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by:  Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, Clinical Medical Hypnotherapist, International Medical & Health Writers Ltd.
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January 28, 2015

Masters at Work...




The last few days have been "unique." I've had two meetings with my Spiritual Guides and Masters. I wasn't planning on much happening because we have been in the middle of "Juno". Earlier in the week we had another storm, leaving snow and ice to deal with...then came Juno dumping almost three feet of snow, hurricane winds, and drifts that are around five feet. Bobbie, my snow plow guy, showed up as soon the road ban was lifted. He ended up getting stuck in our driveway, but I've learned never to underestimate the original Rhode Island natives. He brought his teenage daughter along who is a wrestler. She had a snow shovel, so I paid her to open the front steps. Half-an-hour later my next door neighbor arrived with homemade chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven. Then, if that wasn't enough, he shoveled out our mail box and the fire hydrant.

MASTERS AT WORK...Masters come in all forms. Releasing my worries, keeping the electricity intact, opening the roads, and those warm, chocolate perfumed cookies. Feeling grateful and filled with love, my feet took me up to my office where clutter abounds. Before I can begin my writing goals, the clutter has to be addressed. Here come the "Masters" again. Piles of papers that I haven't been energized to address in the last months found their way to the trash or newly organized files, leaving my writing files ready to be addressed. The "Masters" also decided on emptying other clutter, most having nothing to do with my writing, but certainly clearing my mind and lifting my Spirit.

There is a definite relationship between clutter and creativity. Clearing my desk, dusting the shelves, opening the mind to new adventures. In the middle of this I came upon a local professional who is an "editor." He found me through this blog and we've been communicating about various projects. The "Masters" at work. As I picked up my many binders that were organized, well sort-of, sometime in the past, I felt my old love arising. Yes, I love my work. I love my writing. I love my messy pile of papers. This may sound ridiculous, but whenever a creative person, and we are all creative, picks up their "joy", the love spills out. My intuition told me that my work had missed me....yes, it is a living thing. All of our creative projects are living things, even when they simply exist in our mind. Do know that...and be sure to love them back.

Tonight I'm spending time with my Master (Minds)...a party of sorts. We are back around the fire, sitting on the comfortable stones, the brook babbling in the background. We are quiet and dreamy...each of us in our own way, but communicating through our dreamy-ness. The Masters in charge of organizing have written additional suggestions, but there is no pushing or efforting. They make it clear that all will be tended to in the time-frame that has already been decided.

When one works "hypnotically", the work is done "backwards." The end goal is imaged, then energized with powerful, positive emotions, and the invitation goes out to "step inside and feel the experience. Walk around, enjoy it, and then notice the steps that brought you where you are...no need to travel back for they are already moving along like a private escalator. Look again...there is a future path that leads from the already achieved goal that takes you to new adventures and heights. If you like you can explore there....a Master is always available to accompany you. Right now I'm enjoying the quiet of the fire, and communicating in silence, but later tonight I'll go down the future path in my dream states.

SOME QUESTIONS...

***Here we are back to the food issues. This reminds me of one of my biggest motivators from many decades ago. I just wanted the food business to be OVER. I had enough of thinking about it, day in and day out. My wish for everyone is that they find that motivator and get the business done. There were many questions about losing weight. Here's the thing. IF you give your body what it needs, your lean body mass will grow, your excess fat will burn and you will feel terrific. You will find that there are so many wonderful foods to enjoy and it doesn't take a lot of time to change your old habits. In fact, you will enjoy your food so much more. Yes, I did have to spend time organizing myself in this regard, and yes...that child-self part of me did fight and procrastinate, but as I said at the beginning of this discussion, I had ENOUGH of THINKING ABOUT THIS. I wanted it over and done with. I can't express how powerful that motivator was and still is for me. I never want to go back. There isn't a food that is worth it to me. Yes, I can eat some of those again, but I do think twice about "going there." Yes, there are foods I don't allow in the house, just like some people I know.

