Can you imagine yourself as a happy, healthy non-smoker?  

It seems to be the time of year when people are reflecting on their past year and thinking ahead about plans for the New Year. Maybe you are thinking about a new project, a vacation,  or a healthy lifestyle change such as quitting smoking. Let’s face it, the thought of standing huddled outside in the cold in January, trying to stay warm just to have a cigarette, is probably something that you could do without, for many reasons.

As there is a growing body of research showing evidence on the effectiveness of hypnosis and guided imagery, people are becoming more aware of hypnosis for smoking cessation.

Hypnosis has been found to be more effective than nicotine replacement therapy

Hypnotherapy is more effective than nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation: results of a randomized controlled trial.

Complement Ther Med. 2014 Feb;22(1):1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2013.12.012. Epub 2014 Jan 6.

A study smokers showed that after a two-year follow-up, patients that quit with guided imagery were twice as likely to remain smoke-free than the placebo-control group. 

Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005;37:3, pages 245-250.

You might think that smoking has done something positive for you such as:

  • allowing you to feel a part of belonging to a certain group of people
  • relieving stress, boredom, or helped you deal with uncomfortable emotions
  • keeping your hands busy
  • helping you maintain your weight, as you were smoking instead of eating

Through repetitive thoughts and actions, your mind has been programmed. Hypnosis helps people get into the learning brain wave state. In this state, people are open to learning new habits or behaviours.
With hypnosis people will not have to try not to smoke, they simply will not have the urge to smoke.
Hypnosis will help redirect your subconscious mind to achieve your goals in more positive and healthier ways.

Although it is recommended to have one or two follow up sessions to reinforce the changes habits,  many people get results from one session.

Hypnosis is known to be a quick, safe, and effective way to stop smoking permanently.

“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” – Earl Nightingale

About the author ...

Ginette Andress has a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Education from the University or Toronto and has been passionately teaching secondary school science and mathematics for 23 years. She received her Certification as a Consulting Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists.

Why Fad Diets Don’t Work

Most people think of a diet as a temporary plan someone goes on to lose weight. Many times, these diets will have a certain gimmick or theme. Some are too restrictive or too hard to maintain as they eliminate certain foods, and drastically limit or eliminate entire food groups altogether, some involve only shakes and pills and some can be dangerous due to their lack of calories and essential nutrients.
 
These types of diets are popular as many people want that ‘magic pill,’ a quick fix solution to health and weight issues. Supplements and shakes that promote metabolic boosting or curbing hunger often sound very appealing but are unfortunately very short lived.
 
The main problem with fad diets is that many simply don’t work long-term. People often find that they can’t stick with a diet for a long period of time. This is likely due to the fact that many diets aren’t realistic, are too restrictive, too costly, too complicated, or too inconvenient to maintain. 
 
So many programs promote radical and extreme changes that are just not sustainable or family friendly. They can over-complicate how simple a healthy lifestyle can be.
 
We need to reconsider the way we think about food. Rather than thinking about temporarily going on some hot new diet to shed excess weight or achieve some other aspect of wellness, we should be thinking about making achievable, realistic changes that we can sustain for a lifetime. 
 
Knowing where to start is half the battle; realizing that you didn’t get there overnight is another point to consider. Taking back your health is going to take a little time and effort but we are here to help you.
 
Don’t worry about tomorrow. Just think about where you could start today. Perhaps it will be as simple as drinking more water or having one less cup of coffee or making an appointment with our Naturopathic Doctor to discuss hormonal issues or nutrient deficiencies.
 
Consider making conscious choices to incorporate more real foods into your diet rather than food-like products. We have 2 Nutritionists that can work with you to build a plan that is personalized and manageable for you.
 
Our team of Osteopaths and Massage Therapists can also help you achieve a healthier body by getting to the root of pain issues and bringing your body back into balance.
 
When you concentrate on diet and exercise alone, you may be neglecting the issues in your life that caused you to become overweight or sick in the first place. To lead the life you have always envisioned for yourself, you may need to look at why you gained the weight or developed health issues and deal with the emotional component. Our Social Worker, Jordan Smith is here to help guide you in this process.
 
Making changes to your lifestyle is not always easy, even making gradual changes can be overwhelming but the Better Health Team is here to help. ‘You don’t have to see the whole staircase just take the first step.’

About the author ...

Stacey Ayres, Osteopath Manual Practitioner, Registered Massage Therapist, is the owner of Better Health Clinic, She is a member of the Canadian College of Massage Therapists of Ontario as well as the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners. Stacey has a particular interest in pediatrics, chronic pain, post trauma and surgery rehabilitation, and fertility.