by Nicole Pierce, ND
February is Heart Health month, but why stop there? Make an extra effort to love your whole body this month. Such a simple thing to say, and so hard to actually accomplish. The barrage of emotional baggage, social norms, and streams of conflicting health information make it hard to ask yourself out on that first date, much less commit to a lifetime of wedded bliss. While a complicated and confusing problem as a whole, we aim to keep the steps that take you there a simple as possible.
It’s Your Body
Your body is unique – its shape, curves, flaws, and “imperfections.” It is important to embrace this fact and not constantly pine for some outrageous ideal that your body, or anyone else’s, could possibly reach. Setting realistic expectations to meet your own personal goals, not external social or media-based standards, is essential to avoiding the guilt and self-criticism that so often come with body image.
One of the most powerful biofeedback mechanisms to a positive self-image is to also feel healthy. We all want to be able to live our lives in a healthy and joyful way. We should be able to enjoy a night of dancing, a bike ride to the park with our kids, a day of gardening, or even just a walk up a flight of stairs without feeling defeated.
Maintaining a healthy weight is like writing your body a constant stream of love letters. Put aside the politics, recycle the magazines, and tune out the images, because there are so many real and meaningful reasons to work toward achieving a healthy weight.
First, you will feel better and have more energy. Secondly, your health benefits significantly as you lower your chances of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and conditions like sleep apnea. If you are overweight and already suffer from poor health, losing pounds helps improve your overall condition and can lead you back on the path to optimal health.
As obesity in America has increased, the facts have become increasingly clear:
- The added pressure extra weight brings leads to joint damage and arthritis.
- People who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are most often overweight, and more than half are obese.
- Having more fat in your midsection — a waist circumference of more than 35 inches for women and more than 40 inches for men — can significantly increase your risk for metabolic syndrome, a group of factors that heighten your risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. That’s because fat around your middle can lead to inflammation in the body, and inflammation increases the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
- A diet high in trans fats and sugars, and low in whole foods such as organic fruits and vegetables is more likely to damage your arteries and may contribute to heart disease. Eating more fresh, whole foods, and cutting out foods high in sugar and trans fats (such as packaged baked goods and fried foods) is the first step toward losing weight and improving your health.
Make the Commitment
The Healthy Body Reset Program offered at Boise Natural Health is a fabulous way to jump start your metabolism, weight loss and overall health. We are here to coach you through our program to help you lose weight in a safe, effective and medically supervised environment. After the program, we will teach you a healthy way to eat and to live to assure that you keep your weight off!
You will learn how to distinguish between nutrient -rich foods and nutrient-deficient foods. Eating “real food” is the essence of proper nutrition and diet. And with healthy weight loss comes many other potential benefits such as improved digestion, improved blood sugar, more energy, better sleep and improved blood pressure to name a few.
Make the commitment to love your body and your health! Read more information about the Healthy Body Reset Program or call our office today!