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Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

Windsor, Ontario, 2017: It is the same for most people and it is repeated year after year. Every New Year 90% of all people set some sort of New Year’s resolutions. Yet, 92% of those resolutions will fail and here is why.
Shooting for the moon can become so overwhelming and stressful that success seems too far away. In these cases any progress short of your goal is looked at as failure. Therapist Rick Saruna of Body and Mind in Windsor, Ontario calls this, “The Mind Trap.”
Abandoning a goal or a resolution that is a struggle releases a person from the feeling of failure since they are not actively trying. It is a way of justifying a negative behavior with a behavior that subconsciously is perceived as less negative. Subconscious expert Rick Saruna says, “The thought is if you are not trying you are not failing.”
The most common New Year’s resolutions or goals people set are for weight loss and to quit smoking. These two goals are set by many each and every New Year. Yet by the end of January these goals are abandoned and old behaviors are resumed. However, they can still be achieved if done properly.
In order for goals to be achieved they need to be more specific, realistic and attainable. This is true especially of someone that has been trying repeatedly for the same goals without success.
A determined and motivated person can go for their goal and attain it. Determination is decided by motivation. Motivation is determined by belief. Belief if determined by previous success. So if a person has experienced failure in the past the chance of success in the future will drop significantly.
The key is to set smaller and more obtainable goals because success will breed success. The important thing is to see each step as an achievement to motivate to the next step. Clinical therapist Rick Saruna who specializes in weight loss and quit smoking says, “When someone has a goal that is important to them and they are struggling, then they should seek a specialist to help them. This will keep motivation high, goals broken down in to steps and it will be done in a supportive environment. Then, you will reach your goals.”


Rick Saruna is Clinical Director of Body & Mind, a Counselling and Therapy Centre in Windsor, Ontario. They specialize in helping people quit smoking, lose weight, remove anxiety and achieve their goals. They can be contacted at 519-948-0078 and at

Eat Your Way To Weight Loss

There is a common misconception that you have to starve yourself to lose weight. This is simply not true! Actually, you must eat to lose weight. It is the Glycemic index that can help you determines what happens in your body. Let me explain.

Your body needs glucose, which is a form of sugar, and is the main fuel for the body.

The body is constantly trying to maintain blood sugar levels and it is the carbohydrates we eat that turns into glucose which goes directly into the blood stream to feed all the cells of the body. Glucose is the only fuel your brain uses and it is the brain that uses more energy than any other part of your body. If your blood sugar goes down, it starves the brain and a wide variety of symptoms can occur such as feeling weak and sluggish, drowsy, dizzy, confused, headache, irritability, trembling, rapid heartbeat, and even anxiety and panic attacks.

Carbohydrates alone do not make a healthy body. We need a balance of protein, carbohydrates, fat, water and exercise to maintain health. The biggest difficulty that we have with weight problems is over indulging in high glycemic foods. These are the foods that contain too much sugar or foods that are refined carbohydrates. If you over indulge in carbohydrates, (which produce insulin) then the excess glucose gets stored as fat.

You can counter that by eating protein with it, (which produces glucagons). Glucagons promote the utilization of fat to be used for energy. Insulin and glucagons in balance maintain normal blood sugar levels. A body in a high insulin state promotes excess stored fat and disease.

The foods that are high on the glycemic index are foods such as the root family, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, yams etc. If you want to eat potatoes then I’d opt for the yams or sweet potato (without the honey and brown sugar).

They are the lowest on the glycemic scale. Also rice, pasta, corn, most breads are high on the scale as well as some fruits like bananas, apricots and pineapple.

Some low index foods are vegetables such as broccoli, the lettuce and cabbage family, various beans, dairy and for women, soy.

I would also like to make a mention about fat. Fat in itself is not the bad guy.

Our diets need fat to remain healthy. Fat provides fuel for the body plus it helps in the development of cell membranes and hormones and also helps to insulate our bodies. Fat in our foods is what gives us that satisfied feeling. You don’t need very much fat intake. Stick with good fats like olive oil, flax oil, coconut oil and stay away from saturated or trans fats.

Portion size is very important. The rule to remember is; if you have approximately 3 oz. of protein and you have a high index carb, then eat only 3oz of that carb. It is a one to one ratio. A protein and a low index carb would be 3 oz of protein and 6 oz of carb. It is a 1 to 2 ratio.

Eat 6 small meals per day in the correct ratio this will assist you in your dietary needs to lose weight. Also don’t forget water, water, water and make it your new favourite drink.


Need help losing weight? We can help at Body and Mind in Windsor, Ontario. We specialize in helping people like you lose weight, remove emotional eating and relieve stress.

Call us today for more information at 519-948-0078

Weight Loss – Windsor, Ontario

This is one our society’s greatest struggles. I was watching some old reruns from the 60’s and 70’s and was surprised to see that most people were quite thin. Not just the actors but people in crowds and public places. So what happened?

It looks like a lot of things have changed all around us. What people eat as well as lifestyle seems to be more obvious as the cause. There really are many different variables that have directly impacted society and how we live.

It still comes down that in order to lose weight and keep it off there has to be a lifestyle change. This is the key. People often tell us they are too busy to eat real meals and drive thus are convenient. Too busy and too tired to exercise yet most tell us they want to.

Body and Mind in Windsor Ontario has been helping people lose weight successfully since the 1990’s. We specialize in Weight Loss, Quit Smoking, Stress, Anxiety and behavior modification. Body and Mind has unlocked some of the secrets that have been helping people lose weight, remove stress and improve the quality of their lives.

Rick Saruna is clinical director of Body and Mind and he has been involved in the self help field since the 1980’s. He is clinical director of Body and Mind in Windsor and has helped 1000’s of people make some major changes in their lives.

The weight loss program of Body and Mind is unlike any others because of all the things it incorporates into it. The weight loss system involves increasing metabolism, removing cravings and changing your thoughts about food. Isn’t this what weight loss should be all about?!

So how is this done? There are varieties of techniques that we tried and tested until we were finally able to come up with something that was effective and was not a diet.  The problem with diets is that the very word diet means to go without. The brain cannot process a negative so if I tell you NOT to think of a pink elephant, you MUST think of one. So, if you can’t eat something the focus will be on that very food! However, if you don’t feel like eating that food no one can talk you into it. This is because your ideas are always the best!

We have developed a very unique process with cool light laser applied to various points on the body to stimulate metabolism and also to help in diminishing cravings. It is relaxing, calming and pain free.

To change the thoughts about food we need to change thoughts and thinking. This is done through hypnosis. Hypnosis Weight Loss has been proven to be effective when done through a program with an experienced hypnotist. Rick Saruna is Windsor’s leading hypnotist. He is also a hypnosis instructor able to certify anyone interested in learning hypnosis. By working directly with the subconscious hypnotic processes help change thoughts and thinking about food. The stress reduction part of this process helps remove emotional eating.

If you are ready to lose weight, remove stress and feel better than ever then you need to call our office and learn more. You will be glad you did.