Overcome Weight Loss frustration with Kinesiology
Recently on a Sunday morning in Dublin, I was driving to class and was sure it wouldn’t take that long. The first part of the journey was easy as every light was green. I was making good progress and even a little pleased that I’d made the right route choice! But then after about 5 minutes of making a good distance, suddenly I hit every red light and frustratingly the journey took me much longer than it should have.
When it comes to getting on the road to weight loss, eating foods to which you’re sensitive can be like meeting red light after red light after red light. It may even seem like we’re making the right food choices at first, but frustratingly something is making losing weight much longer than it should.
With Irish men scoring the highest body mass index (BMI, a key measure of being overweight), in Europe. Irish women ranking third in this category, and one in four children in Ireland now classified as overweight or obese, concern is growing about the inevitable impact on our hearts.
A person who is overweight is defined as having a BMI of between 25 and 29, while a BMI of over 30 defines obesity. The strong link between being overweight and heart disease is underlined by World Heart Federation statistics which show that 21pc of chronic heart disease cases are actually attributable to having a BMI of over 21, which, for many people would come as a shock. –https://www.independent.ie/life/health-wellbeing/a-weighty-problem-how-ireland-is-on-course-to-be-the-fattest-nation-in-europe-36909596.html
What we eat every day plays an important role in how we feel every day
If your body is sensitive to that food, means you may experience an unpleasant digestive reaction. But not always. Digestive reactions can include bloating, nausea, constipation, diarrhoea and weight gain. But other systems can be affected too, and could be a cause of pain, joint stiffness, brain fog, learning difficulties, anxiety and low mood.
A food sensitivity is different from an allergy
A sensitivity is generally a reaction by the digestive system rather than the immune system, though other areas of the body can also be affected. A sensitivity can be hard to detect since symptoms can take many hours to appear. An allergy is a fast acting reaction by the immune system when it perceives an immediate threat, which can often be life-threatening. These are more easily spotted, whereas a food sensitivity can often go unnoticed for many years.
If you have symptoms of low energy, digestive issues, bad skin, for longer than 3 months, it is worth investigating your diet to see if there might be some sensitivities.
Everyday foods can develop into sensitivities.
Foods which we rely on and make up the bulk of our diet can unfortunately become the very foods we should avoid. While it’s all too easy to make a list and simply avoid those foods, this is a simplistic and often leads to restricting your diet unnecessarily. Everyone is different, and while one food may not suit you, it could very nutritious for someone else.
By giving up foods my diet became more varied not more restricted
Occasionally the foods we eat every day, even 4-5 times a day, will be a food we will develop a sensitivity to. No one should be eating the same foods every day, as a varied diet is generally accepted as being more healthful. When I learned I was sensitive to wheat, it was only then that I recognised I was eating it at every meal. Breakfast was a wheat cereal, lunch was a sandwich, dinner was pasta, and the odd biscuit snack. I didn’t realise how restricted my diet was. At first I did worry what I might eat, but that was simply a symptom of not appreciating how many different, tasty and easy non-wheat options were available.
What if I avoid my food sensitivities and nothing changes?
While it won’t come as a shock to you that the food you put in your body is important when it comes to weight, what may be surprising is the role food sensitivities play in making weight loss more difficult. However, if you’ve been there done that, then there may be other factors at play. If you’re under a considerable amount of stress, then you could be suffering from adrenal exhaustion. That in turn could be triggering a thyroid issue which slows down your metabolism. If food sensitivities aren’t making a difference, either the tests you did didn’t identify them all, or there’s perhaps a nutritional deficiency affecting digestion and or absorption. Common deficiencies might be digestive enzymes, low stomach acid, or zinc. And while you may not suffer from indigestion, you may have sub optimal digestion.
These are all questions that can be addressed when you visit a Systematic Kinesiologist who will be able to guide your body back to health, which will allow it to release the extra weight. Healthy body first, weight loss second. There are lots of ways to lose weight, that don’t make you healthy. By working with your body, not against it, peace and calm return, particularly around the area of food, and weight loss will be faster and easier.
If you’d like to learn how to do accurate food sensitivity testing, we cover this topic on our first weekend of training on “Balanced Health”. This course is suitable if you’re a practitioner wanting to add to the services you provide, or keen to deepen your understanding of how the body works, and want to create a positive health culture in your home.
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