Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 27

Weight Loss Tip # 27: Be of Service

Being of service does more for you than it does for the person or people you are serving. Consider approaching social situations from a standpoint of “how can I be of service” and you will find you enjoy yourself more and find yourself less triggered to stray from your healthy eating program. Is a class reunion, wedding or another party around the corner? Are you a little bit nervous about how you will stay on your healthy eating program while at the event? Especially if you are experiencing anxiety around a social situation, look for a way to be of service. Call the hostess and volunteer to help with something. It could be as simple as setting up chairs. When you approach an event from a position of service you will take the focus off yourself. It will not be “all about me.” Your worries and anxieties will be put in a much healthier perspective.


Daily Inspiration:  “You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”  ~Kahlil Gibran

Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 26



Weight Loss Tip # 26: Be Active!

Live your life in such a way that you take advantage of opportunities to be active throughout each day. Is it a nice day? Walk or ride a bicycle to work. Spend half of your lunch hour taking a walk. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. If it is a snowy day, maybe you can ski or snowshoe to the store instead of digging the car out from the driveway to drive it a few blocks. Use a push mower instead of a riding lawn mower. When you consider the hobbies you will do on  your free time consider hobbies that involve movement — dance, walking, gardening. If you’ve been sedentary for a long while, start slowly. If you gradually become a bit more active every day, a year from now you will look back and be amazed at your accomplishments.

Daily Inspiration:

 ” You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”

~ Dr. Seuss

We are so blessed to help you loose weight and look great.

If you have any questions about our on-site programs call us at 866.426.1213

Robert Morgan- Bobby

Creative Health Institute

Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 25

Weight Loss Tip # 25: Avoid talking about food, dieting and weight during meals.

Society is so obsessed with food, dieting and weight that it’s easy to make it the focal point of every conversation at the dinner table. But focusing on food, dieting and weight while you are eating invites negative feelings that can trigger a binge.  As much as possible you should try to avoid discussing weight, dieting and food at the  table. It’s OK to offer a quick compliment to the chef — but leave it at that. Don’t get into a big conversation about the meal you are eating — or about any other food and diet related topics. Instead of talking about food, talk about: the vacation you are planning or just took; the book you are reading or plan to read; milestone events in your family; an exhibit at an area museum; an album that’s just been released by your favorite recording artist. Keep meal-time conversation low stress and not focused on food  and dieting and you will find, over time, your meals will be more enjoyable and satisfying. You will be much less likely to be triggered to keep eating when the meal is finished.

Daily Inspiration: “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” ~ Christopher Robin to Winnie The Pooh

Staying in touch with our network of support is so important. Winnie The Pooh and Christopher Robin were so lucky to have each other. We need friends like this who support us on our road to recovery. Remember today to make a few phone calls and reach out to some people who will support you on your path to better health. When we do it together, it is a wonderful life-enhancing journey. If we try to do it all by ourselves it can get lonely.

We  love all of you and pray you are reaching your personal goals. Please feel free to call us any questions you may have. We can be reached at 866.426.1213.

Best Week Ever,

Robert Morgan – Bobby


Creative Health Institute

Weight Loss Tips And Inspiration: Day 24


Weight Loss Tip #24: Nurture Something

Many of us who have struggled with compulsive dieting and compulsive eating have spent too much time focused on interests that feed our egos. Even though some of us seem to be very service-oriented and generous, when our charitable acts are observed truthfully, it is common to see that many of our “good deeds” have been done in an attempt to control the outcome of some situation — often because, due to our low self esteem, we have been eager to make others like us. Because we have not loved ourselves enough we often have exhausted ourselves in attempts to do good deeds for others to prove our worth. We wanted to be popular at work so we volunteered for extra projects and worked many extra unpaid hours — often at the expense of our health and relationships. We wanted our spouses to love us so much they would never dream of leaving us — so we did special favors for them, even as we craved more attention from them and didn’t feel able to articulate our specific desires. We wanted our parents to think we were the best children in the world — so we studied hard to achieve admittance to the most prestigious colleges.

Some of us had had an opposite reaction to life. We had such a low self esteem that we  completely gave up on trying to make others like us. Our self esteem was so low, we figured nobody would ever think we were special or notice our gifts, so there was no use in trying to do good in school or at work or in relationships. Our decisions and behaviors still were a reflection of our own low self esteem and a way of reacting to our perceived ideas of what other people thought about us.

As  we gain confidence and self esteem though our new healthy lifestyle we will be able to take charge of our life on a whole new level.  This process will not happen overnight. But every day that we make choices to live in the  healthiest manner possible, our confidence and esteem incrementally  increases.  Eventually we look back at how our lives have changed for the better over time and we celebrate because we see we have broken free from our old habits of trying to control what other people think of us. We find that by taking care of our health day after day we have grown to love ourselves more and that we have come to experience a greater connection with the love of our Creator.

Making a decision every day to nurture something will help in the path toward emotional and spiritual freedom. When we see that our loving effort has made something grow we will experience genuine happiness.  Start small! It may not be time for you to adopt a pet, although pets can be wonderful companions to nurture. If your life has been quite chaotic in recent years, it may be a good idea to start by getting a potted plant to nurture. Perhaps there is something in your life already waiting for nurturing. You may not need to go out and buy a new plant. Is there a flower bed in your yard that is full of weeds? You could make a decision today to pull the weeds out and make it a little bit more beautiful every day for the rest of the summer. Is there a relationship in your life that needs nurturing? Perhaps you can send a card to someone. Are you yourself  in need of nurturing? Maybe you can give yourself a wheatgrass facial or buff and file your nails today.

When we truly nurture ourselves and others, we do it with a generous heart. We do it because it makes us happy — not because we expect to influence anybody’s opinion about us.

Daily Inspiration: “Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness.” ~ Leo Buscaglia


Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 23

Weight Loss Tip # 23: Realize that acceptance is the answer to all of your problems today.

Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation – some fact of my life – unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is at this moment.

I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.

Acceptance has taught me that there is a bit of good in the worst of us and a bit of bad in the best of us; that we each have a right to be here.

When I focus on what’s good today, I have a good day, and when I focus on what’s bad, I have a bad day. If I focus on a problem, the problem increases; if I focus on the answer, the answer increases. When I focus on people’s bad qualities, they multiply; when I focus on people’s good qualities, they seem to grow and grow.

Perhaps the best thing of all for me is to remember that my serenity is inversely proportional to my expectations. The higher my expectations of other people are, the lower is my serenity. I can watch my serenity level rise when I discard my expectations. I have to discard my ‘rights’, as well as my expectations, by asking myself, “How important is it, really? How important is it compared to my serenity, my emotional sobriety?”

I do whatever is in front of me to be done, and let go of the results.

I must keep my magic magnifying mind on my level of acceptance. When I remember this, I can see I’ve never had it so good.

Adapted from “Doctor, Addict, Alcoholic” by Dr. Paul O. in Alcoholics Anonymous (The Big Book)

Daily Inspiration: “Some people confuse acceptance with apathy, but there’s all the difference in the world. Apathy fails to distinguish betweeen what can and what cannot be helped; acceptance makes that distinction. Apathy paralyzes the will-to-action. Acceptance frees it by relieving it of impossible burdens.”
~ Arthur Gord0n

Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 22


Weight Loss Tip # 22: “Pray for the people who hurt you.”

Jesus told His followers “love your enemies” and “pray for those who persecute you.” This advice isn’t just a good way to treat other people. It’s a good way to treat ourselves. The inability to let go of anger, hostility and resentment is often a hallmark quality of people who struggle with compulsive and addictive behaviors — such as food and diet addiction. It doesn’t matter what your spiritual beliefs are. If you commit to yourself to pray to the God of your understanding for the people who hurt you, you will find your emotional health increasing on a daily basis. Adopting a daily practice of praying for the people who hurt us is one of the most useful things we can do for ourselves on our journey toward achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. These prayers do not need to be long although at first (especially if you have been carrying resentments towards certain people around with you for many years) you may not feel peaceful after a quick prayer. Quick sincere prayers practiced throughout your day can make a big difference in your life. When a person makes you angry when you are driving in the car and you feel tempted to curse, take a deep breath and sincerely say, “God bless him!” It will be helpful, before you say your prayer to put yourself in the shoes of the other person for just a minute. If you can sit for a moment in the shoes of the other person you can usually see that person as another vulnerable, stressed-out human who was born naked and is going to leave this world naked, too. Give people a break today. It will do wonders for your soul.


Daily Inspiration: “Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much.” ~Oscar Wilde

Approach the day with a light heart and be generous with forgiveness. You have only this day to live and your soul will be happiest when it is not a companion of resentment. Resentment has no place in your new vibrant and healthy lifestyle.


Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 22


Weight Loss Tip # 22: “Pray for the people who hurt you.”

Jesus told His followers “love your enemies” and “pray for those who persecute you.” This advice isn’t just a good way to treat other people. It’s a good way to treat ourselves. The inability to let go of anger, hostility and resentment is often a hallmark quality of people who struggle with compulsive and addictive behaviors — such as food and diet addiction. It doesn’t matter what your spiritual beliefs are. If you commit to yourself to pray to the God of your understanding for the people who hurt you, you will find your emotional health increasing on a daily basis. Adopting a daily practice of praying for the people who hurt us is one of the most useful things we can do for ourselves on our journey toward achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. These prayers do not need to be long although at first (especially if you have been carrying resentments towards certain people around with you for many years) you may not feel peaceful after a quick prayer. Quick sincere prayers practiced throughout your day can make a big difference in your life. When a person makes you angry when you are driving in the car and you feel tempted to curse, take a deep breath and sincerely say, “God bless him!” It will be helpful, before you say your prayer to put yourself in the shoes of the other person for just a minute. If you can sit for a moment in the shoes of the other person you can usually see that person as another vulnerable, stressed-out human who was born naked and is going to leave this world naked, too. Give people a break today. It will do wonders for your soul.


Daily Inspiration: “Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much.” ~Oscar Wilde

Approach the day with a light heart and be generous with forgiveness. You have only this day to live and your soul will be happiest when it is not a companion of resentment. Resentment has no place in your new vibrant and healthy lifestyle.

Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 21


Weight Loss Tip  # 21: Every day take a quiet half hour to yourself.

In the high-tech, fast-paced, fast-food world in which we live, it is easy to let days — and even whole weeks — slip by without any quiet time alone. The quiet time we spend by ourselves is so important. It resets our timing. It recharges us. It’s absolutely essential for us to have on a daily basis if we are to achieve and maintain emotional and spiritual health. And we know from our past experiences that physical health is impossible to achieve when our emotional and spiritual lives our out of balance.

So plan your half hour of quiet alone time EVERY DAY no matter what. If you live in a busy household, it may  mean getting to bed a little earlier every evening so you can wake  up earlier than everyone else in the home. It doesn’t really matter what you do with your quiet time. It doesn’t really have to be structured, either.  Read a book. Write in your journal. Sew. Crochet. Carve a piece of stone. Pray. Meditate. Fish. Garden. Swim. Paint a watercolor picture. Write a poem. Play piano. You can do the same thing with your quiet half hour every day or you can do something different with your time every day. However you decide to do it is just fine. Just make sure that you take it for yourself — and make sure you put attention towards enjoying the quiet. If you are doing an activity, don’t let it be any activity that has a deadline or any activity that causes you to engage in perfectionist or stressful thinking. Go to a location where you will not be interrupted by anybody for half an hour. If someone interrupts you, explain that you are not available for another 15, 20 or however many minutes you half left in your half an hour commitment. Do not answer the phone. Do not look at a text. Avoid electronic stimulation of any kind. You need to unplug for half an hour every day. Some will find it difficult to take a quiet half an hour every day — but after you have kept your commitment to having quiet time for a few weeks in a row, you’ll begin to cherish the time so much. You’ll wonder how you ever made it through your day without it. This will be a coveted time in every day — and so very essential to your overall wellbeing.

