FEEL FULL AND FABULOUS

When we are healthy and at our ideal weight we feel energetic and confident. We give proper care and attention to our physical body and our emotions respond more positively. Life feels easier.

But for some of us getting to our ideal and healthy weight feels like rolling a boulder up a hill. Keep reading to learn my favourite four strategies to feel full and fabulous.

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Motivation

There are two ways to feel motivated- to look at the positive end game and to look at the thing that is so bothersome that you absolutely have to change it. Both sides of the coin are helpful in achieving your goal. Create a realistic goal for yourself. If you’re loosing weight is your goal to lose .5, 1 or 1.5 lbs/ week? Do you need to get an App like Fitness Pal to help you stay realistic with portions and nutrition? Are there books, movies, podcasts you can use daily to keep your intention and goal in mind? What is your intention? Write it down and keep it visible.

The Fat Myth

Do you avoid changing your eating habits because you think it will involve deprivation? What if you could, eat delicious and satisfying food until you are full and never feel hungry again? Worth exploring right?

The belief that fat makes you fat is actually not true. What increases fat is the spike in insulin after eating carbs and sugar. We always have the same amount of fat cells, it’s just that with increase in insulin production comes increase in the expansion of our fat cells.

Fat in food makes us feel full and satiated. It’s also what makes food taste so good. When you take the fat out, you have to add flavour and the most cost effective way for the food industry to do that is to add sugar. Take a look in your cupboard at any processed food and you’re likely to find sugar on the label.

In the 50’s scientist Ancel Keys hypothesized that eating fat causes cardiovascular disease and began to advocate for diets high in carbs. This began the decline in healthy eating and our fear of fat. Walk down the aisles in a local supermarket and you’ll find loads of fat free items with added sugar. 

There is now science to prove that Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diets do not cause heart disease and in fact can reverse various diseases such as diabetes. When we regulate insulin production, we regulate the hormones and all the systems of the body begin to function at an optimal level. My favourite expert on the subject is Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt. His website is full of free resources to help you feel full and healthy.

The Inside Job

Visualize yourself at your healthy ideal weight. What are you wearing, who are you with and how do you feel? Now what is the number one block holding you back from achieving this goal? Be honest. Is it time? Is it money? Is it a belief like, “I’m not worthy?”

When we shift our belief system our outer world responds. A common belief I notice in students and clients is a fear of being seen. When we flip that around we create a positive affirmation. “It is safe to be seen. When I feel fabulous it inspires others.” We realize that the unconscious fear we had been repressing isn’t true at all. Now we have given ourselves permission on a deep level to look and feel fabulous and the gates are open to success.

Need some inspiration? Keep this quote handy to give you permission to be FABULOUS!

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

— Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

The 80/20 Rule

Achieving your ideal weight is 80% about the food you eat and 20% about how much you exercise. This actually surprised me to learn that changing our chemistry and achieving a healthy ideal weight is so much more about diet than exercise. Focus on getting your diet under control, eating less sugar and carbs and put a workout regime in place that leaves you feeling energized rather than depleted.

There is lots of evidence that high intensity workout (short spurts of effortful weight training or cardio) is plenty to keep us fit. A 20 min bike and 20 min weight training/ weekly helps to rapidly build and sustain strength. A weekly 60 min yoga or pilates class helps with integration and range of motion for whole body movement. If you know me, you know that I will always advocate for dancing! I highly recommend dancing purely for the effects of emotional balance. Embodied expression to music is truly holistic and can’t be beat.

So my magic recipe to feel full and fabulous? 

1. Set realistic goals and put an achievable game plan into place. Manage your time well. 

2. Find the courage to keep it real and be honest about what beliefs are holding you back. Bring in the self-love, acceptance and compassion and throw the shame, guilt and self-loathing out with the trash. 

3. Get all systems in check with a fat fuelled diet and low carbs. 

4. Put a workout plan in place that keeps you energized, aligned, integrated and strong.

BONUS 

Whenever possible dance! Dance with your friends, dance in a class or dance in your kitchen. It all counts.

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Desirée Dunbar