***How long did it take me to get everything straightened out? A week...and then the rest of my life up until now. This is an ongoing process. I look at it "as getting better and enjoying it more." Question, do I cook? Well, yes....but nothing complicated. I focus on quick grilling of protein, fresh vegetables, legumes, and fruits/berries. I never drink soda/pop, I do drink coffee, I don't use sugar on anything, I don't snack, I'm never hungry, I sleep well, I exercise daily with efforting or pushing myself, and yes, I do enjoy a drink once a week. I do eat in restaurants on occasion, I do enjoy good bread on occasion, I rarely eat white foods...or junk. I do like nuts. I think this answers most of the questions up to date. Oh...I do use hypnotic techniques daily. There, that does it.

OK..we are getting ready for another storm and then....one more next week. My Masters have told me not to be concerned. All will turn out well, and by the end of the week a good part of my organization will be in place.

I'M GRATEFUL.

Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht
Clinical Medical Hypnotherapist
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Lincoln, RI

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January 27, 2015

Messages Surround Us...




Yesterday I wrote about having a meeting with my Spiritual Guides and Inner Teachers. I've been meeting with them for years, sometimes in "formal meetings" like yesterday and often times "in the moment." Many years ago I began noticing that they follow me around. All of this "noticing" began when I started journaling regularly, but the more aware I became, the more I realized that they have been following me since early childhood....and most likely before. I now believe they are a part of me. I might call them by different names, but most of them are very familiar.

Sometimes when I'm reading a book, or a magazine or just driving home from work, my attention is brought to something that carries a message. In the past I was amused by these coincidences, but now I know they are more than that. Certain thoughts may enter my mind, and if they are not useful or negative in any shape or form, there are those !@#$% Spiritual Guides correcting me "right in the moment." It's like having a group of personal assistants or coaches checking on my every move.

I'm always asked questions about my personal work in Interactive Self-Hypnosis, and I'm always willing to share. A long time ago a colleague of mine suggested that I never tell anyone about my personal experiences. My answer to that was "rubbish." If I'm not going to be "authentic" then I have no business in my profession. The answer I received from my "colleagues in the Universe" were "go right ahead." And so I "go right ahead."

I do write a lot about eating issues, and unfortunately I much prefer to write about other things, but this darn subject keeps chasing me, and for good reason. It is a "darn subject." It makes me crazy to see what is going on in the area of food and how it connects to the mind, body, creativity and Spirit. There is a part of me that knows I will not be able to make a big dent in this problem, but I cannot give up when the need arises...

Here are a few questions I was asked in the last few days...

***I am always surrounded by food and people who are eating. This may sound ridiculous, but it is true. I don't see how I can change and still live in my world.

OK..here's the thing. The world you are speaking about is a dangerous world, one that brings all sorts of problems as life progresses. You need to move into a "different world." "What," you say, "a different world?" Yes...you literally move into a world that has different eating rules. While I don't like the word "rules", in the beginning of change you might need that word. As time passes, you will accept your new world as "normal" for you.

Hypnosis is key in moving you into your new world. But, you must gain Knowledge to set up your new world. This is where the problem occurs. People often think that hypnosis will cause them to lose weight. That is an incorrect perception. You want hypnotherapy to set up your new abode, all organized with the things you need, including a relationship with your "future selves" and "Spiritual Guides." As you enter each day you will board the bus that takes you on your already planned healthy route, accompanied by your motivating Selves and Guides. It is not only enjoyable, but a super-fun way to live and play.

"What about the others," you may wonder. "Well, they have their own "bus ticket." They travel their own route and experience their own destination. "What do you say to them," you ask. "Nothing." Your life is your life and they own their own life. If you need to say something, your Guides will speak the words for you....gentle, kind and to the point. Soon people will leave you alone with your own "bus ticket." They may leave your relationship or not. Sometimes they will follow you, and that is wonderful, but you will always remain quiet about it. This is their life and their journey. Allow them to feel their own power. Time to smile inwardly.

OK..my Spiritual Guides took some time off today because of the Blizzard we had here in Rhode Island. Our focus was safety and getting through the storm in an enjoyable way, as silly as that may sound. Remember, each day when we awaken we ask to be able to make our day benefit, not only ourselves, but others who are walking through life. I found myself focusing on that, even finding more ways than usual to bring a higher self-esteem to those who crossed my snowy path.

I did meet, in a serendipitous fashion, two new people who I could help and enjoy their suggestions to me. So, it was a very fruitful day. I look forward to dreaming tonight about my office, my work and new organization. My Spiritual Guides and Mentors are already in process. I see them in my "mind's eye." They smile back at me...

Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht
Clinical Medical Hypnotherapist
President and Program Designer
International Medical Health Writers Ltd.
Lincoln, RI

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January 25, 2015

Questions? OK...




I've been receiving lots of questions on Twitter and I'm happy to answer some of them, although I do want to take some time to work on my own inner self and goals. I made some big commitments for 2015 and writing my blog helps me greatly. Anyone who writes knows that the more one writes, especially utilizing "automatic writing", the better one writes with special projects. When the subconscious mind "opens", the creative Self comes forward and simply knows what is needed.

I'm sitting here waiting for the "double blizzard" to hit us starting tomorrow. I'm hoping that we won't lose power. I don't mind being snowed-in, but having to worry about all the things that "loss of power" brings, tends to close my creative process....at least in areas that don't have to do with "survival and safety."

Let me answer a few questions that seem to keep repeating themselves...

**Many people who are over-weight or obese are "afraid" of food. They tend to starve or binge. This keeps the blood sugar and other hormones very imbalanced. Eating like this causes weight gain. The body systems NEED nutrition and so if you aren't eating the foods your body needs to function, it will go into survival mode and break down your lean body mass. Obese or over-weight people always have a small lean body mass, sometimes anorexic, and a large body fat percentage. This needs to be reversed and is accomplished through high level nutrition. Remember, the biggest stress the body experiences is "food stress." You do want to change this.

**Just because everyone in your family is over-weight, obese, has diabetes, or other chronic disease states DOES NOT MEAN that you have to go down the same path. While you have a "tendency towards something" you can re-route. If you don't, then you will go down the same path.

**If you think you can't lose weight then you won't. That's how the mind works. But...losing weight is not the correct goal. You want to burn fat and build your lean body mass. When you do this, then you will never have to worry about your scale weight again. The good news is that eating high level nutrition is so enjoyable and easy, that is IF you want to experience it. There are roadblocks, many caused my your own mind and other people in your life who will sabotage you. Remember, it is your life and you are the one who will experience the outcome of your behaviors, no one else. If you eat incorrectly, your fat will be yours along with all the chronic diseases and cognitive issues. Your choice!

OK...now it's time for me. Yesterday I worked hypnotically with my Masters. Today I'm having a Board Meeting with them. I have some direct questions that actually came out from yesterday's meeting. I had active dreams last night where some of the "messages" I received came forward inside new images. Some were old, but others were new.

I've dedicated this year to organizing my research into a reasonable order so I can write eBooks. Unfortunately my research and experience is huge, so I keep falling into procrastination. In a way, I'm fearful of even attempting to correlate all of this. If that isn't enough, I have a strong desire to publish two novels I've written following the loss of my son Michael. These books ( or books to be ) are very meaningful to me and I do want to complete these projects.

So...I'm meeting with my Spiritual Guides/Masters to ask for assistance. I do accept that I can't do everything, BUT I find myself "avoiding" instead of facing my work and "enjoying" it. I've been in a state of depression following my son's death, and while this could be a factor, I need to utilize the energy from my grief/depression and transmute it into a flow of energy that moves my desires along.

I'm going to the Board Meeting as I write this. I enter by way of meditation and a focus on the noise of my dishwasher. Strange but true. It has a good cadence that I enjoy. It's like mechanical music. My breath has slowed and I'm entering a spiral staircase...counting down. The door to the Meeting Room is below. I see/think it. I enter. It's not a regular room, but a series of big stones around a small fire. I'm directed to a stone. Interestingly, it's not hard, but very comfortable. The fire dances before me taking me deeper down. I look at my Spiritual Guides/Masters. No one is saying anything. I let go of my expectations. That's me, always expecting something...comes the message into my mind.

Oh, no secrets here. I'm completely vulnerable. They know me, even though I don't think I know them. I'm corrected...we all know each other for we are "one." OK..I'll buy that. I'm told to "shhhh." The flicker of the flames draw me in. I'm quieter now. I thought I was quiet before, but obviously not so. I feel myself smile inwardly. I feel something in my hands. I look down at a beautiful clock. I've never seen one like this before. I seem to know it's a "life clock." Across my mind I notice things lining up. I don't know what they are. I'm told that I do know.

