Going to Beijing was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Maintaining healthy habits is an everyday necessity, even on vacation.
Watch how I received an acupuncture treatment on vacationÂ to aid my stress management, sleep, and weight loss.
I’m Ellen Resnick, the director of a holistic weight lossÂ program called theÂ Center for Thoughtful Weight Loss.
One of the primary principles of my cognitive behavioralÂ program involves teaching people how their thoughts (cognitions) impact theirÂ eating (behavior) every time they eat. For instance: the thought, “I had aÂ bad day, I deserve a treat,” can result in people going off their plan forÂ emotional reasons. That’s fine if it’s occasional and truly a treat (likeÂ 100-200 calories) and not a mistreat (more like 500-1000Â calories).
At the “Center” we teach people to be mindfulÂ and talk back to these types of sabotaging thoughts with helpful responsesÂ like, “Yes, I had a hard day, and binging on cookies will make a bad dayÂ worse-it won’t solve what I’m upset about, AND, I’ll gain weight. I can go for aÂ nice walk with my dog instead.”Â WeÂ also teach people to plan their food and exercise so that it’s non-negotiableÂ (within reason); howÂ to handle holidays,Â vacations, alcohol, and any type of situation which could be derailing. We alsoÂ help people get back on track when they slip (inevitable) with selfÂ compassion.Â In fact, we have people give themselves credit for catching the slip.
What I find is, it’s not about the diet, as much as aboutÂ helping people to find effective coping strategies forÂ the stressors in their lives. Let’s faceÂ it–stress, guilt, shame and other moodÂ problems are what sabotage most dieters.
That’s where alternative therapies like acupuncture fitÂ into the tools for weight loss.
The ancient Chinese believed there is a universal lifeÂ energy or chi that circulates throughout the body along pathways calledÂ meridians.
When it flows freely our health is maintained. But, onceÂ the chi is blocked, the system is disrupted and illness occurs. Acupuncture
restores healthy functioning by stimulating certain points on theÂ meridians.Â Acupuncture aids dieters by:
- Decreasing cortisol (a stress hormone that results inÂ belly fat)
- Boosting metabolism
- Decreasing sugar cravings
- Improving sleepÂ and thus decreasing grehlin, the hunger hormone
- Increasing energy, makingÂ exercise easier
- Improving digestion
- Helping create and/or restore balanceÂ in the body, resulting in our making healthier choices
- Promoting circulation
- Decreasing leptin, a hormone that plays a role in regulating body weight bysignaling the brain to reduce appetite and burn more calories
- Helping control appetite by releasing endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers
Overall, acupuncture helps our bodies function moreÂ efficiently.
In our fast paced world (China or the West), we need all the helpÂ we can get to be more relaxed and yet efficient, and well…sharp as a tack.