Everyone talks about a healthy diet and exercise for weight loss which is completely true but there’s so much more. We ALL know that fact but many of us don’t apply it. Here are just a couple of thoughts to get you pondering and hopefully taking action TODAY. My solutions for you are LOBSTER and NATURE.
I was given an analogy of a lobster. When a lobster feels uncomfortable, it seeks a safe space, shed its shell, and grows a new hard shell. When it grows and that new shell becomes uncomfortable, it molts and grows another shell. If lobsters had doctors, they would never grow. We have so many drugs like Valium, pain relievers, anxiety relievers, weight loss pills, etc that we never use that discomfort to grow. Listen to your body and take the time to grow. Each discomfort is an opportunity for growth. With a smile, I say “what a pleasant thought.” How we perceive life dictates our success. Let your discomfort be your journey to growth.
Recently, a Stanford University study revealed that a walk in nature (versus an urban setting) for a mere 90 minutes can ward off the cycle of negative thinking and even reduce the risk of developing mental illness. I didn’t need a study to convince me. Every time I’m in nature, I feel blissfully happy, balanced, and little things don’t stress me out. When I go too long without a nature walk, I feel the unnecessary weight on my shoulder. And we all know what stress does to us—slows down metabolism, prompts weight gain, and makes us resort to comfort food (which makes us gain weight). If you’re not convinced, look at that smile on my daughter. By the way, children laugh 300 times per day; 5 times more than adults.
So be a lobster and get in nature with lots of laughter!
If you’re interested in more information and learning how to have a great relationship with yourself, food, exercise, and build great habits, then set up a free health consultation at www.HappyFoodHealth.com or (619) 876-2655. See if this is the right match for you. I do things very differently to make health a natural lifestyle and this is not for everyone.
~ Samantha Hua, Nutrition & Health Coach, San Diego, CA