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Celebrities and Hypnosis

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Hypnosis has been gaining popularity for a few years now, and it’s gaining more so in Hollywood. Celebrities have been becoming more and more aware of the power of the mind, and the power of hypnotherapy, that many are seeking out new ways to think and behave using hypnosis.

Below is a short list of some celebrities who have used hypnosis. This list is not by any means exhaustive, as more stars are using this amazing ability everyday.
Ellen DeGeneres

Funny girl Ellen DeGeneres, who hosts her own talk show Ellen, brought hypnotist Paul McKenna onto her show to break her long time smoking habit. During her session, Ellen was brought to tears by the hypnotic overlapping therapy (this type of hypnosis uses feelings and images of certain people, places or events to create a deep emotional state associated with the behavior).
Since being a teenager, Ellen struggled with smoking and has longed since looked for a solution to quite her habit. Very recently she discovered hypnosis to stop smoking, and has never looked back. She ditched the habit successfully, using only the power of her mind and a well trained hypnotist, and is looking toward a healthier, happier and longer future.
Watch Ellen being hypnotized to stop smoking:

Matt Damon


Matt Damon, star of The Departed, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ocean’s Twelve and The Bourne Identity, also used hypnosis to detach himself from his smoking habit of 16 years.
After filming Ocean’s Twelve, Damon took it upon himself to turn his health around. After one visit to the hypnotist to change the way he thought about his addiction and to change his actions toward smoking, Matt Damon broke free. He is no longer a smoker and is enjoying feeling powerful and in control.
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Other celebrities have also credited hypnosis for breaking their bad habits. From Drew Barrymore to Ashton Kutcher, Ben Afflek to Charlize Theron, more and more Hollywood A-listers are catching on to the power of hypnosis.
Here is a short list I found on another website, Hypnosis-Philadelphia.com, which gives quite a long list of famous people around the world who utilized their mind to change their lives:
Orlando Bloom was so hooked on chocolate as a child, his mother called in a hypnotist to help him shape up.

Kevin Costner flew his personal hypnotist to Hawaii to cure his seasickness.

Tiger Woods’ mental coach hypnotizes him to block out distractions and focus on the golf course.


Jackie Kennedy Onassis used hypnotherapy to relive and let go of tragic events in her life.

Mozart (1756-91) was said to have composed the famous opera “Cosi fan tutte” while hypnotized.

Albert Einstein used trance states to develop his ideas.


Lord Tennyson Alfred (1809-92) wrote complete poems while hypnotized.

Rachmaninov (1873-1943) reputedly composed one of his concertos following a post-hypnotic suggestion.

Goethe (1749-1832) writer and scientist and, Chopin (1810-1849) pianist and composer both took classes in hypnosis at the University of Strasbourg.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955) physicist – known to have his hypnosis sessions every afternoon. His theory of relativity came to him while maintaining one of these sessions.


Do you have a problem in your life that you want to change? Is there something in your life that you want more of, less of? Do you want to attract others, break a habit, learn to be a better musician or speaker? Anything you want is available to you and is easily achieved through hypnosis. What are you waiting for? It’s your time to shine.

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Meditation and Your Health

Where I am sitting on campus. Look at all the trees!

