To feel good means looking after ourselves inside and out no matter what size or shape we are. There’s something unique about the way we reflect health and confidence, or maybe even a lack of it, it seems our whole being communicates this. If you dislike your body on a daily basis that’s what it will feedback to you and to others. To me it is shear torture to tell yourself (and everyone else) that you want to be healthier, slimmer, happier, or anything else in that matter and not do anything about it. But what does it mean to create this ‘ideal’ self that you could love?
Firstly there is no ideal, no matter what media has programmed into us. The ideal is in your mind. There is something very attractive about a person who is just happy to be themselves and who exudes a healthy glow. Embrace your individuality. It’s worth spending time rediscovering and understanding what you think about your body and exploring this in detail. Define aspects you like and those you wish to change.
In part one I discussed defining what it is you want to achieve, to set clear intentions and realistic goals. This may well be to lose weight, get fitter or deal with a health symptom. Be as specific as you can write them down, for example, I want to lose 4kg or to stop getting bloated after every meal, or change direction.
I see many patients who want to lose weight and it can be a complex process for some. There can be emotional blocks that may be in the way. Sometimes just starting to like yourself can make a dramatic change.
“Our body gives us feedback constantly, we can choose to listen or not”
I’m a huge advocate of tuning in to your body’s feedback system and getting really skilled at interpreting the signals it gives you. I mean the real fine signals which most of us miss. This is so valuable that my clients are often amazed how much they learn in the first few days alone. This is all down to the simple principles of cause and effect. Observing what it is you do and then to monitor the outcome. It’s what science is all about, so you become your own researcher. One of my patients going through menopause realised how hot she suddenly got when she ate any sugary foods, including excess of fruit.
Once you know what you want to change you can start to put your plan together. That means looking at what you need to do and being prepared for what will get in the way. It will also require you to change habits. If you’re working hard and trying to be healthy but seem to be rushing around all day then find habits that work in your flow. For example find shops, restaurants around where you work that serve healthy nourishing food or prepare your lunch the night before. I know it sounds so simple but oftentimes when we’re rushing we don’t have time to think.
- Create a food programme you love
If you are using food medicinally to treat a condition then this is a whole different ball game, a general health programme differs much more from using a food programme therapeutically. It is important to work with a therapist if you are trying to achieve the latter.
- Support your digestion
- Help the body clean up and look younger
- Get moving
“You can easily put things into place to change if you really want to “
Finally, putting all of this into place involves being proactive and responsible. We are often told habits are very hard to break and to make all these changes isn’t easy. This is a limited way to think. You can easily put things into place to change if you really want to. What we need is the intention to do it. If you don’t have the intention nor the will it becomes very hard to change. Here is a great exercise to help you begin this process.
Work through the following
Next month Rumana will take us through Part 3 A Clear Thinking Mind, where she will focus on how to deal with anxiety, depression and stress and how to get the most out of our brain and keep it healthy. Find out more about Rumana’s programme and health consultations at http://www.planetorganic.com/rumana-healthbrnaturopathic-consultation/
About Rumana Zahn ND
Rumana has teamed up with Planet Organic to help share her findings on how to achieve the best possible health you can. With over 25 years of experience Rumana is an expert in the field of natural medicine, runs clinics in the UK and speaks worldwide.
Rumana enjoys living a healthy vibrant life, practices yoga and meditation and loves argentine tango and singing.