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Socially Hungry

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 29, 2018

I’m socially awkward and I’m an oddball in general. Now that I’m in my 40’s, I’m definitely OK with my weirdness and the things that make me unique. I do, however, still revert to my younger self when I’m in new social situations. Over the years, I’ve coped with this feeling in a variety of unhealthy ways. One of those unhealthy coping mechanisms has been that I’ll just eat/snack/drink uncontrollably at social gatherings. I’m usually not hungry but I just need to occupy myself so I don’t feel so darn uncomfortable in my own skin. My rational self knows that, not only are people not even thinking about me, but they are probably preoccupied with their own insecurities. Nonetheless, I find this to be the one area I haven’t quite conquered yet.

I’ve found, when coaching my clients through their HCG journey, that social situations are a huge hurdle and/or road block. I will ask my client what (specifically) triggered the compulsion to eat or drink poorly in a social situation. I really want to get to the bottom of why we cannot seem to maintain our healthy eating habits when we are socializing. This, of course, opened a can of worms! I’m happy it did though because this is clearly a place where we need to analyze and figure out why we self sabotage in these situations over and over again.

The factors are many and myriad. They range from complex family dynamics to a (very common) deeply ingrained association between happiness in social settings and decadent food and alcohol. These factors, in my opinion, are all understandable and certainly valid. Initially, I wanted an answer for my clients. I wanted a tried and true formula but I was unable to come up with one that felt doable to me. I researched (also known as Googling lol) and the information felt detached and generic and very one-size-fits-all. Or, conversely, there was a lot of advice that suggested abstaining from social gatherings while on a diet or very rigid protocols that seemed unlikely to stick. Again, I was not satisfied with that answer. I want you to live normally and happily while eating healthily. Otherwise, it’s not sustainable so what’s the point. When you leave me, I want you to just carry on seamlessly and feel completely empowered to take ownership of your health and body!

After researching and thinking about how I could best help people overcome this hurdle I came up with an approach that can be used going into any and every social engagement. My approach with my clients has been to assess each social situation separately and well in advance. I will ask you if you have something coming up. We will then talk about all the possible triggers that may arise in that situation. I will help you come up with strategies to manage all of these triggers and even unforseen ones if possible. Sometimes, the answer is to say “no” to an event. If you know that an event will only bring you stress and anxiety, you are well within your right to sit it out. I found that, after really delving into each social situation separately and creating a personalized game plan each time, that the success rate of my clients shot through the roof! This is certainly something you can do on your own and, with practice, you will only get better at it. Your homework this week is to think about a situation in the near future that is giving you anxiety. There is no need to even think about the healthy eating for this drill. This is just a tool to help you start to understand yourself better. Follow these steps and see how you do.

Dream Spa Medical - Jenny Bettencourt, Office Manager, HCG Coach
  • Write down the event
  • Write a list of possible triggers that may arise that day (including specific people)
  • Truly think about whether or not you even want to go to this event
  • If you decide you will not go, cancel the plan and let it go!
  • If you decide you will go, make a list of ways you you can deal with all the various triggers (take your time and write as many things as you can think of)
  • Go over this list and refine it as you get closer to the day. The more you plan, the better armed you are to deal with unpleasant situations.
  • On the day of the event, try as best as you can to let go of the list. Don’t obsess! You’ve really pored over this information and you’ve done the legwork. Now you just have fun!
  • When a trigger does occur, you will find that you are almost excited to be able to test drive all your new tools. (Like me walking away from my grandmother when she comments on my weight. It’s a good feeling lol!).

This will be useful with the holidays around the corner and I’d love to hear all about your ups and downs. Or maybe you have some great ideas or tools of your own. Just shoot me an email to let me know what worked or didn’t work or even just to say hello :-)


XOXO
– Jenny 

jenny@dreamspamedical.com


Knowledge is Power

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Personally, I feel that one of the most frustrating aspects of many programs (not just diet programs) is that the power lies within the the person or entity that is dispensing the information to you. There is always this sense that they know more than you do and so, in turn, you need them. For me, this codependency is not sustainable. It works out beautifully when you are in relationship with that person or company but what happens when you eventually need or want to detach and take ownership of your journey. As your coach, my ultimate goal is to equip you with the information you need to be able to maintain your weight and a healthy lifestyle when the day comes to end our time together. My role is to be your teacher, not your crutch!


