Sarasota, FL Addiction Recovery Coach, Dr. Christina Winsey: “Do you suspect alcohol may be a bigger problem for you than you thought?”  Do you suspect that you have a dual addiction: food and alcohol?  Do you think your problem is that you just need to lose weight, but you don’t want to have to give up alcohol or wine?

There is nothing wrong with celebrating the New Year with the bubbly. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a glass or two of wine with dinner. So when does alcohol become a real problem?  How do you know you’re addicted?  How do you know if you’re addicted to food or to alcohol?

I’m Dr. Christina Winsey, a Sarasota-Florida-based Addiction Recovery Coach.  Many of my clients don’t even realize, nor do they want to admit, when alcohol or food are big parts of the problems they are facing in life.  Using an addictive substance to “deal with life” is never a strategy that works for long.  It is inevitable that addiction ends up destroying the very careers, relationships and health and lives we really want. 

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As an addiction recovery coach I work with men and women from all over the Country by phone.  These clients may have any kind of addiction, though alcohol and food are the most common ones people turn to coaching for.  Some have two or more addictions, (sometimes a combination of food and alcohol).

Many come to coaching saying they want to lose weight, and they get surprised to learn that alcohol may be one of the major causes of their extra pounds.  But they also then realize that giving up that alcohol is much more difficult than they ever realized.

Do any of these three profiles fit you?

*Weight is a challenge because over the years you became more sedentary but your eating habits remained hearty (filled with rich, high calorie foods).  You want to lose weight but you don’t want to give up alcohol or at the very least, you want to be able to enjoy wine with their dinners – and not just a glass, but a bottle a night.  Weight has packed on over the years and now you are even afraid to look in the mirror.

*You are beginning to get hangovers more frequently and your drinking amounts have increased.  You look for excuses to go out and party, and the partying always seems to include lots of food, and perhaps some behaviors you’re not too proud of.  Perhaps you’ve been late to work, or you just aren’t on “top of your game” like you used to be.  Maybe you know that alcohol is becoming a problem for you and you are worried that you really can’t stop. 

*You binge on carbohydrates (sugary foods, cakes, cookies, deserts, pastas and breads) and this has become a big problem.  Make no mistake; these carbohydrate foods are equally addictive in nature.  Wine or alcohol  go with the overeating “territory” and you have noticed how, over the years, you are drinking more and more.   You have tried many diets, including the “drinking man’s diet,” but nothing has really worked for you to keep the weight off, and you are still craving at least a couple of drinks a day. 

It may be one of these or anotherWhatever the case, don’t go it alone in your quest for health, recovery and real change.

Four  Vital Keys to Recovery:

What does it really take to recover from addiction, and to stay in recovery?  There are four absolutely vital keys to recovery that should be incorporated into any program you embark on.  These are: commitmentstructure, support with accountability and a whole-person approach

Commitment.  When a client comes to a treatment program, to addiction recovery coaching or therapy it must be he or she who is making the commitment to recovery for the long haul.  One of my favorite sayings about recovery is “The only way out is through.”  In other words, there are no short-cuts.  There is no skipping around addiction.  Recovery is process that you have to go through and there are specific steps to be taken.  Without real commitment that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going,” recovery will be a fleeting thing.  Diets, and swearing off the booze are not a long-term answer, as we all know.

Structure eliminates guessing games as to what is expected.  Structure provides a framework that creates order from what may have previously been a real chaos.

Support and accountability go hand in hand and are probably two of the most important aspects to successful recovery.  In addiction the ego plays a strong role in holding you captive, so to speak, to the addiction.  The ego says “I can do this myself.”  So many times addicts tell themselves they’ll stop tomorrow and promise themselves that “If I really wanted to stop I would.”  But without support and accountability to another person or program these are usually idle words that never translate into reality.  It is not weak to need support.  Asking for support is actually a sign of strength – a sign that the ego is softening.

A whole-person approach to recovery means that it is vital to consider all aspects of you, of your life and what makes you tick, and to what makes your life work.  Since addition is a multi-pronged problem affecting mind, body, spirit, emotions and all aspects of your life,there are tools, skills and techniques that address these different aspects of you and your life must be included in a long-term recovery plan.

Addiction Recovery-Life  Coaching

Addiction recovery  is not as simple as “just say ‘No’!”  This specialty arm of life coaching requires special training.  Recovery requires  a strong and structured recovery plan that may well incorporate community addiction recovery resources, and/or other professionals, as necessary.  An addiction recovery coach is not a therapist.  Utilizing both coaching and therapy together may be recommended.  Most important is that you, the client, are committed to the process for the long haul.  At least a solid year of following a structured recovery program or plan is highly recommended.

