July 2006 Issue

FOOD FUN FACT: Healthy Vacation Secrets
CHRISTI'S COMMENTARY: Are You A Champion Eater?
UPCOMING EVENTS: Upcoming Teleclasses

RECIPE OF THE MONTH: Garlic Mashed "Potatoes"

Learn about Christi's next teleclass:

"No More Emotional Eating"


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Are You a Champion Eater?

Before heading to the beach on the 4th of July, Ben and I sat down to watch Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest.  For about 30 minutes, we sat in front of the TV, totally mesmerized as we watched the contestants jam hot dog after hot dog into their mouths.

The reigning champion, Takeru Kobayashi of Japan, consumed a record-breaking 53 3/4 hot dogs (and buns) in 12 minutes.  He gains more than six pounds during the 12 minute competition.  He's such a small man that I have to wonder... where do all of those hot dogs go? (And what's his digestion like afterwards?  Yikes!).

According to the announcers, these competitors are true 'athletes' - they train year-round for this competition. The top American contender - Joey Chestnut - ate 40 hot dogs twice a week to prepare himself for this gluttonous feat.

I Would Never Do That!

I was both disgusted and amazed by what was happening on TV.  I couldn't watch (it was really gross)... but I couldn't NOT watch either. 

Even though I love hot dogs, I sat there thinking to myself, "I would never do that!"

Or Would I?

Then I realized, "Wait a minute... I HAVE done that!" 


Let Me Clarify. 

I've never smashed 50+ hot dogs into my mouth at one time.  In fact, I've never even entered an eating competition.

But I have stuffed my face before... when I wasn't hungry.

And many of my clients have, too.

Perhaps, on occasion... you have, too.

But we're no Takeru Kobayashi.


The Difference

Here are the major differences between me (and you) and Takeru Kobayashi:

1. When we stuff our faces (when we're not hungry), hot dogs are not usually the food of choice.

Well, for one thing, most people can't eat more than 2 hot dogs in one sitting.  Our preferred face-stuffing foods?  Chocolate, ice cream, chips, cookies, brownies, bread, etc.  The food we can eat bags and bags of, without pausing to come up for air. 

These are the foods we turn to when we eat for reasons that have nothing to do with hunger. My personal favorites?  Peanut butter, oatmeal cookies, and whipped cream.  Unfortunately, I never seem to want to stuff my face with spinach!

** What are your "Emotional Eating Foods?" **

2. When we stuff our faces (when we're not hungry), we usually don't do it in front of millions of TV viewers.

While Kobayashi gorges in front of a huge TV audience, we're usually more private about our gorge fests. Except for major holidays and get-togethers, we usually don't like others to watch us stuff our faces.

Take me, for example.  When I struggled with emotional eating in years past, I had a secret method.  If my roommate was around, I'd think of excuses to go into the kitchen - over and over again - so I could gorge on chocolate chips.  My thought process was,"If I hide behind the cabinet door, so my roommate can't see what I'm doing, then I'm not really doing it, right?" 

That was my rationale: if no one else could see me doing it, then it wasn't really happening.  My gorge fest was a shameful secret that only I was privy to (or so I thought).

** Does most of your Emotional Eating happen in private, or in front of other people? **

3. When we stuff our faces (when we're not hungry), we don't take a logical, technical approach.

Kobayashi obviously spends time strategizing his technique. He has a system down, from the way he dunks his hot dogs into the soft drink to make them more palatable... to the way he jerks his body to make room for 'just one more.'

When we eat emotionally, we do not strategize about it.  We do not think about it.  We are often on automatic pilot. The reason we emotionally eat in the first place is because we want to turn the thinking 'off.'  Sometimes we aren't even aware of what we're doing (and if we ARE aware, we pretend not to be). 