Daily Inspiration: “I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.”  ~Henry David Thoreau



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Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 20


Creative Health Institute’s Weight Loss Tip # 20: Avoid magazines, television shows and movies that focus obsessively on weight, body image and appearance.

Your journey toward maintaining a healthy weight for the rest of your life is a threefold path. It is spiritual, emotional and physical. Popular culture bombards us every day — especially during beach season — with images and messages that focus all of the attention on physical appearance. What’s really sad is that even movie actors and actresses — who get paid, in part for their physical beauty, are the targets of hyper scrutiny. If someone who gets paid millions of dollars to act in a movie has trouble looking good on the beach, what hope is there for us? This popular culture obsession with physical beauty is so destructive.  The fact is — NOBODY looks like the air-brushed, photo-shopped pictures we see in fashion magazines and billboards.

For your own emotional health and freedom today — turn your eyes away from images that exploit bodies of men and women.

Remember that real beauty shines through the eyes. It  comes from a peaceful heart and a healthy mind, body and soul.

Wishing all of your the best day ever…

Robert Morgan (Bobby)

Creative Health Institute 

Daily Inspiration: “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Don’t Forget your shot of wheatgrass every day!

Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 19


Weight Loss Tip # 19: Keep a journal.

In your journal, focus on your recovery from compulsive overeating, not on your weight. It will not serve you to write about how much weight you want to lose or how much weight you plan to lose. It will help your journey quite a bit, though, if you write about feelings that come up as you walk on your new path toward a healthy and vibrant life. As you write about your feelings, consider  solutions  to problems that you have. Can you think of a spiritual or emotional solution to your problem? If so, write about the solution.

Your journal can be a vehicle for self-inspiration and recovery. If you come across inspirational quotes or stories throughout your day, writing about them can help you stay focused on positive thinking and achieving your health goals.

Even as you work through emotional challenges with your writing, don’t let your journal become a pity party  or a problem dumping ground. It’s good to express your feelings in your journal. It’s a great place to practice honesty and opening up your heart. But once you have purged a negative thought, take some time to consider a positive solution to whatever has been tormenting you. In what ways do you have control over the situation? What can you do to make a positive change in your life?

Daily Inspiration: “Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

When we find ourselves living in self pity, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to think of a way to be of service to someone less fortunate. Do you have a relative or friend who is a shut in or having a hard time? Give that person a phone call and brighten the day. Keep a stack of Thinking of You cards with a book of stamps near your bed. If you find yourself in a negative mood when you are about to fall asleep or when you wake up, write out a card to someone who you think might be lonelier than you are. Do you know of someone who just lost a job or a pet — or is there someone in your life who you have not expressed appreciation for lately? Send a little note card. When you practice random acts of kindness on a daily basis, you will be amazed at how effectively it cultivates joy in your heart.


30 Days of Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 18


Weight Loss Tip # 18: Avoid grandiose thinking. Just KEEP IT SIMPLE!

Losing weight can be exciting. And too much excitement can throw us off balance and create an emotional  setup in which we have more frequent urges to turn to food to calm our nerves.

But we are done with our unhealthy lifestyles. Now we’re embarking upon a life of health and wholeness — one day at a time. To achieve our goals for healthy living, we need to stay focused on each day and the  tasks at hand. We cannot afford to daydream about the future and imagine some  time when we will look amazingly fabulous — or when our loved ones will behave perfectly — or when we will have tons of money.

All we  have is today. And if we chose to live it simply, we have our best shot at happiness and health. Smell the daisies today.

Daily Inspiration: “Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright.

Let your life be a work of art today. Keep it simple.

Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 17




Weight Loss Tip # 17: Take Responsibility

Many of us who have spent years compulsively eating and dieting have developed a bit of an attitude problem. Although we may appear to be responsible in many aspects of our lives, we tend to have a rebellious streak that undermines our hopes and dreams. Our overeating and excessive dieting have been methods of “treating” our rebellious selves to a little vacation from the cares of the world. Often times in our lives we have felt that we didn’t get enough — enough love, enough success, enough attention. We’ve wanted more. And we’ve been mad about it! Even if the “madness” was expressed mostly through depression and not through “outrage,” many of us have inwardly been overly sensitive and seething about things for years.

Maybe there was a time in life when we really were neglected by adults who were supposed to take care of  us. Maybe we didn’t get what we deserved. But we are not children anymore. And if we don’t have enough of something that we always wanted, it’s time to stop blaming others for our misfortune. We need to suit up and show up and take responsibility for our lives.

Are you middle-aged and feeling “trapped” in a career or relationship that doesn’t satisfy you? Guess what? You are not trapped at all! You’re blaming other people for your unhappiness. You are making the choice to stay in the situation that is making you so unhappy. And the truth is, unless you adjust your attitude and realize that you have only yourself to blame for your unhappiness, you’re bound to be equally unhappy in the next career or relationship.

So be happy today. It’s your choice. Your life isn’t as miserable as you make it out to be. There are wonderful blessings every day when we condition ourselves to approach each situation with gratitude, counting the simple pleasures in our lives.

If you put some effort into cultivating an attitude of gratitude on a daily basis and find that you are still beat down by a job or relationship, perhaps it is time for a change. But you don’t have to act quickly. Too many sudden changes in your life could throw off your balance and cause you to return to your “comfortable” old destructive habit of compulsive eating or dieting.

If you decide you really do want to make a big change, do it thoughtfully. Give yourself six months to a year to carefully plan your new path. And while you are making your future plans and setting your goals, make sure that you keep your new healthy eating plan  at the very top of your list of priorities.