I’m sitting here at my college campus, freezing in the empty lobby while a man pushes a giant vacuum around the floor. Coming in early, then waiting three hours for rehearsal to start while freezing my butt off isn’t what I had in mind, however it does give me some time to work on my blog.
What is the rehearsal about, you say? Well, The Healthy Advocate is in a play here at the school. I play one of the three witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. I know, a male witch in Macbeth–however I think it is more in tune with Shakespeare’s original plays. No females allowed (what did he have against females?).
Now, let’s get to the topic at hand. I wanted to talk about the power of our mind. I am really into mind-body healing and medicine of all types, and am also a certified hypnotist. The more research I do, and the more I experience for myself, the better I can understand our mind’s abilities and its power over our health.
The power of our minds can radically improve our health, and it can also radically diminish it. When our thoughts are in order, and when our mind is filled with only images of success, of our goals, of how to make our lives healthier and happier, we actually move toward these things. Inversely, when our thoughts are stressful in nature, dark, hateful, pessimistic, etc., we move into a state of disorder and ultimately disease.
Our thoughts also play a huge impact on our emotions, because I know each and everyone of you have had moments where you visualized your bright future, full of the things you wanted, and you noticed your stress levels decreased. You become at ease, and you are able to focus on things more fully, and are able to give yourself 100%. However, when you imagine a future of unknowingness, of darkness and sickness, you feel uneasy, stressed, out of your mind–you get the picture. I don’t want to go down the downward path too much in this post; just stressing the importance of the positive will help you more so than understanding the downsides of the negative.
Meditation, one of my personal favorite methods for decreasing the disorder in the mind, is a vast term. You have probably encountered people who “meditate”, or you have probably even tried doing it yourself. Sometimes this stress relieving technique can actually be quite stressful when one has a hard time quieting the mind and calming the body. Then this person gives up completely on a wonderful health promoting tool. Meditation IS important for your health and happiness, as it gives you a sense of control, calm and well being in your life that I everyone has a right to.
The health benefits (dare I say proven health benefits?) of meditation are numerable, and I will go over the ones I find to be the most concerning to the majority of you guys. I’ll blog more on other benefits later; but now I want to share with you the one’s I found most important. Meditation has been shown in lowering blood pressure, lowering blood sugar (helping in insulin sensitivity) and lowering cholesterol. It has also been beneficial in weight loss, depression, mood and learning disorders, and benefits also lie in the arena of weight loss. That’s right–closing your eyes and listening to your breath can actually help you drop the pounds.
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Here is my list for the top health benefits associated with meditation. Again, as with all my lists, this is far from complete–it only narrows down the top ones most people face and ask about.

1 – In The Journal of Chronic Diseases, meditation and relaxation exercises were shown to significantly lower blood pressure in subjects. This isn’t the only study out there–there are hundreds of them that exist; even common sense can tell you that relaxation techniques are effective at decreasing hypertension symptoms.
Meditation has also been shown to be beneficial in lowering blood sugar levels. A study recorded in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry showed that relaxation training and biofeedback lowered blood glucose levels in the individual studied. This person also showed this benefit maintained after a one year follow up. Another research study at the Cedar-Sanai Medical Center in Los Angeles showed that meditation was able to lower blood sugar and insulin levels.
A lipoprotein. Photo courtesy of Answers.com

Cardiovascular disease and high levels of low density lipoproteins (LDL), or bad cholesterol is associated with psychological stress. Reducing the stress has been shown to lower the bad cholesterol while decreasing cardiovascular disease risk.
*Note that there are two types of LDL. There are large buoyant lipoproteins and small, hard density lipoproteins. The hard and small lipoproteins are the ones you have to worry about. Having a high LDL doesn’t mean you are at risk for heart disease. Measuring your triglycerides levels are the best ways to determine your risk, while also comparing these levels with your HDL (you want a high HDL and low triglycerides).
Another study showed that participants with panic disorder were almost doubled with the risk of coronary heart disease, with those with depression were three times at risk. Meditation, combined with trusted medical advice, is beneficial in reducing your risk by lowering your anxiety and depressive moods.
2 – Weight loss has also been shown to result when meditation techniques are applied to one’s everyday practice. It is well known and documented that hypnosis aides in weight reduction, and is successful in maintaining a healthy weight over time. However, meditation is not the same as hypnosis. Meditation is a relaxation technique that quiets the mind and stills the body. Earlier I mentioned that hypnosis was beneficial in lowering blood sugar and insulin levels. Since insulin, in particular excessive insulin, is known as the “fat storing hormone”. Too much insulin in the body easily stores the extra sugars in your body (those that are broken down from carbohydrates) as fat.
Lowering your insulin levels is one key to losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight over time. Doing this will also help improve insulin sensitivity (your cells are able to take in sugar for energy more easily). You will also optimize your grehlin hormone (hunger hormone) at the same time, helping you to control your appetite and only eat whenever you are truly hungry. Can you believe just a few minutes a day, closing your eyes and listening to your breath, can help you this immensely?