The things lining up are speaking to each other but I cannot hear the conversations. I'm told to "shhhh". I sense myself going deeper down. I hold an instruction to gently open my eyes. I do so, even without an effort. My eyes seem to follow the directions on their own. That feels good. I'm in my chair...at my desk. I'm at peace. I wonder what tomorrow will bring. In the background I hear "shhhh."

Thank you...I am Grateful.

Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht
Clinical Medical Hypnotherapist
President and Program Designer
International Medical Health Writers, Ltd.
Lincoln, RI

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January 24, 2015

Climbing into My Creative Mind





I've been writing for several days about disorderly eating and my history of food addiction. If you are following along, you have some background on the 4 steps to Food and Life Sanity. I've focused on mainly on food issues, but for some reason I feel like going inside my own "creative space" and doing some personal work for myself "outside of my food issues." Although they are always a big part of my life, I do have other areas that are connected by what I call the "underground root system." I explained earlier that everything is connected. In my self-development work and what I teach my patients, record on mp3 and write about, we all travel inside our subconscious mind. We get there by various means. I like to go through a short meditation, then climb up the ladder and onto my "Goal-den Path." Some of my readers/patients travel on their breath and enter a special door. Whatever you design for yourself is perfectly fine.

When I teach Interactive Self-Hypnosis there is often an "early concern" that a person cannot think in images and therefore cannot be successful. Nothing could be further from the truth. We all have thoughts and play them thousands of times a day. In the practice of Interactive Self-Hypnosis we simply quiet the mind through a focus breath, perhaps a mantra or even an image, and then enter our creative space. So, if you have this idea that you can't do this, please know you already "do this." Your "inner child" may be telling you that you can't quiet your mind, but once again, you do this all the time when we day dream or "space out" or before going to sleep at night. You already know how to do these things.

Tonight my blog is for me...so please excuse me while I go into my quiet space and up the ladder. I'm entering my "Goal-den Path." I will stop by my MindBody Health Garden and express my gratefulness to my body parts for keeping me at a very High Level of Health. I've cared for them well over the decades and they reward me everyday. I never forget to say "thank you." I'm surprised to find a visitor sitting on a bench overlooking my beautiful garden. She is a very old woman....she stands when she sees me coming and greets me with a spontaneous hug. This is my "oldest woman". She lives inside of me. She whispers in my ear about how grateful she is for all I do for her. I've allowed her to become very old, free of the killer diseases and even medications. She is very healthy, very active and still producing outstanding work....even more than I can imagine in my life where I stand on my time-line. So, I'm delighted to know that I have surprises coming down my time-line as I age. What a wonderful gift! Thank you!

I'm especially delighted to hear this because the reason for coming here tonight is to visit my Source and then to travel to the brook and big tree where the Masters meet. I walk back onto my "Goal-den Path" and continue to pass other gardens where I notice positive emotions at work. I wave to them and they wave back, as if they know where I'm headed. My Source is just around the bend. As I turn I see it before me. It is represented by a huge Light. I walk towards it noticing that I'm floating instead of walking. The Light is drawing me closer and I feel the Lightness of Being. I am grateful for everything I've received, even those things that have been so difficult for me over the past few years. They have already been transmuted into positive energy and this is the reason why I want to meet with the Masters. I want to ask them to assist me in the work I plan to write.

I sit before my Source, focusing on my Lightness of Being. Black drops exit my fingertips and as they hit the Path they transmute into Gold. This is the transmutation of stored stress that I've brought to empty. The Light is my Source. Emotional children sit in chairs on my right and left. Some are bigger than others. Negative emotional children are on the left, positive emotional children sit on the right. The Source is caring for them. Black drops exit their fingertips. Positive emotions grow bigger and negative emotions become smaller.

I'm now ready to take the Path that goes behind my Source. As I float this way I can see the brook and big Tree. Coming down the Path are some Masters. I've requested certain ones, then asked my Source to invite those that will be most helpful to me. I recognize some but not others. I'm greeted with welcoming hugs. I'm delighted to see some of my old Wise Masters who have helped me through many parts of my Life. Others introduce themselves. I open the book I carried with me that outlines work I would like to achieve. The book is passed around and returned to me with various suggestions. Some I can read, others not, but I know that these are already planted in my subconscious, creative mind and will be channeled to me.

