Brain-Powered Weight Loss with Eliza Kingsford – Ep. 209

We get messages from all over and throughout our entire lives about who we are and what we should be like. Whether it’s from the media, family, friends, peer groups, classmates, movies, or TV, we’re constantly bombarded with being told that our bodies need to look a certain way in order to be accepted by society.

When we feel out of control, we feel like the only thing we have control over is our bodies.

This week, we have an amazing interview for you with licensed psychotherapist, Founder of Empowered Wellness, Executive Director of Wellspring Camps, and author of Brain-Powered Weight Loss, Eliza Kingsford.

As you listen, Eliza shares the common relationships that we have with food through coping mechanisms, comfort foods, celebrations, or addictions. Then, she shares the actions we can take today to improve how we see food, ourselves, and our relationship with others

Exercises you can begin today to shift your mindset about yourself and your relationship with food:

  1. Awareness
  2. Find a Replacement
  3. Consistency
  4. Have an Intention or “Why”
  5. Mindfulness
  6. Repetitive Action


Brain-Powered Weight Loss

Get your copy of Brain-Powered Weight Loss by Eliza Kingsford here

Losing weight and successfully maintaining it over the long term is not as much about what you put in your stomach; it’s more about what’s happening in the brain. In Brain-Powered Weight Loss, psychotherapist and weight management expert Eliza Kingsford shows that more than 90 percent of people who go on diet programs (even healthy ones) fail or eventually regain because they have a dysfunctional relationship with food. Changing this relationship by changing the way you think about and behave around food is what it takes to permanently achieve weight-loss success.

Kingsford’s 11-step first-of-its-kind program enlists dozens of mind-altering and behavior-changing exercises and techniques and shows you how to:

• Identify and reverse the conscious and unconscious thinking errors and food triggers that lead to the behaviors that drive our food decisions.
• Let go of the mindset of going on or off a diet in favor of a conscious quest to pursue a lifestyle of healthy eating and everyday activity—one that can last forever.
• Successfully use what Kingsford calls “dealing skills” to outsmart high-risk situations, tame stressful times, and prevent an eating “slip” from leading to a setback or all-out binge.
• Find out if you have what emerging research shows is an addiction to certain high-fat and sugar-added, processed foods that can be as powerful as addiction to cigarettes and narcotics.
• Design a personal healthy eating program built on Kingsford’s 10 Principles of Healthy Eating.


Wellspring Camps Is A Life Changing Experience

About Eliza Kingsford

Eliza Kingsford is a Licensed Psychotherapist specializing in weight management, eating disorders and body image. Eliza is executive director of Wellspring Camps for teens and young adults, which follows the same holistic weight loss approach outlined in her new Brain-Powered Weight Loss book. She is also a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and a long-time athlete. Eliza became passionate about combining therapeutic intervention, nutrition, and exercise early on in her graduate studies at the University of Colorado. An experienced speaker and presenter, Eliza has appeared on various television shows (Dr. Phil, Dr. Drew, and Dr. Oz), at national conferences and workshops, and in various publications.


What You’ll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob and Devon

1:30 Check out last week’s show: OSF 208 – 8 Steps to Losing 65 Pounds with Jim Sydnor 

3:00 About today’s episode with Open Sky Fitness Podcast Group on Facebook member, Jim Sydnor

3:40 What psychoanalysis is and how it can benefit our lives and relationships.

7:00 Sign up for our upcoming new  Sky Fit Challenge that starts on July 16!

9:00 Get ready for interviews with some of our Sky Fit Challenge members this week!

10:00 Introduction to Eliza Kingsford

11:15 What drew her in to study the relationships we have with food and why we spend so much time thinking about food.

13:30 How our childhood experiences can lead us to see food in a different way and shape our relationship with it as we move into adulthood.

14:30 What happens when we rely on comfort foods in order to cope with difficult moments.

18:00 How she came up with the title for her book, Brain-Powered Weight Loss.

20:00 How she’s helping people change their relationship with food through therapy, meditation, and replacing old thoughts with new ones.

21:50 Why words like ‘diet’ or ‘weight loss’ are so taboo these days.

24:00 What people are truly looking for when they want to lose weight.

26:40 What might be happening in our lives to believe that weight loss is the only way to make us feel better.

31:00 Can we move from one obsession or addiction to another throughout our entire lives?

32:20 The concept of healthy obsession and how it can help us live healthier lives.

35:20 The differences between addiction and obsessively focusing on health.

37:00 What it takes to get to the point when you’re really ready to start focusing on your health.

38:00 Step 3 of her 11 Step Program – Identify your Thinking Errors and Food Triggers.

39:10 Ten cognitive disorders that lead to wanted eating.

40:30 Over-generalization: What it is and how it affects our thinking.

41:50 Mental Filtering: Why we only focus on the negative when there are a lot of positives.

44:20 Why we disqualify the positive in our lives.

47:55 Jumping to conclusions: Why they’re hazardous to our thinking.

49:20 Maximizing what we do wrong and minimizing what we do well.

51:00 Why we allow our emotions to dictate who we are and how we can shift our mindset to experience a different feeling.

52:50 Exercises you can begin today to shift your mindset about yourself and your relationship with food.

1:00:00 Final comments with Rob and Devon.

1:01:00 Open Sky Fitness Closing







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Throw Back Thursday Podcast Episodes!

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