Relax Into the Journey

One of my goals as your nutritional sage is to help move you out of chronic stress and into relaxed states of living. One of the many recommendations I encourage you to practice, in the programs that I create for you, is to pacify stress levels by gifting yourself with 30 minutes of down time every day. The truth is, next to eating a poor diet, stress is the major contributor to rapid aging and chronic disease (followed by lack of detoxification and unresolved emotional and mental conflicts). Meditation, sitting in silence, yoga, stretching, deep belly breathing, a walk in nature, reading, a sacred bath, massage and laughter are all simple practices that will help reduce stress.

Our stress response also affects how we digest, assimilate nutrients and burn body fat. I encourage you to read the "Nourishment for the Soul" tip in my book, Journey to Optimum Wellness through Sound Nutrition. It specifically talks about the importance of eating in a parasympathetic state (relaxation response). Breathing, taking time to eat, relaxing while eating and being aware of what and how you are eating are key practices to cultivate on your journey. You can be eating the healthiest food, but if you are eating it in a sympathetic (stress) state, you can not truly nourish yourself

It is also important to not stress into your nutritional journey. The last thing you want to do is feel stressed by this new way of eating, adding supplements or seeking out new foods at health food stores because that will create the biochemistry that will go against you reaching your goals, especially your weight loss goals. High and constant stress cause your body to release cortisol. Too much cortisol causes you to store body fat and inhibits your ability to build muscle mass. 

If you are feeling overwhelmed by eating well, then the best thing to do is take a step back, take a deep breath and embrace and introduce this new lifestyle in small steps. Ask yourself, "what would I love to try or change first?" Once you've accomplished that, then what would you love to embrace next? You can not make an entire lifestyle change in a month or even a few months. Slow and steady changes are key to creating a stress-less, maintainable lifestyle.

It is also essential to ease into your weight loss. If you try to control the process by obsessing, constantly weighing yourself, beating yourself up if you eat something "wrong" or miss your supplements, you will keep the weight on. This is why I encourage you to surrender to the weight loss process and eat for wellness not weight loss. Bottom line is, stress creates the physiology that keeps weight on.

Be kind to yourself, embrace the journey, eat with flow and ease and enjoy the ride of self-discovery. Simple stress reducing techniques, eating parasympathetically and eating with love, presence and joy are what it's all about.

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Amy Bondar

As a certified holistic nutritionist, eating psychologist and Demartini Method(R) Facilitator, I'm passionate about helping people awaken to the power of foods to heal and bringing back the joy of eating.