Yoga Can Help You Lose The Gut

May 5th, 2006

Whenever anyone says or gestures that they want to Lose Weight, most of the time, they point to their guts saying “I wanna lose all this!” Obviously, abdominal weight loss is a goal for many people.

However, what most people might not be aware of is that-of all exercises-Yoga actually can help immensely for weight loss in the abdominal region. There are specific poses, that target excess weight in the abdomen and coupled with a customized diet, those seeking abdominal weight loss would find success in using these Yoga exercises.

Let’s go over them, shall we?

Abdominal Weight Loss: Yoga Poses to Use.

  1. The Sun Salutations:

These are a combination of poses that serve as a warm up-routine for a Yoga session or class. They are very similar to the popular calisthenics Exercise known as burpees. However, they differ in that they have a spiritual significance included as a result of executing them. Due to the forward and backward bending motions involved, after performing a few to several rounds on a daily basis, you are bound to notice a marked loss of weight in you abdominal area and the added bonus of muscular tone.

2. The Bow Pose:

This simple pose involves laying flat on your belly and grabbing your ankles with both arms while simultaneously lifting your head up high. When performed correctly, you should be resting on your abdomen. Needless to say, it is a pose commonly recommended for weight loss and the prevention and correction of chronic Constipation.

3. The Peacock Pose:

This is slightly more challenging. The objective is to balance your abdomen on your conjoined elbows while simultaneously raising your legs and head of the floor. Naturally, merely attempting it speeds up abdominal weight loss and Detoxification of the visceral organs and the preparatory stage could suffice as the actual execution of the pose till the mastery of it is achieved.

4. The Abdominal Lift:

This is not a pose, per-se but is a specific Exercise that involves you exhaling your breath and pulling the diaphragm in while holding the breath out. This is a specific abdominal Exercise for weight loss, spiritual rejuvenation and Detoxification.

Now friends, there are other poses such as the shoulder-stand, the forward-bending pose, the spinal twist and the wheel pose that also target increase in muscular tone and weight loss in the abdominal regions, however from practice the 4 above will perhaps be the most effective.

Do note though that if you are female and Pregnant or in your menstrual period, some of these poses might not be the best to execute.

Moreover, since these poses-besides helping with abdominal weight loss-aid tremendously with detoxifying, it is advised that one eats a proper and healthy diet to augment the actions of these poses.

Other fantastic exercises for abdominal weight loss include your intense Aerobics, the use of the ab-wheel, basic sit-ups, windmills etc.

So empower yourself with these tips and information to achieve your goal for weight loss. Lose that gut starting today.

About the author

Foras Aje is an independent researcher and author of Fitness: Inside and out, a book on improving physical and mental health naturally. For more information on attaining a safe weight loss visit http://www.bodyhealthsoul.com

Yoga - The Natural Master Of All Remedies

May 4th, 2006

Yoga is practised the whole world over by people wanting to free up their mind from Stress/anxiety and to strengthen their concentration pattern. Pressure from Stress and a great many other disorders are some of the main reasons why people turn to Yoga. And why wouldnt they when in return they gain a healthy body and a new outlook on life. Without doubt it is a force in its self to help combat anger outbursts, frustration and Depression.

By practising Yoga under the hands of dedicated followers then you are certain of results in banishing any displeasures you may have. Yoga is very effective in the way it takes control over those displeasures and replaces them with positive thoughts.

People are taking to such exercises because of the relaxed thinking pattern it imposes on the mind where all your cares and woes are put on hold. It also helps relieve those discomforts that come with every day life. Exercising your body in Yoga movements is a satisfying master of all remedies achieved naturally.

All ages can participate in Yoga. Even school children are practicing the moves to overcome their anger outbursts, in other words tantrums when not getting their own way. Remember workouts can be done at home if preferred.

In fact, Yoga practiced at home can prove to be more relaxing because you are in control over your own moves unless of course you are following a routine put together on a video etc.

Exercises like the Hatha Yoga may be the best for you. For effects to take place this Exercise has to be practiced consistently otherwise no results for body improvement? For the Digestive System to respond accurately to your Yoga actions then empty your bowels and clear your nose from mucus before practice takes place. Concentration is very important to adhere too when doing Yoga; any distractions can upset the apple cart. When in practice at home there are no set times to when you start and finish. You may find first thing in the morning is perfect where no interruptions from salesman at the door Set your self in the mood then choose which room in the house your Yoga will take place and open a window for ventilation.

