Weight Loss

Weight loss comes from readjusting our biochemistry for optimal function and readjusting our mindset for greater self-care.

“Believe it or not, the first function of food is not pleasure. It is energy and nutrition to keep our amazing systems functioning on optimum. By all means enjoy food but when you are able to ask yourself, “Will this food nourish and energize my body?” maybe you will find it easier to say no to food that is actually destroying your miraculous system.” Julie Spain

Weight loss is neither simple nor easy. If it was, everyone would be their ideal weight!

We all intuitively know that the quick fix mentality, which simplifies weight loss into calories in Vs calories out, is highly unsuccessful. Despite this, and in the absence of anything better, we are still frequently tempted to take the quick fix, hoping that this time will be different. Nothing that does not address the above 2 key elements – biochemistry and mindset – will ever work. A successful weight release strategy requires both these elements to be addressed, ideally at the same time.

Where do we start?

The first step is to support your body’s functioning. This will ensure that:

  • Your metabolism is supported
  • Your cortisol levels are reduced (cortisol is a stress hormone that puts on weight)
  • Your liver and kidneys are detoxifying effectively
  • Your bowels are working
  • Your nutrients are being absorbed
  • Your brain chemistry is optimal (i.e., you feel good)
  • Your energy levels are high
  • You’re not starving
  • You’re less likely to binge
  • Your blood sugar levels are optimal
  • Etc

But that’s not the end of it!

What’s next?

Next we need to address your relationship to food. If you have a love-hate relationship to food or a love-hate relationship to yourself then you will need to grow and expand your mindset to a healthier one.

This may address:

  • Not feeling supported or safe
  • Not exercising in the right way for you
  • Exercising with the wrong mindset for you
  • Mindless or unconscious eating habits
  • Poor reactions to stress
  • Not knowing how to nurture or take time out for yourself
  • Not setting boundaries
  • Not asking for what you want or believing you can have it
  • Using food NOT for what it is intended ie comfort, stress reduction, to hide behind or medicate your pain
  • Many other issues

What is mindful eating?

Allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food preparation and consumption by respecting your own inner wisdom.
Choosing to eat food that is both pleasing to you and nourishing to your body by using all your senses to explore, savour, and taste.
Learning to be aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decision to begin eating and to stop eating.
Acknowledging responses to food (likes, neutral or dislikes) without judgment.

By The Center for Mindful Eating