30 Days of Mind ZoningĀ® via Facebook LIVE

30-Days of Mind Zoning® via Facebook LIVE

Oh my gosh, I’m so excited (and crazy scared) that I’ve decided to take the leap and go live on Facebook EVERY DAY for the month of June, delivering 5-minute Mind Zonings® to my awesome, loyal following. And I really want you to join me.

The History of Mind Zoning®

For those of you new to Fitlandia, Mind Zoning® is the foundation of everything we do to help you get fit today, but stay fit for life and put an end to dieting. These audio recordings are much like guided meditations that help create new neural pathways in the brain so that eating healthy, moving daily, and having positive thoughts becomes easy. Sounds great, right?! Check one of them out here: Healthy Suggestion Surge. I developed this process through my own journey of leaving the wild, corporate exec world and transitioning to a Certified Hypnotherapist, Life Coach and Nutritional Therapist. Through this, I realized the diet and fitness industry were...

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Episode 6 - New Year's Resolutions Part 1: Using NLP for a Fit Mind

On this episode, Christa welcomes Vonie Kalich who is a life coach and fitness professional with over 25 years of experience in the industry. Vonie Kalich discusses NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) which encompasses our words, thoughts, actions, and how we operate throughout our day.


Only a small percentage of people are able to reach and attain their goals because they haven’t changed their mental behavior. As children we take in everything, we’re a sponge. We absorb all the positive and the negative. If you spill a glass of milk and are reprimanded, you’ll take that in and it will become a negative belief about yourself being clumsy. People end up developing negative mind patterns, through millions of experiences like this and NLP is about changing those patterns and shifting us from “I could go to the gym” to “I can go to the gym” to “I will do it.”

Clean, Clear, Delete

She uses a mantra of “Clean,...

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5 Steps for Regaining a Fit Physique

5 Tips for Regaining a Fit Physique

If you’re someone to whom fitness is important, then you don’t need to be told how dedicated you need to be in order to achieve real results. People devote years of their lives and many hours of their time to losing weight, getting healthy, and becoming stronger. Good habits develop as a result. However, even the most deeply ingrained good habits can be broken.

Most modern people lead incredibly busy lives, and sometimes life gets in the way of that fitness regimen you worked so hard to establish. At first, maybe an increasingly busy schedule stops you from making it to the gym once or twice. Then things escalate and continue to take even more time away from your workout routine. Before you know it, you’re completely off the wagon and out of shape, wondering what happened.

This is something that can and does happen to the best of us. However, it’s important to realize that it’s something you can come back from if you...

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Leptin: The Hunger Hormone You May Not Have Heard Of

Leptin: The Important Hormone You Have Likely Never Heard Of

By Joel Wasmann

I gotta tell ya, it’s such an exciting time to be involved with human health and nutrition. We have so much new information these days and it is so empowering for everyone involved. Okay, that being said let me get started here with Leptin. Leptin is a hormone that was discovered fairly recently and although it is not completely understood we do have a fairly good idea of what it does. Leptin is known as the satiety hormone, as it helps our body realize when it is full. Leptin is made by our adipose cells and its function is to inhibit hunger. Leptin works in opposition to our hunger hormone, ghrelin.

It’s interesting that our fat cells produce this hormone (along with some others) which make our body fat actually act like an endocrine gland. You probably thought your body fat was just useless and lazy. Leptin communicates with the brain regarding fat stores and metabolism. When the system...

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Sleep Deprivation: The Silent Killer

Sleep Deprivation: The Silent Killer

~Stacey Chillemi

Most individuals do not realize that getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. Sleep deprivation not only affects your overall daily performance, in a short period of time it can also cause chronic illness. 

Most individuals require at least eight hours of sleep a night. According to Harvard Medical School, studies show that sleeping less than five hours a night increases the risk of death from all causes by about 15 percent. 

Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington provides brilliant insight in The Sleep Revolution.  The studies concluded that even though we may not know how we develop the common cold we do know how to increase the likelihood of getting one. Huffington continues to discuss how we open the door to other illnesses like cancer when we deprive ourselves of sleep.

Packed with magnificent advice,...

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Strategies for Restful Sleep

A large part of today’s population is suffering from a lack of restful sleep. Most people report some difficulty falling or staying asleep on a regular basis. Sleep is an important part of a healthy life. Our body uses our sleeping hours to repair damage, rebalance hormone levels and engage in physical healing and maintenance. Sleep deprivation has been implicated in heart disease, increased stress levels, diabetes, increased accidents, depression, lowered sex drive and diabetes. A good 8–10 hours of sleep is important for vital health.

External Steps to Improve Sleep:

  1. Make sure your room is dark. Invest in blackout shades or an eye mask to increase the darkness in your sleeping space. Move cell phones and other light emitting items out of the bedroom.
  2. Stick to a schedule. Try to go to bed and wake up at roughly the same time every day. Our bodies respond best to a regular routine. Following a similar routine every day signals to our bodies that bed time is approaching....
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My Sober Year - Day 3

Today is an awesome day! I had imagined Day 3 of My Sober Year would be nothing short of HELL-a-cious! This was based on my numerous times quitting smoking (been cig-free for nearly 6 years now) and anytime I cleansed and removed something from my diet.

Could It Be the Supplements?

I can only surmise it’s the prep work going into this journey and all that I’m doing to support the detox process that is making my 3rd day nothing but joyful. I’m still taking the original protocol, but I’ve added in Yogi tea’s roasted dandelion spice detox to support me throughout the day.

Better Sleep Already

I’ve had chronic insomnia for over 4 years. I could write a book alone on all I’ve done to help it. But I’m hopeful that being off sugar, refined carbs, caffeine, AND alcohol is what contributed to me falling back asleep within 5–10 minutes v. 2 - 3 hours when I woke up at 2AM. I’ll be updating you all on this one...

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My Journey in Juicing - Day 1

My Journey in Juicing - Day 1"

date: “2014–12–03”

My journey in juicing was prompted by the movie Hungry for Change. As a nutritional therapist in training, I certainly understood the value of eating fruits and vegetables, but juicing is relatively new to me so I thought I’d give it a whirl. The timing couldn’t have been better as my hubby and I were giving our bodies a 2-week break from alcohol and refined sugar/carbs so what better time to add in a nutrient blast!

My hope is to provide a daily account of what just one juice per day will do. This isn’t a massive juicing detox where I’ll only juice for several days. Who knows, maybe one day. For now, it’s a moderate, yet dedicated approach to getting more whole food nutrients in me.

Results of Day 1

WOW! Ok, from the first sip I noted “something.” I’m not exaggerating when I say it felt like every cell in my body was getting what it needed - immediately. I...

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6 Post-summer Fitness Tips

Ugh! The days are getting shorter. Prime workout times (morning and evenings) are darker. For many of us, rain, snow, and cold creep in to diminish our motivation to get out and exercise. We’re also on the cusp of holiday food temptations.

So how do we stay fit post-summer? Get your head, heart, and body in the game with these tips:

1. Get Social

Use Meetup.com to find local fitness groups, many of which are free to join, including Fitlandia, here in Portland, OR. Joining a gym is another great way to connect with fit-minded folk. Don’t be shy about introducing yourself to fellow classmates to build your support and motivation system. Think how much more regular you’ll attend if one of your buddies is expecting you!

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2. Get Your Head in the Game

Mind mantras will be the key to overcoming the inclement weather and the grasp of a...

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