Hurricanes and Your Waistline!

Hurricanes are the perfect storm for weight gain. If you are a sister Floridian, you know the drill: first, run around for a week preparing for loss of power. Then, skip workouts so you can stock up on non-perishables and spend hours in long lines waiting for water deliveries, banking,  gas, batteries and materials at Home Depot or Lowes.  And those “non-perishables” that authorities are advising you to buy are typically high fat, high sodium junk foods or canned foods,  and sugary items such as peanut butter and jelly.  So if you felt like you were going crazy, it was not only because you were trapped inside your home, getting perhaps too much family togetherness or that you lost your power and needed a flashlight just to go to the bathroom or that you were constantly sweating from the heat and humidity and didn’t have access to your electronics. Even without all of that, just the food you were consuming could cause unusual spikes in your glucose levels and blood pressure, along with constipation from low water content and fiber that you would get in fruits and veggies. Throw in withdrawals from the endorphins you normally get from exercise, fresh air and sunlight, and you have the perfect storm for weight gain and a brain that is producing stress hormones.

In my tip sheet: 10 Easy Ways to Lose Weight Without Exercise, I explain how lack of restful sleep can cause weight gain.  In addition, not drinking enough water can cause your body to hold weight.   And the uncertainty of not knowing when you or anyone else will get their electricity back only fuels your anxiety and boredom which can trigger old patterns of using food as a crutch to cope. Past and present clients in the Neuro Weight Loss Coaching program have tools they can use to prevent backsliding into old habits under any conditions.

If you have dared to get on the scale since Irma, do not be too alarmed if you gained weight. A lot of it can be water weight because of the high sodium in the typical “non-perishable” foods. And dehydration can cause the body to hold water also, as a survival mechanism.

Moving forward, drink as much water as possible, get plenty of rest and be sure to get back to your normal workout or sports routine as quickly as possible. Just be sure to be gentle with yourself. We have all been through a traumatic event.

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Are You Ever on “Auto-Eat”?



Have you ever sat down in front of the TV or computer with a bag of chips or cookies and the next thing you know you are scraping the crumbs from the bottom of the bag? Did you taste the first one but don’t remember eating the rest of them?

We call this auto-pilot or in psychological terms: a fugue state. Like when you think you put the milk back in the fridge but you put it in the freezer or the cabinet without realizing it. If you lose things all the time, you are experiencing a lot of these fugue moments.

These are moments when you are not “present”. Your mind is consumed by something other than what you are doing and where you are and all the sensations that go along with attention on the present moment. This can happen when your mind perceives a problem and it keeps going over and over it trying to come up with a solution. Sometimes you keep replaying a conversation or argument you had with someone. Or perhaps your mind is planning the busy day ahead.

While moments like these are normal, too many of them can wreak havoc with your life from losing valuables, to getting into accidents to overeating on a regular basis, and even turning to food to “chew” on things in your mind. Some of my clients before enrolling in Neuro Weight Loss Coaching, would get up at night and sit at the table crunching on foods when feeling frustrated or angry or eat ice cream for its soothing texture if they were depressed or felt lonely.


There are ways to train your mind so that you are more aware, more focused, and more intentional in your actions. This state of awareness of your present experience is called Mindfulness.

When it comes to food, there are mindful eating practices which are helpful along with a daily practice of mindfulness meditation.


Your moments are richer and fuller and you do not feel like you are always in a rush. Your stress levels go down, and scientific data shows with regular practice, that it can lower heart rate, blood pressure, reduce anxiety and help manage chronic pain, just to name a few benefits.

And when it comes to eating, you feel like you have actually eaten something – because you have – and your mind and body are communicating with each other. And food tastes better! You feel full faster and you eat less.  Your digestion improves because you are not swallowing air and your food has a chance to be broken down by the enzymes in your mouth and stomach.


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Sunnie Brooks is the Founder and CEO of Neuro Weight Loss Coaching, LLC – an exclusive, groundbreaking program backed by the latest research in neuroscience that makes it easy for overweight individuals to change their habits by creating new neuronal connections to get thin, fit and healthy and stay that way without depending on willpower.


How to Make Affirmations Work

Some people might say “I tried affirmations but they didn’t work”. The problem is that most people are either never told how to use them properly or they do not follow through with consistency over time.

The theory behind using affirmations to accomplish a change in your life is that the mind is our computer and will create whatever we feed into it as programmers. Our thoughts affect everything in our life. For example, when you think worrisome or fearful thoughts your body may respond with shallow breaths, faster heart rate, sweating, shakiness, even nausea and vomiting or diarrhea. It does not matter whether the thing we fear is real or not, if we are thinking those thoughts strongly enough, then the body responds by releasing adrenaline to prepare us for fight or flight. If we have prolonged fear and worry, our body produces cortisol, a stress hormone that damages the body…and can even prevent some people from losing weight.