Some free resources can assist you in discovering whether you may have an alcoholic addiction pattern.  Alcoholics Anonymous has a questionnaire which may help you decide whether you are in trouble with alcohol.  It is not a questionnaire with which to diagnose yourself as an alcoholic, but it is a strong indication that alcohol is a problem in your life.  http://www.aa.org/lang/en/subpage.cfm?page=71 American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria: http://www.asam.org/PatientPlacementCriteria.htmlOvereater’s Anonymous has telephone and online meetings, as well as in-person meetings in your town.  http://www.oa.org/meetings/find-a-meeting-online.phpPsychologists who specialize in serious eating disorders: http://www.findapsychologist.org/eating_disorders.html

Recovery isn’t an easy path.  There are habits to change and cravings to deal with.  There may even be medical issues that must be addressed.  But if you are suffering and if it is affecting your job, your relationships or your success in life, you owe it to yourself to catch the problem now and start to turn it around.

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Recover with an experienced coach:  Dr. Christina Winsey practices as an addiction recovery coach, alternative health coach, weight loss coach, and life and confidence coach.  You can receive a free consultation with Dr. Christina Winsey:  http://www.ferocecoaching.com/contact/free-coaching-consultation/

Our addiction recovery coach serve clients in Los Angeles, San Francisco and the Bay Area, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis, New York City, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Madison, Milwaukee, NYC, Washington D.C., San Diego, Denver, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Honolulu, Baltimore, Boston, Kansas City, Omaha, Las Vegas, Newark, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Portland, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Fort Worth, Salt Lake City, Seattle, San Jose, Phoenix, Tucson, Tampa, Olympia, Spokane, Tacoma, Palo Alto, Pasadena, Sacramento, Santa Monica, Greenwich, Hartford, New Haven, Albuquerque, Austin, Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Eugene, Salem, and many more!

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Los Angeles Life Coach Laura Asks: Do New Year’s Resolutions Work?

A Life Coach or Career Coach Can Make the Difference

You know the drill.  It’s the new year and you have a new resolve to lose the weight,  start exercising, quit smoking, begin meditating, etc.  Or maybe this year you’re resolved to finish the book you’ve been dabbling with, or get that promotion that’s overdue, or navigate a transition to a new, more meaningful career – one that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning.

You start off strong. This is the year you’re going to do it. After six weeks or so, you’ve built up some momentum and confidence. You’ve started to make some progress and you’re feeling good. And then March rolls around. Distractions surface. Stuff happens to usurp your time and money. It’s tax time after all.  Or maybe fear and doubt creep in. Old patterns of thinking sabotage your progress. You tell yourself this is temporary and when the weather gets warmer, you’ll re-double your efforts and start anew.

Now it’s summer and you’re back on it. The sun is out, the weather is warm and you’re feeling optimistic. You’re going to stick to it this time. You start to regain the momentum from earlier in the year. Then as the weather turns colder, stuff happens again. More distractions. Life gets increasingly hectic as the holidays approach. And when the holidays hit, you tell yourself:  “Just get through the holidays.”

You decide to table everything until the new year…and then the cycle begins again.

If all of this sounds familiar, then hiring a life coach, career coach or spiritual coach might be the way to go this year. One of the reasons why coaching works is that it’s a support structure that holds you accountable for your progress. Life coaching and career coaching (as well as other types of coaching such as spiritual, business, relationship, etc.) keeps you focused when will power waxes and wanes and distractions deter your progress. And on a deeper level, coaching works because it helps you to dissolve the soundtracks from the past which sabotage your future.  Since I began coaching in 2005, I have found that fear and doubt are the two biggest reasons why people don’t achieve their goals. Distractions are the third.

But life coaching or career coaching is not meant to be a permanent support structure.  A good life coach or career coach strives to coach you to independence – not dependence. So a skillfully trained coach works with you to create other, long-term support structures to help you not only attain your goals but sustain them, long after the coaching is over.

Resolve this year to make your resolutions work. Give yourself the support to attain and sustain your progress throughout the year so you can make 2011 the time in which you achieve the personal and professional success that has eluded you in the past.

Posted by Laura Svolos, Certified Professional Coach and Swami of Kriya Yoga specializing in life, career, relationship and spiritual/wellness coaching.

