Archive for Catherine Garceau – Olympian

Stress –> Exhaustion –> Bingeing –> How to break the cycle? (Part One)

Stress –> Exhaustion –> Bingeing –> How to break the cycle?  (Part One)

By Catherine Garceau

10 years ago, I ended an Olympic career due to a destructive cycle of bingeing and purging on food. I’ve since been on a quest (seemingly endless) to understand the many intricacies linked to these unstoppable urges to eat.

How could I will myself to an Olympic bronze medal but not be able to use this same will power to overcome devastating struggles with food and body?

This question not only set be on a new journey of self-discovery, it also inspired my first book, Swimming Out Of Water: How An Olympian’s Struggle Inspired Breakthrough Discoveries in Health and Well-Being
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More than a book, it inspired my life’s work.

Coming out later in 2012 will be the EAT360 online program – that will allow women worldwide to break through like I did with food and body.

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>>>Catherine Garceau<<<
Health & Wellness Coach
BodyMind Nutrition – EFT practitioner
Speaker, Author of Swimming Out of Water
Olympic Bronze Medalist – Sydney 2000

Stress –> Exhaustion –> Bingeing –> How to break the cycle? (Part Two)

Stress –> Exhaustion –> Bingeing –> How to break the cycle?  (Part Two)

By Catherine Garceau 

We can’t escape the complexity of our relationship with food (believe me when I say I’ve tried).  While I do believe that the adventure of going deep into the intricacies of this relationship is well worth it, I also like to mention simple tools, like brainwave entrainment, that make parts of it easier to engage in and follow through on.

Several experiments with meditation have demonstrated that brainwave balancing can lead to reduced stress, increased peace and greater emotional awareness (all necessary to break the bingeing cycle). For this reason, I’ve tried many mediation practices over the years, never to find any relief or improvements.

When I started using the David Delight Pro, an Audio Visual Entrainment device with Cranial Sacral, however, something changed. Finally, I experienced results in mind/body health through improvements in my ability to relax, be calmer, and better integrate the work I was doing with Emotional Freedom Techniques (more on this later). I’ve since called it the glue to my rejuvenative lifestyle.

Let’s face it, our world is going faster and faster, stress is everywhere we turn.  We know we need to slow down, but our brain is wired to do the opposite.

It’s no wonder ADD, ADHD, adrenal fatigue, stress and depression is making us emotionally overwhelmed, and sadly, stuffing our feelings down with food.

I’m not here to say that brainwave entrainment is all we need to break the bingeing cycle, because there really is much more to experiencing complete freedom from it all, but balancing brainwaves bring upon great relief from anxiety, thus diminishing the intensity of binges.

As I share more 360 degree practices with you, I wanted to highlight brainwave entrainment as a technology all women struggling with emotional eating should know about. Use it in the morning and I night – this is a great first step towards breaking the cycle of stress, exhaustion and bingeing!

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>>>Catherine Garceau<<<
Health & Wellness Coach
BodyMind Nutrition – EFT practitioner
Speaker, Author of Swimming Out of Water
Olympic Bronze Medalist – Sydney 2000
CALL 1-888-832-9690
EMAIL info@catherinegarceau.com
www.catherinegarceau.com

Performance Tools I Wish I Had During My Olympic Days

Performance Tools I Wish I Had During My Olympic Days

By Catherine Garceau

 

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been prone to over-worry and emotional upset.

“Why are you crying Catherine?”, my mother would ask as a cried again and again, silently in my corner.

For the most part, when I think back at my upsets as a kid, I don’t remember what I cried about. I do recall feeling anxiety and allowing it to creep up at the slightest onset of doubt or disappointment.

Growing up as an athlete, I started off as a pool rat in the summer, and quickly began to train and compete as a dedicated amateur synchronized swimmer all year round. All throughout, I worried – a lot – and all I was given as a tool was encouragement ‘not to worry’. The famous “don’t think of the pink elephant” syndrome. Good luck!

Alas, after years of psychological mentoring and counseling, I learned to use ‘coping’ tools that helped me deal with my sensitive emotional nature.

Fast forward to 2000, even when I won an Olympic Bronze Medal for Canada at the Sydney Games, I’ll admit that my journey was filled with much more struggle than most of my teammates (at least on the mental/emotional side). I became very good at willing myself to feeling more confidence and strong, but to what expense?

In Swimming Out of Water, I reveal the behind the scenes of this journey, which included depression, anxiety, and what later became eating disorders. All of it sabotaged by life and performance enough to force me to leave the team in 2002, premature of the 2004 Games in Athens I had my eyes and heart set on.

Now, when I watch the athletes compete in London, I wonder WHAT the athletes are ACTUALLY experiencing behind the scenes…Could they alleviate their struggles and/or could they better perform if they had better tools and strategies?

What I’m referring to are the practices I personally live by and teach that foster wellness over fitness, nurture mind/body balance, and support higher levels of emotional intelligence. What we eat, (and what we don’t eat, like the foods that cause immune responses in our body) certainly have a big part in becoming more resilient and less emotionally reactive (yes!… food can mess with our emotions!) but there’s much more available to us.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is one of those tools, which can completely shift our emotional states in the moment and over time. Another magic bullet is the use of a brain entrainment device, which balances brainwaves and increases blood flow in the brain. I can only imagine how unstoppable I would have been as an athlete had I used a device like the David Delight pro and done EFT to clear emotional upset and from stress that is inevitably part of any athletes journey to claim a position on the Olympic podium.

After years of searching and trying every protocol to free myself of emotional eating and sadness, brainwave entrainment (Light and Sound devices) felt like the missing glue to bring it all together. By balancing brainwaves morning and night, I felt more calm and much more resilient to external stress that used to take me down. And as it turned out, a select number of high performance amateur and pro athletes used these technologies to better their results! If only I would have known!

As a retired athlete, and wellness coach who wants to see all our athletes (current and retired) thrive with mind body balance, I’m excited to tell the world about these emotional freedom and performance solutions. Woman of all ages struggling with emotional eating can benefit. Athletes in all sports can benefit.

Every day, we watch heroes perform their ‘best’ at the London 2012 Olympics. As excited and inspired as I get sitting on the edge of my seat watching, I’m also left wondering; “How many athletes are compromising themselves to get there?”

>>>Catherine Garceau<<<
Health & Wellness Coach
BodyMind Nutrition – EFT practitioner
Speaker, Author of Swimming Out of Water
Olympic Bronze Medalist – Sydney 2000
CALL 1-888-832-9690
EMAIL info@catherinegarceau.com
www.catherinegarceau.com

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