In weight management, eating food is not the problem. Often, the lack of eating and self-care are the true culprits. Eating Free™ encourages eating whole, quality foods and eating what you enjoy but weight management is not just about food or calories. Eating Free™ also focuses on self-care, an important component of weight loss often overlooked. A change in diet can only come about with a change in lifestyle. In my practice, change starts with one’s FreeQ™. FreeQ = food + rest + energy expenditure. To evaluate one’s self-care, the rest component is broken down into four self-care practices
Stress is one of the biggest pitfalls in weight management. Your body views stress as anything from meeting a deadline to skipping a meal or even just emotional distress. Knowing your limits, managing your time, and including time to relax allow your body to refresh. Mindfully eating by smelling, chewing, savoring, and eating guilt-free not only minimizes your digestive efforts but also nourishes the body to support your daily activities.
Your body is working every second of every minute of every day and requires an enormous amount of support. Staying hydrated with a cup of water per hour keeps your muscles and joints flexible and your blood flowing. Controlling your hunger hormone, Grehlin, by eating every 3-4 hours, not delaying or skipping meals, and combining your food groups will keep your blood sugar level and your brain and body at peak condition. Your meals should uplift and energize you.
Sleep is just as important as exercise. Lack of sleep has been shown to increase weight. Studies have shown that those who sleep less than 5 hours per night have a 73% chance of becoming obese and those who sleep 6 hours per night have 27% more likelihood of becoming obese. Those who sleep least, weigh the most!
Time for You
Cooking, chopping, slicing, and planning meals – sorry, but there is just no way out of it! Many times when clients tell me they exercise 6 days a week, 1-1.5 hours each day and don’t have time to sleep, cook, or shop, my response is to cut their exercise time in half and use the extra time to sleep more and to shop, cook, prepare and eat their meals. Let go of the idea that preparing and eating is a chore. If you do not prioritize your health, your health will not prioritize you!
It may come as a surprise, but the Eating Free movement aims to bring eating back! Eating Free to health and weight loss involves self-care practices in renewal, energy, sleep and time. Eating and living well was never meant to be separate.
Check your FreeQ Score and start Eating Free.
Eating is for survival, but Eating Free is your choice!
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