I give thanks and my word that I will spread love, peace and Knowledge through all that I do each day of my Life. I will care for my Body, Mind, Spirit, Soul and share positive energy on my Daily Path. It's time for me to return now to the Earth Plane where I'm currently "stationed." I open my eyes gently, noticing my little dog curled up next to me.

God Bless...

Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht
Clinical Medical Hypnotherapist
President and Program Designer
International Medical Health Writers Ltd.
Lincoln, RI

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January 24, 2015

Moment to Moment Step Climbing





In my last blog post I set up the four steps to what I call "High Level Health and Performance." For me, the first step was the most difficult and it was here that I either tripped or found myself unable to move....a special kind of procrastination that lives inside or BESIDE disorderly eating. There is a difference, and understanding this concept was vital to my long term success. It still is. The idea that disorderly eating is over forever is a dream, especially when it has been deeply embedded in the subconscious mind and has so many tangents or triggers. After living with myself and then working with clients over the decades I've seen just about everything. Staying in what I call "high level nutrition" is a challenge, but one that is very worthwhile. You might wonder if I stay in this place....well, most of the time, but not all of the time. For me, I have learned to eat healthy meals based on my nutritional needs and genetics, but I will wander over into the sugar or salt area on occasion. Believe me, it took quite awhile to achieve this level of food sanity, so I am grateful.

The steps are very important to my food sobriety. Without them I believe I would slip back. There are times when I need the second and third step to manage life chaos. This is done right in the moment. The fourth step, the imagery/imaginology step is vital to clean up and replant a more powerful image. Let me give you an example from my own life. As I'm writing this I'm thinking what to choose. Part of me wants to discuss something "big" like the unexpected death of my son, but I don't want to go there. That wouldn't be as useful to you as some everyday experience, so let's go to the "office candy jar" and the cookies, cakes, bagels, donuts brought in by fellow employees. My inner child is screaming, "Tell them about driving home past the pizza place." Yes, that is one of "her" favorite stories and challenges, especially if we are going to be alone for dinner. Being alone is a big trigger for "us." Remember, I'm a "secret eater", so when I don't have to hide it makes the whole process much easier.

I think I'll stick with the junk in the office. In the beginning I wasn't all that aware of how much stuff there was. I was blind to it..."comfortably blind." As I started to be "mindful" and practice "high level awareness" I was stunned, not only with how much stuff there was on a daily basis, but how much of it we ate and how often we ate it. There is a habit called "walk-by eating." Most of my colleagues had candy jars on their desks supposedly for guests or staff who stopped in for some sort of conference. Sitting in front of a candy jar all day is a dangerous activity. I began to notice that colleagues were drawn to different candy jars, always taking a piece...like it was nothing. Every Monday I noticed the candy jars being refilled by their owners. On and on it went. When I came to the Knowledge that I couldn't have sugar like this, I retired my candy jar. I can't tell you how many people remarked about it. "Where's the candy?" So, I wasn't the only one with the problem.

Getting rid of my candy jar needed some special "step work." My thoughts, emotions, even body sensations kept me in procrastination. The "child-self" suggested that I put it in my bottom drawer or filing cabinet. What a dangerous suggestion...but very cunning. "No," said my Higher Power. "Out it must go." The child replied, "It's wrong to throw out the candy. Give it to someone else." Cunning again. "No." It was to really "go." But where? My Higher Power told me to put it in the garbage bin of the building where we worked. The "child" came with me screaming all the way. As I threw it into the bin I asked for "forgiveness" and promised not to replace it. I returned to the "second step" and spent some time in mindfulness, gratitude and full release of the pattern. Was I never to think of this again? Of course not...BUT..the image of the promise and full release was placed subconsciously. Each time the thought returned, I placed an X on it and returned to the second step....thankful.

One of my colleagues had a jar of pretzels on her desk. My child-self jumped to the opportunity. My mind was filled with "suggestions"...often loud ones, that "pretzels were not like candy" and we should visit Brenda more often. Becoming aware of how food works in your particular body is vital to self-management. Becoming aware of the messages in the mind, the body tension connected to those messages, and the emotions connected to the body sensations is a complete revelation. Personally, I found it overwhelming and frightening. I knew from my health review that I could not have these things, especially in the beginning and also between meals due to the insulin issue, but there was my "mind"....thoughts, emotions and a very tense body literally pushing me off the chair and down the hall. I found myself "dizzy" with the child-self telling me that "if I had a pretzel I wouldn't faint." Notice the embedded fear tactic.