Peace and quiet are key features behind your WORKOUT WORKING OUT.

100% fit mind and body is what healthy living is all about. Yoga helps you claim what is rightfully yours. A content mind the natural way.

About the author: Move on with your life

Health Benefits of Yoga

April 15th, 2006

Yoga and Health are two words that are very closely related. The Health Benefits of Yoga is widely known. Yoga is a popular aid in improving and attaining both Physical and Mental Health. This is basically the most common reason why people practice Yoga - for health reasons. They want to ease their Back Pain, find a method to ease Stress, or ways to deal with their Health problems. This Yoga and Health section takes a closer look on how your body functions and how Yoga can benefit your body.

Yoga is a science of Health - unlike modern Western medicine which is largely a science of disease and treatment. The teachings of Yoga are based on intricate and precise understanding of the healthy functioning of the human body and mind. Its techniques are designed to maximize your own potential for good health, Vitality and lasting youthfulness.

Yoga as we all know it is aimed to unite the mind, the body, and the spirit. Yogis view that the mind and the body are one, and that if it is given the right tools and taken to the right environment, it can find harmony and heal itself. Yoga therefore is considered therapeutic. It helps you become more aware of your body’s posture, alignment and patterns of movement. It makes the body more flexible and helps you Relax even in the midst of a Stress stricken environment. This is one of the foremost reasons why people want to start Practicing Yoga - to feel fitter, be more energetic, be happier and peaceful.

Yoga is a science that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is consists of Ancient Theories, observations and principles about the mind and body connection which is now being proven by modern medicine. Substantial research has been conducted to look at the Health Benefits of Yoga - from the Yoga Postures (Asanas), Yoga Breathing (Pranayama) and Meditation. The information is grouped into three categories-physiological, psychological, biochemical effects. Furthermore, scientists have laid these results against the benefits of regular Exercise

Physiological Benefits of Yoga

  • Stable autonomic Nervous system equilibrium
  • Pulse rate decreases
  • Respiratory rate decreases
  • Blood Pressure decreases (of special significance for hyporeactors)
  • Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) increases
  • EEG - alpha waves increase (theta, delta, and beta waves also increase during various stages of Meditation)
  • EMG activity decreases
  • Cardiovascular efficiency increases
  • Respiratory efficiency increases
  • Gastrointestinal function normalizes
  • Endocrine function normalizes
  • Excretory functions improve
  • Musculoskeletal flexibility and joint range of motion increase
  • Breath-holding time increases
  • Joint range of motion increase
  • Grip strength increases
  • Eye-hand coordination improves
  • Dexterity skills improve
  • Reaction time improves
  • Posture improves
  • Strength and resiliency increase
  • Endurance increases
  • Energy level increases
  • Weight normalizes
  • Sleep improves
  • Immunity increases
  • Pain decreases
  • Steadiness improves
  • Depth perception improves
  • Balance improves
  • Integrated functioning of body parts improves

Psychological Benefits of Yoga

  • Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase
  • Mood improves and subjective well-being increases
  • Self-acceptance and self-actualization increase
  • Social adjustment increases
  • Anxiety and Depression decrease
  • Hostility decreases
  • Concentration improves
  • Memory improves
  • Attention improves
  • Learning efficiency improves
  • Mood improves
  • Self-actualization increase
  • Social skills increases
  • Well-being increases
  • Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase
  • Self-acceptance increase
  • Attention improves
  • Concentration improves
  • Memory improves
  • Learning efficiency improves
  • Symbol coding improves
  • Depth perception improves
  • Flicker fusion frequency improves

Biochemical Benefits of Yoga

  • Glucose decreases
  • Sodium decreases
  • Total cholesterol decreases
  • Triglycerides decrease
  • HDL cholesterol increases
  • LDL cholesterol decreases
  • VLDL cholesterol decreases
  • Cholinesterase increases
  • Catecholamines decrease
  • ATPase increases
  • Hematocrit increases
  • Hemoglobin increases
  • Lymphocyte count increases
  • Total white blood cell count decreases
  • Thyroxin increases
  • Vitamin C increases
  • Total serum protein increases

Dealing Naturally With Obesity and Weight Loss

April 10th, 2006

Dealing with obesity – avoid short term entrapment

Modern living often means a diet of fast foods and quick energy needs. This can lead to obesity and many people are overweight due to inactivity and years of eating the incorrect foods.