Much of our inability to achieve our weight loss goals comes from a lack of knowledge and a lack of confidence. Throughout our time together, I will learn about you and what your personal roadblocks are. I will then gift you with the information you need in order to rebuild your self-esteem and , hopefully, your life! There are so many things you don’t think are a major roadblocks like negative self-talk, lack of sleep etc. The good news is that there is a plethora of tools at our disposal to break down these roadblocks. Your homework this week is to practice esteemable acts that build YOU up! Working on your self-esteem is one of the most valuable gifts you can give yourself!


XOXO

– Jenny 



 

HCG Orientation

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 30, 2018

“I have to inject myself with HCG...Yikes!!” That is the general response when people discover they will be injecting themselves. To be honest, that was my response to it as well, LOL! As is the case with most new things, once you break it down and fully understand it, the fear evaporates naturally. Mostly, it’s the unknown that is scary, not the actual thing itself that you are fearing. By the time are you are home with your supplies, you have been cleared for the program by our Nurse Practitioner, you’ve been instructed on the purpose and procedure of the injections, you will have been given a tutorial on the injections and we will have approved you to be able to take your supplies home. You will be fully prepared and completely ready to implement the HCG program once you are home!

When you come in for your orientation I will take your Body Composition Analysis. At this point in the process, I’ve already had our Nurse Practitioner review your blood work and clear you to proceed with the HCG Diet. This analysis will give me comprehensive data regarding the current state of your body. It will measure everything from your weight, to your BMI, to your muscle mass and many more stats that give me a complete picture of your baseline prior to the HCG program. You will then communicate your weight loss goals and any other goals you have to me. As your coach, I like getting a complete picture of what you really want in life. The more I know about you and where you want to go, the better I am equipped to help you get there. Based on your baseline and your ultimate goal, I will recommend a treatment plan for you. I will recommend the number of weeks that you will likely need to give you the best chance of achieving your goal and also the quantity of HCG you will be injecting daily. The major benefit of injecting yourself at home is the convenience. You will need to be injecting yourself daily (usually the same time every morning) so it would be very unreasonable to expect anyone to come into to the office every single morning for an injection for 30-90 days consecutively!

Your orientation will empower you with all the necessary tools to succeed at the HCG Diet. Beyond the injections you will be instructed on your calorie allowance, the “approved” foods and the precise breakdown of the protein/vegetable/fruit ratio. I will even give you parameters for your water intake and how to proceed if you choose to exercise while doing the HCG diet. I leave no stones unturned at your orientation. The most important point that I attempt to communicate is that I want you to feel comfortable and completely in control of the process. This is your body and your life so if I am able to give you the tools you need to gain enough self esteem to feel confident that you are fully in control of your destiny, then I could not ask for a greater reward in coaching you through this process!


Wishing you a week of empowerment!

– Jenny 



 

Jenny's Favorite Flavorful Cod Recipe

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 19, 2018

 

Heal Your Relationship With Food

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 19, 2018

Your drive to lose weight is, most likely, a product of the result of your relationship with food and the outcome it has produced in your body and in your life. I, personally, analyze my familial relationships, my romantic relationships, my finances and my traumas with regards to almost every other aspect of my life. I am, not only cognizant, but hyper-aware of the cause/effect equation that continuously plays out in my life. I’ve been to therapy and read hundreds of books in an attempt tease out all of the correlations between my childhood, my past experiences and the resulting bad (and also good) decisions I have made as a result of the sum of all those parts. I did recognize recently, though, that I had never truly placed my relationship with food under a microscope. In an effort to better understand why I make the food choices I make and what I’m feeling when I make those choices (good or bad) I have recently started to look at my relationship with food in a more honest way.

The catalyst for this was my foray into the world of HCG coaching. As I spoke with my clients, I began to see a very clear pattern. They did not need a healthy fish recipe from me (although I do have a stellar one that I’ll share with you lol). They needed someone to encourage them to discover the root of their dysfunctional relationship with food and help them heal that relationship. For example, if you are capable of seeing food as a beautiful way to nourish your body and fuel you for the day as opposed to a “drug” that is used to mask hidden trauma that is too painful to face if it bubbles to the surface, you are finally free! Freedom always gives way to happiness.

My greatest joy in this journey has been the moment when one of my questions hits the spot and uncovers the key to that particular person’s attachment to unhealthy habits. We have such complex and storied lives so it is, not only difficult, but incredibly daunting to embark on this endeavor alone. The structure of the HCG Diet, combined with the one-on-one coaching, allows me the framework to help you heal your relationship with food while you simultaneously lose weight. As the weeks pass by with each of my clients, I can see the light building up in their eyes and there is no bigger reward than that! As you begin to shed the pain from your past that is no longer serving any purpose, you will also shed the weight that is holding you down. That extra weight is a physical representation of all of your pain living in your body. You deserve to be happy and the only way to do that is to release all that pain!

