At this time we are bombarded with millions of miracle diets to fulfill your New Year’s resolutions: “This year you’ll get it with the artichoke diet”, “With the maple syrup you’ll be great”, “With the garcinia cambogia pills you’ll lose the 30 kilos you have left over, Jennifer Lopez got it”, “With the massages of the C3PO machine, Millions of magic formulas that we use to self-deceive ourselves over a period of time, lose 5 pounds (in an unhealthy way) and return to our usual harmful behaviors. This year don’t do it, don’t fall into the trap and take charge of your life. Get ready for a definitive change, a global change of habits: change your diet, introduce sport into your life, cultivate your mind and work with your emotions. Stop looking for something miraculous that works instantly, confront your ghosts and start a real, long-term change. The body and mind must be cared for all year round, not just after the Christmas or summer holidays, say no to miracle diets! Stop looking for magic formulas and act. It is much easier and longer lasting to introduce changes little by little and follow basic guidelines for losing weight: eat everything in moderation, go for a walk, observe yourself more to get to know yourself and feed your mind.
Weight Loss Guidelines
We are composed of emotions, thoughts and body. We usually despise or are ashamed of our emotions, over-expose our mind with millions of contents and leave our body inert and lazy. To reach a state of complete well-being and feel balanced we have to cleanse our brain of toxic thoughts, express what we feel and activate our body day by day. To start our change the first thing to consider is our food. The fuel that human beings need for their machinery to start is food. The more complete, nutrient-rich and healthy our diet is, the better the three elements (body-mind-emotion) will work and the better we will feel. The human being needs to nourish his emotions, his brain and his body. For years philosophers, thinkers, anthropologists and doctors have associated food with well-being. Hippocrates, Feuerbach, Shakespeare, La Rochefoucauld, Einstein, Seneca are just some of them. Emanuel Cheraskin, a medical nutritionist, says: “Man is a food-dependent creature. If you don’t feed him, he’ll die. If you feed him wrong, a part of him will die.” It is undeniable that the choice of our diet has a direct impact on our physical, mental and emotional health.
Virginia Woolf said that you couldn’t think, love or sleep well if you hadn’t eaten. Our brain is our most important organ and the one in charge of controlling and regulating the functions of our body. Their weight represents only 2% and yet they require 20% of the energy we consume. Therefore, it depends on the quality of our food whether we have a healthy brain or not. The main nutrient in our brain is glucose, which comes from eating foods rich in carbohydrates: cereals, legumes, fruits and vegetables. In addition, it needs multiple vitamins and minerals to feed the neurotransmitters, which are responsible for the transmission of information from the nervous system. Each neurotransmitter needs specific nutrients to function properly. For example, bananas, pineapples or avocados contain tryptophan, a substance that helps synthesize serotonin, the neurotransmitter that is related to emotions, hunger or sleep. The composition of food directly affects the way we think and feel. An unbalanced diet can lead to various symptoms such as apathy, tiredness, lack of concentration, mood swings, mood swings, sleep disturbances or even depression.
In many cases, when we have reached that state of apathy or anxiety we choose foods rich in fat and sugars to alleviate our emotions. Pizza, industrial bakery or alcohol give us an almost automatic shot of satiety and pleasure. This causes us to fall into a nutritional routine full of bad habits. We are entering a vicious circle from which it is difficult to escape:
To change this type of behaviour, the most important thing is to become aware of the vicious circle we are in and begin to replace bad habits with healthier ones. As we change and establish new habits our physical, mental and emotional health will improve. In addition to taking into account what we eat and introducing sport to our lives, it is important to see the relationship between the psychological and the spiritual and to observe how we somatize emotions. Knowing your insides, identifying what you feel, how you feel it and where you feel it can help us grow, improve, get to know each other more deeply and get to be and be as we want to be. On many occasions we will need help to achieve this and there are different tools and professionals with whom to work on all these aspects: nutritional coaching is one of those that can help you to unravel the relationship that exists between emotions, thoughts and nutrition. For all of these reasons, consider which means to choose to achieve your goals, whether it’s losing weight, gaining self-esteem or feeling more balanced. Don’t get carried away by ideas of miraculous diets, lacking in nutrients and without any healthy dietary basis and start with another type of more complete and healthy diet, do some sport and seek support from a professional if you need it.