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Studies since the 1950s show the caloric restriction on laboratory animals. By restricting calories and maintaining a high level of nutrition, which are called CRONs (Caloric Restriction with Optimal Nutrition) animals tend to live longer. Studies show they can live between 30 to 200 percent longer, depending on the species. These studies have been done on several dozen species and the results are the same throughout. The same studies are currently being done on primates but it could take up to 10+ years to know see the results.

Learn more about alternative health coaching with Dr. Christina Winsey.

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Healthy Tips About Sugar from Weight and Health Coach

If you are Trying to Avoid Too Much Sugar then You will Want to Know that it Ends Up in Many Foods and You Don’t Even Realize Because You Didn’t Know it Was Sugar

The sugar class of molecules consist of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen arranged in a ringed structure. Carbohydrates (a “macronutrient” category of foods) is the group sugar belongs to.  Other carbohydrates include starches, (You know, that piece of cake you had?  Bread, pasta, but even bananas, fruits, potatoes and grains).  Still others are celluloses, and gums produced only by photosynthetic plants.

What do we mean by “macronutrient”?  Carbohydrates are large molecules made up of lots of smaller “building blocks” in the form of simple sugars.  Put enough simple sugars together in a chain or group and you get a carbohydrate. Simple sugars are an essential structural component of living cells and the source of energy for all animals, including humans. They are easily broken down for the body to use to make something called ATP (the energy molecule).

So why should we avoid too much sugar?  That will be in my next blog so definitely come back to read more.  Suffice it to say that sugar, in its white, processed form of sucrose is highly addictive and has more adverse side effects than raising blood sugar and adding empty calories that put on weight.  For now, realize that sugar has many names and forms. It is also necessary in the diet. The brain depends on it. So does our level of energy. Unfortunately, mankind is now inundated with the wrong kinds of sugar, as evidenced by skyrocketing heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.  So know your sugars.  Let’s first learn the different names.  There are dozens of different kinds of sugar under a variety of names:

  • barley malt
  • brown sugar
  • cane sugar
  • corn syrup
  • dextrose
  • fructose
  • fruit sugar
  • glucose
  • high-fructose corn syrup
  • honey
  • icing sugar
  • invert sugar
  • jaggary
  • lactose
  • maltose
  • maple syrup
  • molasses
  • powdered sugar
  • raw sugar
  • rice syrup
  • saccharinose
  • sucrose
  • sugar beets
  • turbinados
  • and more….

So now you know what to look for when shopping.  Next we will learn more about why sugar (simple sugar) is stay tuned for my next installment about the addictive nature of sugar…

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<h2>EFT a quick stress relief buster, taught by a life and health coach </h2>

Let’s first talk about the epidemic of carbohydrate addiction happening in this country and then we can go on to discuss how EFT can help.

High-fructose corn syrup is a sweetener found in most sodas and many other processed foods. In a new study on mice, this sweetener is shown to be at least partially the cause of insulin resistance.

How would you like to eat something that turns to fat quicker than sugar? Fructose is the culprit – it is metabolized into fat storage over glucose storage in the liver. What is worse, in the process it can lead to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which then leads to an insulin resistance of the liver (“hepatic insulin resistance” and eventually type II diabetes!

New cases of diabetes have ballooned. The increase doctors have seen is 90% in the last ten years! One in four Americans is now afflicted with either pre-diabetes or diabetes. What are we doing to ourselves?

You Can Be Free!

On top of this, food – particularly sugar – is an addictive substance for those who have what used to be considered just an “alcoholic gene.” In fact, there are five major addictions, all of which are the same disease. Approximately 20% of the population is born with this “alcoholic gene”. What they’re born with is an inability, due to the right brain chemicals, to feel good. Called the “Reward Deficiency Syndrome,” the startling fact is that this syndrome is why all five addictions: alcohol, drugs, food, sex, gambling and work, become the “substance of choice” to feel good.

But I couldn’t end this discussion without urging that if you or someone you love or care about seems to have an addiction problem – if you even think there is one – please seek out an addiction expert in your area, or alcoholics anonymous (AA). AA has lists of meetings related to the other addictions as well.

Now let us turn to EFT and discuss how it can assist recovery:

EFT has worked for hundreds of my clients, over and over again, to stop the urgency of addictive cravings for sugar and carbohydrates as well as a serious cocaine addiction. EFT does not eliminate the fact that the person has been born with the reward deficiency syndrome. But EFT is a fabulous tool for eliminating the stressful triggers that upset addicted individuals and increase their need to use their addiction to feel better. They feel better with EFT and so some of the mental, emotional and even physiological changes that occur when using EFT have given my clients with addictive habits the ability to make the right choice.

