Oh, I did that in more ways than you can imagine this last fall and holiday season. Between the home improvement projects, my business projects, and the “rush” of the holiday season, and often not getting enough rest or practicing self care, I knew I was ready to lose my equilibrium. Re-prioritizing, resetting my goals, and letting go of the things I couldn’t control, meant keeping myself in balance.
Some Dietary Issues:
1. Skipping meals – this destabilizes your blood sugar and sends your body into starvation mode, a state in which your body holds onto fat as a protective measure.
2. Not consuming enough of the right fats – healthy fats like coconut, avocado flax seeds, hemp seeds, etc., helps you burn body fat, stay full longer, balance your hormones, and fight inflammation. So keep ‘em in your diet!
3. Dehydration – adding lemon water to your diet helps alkalize and detoxify your body while curbing your hunger.
4. Packaged and poor quality foods – they’re loaded with processed carbs, sugar, and while they may be packaged as a ‘health’ food, they only add empty calories and actually fuel the ‘roller coaster’ of rising and dropping blood sugar levels.
5. Emotional and mindless eating – eating while distracted with either TV, reading, or eating on the run, as well as eating when upset results in lack of portion control and eating when you’re really NOT hungry. These are all huge culprits of weight gain.
Some Lifestyle Issues:
1. Sleep – not getting enough sleep throws off the balance of hormones that are heavily involved in weight management/control. The quality and timing of sleep also matters. Going to bed at 12 midnight and getting 7 hours of sleep is not the same as going to bed at 9 or 10 p.m. and getting the same amount.
2. Hormonal imbalance – hormones like ghrelin and excess cortisol can increase your hunger, appetite, and fat storage.
3. Stress – exhausted adrenal glands, due to constant high levels of stress, will send your body into a constant ‘fight or flight’ state, putting abnormal pressure on the body’s endocrine system.
4. Exercise routine – unless you add weights to your cardio routine, mix up your exercises, and avoid excessive workouts, you will surely reach a plateau with the effectiveness of your workouts.
5. Liver congestion and an overly toxic body – when the toxicity levels in our body builds up, our cleansing organs are taxed, inflammation sets in, and the resulting weight gain becomes difficult, if not impossible, to manage.
Taking an assessment of your diet, lifestyle, and mindset is the perfect place to start making changes. You can begin taking the baby steps you need to get to your goals. You may be ready to jump into a mini program to reset your body and mind…or you may be looking for a well-rounded, customized plan that meets your individual needs, abilities, and goals. The important thing is to get started.