3 Reasons You're Overweight
Your body is fed and shaped by a variety of
factors including the food you eat, the thoughts you think, the
emotions you feel, the smells and sounds you are exposed to;
environmental factors; your relationships; and life’s work. You
can learn to use all of these to work in your favor to achieve a
healthy, fit body and mind, and a life you truly love.
Weight issues are not entirely about food. There
are many reasons; some are simple and some are complex. Three
common causes of excess weight are: failing to target the real
cause; being a scientific dieter; and a body being held hostage
by your mind. These are the focus of this article.
Failing to Target the Real Cause
struggled with weight issues for about 10 years and tried
several trendy diets which she could not maintain. When I met
with her she was eating what she considered to be a healthy
diet--lots of salads, fruits, smoothies and lean proteins. She
had thyroid nodules and her physician recommended surgery to
remove them along with her thyroid within the next 6-8 weeks.
freezing cold all of the time, tired, bloated, constipated,
depressed, anemic, and losing hair, most of which indicate
thyroid problems. But I did not see the thyroid as the main
issues. It was the foods she was eating that caused her thyroid
to be problematic. She was already on Synthyroid for years
experienced amazing results by eating foods and taking two
professional herbal formulas that support kidney, adrenal, and
thyroid health. I also had her emphasize the salty flavor with
specific foods and not the salt shaker. In 7 weeks this is
what happened: Margaret lost 12 pounds; reduction in size
of 2 nodules and one completely gone (her physician decided to
hold off on the surgery); no longer constipated and bloated;
pain and swelling in her throat is gone; painful periods with
sweats have become normal and healthy; hair stopped falling out
and she eliminated anti-depressants with no adverse affects to
her physical, mental or emotional health.
Real Cause of Margaret’s
weight gain and health issues was a diet that was cooling and
weakening her kidneys, adrenals and thyroid. It was not simply
thyroid issues, or eating too many calories.
Drying Up the Swamp
When I met
with Vince he was puffy, bloated, swollen, overweight, and tired
all the time. He suffered with asthma, allergies, persistent
sinus infections, high cholesterol, and intense muscular pain
from statins. He blamed his yearly weight gain on aging. I
determined that Vince had internal mold, yeast and fungal issues
which were the root cause of nearly every symptom he was
experiencing, including weight gain. The source was years of
eating foods that created a damp, mucous condition in his lungs
and digestive tract, and from living in a house with mold
I crafted a
diet for him to dry the dampness and mucus, and advised him to
eliminate foods he was consuming that were feeding the yeast,
mold, and fungi. This included an emphasis on common foods
with pungent and bitter flavors. Other foods were added to
regenerate his immunity, lung and digestive health.
Included were some high quality herbal formulas. Within
days the puffiness was gone, and he lost 18 pounds within 6-8
weeks. He is off all asthma medications except for one emergency
inhaler; allergies are 85% better, and his energy has
increased. His cholesterol has gone down; he is off statins;
and muscle pain is gone. He also hired a professional to
remedy his home's mold issues.
real cause of his weight
gain was an internal condition much like a swamp, and not aging
as he (and many others) believed.
Common Health Remedy Leads to
convinced by her physician and her previous alternative health
practitioner that she needed to eat lots of protein from cheese
and meat because she experienced low blood sugar. Following
this advice caused insatiable sweet cravings, irritability, and
weight gain which she was unable to reduce.
a diet for her that was high in easily absorbable minerals from
food sources, and recommended many foods that include the sweet
flavor from complex sugars and not the simple variety. This is
the best approach for hypoglycemia. At the same time I replaced
weak foods she was eating that cause mineral loss with
satisfying, nourishing ones. She lost the excess weight, her
blood sugars have been normal, moods have improved, and she no
longer has to eat every two hours.
real cause of her weight
gain was low blood sugar caused by eating many foods that
deplete minerals, and using an extreme solution—excess animal
None of these
clients had to count calories, control their cravings, starve or
deprive themselves, eat chemical diet foods, or over-exercise.
Restoring their internal condition to a healthy one was my goal,
and still is with every person I counsel. Healthy weight is
always a natural result.
You may not
have any of these health issues but something is out of balance
within you. When you create internal harmony you will not
be overweight. Learn how to assess your condition and make
new choices by participating in my
Holistic Weight Loss downloadable program.
Scientific Eating and Dieting
The scientific approach to weight loss includes counting
calories and fat grams; weighing and measuring food;
deprivation; control; and dangerous drugs and surgery that
compromise your health.
Science believes that the way to understand food is through
nutrients and calories. This reductionist view has severe
limitations. This is evidenced by the growing numbers of
overweight and sick people.
Nutritional Science spends billions of dollars isolating
nutrients from foods in an attempt to find the perfect ones that
will bring everyone good health and balanced weight. This is a
fragmented and futile approach. Food affects each of us
differently. Not everyone benefits equally from foods that
contain the same measure of nutrients and calories. The effects
of the food you eat are determined by your condition.
Studies on single nutrients are always suspect since it is not
possible to truly isolate a compound’s effects. All compounds
work synergistically with what’s around them.
The value of food extends far beyond its nutrients. Food has
essence, characters, and energetic and therapeutic properties
that surpass description and science. This is more important
than combination of nutrients and calories for reversing weight
and health problems.
Nutritional Science is relatively young and has failed to take
valuable cues from the wisdom of Traditional Healing Arts.
