The first thing we think of when we want to lose weight is to stop eating “bad” foods or start working out. Of course these are two logical places to start. If you can begin there, great!
If you are finding the process of weight loss to be overwhelming it might be helpful to think outside the box. Establishing an environment that will support weight loss and health, begin where you live.
Often, when we are dissatisfied, we want to make changes to our body first. However, our environment can be contributing to our feelings of lethargy and frustration with making change.
After 20 years in the health industry helping people to eat better and make lifestyle changes, my experience tells me that the hardest place to begin when wanting to create health is by changing your food. Food is the most primal need for us as humans. We can’t stop eating. We need it to survive. Also, we are predisposed to eating fat and sugar from centuries of living on this planet...but that is another story.
When you want to change how you feel, the good place to begin is making your home environment more liveable. Start with your bedroom. This should be your sanctuary. The place you go to release, relax and rejuvenate. Clean out the clutter and put the clothes away. Put clean new sheets on the bed, add extra pillows, put water and a journal on your nightstand.
Once you have a space to relax in, you can begin to think about how you want your life to be healthier. This clean space will begin to grow the subtle changes you need to make in order to shift your focus from dieting to health.
Then make a plan to be healthier. Go slowly. Here are some ideas:
- Take a walk everyday
- Drink more water (70-100% of your body weight in ounces of water)
- Get more sleep
- Start every meal with a salad before you eat anything else
- Take a nightly detox bath using epsom salts and lavender
There are many things you can do to begin improving your health. You don’t need to give up all your favorite foods first thing. The more you can replace unhealthy habits and environments with ones that make you feel healthy and well-cared for, you begin to make more decisions that support a new lifestyle.
What will you do TODAY to make your life easier?
Theresa Grisanti has been studying and applying her understanding of health, nutrition and intuitive eating for more than 15 years. Her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, included instruction from leaders in the holistic healing field, such as Andrew Weil and Mona Lisa Schultz. Find out more about Theresa's new program Break Free From Dieting and learn how to lose weight the natural way.