by Joan Gugerty
Now that the New Year is almost here, many of you will be considering your new goals for 2011 and contemplating how to get back in balance after holiday festivities. Although every day is a new day and the possibility for change, the New Year is a great time to set down some goals and plan how to follow through on them.
This season of the year can be highly emotionally charged and we all have a tendency to overeat. Who can resist all the goodies? For many this means the necessity of losing a few pounds when the celebrations are over, or eating better to feel better. For some this is “a piece of cake,” but for others it is very difficult. In my experience with clients, diets don’t work because each person is unique, with different needs based on gender, age, ancestry and lifestyle; how could one diet be right for everyone? Diets don’t work because they are extreme solutions. A diet might work for a short amount of time, but research shows that almost all diets result in a 10-pound gain once off the diet. They don’t work because they are too restrictive. People who fail on diet plans are not flawed and weak. Diets by nature require discipline and restriction at levels that are unsustainable by a healthy human body.
Most people are disconnected from why they gain weight, and see diet as the only solution. For example, ignoring or discounting emotions is often the first thing to cause weight imbalances. In our fast paced world, we have lost sight of many aspects of life that truly nourish and balance our bodies, such as slowing down, eating a home-cooked meal, and spending quality time with loving people. Eating consciously and making simple lifestyle changes will create positive results and release you from the endless cycle of dieting.
Balance and a sustainable weight are your birthright. Given half a chance, your body will balance out by itself, but this is only possible by getting out of the diet mentality and listening to what you truly need. Imagine taking all of the outward energy you expend on diets and fads and turning it inward, so that you can listen to your heart and inner wisdom. You already have everything you need within you. With careful thought and loving reflection, you can feed yourself wisely and purposefully and be completely nourished. Working with your body rather than against it will bring about increased energy, stabilized weight and sustainable health. That’s a great place to be in the New Year!