When it comes to health and wellness, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. We all have our unique "bio-individual" needs, and the way in which success is achieved can be different for everyone too... whether the desired outcome is increased energy, weight loss, or addressing other chronic problems.
Functional lab testing is excellent for getting black and white answers about hormone imbalances, gut infections, and nutrient deficiencies, but what about the aspects of health that can't be measured?
Looking into the way emotions influence your health decisions is critical for overall self-care and experiencing a more vibrant life!
To provide some more insight and tips specifically about the emotional aspect, Hanna Mills and Marisa Molina of Hello Beautiful Health have shared a wonderful guest blog post - complete with some action steps to help you get to the root of self-sabotage so you can start enjoying life (and food)!
Have you ever noticed that when you are feeling happy and enjoying life it can be pretty easy to stay on your wellness A-game? Working out is fun and choosing nourishing foods is a breeze, right?
But then when everything feels like it's crumbling beneath you, your healthy eating habits take a vacation and the thought of working out feels like such a struggle.
Or you’ve had a long day at work and all of a sudden you find yourself at the bottom of a bag of potato chips without even realizing it or downing a pint of ice cream?
Right when you need to step up and support yourself the most, you decide to give your body foods that don’t feel great and allow your self-care to see itself out of the front door. What is with that?!
So often you find yourself doing things that make you feel better in the moment, but then you feel even crummier about yourself afterwards? So why the heck do you do it?
Note to self, “Eating my emotions and avoiding life by watching TV shows doesn't make me feel better”.
Well it's pretty simple. Whenever you begin to sabotage your nourishing ways of being (i.e. you feel yourself wanting to eat when you're not hungry, skip your exercise class or feel like you need a drink) it's because of two simple things:
1. You have unresolved emotions that need to be processed. Even superwoman has her days. You can’t expect yourself to be strong and perfect all day every day. When you don’t deal with what’s really going on within, you will continue to use outside sources to cope.
Here’s what to do: When you find yourself eating when you’re not hungry ask yourself: what am I feeling? Grab a piece of paper and write down exactly what you’re feeling. Are you sad, lonely, scared, bored, or anxious? Ask yourself why you might be feeling that way? Ask yourself what you need. Are you tired? Do you need to exercise? Do you need something from someone? Give yourself permission to ask someone to help you get what you need. Do you need more rest? Ask your husband to watch the baby for an hour. Do you need to have more fun? Ask your boyfriend to take you on a date, etc.
2. You are crying out to experience more pleasure. Pleasure shouldn't be considered a special treat or reward, pleasure should be considered a basic human need and a vital piece of your self-care regimen. When you don’t get enough pleasure, you rebel and seek it in other places: procrastinating on projects, eating junk food and way too much, drinking past your tolerance, etc.
Here’s what to do: Implement A Joy List.
So it’s time to take this on. Emotions are a beautiful thing. They are what allow us to be connected to one another and they are what make us human. Let your emotions be released instead of stuffing them down with food, literally, and make pleasure a non-negotiable part of your self-care regime!
It’s time to re-learn how to listen to your body, reprogram your mindset and re-design your lifestyle so you can be free from worrying about food, have a lifestyle you love, and focus on what’s really important to you.
Free yourself from food obsession and enjoy life and food again. Stop valuing yourself by the number on the scale and create the life of your dreams!
Hannah Mills and Marisa Molina are Certified Holistic Health Practitioners and the co-founders of Hello Beautiful Health.
Hannah and Marisa enable women to be free from food anxiety, binge and emotional eating so they can be the powerful women they were destined to be.
With a proven Step-by-Step Method used in their Eat for Love Course, women overcome negative self-talk, reduce stress levels and love themselves from the inside out - giving them the confidence to pursue the career, relationship, and life of their dreams.
For more about their services and the Eat For Love Course, visit www.hellobeautifulhealth.com or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have suffered from numerous health challenges conventional medicine couldn't fix. This blog is a place for me to share my experiences and information with others who want to feel better again too. Please share your thoughts in the comments. I always look forward to supporting you to improve your health!