WHY DOES WEIGHT CREEP ON?
Most of know that familiar feeling of weight creeping up on us, and before we know it our midriff is beginning to hang over our belt, not to mention the less visible belly button!
There are so many reasons and excuses – menopause, anxiety, comfort – and unfortunately our subconscious mind is really clever at brushing it all under the carpet.
Hormones changes leading to a slowing metabolism, not enough time because the kids are on the go all the time, lack of energy, eating on the go, snacking between meals….the reasons are endless.
But what if a few simple changes to your lifestyle with little effort helped to change your thought process and prepare yourself for a healthier life and body with little effort?
WHERE TO BEGIN?
Start with the intention of following through and not giving in from the beginning. The week before you want to start implementing change begin with a few simple mind exercises
- On waking each day feel grateful for everything you have in your life so far. Gratitude for the warm home, job, family etc whatever is important to you. Focus on this a few time for a few minutes each day. Before going to sleep feel grateful for your day and the fact that you want to implement change.
- Continue to eat as you usually do but take a mental note of what you have eaten. Drink plenty of water. Warmed water with fruit infused can be more exciting to drink.
- Spend a few minutes each day imagining what your end result will look like. Even look at some past photos when you felt healthier and weighted less.
- Buy one medium sized BLUE plate and if possible a BLUE glass.
THE NEXT WEEK
And now for the following week……the work begins:
- Continue to focus on the exercises from the week before especially increasing water intake.
- Plan the meals/menu for the week so you don’t over shop.
- Use fresh and unprocessed food as much as possible. Less carbs and more protein. Eliminate bread, toast and wraps. Starting the day with 2 eggs scrambled or poached is great and filling especially when tomatoes, spinach and a small amount of feta is yum. This is filling and there is a chance of less snacking.
- Have a homemade veg soup mid morning if you feel hungry. Lunches are easy, such as chicken fillet salad or salmon salad.
- Dinner is sensible by have veg instead of pasta or potatoes with meat (not processed) steak, mince, chicken etc.
- Serve all your meals on a BLUE place and use a BLUE glass. Blue is a calming colour but there is also scientific proof that blue suppresses the appetite. There is very little blue in the natural world and food. Yes blueberries are blue but theres not a lot of other blue natural foods.
- Using a medium size plate or a smaller plate than normal also sends a signal to the brain that the plate is full.
- Slow down eating and chewing. this gives the brain time to acknowledge you have eaten and are feel full.
- In between meals it is ok to have hunger pains and to get used to them. It’s simply the boys way of telling us that its time to prepare a meal. In the meantime the body is busy digesting what it can from the previous meal and preparing for the next. Burning up extra calories.
- Sit down for every meal. No more eating on the go.
START WITH SIMPLE CHANGES
Start with these simple changes and remember that if you are over eating or eating the wrong food your mind has become conditioned to this so changing the thought process around can take time. Get out into the fresh air more and walk a little each day. This gives clarity of mind and helps release happy endorphins. Increasing daily exercise is always going to be beneficial.
It is always great to have help and support with changing any of the mind’s subconscious habits, especially around food and exercise.
Hypnotherapy has been hugely successful for many making the journey less effort and a more pleasurable experience.
TAKE THE NEXT STEP
Call Orla 086-1040407 to book a consultation if you feel you need a boost and some support to take control back and become healthier.