Science continually changes its mind. Food studies are often
disproven by the very experts who proved them in the first
Traditional Holistic Medicine is thousands of years old and
based on solid principles that have not changed and continue to
work to create healthy, fit, bodies and minds. It offers an
accurate dimension to food analysis that classifies food,
disease, and weight issues according to simple patterns. It
understands the ways specific foods, herbs, and cooking methods
affect different types of people; body and character types;
conditions and ailments.
I’ve known many, many people who were eating 1,000 calories
daily or less and were still greatly overweight. Most of the
foods were reduced fat and it’s usually a chemical process to
eliminate the fat from food. Chemicals negatively impact
metabolism, are toxic to your liver, and weaken your immunity.
When those people started eating real foods and flavors based on
their body’s needs, weight came off easily even though these
foods had more calories than low-cal foods.
Joan abandoned scientific dieting and lost 4 pounds in 9 days
not by changing the food she was eating, but by changing the way
she cooked it. This worked by stimulating her metabolism.
Sam dropped 10 pounds in a month by having dinner at 6
p.m. rather than having dinner 30 minutes before going to bed.
He also cut his evening cocktails by 70% and says he doesn’t
miss them. Doing so eliminated night sweats, poor sleep, skin
rashes, and improved weight loss. He did not count calories,
eat low-cal chemical food, or increase exercise--the approach
espoused by scientific experts.
Is Your Body Being Held Hostage
by Your Mind
past control your present? You’ve had thousands of experiences
in your lifetime and they have shaped who you are today. From
them you’ve constructed a view of yourself and a set of personal
truths that guide your life. Most people do not even know what
their guiding truths are.
Are you still
angry at your first grade teacher? Do you resent a fellow
employee who received a promotion you felt you deserved 10 years
ago? Were you told you’re fat, unattractive, worthless, or any
other negatives by parents, relatives, mean-spirited children or
adults? Did your mother take you to endless weight loss doctors
and constantly disapprove of what you ate? Is your brother
still the object of your resentment for taking credit for
something wonderful you did when you were children? Have you
been unable to move beyond shame or guilt for something you did
in the past?
lurk in the corners of your mind hold your body hostage.
Resentments, grudges, anger, blame, guilt and shame carry a
heaviness to them that lives in and on your body. These
emotional states can only be about the past and the past is
birth to one second ago.
energy to them. When the negative ones are not dealt with and
released in healthy ways, they clog you up and cause stagnation
manifesting as weight and/or health issues.
Do you think
thoughts such as, I can't do it, I'm not capable, I'm
unattractive, fat, ugly, I'm a failure, I don't have what it
takes....... These and other negative judgments are mentally
cruel and brutal. They cause strong personal truths to develop
that conflict with weight loss. Hit the delete button in your
mind and put those thoughts in the trash. Find many things you
like about yourself right now and create new statements that
align with a healthy, fit body. Save them in your mental
computer. Soon they’ll guide you to choices that are congruent
with weight loss
Every experience has a positive gift in it. Find
it and the past, which exists only in your mind, will release
its hold on your body. You will move beyond the negative into
your healthy, abundant and joyful potential.
Everybody has had negative experiences and made
mistakes. You can decide to learn from them, release them, and
move forward, or cling to your pain, hold on tightly to your
anger and guilt and keep it all alive in and on your body. It is
a choice and it is keeping you from a healthy, fit body. Many
people have had terrible things happen to them in their lives.
It is not my intention to diminish what you've been through.
However, holding onto anger, resentment, and blame only hurts
the one doing the holding. If you're having difficulty with
this, seek some counseling or
Holistic Life Coaching
to learn ways to transform and make peace with the
Stories your mind uses to keep you
have a bundle of contradictions within them. Do you say you
want a slender, healthy, fit body, and believe age, menopause,
genetics or anything you have no control over is the cause?
Your mind will not allow your body to lose since your beliefs
oppose a healthy, fit body.
believe you have to exercise vigorously daily and drastically
cut calories to lose weight? Have you been seduced by the no
pain, no gain theory? If so, your subconscious mind will
steer you away from weight loss as a means to protect you from
pain. I highly recommended you choose a new theme and make it
extreme exercise daily. Her mind told her this is what she had
to do to lose weight. Yet it wasn’t working. From what I knew
of her as a participant in Holistic Weight Loss, her body
type did not warrant extreme exercise which was driving the
excess deeper into her body. I got her to agree to only do yoga
and walking (no power walking) for two weeks. She lost 12
pounds in those two weeks by relaxing her exercise.
Are you convinced that weight loss
can be far easier and permanent? A Holistic approach takes
some effort and education, and can be simplified with
professional help. I've witnessed the struggles of
countless people in my 30-year counseling practice and it
has been disheartening to learn the many irrational, extreme,
even dangerous methods those people have used to lose weight.
Many have harmed their health in the process. You can have
it all -- good health, a slender, fit body, mental and emotional
harmony, and a life you love. It depends on you and your
Holistic Weight Loss Success Stories.
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There are many popular food plans and no lack of
internet advice from thousands of people who lack an
understanding of food therapeutics and have little or no
professional training. Good marketing sells fads to people who
are desperately trying to recover good health and lose weight.
Current scientific findings often contradict previous findings
by the same experts. A perfect diet that will bring everyone
good health does not exist and accepting this fact is a good
starting point for achieving balanced health.
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and health issues in order to permanently revere them.
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