Comfort eating, or eating to fulfill emotional needs is another important cause of weight problems.

While fashion dictates that we need to be slim and attractive, many women embark on a series of yo-yo diets or even purging in order to Lose Weight and conform to society’s vision of Beauty.

This may lead to short-term weight loss, but in the long run it disturbs the Metabolism and makes the weight more and more difficult to lose.

Isn’t it strange that so many people are always Dieting, yet the numbers of obese and overweight people are rising every year?

Years of Dieting have even been shown to cause slow Metabolism which can lead to weight gain.

Smart lifestyle and EcoSlim - the safe, effective approach

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EcoSlim includes the following herbs:

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Gallium aperine grows wild in many parts of the world and is traditionally used as a Diuretic and lymphatic Cleanser. It helps to rid the body of toxins and can clear skin problems and other conditions caused by a build up of toxins in the body.

Garcinia cambogia has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a wide range of conditions and is also used as a natural Appetite Suppressant. The extract hydroxy citric acid inhibits lipogenesis (fat storage) lowers the production of glycogen in the liver, suppresses appetite and boosts Metabolism.

Taraxacum officinalis is found in many parts of the world and contains bitter principles which have a stimulating effect on the liver and Digestive System. It is also a very rich source of Vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins A, D, C, and B and iron, silicon, magnesium, zinc and manganese.

Glycorrhiza glabra originates in the Mediterranean and the Middle East and has many uses, including being a tonic stimulant for the adrenal cortex and Digestive System.

Erythrea centaurium is a liver stimulant and is an excellent blood purifier and general tonic.

Paulina cupana (guarana) is a nervine tonic and stimulant which boosts energy levels.

Curcuma longa was used more than three thousand years ago by Indian healers to treat obesity. Modern research has shown that Curcuma has a beneficial effect on the liver, stimulating the flow of bile, which is responsible for the breakdown of Dietary Fat.

Zingiber officinalis, has been used for a variety of ailments. It is a powerful antioxidant and stimulates the production of energy and improves digestion.

Capsicum minimum is traditionally used in Herbal Medicine as a circulatory tonic and digestive aid, stimulating the production of gastric juices and improving Metabolism.

How do I use EcoSlim?

Dosage: Take 10 to 15 drops in a little water three times daily

Caution: Safety during Pregnancy or breastfeeding has not yet been established.

How long until I see results?

Regular use will show weight loss, improved mood and increased energy levels within 3 - 6 weeks, even without Dieting.

For even better results, combine with a regular Exercise program and a healthy balanced diet.

How long will a bottle last?

One bottle of EcoSlim will last 30 days.

Helping You Slim Down With Tissue Salts

February 23rd, 2006

What is Triple Complex Slimmer’s Assist?

Triple Complex Slimmer’s Assist contains Kalium Phosphate, Calcium Phosphate and Calcium Fluoride. Slimmer’s Assist helps to improve Metabolism and the breakdown of Dietary Fat and can also reduce the Craving For Sweet Foods.

For maximum benefit, use together with our EcoSlim Drops and the Native Remedies 5 Day Detox and WeightLoss Program.

How has Triple Complex Slimmer’s Assist helped others?

“My history is of being overweight since a child. This has been worse since I had my three children and nothing would help me. Native Remedies helped so much! First the Detox Diet for only 5 days which made a loss of 5 pounds. I carry on with EcoSlim Drops and Triple Complex Slimmer’s Assist and the weight continues to go! Also I have more energy and feel better about myself. Thank you for helping me - I know I will succeed now” Hilda.

“I have followed your WeightLoss program along with EcoSlim Drops and Slimmer’s Assist and have already lost 7 kg in the past month - even though I must admit I cheated a bit as well. I feel very motivated to carry on and firmly believe that your products have helped to correct an imbalance that has been causing me to put on weight even when I ate a healthy diet. I am also very grateful for all your help and support” Janine, CT

How do I take Triple Complex Slimmer’s Assist?

Tissue salts are easy to take! For everyday use, simply place the tiny tablets under your tongue and allow to dissolve. They are pleasant tasting and even children love to take them! For babies and smaller children, the tablets can be crushed and sprinkled on the tongue or mixed in a little warm water.