 Wishing You A Week Of Enjoying Your Food!
 Xoxo
– Jenny 

As promised...Here is a link to a flavorful cod recipe that will make you feel like you are having a cheat day when you eat it!


What The Heck Does HCG Stand For?!

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 13, 2018

I, myself, asked this question so I completely understand the confusion surrounding this seemingly mysterious acronym. I definitely had a hearty chuckle at my own expense when I received my answer. Human Chorionic Gonadtropin...that’s a mouthful and, also, what is that? You’re probably well ahead of me at this point and you know exactly where I’m going with this. Although I was in my 40’s, thought I knew a lot about my body and I’d given birth twice, I somehow managed to avoid learning a single thing about HCG. Ok, I know the suspense is killing you! HCG is a hormone produced by the placenta after implantation. What is interesting is that it has been discovered is that this hormone can be very successful in helping your body retain muscle mass while losing weight quickly with the diet portion of the HCG program. We absolutely love seeing these astonishing transformations at Dream Spa Medical. Personally, I love getting to know people and getting to root if why you are where you are. My goal is to help you lose weight but, more importantly, to focus on your happiness. If you’re happy, all the people you love will benefit! We are just scratching the surface here! I wanted to introduce you all to each piece of this diet program slowly so that as you move through this HCG blog you do not feel overwhelmed. You will learn without even trying. Your homework this week is to pay attention to all of the different emotions you have when you see, eat or think about different foods and beverages. This is important because exploring your relationship with food is the first step!

 Wishing you a week of stellar self-awareness!
– Jenny 

P.S. If you have any questions you’d like me to address shoot us an email on our website with the subject line “HCG Blog”


Why Should I?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 12, 2018

It’s a valid question for sure! At this point in our journey together you have released your guilt and also learned about this fascinating hormone called HCG that can help you toward your weight loss goals. Of course, though, you are already bored by the idea that you are going to read about yet another diet full of rules and regulations. I hear you loud and clear! The endless diet fads drive me crazy as well. Although this program is extraordinarily structured, it is done so with your goals and happiness in mind.

As opposed to having a piece of paper, a book, a website or an app to guide you and leave you scratching your head every time you hit a roadblock, you have a real live person! The way that the program is designed and has been researched and proven over the years gives you the confidence you need in the information that is guiding you but, by far, the absolute best part of this program is having a Coach/BFF that you see every week to celebrate your wins, guide you through hard times and keep you focused on your weight loss goals and why you made them in the first place. Your HCG coach will answer your questions in a way that relates to you and your life specifically because she knows YOU. You aren’t just another customer, you are a very special and unique individual who will have your own set of vices, circumstances and overall goals for your body and your life.

So...Why Should You?? Because we listen to you, we care about you and we want you to be happy. Your weight loss will just be a sweet bonus!

Wishing you a week of appreciation for anyone who shows you love and support!


XOXO

– Jenny 



 

Self-Forgiveness & Weight Loss

Diana Brouillard - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Although forgiveness is most commonly linked to our relationships with others, I find that self-forgiveness has the greatest impact on how we live our lives and whether or not we are able to make long-lasting positive changes. If you grew up in family like mine, you may have a deeply ingrained sense of guilt attached to choices you make or have made that are “bad” decisions. I certainly struggle with this! I can tell you that your choices were the right ones for that moment in time and if you are reading this, you have learned from what you deem to be your mistakes. In all likelihood, you are stronger, braver and certainly much smarter because of all of the challenges you’ve faced.

Learning the very valuable skill of forgiving yourself will not only help you achieve your weight loss goals but it will help you live a more balanced, fulfilling and overall happier life. Forgiveness is acceptance of your humanness. We all ebb and flow and make missteps and being able to let go of your attachment to “right” or “wrong” behaviors will give way to a clearer path for you.

HCG is a wonderful way of creating this fresh start for our clients. We all love that feeling of a new beginning that is full of hope. Generally, when you begin these new chapters in your life, you are going it alone. That is what makes our program so successful. You have me to coach you through your journey! Throughout these blog posts I will be explaining the concept of the HCG program and the details of how the program is laid out. For now, your homework for the next week is to assess where you are in your life and pick one thing each day to forgive yourself for. Believe me, it gets addicting! You have my full permission to let go of ALL the guilt. You don’t need it and it is not helping you!


Wishing you a beautiful week of self-love!

– Jenny Bettencourt, Office Manager, HCG Coach



 


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