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#022 Embracing the WHOLE Journey with Christa Orecchio

 

 

“The purpose of our journey is to restore ourselves to wholeness.” – Debbie Ford 

What does wholeness mean to you?

When it comes to health and well-being, you can’t compartmentalize the parts of who you are.  You are a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual being.  A Whole Being.  Each part of You impacts the others.  Your emotions influence your digestion.  Your spirituality influences your nervous system.  Your thoughts influence your energy level.

As humans, we are on the path of understanding, honoring and integrating all these parts into one.  

As Caroline Myss says,

“What drains your spirit drains your body. What fuels your spirit fuels your body.” 

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind”

“If healing required changing your job, would you do it? If healing required moving to another part of the country, would you do it? If healing required that you change most of your attitudes toward others and yourself, would you do so?”

In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Christa Orecchio – a clinical and holistic nutritionist dedicated to helping individuals use food as medicine to heal from the root cause.  She helps people ignite the natural healing process of their minds, bodies, and spirits so that they can feel whole again.  She is the author of The Whole Journey Food as Medicine Cookbook, co-author of The Anti-Inflammatory Diet, and co-author of the best-seller How to Conceive Naturally and Have a Healthy Pregnancy After 30. Christa also hosts three health and wellness TV shows.

Christa has played a huge role on my path, both personally and professionally, over the last 9 years. She continues to be one of the top resources and referrals I pass on to my own friends, family and clients.   Christa is the ultimate expert on the super nitty-gritty scientific details of physical health and healing disease. She has spoken about them publicly, a whoooole lot. It was quite an honor to have her on the show sharing her heart and soul about her own path, and her passion for the mental/emotional/spiritual aspects of one’s whole journey in life.

In this episode, you are going to hear Christa share:

  • her story of a life-changing year where she discovered the power of food to heal physical and emotional health.  After transforming her own candida, thyroid and adrenal imbalances, she integrated all she learned and has been helping others do the same for over 8 years.
  • the importance of realizing there is no “there” to get to.
  • the impact your emotions, mind and energy have on your physical health.
  • her whole person approach to healing from the root cause of illness.
  • how primary foods – healthy relationships, a spiritual practice, a creative outlet, joyful movement, matter as much as what you eat.
  • how your physical ailments can have an emotional root cause.
  • why Spirituality has everything to do with your health and enjoyment of life.
  • how you are your own most powerful healer.
  • why trust is vital to healing.
  • simple ways to clear and recharge your energy body.
  • and SO much more!

Learn more about Christa at www.thewholejourney.com

Mentioned in the show:

IIN – Institute of Integrative Nutrition Where Christa and I both went to school.

Heather Lindenmenn – Our mutual friend/mentor we referenced a few times.

Caroline Myss – Expert on chakras, intuition, sacred contracts, the soul’s path, mind-body connection

Your Body Speaks Your Mind by Deb Shapiro

Louise Hay – You Can Heal Your Body

Brene Brown – Author and teacher

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The Anatomy of Eating Disorders: starving for joy, self-care and pleasure

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In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, Faith interviews Charmayne Kilcup, a heart and soul coach that specializes in helping people overcome heartache, emotional trauma, and spiritual crises. Charmayne has her Masters in Counseling and her Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology. She is also trained in Noetic Field Therapy®, Reconnective Healing®, and Thetahealing®.

You are going to hear Charmayne share how she transformed her own struggle with food and her body, from a place of pain, to a life filled with joy.

She offers powerful wisdom on: 

  • the two root causes of disordered eating and body shame
  • what women are really hungry for
  • the power of BEing
  • what really makes you attractive 
  • the importance of filling your cup first
  • why the impulse to “binge” is actually good
  • the magic of the feminine and the impact cultural conditioning has had
  • practicing self-forgiveness to heal your inner wounds

Connect with Charmayne at www.charmaynekilcup.com 

Mentioned in the show:

Geneen Roth: www.geneenroth.com

Allison Armstrong: www.understandmen.com and www.queenscode.com

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Can you accept your body and still want to lose weight?

