Episode 83: How to Quit Smoking For Good

Ep 83: How to quit smoking for GOOD.

Hello everyone, if you are listening to this podcast, then you either are a smoker or you know someone who is and the title has intrigued you. Either way, welcome. So, I was once a smoker, that makes me completely experienced in how to quit for good. I also have treated many people via acupuncture when my patients had heard that acupuncture can help. This also makes me very aware of the process from a clinical perspective. I have helped many people successfully quit.

So, let’s get started. There are many reasons people start smoking, but why do they continue to smoke when they know on some level that smoking is unhealthy, smoking costs money, smoking could lead to an early death, smoking could lead them to a painfully slow death, smoking could create the desire to smoke for their children, smoking is expensive, smoking bla bla bla. Right? And of course there are more and more reasons to not smoke, but the point is with so many reasons to quit, why do they continue to smoke?

Some might say the nicotine is incredibly intense and it’s powerful claws are the reason that the smoker can not stop. Some might say, they enjoy it and the joy of smoking is why they can not stop and the reasons here are vast as well. It does not matter really why they are convincing themselves that they need to smoke or can not quit. If you are here, listening to this podcast, then you are wanting to quit. Right?

Here are some major components to consider when creating your plan to stop smoking for good.

  1. Association-what is your smoking connected to?
  2. Habits-how to change bad ones into good ones
  3. Stress Monitor-what can you use to relieve stress instead of a cigarette?
  4. Hand-Mouth-anxiety- 
  5. Thought Process-beliefs-which ones are holding you back?
  6. LifeStyle; association, drinking, bar scene, family and friends.
  7. Dependence-emotional -how to re-define
  8. Leverage- solid reasons to help you not re-start and quit.
  9. Habit Changes-substitution method
  10. Stress management-good sleep, good nutrition, cellular hydration will help
  11. Replacement
  12. Beliefs-key is in your beliefs
  13. Goals-what do you want to do instead?

The success is in the desire behind the decision to quit. And knowing that you must draw an absolute to never ever have another cigarette.

My name is Robyne Hemingway, thank you for listening to Hemingway’s Heart and of course caring about you and the quality of your life.

Episode 82: How to Cope With Food Addiction

Podcast 82 How do you know if you are addicted to food?

Today’s episode explores eating disorders and or food addiction.

If you find yourself being controlled by food you probably are experiencing a food addiction.

Here are some questions to ponder; do you think about food often? Do you find yourself eating when you are not hungry? Once you start eating do you feel that it’s hard to stop? Do you feel that you need to eat until you are completely and utterly full? Do you binge eat when you are stressed? Do you binge eat when you are anxious? Do you binge eat when you are sad, angry, unhappy, depressed, worried?

Basically are you using food to cope with life’s emotional journey? If you are answering yes to these questions, you are not alone. Then there is another side of this paradigm; managing your calories either by starvation, purging and or excessive exercising. So, how do you know if you need help?  Before we explore these concepts, this podcast is about quality of life and if you are in a cycle of obsessive food and or calorie patterns, you probably are not experiencing a quality life.

So, let’s unpack this. Food addictions and eating disorders are complex and very difficult to manage because the act of managing can in a way feed the disorder or addiction. The majority of us, would benefit from professional help someone who specializes in food addiction and eating disorders, but finding the right person may prove to be difficult and could backfire sending you into a deeper cycle of food addiction or eating disorder. So, what do we do? If you feel that your efforts are not working, please find a therapist who specializes in the areas that you suffer from and keep looking until you find the right person.

That being said, I want to share my personal journey. When I was a teenager, I started to engage in food deprivation. I was extremely concerned about excessive body fat and at the time, I was very thin. My nutritional needs were compromised my entire childhood and worsened in a yo yo kind of way. I took my first advanced nutritional studies course in college in 1984. It was at that time, I truly understood the importance of vitamins and minerals, but the patterns of starving myself to control weight had already become a regular thing a habit if you will. I think back and my eating habits were suffering even with the insights of what food was made at the molecular level. It was like I would find poor logic to justify bad choices. I was rationalizing at best.