As a preventative or part of a maintenance program - dissolve 2 - 4 tablets under the tongue in a clean mouth three times a day.

For symptomatic treatment - dissolve 2 - 4 tablets under the tongue up to six times daily.

How long till I see results?

People can differ widely in their response times to Tissue Salts depending on individual makeup, severity of symptoms, lifestyle, diet, etc.

Some may experience symptomatic relief within days, while others can take up to 6 weeks before an effect is felt.

Often, as in the case of all good tonics, a gradual improvement is felt over time.

How long does a bottle last?

Each Native Remedies Triple Complex Slimmer’s Assist bottle contains 360 tablets.

If you are taking Triple Complex Tissue Salts as a preventative (2 - 4 tablets three times a day), one bottle will last approximately a month.

What are Tissue Salts?

Tissue Salts, also called cell salts or biochemic salts, are composed of minerals which occur naturally in our bodies and all Organic matter on earth, such as plants, rocks and soil.

Dr Scheussler, a prominent 19th Century German doctor, conducted research which demonstrated that, when reduced to ashes, each human cell contains 12 minerals or biochemic tissue salts and that these minerals should be present in all living cells in perfect balance to ensure good health.

Imbalance, or a deficiency of any of the tissue salts, causes disease and the body begins to develop symptoms associated with the tissue salts that are lacking.

Restoring the correct balance of tissue salts in the body will therefore remove the symptoms and restore health and Vitality.

This system of medicine is called Biochemistry and is still practiced today by homeopaths and naturopaths all over the world.

Are Tissue Salts Supplements or Medicine?

A little of both in a way! Tissue salts can be described as ‘Nutroceuticals’ - nutritional substances which are used to maintain optimal health and functioning and also to restore balance and relieve symptoms of disease.

Tissue Salts can therefore be taken regularly to prevent illness and improve functioning (just like Vitamins), but can also be used to treat symptoms when this is necessary (as one would do with medicines).

The only difference is that they are taken more frequently to treat symptoms and less frequently as a preventative and a health aid.

As an example, certain tissue salts can be taken three times a day to promote digestive health. However, if symptoms like Indigestion, gas, Nausea or Bloating occur, the frequency can be increased too.

If Tissue Salts are also nutritional, can I get them from a healthy diet?

Yes, in theory you can - and that is how it is supposed to be! Since the 12 different tissue salts are present in all Organic matter, our bodies obtain tissue salts from the food that we eat and the water that we drink.

A healthy diet should be able to provide all the tissue salts that our bodies need. Unfortunately, due to modern farming methods, the food that is available to us is often deficient in the minerals and Vitamins that are essential for health - even if we follow a healthy diet.

Added to this is the fact that many people rely on fast food or pre-packed processed meals due to time constraints and a stressful lifestyle.

Over time, this can lead to symptoms of poor health or even disease. This means that the majority of people in Western countries are deficient in essential Vitamins and other nutritional substances, and need to take supplements on a daily basis.

Are tissue salts safe?

Even some Vitamins taken in excess can do harm! Not so with Tissue Salts.

Due to a unique and specialized manufacturing process, our tissue salts are present in a highly absorbable form and only minute amounts are therefore present in each tablet.

This means that tissue salts are extremely safe and free of side effects.

It is impossible to overdose with tissue salts and they may be safely be taken by people of all ages, as well as infants and women who are Pregnant or nursing.

Reach Your Full Athletic Potential by Harnessing the Power of Your Unconscious Mind

February 14th, 2006

Get in the zone today. Now you too can get that competitive edge in any sport you choose. Try the same cutting-edge sports Hypnosis techniques that many star athletes currently use. And maximize your skills for peak performance.

Would you like to:

  • Get the winning edge?
  • Enhance your concentration and Focus?
  • Work out and play with greater intensity?
  • Build confidence and optimism?
  • Remain poised in any competitive situation?
  • Replace doubt with positive self-talk?
  • Reduce Anxiety and Stress for peak performance?

It’s your turn now

Are you serious about improving your Athletic Performance? Then this program is tailor-made for you. Most athletes train very hard. But less than 1% know how to apply the techniques you’ll learn from Dr. Singer’s Core Sports Performance program.

