10 Powerful Questions to ask yourself, if your goal is to be healthy and to lose weight?
Over the last few years of researching, I have discovered there are many reasons why people don’t achieve their health and weight loss goals. They set out with great intentions to get healthy, fit and to loss weight. In the beginning while they are on their new diet they loss the weight and then something happens. They return to old eating habits all that weigh returns. To their great disappointment it returns with friends and take up permanent residency on your hips.
The following are some reasons why most weight loss returns, sugar, food cravings, insulin leptin and hormone resistances, emotional eating patterns, under-active thyroid, trace minerals depletion, vitamin D deficiencies and poor digestions.
Read these 10 questions carefully, If you’re going to set some health and weight loss goals. I strongly advise you to first start by asking yourself these ten powerful questions:
1.What is my why? What do you wish to achieve in your health and weight for yourself? You need an emotional “anchor” to give you the behavioral leverage to get there. Are you losing weight to feel better about yourself? To improve your longevity? Is it your Health insurance? So that you can still go dancing, play golf or tennis? Are going to a class reunion or wedding? Figure out your top reasons for wanting to achieve your health and weight goals and use that reason as leverage to guide you in that direction.
2. Am I committed? Have you committed the TIME to realistically accomplish your health goals? You’ll need to set aside the time for exercise as well as time for fresh food preparation. Learn more about your heath options and to become a student of yourself.
3. Am I Eating with Awareness? When it comes to eating your food you’ve got to be 100% centered, free of distractions and consciously connected to the food you are eating. A new study reports; watching TV, texting, driving, or any other distracting activity during a meal can make you eat more than usual. Instead, make each meal something you put on a plate and sit down and enjoy, even if you’re eating alone.
4. Do I still eat processed food and sugars? The consumption of processed foods is one of the main contributors to leptin resistance and fat storage. Avoid processed foods as much as possible with a long list of artificial ingredients and food additives that we often can’t even pronounce let alone digest. If you’re still drinking sugar waters (Coke or sports drinks) forget about your health or weight loss goals. You first need to quit the sugar habit. Are you consuming enough fresh fruit and vegetables? Include fresh foods as much as possible. Focus on color! Yellow, orange, dark green, deep reds, purples, blue and black. Jen;s 10 top vegetables: Asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, capsicum, kale, spinach, watercress, mushrooms, sea vegetables and fermented vegetables.
Jen’s 10 tops Fruits: All berries, avocados, apples, kiwi, pomegranate, grapes, papaya, mango.
5. Am I consuming probiotics every day? Probiotics are amazing, not only in boosting the digestive and immune systems, yet the whole-bodies health. This friendly bacteria has the ability to help us lose fat, particularly from the abdominal region. They do this by regulating the hormones in our bodies that send signals to our brain relating to being hungry or full.
So it is important to add probiotic-rich foods to our meals with such as yogurt, kefir and sauerkraut, kim chi, miso, tempeh (or probiotic flora-food supplements).
6. Do I get enough vitamin D? Without vitamin D, weight loss almost never works. I take cod liver oil every day. Try adding foods like, fatty fish (such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring, tuna), walnuts, flaxseed, free-range eggs and Chicken or Duck Pate.
7. Do I get enough fiber in my Day? You should aim to get 30 to 50 grams of fiber into your diet every day. The type of fiber you choose is also important. Some great choices include fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, Chia seeds, Jen’s Noodles, and quinoa.
8. Have I got off my but yet? You need a minimum of 10 minutes of exercise every. This can be brisk walking, dancing while the add are on TV, go swimming or cycling. Weight training is also very valuable if you do it safely. I do a 10 minute high intense workout 3 days a week.
9. Do I understand the emotional reasons why I overeat or binge? When we eat to satisfy an emotional need instead of our body’s need for nourishment. We are not only avoiding dealing with the emotional hunger, we are creating a whole new set of problems. Including excess weight and an addiction to foods. Inside every person who isn’t happy with his or her body weight is someone who still has some emotional stuff to work out. Get some support from friends, family or professionals. Find out WHY you tend to overeat. Explore your habits and behavioral patterns. Are there certain things that trigger your over-eating and cravings?
10. Am I still using toxins in my environment (home, office)?
If you are struggling to lose weight despite eating well and exercising your butt off, maybe the toxins you use daily could be interfering with your body’s metabolism.
Here are some Ideas to reduce the toxins
1. Replace the conventionally grown foods you eat with as much organic food as you can find and can afford. This eliminates the most fattening chemicals–pesticides–along with all the food additives and hormones.
2. Drink a lot of pure water. If you are drinking tap water with all its pollutants, that water is just making you fat. My best advice for you is to get a water purification/filter unit that removes the pollutants and leaves the minerals.
3. Use nontoxic or natural cleaning products. Cleaning products are among the most toxic in the home–and the easiest and least expensive to replace.
4. Control pests using natural methods. Those same fattening pesticides found in food are also present in household bug sprays and garden insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides.
5. Use natural beauty and hygiene products, preferably those made with harmful toxic ingredients. You can find these easily in food stores and online.
And remember, how you eat is as important as what you eat. Mindfulness and consciousness in eating—like in everything else in life.