The #1 Thing That Will Help You to Lose Weight & Get Healthy For Good

The most toxic chemicals over the course of a lifetime in amount and frequency are the ones we self-produce in the form of the stress response. ~ Marc David of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating

stress effectsWhen I used to think of toxins that affected humans, the following things commonly came to mind–chemicals, diet soda, pesticides, processed foods, environmental pollution, PCBs, heavy metals etc. Never did stress cross my mind as being toxic to the human body. In the past, I’ve done cleanses to rid my body of unavoidable toxins and while I would feel good and I’m certain they improved my health in many ways, nothing has had as profound and long-lasting of an effect on my health and weight as decreasing stress, especially self-imposed stress.

Last week we discussed the relationship between stress and health.  If you missed it, check it out here. This week I’m going to discuss the relationship between relaxation and health and weight.

Here’s a story to help illustrate the powerful impact of relaxation on health and weight. One day I reached a breaking point–I knew my negative self-talk, grip on the past, perfectionism, and worry of what others would think of me was making me physically sick–think fatigue, headaches, poor quality sleep, and bloating.  Can you relate?  I decided to give this whole relaxation thing a try.  I took one month and focused on self-love and self-care (what could be more relaxing and soothing for the mind and body than giving yourself love and care?)  It was an experiment.  The results blew my mind.  I am not exaggerating by any means.  For that month, I had not a single headache, my energy levels were steady, my sleep was sound, and I lost weight while exercising less and barely changing my diet.  When I dropped the self-imposed stress, not only did my body change, but also I started to see the world with new eyes.  

I was mystified.  Years of falling prey to the toxic belief that exercising more and eating less was the holy grail of weight loss and that medication and vitamins were the key to pain relief were put into serious question.  I was confused and frustrated that others didn’t know about this secret.  I studied the stress and relaxation responses while getting my Eating Psychology Coaching Training and learned there was powerful science behind these physiological responses.

Here’s your body on Relaxation:

  • By breathing in more Oxygen, you burn food more fully.
  • Full digestive capacity.
  • Increased fat burning.
  • Increased digestion and assimilation of meals, leading to increased metabolism.
  • Muscle tension decreases.
  • Decreased inflammation.
  • Decreased heart rate and blood pressure.

Relaxation isn’t just a day at the beach without email, it’s a positive, trusting, and faithful mindset, it’s doing something you love, it’s being around people you love, it’s feeling pleasure, it’s reframing negative thoughts with positive ones, it’s trusting that life has got your back…

How can you incorporate more relaxation into your day, your life?  Post 1 thing you can start doing now to relax in the comments below.  Need ideas?  Check out my most recent blog post on My Favorite 11 Ways to Take Care of Yourself and Decrease Stress Naturally.

The bottom line is worrying is toxic. The good news is that you can absolutely change the lens through which you see the world and as a result, change your thoughts to change your body and health.  Start now by take out a piece of paper and truthfully and lovingly answer the following questions:

1. How do you talk to yourself? Are you loving, attacking, or somewhere in between?  Why do you think this is?

2. What stories do you tell yourself about key areas of your life (relationships, work, the way the world works)? Will things never get better or are you destined to fail? Or, are you hopeful and in faith and destined to succeed?

3. What do you believe to be true about your body and about food? Is food your friend or the enemy?

4. When something goes wrong–what’s usually your immediate reaction?

5. Are you a perfectionist?  I consider myself a recovering perfectionist!  How can you start to let this way of being go, soften and embrace your vulnerability?

Want more support in this process and learn how to use Mind/Body Nutrition & Eating Psychology Coaching to achieve your dream body and life?  Schedule a FREE 15 minute consultation with me here: I would love to personally connect with you!

Lauren's headshotHi! I’m Lauren Noreen. I’m a Certified Eating Psychology & Holistic Health Coach. Fitness Magazine Online recently named me Boston’s Health Coach for 2013. I also proudly teach Core Fusion in town at Exhale Spa. I’m all about the mind-body connection and my approach is cutting-edge. Not only do I help my clients achieve and exceed their own physical expectations, but I infuse my entire practice with love and compassion. Learning to love yourself, your body, and your life is the key to healing unwanted health symptoms and getting to your ideal weight. Self-love isn’t just *possible* but also your birthright! To take your first step toward wellness, download my 10 Minute Miracle Morning Routine by clicking here.