Midlife Look? No Way.



Not too long ago, I found I had become overweight for my height.  For me, weight has been an issue during times of "change" in my life.  Now that I'm middle aged, I refuse to be labelled  middle aged due to my weight and weight distribution.  I like to be my best & look my best!

And so, like other times in my life, I took matters into my own hands.  I knew what to do.  I started by managing my food intake, checking my exercise plans, and looking at any emotional eating.

Luncheon plate vs Dinner plate.
*Proportion size.  Using a luncheon plate instead of a dinner plate.  Luncheon plates are about the size of our stomachs.  By not heaping my luncheon plate, I provide myself with the proper amount of food with out overeating.   No seconds either until I give my stomach ample time (10-15 minutes) to let me know if I am full.  Many restaurants in the USA serve portions that are truly meant to be like 2-3 meals.  Too much food!  So I will portion out what looks like a luncheon plate size and the rest either stays at the restaurant or goes home for other meals the next day.



*Listening to my stomach and not to my head  when I think I'm  hungry.
Water is symbolic of our emotions.
When I thought I was hungry, I would ask myself, am I hungry?  I would feel my stomach.  If my stomach did not feel hungry, I knew it was probably due to an Emotional hunger instead of physical hunger.
 Thus, I would drink a glass of water, sit down and feel what emotions I was experiencing.  I drank water due to at times, we feel hungry when we are actually thirsty.    In order to release emotions, I would just feel the emotions and surrender to them.  I would do nothing except feel them until they dissolved away.  Then, I noticed my "hunger" disappeared.
My Inner child (Inner Divine self=Subconscious) needed "attention" to what I was feeling.  This was my way of getting my attention to my own self.
 Emotional eating (Emotional hunger) is when we feel negative emotions we do not like or fear.  We feel these subconsciously at times.  When we feel these, we try to push them away with something that makes us feel good instead.  This can be with food, drugs, alcohol, sex, etc.  When we continue to use these to  feel good, we have developed what is called an addiction.  The thing we feel we need, is in power over us.  The  addiction is held in power as our own Divine selves.  We listen to the Addiction instead of listening to our Divine selves.

* At times, I found myself hungry, but not due to being hungry.  I wanted to eat something due to feeling tired.  I learned this behavior when I was in college.
Like many of us, I too went to college full time, I drove 4 hours a day to get to school and back home, I worked a part time job during the week and during the weekend.  This left me little time to socialize, but I managed to do that also.  And so, who had time to nap???  So I realized if I ate some energizing food-chocolate, sweets, carbohydrates, burgers, etc., I would gain the much needed energy to go and do what I desired or needed to do.
Wrong choice, but at the time, it felt like my only choice. Many people rely on coffee=caffeine!

Which brings me to my experiment I did that I will share.  A few of my family members were visiting  for the weekend.  This was years ago, when I was still not understanding you can't push people to change.  They have to want to do it on their own.
 Anyways, these family members are big coffee drinkers.  I got it in my head I would switch out the caffeinated coffee for decaffeinated coffee. Thus proving to them, they were relying on the caffeine to feel energized and a wake.  They always had the thought, "We enjoy coffee for the taste and warmth of the drink."
 Well, it only took two days to see the startling effects on them.  They all became negative acting and one was complaining she had no idea what was wrong with her.  She had no energy!  She was too tired to want to do much.  In fact, they all acted like they had a hang-over from binge drinking and staying up all night!
 Typically these people are  fairly positive and motivated.  When I told the family members what I did and why, they were not pleased.  In fact they all were super angry at me. I had to promptly put back their caffeinated coffee for them.   (Note, maybe caffeine, like foods, alcohol, etc. is also a drug addiction?)

Now, if I'm tired, I will take 5 minutes and close my eyes.  If I have time, I will go and take that 30 minute nap.  Or if I don't have the time, I will make sure I drink 1-2 glasses of water and sit down to rest.  Meditation works great in this area also.

