The Underlying Issues of Obesity


First of all, I must say that I have always disliked the word “obesity”. The only word I dislike more is the word “fat”.
Being “overweight” is defined as an excessive amount of body weight that may come from muscles, bone, adipose (fat) tissue, and water. “Obesity” is defined as an excessive amount of adipose tissue.

What are the most prevalent issues surrounding obesity?

  • The most common challenge is in the area of emotional eating – we literally “eat” our feelings.  This self medicating behavior occurs both consciously and subconsciously.
  • Another issue surrounds the lack of exercise, which often comes from a loss of motivation.
  • Often there is stuck energy – in areas of our life where there has been trauma.
  • We often eat to fill up empty spaces -– the feelings of loneliness, abandonment and sadness urge us to the “soothing” comfort of food –- albeit only temporarily.

Here is the good news – all of these underlying issues come from the inside and they can be changed easily and effortlessly!

 



Gerri Levitas, Certified Hypnotherapist,is the founder of the Inside Out Weight Management Program. The Inside Out Weight Management Program provides a unique, comprehensive approach to weight loss and weight management that combines proven mind/body relaxation techniques and the most balanced and healthy food plan possible.

Becoming “Comfortable” in Your Body

Being Comfortable in Your Body

Are you comfortable in your body? Does this question stir feelings and emotions in you?

As many of you know, I used to struggle with my weight — up and down like a roller coaster, eating sweets for comfort, and every night vowing that tomorrow would be different. Needless to say, I wasn’t comfortable in my body. I was self critical, frustrated and impatient. My self-esteem would fluctuate in direct correlation with the number on the scale.

 

So what happened? I was guided towards hypnotherapy, where I learned the powerful lessons of acceptance without judgment, compassion and self love -– lessons that helped me become “comfortable” with myself and in my body.

Do you want to hear a secret?

You can become comfortable in your body -– right now! Regardless of whether you are trying to lose weight or not…regardless of what is going on in your life. The point of transformation lies within you at this very moment. The key to becoming comfortable in your body is to love yourself –- completely and deeply, without judgment, and with lots and lots of love.

 

So go ahead, and open the door to love. For some people it is self-love — for others it is divine love. Open to the love at the core of your being, and watch how you become “comfortable” and at ease.



Gerri Levitas, Certified Hypnotherapist,is the founder of the Inside Out Weight Management Program. The Inside Out Weight Management Program provides a unique, comprehensive approach to weight loss and weight management that combines proven mind/body relaxation techniques and the most balanced and healthy food plan possible.

Are You Eating Your Feelings?

Eating Your FeelingsLet’s face it – life has its challenges. When we feel tired, overwhelmed, overworked and just plain stressed, we often look for a quick fix to “soothe” those bad feelings. We need a quick energy boost – both physically and mentally. We often grab something to eat to quiet those irritating feelings.

 

The funny thing is that we are not always mindful that we are using food to quell anger, anxiety and tension. We lapse into unconscious eating as a “mental time out” and as a vehicle for stress relief.

 

Remember the old saying – “It’s not what you’re eating – it’s what’s eating you”.

 

So what can we do to change this unhealthy habit? Here are some tips:

  • Keep yourself hydrated – drink lots of clear, refreshing water.
  • Start keeping a journal of not only what you are eating, but also your moods.
  • Increase the amounts of vegetables and fruits in your diet
  • Accept yourself unconditionally – becoming mindful is a process. Take your time.
  • Breathe deeply and notice the “sweetness” in the air – let this begin to replace the habit of eating sweets for stress reduction.
  • Slow down your eating and enjoy each bite.
  • Begin the process of weaning away from eating while watching TV or using the computer.

 

Emotional eating is merely a habit, and habits can be changed. Start becoming mindful of your emotions – the good and the bad. Listen to your body and trust your intuition. Remember – the key is feed yourself LOVING THOUGHTS!

How to Feel More Deserving

Adapted from TransformationZ Stress Reduction program.

Feeling deserving…it’s an interesting concept, and one that often seems to confuse us.

 

After, all, we KNOW that we are worthy and deserving….so why does our self esteem dip so low? Why are we so incredibly hard on ourselves?

 

More importantly, what can we do to raise our self esteem?

 

Here is a quick tip that will shift your energy, and give you the mood boost you want.

Just for today, become a Joy Seeker!

 

So what exactly is a joy-seeker? A joy-seeker is an individual who opens up to the joy around them. Joy is pure and simple. Joy is the delight of being alive. The dictionary defines joy as “great happiness”. We use common expressions such as “jump for joy”. It is a feeling elation. Just for today, open your mind, your thoughts, your emotions, your heart to noticing and receiving moments of joy.

 

Affirm that you are ready to welcome moments of joy into your life. The feelings of joy are deep within one’s being –they are far deeper than mere “happiness”. When you feel joy there is an excitement, an enthusiasm, an awakening of the spirit that is incredible.

 

So what is it that really gives YOU that “joyful” feeling?

Feeling Deserving

self-careNot feeling “deserving” is one of the most pervasive self-limiting beliefs in our subconscious mind. We are frequently unaware of this feeling though.

 

When we don’t feel deserving at this deep level, it becomes hard for us to take time for ourselves, and this translates often into not eating right, not exercising, not sleeping well etc. We usually are not consciously aware of “not feeling deserving”, but insidiously it lurks under the surface.

 

Our lives are constantly changing, yet our inherent self worth remains constant. It is my belief that it is your right – your birthright – to feel worthy and deserving of a wonderful life. We do not take time to reflect upon this, because we are so caught up in our daily tasks and obligations.

 

Do you feel deserving? Many of my clients grew up receiving a message that it was “selfish” to take care of one’s self.

 

In actuality, it is fantastic when we can take care of ourselves! We become better partners, better parents, and all round more productive citizens when we are self directed, feeling strong and deserving. Getting in touch with our own personal power allows us to become true to ourselves and to be the best we can be.