Healthy New Years’s Resolution

December 27, 2010
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Emotions – Weight Loss – Weight Loss Tips

As the New Year approaches we all look at our lifestyle and say to ourselves, I need to

  • loose weight
  • exercise
  • stop smoking
  • stop drinking
  • stop eating junk food etc..

However, if you look back at your life and how many new years you have lived through, how man of your resolutions have been successful? The reason we fail at our best intended resolutions is that we:

  • took on too much change
  • took on change too quickly
  • did not give ourselves positive rewards
  • we do not persist long enough with the changes we take on
  • did not give ourselves permission to fumble
  • did not have a weekly plan to ease ourselves into progressively more challenging changes in our life
  • were not emotionally congruent with our decision for change
  • had underlying health challenges that affected our ability to meet our desired goals
  • did not have adequate coaching through our plan

The first thing to remember when trying to effect any type of change in your life is to realize that it takes a minimum of 6 weeks for our body and brain to take on a new habit as our own. That means for at least 6 weeks this change will feel odd. Therefore, 6 weeks is a long time to “struggle” to change when you do not realize that it’s normal to feel odd about it. Remember also that for each change in your lifestyle you take on, that means 6 weeks minimum before it starts to feel normal. One change alone, like eliminating all soda from one’s diet can feel like a big change! Add another and another and you start to feel very odd and overwhelmed. This is why you need a good game plan. Here is how to do it.

First, write down your goal. For example, I need to loose 10 lbs in the next 3 months. That may or may not be realistic for you as many factors fall into play for weight loss that we discuss in our articles here. However, you need to have a defined goal with a defined time line.

Next, make a list of all the things you think contributed to your having gained those 10 lbs. For example:

  • drinking soda
  • eating snacks
  • eating junk food
  • processed food
  • eating too many carbohydrates with each meal
  • eating dessert every day
  • drinking too much coffee
  • sweetened lattes and sugary smoothies
  • eating before bed
  • not eating vegetables or salads
  • getting no exercise

Now, realize that each item on your list represents a 6 weeks adjustment time period minimum to change. Also realize that each of those items may or may not be able to be eliminated completely from the start. It could mean too much of a lifestyle change for you! Some of these items you will require a “game plan” of eliminating progressively over time. Some of the things you want to eliminate will cause you to go into a detoxification process, as the chemicals are addictive. You will feel out of sorts, lethargic, become cranky and have headaches! This is why it’s good to have an adjusted plan to be successful.

You need to treat each item on your list is a separate goal to achieve over the next six weeks. For example, if you drink sodas with your meals, and think you can eliminate them from the start without an issue, try it. However, for everything that you eliminate, you need to have a healthy replacement. You might be saying to yourself, “I’ll just drink water instead”. That may or may not work as you start to feel deprived, and begin to really miss that cold carbonated beverage. This can cause you to relapse and drink that sugared soda so have a back up plan. Have sparking mineral water available when you really can’t handle another glass of water!

You may also find that your sodas had caffeine. Now that you stopped drinking them you feel tired all the time and feel like you can’t go without the caffeine and start to crave it. This is where you have to moderate your caffeine detoxification by substituting other healthy caffeine options such as green tea etc. to be able to handle the caffeine withdrawal process. Caffeine addiction alone can make it nearly impossible to give up one’s soda addiction. In such case you may have to slow eliminate the soda from one a day down to one every other day. The rate of elimination should correspond to your body’s ability to fee comfortable with the decrease in the soda consumption. As soon as you feel comfortable with one soda a day, then try to decrease it further etc. until it is completely eliminated. Everyone is different in what they can completely eliminate from their diets, so follow your body’s signals.

Give yourself positive rewards. They do not have to be food related in the case of a diet plan but can be. It is better to have a small piece of something you love than to deprive yourself completely of the food. Remember that you want to maintain this food plan objective as a permanent lifestyle plan. Therefore, it doesn’t make sense to eliminate these tempting treats completely. However, during your 3-month program, it is completely acceptable to be stricter with yourself and allow yourself a small size treat than you would otherwise give yourself once you have reached your goal.

Plot your program out for each week and make adjustments immediately when you hit a roadblock because life happens. Don’t see your plan has having failed if you relapse or don’t follow completely through with your plan. Wherever you see that you are having challenges in follow through with your plan, for example exercise, take it out of the program and make it a separate plan with its own weekly goals to follow. For example, you’ve been completely forgetting to get any exercise and know that diet alone won’t help you meet your goal. Therefore, sit down with your paper in hand and decide, can I go for a 10-minute walk at lunch or when I get home after dinner? If so, do it. Write down exactly which days of the week you will do and check it off like a to do list. If you can’t keep up with your own program, modify it to every other day, but keep up with some type of program you design. Don’t disparage yourself by saying “what’s the use, I should be on a treadmill for 30 minutes”, when you know that isn’t reasonable right now for you. The fact that habits take 6 weeks to establish means that you are finding out how to get into a rhythm. Once you are into a rhythm, you can increase the frequency and make it more challenging.

The key is to look at this week only. Your game plan is to see what you are capable of accomplishing this week alone in each of your necessary tasks that you have plotted out a game plan for. If you have too many tasks to juggle, prioritize them. You want to feel a sense of accomplishment to know that you can set yourself a goal and reach that goal. Then you can increase that goal until you find yourself over time eating healthier and exercising and enjoying all of life better because of the lifestyle changes you have made.

Write us about your goal setting, ask us about your challenges, and we will do our best to give you ideas of how to stay on target with your new year’s goals. Remember, that a 1% course change in your life over time can set you in a big directional change, like a boat navigating the ocean blue. One baby step at a time and you will see your health taking on new plateaus of increasing health.

Immune Matrix has a health-coaching program in place to help you determine how to reach your health goals. It will examine your overall toxicity, toxic stressors, your BMI, weight goals, sources of inflammation, hormonal balancing and genetic based nutritional needs. (www.immunematrix.com) Make this year the year you accomplish all your health goals!

Emotions – Food Sensitivity

Food sensitivities that cause allergic type reactions can be caused by an emotional trigger. Traditional drug therapy is not effective for dealing with these type of food sensitivities. Once the emotion establishes the food trigger, it can last a lifetime. Emotion based food sensitivities can be easily reversed with NET (Neuro-Emotional Technique), a safe, effective means to extinguish the biochemistry of stored emotional memory.

Emotions – Immune System

Emotions impact our nervous system. When our nervous system is stressed, our immune system can weaken. Trauma, unresolved negative emotions, such as anger, resentment, grief, feeling vulnerable, stuck, or low self-esteem, etc., all impact our immune system through the biochemistry of emotion. NET (Neuro-emotional technique) is a safe and effective way to extinguish the biochemistry of emotion and will change how you feel, accelerate the clearing and healing of that emotion and free you to think and react in the way you want to rather than being a prisoner of your emotions. Your will be less reactive, your buttons won’t get pushed, and you will feel a great sense of relief. The benefit is a clearer mind, better sleep and a stronger immune system.

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Anna Manayan

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