It’s Obesity Awareness Week, but if there’s one aspect of health we’re probably hyper aware of, it’s our weight! The moment we’re born, sometimes before we’re even given to our parents for that all important bonding first cuddle, we’re weighed. Many of us go on to have issues around our weight for the rest of our lives, constantly asking ourselves “Why am I so fat?”.
Back in the early 50’s a public health campaign taught us that a high fat diet would cause obesity. Since then, we’ve been encouraged by the NHS and some clever marketing to choose low fat, but high carbohydrate, high sugar, and foods which we now know are linked to chronic inflammation. Despite our ever-increasing waist measurements, and knowing that the 1950’s advice has largely caused them, nothing much has changed. Sugars have been reduced in some foods and drinks, but often replaced with artificial sweeteners which come with various health risks of their own. But on the whole, many of my patients are loading up on refined, processed foods every day and think that they have a healthy diet.
Our diet, coupled with the more sedentary lifestyle, and chronic stress we struggle with these days is the perfect storm for an obesity epidemic. A healthy body will lose weight easily when it’s fed the right foods and given daily exercise. However many people are finding it difficult to get either, and even when they do, weight loss can be more difficult than they imagine.
Obesity As I See It.
As always, it’s important to look at what’s happening on a psycho-emotional level first. There are lots of thought patterns that can set us up for weight gain, including self protection from bullying or abuse and the need to comfort eat. It’s important to explore this as part of your weight management regime, and try not to bully yourself about being overweight as it makes matters worse.
Fat is also one of the safest places the body has of storing harmful substances that we ingest in our food, breathe in from air pollution, or put onto our skin. I’m not the only one to notice that weight loss is much easier following a period of eating cleansing foods and herbs. In herbal medicine, we consider chronic toxic overload to be implicated in obesity, and aim to help correct this in order to help the person back to good health.
Weight Management The Natural Way.
Here are a few ways to help yourself get back to your ideal weight.
- Your subconscious finds loss, and talking about losing things painful and negative (even when it comes to weight!). Stop talking about weight loss and start talking about weight management, or reaching your ideal weight.
- Be kind to yourself about your weight, and everything else. Praise yourself constantly for every little effort you make, and forgive yourself if you make a mistake.
- Count nutrients rather than calories. Aim for highly nutritious food, and get plenty of variety in your diet. Occasional treats are ok.
- Get active! Just 30 minutes of vigorous exercise a day is enough, but choose something you enjoy.
- Make sure you get enough sleep. Sleeping for 8-10 hours a night is as important as healthy eating when it comes to weight management.
- Take measures to deal with stress. Raised levels of stress hormones will cause you to gain weight, and cortisol actually makes you gain weight around the middle as a primeval form of protection from attack. Your hormones are actually trying to save your life by giving you a few extra pounds!
- Balance your hormones. This is where you might need some helpful herbal medicines as both stress and reproductive hormone imbalance can hamper your efforts.
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