3 – Meditation has been shown to be beneficial for those with depression and mood disorders by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is the “feel good” hormone that increases feelings of hope and joy, all scientific feelings–but I would rather look at them as spiritual ones, as well. Mindfulness relaxation also helps one to deal with stress more efficiently, making it easy to take on hardships without having to get into a funk.
4 – Meditation is a powerful tool in combating learning “disorders” and disabilities. I don’t necessarily believe in ADD or ADHD–I do, however, believe that certain conditions can lessen ones abilities to concentrate, especially in this time (diet, lack of exercise, popular culture, etc.). Having a good foundation based on natural principles, while combing meditation, has been shown to increase one’s attention.
Meditation has been shown to actually increase one’s brain size! This part is very fascinating to me, because it shows that we can actually grow new neurons and gray matter within our brain just by the power of thought and relaxation. In a study done at Harvard Medical School, researchers found that those who meditated for 20 minutes a day showed actual growth in one of the inner cortexes of the brain, the one most associated with memory and attentiveness. Another study showed activation in brainwaves associated with attention.
Isn’t it amazing that we can actually change the structure of our brains by using meditation? It’s incredibly fascinating that we can do something to our brains that most thought was impossible. We have been taught that the brain stays pretty stagnant over our lifetime, and very little physical growth is actually achieved. However, using meditation one can thicken parts of the brain to help aid in memory and mood.
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How Can I Start My Meditation Practice?

This mind altering (yes, it can be a bit mind altering at times) tool doesn’t solely rest on having you sitting on the floor, cross legged, closing your eyes and repeating, “OM” over and over again. OM is a very powerful and relaxing mantra, but meditation is so much more than that, and I believe each and everyone is important and should be incorporated into our life. One form of meditation I love to do is yoga, outside in the sunshine. Doing yoga is an amazing way to calm and center the mind, which is a large component of meditation; but doing yoga in nature allows you to connect to the earth, to nature, and it also helps you get your beneficial Vitamin D from the sun (which has been shown to help in correlating benefits achieved through meditation–healthy blood sugar, blood pressure, weight, learning and attention).
Other exercise, such as running, walking, lifting, jogging, pilates, etc., is a very good form of meditation, as it allows your brain to focus on one thing–the task at hand. In meditation, you want to achieve a state where you are only focusing on one thing–your body, breath, the exercise you are performing, so on and so forth. Then, as you continue to practice, you will be able to completely free yourself of all thoughts and of the world around you, clearing your mind in order to receive healing and nurturance. Centering the mind and healing the body is a goal in meditation which is easily achieved through continued practice.

Combining exercise and meditation is a powerful way to elicit good health, however there are other ways to meditate. The most popular way is laying or sitting down, in a comfortable position (whatever works for you), closing your eyes and focusing on your breath. There is absolutely nothing else you have to do but breathe and listen. Your breathing will continue to slow down, and your muscles will start to loosen and become relaxed. You can even imagine that every single muscle in your body is relaxing, from the top of your head, to the bottom of your feet (or vice versa).
Am I Doing it Right?

Here’s a secret: It doesn’t matter. There isn’t a “wrong” or “right” way to meditate. There really isn’t. Besides, worrying about getting it “just right” will only aggravate your system, causing you more stress than when you started. That definitely will not produce the benefits associated with deep relaxation and focus. Just let go, allow yourself to relax and breathe deeply, and with practice, you will be able to flow within a state that brings forth ease of mind and healing.
Just implementing an exercise program will help you incorporate a form of meditation into your life. This way, you will be getting the benefits of exercise along with the benefits of meditation. Although, there are certain parts of quiet and still meditation (relaxation) that you can’t achieve in exercise meditation. Doing it at night before you go to sleep, or in the morning as soon as you awake is what is easiest for most people. During the day it can be a bit hectic, unless you do have a time where you will not be disturbed and have nothing else you need to do.
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Take this information and share it with those you love, as health information needs to spread across to all those who will listen! Meditation is beneficial and fun, and I’m sure you will love it, as it will greatly increase your health while helping you maintain a calm and solid attitude throughout your life.
This has been The Healthy Advocate.
P.S. Upcoming blog posts will be two of my favorite recipes. One is my Gluten Free Sprouted Buckwheat “Ritz” Style Crackers!
These seriously are good. Grain free and low in calories, these are crackers you shouldn’t feel bad eating.
I will also be sharing with you in an upcoming video about how to make sunflower seed butter. See you then…

How Exercise Affects the Brain


Is it true that exercise is good for you? Well, most people would definitely say “yes”, as the amount of evidence to the fact is enumerable and to deduce this truth is insurmountable. Now, there are also those who say exercise leads to cancer, but let’s not add them to this mix.

