June 2005 Issue

FOOD FUN FACT: The Attack of the Scary Fridge!
CHRISTI'S COMMENTARY: What Kind of Eater Are You?
WEBSITE OF THE MONTH: Great Movie - Grocery "Store Wars"

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I adapted this months' commentary from a summer chapter of my forthcoming book: "You Don't Have To Be Superwoman To Be Healthy: 50 Ways to Reclaim Your Health." I'm only 10 chapters away from finishing the rough - very rough - draft of the book, and I wanted to celebrate with you (because writing a book is no easy feat, as I'm learning!).

I'm going the self-publishing route, so if you know of any good book editors, self-publishing companies, or graphic designers who specialize in book covers... please let me know!


Also, if you have any suggestions for topics you'd like me to cover... or success stories you'd like me to share... please let me know.  This is still a work-in-progress.

Now, on to my commentary...


You can learn a lot about someone's health by watching her eat. The next time you dine in a restaurant (or at your own dinner table) ask someone to watch you eat. Then ask them to explain what they observed.

After observing myself and my clients, I've identified three different kind of Eaters:

1. The 'Inhaler': this woman eats a four-course meal in under 10 minutes. Once she's done, she has a hard time remembering what the food tasted like.

Have you ever driven to work, and realized that you didn't pay attention to a single second of your commute? That's what meals are like for Inhalers. They shove food in their mouths so quickly that they hardly even notice the taste or texture of the food.

You know you're an Inhaler by these tell-tale signs:
- You crave food constantly. Even after finishing a meal, you aren't satisfied.
- You eat frequently throughout the day. You are always on the lookout for food.
- You feel bloated and heavy after most meals.
- You have no problem cleaning your plate (if licking your plate was sociably acceptable, you'd probably try it out!).
- You finish anything that is put in front of you (even if you don't love it, and even if you're not hungry).
- You swallow your final bite when everyone else is still on their appetizer course.
- You weigh more than you'd like, and you often experience indigestion.

2. The 'Multi-Tasker': this woman has mastered the art of eating on the go. She likes to eat, but she's simply too busy to sit down and focus on the meal. Somehow she has figured out how to eat while typing, talking on the phone, driving to work, getting dressed, and changing a diaper.

You know you're a Multi-Tasker if these things sound familiar:
- You can't answer questions during work meetings because your mouth is full of food.
- You eat straight out of a pot on the stove or a leftover container in the fridge (because that means you won't even have to wash a dish after the meal!).
- Your plates can usually be found strewn about the house - on the dresser, the coffee table, or your desk.
- You often eat standing up at the kitchen counter.
- Your napkins and placemats never need washing.
- You rarely sit at the table to eat (if you do, you've got a magazine or book onhand to keep you busy).
- You may experience indigestion and you have more abdominal fat than you'd like.
- You sometimes forget to eat because you're so busy.

3. The 'Picker': this is the woman who snacks constantly throughout the day. She doesn't eat big meals - instead, she eats lots of little meals. She is notorious for picking off her friends' plates at restaurants (that way, she can sample dessert without ordering it, and feeling the inevitable guilt). Sometimes, she is so tired and hungry when she gets home from work that she just picks her way through her pantry. Halfway through the evening, she notices she's not hungry for dinner anymore!

You'll know you're a Picker if you notice the following trends:
- You have convinced yourself that the food on your kids' plates don't have any calories in them if you eat them.
- You can't list what you've eaten throughout the day, because you haven't actually eaten a regular meal.

- Most of your meals are 'cold' - you don't have warm meals often.
- Your dinner often consists of microwave popcorn, a few crackers, and a spoonful of peanut butter.
- You eat constantly (sometimes you're hungry, and sometimes you're not).

Do you recognize yourself in any of those Eater Profiles?

I see myself in all three of them. I was an Inhaler growing up as a girl. I turned into a Picker when I worked in a corporate consulting job, and I morphed into a Multi-Tasker when I started my own business.

These days, I'm trying to turn myself into a fourth kind of eater, which I call the 'Conscious Eater.'  This is no easy feat.  It's like trying to reprogram years and years of subconscious eating habits.

You'll recognize a Conscious Eater because she:
- Eats at least one meal each day at the table with just herself and the food (no books, TV, or work).
- Creates a pleasant eating environment.
- Gives thanks for the food before she begins eating.
- Eats slowly, chewing her food until it's completely broken down (at least 30 chews per bite).
- TASTES and EXPERIENCES each bite.
- Only eats food that really appeals to her and leaves the rest for another time.
- Is still sitting at the table enjoying dinner after her whole family has left.

- Usually leaves food on her plate.
- Experiences little gas or indigestion.
- Can easily identify her cravings and true hunger level.
- Is close to or at her ideal body weight.

How does that sound?  Appealing?  Totally unrealistic?  Notice your reaction to the list above.  Are you already practicing Conscious Eating... or is it a pie-in-the-sky kind of dream for you at this point?  Wherever you're at, it's OK. 

This month, I'd like to encourage you to redefine your relationship with eating by becoming more of a Conscious Eater.

