Every day you see the news reports of how more and more Americans are becoming obese. Many people live on diets that are full of sugars, starch, over processed foods, and white flour. This horrible, nutrient depleted diet combined with sedentary lifestyles has caused one of the largest epidemics of obesity this country has ever known. When living in a society that is obsessed with the human figure and appearance, obesity can have more devastating effects on a person then an expanding waist size.
Obesity can lead to many serious illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, circulatory problems, respiratory problems, Diabetes, and more. The larger we become, the more likely we are to be inactive, and without living a life of daily moving the body, and pumping fresh oxygenated blood throughout the system, the results are dire and the consequences may be deadly.
There are many reasons why people overeat, and the root of the problem may be emotional rather than physical. It is important that for those who are struggling with obesity take the time to do the inner work of self-realization and healing to begin to deal with the underlying issues of why they overeat. It is important to determine if your overeating is a result of emotional triggers such as sadness, depression, anger, or low self esteem. Some people tend to overeat when they are bored. They have nothing else to do and want to feed themselves. Others may have learned to overeat to comfort themselves when they were younger and in a lonely or traumatic experience. It is vital to the ultimate health and success of every person to determine what triggers his or her addiction to food. To accompany the inner work, which must be done, it is also important to take a look at diet and take the necessary steps to replace unhealthy foods and snacks with their healthy counterparts. This means replacing refined white flour, sugar, and empty calories with fruits and vegetables.
It is important to consume foods that are as close to their “natural” or “live” state. Fruits and vegetables should be eaten in “raw” organic form whenever possible. Another important change that must be made is in the area of exercise. It is crucially important to realize that the person who has been living a sedentary lifestyle is not in physical shape to immediately handle a strenuous workout. The exercise changes that need to be made should focus more on routine then performance. To begin these lifestyle changes, commitment and practice should be the goal while the actual exercise should be a series of gentle movements such as a daily walk, swimming, or incorporating yoga to the lifestyle. Once the habit forms of daily exercising, then the focus may shift to adding strength training, or more cardiovascular workouts. Begin by simply moving every day for at least 20 minutes and then take it from there.
Aromatherapy is very beneficial in helping to decrease appetite. This is a powerful way to reinforce the new way of thinking and overcoming the addiction to food. It is highly effective with those who are “comfort food” eaters. When a craving comes on, and you know that you do not need to eat for your survival, but want to eat out of boredom, depression, or another emotional reason, you can satisfy the craving with Aromatherapy. Also, try drinking more water. It is vital that you consume enough water daily to maintain your body in perfect form, and often the brain will signify that it is thirsty, and we mistakenly feed it instead.
For a wonderful appetite controlling scent add 1 drop of Clary Sage, 1 drop of Sandalwood, and 1 drop of Ylang Ylang essential oils and blend. If you would like to make this into massage oil, add it to carrier oil and apply on pressure points. It may be used in an inhalant for immediate relief of cravings, in an Aromatic bath, or in the form of Aromatherapy candles.