It is true that exercise produces oxidative stress in our bodies, resulting in free radicals, but most of those free radicals can be combated by the antioxidants in our foods (eat those raw vegetables and fruits!).

Now, back to the question at hand. Exercise IS very good for you, but the main point of this post is to educate others about the importance of exercise benefits on the brain. After all, this blog is about hypnosis and how the brain works, so why not include this very useful and exciting information?

Did you know that your brain actually grows when you exercise? Yep, that’s right. Just like when you use hypnosis to accomplish a specific goal or to perform better at a specific task, exercise has been shown to actually grow physical parts of your brain.

How does it do this? How can hypnosis, a form of thought therapy, and exercise, a form of body movement (the best I could come up with), actually contribute to the growth of gray matter, dendrites, and cells in the brain?

Well, we’re not sure. Science has come a long way in studying and reporting these findings, but the cause and the how remain unclear. Yet, theories do exists, however, most of them lack any substantial evidence or scientific backing.

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that exercise helped grow new neurons in rats when exerting them on a spinning wheel. Recent studies have also shown that exercise can help protect against the damaging effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.*

More research from independent sources have also shown that humans who exercised regularly had more gray matter in the areas associated with memory, focus and concentration than those that did not. This also correlates with the research showing meditators and people who did self hypnosis had stronger cortexes in the brain, along with more neuronal growth.

Not only does exercise help grow new neurons, it also helps regrow and strengthen injured neurons, as would help in preventing further decay in numerous neurological diseases.

Also, exercise, as well as meditation and self hypnosis, have been shown to fight the signs of depression. Not only does it help combat past traumas by making you think and reason more clearly, but it also affects the neurotransmitters in the brain that are associated with low seratonin levels (hormone that regulates mood), according to the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. In fact, participants who were put on the exercise program fared the same as the one’s taking a prescription medication.*

Just think how fast, how quick witted, and how imaginative your brain could be, how healthy it could be, if you combined both exercise and hypnosis. Putting together two tools of brain transformation, both mentally and physically, can help alter the brain’s chemistry, making you happier, smarter, and full of amazing, wonderful ideas and thoughts. A healthier and better brain than you ever had.

Now for me that answers the question above. I think I’m going to go exercise now.


BTW, if you are wanting a good motivator for exercise, check out my CD “Hypnosis for a Healthy Lifestyle”. I’m getting some really great feedback on the ‘LOVE to Exercise’ track as the holidays approach. Check it out here.


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*http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=rat-study-shows-that-exer

*http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=brain-gain-mental-exercis

*http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=combatting-depression-wit

Relationship Problems? It’s All in Your Head!

I’m sitting here watching an episode of Charmed right now. I haven’t watched this show for ages, which is very unlike me, for it used to be my favorite avenue of entertainment. I don’t watch TV anymore, at least, hardly ever. I notice that when I don’t watch television, I am more productive and more motivative to get things done, and I find a certain kind of freedom that I don’t usually have. Anyone else feel the same way?