** How would you feel if if a TV announcer did a play-by-play of one of your Emotional Eating sessions? **

4. When we stuff our faces (when we're not hungry), we are not deemed "Heroes."

After his victory, Kobayashi was proclaimed a 'hero,' an 'athlete,' and a great 'champion' for his hot-dog eating prowress. I'm sure we'll be seeing him on a box of Wheaties soon!

I don't know about you, but when I polished off the entire tub of whipped cream or peanut butter, I never felt particularly proud of my accomplishment.  No one declared me a champion.  I was left, instead, with a sense of shame, guilt, and extreme bloating.  Victory was nowhere to be found.


** How do you feel after an Emotional Eating session? **


Emotional eating is one of the things that can be very frustrating, especially for those who are trying to be healthy or lose weight.  It's something that can thwart the best-laid health plans.

Here's what I've learned:

You can't use threats to stop yourself from emotional eating.

You can't use will power, either.

You can't distract yourself from it forever.

You can't 'think' your way out of it.

You can't berate your way out of it.

You can't diet your way out of it.

If you've tried any of these things in the past, and you still feel frustrated... know that you're not alone.  Please don't beat yourself up for feeling this way. 

I tried all of these things, too. Some of them worked for a short period of time... but they were usually just temporary fixes.  And they didn't work for the long-haul.

I'll discuss emotional eating and the solution that finally worked for me during my next teleclass on July 20 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.

If you'd like more details about the class, click here.

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July Teleclass: "No More Emotional Eating!  The Top 3 Secrets a Health Counselor Used to End Her Emotional Eating Battle For Good "

WHEN: Thursday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time

This class will approach the topic of "Emotional Eating" from an angle you've never heard before. 

The class will be hosted by myself and another fabulous health counselor, Cynthia Stadd of Cynfully Healthy.

We have a limited number of spots on this bridge line , so sign up now! The class is only $15, and once you purchase your spot, you'll get an email with all the call-in details.

If you can't make the call, you can also pre-order the Audio Recording and class handouts.

For more info and class details, click here.


August Teleclass:

"Stress Management Made Simple"

WHEN: Tuesday, August 22 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time


This class is designed to help you take control of your stress... instead of letting your stress take control of you!

We're going to cover the three Major Stress Myths, as well as tons of hands-on tools that you can use immediately.

You will also receive lots of supporting materials by email after the call.

TO SIGN UP FOR THE CALL, click here.




*A teleclass is a seminar delivered over a phone line.  Call in from your office or home. You can simply listen in... or you can participate and ask questions.  If you've never tried a teleclass before, it's a fun and convenient way to learn about a new topic. 

* If you order the Audio Recording, you can replay it anytime you'd like on your computer.  You can also burn it onto a CD or download it on to your iPod.



Online Nutrition Program for Marathon Runners

Are you a marathon runner who is confused about what to eat during your training season? The "Peak Performance Nutrition Program" (PPNP) is an online program that teaches you the dietary changes you need to make during an 18-week training season.

The fall marathon programs started recently, so sign up now to make sure you receive all 19 online issues. 

To learn more and read a sample PPNP issue, click here.

The Maine program started 5/29 - sign up

The Dublin program started 6/5 - sign up

The NIKE program started 6/19 - sign up

If you're training for a different fall marathon and would like to participate in PPNP, simply email me your race date and I'll get you all set up!


Spring Cleanse eBook

It's never too late to do a cleanse.  If you've never done one before, The Ultimate Spring Cleanse eBook will make it simple as pie.  But no, you can't eat pie during your cleanse - sorry!



Healthy Shopper DVD

If you'd like to take a grocery store tour from the comfort of your own home, please check out my "Healthy Shopper" DVD!


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Healthy Vacation Secrets


Before heading off on vacation, you may want to take advantage of some of my healthy travel secrets:

1. Happy Cow!

This comprehensive website lets you search for health food stores and vegetarian restaurants in 90+ countries. 

While I'm not vegetarian, I like to dine at vegetarian restaurants because they usually offer healthy meal options.