*Watching my food intake.  I am a healthy eater, but at times, too healthy.  I will eat two snacks in a day of a carbohydrate and a protein.  One of my favorite snacks is to take a small portion of nuts with a fruit.
Problem is, taking too many nuts, even though they are super healthy, will cause a weight gain or weight stagnation due to being packed full of healthy "stuff".  Little power houses, but meant to be eaten in small portions.
 Eating too much fruit will also cause weight gain even if it is super healthy for you and/or weight stagnation. (natural sugars!)
Portion size  is key here.  Instead of a hand full of nuts, I'll bring it down to 4 raw Walnuts, or 6 raw Almonds/snack.  Each day only eating up to 2 fruits for the whole day is good for me.



* I have found when I am drinking/eating enough Dairy milk, I feel better, I sleep better, and I am able to reduce weight better.
Homemade Kefir.  You can culture your own or buy it.
Instead of milk, I had been taking Calcium Citrate pills, but the pills didn't give me all the benefits Dairy milk were giving me.
 I had been drinking  2% Dairy milk, but I feel the 1% Dairy milk is better for me due to a little less saturated fat.  Skim milk, I will never drink anymore.  Why?  Two reasons.  Bad tasting and because Skim milk has no fat in it.  Due to no fat, it actually increases your blood sugar!  Not good due to increasing your cravings for more sweets & increasing a possibility of Diabetes .  Like any Dairy product, you really need to have some saturated fat in it to feel satisfaction with it.  If not, you'll crave more =overeating.  (Example Ice Cream.  We used to buy the Light Ice Cream that became popular back in the day, due to the thought is was "a healthier ice cream."  Well if you ever ate this, you found out it was unsatisfying, no matter how many scoops you ate.  This caused a person to either eat more of this ice cream or go to the kitchen in search of another fatty sweet that could make you feel settled and satisfied.  Eating a Whole fat, gourmet ice cream,even if it is just a 1/2 a scoop, will give you satisfaction.  Satisfies the mouth hunger for sweets.  And so, in the long run, having a small portion of Dairy product with enough fat in it to satisfy will probably be healthier in the long run compared to eating "light" dairy products.  The 1% milk for me works. For others, it may not.

*Quality whole foods, incorporating as many colors of veggies and fruits you can everyday in your meals and snacks.  But limiting fruit to two servings a day and pushing veggies for every meal.  (I aim for 5 servings a day.)  Using Whole grains, in a limited amount in your meals.
Using only healthy fats and in a limited amount.  Limiting sweets!  When you get that sweet craving right after a meal, try eating one Medjool date.  This is the sweetness you're mouth is looking for.  Here is my link to my blog post on healthier eating for further reading.  https://www.reikiintheprairiellc.com/2020/01/eating-healthy-living-healthy.html

*Drinking water!   I lack in my water consumption at times.  Why?  Because I get so involved with what I'm working on, I tend to forget about my body needing water and stretches.
So to help, I try placing a 2 quart bottle of fruit infused water in my refrigerator.  This way a person can monitor how much  water they're drinking and enjoy a glass of cold, slightly fruity water throughout the day.  Here is my blog post on Infused water for further reading.  https://www.reikiintheprairiellc.com/2020/01/infused-water.html


*Exercise.  I am a good exerciser.  I like to exercise 6 days a week for about 40 minutes or more each day.  I like mixing it up a bit to give myself variety to enjoy and to make my muscles work harder. (Varieties of Aerobics, varieties of dance, hiking, Nordic walking, jogging, weight training, jumping rope, varieties of Pilates, Yoga, Qi gong, Interval work, and stretching.)
 When we do the same exercise over and over each day, our muscles get accustomed to this.  And so they do not work very hard.  (Example-like when we speak our language in our own accents in life. 
  Our brain/mouth/throat/tongue/lips muscles can pretty much speak this language with it's dialect in our sleep with little or no "muscles" working.  Now when you try to speak the same language with a different accent/dialect, guess what?  We find it's really hard to make our lips, mouth, tongue & throat move in a different way!  We are working our lips/mouth/throat muscles in doing this different dialect/accent.  They are learning to move in a different way.  Same as with performing different exercises and routines.)  Here is my blog post in regards to exercising for further reading.
Pandemic  exercise  https://www.reikiintheprairiellc.com/2020/01/eating-healthy-living-healthy.html


The Thyroid is important in hormone production. 
The bow resembles the Thyroid.
Hormones are chemical messengers that regulates all organ functions in the body.  If our Thyroids are not working properly, we will gain weight and maintain being over weight feeling sluggish or we will be too thin and feeling anxious.  (Hypothyroid vs. Hyperthyroid.)
So I  started to incorporate Nori Seaweed in to my diet almost everyday.