The weight loss/health/body image world is often so black and white.  You either throw the diet rules out the window and go crazy eating what you want.  Or you deprive and restrict yourself in order to achieve a body you feel you can accept and love, in the future.

Have you noticed the all or nothing approach out there? Continue reading “Can you accept your body and still want to lose weight?”

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“The Weighting Game” (part2)

More insights from reading “Dessert is Stressed Spelled Backwards”:

  • There are 4 types of dysfunctional family systems: Each results in a false self, meaning you don’t learn how to solve problems, relate to others, and there is a lack of nurture and acceptance.
    1. Overachieving – human “doings”, pressure to succeed, perfectionism, be a “good” girl, “what others think is the most important”, self-critical, high expectations, discount yourself.
    2. Judgmental – focus on what is wrong with you, make you feel small and helpless, never enough, have to settle for less, abuse, build walls with others, fear of trust so become independent, “don’t feel your feelings, don’t ask questions”, lots on control, can’t be who you are, crying is weakness, discount your feelings, bury your feelings is the only way.
    3. Enmeshed – clinging family, all about the family, love from food or money, no lives of their own, no privacy, no boundaries, no secrets, cant have your own life, you are responsible for others happiness, make mom and dad feel good, tied to family through guilt and shame.
    4. Distant- lack of emotional involvement, not much loving expression, no praise, avoid emotion, fear of rejection develops and they hide, no intimacy, not prepared for life.

Continue reading ““The Weighting Game” (part2)”

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“The Weighting Game” (part 1)

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Take-away’s from the book, “Desserts is Stressed Spelled Backwards”.

I love this book on emotional eating and body image.  It is a deep dive into the real issues hiding behind emotional eating and the struggle with your body. I have pages and pages of amazing truths from this book. There are a small selection below.

  • You have the idea that if you change your appearance your problems will all go away. You blame every issue you have on not having a good enough body. Truth – your body is not the real problem.
  • Compulsive eating is a three-fold problem – physical, emotional, spiritual.
  • Key step is creating self-awareness. Which of my needs isn’t being met?
  • Self-sabotage – happens at the point at which you think major change in your life will occur and fear wins. You choose safety. Look at the consequences of reaching a goal or making a change in your life.  What fears and/or negative consequences come up?
  • Shifting from the self-punishment and self-criticism to self-acceptance and self-care is critical for finding peace.

Continue reading ““The Weighting Game” (part 1)”

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Are you falling for these nutrition myths?

Myth #1: Fat makes you fat.

Truth: Although fat has more calories per gram than protein and carbohydrates, that fact is somewhat irrelevant in the fat and weight discussion.

  • Fat mass is more about hormones than calories.
  • It is sugar and refined carbohydrates that initiate the hormonal shift resulting in fat gain.
  • Sugar and carbs make us hungrier and more apt to have cravings and overeat.

Fat, on the other hand, makes us feel full and keeps us feeling full longer.

Fat is important for so many reasons, including these:

  • Fat is an essential part of every single cell in the body.
  • The all-important fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) require fat for proper absorption.
  • Fat assists with protein digestion.
  • Certain healthy fats act as powerful agents in managing inflammation in the body.
  • Fat is also a steady and consistent energy source.

Fat is an important nutrient with many important roles in the body providing many benefits.

Not all fat is created equal. Some healthy fats to include in your diet include:

  • Eggs
  • Avocado
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Coconut oil
  • Ghee or grass-fed butter
  • Olive oil
  • Oily fish
  • Grass-fed meats

Bottom Line: Fat does not make you fat.

Recommended Reading:

  • Eat Fat Lose Fat by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig.
  • The Perfect Health Diet by Paul Jaminet.

Continue reading “Are you falling for these nutrition myths?”

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Breaking the Overeating Cycle

A food craving can be a pointer indicating there is something in your lives that needs attention. There are various emotional issues hiding beneath food cravings. Stress, fear, anger, insecurity, or frustration are a few of the possible causes. A craving may also be an attempt to fulfill an unmet need such as fun, comfort, and/or love.

Continue reading “Breaking the Overeating Cycle”

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Your Body is not the Problem.