Daily Inspiration: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

When we point a finger at the behaviors of another person, there truly are three fingers pointing back at us. What bothers us most about other people generally bothers us so much  because it is a reflection of something we dislike about ourselves. The only effective way for us to change our families, our communities and the world at large is to model the behavior we wish to see.

What are you doing to build a better family, community and world today?

Are you the person who takes the last sheet of toilet paper or the person who notices when the roll is almost empty and changes it before it even has a chance to run out (you can save the little bit of toilet paper that’s left in a baggie and put it under the sink for times when you need some tissue paper)?  Does  your rebellious nature cause you to leave empty grocery carts abandoned in the parking lot where they can roll into someone’s car and scratch it? Or are you the person who returns your own cart every time you go shopping — even when it’s cold or raining?  When paper blows out of your hand do you chase it? When you  go on a nature walk do you carry out a few pieces of trash in a small effort to keep wild areas beautiful?

There are so many small ways in which we can effect change every day.  All of them start with our own behavior.


Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 16

Weight Loss Tip # 16: Don’t transfer your compulsive eating and dieting behavior to a new addiction such as shopping, sex, overwork or smoking.

It’s common for compulsive overeaters and dieters to set down the problems with food — only to pick up the credit card and start shopping like crazy. Some turn to unhealthy relationships and sex. Others pour everything into work. People turn to new compulsions when they give up eating or dieting compulsively because they are not doing the work they need to become emotionally healthy. When a person acts out with excessive spending or compulsive sexuality or overworking, it’s just a new method of running away from uncomfortable feelings.

Get the support you need to work through your feelings — a telephone network of friends who understand and appreciate your desire to change — a therapist, mentor or pastor. Maybe consider attending some group therapy sessions or frequenting a support group for compulsive overeaters. Check with mental health experts in your area to find out what’s available.

If you just find yourself trading one addiction for another, you’re not really getting well. And you deserve emotional health and freedom. Remember, you’re not looking for quick weight loss. You want to get off the yo-yo cycle forever  and build a healthy relationship with food that lasts a lifetime.


Daily Inspiration: “The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.” ~ Albert Einstein


Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 15


Weight Loss Tip # 15:  Dress attractively no matter what your weight is.

It’s so important not to put off being attractive until your scale registers the number of your fantasy weight. No matter what you weigh today, it’s so important to look your best. You know how good you feel when you know you look great! And there’s really nothing unattractive about being a plus-sized man or woman. Some of the most beautiful art in the world depicts men and women with robust figures.

Although it’s more difficult (and often more expensive) to find the fashions you love when you’re plus sized and carrying extra weight increases your health risks, it’s very important to wake up every day and accept the beautiful person  who you are. It’s so worth the effort to look good every day. Appreciate your most beautiful qualities every day and emphasize  them with fashion.  Do you have a gorgeous smile? Show it off with some beautiful natural lipstick. Do you have an hour-glass figure? Well then why do you have clothing in your closet that makes you look like a paper bag?

Throw out the ugly clothes! Throw out the clothes that don’t fit! If you can’t afford to buy a new flattering wardrobe, spend a day going to some second hand stores in your area. Make sure the outfits you decide upon enhance your best features. Then accessorize with pretty necklaces, earrings and shoes. You don’t have to spend a fortune to look beautiful. And it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to spend a fortune on clothes right now — even if you have a big clothing budget — because if you stick to your healthy plan of eating, you’ll be dropping a size every few months.

You’ll feel so much better about your life when you approach every day putting your most attractive self forward. Start feeling more beautiful and confident today!

Daily Inspiration: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are  powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

~ Quote by Maryanne Williamson, used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech.

Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 14

Weight Loss Tip # 14: Remember every day to SERF.  Practice your SPIRITUALITY. EXERCISE moderately. Get adequate REST. And follow a simple FOOD PLAN.

People who SERF every day are far less likely to engage in compulsive eating or compulsive dieting. Compulsive eating and dieting are self destructive habits. When we replace destructive habits with healthy daily habits, we are much less likely to pick up the negative habits.

In fact, daily SERFing is so very effective, it is recommended by psychologists one of the nation’s leading treatment facilities for eating disorders. One highly respected psychologist who works with eating disordered clients (himself a recovering bulimic) says on a day when a person truly SERFs, it is virtually impossible for that person to eat compulsively.


Daily Inspiration: “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Put one foot in front of the other today and face the day with confidence. You have made a decision to change your life for the better. You are learning and growing and facing your challenges. Be proud of yourself today for your willingness to do things differently.



Weight Loss Tips And Inspiration: Day 13


Weight Loss Tip # 13: Make a list of people you have harmed and, after discussing the list with your mentor or life coach, make amends.

Take some time on this tip. Don’t let it become overwhelming. It is important to our emotional health to make a list of the people we have harmed in our lives and to make amends to them but it is a process, not something that happens overnight. It may take years. What’s important is to be willing to begin to look at our side of the street in every relationship in which we experience or recall conflict. Eventually, if we work at it a little bit every day, we will be able to break free from the pains of our past  relationships.

If you feel resentment toward someone, put them on your list. It may take a long time before you are able to see your part in the conflict — especially if someone has abused or mistreated you. It may be that your “part” in the conflict is allowing it to live in you. Perhaps your only responsibility will be to make an amends to yourself for holding onto a damaging resentment for years and years.

It may take you a week to make a list of people you have harmed and/or resented or it may take you a year.  Once you have finished your list of people you have harmed and resented, make an appointment to read the list to a trusted mentor or friend. A pastor, therapist, life coach or mentor might make a good person to share the list with. Tell the person to whom you share the list that you would like some help deciding upon appropriate amends. It may take several conversations to decide where amends are appropriate. In some cases people will have died and you will not be able to tell them face to face that you are sorry. In some cases you may have stole something from a person. In cases where you have taken something that wasn’t yours, it will be important for you to return what you took and to face the person from whom you took it.

