Feng Shui to Lose Weight
So how many of us gained few extra pounds from our holiday feasts?
I know I may have gained a pound or more… I’m afraid to check.
Feng Shui can help you lose those unwanted pounds. Seriously.
Of course, exercise and especially good eating habits are the most important actions you can take to lose weight and to prevent obesity.
But, how can we change our behavior to help us eat better? Here are a few Feng Shui tips to help you get started in trimming the fat:
Throw Out Those TV Trays
Start by using your dining room for all of your meals.
If you eat in front of a TV, stop. As you roboticly shovel food into your mouth while lost in a TV show, you don’t pay attention to how much you are eating. Before you realize it, your entire meal will be gone.
If you are sitting as a family in your dining room, talking and engaging with your family, you tend to eat slower. And this is a good thing.
Did you know that your stomach doesn’t feel full until about 20 mins after you’ve stopped eating?
Your stomach can hold up to a gallon of food and liquids. But the feeling of feeling full after eating is not caused by your stomach actually being full.
Rather, feeling full is caused by your brain responding to chemicals released when you put food or liquids in your tummy.
And it takes about 10 to 30 minutes for the levels of these chemicals to reach the point for your brain to register them.
In fact, you may want to start your meal with a smaller portion, allowing your chemicals and brain more time to give you that feeling of being full before hitting the platter for seconds.
If you don’t feel full directly following your first portion of a meal, just wait. As the level of chemicals increases, your hunger should go away.
Having a full view of the kitchen from the living room or den may not be a good thing if you are trying to lose those extra pounds.
More specifically, you want to make sure that you cannot see your refrigerator or any unhealthy food items from your couch.
Seeing your refrigerator will make you feel the need to check its contents every time you see an ice cream commercial. Seeing an open chip bag or that leftover bag of Halloween candy will only make you want to finish it.
If this explains your home layout, you may want to rearrange your living room so you won’t see straight into the kitchen. Alternatively, you may want to put up a door or other divider to obstruct the view of these items.
Surround Yourself with Health
If you can’t avoid seeing the kitchen from your living area, get rid of the junk food. Make sure only healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables and bottles of water are within sight.
Now, make sure to place bright, energetic and vibrant pictures, paintings and objects that remind you of healthy living in the appropriate places (learn about placement using the Feng Shui Bagua).
These items will help you guilt your way to eating healthy.
I can’t stress this enough. If your pantry, closets and other areas of your home are overflowing, it will be difficult for you to break the eating habit.
Make sure that Chi energy can flow through your home, and positive energy will soon circulate through you.
If you have had trouble with losing weight or sticking with other New Years resolutions in the past, a professional space-clearing or personalized Feng Shui consultation may be needed to get Chi moving again.
Have fun Feng Shui’ing your way to losing those unwanted pounds!