons” must be put aside if one desires to accept Knowledge and then to actually change. These two go hand in hand. Once a rubber band is stretched, it never returns to it’s original form. This is a given.

While we all have unattractive or difficult areas, most of us choose not to see them. Common baggage for me includes hiding my truth. I call this my “imposter syndrome.” Simply put….pretending. How much of me is pretense and how much is truth? How much is Student, how much Teacher? If I’m playing my therapist, parent or colleague/friend role, this can set the stage for “pretending”. Some pretending scripts read that “everything is fine in my life. I’m free of problems. I’m better than you.” All hogwash. When I am in those roles, I can sense my “imposter Self” roaming around behind me with the sign…liar, liar. Thinking, if people really knew the “real me” what would they think? Just about to feel guilty about this when my “Journal Master” puts up the STOP SIGN.

Lighten up. Truly, life is one big “stage performance”. My character changes as the scenes evolve. Sometimes she must slip into Teacher or Parent or Adult Self. Even if this role is not perfect, she gets to utilize the power/Knowledge she has collected to this point. It’s rather like the student nurse versus the graduate nurse versus the registered nurse. All take care of the patient from the Teacher Level, but each one is different unto itself. This is also how we grow and mature. There is always a level of pretence. This is the way the mind works. Of course, balance and awareness are key. The student nurse knows she is not the registered nurse, but to the patient, she is a teacher.

I remember having this “imposter syndrome” after my children were just born. One moment I was a pregnant woman and then all of a sudden, I was a responsible parent. How strange this felt. I was both proud of my position but could feel my “liar liar” Self hanging out in the background. “Be careful you don’t kill him. You…a parent?? Don’t be ridiculous.”

This imposter Self hangs around me quite a bit. It seems that whatever “scene” I’m playing, it’s never far away. Cooking for company, being a wife, promoted to a new job, even shopping for groceries….yes, that damn shopping cart. Hoping I won’t run into any of my patients who will scan my cart, finding the two packages of Hershey dark chocolate. What does that say about me as a “therapist who specializes in eating issues?” You guessed it….liar liar! ( pants on fire ), retorts the nasty childSelf.

My “Journal Master” instructs me to go to my breath and release the garbage that has dripped onto the page of the journal. A good place to clean, clear and organize my mind.

Down, deeper down. Feels good. All of the above resembling a big burp.

As I sink into the chair, the imposter part of me wanders away, shrinking as she goes. With every breath, she becomes smaller and smaller. Realizing that I can utilize my breath to shrink her whenever she appears. In the past, I’ve been afraid of this part of me. She reminds me of Hester Prynn, the protagonist in Hawthorne’s “Scarlet Letter.” I’ve worked diligently throughout my life to keep her in the background, but she only became stronger and more insidious. But no longer, for I am in charge of who plays in my moment to moment drama, as well as the script design. I also design the set. Yes, I’m the writer, producer, and director.

I’m led to the area for managing Student Self to Adult or Teacher Self. It’s a big wall, filled with indicators and control dials. Each indicator is a line having its own balancing or measuring device, rather like the sound system on my computer. There is a separate unit for the many areas in my life. Some related to health, relationships, money, prosperity, work, and separate projects. In some areas, the indicator shows that I’m at a lower or student level. In others, I’m well into my teacher/adult level, and others, somewhere in the middle. As I turn a dial upwards, plans appear on my mind screen, showing me the way to become more adept in this particular area. Yes, this is a powerful growth area. It’s clean, clear and decisive. Once again, I’m in charge.

The accompanying images playing in my mind are real, now inviting me inside to explore, play and grow. I’m on my way…

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Automatic Writing & Inner Journaling  

“We have much power waiting to be utilized.  The key is to know how to access the power of the mind.  Heightened awareness & Interactive Self-Hypnosis are two powerful ways to achieve your goals.  As you learn to work with your “inner mentors” or advisors, creative answers & ideas come forth easily.”…….Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht

The individual or practitioner of self-hypnosis has many tools to access the subconscious mind.  Automatic writing is one of these. This  program takes the individual to the Interactive Self-Hypnosis Workshop © where an actual class is taught on automatic writing  by the Inner Coaches. 

All teaching is accomplished in actual hypnosis, thereby planting the suggestions for learning directly into the subconscious library.  In the future the practitioner of self-hypnosis finds the subconscious mind happy to open during the automatic writing sessions, taking inner exploration to new levels.   

Note: All programs produced by International Medical & Health Writers, Ltd. are written & recorded by Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht.  Each program has 2 or 3 separate original Interactive Self-Hypnosis Sessions, each with it’s own induction.  All programs include directions for listening & other important information.  

mp3 – Download NOW – 3 Sessions – $19.95