Here are some experiments that will help you do just that:
- One night, eat on the floor, picnic-style.
- Create a pleasant eating environment - now is the time to bring out relaxing music, candles, beautiful placemats, and real cloth napkins.
- Use your best dishes and silverware (even if you're dining solo).
- Arrange your food so that it's visually appealing on the plate - don't just glop it on there without giving it your best artistic eye!
- Eat with your eyes closed... have someone else feed you.  Try to guess what you're eating!

- Eat with chopsticks.

- Eat with your non-dominant hand. If you're right-handed, try eating a meal with your left hand... and you'll really have to concentrate on it!
- Have your dinner for breakfast, to mix things up and keep your taste buds guessing.


Which of the experiments listed above sounds the most appealing to you? Pick just one experiment to try this month. Practice it, try it, adjust it... and see what a difference it makes for you.


I want to hear from you! Email me and let me know which kind of eater you are (Inhaler, Picker, Multi-tasker, or Conscious). Let me know which experiment you are going to try this month, why it appealed to you, and what you hope to get out of it.

** If more than 100 readers email me in response to these questions, I will send all of you a special thank-you gift. So pass the newsletter along and encourage your friends and colleagues to email me.

If becoming a Conscious Eater sounds really appealing, but you have a hard time figuring out where to start, please join me for my next teleclass. The topic is: "Stop Emotional Eating... Today!" Sign up today!

Last month's commentary was all about Mother's Day.  Did you receive a great Mother's Day gift?  Something my readers should know about? If so, I'd love to highlight the gift on my website, so please email me.





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June 14 - "Stop Emotional Eating... Today!"

You have a very specific relationship with food. This relationship goes all the way back to childhood and is deeply ingrained in your psyche. It determines your eating habits, your cravings, and your patterns around weight loss. While most diet theories address calories, carbs, fats, and protein, they ignore the factor that has the most influence on your health: the reasons why you eat in the first place.

Have you ever found yourself eating an entire bag of chips without realizing it? Or perhaps you're aware that you're doing it, but you aren't able to remove your hand from the bag and put the chips away? Are there times when food seems to rule your life? Do you have food cravings that you just can't control?

This teleclass is designed to permanently change the way you relate to food. You will learn to understand why you eat the way you do, and help you build a new, empowering food foundation. It will help you learn what is missing in your life and how you are using food to fill the void.


Sign me up for Christi's Teleclass!



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 your 18-week training season.Read a sample PPNP issue!

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The Attack of the Scary Fridge!

My colleague Cheryl Miller believes, "If your refrigerator is a mess, your diet probably is, too!"


Cheryl says, when we're hungry, we turn to the fridge to find something to eat. If there's nothing in the fridge, we have no choice but to order takeout.

If the fridge is full, but the food isn't easily available or ready to cook, we'll probably head for the nearest restaurant.

Do any of these fridge challenges sound familiar to you?

1. "I don't even know what's beyond the first layer of my fridge."

2. "My fridge is a very expensive composting bin. Everything goes bad before I get around to eating it."

3. "My fridge is stacked with odds and ends, none of which looks like a meal."

4. "Sandwiches are a favorite meal of mine, but it takes forever to drag out all the stuff to make one. It's easier to go out and have someone else make it instead."

5. "The only things in my fridge are condiments, beer, and ice cream."

If any of these challenges sound familiar to you, that means that you have some serious barriers in the way of you and healthy eating.

Never fear! Cheryl has agreed to help you overcome even the most insurmountable fridge disaster! How does she do this?

Well, Cheryl practices what she preaches, so all of her solutions are tested out and proven to work.  She's a master at creating helpful and effective processes that will help you make healthy cooking easy as pie.

I just gave you a sneak peek to 5 of the problems. How about checking out Cheryl's article to learn the solutions to Your Most Common Refrigerator Problems?





In preparation for bathing suit season, I did a spring cleanse in April.

I then wrote an e-book that outlines the cleansing process so that you, my reader, could try a cleanse of your own.

Spring is the perfect time of year to cleanse. But there are only a few weeks of Spring left!  So, don't hesitate!  You'll want to take advantage of these last few weeks of spring to get your body in tip-top shape.

Try your own spring cleanse today! Why wait? You deserve to feel good... today.

Here's an email I received this weekend from a reader who bought the Spring Cleanse e-book:

"I'm glad I found you and your site. I read your spring cleanse book. It is very simple and easy, which is wonderful as I have always been scared off by the "nothing but spring water" fasts and highly complicated prescriptions. The book is very motivating and inspiring." - M.B.



If you missed May's teleclass: "Everything You Wished Your Mom Had Told You About Your Period" we had a wonderful time.  Thanks to everyone who shared so openly and honestly.

Those who missed the class can read the notes here.




Grocery "Store Wars"

In honor of the newly-released Star Wars movie, I want to share a fabulous online spoof with you. (Thanks to my fiance Ben for introducing me to this flick.)


It's called "Grocery Store Wars" and it's absolutely hilarious! Even if you're not a Star Wars fan, you've got to check this flash movie out.

The movie highlights the "ways of the farm" and discusses the "organic rebellion."

The movie - filmed in a grocery store - features characters like:

- Ham Solo

- Chewbroccoli

- C3Peanuts

- Tofu D2

- Obi Wan Cannoli

- Cuke Skywalker

- Lord Tader

... and many others.

To view this movie from the comfort of your own office or home, click here.








Christi Lehner, 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.

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: 52 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 617.492.6450.




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