A couple months ago, I was having trouble sleeping, feeling lethargic and eating too much junk food. I was feeling tired after my lunch meals and craving sugar and chips (my nemesis), so I decided undergo a lifestyle modification program aka diet.
Upon telling people around me, I got different reactions. 1. Why do you need to diet? You’re so slim already! 2. You don’t need to lose weight 3. What are you going to cut out now?
I found it interesting that when someone has a smaller build, it does not seem "socially" acceptable to undergo dietary changes, regardless of the reason. As I’ve grown up with my body my entire life, I am aware of it’s general weight fluctuations.
There is a range with which I prefer my body to function at. Once it goes higher or lower than normal, it’s time to re-evaluate my exercise, diet and stress levels. This is similar to blood pressure where there is an acceptable range. Too high and you have high blood pressure which is associated with many body systems shutting down and too low, you can incur another set of health challenges.
What about you? When was the last time you evaluated your health and wellness regime?
I knew my exercise was fairly regular so I turned to my diet. After 1 month of cutting out junk food, stopping excess snacking and I’m feeling better.
Something else I noticed as I was losing weight was that I was also more irritable and grumpy. It could be because I cut out the addictive junk food and was going through withdrawals symptoms. However, I think there was more to that. My stress levels were higher than usual and it also correlated with the excess sugar and chips. I became aware that as I was losing weight, I was going through some of the emotions that I had been experiencing lately….perhaps, it is possible that body stored those emotions as fat because I wasn’t able to feel them at the time. Now, that I am aware of them, I can work through them through breathing techniques, journalling and of course going to see my chiropractor.
Are you having trouble losing weight? It is possible that you are eating your emotions instead of feeling them. To find out how to change this behaviour, come to our advance workshop.
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.