Instead of diving into a hot fudge Sunday they may choose to call a supportive friend. Instead of smoking another cigarette (a drug to be sure) they may actually take a walk – anything that is pleasurable to them that they can fit into that time, even if it’s just looking at the sunset for a few minutes to calm themselves further. While this may seem simplistic, EFT has a powerful way of releasing stress, cravings and emotional upset within the body and body chemistry. Using tools like EFT not only relieve many of the stressful inner triggers to picking up sugar or any addictive substance, but it also “buys time”. EFT gives you a window of opportunity to make better choices and get support instead.

No, EFT doesn’t “cure” an addiction, but it is a powerful tool to aid the continued process of staying in recovery and peace. It has worked for me, for my clients and it can work for you! I am the resident Feroce expert on conquering negative habits, EFT and other mind-body tools for change and it would be my pleasure to assist you. You can read my full bio.

Coach Christina

-Science Daily March 3, 2009
-Cell Metabolism March 2009; 9(3):252-64
-The Reward Deficiency Syndrome by Kenneth Blum, Ph.D., D.A.C.A.C.D. and Jay M. Holder, D.C., M.D., Ph.D.

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Are you one of those people who is ernestly watching what you eat and exercising yet weight is not coming off? Being a health coach and weight loss coach, I have come across so many clients of late who are suffering from food allergies that cause their bodies to retain fluids and weight unnecessarily.

The most common allergens: Wheat, dairy, soy, corn, caffeine, chocolate and sugar!

You can get tested for food allergies through blood tests or through applied kinesiology. Check with a local holistic health practitioner that you trust or to whom you’re referred by someone you trust.

And did you know about something called Systemic Yeast problems? This is another reason why some people don’t lose weight. You can read my article “Crave Sweets? – On the Mood and Weight Rollercoaster? – Perhaps it’s Not What You Think!” at Diet and Wellness Coaching.

It will open your eyes to yet another important health epidemic! You may also write to me via our free coaching consultation and ask for my Health Questionnaire. It’s free and may be one of the most important things you’ve ever done for yourself.

To your health!

Coach Christina

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Whatever your background and history with weight, food and body image, real change and real results are an inside job! It requires shifts in your thinking, feelings, lifestyle and more. It may seem daunting but keep in mind “if you do what you’ve always done you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” To get some new result you must do things differently. Ultimately you must BE different in your belief system but it can be done, and is being done by my clients! See if you see any of your own situation in these cases:

· Client “A” has a 30 pound challenge that comes and goes. She used to have an alcohol problem and since she stopped drinking “A” has been yo-yoing that 30 pounds. Despite her best efforts it has always seemed to creep back on after a valiant and trying diet and exercise program. She is feeling discouraged and noticing that as she gets older the pounds don’t come off as easily. She comes to me baffled and concerned.

· Client “B” is obese and has “tried everything”. He is the only one in his family who is obese, though other family members have some challenges with alcohol and drugs. “B” is a high-powered professional with a very stressful work and many people depending on him. He could write diet books and has been to overeater’s anonymous, among other things – therapists, liquid protein fasts monitored by medical clinics, and “fat farms.” Nothing has worked long-term and he has revealed to me that he will stop at nothing to conquer this challenge in his life. He is beginning to show signs of health problems, including high blood pressure and adult-onset diabetes and he’s worried. In the past he got away with his yo-yo attempts to get weight off. Now his doctor has told him he absolutely must get this weight off!

· Client “C” comes from a family with weight problems. She doesn’t know how she will break out of the family “mold” but, despite high achievement in her very respected field she feels her life has little value or meaning – that she has not accomplished anything – if she doesn’t conquer permanently losing this 50 plus pounds. “C” always had a struggle with her weight but since having her two children, between the stress of her successful career and being a working mother her weight escalated and she is frightened she might never get it under control.

· Client “D” has been slender most of her life. She has always had great self-control and used to work out religiously. Over time her lifestyle changed; work became center stage and slowly she has let go of self-care and her regular healthy routines. Now, at middle age, 20 pounds have crept on and she wants to get them off, but she also knows that much of her overeating is due to stress and boredom. Many of her friends and family center their social activities around eating and food is an important part of her social life, as well as business social events. “D” needs support and is ready to do anything she has to to turn her habits around, but she’s worried about what will happen to her socially and at work.