It’s no secret that elite athletes like Tiger Woods use Hypnosis to lift them to the next level. Now you can experience these same benefits of unconscious peak-performance training. By utilizing your unconscious mind for performance and training, you’ll learn how to stop fighting yourself so you can overcome the barriers that prevent you from getting to that next level.

Hypnosis can make the difference for every Athlete who wants to gain that competitive edge.

Dr. Jack has your back

Core Sports Performance was created by Dr. Jack Singer, Ph.D., a Certified Sports Psychologist (CSP) trained in Hypnosis. Dr Jack has worked with professional athletes, college athletes, nationally ranked juniors and serious “weekend warriors.” All our therapists must meet stringent guidelines. And, as with all our associates, Dr. Jack is an exceptional therapist and Hypnosis practitioner.

Dr. Jack’s Hypnosis-based program will bring you a Focus and clarity that an Athlete only gets on those rare occasions while in the zone. You’ll experience optimum levels of Relaxation and intensity for the athletic situation at hand.

You should know…

This program will not make you into an elite Athlete, nor will it help you grow muscle through visualization. However, it will enable you to perform to the maximum of your ability. Every Athlete knows that to be great, you still have to train – and train hard. But you’ll find that it’s easier to train harder when you see the results of your hard work paying off.

In just four sessions, Dr. Jack’s unique Hypnosis techniques and visualization exercises will help you fully utilize your unconscious mind for peak sports performance. Each session will take you into deeper states of Relaxation and Focus.

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Relax Your Way To Weight Loss and Good Health

January 12th, 2006

I want to talk about the effect that Stress and sleep deprivation may have on your weight. I spent the last six years of my life in Los Angeles partaking in the “Rat Race”.

Two things I discovered: only rats win the rat race and Stress can play havoc on you emotionally, spiritually and physically. This Stress can lead to weight gain and what is worse if you are trying to Lose Weight while you are Stressed out or fatigued you will not gain any ground.

The reason is a little Stress chemical called Cortisol. Cortisol AIDS the body in recovering from the effects of stressful experiences. Cortisol instructs the liver to release sugar into the blood and triggers the body to release storehouses of fat and muscle so the body can use it for energy.

There is another piece to the cortisol puzzle and that is is also slows everything down so the body can replenish energy stores.

We all have cortisol circulating in the blood at all times. But after stressful situations our cortisol levels increase dramatically. So let’s say for instance you are experiencing a constant stream of stressful situations.

After enough of these episodes, the body adjusts its control mechanism in the pituitary gland to maintain a higher constant amount of cortisol in the body. Continually elevated levels of cortisol can have long-term health effects including but not limited to weight gain, Heart Disease, ulcers, Insulin resistance, and Hypertension.

While cortisol may have served us well while we were a bunch of knuckle dragging Neanderthals fighting for our lives, 21st century living for the most part has kept us from facing daily life threatening situations.

Unfortunately for most of us we have replaced those threats of the past with screaming bosses, unruly children and unreasonable partners all which can cause elevated levels of cortisol to be delivered into our bodies.

Stress is determined by what an individual perceives as stressful. The answer to balance lies in not taking things personally and finding ways to Relax the mind and body.

There have been many infomercials and advertisements touting the benefits of their ’snake oil’ to lower cortisol levels. Let me assure you, none of these claims are true and some of these marketers of these products are now facing indictments and large civil lawsuits.

After talking with several physicians the answer is always the same, manage your physical and emotional Stress levels. This can be achieved through, Meditation, massage, long walks, deep Breathing exercises, Yoga, Tai Chi, basically anything relaxing and of course spending time with people who comfort you.

By practicing these Relaxation methods you will be able to bring your cortisol levels down. This coupled with a healthy balanced diet and Exercise will result in a long life and slim physique.

About the author

Thom King is the President of Steviva Brands, Inc. Steviva manufactures and distributes stevia powder, stevia blend, stevia leaves and Yerba Mate. All of Steviva’s product are all natural and have no calories or carbs. Subscribe to Mind, Body and Spirit is a weekly email publication which covers topics pertaining to a sharp and Focused mind, motivation, healthy body and spiritual growth. It’s free and you can cancel anytime. Go to http://www.steviva.com for more information.

Hypnotic Yoga

January 7th, 2006

Two Sessions Including:

* Track 1: Yoga Strength and Balance Become more in touch with your body. Hypnosis will help you to create a great sense of confidence in your abilities as well as enhance the strength and balance you feel during your Yoga practice as well as other times.