OK, so now you’re probably wondering, “What the heck does this have to do with hypnosis?” You are very right. After all, this is a hypnosis blog, here to inform you on all things hypnotic. Don’t fret; info is on its way!
Now, as I watch this episode, we find Chris (Drew Fuller) finally reaching out and telling his father (Brian Krause) about the issues he had with him while growing up. These issues have seriously affected him (he is always so moody!), and you can see how these issues have been holding him back from achieving the things he wants in life.
Well, perhaps I’m reading a bit too much in to it, but I hear about these sort of issues going on all the time. Parents who are cold to their children or who ignore them, and children being isolated and unmotivated. Their self-worth goes down, and it leads to many issues later down the road.
I’ve also seen these issues play out in hypnosis, where people go back into their past to find the source of a problem in their current life. There are some who are scared and afraid to commit to a serious relationship, or a relationship at all, and they can’t figure out for the life of them why that is. We then go into trance, ask the brain to find that core cause or issue, and help relive and relieve it from their minds.
Many clients find that they have had relationship issues with their mom or dad, and since these were the earliest representations of stable relationships in their lives, they obviously find it difficult to commit to a stable relationship in their present.
Now, if you are having relationship issues due to the fear of commitment, fear of failure, self-worth, etc., then it’s time to release yourself and let your spirit, mind and heart soar and immerse in the wonderful feeling of love.
Sounds a bit “1960s”, but you really can submit yourself into a loving, committed relationship, even if you had difficulty in the times before.
If you are wanting to find out how to have a better relationship, with your parents, friends, family, spouse, or significant other, then it’s time to do some good ol’ self hypnosis. You know, going deep into your mind, retrieving the memories from the past, asking your brain to analyze them, and then finally releasing them out onto the “winds of change”.
You don’t need to buy a CD to do this, or even go to a hypnotherapist. The best thing you should do in order to have better, lasting relationships with others, is to learn how to put yourself into trance, and to learn how to hypnotize yourself. It’s really quite easy, and in fact, it’s a bit too simple. You can learn how to hypnotize yourself for free with a step-by-step guide here at HypnoticSubliminals.com.
Now, here is the Q&A. I want to know what you guys think, believe, and say! Let me know down in the comment section about your relationships with your parents, family members, spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend and/or significant other. What is the current state of your relationships, and wonder whether or not the place that you are at has been influenced by your mind (trick question).
I will soon create a hypnosis program that will help heal a broken heart, heal painful memories, and lead one on to a healthier and happier road of functional relationships. But, I need input from you guys! Let me know what you would like to see or hear in the program, and the problems you are currently facing in your relationship. This will help me help you (I love saying that).

Relationship Problems? It's All in Your Head!

I’m sitting here watching an episode of Charmed right now. I haven’t watched this show for ages, which is very unlike me, for it used to be my favorite avenue of entertainment. I don’t watch TV anymore, at least, hardly ever. I notice that when I don’t watch television, I am more productive and more motivative to get things done, and I find a certain kind of freedom that I don’t usually have. Anyone else feel the same way?

OK, so now you’re probably wondering, “What the heck does this have to do with hypnosis?” You are very right. After all, this is a hypnosis blog, here to inform you on all things hypnotic. Don’t fret; info is on its way!
Now, as I watch this episode, we find Chris (Drew Fuller) finally reaching out and telling his father (Brian Krause) about the issues he had with him while growing up. These issues have seriously affected him (he is always so moody!), and you can see how these issues have been holding him back from achieving the things he wants in life.
Well, perhaps I’m reading a bit too much in to it, but I hear about these sort of issues going on all the time. Parents who are cold to their children or who ignore them, and children being isolated and unmotivated. Their self-worth goes down, and it leads to many issues later down the road.
I’ve also seen these issues play out in hypnosis, where people go back into their past to find the source of a problem in their current life. There are some who are scared and afraid to commit to a serious relationship, or a relationship at all, and they can’t figure out for the life of them why that is. We then go into trance, ask the brain to find that core cause or issue, and help relive and relieve it from their minds.
Many clients find that they have had relationship issues with their mom or dad, and since these were the earliest representations of stable relationships in their lives, they obviously find it difficult to commit to a stable relationship in their present.
Now, if you are having relationship issues due to the fear of commitment, fear of failure, self-worth, etc., then it’s time to release yourself and let your spirit, mind and heart soar and immerse in the wonderful feeling of love.
Sounds a bit “1960s”, but you really can submit yourself into a loving, committed relationship, even if you had difficulty in the times before.
If you are wanting to find out how to have a better relationship, with your parents, friends, family, spouse, or significant other, then it’s time to do some good ol’ self hypnosis. You know, going deep into your mind, retrieving the memories from the past, asking your brain to analyze them, and then finally releasing them out onto the “winds of change”.
You don’t need to buy a CD to do this, or even go to a hypnotherapist. The best thing you should do in order to have better, lasting relationships with others, is to learn how to put yourself into trance, and to learn how to hypnotize yourself. It’s really quite easy, and in fact, it’s a bit too simple. You can learn how to hypnotize yourself for free with a step-by-step guide here at HypnoticSubliminals.com.
Now, here is the Q&A. I want to know what you guys think, believe, and say! Let me know down in the comment section about your relationships with your parents, family members, spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend and/or significant other. What is the current state of your relationships, and wonder whether or not the place that you are at has been influenced by your mind (trick question).
I will soon create a hypnosis program that will help heal a broken heart, heal painful memories, and lead one on to a healthier and happier road of functional relationships. But, I need input from you guys! Let me know what you would like to see or hear in the program, and the problems you are currently facing in your relationship. This will help me help you (I love saying that).

