Starting January 1st, I gave it my all.
I joined the gym and got on that blasted stair-master every day for forty-five minutes. Surely this was the way to lose those dreaded 10 to 15 pounds.
I increased the amount of fruit and salad I was eating – lunch and dinner for sure, and sometimes at breakfast, too.
This was certainly the way to lose that weight – it’s what all the dieting experts recommended.
And, it worked!
My pants felt looser; I was lighter in both mind and body. Woo hoo! Three to five pounds gone in the blink of an eye.
My trimmer butt did the happy dance!
Unfortunately, two or three weeks into my weight loss resolution, I began failing miserably. I started having wild cravings! Sometimes eating a half jar of peanut butter or an entire box of crackers in one sitting.
Within a couple of months after my New Year’s resolution to lose weight, I grew a bit chubbier than when I first started.
Blasted big butts, Batman! What kind of evil spell had been cast upon me that I couldn’t take it off and keep it off?
I had good intentions, just like everyone else that commits to losing weight at the onset of the New Year.
Well for starters, I didn’t have nature and the environment on my side.
The human body, and the external environment it is living in, are intimately connected. Even though we may not realize it. Our pineal gland, the small gland the size of a pea that sits in the middle of our brain, receives information from the outside environment (sun, light, atmospheric changes), and sends messages to our endocrine system.
In the middle of winter (for those of you that live in a cold climate, like I do), your beautiful body is designed to store fat, do less, and sleep longer.
When we begin exercising more, restricting calories and fats, and eating “cooling” warm-weather foods like salads and fruits in the middle of winter, we send the body mixed messages and the wrong type of information.
So what does the body do? Well, it simply does what it is designed too … it thinks it’s going to starve or freeze, so it stores more fat.
Combining cold weather PLUS cold foods (salads and fruits) makes the body feel overall colder.
As fate would have it, when our internal environment gets too cold, we may wind up with a cold, flu, other respiratory ailment, or kidney trouble and/or Adrenal Fatigue.
Instead of resolving to “lose weight” during the winter months, when it is counter-intuitive to our health, here are some diet and lifestyle behaviors to ensure you can thrive throughout the long, cold days and not “gain” excess weight in the process.
Choose seasonal food: this includes hearty soups and stews prepared with organic root veggies (carrots, parsnips, potatoes, rutabaga, turnips, onions and garlic), hearty greens (kale, cabbage, collards), and naturally raised pastured meat, bones and fats. Depending on where you live, a Hearty Beef Stew or Lamb Stew may be much better suited for your body than a watermelon or cucumber salad.
Chew your food: chewing food helps us digest it better. That means we gain more nutritional value from eating less quantity of food when we chew. This simple behavioral modification could help you start losing the excess weight you may have accumulated over the years, and still keep your body balanced and healthy throughout any season.
Do something you love: there are more areas to fill up inside of us besides our belly. Fill up your heart with things you love to do, and fill up your mind with new learning experiences. Soon you’ll discover that the desire for overeating is reduced or eliminated entirely.
As soon as the weather begins warming up in the Spring, your body will easily begin shedding the winter pounds (as long as you haven’t stored that extra fat over the winter by dieting).
When the time comes in March, you can start a Spring Cleanse to help support your body’s natural cleansing and weight loss process.
Until then… Have a happy, healthy and delicious New Year!