How Are We?
It’s a good time to try acupuncture actually to facilitate weight loss, if ever or in any way we’ve gained a bit of heavy in us. In the midst of the pandemic, most of us have become less active and are consuming more calories. I think I’ve now heard it called the COVID15 much like the Freshman 15. Ok, so I’m sure you didn’t head into this shut down with the idea of gaining more weight.
You may have been busy cleaning out your closets Marie Kondo style or maybe catching up on some reading but what about a little pampering for your soul? What about giving yourself permission to do something that is really good for you?
A Peculiar Diagnosis
You may have already signed up for every seminar, workshop and yoga class via zoom but are you enjoying all this? I have ZOOM fatigue. Actually, I think that may become a new medical diagnosis. There can be frustration and overwhelm that comes just from trying too much, leaving you worse off then when you started. Not to mention the extra layer of shame and misery that comes with failure.
How about trying something else? Maybe a live and in person visit to your acupuncturist.
De-stress Through Acupuncture
Stress can cause lack of sleep as well as over eating or stress eating. Acupuncture calms the mind, body, and spirit – when you have that, then it can give us a sense of focus in whatever goals we try to achieve, say in this manner, weight loss. With a calm body, you sleep better. With a calm body, you eat better quality foods and less junk food. Dieting, food restriction type, can lead to boomerang weight gain. The best way to reduce your weight is by simple, daily actions that add up to a big change in the long run. It sucks that you can put on 5 pounds in just a couple of weeks, yet it can take 5 months to let go of those 5 pounds, especially if you’re a menopausal woman.
Acupuncture Practically Helps
Acupuncture helps with calming and relaxing the body, relieving stress and anxiety, almost magically using hair thin needles. Some acupuncturists, like myself are also trained in functional nutrition. So my patients not only get acupuncture, but they also have me to help them with what and when to eat for the best results.
Sometime when you’re feeling hungry, it’s your brain talking. And that signal can be hunger or thirst. So always respond first with a glass of water. Studies show that along with a healthy diet and physical exercise as simple as walking, can keep you in balance. Acupuncture can help to reduce appetite and cravings resulting in better overall healthy weight.
Acupuncture promotes a healthy digestion by improving your stomach’s blood flow. Made up of seamless and natural medical care treatment, it has the ability to treat digestive imbalance by regulating the endocrine and nervous system’s hyperactivity that often accompanies digestive disorder patterns. So whether you have irritable bowel syndrome or feel bloated, acupuncture is good for all types of digestive grumble.
Acupuncture may be one of the resourses that you can use to help you reach your weight and health goals. It will help you reduce stress and give you the skills to live a healthier life. Acupuncture increases your endorphins, so it makes you happier in general. When you’re feeling calm and happy, there is no stopping you. Take this time to give yourself permission for some much needed self-care. We are living through some challenging times and you need all the support you can get to make it through with ease and grace. Help yourself make healthier lifestyle choices by asking “who is on my support team?” Reach out and get support. Acupuncture is just one option.