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Often times we use our bodies as an excuse to not go for what we want.

Why is that?

Well, because what we want…our dreams, are scary.  It is risky to take action towards what our heart desires. The dream career.  The dream home.  True love.  It means change.  It means being vulnerable.  It means risking failure, rejection, and disappointment. That holds us back.  We use the weight as the reason we can’t take action.

Have you ever said or thought….”Once I lose this extra weight, I will …. ” or “If I had a better body, I would …”

What if your body wasn’t the real issue?  What if it was really your fears and beliefs about what could happen if you took action towards your dreams?  Could your body, or the weight, really just be an excuse, a distraction?

 

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4 Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight

Our nation clearly has a weight problem and the majority of people are unsuccessfully struggling to lose weight.  There are many people out there putting in tremendous effort by eating well and exercising, yet still not getting the results they want.  The common advice to simply “eat less and move more” or the popular philosophy of “a calorie is a calorie”, is incomplete at best.

Holding onto unwanted weight is a message from the body saying there is something that needs attention; something is off and the body is trying to be heard.

Here are 4 potential contributors to the nation’s seemingly never-ending battle with weight (in no particular order).

Nutrient Deficiencies: Food provides essential nutrients needed to effectively run and support metabolism.  The food we eat speaks to our cells… for better or for worse.  Eating a nutrient rich balanced diet provides the enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that keep our metabolism firing and our hormones in harmony.  Then of course, there is the opposite…

It is hard to lose weight when the body isn’t given the nutrients (like B vitamins, vitamin D, omega-3 fats. and chromium) needed to run the metabolic pathways smoothly.

Overall, we are a nation that is overfed, yet undernourished. This sets the stage for nutritional deficiencies and puts the body in a chronic state of confusion. The result is sluggish digestion, a slow metabolism, inadequate elimination, and carrying extra weight.

Gut Health: Any gut dysfunction can sabotage weight loss in a few major ways.  When there are digestion and absorption issues present, the body is unable to properly breakdown and assimilate the food you eat. This can create nutrient deficiencies leading to depressed metabolism, fatigue, cravings, and altered hormones.

The immune system, 80% of which is in the gut, is negatively impacted when there are gut imbalances present.  This causes inflammation and stress which halts weight loss and contributes to weight gain.

The presence of too much bad (vs. good) bacteria, infection, and/or yeast overgrowth also impacts the body’s ability to metabolize nutrients and disrupts functioning of the endocrine system, such as the thyroid gland.

Food Intolerances: Inflammation is a key player in our struggle with weight.  The presence of unknown food intolerances results in an inflammatory response every time that food is ingested.  This ongoing inflammation causes internal damage and ends up slowing down our metabolism leading to weight gain.

To identify food intolerances, ask your health practitioner for an IgG lab test or go on an elimination diet for at least three weeks.  (note: gluten and dairy are the two most common food intolerances related to weight.)

Stress: Stress has detrimental effects on the body regardless of the source — emotions, inflammation, infection, food allergies, or poor diet.  The body responds the same.

Stress causes the body to go into survival mode, resulting in digestive system shutdown.  Therefore, the body isn’t able to properly assimilate and utilize nutrients. This confuses the body into feeling malnourished.

Stress depletes vital vitamins and minerals, contributing to heightened hunger, leading to cravings and overeating.  The body responds to stress by releasing cortisol, the fight or flight hormone, from the adrenal glands.  Cortisol inhibits weight loss and puts the body into fat storage mode, causing fat gain in the belly specifically.

Cortisol triggers an increase in appetite and cravings as the body thinks it needs energy. Cortisol also depletes serotonin, making the situation worse.   Alternations in cortisol have a direct effect on all of the endocrine hormones.  So stress is a major contributor to imbalances that make losing weight an impossible feat.  Stress must be a top priority for managing weight and overall health.  Ask your health care practitioner for an adrenal index test to see if/how stress is impacting you.

If you are struggling with your weight despite doing all the right things, consider the barriers discussed here.  And stay tuned for a few more next week. One, or possibly a combination of a few, could be the hidden cause of your frustration.