* Track 2: Pre-Yoga or Workout Stretch Use the magical wisdom of your body to create more inner connection, inner quiet, and Relaxation helping your stretching to go beyond old levels.


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The Exercise That Reduces or Reverses the Effects of Aging

January 5th, 2006

One of the easiest and most convenient forms of Exercise is walking. Different studies have shown that walking for thirty minutes, three times a week, has a host of beneficial side effects. Reduction of blood pressure, a reduction in Anxiety levels, retaining bone mass and weight management are a few of the rewards we reap from walking.

New studies show that walking can also reduce the risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Starting in our forties and fifties, people who stay active by getting up and walking are at less risk for developing these conditions. These studies have shown that walking may even reverse the mental aging process, which allows senior citizens to continue to be mentally alert at a later age.

The latest study from the University of Colorado at Boulder has shown that leisurely walking has the same weight loss effects as walking at a normal rate. Slower walking also reduces the risk of injury. It can be done anywhere at anytime. Slower walking however does not necessarily improve cardiovascular Fitness so an aerobic activity such as bicycling or working on Ellipticals, two to three times a week, is suggested for maximum effect.

These new studies have basically shown us that it is easier than ever to find ways to stay fit. Taking our dogs for a walk can be one of the healthiest activities we have for both ourselves and our pets. Taking our children for a walk with us can be a bonding experience that benefits our mental as well as physical health. Parking further away at the mall for a marathon afternoon of window shopping with friends can be great fun. These are all activities that can be easily incorporated into our lives. Using our creativity, we can find little ways every day to have fun while becoming fit. So, let’s get outside and stroll our way to a better life.

About the author

Constance Weygandt is a balance mentor who specializes in finding answers for those individuals who are seeking an alternative to conventional weight management. For more information or to sign up for Constance’s newsletter, visit her website at http://www.balancedwellnessonline.com

How Mood and Food Affect Weight Loss

December 25th, 2005

Your mood and food can trigger urges that can cause overeating. Eating for some people can be a way of suppressing or soothing negative emotions. These emotions could be Stress, anger, Anxiety, boredom, sadness and loneliness.

The connection between mood and food turn these emotional eaters toward comfort foods in times of trouble. They do not necessarily eat more food but they turn to more unhealthy foods.

Starchy, sweet, salty and fatty foods can seem to provide comfort but are usually short-term fixes. They can also lead to a long-term habit of unhealthy eating in response to negative feelings. This leads to weight gain and even more negative emotions that can be a never-ending cycle.

Understanding the reasons that cause you to crave unhealthy foods can help you avoid giving in to your cravings. Knowing some signs that trigger emotional overeating can help you recognize the path before you take it.

How your body reacts to these moods may indicate that some foods might have a seemingly addictive quality for many people. Scientists are Studying the possibility that sweet and fatty foods might actually relieve Anxiety.

For some people, eating comfort foods can be a distraction. While you are eating, your thoughts may be focused on the pleasant taste of the food, but the distraction is only temporary.

When you are finished overeating, you return to your problems and have now added the additional burden of feeling guilty about overeating.

Here are a few tips to help you avoid the unhealthy consequences of emotional overeating:

  1. Learn to recognize if your hunger is real. Are you really hungry or is it emotional overeating?

  2. Monitor your eating for the next several days, making note of how much and when you eat, how you are feeling and if you are really hungry. A pattern will begin to develop and you can recognize the negative triggers to overeating.

  3. If you feel the need to eat because of your mood, try taking a walk, go to a movie or call a friend to distract you. This gives you a second chance for the feelings to eat to pass.

  4. Don’t keep starchy, high fat, high calorie, comfort foods in the house.

  5. If you feel you just have to have something to eat between meals, make healthy choices. Keep fresh fruit, pretzels or low fat, low calorie foods available.

  6. Try to eat your meals at the same time every day and stick to the basic food groups. Fill up on whole grains, vegetables and fruits, as well as low fat dairy products and lean meats.

When you eat like this you are more likely to feel full longer and avoid the need for emotional eating. Emotions can trigger cravings for food but you can take steps to control those cravings.

The correlation between your mood and food can affect your eating habits and ultimately your weight loss. Learning to recognize the signs is the first step to success.

About the author

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