Before listening to the audio program that you will receive for free just for subscribing to (following) this blog, please keep in mind the following advice regarding the use of affirmations.

Key things to keep in mind to make affirmations work:

  • The statements must be stated in the positive (affirmative).
  • If you say I will not overeat, the brain focuses on “overeat” which is a much more powerful word than “not”. Therefore, it is better to say: “I eat only until I am almost full, then I stop eating. I feel satisfied by less food.”
  • Statements must be in the present, not the future. For example: I am slim, fit and healthy is much better than saying I will be slim, fit and healthy. Because the future tense means it has not happened yet and that is what you will get: something that has not happened yet.
  • Two of the most powerful words you can say are: I AM. Your whole being listens to the words I AM and will go about making that a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you say I am lazy, then guess what, you will have less energy. If you say I feel great or I feel more energy after I exercise, that is what you will get.
  • Do not let your mind, which is the gatekeeper of anything new or different, talk you out of your positive affirmations. Human nature, dislikes change, it fears what it may not be able to control such as something looming in the future. For survival reasons, humans tend to hang on to their present conditions because it is familiar and they have survived this far this way, even if those conditions are less than ideal.
  • Be aware of the little voice (or loud voice) of doubt, ridicule or fear that comes up when you state your affirmations. For example, in the beginning, when you say the affirmation, “I have a beautiful body” your critical mind might say “yeah right!” just smile and persevere with your affirmations.  Remember, you are training your brain in order to change your behaviors and shape your body. And all training requires REPETITION, CONSISTENCY AND PERSISTENCE.

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Love Your Way to Thinness

Love Yourself

Love yourself enough to explore an easier way to getting thin, energized and healthy. It’s based on neuroscience so you can’t fail!

It is common to believe that if you admonish yourself and feel guilty or worthless because you, for example, over-ate or didn’t exercise again today that it is going to make you behave differently tomorrow. Let me ask you:  “how is that working for ya?” Have you ever considered a different approach?

For example, think of someone you love. Would you ever speak to them the way you speak to yourself? Do you berate your beloved the way you berate yourself when you have fallen off your path to getting slim and staying there?

If you were to take a more loving approach to yourself and think things like: today I am going to show myself all the love I can by… eating nourishing food or going for a walk in a beautiful environment, you would have a greater chance of fulfilling that reality vs.  saying to yourself: I am a fat pig and I will never lose weight or be able to keep it off, which is usually followed by the thought, so why even try…and then resignation sets in. How awful are those feelings?  Imagine what it would feel like if you could feel happy and lose weight at the same time and keep it off forever?

Sound like a pipe dream? You CAN live a happier life by getting into the shape you want without feeling like you have to force yourself.

But, you say, this is just how I am. It always happens this way no matter how many diets I try or how many clubs or gyms I join. Sound familiar? If you are a seasoned dieter and your weight yo-yos up and down the scale and back up again it is NOT because you don’t know what to do – it is because your brain’s neurons have created connections that have hard-wired from years of experience, and beliefs you have about yourself and what is possible, many of which are at the subconscious level, meaning you may not be aware of all of the programming that is driving your behaviors.

So how do you get out of this trap?  The obvious answer is to do something different. That is the only way you will get a different result. They say the definition of insanity is to keep doing something the same way and expecting a different result. The good news is that with the discovery of neuroplasticity-meaning the brain can be changed, this means your thoughts and habits can be changed and you will get your desired outcome.

And no, it doesn’t involve being hooked up to wires. It involves practicing new thoughts that lead to new behaviors which turn into habits – things you do automatically without having to think about it.

To learn how to achieve this result, contact Neuro Weight Loss Coaching for a free discovery session. You will be amazed and inspired by how easy it is to change when you learn the right techniques and receive expert coaching to reinforce these new thoughts and new ways that will bring you the result you want.

…And the absolute best part is there’s NO willpower required!

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Your Mind: Friend or Foe?


Your mind can be your greatest strength when It comes to making the changes you want. The problem, however, is that the mind does not like change. The mind prefers the status quo even when that little voice inside you tells you it is time for a change. That wise part of yourself whispers to you, gives you nudges. Our fear (from out mind) pushes it away “to the back our minds we say” sometimes for years. What is very sad is that often people will spend their entire lives not making a change that would have given them a much better life. Many people live unfulfilling lives because they are afraid of the unknown. Whether it is changing jobs or a career, changing a partner, moving to a preferable climate, or doing something about their weight so they can be healthier and more fulfilled.

