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Here in the Northeastern US we’ve been literally bombarded with severe weather.  Many are “stuck in” more than usual and take to the munchies or simply give in to cravings that may not surface while being out and about.  And then there are those who chase the food cravings no matter what the weather. This Valentine’s Day, before Zumba class at my gym today the instructor lovingly handed us each of us a chocolate kiss.  Someone refused it – and confided in me that if she has one now then afterwards she will go to the store and buy a candy bar.  Later we had a conversation re EFT Eliminating Emotional Eating.  I’ll be guiding her with this starting this week.

I participated in EFT trainings  with a professional colleague – an eating disorder therapist – who later successfully ran support groups weekly with this modality. I had co-facilitated programs with her: “Breathing, Not Eating” re mindful breathing in front of the fridge or cupboard before opening and movement release – affirmations sessions with my audio program Moving Meditation® Fitness: A Fitness and Relaxation Program More Information 

Currently, I’ve helped many clients overcome eating challenges, especially emotional eating.

From Dr. Bruce Kesten, DC.: “Tapping each day keeps the binges away!.”  Find out more about EFT HERE

We hear so much about food and exercise, but what about the massive affect that the overproduction of cortisol, known as the “stress hormone,” has on the body?  Emotions such as anger, fear, resentment, and guilt sabotage our best intentions and even impact us on a deep biological level.  As the Mayo Clinic says, “The long-term activation of the stress-response system – and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones – can disrupt almost all your body’s processes. This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems, including weight gain.”

By using this incredible tool – Tapping – to clear stress and limiting emotions and beliefs, you can very quickly get in touch with what you and your body need, lose weight quickly and feel energized and terrific!!

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EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques, tapping) reduces stress hormone cortisol levels more than any other intervention tested to date states a study with randomized control methods published in the prestigious Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, the oldest peer-reviewed psychology journal in the United States. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) lowered the major stress hormone cortisol significantly more than other interventions tested.The human body is designed to release cortisol only at times of physical danger, to help the body mobilize to fight or flee from that threat. The level of cortisol and other adrenal hormones such as adrenaline are supposed to subside when the danger passes. The human body is not meant to live in a constant deluge of cortisol and adrenaline. Unfortunately, that is exactly what is happening to many people in today’s stressful world. Most are not responding to physical danger but to traffic, work worries, financial problems, and the myriad other stresses of modern life. Continually elevated cortisol levels are known to contribute to a range of physical and psychological problems, including fatigue, weakened immunity, anxiety, depression, digestive and metabolic problems, obesity, and even diseases such as diabetes, Cushing’s syndrome, and cardiovascular disease.

EFT is a noninvasive technique that pairs the recall of emotional upsets (a form of exposure therapy, a common method in psychology) with physical stimulation of specific points on the body to discharge stress (as identified by thousands of years of use in acupuncture). The physiological mechanisms of action of EFT have been documented in a number of studies and review articles. These demonstrate that EFT affects several of the body’s regulatory systems, including the brain and endocrine systems.

Unlike various drugs and supplements touted to lower cortisol, EFT has no side effects. And unlike the “cortisol blockers” that have flooded the market as the negative effects of elevated cortisol have become more widely known, EFT does not strip the body of cortisol’s precursor molecules, which are used for cell repair when we are in a relaxed state.

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What people are saying about Eileen Lichtenstein and EFT

“Eileen Lichtenstein’s wealth of experience and knowledge of executive coaching combined with the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) have created a positive life energy within me to help get on the road to achieving my goals and dreams. Thanks Eileen!”
– Dr. Bruce Kesten, Kinesiology Chiropractor, Baldwin, NY
First time on a plane in 23 years. First time on a plane clean/sober in 45. Thank you Eileen Lichtenstein and EFT”.
– David E. Feldman, Executive Producer, LongIslandNY.tv & ReallyBig.tv Partner, eFace Media

“Dear Eileen, We wanted to thank you for sharing your knowledge with our chapter of The Holistic Moms network. Not only was your presentation enlightening and informative for our members, but it was also fun! You allowed the space for us to connect to one another while delving into our own hearts. Thank you for giving us direction and teaching us a practical way to incorporate EFT into our lives as busy mothers! The impact of what you do is far reaching. When peace occurs in our homes, it branches out into our community and beyond. With much gratitude!”
Ali, Robyn and the Nassau South Shore Holistic Moms Network

Eileen was excellent at explaining this simple, yet profound healing technique that often has immediate results. And also importantly, Eileen was highly skilled at guiding us through our EFT healing processes. Her verbiage revealed her years of professional and eclectic experience in the field of holistic health.”
– Carol Leitner, MBA, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Baruch College / Marketer Holistic Doctors and Practitioners, Health Expo and Events Planner / Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor, Chair Yoga, Thai Yoga Bodyworker

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Not all stress is bad for you. However, the response system that was designed to save your life can also do some serious harm. You can take steps to see that it doesn’t.  Your body doesn’t knows the difference between pre-marital anxiety (good stress) and taking an important test or being in an accident (bad stress).  What happens is adrenalin and cortisol is up and you may be feeling a bit “overwhelmed” or “out of control”,  both of which are “standard” definitions of stress, which varies with individuals.

 In 1967, psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe examined the medical records of over 5,000 medical patients as a way to determine whether stressful events might cause illnesses. Patients were asked to tally a list of 43 life events based on a relative score. A positive correlation of 0.118 was found between their life events and their illnesses.

Their results were published as the Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS), known more commonly as the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale. Subsequent validation has supported the links between stress and illness.

To measure stress according to the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, for adults,  the number of “Life Change Units” that apply to events in the past year of an individual’s life are added and the final score will give a rough estimate of how stress affects health.  Add up your score, and the scale is given below this chart.

Life event

Life change units

Death of a spouse

100

Divorce

73

Marital separation

65

Imprisonment

63

Death of a close family member

63

Personal injury or illness

53

Marriage

50

Dismissal from work

47

Marital reconciliation

45

Retirement

45

Change in health of family member

44

Pregnancy

40

Sexual difficulties

39

Gain a new family member

39

Business readjustment

39

Change in financial state

38

Death of a close friend

37

Change to different line of work

36

Change in frequency of arguments

35

Major mortgage

32

Foreclosure of mortgage or loan

30

Change in responsibilities at work

29

Child leaving home

29

Trouble with in-laws

29

Outstanding personal achievement

28

Spouse starts or stops work

26

Begin or end school

26

Change in living conditions

25

Revision of personal habits

24

Trouble with boss

23

Change in working hours or conditions

20

Change in residence

20

Change in schools

20

Change in recreation

19

Change in church activities

19

Change in social activities

18

Minor mortgage or loan

17

Change in sleeping habits

16

Change in number of family reunions

15

Change in eating habits

15

Vacation

13

Christmas

12

Minor violation of law

11

Score of 300+: At risk of illness.

Score of 150-299: Risk of illness is moderate (reduced by 30% from the above risk).

Score <150: Only have a slight risk of illness.

 

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