Simplicity…The Easiest And Fastest Way To A Perfect Body

There is still way too much snow on the ground here in MA, but I can feel the subtle changes happening in my body that signal that winter is on its way out.

After months of needing to eat, eat, eat to stay warm, no desire to juice at all, a ravenous appetite for all things “stew-like” and a need to have multiple courses to feel satisfied, I suddenly lost my rabid appetite, feel much calmer, and am now craving simplicity in my meals and my life.

You see, after years of learning to tune in to my body’s rhythm and needs, I have a very keen awareness of the subtle shifts that seem to happen here and there. And it’s with relief that I welcome the end of the “blubber months”. I can’t fight my body or its need to keep me warm and healthy; in its broken and “misfiring” ways, it is doing what it is built to do: keep me alive. Winter and cold mean only one thing for it: the need to maintain adequate body temperature, which only means accumulating as much fat as possible.

This is one of the main concepts I teach clients: you cannot go against your body’s safety mechanism. But that’s a different discussion for another time. Right now, I want to touch on the need for simplicity that the upcoming of spring can trigger, and why it is your ticket to a much healthier and leaner self…and a lot less challenges and frustrations.

A common reason for failure in dieting and healthier living stems from the complicated nature of some diets/plans/protocols.When it comes to weight and health, things can get really complicated. All you have to do is turn on the TV, google anything, or pick up magazines, and you will be inundated with information that usually contradict one another, leaving you overwhelm and confused.

Take thyroid disease for example. When I was researching the disease for myself, it was mind boggling that much of the information out there was very complex and different from one source to another. Some protocols I tried even made me really sick. It took a while to get it right.

The problem is that confusion and information overload create paralysis (you don’t do anything about it) and despair (now you are really depressed and beating yourself up for your lack of action).

The answer to this problem is simplicity!

When you start craving simplicity, it is a sign that you are ready to surrender, stop endless researching (otherwise know as Google addiction), and let go of your need to make it complicated, so you can start shedding the pounds and lowering your stress levels.

With simple meals, simple steps, and a simplified life, people are more likely to get started on their goals, as well as keep up the good work in the long term, instead of ditching it because it got too complicated or too demanding.

My experience has also been that when I get into “simplify” mode, I am much calmer, feel lighter, am more focused, and am more likely to feel full faster after a meal. It is the beauty of a detox program, where all the foods are laid out simply, where you know exactly what you will eat, and where everything is so easy to assemble. Having a simple plan for a simple lifestyle for a week can do wonders to balance your hormones, lower your stress levels, and help your body release winter weight. If done right, they are like a magical reset button.

What can you simplify in your life right now? Do you need to stop analyzing everything and start living, surrendering, and lightening up?

Feel it come naturally with the energy of spring…and act on it!

Don’t.Give.Up: the crazy stuff I’ve done for health

In my neck of the wood, winter has not given up yet, which means relief from the winter pounds and blahs is not as close as I would like it to be. As I explained in the last newsletter, even if I would like to start detoxing for spring, my body has other plans and still wants to hold on to its “safety” blubber to keep me warm.

So with that in mind, I know it will have to get a lot warmer for a lot longer before I can let go of those extra pounds. You will have the opportunity to join me when I launch my brand new online group reboot this coming April. I am super excited about it as it will be quite different from the ones I have led in the past. Look for information regarding this later on!

Now on to the subject at hand…and the message I carry with me at all time:

Don’t. Give. Up.

I could have given up when my health crashed three years ago. I could have given up when no doctors was coming up with answers. I could have given up when I finally figured out what was wrong and it was overwhelming. I could have given up when I was told I could not change or “fix” myself. I could have given up when the pain was too strong or the despair too loud.

And I almost did…many times. But in the end I kept going, one step at a time, one question at a time, one answer at a time, one failure at a time.

It’s frustrating when THEY can’t fix you, when THEY let you down, when THEY don’t understand what you are going through. You can use that frustration to fuel the fire, your fire.

I have tried all sorts of “therapies” while trying to get better, from acupuncture, colonics and energy medicine, to spiritual healing and Emotional Freedom Technique, with a lot in between. All of them helped to a point, but none of them was THE solution. I still rely on some of them to get me through rough patches, but mostly they taught me one major lesson:

What if I was the only one who could truly know what my body needed?

Most people will balk at that idea, and I hear it in my practice a lot. Fix me. Tell me what’s wrong with me or what I’m doing wrong.

But it worked. I did what I was drawn to, what felt totally foreign to me yet incredibly luring: I went on a raw food diet and overhauled my lifestyle completely. And although not all health issues have successfully disappeared, two major ones (Hashimoto and thyroid disease) are no longer picked up on my regular tests.

This is NOT to say that you should jump on a raw food adventure or any other drastic “diet”. What I mean is that if you would be open and willing to drop into your body long enough to “feel” what it needs, you could be amazed at the answers you get. This is true for health and weight issues alike.
If you have struggled with resistant weight for a long time, don’t give up, you can crack the code!

Here are tools to help you out in this process:

  • Start asking questions. Your body has an awareness that is different than yours. And most of the time, you are not paying attention to vitamin deficiencies, you are only concerned with how fat you look, what others think of you, and if it is late enough in the day to start drinking! Ask your body what it wants to eat, how it wants to move, what message it is trying to convey. It can be frustrating at first but you will eventually get it.
  • Stop forcing change. How often do you see people at the gym or at a vegan cafe looking utterly miserable? If your body wants to spit out the food, this food probably has no benefits for you. If your body hates running and manifests its dislike with constant knee pain and injuries, try Zumba!
  • Stop labeling yourself. I have acid reflux. I have IBS. I have depression. Do you? Or is your body telling you that the foods you eat don’t work, that your gut needs some loving, or that it’s time to leave that job?
  • Appreciate the feedback and allow for change. Trying to see the lesson in the challenge helps take consistent action and teaches you that your needs are evolving as you age. What worked once may no longer work. Stop trying to do the same darn thing!

I really hope you will consider trying a different approach to your struggles, be it with weight or health. And yes, you still need support on this journey, but ultimately, you know best.

Bottom line: never give up…gather up your determination and keep on searching, doing, asking. The breakthrough is just on the other side!