Melt your Body Fat Away, Naturally

One of my goals as your nutritionist is to move you away from diet mentality, to have you stop chasing diets, counting calories and thinking about food only as a means to lose weight. When it comes to weight loss it is important to trust the wisdom of the body and use the natural rhythms of the seasons to our advantage.

Spring was all about taking in the bitter, astringent and pungent foods to help detox, stimulate metabolic fire and flush excess water from the body. We begin the fat burning cycle in spring and we really turn it on in summer. In just a few weeks as summer begins, so too does our metabolic burn. In terms of weight loss, nature is powerfully on our side in the summer.

Everything melts and changes form with heat. So too do our bodies. Our metabolic energy increases with heat. Our ability to burn fat, eliminate toxins, increase muscle mass and burn calories is highest in warmer weather.

In the summer our appetite also lessens and we naturally eat less food. Food creates heat in the body, so we need to eat more in the colder months. But as the temperature heats up outside, our desire to eat big and heavy meals naturally wanes. The key is to tune into this, be conscious of this so you can naturally regulate your appetite.

It is also wise to eat your largest meal at the hottest time of the day. Between 12-1:30 the sun is highest and our digestive fire is the strongest. We have the ability to burn more calories at mid-day than we do in the evening.

The warmth of the summer also reinvigorates us, inspires us to play, have fun and be outdoors. We naturally recharge and renew in the summer. When we let go, play, lighten up and relax we are in the optimum state to burn body fat. When we're stressed, worked up, intense and stagnant, the body can't burn efficiently, in fact the body stores more body fat. So summer is really an excellent opportunity to reshape the body naturally.

Summer is also an excellent opportunity to do some emotional shedding as well. What do you want to let go of? Where can you lighten up? These are some questions to explore because our inner shifts affect our outer shifts.

Mother nature also gives us the perfect cooling foods to prevent us from overheating so that we maintain balance. Enjoy all the amazing summer fruits (apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, berries). Eat tons of salads and asparagus, celery, peas and cucumber. Lighter and leaner proteins like chicken and turkey breast and white fish are preferred and keep cool with aloe vera juice and coconut water. And of course ice cream must always be taken in during the summer months, so for a great treat try So Delicious coconut ice cream (available at health food stores and Superstore). They couldn't have chosen a better name!

So this summer, let nature do its work. Relax and surrender to the weight loss process and trust your body's wisdom to shed the unserving pounds naturally.

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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.

The Message your Weight Holds

There are two kinds of weight - natural and unnatural. Natural weight will fluctuate throughout life with seasonal transitions, as a response to stress and with inconsistent exercise and nutrition. Unnatural weight is the weight that accumulates over time and no matter what you do to try to lose it, it wont budge. This is the weight that is so much more complex than calories in, calories out; what you should eat and what you shouldn't eat. This is the weight that holds opportunity for growth.

Unnatural weight, which I will now refer to as Purposeful Weight, is a symptom of something bigger going on in our lives. This weight holds a message. There is a reason for it being there. It is trying to teach us something, reveal to us a life lesson. Once you embrace that and you reveal the lesson your weight is trying to teach you, it is only then that you can work on letting it go.

This lesson/message will be unique to each individual. It is your destined message that is trying to get your attention. This weight or symptom that is trying to get your attention can often be about emotional holding, protection from being hurt, undigested or unresolved life experiences, not claiming who you are or what your purpose is, being unfulfilled, lack of creation, perfectionism or needing to lighten up and let go of self-chosen stresses.

It is so important that we stop chasing weight with punishing diets and exercise regimens that are unnatural, unmaintainable and unenjoyable. If that approach actually worked why are there millions of books on the topic and yet people are getting bigger and bigger? Purposeful Weight wont be shed with the diet mentality approach. It needs a conscious approach, it needs our soul's attention. It is the universes way of pushing you up to explore where your life is out of balance, or where life is calling you to grow. When your soul comes into alignment, your body comes into alignment.

Purposeful weight is a doorway to your soul. Embrace this weight by going through the doorway. What is the message your weight is holding for you? If your weight had a purpose, a teaching, what would it be? I encourage you to come and explore this with me and embrace what your journey has to offer.

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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.