We never make amends in situations when doing so would injure ourselves or others. This is why it is so very important to discuss your list with someone mature and objective before setting forth to make amends. There may be cases in which it would be injurious to you or someone else for you to express your amends directly. A mature and objective third party can help you decide what is appropriate. For instance, if you slept with your best friend’s spouse a week before the  wedding and have been holding this burden for 20 years, it may make you feel better to tell  your friend and get it off your chest. But it is also possible that a direct amends would hurt your friend and cause damage to the marriage and family.  Don’t decide what is appropriate on your own.

Those of us who have stuffed our feelings down with food for many years are not in the best position to decide appropriate  actions in such emotionally charged situations. The good news is, you don’t have to do it all by yourself. You are building a community of support. And remember, it takes time. We didn’t get ourselves into the messes we have made in our lives overnight. We can’t expect to transform our lives in an instant, either.

Daily Inspiration: “Holding onto a resentment is like drinking a cup of poison and expecting the other person to die.”

Cleaning up our relationships and learning to love ourselves and others more compassionately is really just good self care. We cannot live healthy lives when we cling to our resentments.  Today we ask God to cultivate the gardens of your hearts and prepare us for the process of letting go of all resentments. It is a weeding process. Some of our heart gardens have more  weeds. Some of our weeds have deeper roots. We won’t be discouraged, though. Every day we live our new healthy lifestyle flowers blossom in the gardens of our hearts.

Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 12



Weight Loss Tip #12: Be Prepared! Pack everything you need to stay on your food plan every day and be ready for menu changes and life’s big and little surprises.

If you work or leave the house during the day, be sure to pack your lunch the night before. In case you get stuck at work (or in case something else happens that will prevent you from going home to prepare food), always bring an extra back-up meal with you in addition to your lunch.

If you have a work-related meal, a wedding or some other special event — also bring with you a back-up meal. You might be able to eat some food that is served at these events — but there is a very good chance it will not be organic. So be sure to pack a nice salad with organic greens and one of your favorite salad dressings every time you leave the house. Bring a few nuts and some fresh fruit, too.

Maybe you don’t feel comfortable whipping out your healthy meal in front of your colleagues  or friends at a formal dinner — or in a restaurant. Just remember there’s absolutely nothing wrong with bringing your own food. Restaurants will hardly ever give you any trouble when you explain to them you have special dietary needs and have brought your own food. Occasionally a waitress or waiter will try to discourage you from eating your own food. Some try to say that the health department doesn’t allow them to let you eat your own food. It isn’t true. You can ask to speak to a manager. Or, if you feel uncomfortable standing up for yourself, you can always just order herbal tea and eat when you leave the restaurant. If you are not extremely sensitive to non-organic produce, you might order a simple salad or fruit plate.


Daily Inspiration: “The only way to have gratitude is to live in the now, not in the past or the future.”

Planning our meals ahead and being prepared might not seem especially glamorous. If  it’s been a long day, the last thing you might want to do before bed is to pack your lunch and a back-up meal for the next day. But practicing these simple good habits on a daily basis is a way of dealing with one of the few things in life we actually have control over — what we eat. Once we get in the habit of planning ahead, we can begin to enjoy our daily food preparation. We can prepare more tasty meals. Ideally we will enjoy our meals every bit as much — if not more — than the people around us who are eating the Standard American Diet.

Chopping up vegetables, making some yummy cashew cheese in the food processor — these activities are great opportunities to practice living in the now on a daily basis. Moment by moment our self care through good planning and healthy eating is a wonderful opportunity to live in the now. Day by day we will let go of worrying about the past or  the future. We will experience taking care of the now on a deeper and deeper level and in so doing, our joy will increase.


Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 11


Weight Loss Tip # 10: Practice taking a HALT. Never allow yourself to get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired.

Many of us were raised in environments where we didn’t feel it was safe or appropriate to express our feelings. We learned to handle our emotions by eating certain foods that made us feel numb. Then we never had to feel hungry, angry, lonely or tired. We ate to escape these feelings. Some of us had different foods for different emotions. If we were  really angry, we might want to chew on something crunchy. If we were tired but felt we had to push ourselves to work longer, we would grab for sugar and caffeine loaded beverages and snacks because we felt we always needed to put deadlines and projects ahead of our feelings.

If we are ever to have permanent success with achieving and maintaining weight loss, we must stop covering our emotions with food. We must face our emotions honestly. Since feeling our feelings is so new to us (some of us have ALWAYS used food to cover our feelings — others developed this habit later in life), we must take it slow. The feelings will probably feel pretty intense at first. The thing is — they are just feelings. Nobody else can see our feelings. And as we learn  to deal  with our feelings honestly, we will realize that we are allowed to have our feelings. Our feelings will not hurt us! Our feelings will not hurt anybody else, either! Only actions can hurt people. And we will learn that we can sit honestly with our feelings and take our time deciding whether or not we should take some sort of action based upon what we are feeling.

Just be aware of your feelings today. And be gentle with yourself. Don’t let yourself get too hungry, angry, lonely or tired. Call a friend. Take a nap. Take a bath. Read a book. You do not have to eat over your feelings today! You are on your way to freedom and you deserve to have an honest emotional life.

Daily Inspiration: “I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling  you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.” ~ Pietro Aretino

Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 10


Weight Loss Tip # 10: Keep a community of support at your finger tips.

It won’t be difficult to make friends who will support you on your journey if you put a little effort into it.  Build a team of six to twelve support people who you can call at any time you need motivation to stay on track with your food plan and healthy living commitments.  You may be able to find some friends who will be supportive at raw food meetup groups in your area. Click here to find a raw food meetup group near you! Your friends don’t necessarily have to share your diet to be on your support team, though. As long as they respect your decision to eat the way you decide to eat and support you in your goals, they could provide useful support.  Don’t put negative people on your support team. Look for people who are making positive changes in their lives.  Connect with people who have happy relationships. You might find such people at church or synagogue. Perhaps you went through a detox program with them at Creative Health Institute. You might meet them at an exercise class.  You might find them in your family. They could even be childhood friends.

