By Cherry Cadle: Have you ever wondered or noticed the way we are bombarded at the start of the New Year with numerous sales and promotions for exercise equipments, free gym memberships, exercise wear, exercise DVD’s etc.? This is nothing more than a marketing strategy because store managers know that losing weight and exercising is the No. 1 resolution for the New Year. I’m sure many of us can relate to this scenario once or maybe twice before. The truth is that all of us had good intentions to stick to this healthy path, but somewhere along this journey, most of us become frustrated and fall off the exercise and losing weight band wagon.
The treadmill becomes a clothes hanger, the gym membership fees kicked in, we gain even more weight, and the new exercise clothes can’t fit anymore. The sad thing is that this is not your fault. The reason why most of us fail is because we are going about getting healthy the wrong way. We decided that to lose weight and be healthy we must exercise and cut a few meals here and there, but it should be the other way around. We must get healthy first, and then losing the weight would be an added benefit. We will then have more energy to do the exercise that will help us on that road to a healthier you.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, the reason why we are becoming more and more obese is because of our sedentary lifestyle and the food that we are eating. Not only is the food lacking the nutrients and the fiber that our body needs, but along with that comes the additives, preservatives, dangerous pesticides, synthetic hormones and loads of antibiotics. Over time our body becomes malnourished, poisoned and hormonally unbalanced.
Our hormones basically control our body and influence almost every aspect of our well being. This includes our thoughts, feelings, whether you feel the need to sleep, warm up, cool down, eat jelly beans, grab a coffee, or have a quickie. Since hormones controls our appetite and stimulate our metabolism, hormonal balance plays an essential part in achieving weight loss and keeping it off. When our hormones are out of balance, it creates chaos within our bodies which then makes it very difficult to lose those extra pounds. I would have to go into too many details to explain the dynamics of how our hormones work in this one article, so I urge you to do some research for yourselves.
The basic premise here is to start giving your body the nutrients it needs and balancing your hormones. To help you on this very important task, there are some things that you can start to apply in your life.
· Start by supplementing your diet with a good food based multivitamin/multi-mineral.
· Take a digestive enzyme at every meal or at least at your biggest meal to help ensure that your food is being digested properly.
· Take a probiotic supplement.
· Get your hormones tested and get with an alternative doctor to discuss supplements that will help you get them back into balance.
· Start reading labels so as to avoid the additives that are contributing to your unbalanced state and try to eat organic when possible.
· Start moving to a more plant base diet and reduce or eliminate meat and dairy products.
· Drink more water and stay away from the sodas and sugary drinks and for pete’s sake not the diet soda. When will we realize that it’s not helping us to be thinner.
· Take an omega-3 fish oil supplement.
· Read spiritual books that will help you to change into a more positive you.
Lastly, remember change is hard for most people, so start with one thing off this list and when you are comfortable, move on to next one. I can only tell you that you will feel better and you will be on your way to a healthier you.
Learn more here:http://www.thatsfit.ca/2010/04/29/hormonal-imbalances-weight-loss/womentowomen.com/healthyweight/naturalweightloss.aspx
References: The Hormone Diet, Natasha Turner, N.DPhoto from Cherry Cadle