Happy Cow highlights 5,2000 listings, so there's sure to be something to suit your tastebuds and budget. Check it out before you hit the road.


2. Portable Snacks

Sadly, there are very few healthy eating options available to you when you're driving along the highway.  You can usually pick from fast food, fast food, or... more fast food. 

Instead of throwing up your hands and saying, "I have no choice BUT to eat unhealthy on vacation," how about taking matters into your own hands?

I always bring some food of my own with me in the car and on the plane.   My favorite travel snacks are:

- Power Balls

- PB&B Burrito

- Nut Crunchies

You can find recipes for all three of these easy, delicious snacks here.


3. Rescue Remedy

There's something about traveling that always makes me feel frazzled.  Airport delays and holiday traffic get on my nerves! 

So I always have a bottle of Bach's Rescue Remedy in my travel bag. 

Rescue Remedy is a combination of five different flower remedies designed to calm your nerves and help you during times of crisis of trauma... as well as daily stresses.

I've used Rescue Remedy in the following situations:

- on my wedding day

- during labor with my son

- if I can't get to sleep

- if I'm in really bad traffic

- on a plane ride

- before I give a speech or teleclass

- before going to the dentist of doctor

- before making a difficult phone call  

You can dilute a few drops in a glass of water, put it directly on your tongue, or rubbed on your temples, wrists, or lips.  It comes in a small bottle that fits in your pocket, if need be!

It's my understanding that Rescue Remedy is safe for almost everyone, but of course... as with anything... check with your doctor if you have a question about its safety for your body.





Garlic Mashed "Potatoes"


There are no potatoes in this recipe.  However, in keeping with our 'emotional eating' theme, I wanted to give you a comfort food recipe to try.

This recipe includes a great summer grain - millet.  Millet sweetens the breath and is anti-fungal.  It's a good source of iron, fiber, B-vitamins, and potassium.

Millet is good for your digestion, and it strengthens your spleen.

It's a delicious side dish, perfect for a summer BBQ (my husband raved over this recipe, so you know it's good!).


- 3 cups water (or you can substitute veggie broth for some of the water)

- 1 cup millet (found in the bulk section at the health food store)

- 1 small head of cauliflower, chopped

- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

- 2 T. olive oil

- 3 cloves garlic

- 2 onions, sliced

- salt and pepper to taste

- parmesan cheese or butter (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

1. Put water, millet, cauliflower, and salt in a pot.  Bring to boil, then simmer until water is absorbed (about 20 minutes). Simmer on very low heat - if the water boils down too quickly, your millet will be hard and crunchy.

2. Stir fry garlic and onion in sauce pan with oil over medium heat until onions have carmelized.

3. Mash the millet/cauliflower mixture together.  Top with the onion/garlic mixture. 

4. Season with salt and pepper (and add cheese and/or butter).

*You can also make this recipe in your rice cooker.  Simply put the millet, cauliflower, and salt in the rice cooker with the water... and press the "COOK" button.

Want more great summer recipes?  Check out my Recipe Page.




Christi Lehner-Collins, H.H.C., AADP, is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. A Holistic Health Counselor is a nutritionist and life coach all rolled up into one.

** Are you wondering what the heck a Holistic Health Counselor is?  This description may help!

Christi studied Eastern/Western nutrition and modern health counseling at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and earned a B.A. in Honors in Communication Arts from Villanova Universty.

Christi's goal is to help people fall in love with healthy eating, juicy living, and guilt-free self-care. Christi is a three-time marathoner and triathlete, an avid pianist, and a newly converted Red Sox and Patriots fan.

She is the author of the forthcoming book You Don't Have to be Superwoman to be Healthy: 50 Ways to Reclaim Your Health.

To read more fun facts and stories about Christi, click here.

Christi can be reached at christi@bostonhealthcoach.com or 978.494.0144.


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Here are recent pictures of Christi's baby, Evan!






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