“Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”
-Tony Robbins

John Koenig worked on Madison Avenue, writing ad copy for some of the biggest brands of the day.  His encore career has been that of hypnotist, and John has brought the wisdom of years spent crafting language to influence people over to his work as a hypnotist.  One of the ways he does that is through his “possibilities process,” which is a wonderful way of getting people to ask better questions of themselves so that they can come to new understandings.  That’s what we talk about in this interview.

Because I’m human, I catch myself doing the very things that we discuss in this interview that I know I shouldn’t be doing.  Every now and then I’ll ask myself, “Why is it so hard for me to lose weight?” or “What the hell is my problem?”  Developing the awareness of when we ask these unhelpful questions, and replacing them with questions that will actually move us forward, is an important skill.

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I think that if you want to reduce your weight, there’s no magical solution, no one thing, that’s going to do it for you.  There has to be a comprehensive lifestyle shift that addresses the multiple variables that come together to affect how we eat, exercise, and behave in other ways that affect our weight.  So as I’m work through this experience, I want to talk with professional in various practice areas who can contribute.  Enter Candice Trudel.

Originally a nutritional scientist doing research in a lab, Candice moved on to open her own consulting practice, and she specializes in ayurvedic nutrition.  I found it really easy to talk with Candice.  No preaching, no lecturing.  Just a genuine interest in how to help people enjoy food while being healthy and happy.  She’s a pretty cool lady.

“You can’t out-train a bad diet.”

I don’t want to be in a position where I have to feel like I’m killing myself with exercise in order to offset what I’m eating.  That’s not a solution, for me.  I want to create a balanced lifestyle that supports my well-being, and that’s what Candice and I focused on talking about in this interview.

One neat thing that I had never heard anyone talk about before, which Candice refers to repeatedly, is the idea of “discovering your constitution.”  Recognizing that we really are all different, and there’s not going to be one diet or one exercise plan that works for everybody is important to recognize.  It’s easy to agree on that from an intellectual perspective, but a little more challenging to embrace in action.  Luckily, there are people like Candice in the world who want to help.

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