I have found seaweed provides me with a natural whole source of Iodine, which is necessary for proper Thyroid function.

*I am excited to mention about my Seaweed eating. 
When I realized my weight lose was really slow, I decided to try something new.  I knew at middle age,  adults will have a Thyroid that may function too low.  (Hypothyroid)  In order to have a normal functioning Thyroid, one must take in the food that feeds the Thyroid.  This food is known as a high quality whole Iodine.  Now I do take multivitamins with Iodine, but I feel it just wasn't enough.  A high quality natural Iodine would be good.

And so, I bought some high quality, organic Nori Seaweed sheets.
 Yes, I could of bought some of the cheapest Nori Seaweed offered, but you get what you pay for!!!
  Low cost Seaweed may have been grown in highly polluted waters and/or harvested with little regard to keeping it's minerals viable. (All though this can happen even if the price is high.  You'll need to look around and taste.  Follow your gut on this and reviews.)

I started to eat a half of sheet per day. 
I would eat it plain (dry) or I would incorporate it in vegetarian style sushi rolls or used it as a seasoning/salt in my food.  (The vegetarian sushi rolls are a great snack and or a vegetable side dish.)
Soon, I found I was feeling more energetic!  I felt my exercises weren't as hard as normal.  As I was noticing this, my weight started to melt off in a healthy amount of time. (Not too fast of weight lose.  If you lose weight too fast, it's not healthy for our bodies.  And typically, the weight will come back on your body.)
***Note, if you are on medication for low Thyroid (Hypothyroid) please talk to your medical doctor first before eating.  When you eat the Seaweed, you will need to have your Thyroid medication altered and your Thyroid chemicals watched.
Eating Seaweed is a healthy, natural alternative that provides your body with healing and benefits due to the minerals & Iodine.  Taking Thyroid medication to increase production of hormones is not healing.  It is a band-aid to cover up the issue and does not heal the Thyroid.
In order for our Thyroids to function properly, we need high quality whole Iodine.  P.s. My dog absolutely loves a piece of Seaweed.  I give here a small 2" x 2" piece in her food off and on.  Healthy for our dogs also.

*Reiki Healing sessions.
As a Reiki practitioner I provide myself with Reiki sessions on and off.  I do this to help myself, (body, mind, spirit) to stay balanced.  If there are imbalances in my energy, I will have problems in other areas of my being. Our minds, emotions, bodies, and spirits are all One!
 If one area is out of whack, so will the rest of us be.
I  use Reiki healing to "Shadow Work" on myself.  (I'm self-evaluating my inner self, motives, behavior, thoughts, actions, reactions to challenges, etc. and if I don't see "truth" in them (my thoughts, behavior, etc.) , I change them.)
 I use Reiki healing to find where there is too much energy or too little of energy throughout my energy.  And so I feel, Reiki healing has benefited me in a indirect way to losing weight.
I know other Reiki practitioners have used Reiki specifically for weight lose.  But I have no real experience of doing this in a direct way.  I'm a firm believer in using multiple ways to help oneself heal from the inside-out.  For more on reading on "Shadow Working" go to

https://www.reikiintheprairiellc.com/2020/03/the-importance-of-shadow-working.html

To become our healthiest, at times, it means we need to look at our own habits, evaluate what we're doing in life-"truthfully", and change ourselves.  This way, when we can stay on this path, we will find we will accomplish what we wanted to accomplish!
This would not only be for weight lose, but for walking our paths through our whole life.

Written by Cynthia Bergsbaken of Reiki in the Prairie LLC
June 25, 2020.

Sources:
"Dr. Bob's Drugless Guide to Balancing Female Hormones
"My own experiences and trials." -Cynthia


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