So, how does one come to manage this? First there needs to be Knowledge about the needs of the body and mind to keep the blood sugar levels stable. This is where "insulin" needs to be understood. Next, there needs to be motivators. For me it was about my huge hunger and fatigue. I didn't want them ever again. They were connected to anxiety attacks and once I knew this as a fact, I could plant those fears and dislikes into my mind. I also knew I had to eat the foods my body needed to protect the insulin release and at the same time to start correcting the hyperinsulinemia. Yes, this is very different from focusing on weight loss and dieting.

Practicing the first three steps and then adding in the fourth step is an ongoing process. The book I wrote many decades ago is still a best seller online. There are mp3's that go along with the ebooks. I've found this to be the most successful application of my work. The books are written in "Interactive Self-Hypnosis" and then reinforced with the mp3 Sessions. They are available on Amazon.com. The link is below.

I'm often asked "How long does this take?" I must admit when I'm asked that I feel like running away from telling the truth. Addicts or people who live disorderly lives do not want to know the answer to this question. It's like handing them an excuse for not starting. But here's the truth....it doesn't end. It must go on for as long as you live. There is no other way to a life of high level health and achievement. But, let me add this. The rewards are huge, and are not only health related. As discipline is brought to a sector of life, all other areas benefit. The practice of mindfulness, managing emotions, thoughts and body sensations carry huge benefits to the entire mind, body and Spirit. When one is in balance with life, one is closer to one's Higher Self and Higher Power, however you see that for yourself.

God Bless...

Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht
Clinical Medical Hypnotherapist
President and Program Designer
International Medical Health Writers Ltd.
Lincoln, RI

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A R C H I V E / H I G H L I G H T S

Only Four Steps
originally posted: January 22, 2015





There is great power in imagery. Hypnosis or hypnotherapy are the same as imagery, only with more empowered "suggestions" embedded inside the images. Sometimes we decide to "mind travel" or converse with the particular images. The subconscious mind is a playful mind, loving this type of interaction. Those who learn to practice with these tools can not only travel to areas of the mind yet to be explored, but into the minds of others....but this is a subject for another time.

I have been practicing Clinical Hypnotherapy for over four decades....mainly in medical settings and for education in the workplace. I became interested in food issues early on, mainly for myself. What I didn't understand at the time was how the body physiology, medical history and emotions were woven together to manage what I came to learn as a "complicated" scenario. For years I believed the food issues stood alone. This belief, not only almost killed me, but left me with a high level of confusion as to why I couldn't put this to rest. I knew my eating behaviors were "sick", but I didn't understand them. When we don't understand something at it's core, then we can't solve it permanently. This was always a big mystery to me until the day when I realized how sick I had become. I was frightened, not only of my physical condition and symptoms, but of my seemingly inability to solve the conundrum.

If you have been following along with me, you know about how I came to the Knowledge that would afford me a new level of health and corresponding high level performance. While I have written and recorded many programs on this subject, this is the first time I am sharing my personal journey. I hope this helps you understand the underpinnings of weight gain, storage, fat-burning, anxiety, depression, compulsive and emotional eating, and those crazy emotions. Do know there are many other conditions and connections to hyperinsulinemia. They are in my books and mp3 programs. I'll probably touch on some of them here...sooner of later. I blog from my creative mind, so what ends up here is not always in the best edited version. It's simply me being me at the end of my day.

While I've written about food choices, hunger patterns and crazy eating habits, I haven't touched on the four steps I designed to help myself and my patients to "focus or center." We all need something to hold on to....something simple, yet profound. The four steps did it for me, and have helped thousands of people who have come to my office, read my work, listened to my programs or found me somewhere wandering around talking "food." You don't want to sit next to me at a dinner party! While I try not to get into the discussion, somehow it always seems to surface for some reason.

