Happy New Year my joyous reader!
Have you been thinking about dieting this New Year? Weight loss is the number one New Year's resolution but sadly very few actually follow through with their resolutions past January. I want to change this!
Whether your weight loss goal is 5, 10, 25 or 100lbs if you focus on a "diet" you will set yourself up for disappointment and misery (gosh, who likes a diet anyhow!). Diets are not sustainable period. Let's forget about dieting while you read my article and perhaps open your mind to a new way of thinking about weight loss.
1. Stop Dieting and Start Nourishing.
Nourish your body with nutrient-dense food and nourish your mind with joyous thoughts. Junk foods are missing critical nutrients including good bacteria, omega 3 fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Junk thoughts are setting the stage for a body that belongs in a garbage dump -- not yours! Guess what? You will actually begin to crave nourishing food and this will automatically translate to more nourishing thoughts. Feed your body and you feed your mind! Not sure what to eat? Well you've come to the right place. I've got a book of amazing recipes and lifestyle recommendations, plenty of ideas here and online programs to inspire and educate you to joyous health!
2. Eat Fermented Foods.
Research has shown that people who are overweight have very different gut microbe populations compared to healthy weight people. Your gut bacteria are totally dependent on what YOU eat for survival. If you eat a diet high in whole plant foods, like fruits, vegetables and focus on quality protein sources and good fats with few sugars, a very healthy population of bacteria will thrive. These bacteria even influence your mood! Do you think that bacteria grown from a fast food burger and fries will be feeding your brain nutrients for a good mood? Likely not.
Eat more of these foods: Kefir*, miso, kombucha, fermented vegetables like pickles (not the typical pickles you buy at the grocery store made with white vinegar), sauerkraut, Greens+ Whole Body Nutrition and more.
3. Improve Your Digestion.
What goes in, should come out... we hope! The large majority of clients I see in my practice have a lot of stagnation in their bodies especially this time of year. People are moving less, eating fewer raw foods and bulking up on refined grains, heavy fatty foods and dairy. All these foods can promote mucus, congestion and inflammation in the body, in other words they can make you puffy, bloated and fat. Take a break from these foods to unclog your digestive system. On my blog and in my book all the recipes are created to help you get your gut moving joyously! Want to do a 10-day clean eating detox? Join now!
4. Make Sleep Your Priority.
Sometimes I feel like a broken record on this one but it can't be said enough! If you don't sleep 7.5-9 hours per night you are more likely to pack on pounds, have an appetite you can't control and eat more junk food. If you exercise religiously, eat well but go to bed too late because you are on your computer working, checking emails, watching TV or texting on your phone this stimulates your central nervous system making it hard to get into parasympathetic mode and fall into a deep regenerative sleep.
5. Skip The Intense Exercise.
Most clients I see who are overexercising (i.e. intensely exercising every day with no rest) are inflamed, have excess cortisol (muffin top) and suffer from sugar cravings. Try yoga for weight loss instead. I am a lover and student of yoga myself. It personally changed my body, improved my digestion and is the best anti-stress activity you can possibly do. In fact, I love yoga so much I'm a student in my very own yoga videos with the amazing Michelle -- this is an important component to the Joyous 10 Day Detox! Yoga helps to lower cortisol which keeps cravings in check.
6. Ditch the chemicals!
Did you know that chemicals in your moisturizer could be inhibiting your weight loss goals? In fact, there are 12 known chemicals that disrupt your hormones and many of them are in products you could be using every single day. Years ago when I had hormone related health issues one of the significant changes I made was to detox my bathroom cabinet. Now, if you came over to my house and peeped into my bathroom you wouldn't find a single product with an ingredient that wasn't natural. Did I have to make any sacrifices? Nope! The products available now are as good as if not better because they are clean, than there conventional counterparts. Toxins keeps us fat. Ditch those chemicals! Better yet, learn how to make some of your own products with my Natural Beauty Online Guide.
Now that you have 6 great suggestions that do not involve dieting I hope you feel inspired to your most joyous health ever. Ditch the diet, eat and live well without restriction and have a happy New Year!
If you have a success story to share, please tell us what you did below to lose weight and transform your life.
Have a joyous day!