Can Hypnosis Help You Lose Weight? Find Out!

OK, so I just launched a product called, “Healthy Lifestyle”, and it’s already attracting a lot of attention. There are a total of nine tracks all designed to help someone love to exercise, love to eat healthy, and help them set a goal for the future bodies. There’s also a workbook that goes along with the program.

When I was recording this product, I hear my voice in my earphones, and I go into a semi-light trance (yes, I DO hypnotize myself!). After listening to my own program just once, I’m waking up EARLY in the morning, something I’ve never done before, and I’m doing Vinyasa yoga, aerobics, ab exercises, stretching, etc.! I feel energized throughout the entire day, and I feel great and awake in the morning.

TIPS FOR HEALTHY EATING:

1. When buying produce, always try and buy organic. Organic vegetables and fruits don’t contain the toxins or pesticides that other conventional crops do. Toxins interfere with your bodies natural rhythm, and it spends its time trying to rid your body of these things, when it should be doing other things.

2. Eat lean meats, raw nuts (almonds are a favorite, and so packed full of nutrition!) and seeds. This will provide you with protein, fiber, and satiety.

3. Eat slowly, because it takes your stomach 10 minutes for it to send signals to the brain that it is full.

4. Eat breakfast! I know you hear it all the time, but this is a big one. While you were sleeping, your body is in a deep, sedentary state. You metabolism slows, and in order to boost your metabolism and your energy, your body needs food.

5. Drink organic green or oolong tea. These teas have been shown to reduce appetite and also been shown to increase metabolism and facilitate fat burning.

6. Always stay hydrated by drinking cool, clean water. Your metabolism functions at its best when you are well hydrated.

7. Keep a food journal, so you know what you are actually consuming throughout the day. You don’t have to change anything about your diet the first week of keeping the journal. Just record what is going in your body, how much, and the number of calories. (A food diary is available with the “Healthy Lifestyle” hypnosis program).

8. Eat the right number of calories that best fits your body type, and that also balances with your how much exercise you are doing. You can find out the amount of calories you need daily by visiting a nutritionist or your health care provider.

9. Raw fruits are NOT nature’s candy! Fruits are good for you, and they are low on the glycemic index. They provide you with an amazing amount of nutrients, and the seep into the blood stream very slowly, giving you a longer stream of energy. Don’t eat too much fruit in one sitting, as the sugar will add up. Break up your fruit servings throughout the day.

10. Give yourself a day to relax, and to eat something that you LOVE. Enjoy the food with every bite, chew slowly, and actually let your senses expand so you can taste it and enjoy it to its fullest.

You don’t have to need to lose weight to use this program. I like it because it helps promote a better lifestyle, and a healthier way of living.

I’m also drinking organic Oolong Tea three times a day, drinking water, eating raw, nutritious vegetables at every meal. It just feels good to be healthy, and I feel like I am accomplishing something great for myself. I can’t tell you how much my self-confidence has risen since developing this new program.

I posted a video with one of the tracks from the program. This track is designed to train your body and your mind to yearn for healthy foods and to detest the junk. Try it out! You’ll be pleasantly surprised

P.S. Please let me know what YOU want me to talk about in this blog! I’m started to slowly come back to writing it, and I would LOVE to hear what you are dealing with in your life, and how I can help you!

Brandon