Now...about those "four steps." Here they are:

1. High Level Nutrition
2. Mindful, Awareness, Focus
3. Managing Thoughts and Emotions
4. Practicing Imagery of Interactive Self-Hypnosis

We learn to "hang out" on the four steps throughout the day. High Level Nutrition is based on the personal needs of your body. No two bodies are the same. We all come from a different family and personal medical history. We have our own genetics. We have our own history of eating disorders that go back to early childhood, thereby setting up our level of insulin resistance and over-production...the famous "hyperinsulinemia" word.

Body Sensations are managed with Body Awareness and Scanning. I do have an mp3 for this training. Once you have it placed subconsciously, you can practice it "in the moment." Your subconscious mind will also awaken you, if you ask it to do this. This is an important issue for me because some sensations are very troublesome for me and I do want to recognize them at "lower levels." Body sensations indicate "food stress."

Managing thoughts and emotions speaks for itself. These are awareness tools that are vital for mind editing, placing new suggestions into the subconscious mind, and moving out of difficult habits "in the moment." I'll be writing much more about this. In my book series, Sugar...the Hidden Eating Disorder and How to Lick It, Part 2, you can get a head start on this.

As for practicing Imagery and Interactive Self-Hypnosis, this is the heart and soul of our work...and my work with myself. Without it I would stay "stuck" and this is not in my agenda. I have a Life Purpose, places to go and things to do. I'm sure you do as well. In my book series named above, look for Part Three and Four. These are on Amazon.com and come with embedded mp3 programs.

Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht
Clinical Medical Hypnotherapist
President and Program Designer
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Some Things I Didn't Know...
originally posted: January 21, 2015



I'm addressing some of my food issues and my personal history with "disorderly eating" that almost took my life as I know it. As with alcoholics, people with food issues often have to hit rock bottom before being forced into a change. Rock bottom is not the same for everyone. This was one thing I came to know. I have to say "I was delighted to learn this, but at the same time I honestly didn't want to know it." Life teaches us many things...some welcomed and others "not so much."

The time and money I spent dealing with my food issues could have filled a bank vault. I never paid too much attention until I graduated from high school. I was always athletic and could eat large amounts of food without gaining weight. I was never fat, never plump, but certainly not skinny. I was a competitive roller skater during my high school years and held a part time job after school and all day Saturday. I remember having horrendous hunger and couldn't wait to go to lunch. In the afternoon I would sometimes have a "low period", but there was always candy or something around, so I never felt faint or shaky. As I look back to those years I was definitely "hyperinsulinemic", but this was managed with large amounts of food. I didn't eat much junk in those days and candy was never an everyday thing, but I could eat a very large sandwich with chips and a giant bowl of salad. I remember my mother criticizing the amount of food I could "put away." She was still into wanting to control my appetite, but since she worked out of the house I was free to take care of myself.

Hunger was always an issue for me. Today it is still an issue, but since I've controlled my hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance, I don't have what I called "I could eat the wallpaper off the walls hunger." I'm also very careful about "walk-by eating." Those early rules of sitting down at the table to eat and even to use good china, glassware and cloth napkins still holds to this day. Many of my other rules that I'll get into somewhere down the pike in this blog still hold true for today. For example, I shop from a LIST and don't buy anything that is processed. That rule was a tough one during my "early days." There were times when I had to leave my shopping cart in the aisle and go "sit in the car" until my "unbalanced child-self" stopped bothering me. In the early months I didn't allow myself to go down certain aisles in the supermarket. The soda aisle fell into that category as did the cereal aisle. As for the bakery, I wasn't allowed to go there for at least six months and when I felt more control, I would only allow myself to read the labels. This was a great exercise for me because I hated to read the names of all the chemicals in the food. I'm petrified of chemicals in food, especially when I can't pronounce them. After reading the labels I would head back to the fruit department and purchase some berries. The order in which I did this was important for me. If I had purchased the berries first, then I wouldn't have appreciated them as much. I really needed to understand that the bakery items had "chemicals." To this day I am turned off by this knowledge.

When I first changed my eating I burned fat much too quickly. It literally fell off my body because of my level of exercise. It was not healthy and I suffered greatly from hypoglycemia, the reason being that my lean body mass was much too small. The lean body mass is our "fat burning machine." A person who is overweight is usually "over-fat". The scale weight is deceptive. For me, I went from a size 14 to a 6 in two months. I looked anorexic and felt terrible. My weight went from 155 to 115 and kept falling. For the first time in my life I was afraid of losing weight. I didn't know how to stop it from going down. Believe me, this was frightening. The hypoglycemia presented itself like "anxiety attacks" and quite frankly, I was a mess. It took further research for me to understand what was happening and how to control it. One thing I found out was that I had to build my lean body mass while allowing the fat to keep burning. This is how athletes "who are healthy" manage to stay that way.

