“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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Nicholas Spohn is a cool dude.  He was briefly a professional mixed martial arts fighter, built a successful real estate business, and now uses hypnotism, neuro-linguistic programming, and other modalities to help people create positive changes in their lives.

When Nicholas was visiting my home awhile back, I was telling him about my frustrations with my weight, and how doubly frustrating it is to know hypnotism, yet not use if for weight loss.  He asked me if I had tried the Dickens process, and then explained why he thought it was such a powerful experience to have.  In this interview, we re-visit that conversation and go deeper on the topic.

The important takeaway from this interview that will benefit almost everyone is the reminder that human beings are generally more focused on avoiding pain than getting pleasure.  If you struggle with your weight, this may seem counterintuitive to you, since you get a lot of pleasure from food, but if you can shift your thinking to see that you’re using the pleasure of food to avoid the pain of _____, then you’ll have a better understanding of your own situation.  What pain is it that you are really avoiding?  And if you used the Dickens process, how could you envision much greater pains that have come from, are coming from, or will come from the way you use food?  When you skyrocket that pain response, you might be able to break out of the comfort of using food the way your currently do.

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When I meet with clients, no matter what reason they have come to see me, I always start with an intake.  The idea is to gather all the information, that might be relevant to the client’s issue, that you can.   So, if my goal is to do the most comprehensive approach to creating optimal health and wellness for myself, I figure it makes sense to do an intake on myself.

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