Do you see yourself in any of these scenarios? Are you truly ready to have peace and sanity around your weight and body image? Does this challenge with food, weight-loss and dieting cause you an ongoing feeling of unhappiness – as though your life will only be what it’s meant to be when you have lost the weight and conquered the overeating?

Take heart! The truth is that all of my clients already have the answers inside of themselves and so do you! They’ve read all the books, been on all the diets and perhaps done therapy and gotten full thyroid screenings only to find out that there was absolutely nothing wrong with their metabolism.

On http://www.ferocecoaching.com you can read my own story: http://www.ferocecoaching.com/weight-loss-coaching I, too, have been there and I’m here writing because, while my story may not be identical to yours, what I have learned is that the solutions are a combination of tools and special “codes” to shift you on a deeper level — mind, emotions, body and spirit – for lasting change from the inside-out.

This is not an instant, “quick-fix” path. But if you are sincerely looking for a solution to last a lifetime then you have come to the right place.

Here’s what I want you to know right now:

-Even if you’ve failed many times before, you can still reach your weight-loss & weight-management goals! “The Past Doesn’t = The Future” (Anthony Robbins)

Shift your thinking to a life-long solution in which you aren’t on a “diet” you are on a lifestyle for life! Choose only those habit and behavior changes that you would be willing to live with for your whole life. Otherwise, you will experience your initial enthusiasm for weight-loss decreasing into gritting your teeth and eventually giving up.

More and more clients are reporting their success with the mind-body techniques we are using in their coaching sessions. These clients are truly ready for change. No matter what their stories and histories change IS possible – for them and for you too! http://www.ferocecoaching.com/alternative-health-coaching

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Connecticut Life Coach Susan Epstein

The Process of Change

I recently received a parent coaching testimonial from a client in Vermont (I practice as a life coach from Connecticut) who wrote about getting her family life in order. One of the gifts that came out of our parent and life coaching relationship was the implementation of an exercise plan that she could stick with.

She, like most of us, started and stopped exercising routinely. I began thinking about the “shift”. You know, when you get it and it sticks and you are having fun and it is good for you!!

I remembered my own process over the past couple of years. I ran into a high school classmate a few years ago. He was very excited to tell me that he had just run his first marathon. I was shocked! He was never an athlete in school and let’s say that we already had celebrated our 25th high school reunion. You get the drift. How does an almost-50-something run a marathon?

He told me that he joined a group of beginning marathoners through Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, in New London, Connecticut. During the course of 6 months they trained together and last year he ran the New York City Marathon and finished. Now he is traveling all over the country running different races.

I wanted to try running again. In my 20’s I ran a 10k and then about 12 years ago I was running 3 miles or so for exercise. I had an injury, something I will never do again, running with the Golden Retriever, he pulled and I went down. Thus, the running stopped, because I was in pain. I was terrified to try again. Will it hurt? If I get all excited and I can’t do it will I be a failure? So I put it in that category of “not now”. However, the thought of doing this kept nagging at me.

This past May, I was talking to my friend Lauren about running.(It helps that she is a phys ed teacher at a local high school.) I asked her to train me. Then I asked my husband if he wanted to do it, too. The three of us decided to work together and Lauren, our new personal trainer, began the process with us.

The Goal

First she said, “You need to have something to work towards. Pick a race.” We are active volunteers in The Cove, a Connecticut-based nonprofit, that provides free services for grieving children. A fundraising 5k race was in the planning stages for October 15, 2006. Now we had our goal. I shared this experience with my client and by the following call she had also signed up for a 5k in Rutland, Vermont.

The Experiment

The first day, I could only run for 5 minutes. I was out of breath, and in a lot of pain. Lauren said, “We are doing this slow and easy. If it hurts we will back off, re-evaluate and try it again, differently. The point is to enjoy the run.” So we ran and talked, changed our routes, changed the time of day, changed the schedule until we found the best combination.

The Shift

The shift occurred around week 6 when we began to notice that we weren’t in constant pain and out of breath. We were laughing and having fun. At that moment I knew that I would run the 5k and finish it. What an accomplishment!


This week marks the beginning of our 11th consecutive week of training. We are running 2 miles in about 22 minutes. The race is 6 weeks away and we are already starting to look for our next race…maybe even a 10k!

My client got the gift of change when she wasn’t really looking for it, and I in turn, got my own nudge by walking the walk along side her. And, Lauren, our personal trainer, has upped the ante in her own life and will be running a half-marathon next month in Newport, Rhode Island.

Susan Epstein is a life, parenting, and weight loss coach at Feroce Coaching.

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