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Once upon a time, the most common strategy for weight loss promoted restricting your food intake with low-calorie diets. Who knew, despite the promises for beach-ready bodies, that restrictive dieting could actually mess with your brain? With a strict schedule of things like plain celery and unsweetened yogurt, these diets promised great results … and occasionally delivered (in the short term)—just to pile on the pounds afterward in a never-ending rebound battle.
We were all casualties of this faulty dieting culture and it’s taken a couple of frustrating decades to figure out what went wrong. Experts now recommend a new, healthier (and slower) approach to weight management called intuitive eating. It may not seem sexy, but it’s a promising approach, and the health benefits of essential oils can assist you in finding success, stability and body satisfaction with this new strategy.
Intuitive eating isn’t a diet … and in fact thoroughly rejects dieting culture. But the idea of intuitive eating has a lot of nutrition experts, body coaches, and normal folk with a bit of extra weight interested in knowing more. Intuitive eating means honoring your hunger by giving your body adequate energy. With healthy habits and mindfulness, this approach strives to help you to avoid the primal drive in your brain that causes you—sooner or later—to overeat after skipping too many meals.
When you eat in a way that brings you pleasure, you feel satisfied and content. Creating this experience for yourself more often helps you to decide that you’ve had enough. Using an essential oils diffuser during meals can help you to slow down and savor the experience. Also, diffusing certified organic Grapefruit, Cinnamon Bark and Fennel will fill your senses with joy and long-term satiation.
Making Peace with Your Body and Mind
Eating intuitively encourages peace with food. It means ending self-imposed restrictions and strict “off-limits” categories. This sort of thinking, experts say, leads to feelings of deprivation that cause you to lose control. Quit classifying yourself as “good” when you deprive yourself, or “bad” if you indulge. Instead, just listen for signals in your body that tell you when you are no longer hungry. Observe the subtle signs communicating that you are comfortably full.
Find ways to comfort, nurture, entertain and resolve emotional issues without using food. This is where essential oils can also be a powerful ally. Do essential oils actually work for this purpose? Boredom, anger, loneliness and anxiety each have their own emotional source that food won’t fix. You can use aromatherapy to help you deal with the root of these emotions and fill your senses with deep satisfaction.
When you use an intuitive eating framework, you work to accept your body for what it is and strive for a realistic potential. Feel good about who you are, rather than motivating yourself by being critical, demanding or insulting. Don’t exercise like a robot. Shift your focus to how it feels to move your body, rather than the calories you are burning. You don’t have to eat a perfect diet or look a certain way, to be a healthy person. It’s what you do and what you eat, consistently over the long term, that matters.
Nothing can derail a day quite like unexpected gastrointestinal distress. But don’t let an upset stomach keep you off your feet for long. Essential oils can help to ease symptoms, recover your equilibrium more quickly and even stop the trouble before it starts. Try these tricks to ease feelings of an upset stomach with natural essential oils.
Stop the trouble before it starts. Whether you overindulged on Taco Tuesday or forgot that your lactose intolerance actually still includes chocolate chunk ice cream, some gut problems are a result of poor food choices. Essential oils can help tame an unruly appetite before it gets you into deep water, gastrointestinally speaking. Diffusing certified organic grapefruit essential oil or a combination of certified organic peppermint and your favorite bright citrus oil can help to curb an unhealthy or unreasonable appetite and let your brain make smarter food decisions in the first place.
Support your gut from the outside. Often, stomach problems are really muscle problems. Discomfort in the gut is often caused by cramping of the muscles in your abdomen and around your intestines. Ease muscle discomfort from the outside by massaging a dilution of N8 Essential’s certified organic Digest Blend across your abdomen and lower back for feelings of calm comfort and relief. Dilute the full-strength blend with a neutral carrier oil and massage it gently with your fingers into problem areas to ease feelings of cramping and discomfort.
Look at your feet. Lastly, some people also find gut relief by massaging essential oils into their feet, using a reflexology chart to target specific areas of the body.
The next time you feel an upset stomach coming on, think of these 3 easy solutions that will help get you on track again in a natural way.