Once you have identified the members of your support team, invite them to support you. Tell them you’re making some major changes in your life and you may just need to call for support and encouragement once and awhile. Let your support team members know you will be happy to take their calls, too.  Put their home and cell phone numbers in your phone — and if they don’t mind, get their work numbers, too.  Find out what hours they are available to take your calls.

Then start making phone calls to your support network on a daily basis. It is good to make two or three short check-in phone calls a day to your support team. If you are at a loss for what to say at first, you can simply say, “I’m just calling you to thank you for being on my support team. How is your day? Is there any way I can support you in  being healthier today?” Don’t wait for a crisis to arise. If you are in the habit of reaching out for support on a daily basis, you will be much better positioned to ask for help when a challenging situation arises.

Daily Inspiration: Yes, our greatness as a nation has depended on individual initiative, on a belief in the free market. But it has also depended on our sense of mutual regard for each other, of mutual responsibility. The idea that everybody has a stake in the country, that we’re all in it together and everybody’s got a shot at opportunity. Americans know this. We know that government can’t solve all our problems – and we don’t want it to. But we also know that there are some things we can’t do on our own. We know that there are some things we do better together.

– Barack Obama

Americans often take  a pull-myself-up-by-my-own-bootstraps attitude about solving problems. Bootstraps are useful and self reliance and accountability are wonderful. But when we are in the midst of making major changes in our lives, we really need a community of support.  Take refuge in community and your strength will be multiplied.


Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 9

Weight Loss Tip # 9: Get a mentor or life coach to assist you with the emotional and spiritual challenges that will be a natural part of your journey toward achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

You will benefit much from having a healthy and balanced person to speak with on a regular basis while you work to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.  The person does not have to be a raw foodist or a therapist although a raw foodist or therapist might be helpful.  Perhaps you know of someone who has maintained a healthy weight for many years after a period of yo-yo dieting. Maybe you have a spiritual leader who would be willing to meet with you on a regular basis.  You might ask your friends if they can recommend a life coach to you.

How often you speak with your mentor or coach will depend upon your needs. As you look for someone to fill this role, be honest with yourself about what you are looking for. Perhaps you want to speak to someone for an hour once a week. Maybe you want to talk to someone every morning on the phone for fifteen minutes. Maybe you want to get together once a month for a few hours.  You  and your mentor or coach should agree on a basic schedule for meeting before you begin. This way you both will know what to expect.

You will want your coach or mentor to be aware of your dietary commitments and you will ask him or her for support sticking to your commitments.  It might be possible for a friend to fill this role. But you will want to be careful with your friends because friends will often tell us what we want to hear — not what we need to hear.  Also, it may be difficult to find the structure and regularity you will benefit most from from a friend who is accustomed to a more relaxed and mutual relationship. You want someone who will help you face the challenges that arise as you follow your dietary commitments.  You do not want to confide in someone who will enable you by encouraging you to “treat yourself” when you are feeling low. An effective mentor or coach will help you to see that you will feel so much better in the long run if you keep your commitments.

Daily Inspiration:

“By your own soul, learn to live.
If some men force you, take no heed.
If some men hate you, have no care.
Sing your song, dream your dreams
Hope your hopes, and pray your prayers.”

Bo Schembechler


Testimonials: June 2011

A Testimony From Velisa of Hobart, In.

Velisa has been at Creative Health Institute for seven days.  Before coming to Creative Health Institute, Velisa had been fighting breast cancer with traditional western medicine and she was not happy with the results. She will graduate with her 10-Day Detox Certificate on Sunday and she has experienced some amazing changes in the past few days.

” I would definitely recommend (CHI) to other people — the camaraderie, the love and the best part about it is they are not being paid to do what they do. They are sharing and loving toward the guests that come here and it is a life-altering experiencing, a life-changing experience. In society you think  people just don’t care anymore but when you come here, you find that there are still caring, loving and concerned people.”

“When I first came I had two lumps, one in my upper left chest and one in the sternum. By Day 3 the one in my upper left chest had gone down.  It had been about the size of a small egg, now – it is about the size of a quarter.

Velisa, who has had a double mastectomy and undergone two rounds of chemotherapy as well as 65 radiation treatments, was told by her doctor that the lumps were still spots of cancer. The doctor also told her that chemotherapy would no longer prolong her life.

The Raw Living Foods Lifestyle has given her a new hope — and a new energy for life.

“My body feels extremely good. Not only did the program transform my natural body. It was also a mental transformation. It reminds me of the bible where it says, ‘Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.’

“Bobby has taught me how to transform my eating habits to transform my body so my body can heal itself.”

A Testimony From Tim of Peoria, Il.

“My blood pressure went down more than 50 points and I lost nearly 13 pounds in four days… The techniques being introduced of ways to maintain your body and how to care for your body are very helpful… When I had a colonic she said some of that stuff that came out of me had been in there for 20 years. I feel so much lighter and so much healthier and it was an opportunity to meet so many healthier people… I have been given a new lease on life. I want to look forward not back.”

Another testimony from Russ, of Marshall, Mi:

“The day I walked into the Creative Health Institute… well, I actually was hobbling for all of my joints and muscles were so painful, it would bring me to tears if I moved just right. Suffering from high levels of metal toxicity made me very sick and grumpy and I knew in my heart something had to be done. I signed up for the five-day detox program and didn’t know what to expect but understood if I wanted real results, I would have to follow the Ann Wigmore program to the Tee. Let me not mislead anyone, the first three days were very difficult but the support I had from the staff and others who were taking the program offered a hope of a newly sprouting seed and kept my head in the game. On the fourth day when I woke in the morning, I actually sprang out of bed and started moving about the room getting ready for the day and then realized… holy cow! my feet, ankles, knees and hips were virtually pain free! My range of motion had also greatly increased. My heartburn had vanished. My brain seemed to be bright and fogless.  On top of all that good stuff I had lost almost twelve pounds in toxic body weight in five days! Thank you, Ann! Thank you all at Creative Health Institute, for this truly has been a life-changing and educational experience for me.”

