12th April 2016 Your Right Weight What is your right weight? There are many mathematical equations that can tell you what your average weight should be. Cultural and societal influences and our own inner critic, may point to an idealised dress size or waistband. Rather than external dictates, I believe our own body lets us know when we have reached our ideal or right weight. Your energy levels and weight stabilise and you feel at home in your body. Trust the wisdom of your own body. If your body is holding onto excess weight there is a very good reason for this. The most common is an overload of toxins being safely stored in fatty tissue to prevent it from re-circulating through the bloodstream. This is a protective mechanism. It happens when the primary organs of elimination are unable to cope with the amount of metabolic waste from the foods you are consuming and/or the absorption of environmental toxins. This is referred to as the chemical body burden and it can disrupt the body’s hormonal (natural balancing) system and is known to impair metabolism. Our body is continuously striving to remove these toxins, but over-exposure can overwhelm our digestive system and hamper its ability to eliminate them. When this happens attempts to lose weight will likely fail, as the underlying cause is not being addressed. If toxic overload is the cause of weight gain you are likely to experience some uncomfortable symptoms such as: bloating, headaches, fatigue, indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea, and aches and pains in your joints. Weight gain or loss can also be due to stress, emotional issues and beliefs. Physical, emotional and mental aspects all need to be addressed. Our physical health directly impacts how we experience life, whether we are aware of it or not. Healthy eating and lifestyle habits can greatly improve your optimal physical, emotional and mental well-being. End the negative cycle of yo-yo dieting Changing your approach to weight loss can be more beneficial and effective than focusing solely on the goal of losing X number of pounds in Y amount of time. When we view food as something to measure in calories rather than as nourishment that can sustain and heal us physically, emotionally and mentally, we lose our connection with our own inner wisdom. An holistic approach to weight management can restore a healthy connection with your body. It marks an end to restrictive dieting that inevitably results in additional weight gain and instead can mark the beginning of healthy eating habits that last a lifetime and bring additional health benefits as well as healthy weight management.