WISE WORDS by Lynda Wise
37 Rockland Dr
Toronto, Ontario
M2M 2Y8

Lynda Wise
B.Sc.  , C.P.C.C.  
Certified Professional Co-active Coach

Helping women reshape their bodies and their baggage!

Weight Loss and Well-being Coach

January 2008
Issue 33


What's in it for you?  A connection, some challenges, a few questions to encourage you to simply reflect about how you live your life versus how you want to live your life.   Feel free to share the answers with me:  I'd love to hear from you.   This is an invitation to focus on where you'd like to change and grow.  


Watch Your Language!  

Head to toes!  Lose the weight in 2008!  

Is Organic Food really better?

My challenge.  

1:  Watch your language.  

In the speed of life, things don't always turn out like we'd like them to.   We assess a situation incorrectly, rush through a chore or get side tracked before completing a task - and the list goes on.   We all make mistakes.   The point I'm trying to make is not about how to avoid these normal glitches but rather to focus on how we view ourselves when it happens.   I've often heard people say "How could I be so stupid?" or "What kind of a dummy would do that?" or "Gosh I'm an idiot."  This type of self talk can be detrimental to one's self esteem and ultimately affect one's happiness.   So in 2008 I'll ask you to watch your language.   Be gentle with yourself when you do make an error and use the incident as a tool for learning - for perhaps avoiding the mistake the next time.

If self esteem is an issue for you, maybe it's time to give yourself a boost.   I'd be happy to talk to you about how you can make it happen.  For a complimentary coaching consultation, feel free to call 416-225-3535 or email me at lyndawise@yahoo.com.

2:  Looking after ourselves:  Head to toes.  

Most of us do a great job on our head.   But here's some data that might draw a bit more totally needed focus on the toes/feet.

During a typical day, feet endure a cumulative force of several hundred tons.   Healthy feet are vital to overall health.  The average person walks approximately four miles every day or 115,000 miles in a lifetime - more if you participate in workouts and/or sports.

Having a pedicure (or doing it yourself) is good for the soul and, of course, the sole.   When your feet hurt, your whole sense of happiness can be affected.   Regular pedicures are cleansing, relaxing and promote your health and well-being. Now, most women buy into this fairly easily but as for the guys............

SO ladies, how many times have you said or heard "men are so hard to buy for"?   So indulge yourself or the deserving man you know to this wonderfully healthful treat.   You might even wish to slip in a spa excursion to celebrate Valentine's day.


2:  Lose the weight in 2008!  

The 12 Week Weight Loss Forever Telephone Group is BACK!   -
It's a Fabulous Opportunity!   Feel free to pass this information along.
The program starts on Tuesday, Feb.  26 at 12:00 noon eastern.   Get to the root of the matter.   There are lots of weight loss companies out there but only this type of program gets to the root of your personal misuse of food and self sabotage.   Here you can change the behaviours that created the problem to begin with. If you're still battling and feeling frustrated with the whole weight issue - you might wish to give yourself this gift of a better, longer life.   You deserve it!

Please visit http://www.wisecoaching.ca/WL_teleGroup.htm for more information or call 416-225-3535 or email lyndawise@yahoo.com for a complimentary coaching consultation.   You'll love the success, the support and the reclaiming of power over your life!

From a former participant:
This group changed my direction from weight gain and stagnation to real, lasting weight loss and self-esteem.  The combination of information and coaching helped me move toward a sustainable healthy lifestyle-quite a shift!  
Jan - Life Coach, California

3:  Is organic food really better?

Wish I could answer that for you:  but the best I can do is to share some of the facts and theories as they're known so that you can make your own decision.

According to Wikipedia, organic foods are produced according to certain production standards.   For crops, it means they were grown without the use of conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers, human waste or sewage sludge and they were processed without ionizing radiation or food additives.   For animals, it means they were reared without the use of antibiotics and without the use of growth hormones.  In most countries, organic produce must not be genetically modified.

Public awareness of major issues connected with our food - E.  coli, mad cow disease, genetic engineering, food additives and pesticides - has created the boom in the organic food industry.  The "organic" label has spread from produce to meats and even to cake mixes.  

One of the arguments against organics concerns the wear and tear on the environment and is based on consumer demand for imported foods.  All climates cannot provide for all the needs of their inhabitants e.g.  melons in winter in Ontario.   The infrastructure to ship it, the fossil fuels, the roads, the transportation....is detrimental to the environment and subsequently detrimental to our health!   Counteracting:  Organic farming can help reduce ground and surface water contamination and can safeguard drinking water supplies.

As faith in the safety and nutritive value of conventional food withers, sales of organic products thrive.  This is a curious thing, given that most food scientists maintain that organics hold no health advantage whatsoever.  "Food is the 21st century's snake oil," says Doug Powell, Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph and Head Scientist of U of G's Food Safety Network.  "There is no evidence that organics are safer, healthier or more nutritious."   Gwen Chapman, an Associate Professor of Food, Nutrition and Health at the University of British Columbia explains that because pesticides are designed to break down rapidly, many foods are virtually residue-free by the time we eat them.  One study couldn't find any difference between organic and non-organic pesticide levels.  However, Chapman notes, pesticide products remain in the soil, and may leach into our water supply and harm our environment.   "The nutrients in any fruit or grain are for the most part set by the plant itself."  she says.  "There's no particular reason to think that organic foods are grown in better soil.  Some might argue that there might be fewer nutrients in the soil because it's not getting the chemical fertilizer."  What's more, she says a healthy diet depends more on the variety and quality of the food a person eats rather than whether or not it's organic.

Incidentally, the cost for organic goods ranges from 20% to 200% more.   This is just a small portion of the information that's available.   That said, there seems to be convincing points on both sides of the story.

Is organic food really better?   Your guess is as good as mine!

4:  My challenge.  

In November, I wrote about a choice I was in the process of making about a winter holiday.   The choice came down to a tasting trip of Israel or a cruise of Hawaii.   And the winner is..........The tasting trip of Israel.  One of the trip leaders is Bonnie Stern - a well known and highly respected cooking teacher in Toronto.   She'll be sharing her fabulous insights into the culture of Israel through its food.   I chose this trip because of my love of excellent food and because Mediterranean cuisine is now taking its place among fine cuisines of the world.   What an opportunity!

At the pre-trip meeting, someone jokingly suggested:  "Lose 10 lbs.  before you go".   That will definitely not happen here!

So how does a weight loss coach handle a week and a half of temptation without coming back with excess baggage - the belly kind?   While watching a cooking demo by a top chef, do I say my usual "could you please cook with very little oil?" Tacky, tacky - of course not!  

Over the years, maintaining my weight has become substantially easier.   But I still must be extremely conscious of what I'm eating.   And of course I know the other parts of the answer are portion size and exercise.   This is a great test for me to walk MY talk under the most seductive of circumstances.  

I promise to let you know the results in February!

Wishing you what you wish for yourself.  

It will be my pleasure to treat you to a gift certificate for each referral who becomes a client!

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or a speaker for a meeting or a conference,
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