About 12 years later in 1996 while studying Chinese Medicine at Samra University of Oriental Medicine, I got clarity and realized a lot of my bad habits had to stop and for the most part they did, I am not sure if it was studying  medicine 24/7 or my age or both, but I realized nutrition would be my first priority. That being said, knowledge alone does not cure the food addiction cycles. I can say that I have not been anorexic in over 25 years and I have not deprived myself from nutrition or calories in that time either. And I do not suffer from body-fat obsession.  But, I do still have issues with trigger foods, which I have mentioned on the podcast before, bread, potato chips, cookies, and candy-basically anything that is considered junk food can trigger me to obsessively eat and eat. Which makes me a food addict. I am also an emotional eater. So, that being said, if you too have issues with food or any type of eating disorder, here are some guidelines that may help you. 1. avoid any and all diets; low carb, high carb, high protein, paleo, south beach etc. these are a recipe for more problems, 2. read books on addiction and recovery and eating disorders this way you can learn some tools that really apply to you and your situation 3. avoid listening to non-professionals, meaning friends and family, 4. precook meals so that your mood and or life is not dictating your choices 5. when deciding what foods to eat, make sure that they are mostly whole plant foods, this way you will get plenty of vitamins and minerals, 6. when you find what is working, make sure it’s long term approved, meaning your choices can continue for the rest of your life without consequences. 7. know what your trigger foods are and what your trigger events are and know what you will do to overcome the foods and the choices. another words, have a plan to deal with how not to binge and what you can do instead. 8. and last but not least, find a person that you can call when you are wanting to eat something or do something that is you really do not want to eat or do. Someone that will listen and encourage you to do something different.

Ultimately, our issues around food are complex and learning to work through them can be an ongoing journey, meaning the work is never done. You may be eating to deal with unwanted and wanted emotions, you may be starving yourself to deal with self esteem or purging or binging or excessive exercising or whatever method that has been your vice to get you through life, if you are listening and you can relate to any of these aspects of food addiction or an eating disorder, please seek professional help-someone trained in these areas. You will be glad you did.

You are listening to Hemingway’s Heart, and until next time, please take care.


Episode 81: Ten Tips For A Better Life In 2017

Ep 81: Ten Tips For A Better Life In 2017

Today we discuss some areas that are good to think upon; recovery and relaxation, fuel and food, evaluating your life, rewards and punishments for leverage when goal setting, managing your laundry room and the great benefits with this one, streamline your spaces, our rituals define us, donate things and clothes that are not serving you, write and action plan and lastly, when choosing to lose weight for the new year, please make choices that you can do long term. If you just make changes for the immediate weight loss, you are almost certain to gain the weight back. Remember that which gets measured, gets managed.

Thanks you guys for listening!

My name is Robyne Hemingway and you are listening to Hemingway’s Heart.

Episode 80: Reflection & 2016

Ep 80: Reflection & 2016 & 2017

Today’s episode is about 2016; my reflection and it’s about getting ready for 2017.

I mention good things that have happened and historical mishaps. I mention the musical Hamilton and it’s incredible album. While I touch upon the happenings around the globe and here in the US, I also ask you to reflect too. Did you write goals for this year? What did you accomplish? Which goals do you want to re-look and possibly re-evaluate? I mention that the US opened relations with Cuba and this could be amazing sharing so much between our countries like literature, food and more. I mention that President Obama went to Cuba and it had been 88 years since a US President had visited. I talk a little about world disasters natural and manmade, such as war, bullets, bombs, earthquakes, trucks driven into almost 600 people and into markets. I mention how intense this year has felt with the heaviness feeling more so than the lightness. I mention Brexit and how in June that sense of rebellion from those who cast their vote may not have known its true sense of uncertainty. I talk about the US and its largest divided voice both politically and emotionally and how some are hopeful and optimistic and others are fearful, worried and concerned.  I then change gears and bring back into focus on our goals, our desires and our 2017. I mention Charlie Engle writer of “The Running Man” a great inspirational book that encourages me to be more, to do more and to appreciate more. I personally wish each of you a better 2017….Happy New Year!

My name is Robyne Hemingway and you are listening to Hemingway’s Heart.