Variety is the spice of lifeOur forefathers and -mothers used to eat a lot of bark, roots, leaves and such that had wonderful medicinal properties. Today we eat a very cultivated, limited variety of foodstuffs, and my guess is that we do not get all the nutrition we need, so we are always hungry for something. Other problems are chemical fertilisers that create imbalances, overplanting that rob the ground of its essential nutrients, crop spraying with poisons that we then take in and deposit and accumulate in our fat cells.
Eating any food type to the exclusion of the others is asking for trouble in the long run.
The impact of emotions on Weight ManagementSome of us use food as substitute for other aspects that are lacking in our lives, like love, “sweetness”, or a “hunger” for spirituality. Our size may be an indication of what we think of ourselves, but have not achieved yet. It may also be a suppression of feelings, i.e. “swallowed” feelings, that we feel we are unable to express for whatever reason, and there are probably as many as there are people with a weight problem (under- or overweight). There are some of us who use our size to keep people away from us because we are afraid of emotional involvement and getting hurt, so we swallow our pain of loneliness.
As babies we were pacified with sweet things to keep us from crying so we have developed an unnaturally sweet tooth. [no blame] We should wean ourselves from our ultra sweet tooth. Rather find out what “sweetness” is lacking in life and make sure you get it.
Sugar - dirty rotten scoundrel.Sugar in itself is “empty” calories. It doesn’t matter what type of sugar you eat; fructose, sucrose, glucose, etc. The calories are empty because it is devoid of nutritional value, so the brain does not get the normal message that we have eaten enough. The switch doesn’t go off and we consume much more than we need. Sugar wreaks havoc with our blood-sugar because it spikes, then plummets, and we feel hungry again very soon after. It is one of the biggest reasons there are so many people suffering from diabetes these days.
At least if you eat a fruit you get lots of water, vitamins and minerals, as well as roughage with the fruit sugar, you feel satisfied sooner.
You can see what the equation is.
“Aliveness” of foodAnother aspect that does not always get too much mention is the amount of energy (aliveness) our food has. The closer to the natural state and the fresher the food, the more energy it has. The higher the vibrational frequency of the food, the better it is for your body.
Activity and exerciseOur bodies were made for activity. Today, most of us spend most our days sitting; at a desk, in front of a computer or TV, in a vehicle or some mode of transport. The exercise we get is popping popcorn into our mouths [in front of TV or at the movies], switching channels, using our thumbs typing out messages on cellphones and so on and our butts keep spreading. The more we sit the bigger our butts grow, and the flabbier we get. The flabbier we get, the more difficult it is to move, the less we move, the bigger we get… a vicious circle.
Optimum exercise levelsOptimum is exercise 6 days/week. Rest 1 day/week. Do strenuous upper body exercises the one day, lower body the other day for at least 20 minutes. Strenuous means you have to get out of breath and sweat, whatever that means for you. Feel the burn. If you start hiccupping you have gone too far. Stop when you get a stitch or feel nauseous. Learn to listen to your body. Become friends with it and it will repay you a hundredfold. Remember to stretch too.
NOTE: Don’t get violent! If you haven’t done any exercise for a while, or longer, ease into it. The same goes for the stretching. Don’t force yourself. Don’t bounce or overstretch to the point of pain. Only stretch till you can feel your muscles releasing, rather go into it slowly and hold it for 20 counts, remember to breathe deeply while doing this, and you will find yourself relaxing deeper and deeper into the stretch. If you are holding your breath, you are forcing it. Breathe deeply, slowly and evenly.
Get creativeIf you don’t have time for exercise, get creative e.g. if you go and make yourself tea or coffee do a few squats, lunges, leg lifts, or something else [whatever is appropriate in the environment]. While sitting; tighten the buttocks so that you lift yourself higher in the chair, lift your legs up and down, rotate your ankles, stretch your back turn to the one side facing the back and then the other side, while keeping the back straight, rotate your shoulders forward and back, etc.
Heightened Awareness for Weight ManagementStart to catch yourself out when you criticise yourself, call yourself fat, or have negative comments about yourself. Become aware of your internal chatterbox. Change your mind. Focus on what you want, use positive words. Forgive yourself if you have succumbed to temptation. Try to limit the damage. Stop as soon as you possibly can. Rather look at what is bothering you and find a way to approach it, work around it, deal with it, or at least, face it. Plan a strategy that will assist you to overcome the temptation in future. Put the glitch behind you. It’s ok. Resolve to continue with your plan.
Giving up is not an option. Start from scratch.
Changing habits is a processRemember in most cases it is a process to change habits. At first there is a possibility that you may do what you don’t want to do out of habit, then you get to a point that you realise that you are at that point of decision and still you may do what you want to stop doing. The next stage is where you decide not to do it. Eventually you realise that this is where you would have done it, and the last stage is where it is no longer an issue at all.
If you can get your values to work for you, it will make this process much easier, simpler and get to the end result much quicker.
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