Alternative Ways to Approach Weight Loss
We all know that losing weight isn't just about ticking off a checklist of things we "should" do. It's way deeper than that. It's about truly feeling that we deserve to be well and not sabotaging ourselves - so we’re not fighting an uphill battle.
And thank goodness we've got people like Louise Hay to guide us. She was the ultimate self love guru, and her approach was so simple yet so powerful. She was all about self-love, self-acceptance, and building a positive mindset to have as your secret weapon in achieving whatever you want.
Here are some of the concepts Louise Hay taught:
Self-Love and Self-Acceptance
The foundation of Louise’s philosophy is a big dose of self-love and self-acceptance. Once we love ourselves for who we are, we start to want the best for ourselves even while we are changing.
Louise believed in tuning into your body’s needs instead of dieting. Like savoring every bite, letting your body tell you when you're full, and truly enjoying your food. Mindful eating can help prevent overeating and promote a healthier relationship with food. She also advocated for consuming natural foods, rather than processed or chemically altered foods.
Letting Go of Negative Emotions
Louise Hay believed in releasing negative emotions, including guilt and shame, which often get tangled up with body image issues.
Holding on to painful emotions can make us want to eat more to suppress or cope with the pain they cause. On the other hand, letting go of these emotions, makes space for self-acceptance and all the positive change that comes with it.
Louise loved positive affirmations, and honestly, I find them to be like little pep talks that rewire my brain. They can work as gentle nudges to stick to your healthy habits. So, you're not just telling yourself you need to hit the gym; you're telling yourself, "I respect my body by doing workouts I enjoy."
Law of Attraction
This might sound a bit "woo-woo," so it's not for everyone. However, Louise taught that focusing on positive thoughts and emotions attracts positive experiences. For instance, visualizing your body in a state of health and vitality can help it manifest those qualities.
In a Nutshell
Louise Hay's approach is like a wellness cocktail of self-love, affirmations, mindfulness, and embracing the whole you. It's not just about shedding pounds; it's about shedding negativity and setting yourself up for a balanced and fulfilled life.
Clara Depont CPT, CYT
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Clara Depont is a certified personal trainer at www.claradepont.com where she trains women in their 50s and 60s. When she’s not writing blogs on how to stay vibrant, fit and happy she’s traveling in search of a forest or a sexy coastline. You can get to know her best through Weekly Emails, Instagram or Facebook. She is British and lives in New Mexico.
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