Helping People Reshape their Baggage and their Bodies  

Lynda Wise
B.Sc., C.P.C.C.

Weight Loss and Wellness

October '12
Issue 89

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

1.  PERSONAL LIFE COACHING:   Rose Coloured Glasses?

How Sweet It Is

3.  THOUGHTS FROM MY SWING:   An Unexpected Change

1:  Rose Coloured Glasses?

Here's an interesting and amusing quote by comedian Paula Poundstone:  "My mom said she learned how to swim.   Someone took her out into the lake and threw her off the boat.   That's how she learned how to swim.   I said, 'Mom, they weren't trying to teach you how to swim'."

Her mother's interpretation of the incident prevented her from experiencing a traumatic episode!   Paula's perspective was a complete contradiction of her mom's.  

I think this is a clear illustration of the effect perspective has.  

Might there be something going on in your life that warrants a new and different perspective?   Really, between Paula and her mom, who was right and who was wrong?  They'll probably never know - nor does it matter.   In your situation, there is no right or wrong perspective but the one that matters is the one in your head and that's the one that designs a facet of your life!   Is it serving you???  

2:  How Sweet it Is!

Got a bit of a sweet tooth?   Or maybe sweet teeth?   Do you like that sweetness in your coffee?   Does a meal feel complete only after a few bites (or more) of a sweet dessert?   You likely know by now that I'm not an advocate of complete deprivation and I definitely endorse satisfying cravings, both sweet and savoury, with small doses of whatever it takes.   But the issue for debate when it's sweets we crave is whether that sweetness comes from sugar or honey or from a sugar alternative, such as agave syrup, or corn syrup or Stevia, or from an artificial sweetener or.....  or.....  or.  

A substantial excess of sugar can be damaging to your health.   Here are a few of the diseases and conditions related to its over-consumption:  heart disease, kidney disease, joint problems, tooth decay, Alzheimer's, Diabetes, obesity, vision issues and weakened bones.   But beware of the panic that this can provoke!   Please notice the bold print of over-consumption!  A certain amount of sugar in our diets seems to be harmless.   But, what's the limit?   What exactly is Excess?  Nobody seems to know.   Might the answer be to give up all sugar and use the artificial sweeteners with no calories?   Of course that brings out a rash of questions about over-consumption of sugar substitutes.   There are many out there with each one having its own baggage - its own negative effects.

Interesting that it's a physical relevance along with a mental one.   For example, studies have revealed that consuming calorie-free drinks results in a substantially greater appetite (thought to be psychological) along with a substantial increase in waist size.

Stevia is the latest miracle sweetener - a natural extract from a South American plant.   It is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar and has no calories.   It can be used in baking with certain recipe adjustments and has been known to help in the treatment of certain diseases.   It has been used in Paraguay as a sweetener for centuries, with few problems.  

To date the dominant negative side effect is stomach upset which may go away in time as the body adapts to it.   But who knows what will be learned in the next few years as it comes more into common use and more clinical studies are done.  

Scary?   There's actually good news!   Yes, most or all of the sweet possibilities do have side effects:  but thankfully, all the side effects are linked to over-consumption!   The solution is not to over-consume any one sweetener, including sugar of course.   Use of several bits of different alternatives within our diets will work the best.   If you're a diet drink fan (1-2/day is okay), try Stevia in your coffee and reserve the sugar for a cookie, a bit of chocolate or whatever little treat satisfies that craving!   And when reading labels (a must) please don't forget sugar's many disguises - dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose.....  you get the idea by now!

What a nuisance!   But not nearly the nuisance of going whole hog with sugar or its replacements and suffering through who knows what!!!

Wouldn't it be great to tweak your diet and psyche to adapt to fewer sweets altogether?  

3:  An Unexpected Change

For some reason, I've just noticed a change in a relationship.   This individual is a friend - not one of my closest - yet someone whom I respect and value.   I realize that I've partially shut down in our last couple of conversations in the last couple of months.  

Here's what partially shut down means:  I no longer share any part of my life that isn't perfect.   As I flashed back to previous conversations, I began to recognize the reason why:   each time I mentioned a challenge or not-so-perfect situation, she was phenomenally quick to offer a plethora of solutions.   All I wanted was to bring her up to date, or maybe just an ear.   She was trying to be helpful - but instead she was simply trying!   I'm thinking about what's next....

I'm curious......  How would you feel?  What would you do?   Please share it with me at lyndawise@yahoo.com

Wishing you what you wish for yourself.  

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