Parallel increases are seen in rates of chronic low back pain, heart attacks, diabetes, stroke, bowel disorders and cancer
Six Reasons You Are Fat
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in North America. Diet programs, books, programs and media machines that promote Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, the Zone and the like, as well as the too numerous to mention fad diets have led to both bulges around our waist and bulges in the collective wallets of the heads of the diet industry. Sadly, in spite of decades of diets, hours of Tae Bo, aerobics, and Arnold pumping us up, we, collectively and individually are fatter than ever. Despite annually spending hundreds of millions of dollars on weight loss supplements and drugs, the rate of obesity increase ‘weighs in’ at a 25% increase over the past decade. Not surprisingly, parallel increases are seen in rates of chronic low back pain, heart attacks, diabetes, stroke, bowel disorders and cancer. The combined rate of incidence for developing these diseases indicate that 3 out of 4 people will get at least one of these conditions.
So what are the causes of obesity??? Some (often those who have never had a weight problem) say that we are fat because of a lack of willpower. However, if we are fat simply because we lack will power, this growing obesity epidemic indicates then that we have collectively become a weak and pathetic nation, in more ways than one. How can we bear the banner of democracy and protect the world from “evil” when we are too weak to pass up a super sized fries with our value meal?
Other experts promote that obesity is simply a matter of mathematical calculations (calories in minus calories out). If you are overweight, then you must simply make sure that there is a caloric deficit, meaning you burn more calories than you bring in. While this helps, it is only a portion of the solution that we are seeking. If it were the case that the solution was this simple, the diet industry would have ceased to exist decades ago. The issue must go beyond simple mathematics, as the problem has gotten worse, not better. Our bellies have gotten bigger, not flatter. The human body is much more than a physiological, genetically predetermined mass of plasma. As such, there is no ‘one’ miracle cure or pill that can reverse this condition.
We are a complicated interchange of genetics, culture, economics, emotions, and experiences, packaged as creatures of (or slaves to) habit. We are the physical manifestation of our very thoughts, beliefs and attitudes. We are, in many ways, a living record of every experience, thought and belief system that we hold and act upon. Change is only obtained through a consistent combination of positive choices. Weight loss is not just a physical phenomenon. It is a powerful interplay of our thoughts and our body, our emotions and our behaviors. Change on a large scale reflects within our lifestyle management, on a small scale by the food choices that we make.
Here are 6 areas within your life where you can start considering whether or not you need to make changes. Each of these items is worthy of an individual discourse, so consider this the ‘lo-cal’ version.
A Lack of Exercise
You are never too old, sick, weak or pathetic that you cannot do more than you are currently doing. I know a man, mid 50’s who began walking at a pace of 2 m.p.h, for 4-5 minutes, which was his maximum. Within a year, he was running an 8-minute mile. Get off your butt and do something today, and a bit more tomorrow. Regardless of specifics agendas, most experts agree that any consistent exercise is better than no exercise.
You are what you eat
When you eat garbage, you will look and feel like garbage. Wherever possible, avoid luncheon meats, highly processed, chemical enriched foods, as well as their accompanying rich, sweet, fermented and/ or fatty sauces and condiments. Avoid high fructose corn syrup in all of its forms. Read labels and you will be surprised how frequently this cheap, toxic, sweetener is used. Remembering the connection between obesity and the major deadly diseases associated with it, when you choose ketchup, you might also be choosing diabetes. When you choose deli mock chicken loaf (doesn’t the name say enough?), you might also be choosing cancer. You are, after all, what you eat.
How much is too much? Well, look at the word that describes the outcome of ingesting this. “In”, as in interior, and “toxic”, as in poison. Duh. Alcohol consumption is prohibited in every major fat and weight loss protocol for simple reasons. It creates a high sugar, toxic state in the body. Many people have adverse reactions to fermented food products, and the system has difficulty processing such high levels of sugar, sugar and more sugar. Any addiction to anything can easily be defined by whether or not you are able to choose to do without it or if you need to justify needing it.
Super size applies not just to the meal, but to your gut, thighs, chins #2 and 3, and last, but not least, you’re posterior. Restaurant portions are getting bigger, using their large portions as a selling point. Social functions are often deemed successful based on the quantity, not the quality of the menu. Buffets and “all you can eat” eating establishments dot the horizon. The problem is that many of us were raised to ‘clean our plates’, so we finish all that is put in front of us. Very few people actually require consumption of 3,000 calories a day. Yet, sadly, we often eat that much in one sitting alone.
Eating is not a race
Slow down, chew your food, enjoy the taste, and perhaps even have a conversation with those that you eat with (but no speaking with your mouth full). Put your fork down between mouthfuls. Is it a physical or psychological need that causes us to stuff our cheeks like a foraging squirrel? This is an issue of manners and etiquette, as well as digestion and nutrition.
Eating is an emotional event
Whether we like it or not, each eating experience that we have stores within our bodies with an emotional connection. That effect is compounded when the eating was triggered by an emotional need or situation. Eating can be an issue of reward and punishment, or assists in dealing with grief, stress, anger or boredom. Bad food choices can be made as an outcome of poor planning, a lack of time, or a matter of convenience. Eating can equate, for some, to a culinary orgasm (that was better than sex!). Eating can be done purely out of habit, rather than out of actual hunger. Understanding the emotions connected with our eating habits is vital to our understanding how we got to be in the condition we find ourselves.
The energy of the psychology of the mind, interplaying with the body, is a powerful component in both the development and the reversal of obesity. Emotionally and physically, we are, at present, a culmination of the thoughts, emotions, choices and behaviors that we have exercised over the course of our lives. We are each, ultimately, a culmination of the choices that we make consistently. Whether that is in life generally or specifically regarding food, the power to change is within each of us.
That’s not rocket science, its common sense. But remember, if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always done.
William McCreary, PhD., Doctor of Natural Medicine
Contributing Writer and Instructor (Energy Psychology)
For more information on the power of the mind and its role in the disease and healing process, please feel free to contact me at homeofquantumhealing.com
Randy McCreary has studied the interplay between the mind, spirit and body and its impact on both the development and reversal of disease conditions for the past 15 years. He has brought this vast information together into an effective format known as Neurotherapy. This self healing energetic psychological protocol deals with the optimization of the interplay between the Mind, Spirit and Body of the individual.
Randy is also a highly sought after international speaker, author and educator on various topics within the field of health and wellness. He is renowned for his ability to powerfully impact his audiences through knowledge, humour, common sense and compassion.
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