Monday, November 11, 2013

How Spirituality and Nutrition Can Beat Obesity

Have you tried to lose weight only to regain it later?

Over 90% of those who lose their weight gain it back.4 How can we get our the heart, mind. body and soul in agreement with our plans to lose weight permanently?

Permanent Weight Loss Through Spiritual Integration of Body, Mind and Soul

*Use daily meditation, chanting and regular quiet time to get in touch with what is going on inside. You will begin to know how you truly feel. Learn what your body wants and then chose what your body needs.

* Become aware of your breath-are you breathing shallowly or maybe not that often? You may have more inner tension than you realize-practice breathing deeply, calmly and regularly.

*Look at your feelings -both the negative and positive ones. Are you actually hungry or are you using food to calm yourself down or “stuff” your feelings.

*Practice gratitude by observing things to be thankful for each day.

*Use a daily journal to keep track of what you are eating and chart your progress along with any important observations.

*Spend a few minutes twice a day loving yourself no matter what size you are, or regardless of how successful you are with your weight loss plans. An affirmation can help with this “I love myself no matter what” is one example or you can design one for yourself.
Did you know Asia has 60 % of the world’s population yet makes up only 13 per cent of the world’s weight?  While the  US, Canada & Mexico make up a small % of the world’s population yet account for 33% of the world’s weight.Today many countries in Oceania, the Middle East and Europe are close to the same obesity  levels found in North America. Obesity rates for both adults & children have doubled since 1980.

As people exchange traditional foods and native diet for the Western diet obesity increases and numerous health challenges develop. Obesity causes diabetes, heart disease, joint problems, gall bladder and liver problems and is now linked  with higher risk for various cancers.

The World Health Organization has a plan to change how wide the world is becoming: 

           *reduce how much fat and sugar we eat regularly

           *increase fruits & veggies, make legumes, nuts and whole grains
             part of our diet  

           *exercise regularly about 30 minutes a day for adults and 60 minutes
             a day for children 3

These are great suggestions yet-people already know that too many calories  from fat & sugar and not enough exercise puts on weight.

Changing how you think about:

   *your body                                                                                                    
   *loosing the weight                                                                      
   *keeping the it off
--requires more than diet and exercise for most people.

Take Two Key Nutrition steps: reduce or eliminate sugar and wheat (& the gluten containing foods like rye, oats, corn and barley.)

Sugar and gluten have a dramatic effect on our brains and are highly addictive. Eating even a little-makes us want more and more. If you feel that it is not possible to completely eliminate them….. eating them once a week instead of several times a day will reduce your cravings for more, improve your energy and for most people result in natural weight loss.

When to expect results   

It takes about 30 days of doing something regularly to make it a permanent habit. Give these suggestions a month or so to become part of your new healthy lifestyle. 

If we don’t change our way of being with ourselves and our bodies- emotional stress and life’s challenges may always keep the food cravings active-urging us to regain our weight. Once you are in harmony with new spiritual awareness and good nutrition- your chances of success improves dramatically.

 I’d love to hear your results. You can write your comments in the box below or send them to my email listed above.





4. J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2011 September; 301(3): R581–R600.

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