A testimony from Julia of Marshall:

“I just completed the 5-day detox at Creative Health Institute and have never felt this vibrant and healthy since childhood. The time I spent at CHI was transforming in the most positive way.  It is a place that overflows with love, giving of self, gratitude, positive energy, health, healing and life. Every day I felt more vibrant, alive and radiant and already after the second day I was excited to get out of bed and feel the blessings of the day. The lethargy I felt from eating the foods I had been eating prior to coming to CHI was eliminated immediately and my energy remained high throughout the day. Minor skin irritations/rashes I had battled with for the last month disappeared within 24 hours from entering the doors at CHI. The staff was so unbelievably inspiring — not only through learning about their own healings but also with their unselfish love and positive support they gave to the guests and their own colleagues. Thank you, thank you, thank you CHI for existing, for giving, for teaching and for life. You will forever be a part of my life.”

Wishing everyone the best day ever,

Bobby Morgan,

Education Director

Creative Health Institute

Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 8

Health Tip # 8: Expand and deepen your spiritual life.

A healthy spiritual life will help you achieve and maintain your weight goals. Has it been awhile since you attended church, synagogue, temple or mosque?  Are you attending services regularly — but without the enthusiasm you had at some point in your life?  This is a perfect time  to spend more time cultivating your spirituality. It might be good for you to go back to religious services or get involved in a religious community if you are not currently affiliated with one.    Or, if joining a spiritual community is not for you, perhaps what your soul needs is more quiet time with spiritual reading,  prayer and meditation. It probably doesn’t  matter how you cultivate your spiritual life. It does matter, however, that you put time into it on a regular basis. You will benefit from a daily spiritual routine — even if you only commit a few minutes to it in the morning or evening.  If you are new to spirituality, it may be good for you to start building your spiritual life by strengthening friendships with people who seem to have healthy spiritual lives of their own. It does not necessarily matter that they share the same faith as you.  It is more important that the friends you turn to for spiritual strength and community are loving, balanced, kind and practicing values that you admire.  Do they have peaceful relationships? That is often a sign of healthy spirituality. Don’t seek spiritual community with people who claim to be spiritual but approach relationships and conflicts with negative thinking. As you become more and more spiritually centered you will naturally gravitate away from know-it-all spiritual experts and anyone who tries to impose a specific religion or spiritual belief upon you. If you do encounter pushy people on your path toward deeper spirituality, don’t be discouraged or become resentful toward them or the religion with which they are associated. Pushy people are part of life and you are likely to meet them in any spiritual group — whether it be Christian, Jewish, Muslim, New Age, Buddhist or something else. Don’t let pushy people thwart your spirituality. People who are invested in convincing you that their path is most correct often are people who do not feel very confident of God’s unconditional love for them.

If you are considering changing your religion, this may not be the best time to do it.  That decision is up to you, of course, but undertaking a healthy food plan is a major adjustment. Some therapists recommend people make one major change at a time.  During the next twelve months you will be adjusting to your new healthy eating habits. Taking on a new relationship, religion or job could be distracting and shift your focus elsewhere.

If you decide to look for a new spiritual home, don’t do it compulsively.  Converting to a new religion takes effort — and often there are deep-seeded emotional reasons why we flee from one denomination or religion to another. Some people spend their whole lives looking for a spiritual home and never seem to find peace anywhere. Rather than seeking something new, it might be best to sit with what is familiar and allow God to guide you through emotional work necessary to heal resentments toward spiritual leaders or mentors. Ultimately, only you will know if it is time to make a change. When the Dalai Lama spoke in Ann Arbor a few years ago he opened his address by telling a packed arena that he does not recommend people change their religion. He said it is too hard.

But as difficult as it is, changing your religion is not as hard as changing your diet, according to some anthropologists. So, during your first year on the new food plan, be careful what other major changes you embrace. Don’t let them become your focus. Keep your attention on your health goals.

Daily Inspiration: “To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love.” ~ Oscar Wilde

As we deepen our spiritual life, we will learn to love the warts in ourselves and others. We will begin to see ourselves and the people around us as God sees us — amazing reflections of love, even with our flaws. When we have difficulty loving ourselves or other people we can pause and take a few deep breaths. We can close our eyes and ask our Creator to let us see ourselves and others as He sees us. We can let go of judgment and open our hearts more fully to the possibilities and wonders of love.


Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 7


Weight Loss Tip #7: Make your decision to eat healthy food your number one priority.

Many people who struggle with food-related health challenges have difficulty giving their decision to eat well the high priority status it deserves because they have difficulty sticking to commitments  that may seem, on the surface, to be a bit selfish. The fact is, taking excellent care of your own health is the very best thing you can do for your loved ones, for your co-workers and for the world.  If you wake up late and are pressed for time  it may seem like it is more loving for you to pack lunch for your children than it is to make yourself a green smoothie to drink on the ride to the office. But this is not true. You can give your children money to buy lunch at school. You can call the office and explain you will be a few minutes late. Or, once you get to the office, you can call a relative or neighbor and ask them to take something to the school later in the morning. If you really think about it, you’ll realize there are dozens of solutions to any problem that would cause you to put other people or situations ahead of your commitment to eat healthy every day. And there is nothing more important to you and to your loved ones than your decision to take excellent care of your health one day at a time.  Whenever you feel tempted to believe that some person, place or thing is more important than your commitment to your health, slow down for a minute and breathe. When your head is clear, you will understand (just like we learn from airline flight attendants before each trip)  it is important for us to put on our own oxygen mask first, before we try to help anyone else. We will not be able to be of service to our children, our husband, our boss or our community if we are dead. Compulsive eating and compulsive dieting are life-threatening conditions.  The Standard American Diet is a life-threatening way of eaten. We know this from the sky-rocketing rates of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Your decision to eat well is a HIGH PRIORITY decision. Think creatively about any problems that arise and threaten your desire to remain steadfast to your goal. If you are honest with yourself, you will see your health really is your number one priority.

