1. Feed your Sou
Depending on the time of year and your specific situation, your soul can need different things.
The feeling of connection and understanding from a friend or loved one, some physical activity in a supportive group (or alone to be with your thoughts), some spiritual time satisfied through journaling, meditation or yoga, and a satisfying career are all things that FEED OUR SOULS.
Lack of focus (purpose) in these areas actually CREATES an over-reliance on edible food. Unfortunately, this often leads to us craving sugars and processed foods, for the immediate gratification provided by the chemical responses in our brains. We literally trick ourselves temporarily into feeling better. Instead, try 1-3 of the things above and observe how you feel afterwards.
2. Drink Water
Most people are chronically dehydrated. Drinking half our weight in ounces per day keeps our metabolism cranking at peak efficiency and our digestive system functioning well. Due to all the sodas, juices & sweetened teas around these days, we often mistake thirst for hunger. Sweet drinks do not hydrate; they DEHYDRATE doing nothing for us and really adding on to our waistline. If you are having trouble with this, consider adding water-rich veggies as snacks and into your main meals to make up for where you may fall short.
For example, if you need 100 ounces (meaning you are 200 pounds). Get a water bottle that is at least 20 ounces. 100 / 20 = 5, which means you need to drink five per day. If you have 1 bottle when you first get up in the morning (add lemon if you’re gutsy), have 1 bottle during your morning commute (if you drive to work) if you don’t work (before your next meal which should be lunch but after breakfast), 1 bottle in between lunch and dinner. One after dinner and lastly, have a final one before bed.
Now that may seem like a lot of water but it’s doing so many good things for your body. If you find that you just feel full of water, that’s okay and likely a very good thing as you’re readjusting to being HYDRATED. Some people go years dehydrated and as a result find themselves on unnecessary medications when the underlying issue was: JUST WATER.
3. Eat More Plant-Based Meals or Add Veggies
Plant-based food is typically lower in fat and calories, higher in filling fiber than meat, dairy and processed/packaged foods while providing LOADS of essential nutrients. If you find yourself using a lot of supplements, instead look at your diet and see where you could be adding more veggies. Search for foods that provide the specific vitamin, mineral or nutritional benefit you’re looking for. You’ll never get the benefits from a better source, than from the real thing.
4. Chew Your Food Well
Now I know this might seem silly, but good digestion begins in the mouth. By thoroughly chewing your food, your body will better assimilate nutrients; you will also slow down your eating allowing your body to catch up.
However, over time you’ll develop what I call “Selective Indulgence“ which is when your body begins to synchronize and you intuitively know what your body needs for nourishment at that moment. Until then, it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register that it is full. By slowing your eating, you’ll feel full and satisfied with less food.
5. Eat Real Food
Unfortunately, if you live in the USA, there is a lot of FAKE food around. So getting to know nutrition labels is the key to ensuring your longevity and vitality. Try to avoid products with high-fructose corn syrup or a long list of unpronounceable ingredients. They tend to be highly processed, lacking the nutrients (and sometimes robbing your body of them) and are LOADED with empty calories. Even most marketed health food today is NOT HEALTHY. They are EXTREMELY HIGH in SUGAR, TRANS or unnecessary SATURATED FATS to compensate for the stripped nutrients. Doesn’t make any sense, does it?
*All individuals are unique. Your results can and will vary.
But unfortunately, that’s what our health food is these days. And to overcome this, it takes YOU getting educated, getting healthy and advocating for your health, the health of your family and our community. By taking part in these 5 steps you’re helping to balance your hormones, lose weight and live free as a feather, but you’re also taking part in my #InHerHonor movement.
#InHerHonor is a MISSION & MOVEMENT inspired by my late mother, who was self-conscious about her weight to the point of illness. In her honor, I have created the #InHerHonor movement to help women release the weight of guilt, shame, frustration, fat shaming, yo-yo dieting, rigorous workouts, calorie counting, starvation, and super supplementation so she (YOU) can live free as a feather!
It’s my life’s work helping conscientious, ambitious, soulful women manage stress, boost and maintain their energy, eat better, achieve ideal and sustainable weight, overcome food cravings with confidence, implement an enjoyable exercise routine with ease, and make lasting lifestyle improvements. So that you can become the happiest, healthiest version of you ~ that’s Living Free as a Feather!
Come join our community of other health-conscious women taking action #InHerHonor & #LiveFreeAsAFeather
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