The mind was created for our survival. To keep us from danger. Our mind tells us that even though our current condition may not make us happy, taking a leap of faith and making a change could make things worse. It hearkens back to when our species had to fight off wild animals and hide in caves. We formed tribes and did not wander off to explore on our own. If you believe that “safety in numbers” is primitive thinking you are correct. If you believe that we are no longer “wired” that way then think about how hard it is to be boldly different from others. To be our authentic selves means being unique because each one of us is unique but few express their originality past the age of 3. What a waste to have developed a brain that has acquired wisdom and knowledge over the years but represses rather that expresses our uniqueness and creativity for fear of being ridiculed or not part of the pack or “crew”. All you need to do is find another crew, tribe, or pack that aligns with where you are now and supports your uniqueness and the uniqueness and growth of others. Often times, the right coach can help.

New Year’s Resolutions: Why is Change so Hard?


So you have signed up at the gym, congratulations!  You have set lofty goals for going three times a week, even though you haven’t been in ages.  You have decided to give up dessert, and perhaps you have even decided to give up alcohol or soda.  You know you want to lose weight, feel better, and look better. So, why is change so hard? Why do you fall back into your old ways and eventually give up on your goals?  The answer is simple, and the secret lies within your brain!

Your thoughts are the results of the neurons which have been hard-wired to develop habits.  These habits have formed due to the repetitive actions of your past behavior.  This is further exacerbated because when habits form they release certain chemicals (hormones) in your body that make you FEEL the need to continue your past behavior.  The hormones that are formed from your habits can make you feel intense cravings that make it even harder to change.  So, what is the answer?  More willpower?  Absolutely not!  The secret lies in rewiring your brain.

Follow this blog and discover the latest discoveries in neuroscience that enable you to easily make changes in your life irrespective of willpower.  You too can learn the secrets that will change your life forever!

Why Faster is not Better in the Race to Lose Weight

When we feel fat, or do not like the way we look, it is uncomfortable physically and mentally. We want to get rid of excess weight as quickly as possible.

The natural inclination is to look for a diet or a program that screams: “Lose Weight Fast!” However, if you are reading this blog, chances are you have lost weight quickly in the past only to regain it. Perhaps you have repeated this cycle many times and have felt so pessimistic that the little voice in your head has said: “why bother? I will only gain it back.” Or “I’ll never be skinny”. Or “I’m just not meant to be thin like other people.” Perhaps now you have convinced yourself that you will never be thin by telling yourself things like: “I’m weak, I have no willpower”. You may judge yourself and feel like a failure.

I have some good news for you! YOU CAN BE THIN AND STAY THAT WAY. It’s not about using willpower. You are not a failure. You just have not had access to the right information and coaching. It’s about re-programming your brain by getting at the subconscious programming. When you get your subconscious mind on board with your conscious desires such as “I want to be thin” there is no stopping you. Your subconscious mind is where your habits are mentally stored, it is also where beliefs, assumptions and old memories are kept that you are not consciously aware of. That’s also how we can function on “auto-pilot”. One everyday example is when you are driving and thinking about something else, like when you are talking on the phone and you don’t even think about the streets that you are turning on because you have done it so many times…when suddenly you realize you are home already. Wouldn’t it be great to be on auto pilot to lose weight? It can be done. Change your automatic habitual thoughts that are responsible for our daily habits and you will get a different outcome (being and staying thin) almost effortlessly.

Another reason we gain back weight if we lose it too quickly is due to our biochemistry. We forget that we are mammals and are wired for survival. When we deprive ourselves of food to lose weight quickly our brain interprets it as starvation. It then becomes harder to lose more weight and it seems like every morsel we put in our mouth is stored as fat. We are hardwired to have cravings to make us eat if our biochemistry is drastically altered by an abrupt deficit in calories. This is especially true in women. Nature designed women this way and gave us more fatty tissue (breasts and butts for example) than men for the survival of our young. However, VIP Weight Loss Coaching can coach you how to “outsmart the female fat cell” to a greater degree based on proven published data. If the scale isn’t budging even though you diet and exercise there are a few things you can do differently to get momentum going.

I had a client named Leslie who thought she had destroyed her metabolism with fasting diets. She was 100 pounds overweight and would tell me that she didn’t eat anything all day. OMG! That’s the worst thing you can do. She did not believe me at first when I told her she would lose weight eating five times a day. Of course, it matters what you eat and how much. But you should never be starving. Also, food variety and preferences are key. She put her trust in me, and she got down to within 10 pounds of her goal weight. That is 90 pounds that she lost! Once she arrived at 125 she realized that she felt good at that weight and it was maintainable. She looked awesome! She has so much more energy and through our private mind mastery sessions, she uncovered why she always gained weight back. It was because she kept the physical wall of fat around her to protect herself from being hurt due to events in her past. However, she was living a private hell of isolation and poor health the whole time. Through our work together, she was able to release the fears of being hurt emotionally and physically. She no longer sabotaged her weight loss. In the past, she had lost and regained hundreds of pounds. She was now free.

In my twenty years of coaching people, there are many gratifying stories of clients overcoming the yo-yo cycle of losing and regaining weight. Will YOU be the next success story?

Holding a vision of your thin, healthy and energized self!



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