Daily Inspiration: “Faith isn’t faith until it’s all you’re holding on to.” ~ unknown

Letting go and letting God is necessary for sustained success with any addiction — including addictions to compulsive eating and compulsive dieting. Those of us who have struggled with these problems for years have been defeated again and again when we have tried to let our ego solve our problems. It does not matter what religion you practice or if you practice a religion at all. All that matters is that you are willing to accept that there is a Higher Power in the universe than you. Once we accept that we are not the highest power in the universe, we can stop trying to solve every problem in the universe and begin taking responsibility for the things over which we really do have control. For instance, we can understand that we are responsible for what we put in our mouth and how much we weigh. We are not responsible for what our friends put in their mouths and what they weigh.  When we adopt a posture of faith, we give our worries about other people, places and things to the God of our understanding. As we do, one day at a time, we begin to see that our Creator loves us and desires for us to feel that love on a daily basis.

Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 6



Weight Loss Tip: Plan to eat some delicious food every day!

Being healthy and achieving balance with your weight does NOT mean you are sentenced to a life of boring meals. In fact, the opposite is true. Especially as you transition away from processed and unhealthy foods — be sure to plan to eat some delicious food every day. Your plan could be as simple as buying some special fresh organic fruit or making some simple raw organic ice cream in your food processor. Or, you could get more elaborate and learn how to make things such as raw lasagna and pizza, raw bacon lettuce and tomato sandwiches and raw mashed potatoes and gravy.  Whatever route you decide upon, make sure that you plan ahead. Raw food preparation is not difficult but it does require a bit more planning than cooked food preparation. For instance, although the ingredients are a bit different, it’s just as easy to whip up a batch of raw oatmeal cookie batter as it is to whip up a batch of cooked oatmeal cookie batter. But you don’t have to think too hard about cooked oatmeal cookies once the batter is made because they only take about 15 minutes to cook. It may take you eight hours or more to dehydrate your raw oatmeal cookies.  Because of the time involved in dehydrating, you will want to plan your menus ahead for the week — and possibly look a few weeks ahead when you go to the grocery store.  If you are making pizza crusts, garden burgers or breads, it may be more convenient for you to make large quantities at a time and store them in your refrigerator or freezer. When you freeze food it kills about 30 percent of the enzymes but the nutrients are preserved.

You also should consider enrolling in some raw chef classes so that you will feel more comfortable working with raw-food recipes. Because raw organic ingredients  often are more expensive than ingredients common to the Standard American Diet — it is nice to have some guidance in the kitchen as you make the transition. You may be able to find a raw food chef in your area who is willing to work with you one-on-one or in a group.  We think our Raw Food Chef Certification program at Creative Health Institute is the best in the country and we’d love to have you join us for a class sometime in the near future.  Click here for a story about our most recent class — and some great recipes.

Whatever you decide to do — make sure it’s delicious. There’s absolutely no reason why eating a healthy diet should feel like torture.

Daily Inspiration: “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. ” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Negative thinking will sabotage your goals. If you feel pouty about your food plan or your decision to eat healthy when you see other people enjoying foods you used to enjoy but opt not to eat today — you need to snap out of self pity immediately.  Self pity is the enemy — it will take you back to where you have been in the past — overweight or underweight and compulsive about eating and dieting. If you really want to break the cycle of yo-yo dieting for good, you MUST foster an attitude of gratitude every day. Gratitude is the antidote for self pity. Just as cancer cannot grow in an oxygenated body, self pity cannot take root in a heart in which gratitude is adequately cultivated. So start each day with a list of ten things for which you are grateful. And keep a little note pad and pen with you all the time. The minute you start feeling sorry for yourself because someone else is eating something you think you would enjoy (or because someone else seems to have better health, more money, a better job, a more loving spouse or a more fabulous vacation), CHECK YOURSELF! You need to stop feeling sorry for yourself immediately. Whip out your little note pad and pen and start listing the things for which you are grateful. No matter how difficult your life is, there are a million things to be grateful for each day.  Be grateful that you saw a bluebird. Be grateful that the sun is shining. Be grateful for the rain. Be grateful that you can walk. Be grateful that you can sing. Be grateful that you can offer someone a helping hand. It doesn’t matter what you are grateful for — but it does matter that you are grateful. And if you are not really grateful, pretend you are grateful. Just fake it until you make it. Eventually you will work yourself into a grateful heart state. And when gratitude finds a permanent dwelling place in your heart, there will be no space in your life for the destructive villain self pity.


Weight Loss Tips and Inspiration: Day 5


Weight Loss Tip # 4: Give up caffine!

And during your transition away from caffine use 1 or 2 T of maca every day for a natural energy boost. You can put maca in smoothies and energy soup or sprinkle it on your cereal in the morning. Or drink a warm cup of Yerba Mate.

Studies have shown that caffeine contributes to insulin resistance (thus making it harder to lose weight), increases appetite (again making it harder to lose weight) and contributes to food cravings (making it difficult to adhere to a weight loss diet). In those studies, even decaffeinated coffee is shown to be detrimental to weight loss.

Daily Inspiration: “Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.”
~Meister Eckhart

Paper newspaper journalists always used to call the paper “The Daily Miracle.” Before the online delivery of news and the ability to make rapid corrections to online stories, mistakes in the paper caused moments of grief and worry for conscientious journalists.  But the worry was kept in perspective because they took comfort in knowing every single day they had the opportunity to create an entirely new product from start to finish. Every day — despite tight deadlines, breaking news, political disagreements, equipment breakdowns and other problems — the newspapers were printed. What a wonderful analogy for a life well lived. Each day we live we have the opportunity to approach every situation with courage and gusto. We have the opportunity every day to participate in a miracle.

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