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PV author to speak about her new weight loss book

Kathy Balland

Kathy Balland

Kathy Balland, a certified hypnotherapist who splits her time between work in Phoenix and a home in Prescott Valley, studied the wellness connection between the mind and body, and found that the number one thing people were looking for was to lose weight.

This may not come as a surprise to 50 percent of the population.

"My background being a woman, I'm familiar with diets, the scale and obsession," Balland, 47, said.

"The whole weight imbalance thing is getting worse, with obesity at one end and anorexia at the other. This doesn't exist in third world countries. The more we know, the worse things get," she said.

The self-published author said the National Indie Excellence committee selected her book, "Lose The Diet: Transform your body by connecting with your soul," as a finalist in the Best New Non-Fiction category. It won first place in the Diet category and second in the Editor's Choice category.

Balland looks at the role the subconscious plays in eating. The subconscious is where habits and emotions exist, in addition to imagination. It is what drives people to go for certain foods, to overeat when stressed out, angry at a spouse, or grieving, she said.

"I think in this creative society, we've become disconnected. The answers are inside, not in a diet pill or in some pre-packaged food," she said. "It's not focusing on body, carbs, or calories."

She has a chapter on fitness for mind, body and soul that talks about achieving better sleep and reducing depression. Another chapter called "How sweet it is" explains sugar addiction.

"We can change our habits in 21 days, and it takes 60 to 90 days to desensitize our taste buds because you're so used to sweets and fats. We have to be patient with ourselves."

A former yo-yo dieter, Balland is married with three pets. The book has been out for two months, and the comments from readers tells her that, although much of what she writes about is not new, people are relating to the way she presents the material.

"This whole business of being obsessed with numbers, I think we need to get away from numbers and get in touch with souls and emotions and let go of the need to control. You'll be a lot happier and more successful," Balland said.

"What the mind can imagine, the body will do."

Balland will read and sign books at Pony Espresso on Sunday, May 24, during the coffee shop's Authors Day event.

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