I happen to need quite a bit of protein to stay stable. All of this depends on my exercise. There are foods that I stay away from completely, and others that I've come to like even though they were never favorites of mine. I do have a couple of video's on YouTube and I will transfer them over here, but not today. It is so important to understand the relationship of the body fat percentage to the lean body mass. If one burns more lean body mass, the body will return to fat storage when the "diet" is supposedly over. You can see this all the time with programs that are advertised on television. Notice all the refined carbohydrates provided in those meals. Yes, the scale weight will go down, but this is the lean body mass burning off. This is why there is rebound weight gain.

For me, I weigh around 150, but still wear a size 8=10 which is healthy for me. I walk six miles a day, mostly with my dog. If it snow, I have a treadmill. I will never stop my lifestyle changes. Why would I? As for my "imbalanced child-self", I'd like to say she is a perfect little angel, but she is not. She still talks about the binge, but mostly in a sing-song way with me. She gets excited around the holidays and if allowed, would fill the shopping cart with all sorts of @#$%^.

I invite you to visit my websites and Interactive Self-Hypnosis Sessions. I also have many Kindle books with embedded mp3 programs. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.

Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht
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R E A D E R   C O M M E N T S

Re: The Magic Inside Question Asking...!! (June 13, 2012)

Like what I am seeing about your Book. We seem to share a lot in common regarding belief. Looking forward to the completed book

Re: Sugar...the Hidden Eating Disorder - Excerpts (December 4, 2011)

Wonderfully insightful and beautifully written post. I struggled for over 40 years with eating disorders and disordered eating and what you've written is so true, especially the part about being an information-gatherer.

Re: 'Tis the Season - The Biggest Gift Ever! (December 18, 2010)

I dont have a lot of words right now i just came across youre material. As i read this i am just sitting hear crying my eyes out something is defenetly going on. This material that you write about is obviously hitting a cord with me.

Re: The Art of Self-Tweaking (May 20, 2010)

I love your blog regarding the art of tweaking! I've enjoyed a number of your tapes (way back when) and now mp3 recordings. Your imagery is deep and rich; it resonates with me. I really enjoy reading your creative thoughts and ideas!

Re: The Art of Self-Tweaking (May 20, 2010)

Thank you Elizabeth for this article. I was reminded of a talk I used to give several years ago, particularly to business people, but it also (I believe) has a message for people in general, except that the image I used mightn't be meaningful for them.

The message is simple and is contained in its title "You are your own product manager." When you know the responsibilities and role of a product manager, the message is quite clear. But what I wanted my audiences to understand and believe, is that their future is their responsibility.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

Re: Brick Throwing & Ducking (May 18, 2010)

Once again my comment arises from my business background. In sales your prospect (customer) will always offer some objections. It doesn't matter whether the objection is valid or not, or significant or trivial. What it is - is something to be dealt with. Each objection you treat seriously and overcome, becomes a new selling point for whatever your product or service is. The customer might be objecting simply to show that s/he is in command. Your treatment of it validates the customer's self-perception, and increases your acceptance value in his/her eyes. But whatever - an objection requires you to consider it, and if necessary to take some relevant action - requires you to react positively.

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Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht has been working & writing in the field of mindbody health, self-hypnosis, addictions, creativity & optimum performance for over 30 years. She is a graduate of Rockland Psychiatric Center, SUNY; Graduate Nurse Intern, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Cornell University, N.Y. She is President & Program Designer, Sarasota Medical & Sports Hypnosis Institute, Sarasota, FL & online at http://www.hypnosis-audio.com & http://www.sugar-addiction.com

She has written & produced +350 audio CD programs for adults, children, students & athletes, as well as several books in original Interactive Self-Hypnosis. She specializes in the food connection to addiction, optimum health & performance. She is the author of Sugar...the Hidden Eating Disorder & How to Lick It, as well as Beyond Disorderly Eating...the Truth About Sugar & Binging & How to Stop