Self Help: How to Look Better, Be Fitter and Lose Weight

Nowadays we have access to so many different foods. Supermarkets tempt us with scrumptious sugary offers like buy 2 chocolate bars and get 2 for free! And then there’s the super-sizing of everything (even coffee can now be bought in cups the size of  large soup bowls!).

In our fast, competitive and consumer-driven world, moderation has gone out the window. But it’s not just a lack of moderation that is the problem, as most of us are now aware, it’s eating and drinking too much of the WRONG things and not eating and drinking enough of the RIGHT things.

I believe the body is incredibly clever and as I’ve said before, it can draw fuel even from a Mars bar. However, if you only feed the body Mars bars, then things can get out of balance pretty quickly.

I think most of us have come to the realization that how we look and feel largely depends on what, as well as how much we eat and drink . Over the years, I have tried and tested all sorts of ways to keep my weight under control, as well as keeping my body healthy and strong.

Please note! If you suffer from any chronic or acute condition then it’s a good idea to introduce changes slowly, so as to give the body time to adapt! The key is to listen to your body and take note of the signals it gives you. Many times when you start ‘cleaning out’ the body goes into a bit of what therapists refer to as a ‘healing crisis’. So if you love your coffee and you drink 2 or more cups a day, then best to reduce the amount of cups you drink in stages until you have some days where you don’t drink any (I know, it’s hard – I love my coffee too). But you get the idea.

If you have any diagnosed medical condition, then of course, it’s definitely wise to take things one step at a time. Also, if you are used to consuming thousands of calories a day, then I don’t suggest you cut down too much all of a sudden. It’s just a question of common sense.

So, anyway, here are six of my tried and tested ways to look and feel better, get fitter and at the same time lose weight!

1. DETOXIFY the body of chemicals (see my previous post).

Exercise for Repetitive Strain Injury RSI2. Help ALKALIZE the body by avoiding highly acidic foods like meat, dairy, processed foods, sugar, refined flour, and drinks like alcohol, fizzy drinks and coffee (sorry!). Don’t cook at very high temperatures and use an oil like coconut or rapeseed to cook with (it breaks down at higher temperatures than olive oil). As someone said, disease cannot live in an alkaline environment.

And here’s a self help hold to balance acidity in the body: place the right hand over the left shoulder, and place the left fingers on the base of the thumb of the left hand. Reverse the hands for the other side.

3. I found out that a key to weight loss is to HAVE BREAKFAST within half an hour (and at a stretch no longer than an hour) of getting up in the morning. Do you have cereal or bread and coffee in the morning? Get rid of those empty carbs, I say!

Have a high protein breakfast (at least 30 grams). It will keep you going until lunchtime. If you can, choose foods that are not (too acidic). See a great list here of Alkaline/Acidic foods

4. It´s important to get rid of heavy metals in the body as well, and there are a couple of foods that I find very useful to do this. One is the herb cilantro or in English – coriander. I´ve read stories where including a few FRESH leaves of this herb every day for three weeks will really clean out those heavy metals. The other one is wheatgrass – preferably organic and fresh, but to be honest, I use organic powder.

5. MODERATE EXERCISE has to be included because exercise means movement and the body loves movement. It can be 10 minutes a day, but at least 4 hours a week apparently is incredibly beneficial (see post DIY Health Revolution by Dr Vincent Li). Sitting at the computer all day has been shown to increase the chances of all sorts of nasties like heart disease and stroke, so don’t do it! Get up and shake. What? Yes, you read it correctly. Shake. Stand in one position, feet comfortably apart, keep your feet on the ground throughout and start shaking your body up and down as if on a trampoline.

It’s a great way to release tension in the body and get everything moving. Otherwise, a half hour walk a day is good too.

6. Finally! MY FAVOURITE SELF HELP HOLDS to lose weight and stay fit.I have used these holds so many times. After 20 minutes of holding my cheekbones, my mind feels clearer and freer, as I let go not only of physical weight but mental and emotional weight too. When I sit on my hands for twenty minutes, I am not only getting my body fit, but this exercise releases lactic acid from the muscles (especially good after a work out so that the muscles don’t feel sore the day after) and alleviates fatigue. This exercise also tones the bottom and buttocks, ladies. It’s a lovely exercise to do for a dedicated half hour if you can. It’ll change your day!

So, for the WEIGHT EXERCISE: 
Hold RIGHT Cheekbone to LOSE weight
Hold LEFT Cheekbone to GAIN weight
If you can’t remember which is which, hold both sides and the body will adjust itself to your personal needs. Yes, the body IS that clever.

For the FIT AND TONED EXERCISE:

Sit on hands (palms up)
Left Hand on Left Sitting Bone
Right Hand on Right Sitting Bone

I suggest 20 minutes minimum a day per exercise as a guide, but if you feel like doing more (i.e. more often, or longer), please do.

And of course: if you have any medical condition or are under the supervision of your physician or taking medication, please do seek advise from them before starting any program that includes supplements, a change in diet or exercise.

See the VIDEO with the self help holds explained below:

Magic Exercise: Regulate Acidity in the Body

Jin Shin Jyutsu acidity hold r
This hold is the specialist for regulating acidity in the body.

Diet is obviously also extremely important as many foods are highly acidic and can overload the system causing all kinds of discomforts leading to dis-ease and illness. It´s all about maintaining the blood PH balance of the body which is slightly alkaline between Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline 7.35 – 7.45.  Below or above this range means symptoms and disease.  A pH of 7.0 is neutral.  A pH below 7.0 is acidic.  A pH above 7.0 is alkaline.*

According to research done at the University of Wisconsin by Dr. Helen Linksweiler and Dr. Josephine Lutz, a diet with a high protein content acidifies the blood (as sugar does), and acidified blood will dissolve calcium from the bones. And something I didn’t know until recently and really surprised me: that lovely tea with lemon is a really corrosive drink that depletes calcium from the body, so watch out with that.

And more scary than the tea and lemon drink is this: ´To neutralize a glass of cola with a pH of 2.5, it would take 32 glasses of alkaline water with a pH of 10.´* There are many foods that have a high calcium content: sesame seeds and tahini, seaweeds, beans and nuts and a variety of greens amongst others. It’s about finding a balance.

´If you suspect that your body is overly acidic, all you need do is fast one to five, days and/or consume only fresh fruits and vegetables, uncooked and without seasonings of any kind. The body is fully capable of correcting all internal imbalances and will automatically do so as soon as the cases of the problem are removed (and, in some cases, before the causes of the problem are removed, as a matter of life or death).

From a practical standpoint, you need not concern yourself with the degree of acidity or alkalinity of the foods you eat. Just eat a wholesome diet of uncooked fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and you will be providing your body with exactly the kind of nourishment it needs and was designed to handle.´ – excerpt from Acid/Alkaline: Clearing Up The Confusion By Marti Fry (rawfoodexplained.com)

Here´s a comprehensive list of Alkaline/Acidic foods * which I have found extremely useful.

So to the self help hold:
Place right hand over left shoulder and with left hand place fingers on the base of the left thumb (see photo). You can do either side.

*source: essence-of-life.com