Written by John Immel,
The best weight loss program will improve your relationship with your body and food. When you make choices that cause you to gain weight, your body communicates distress signs. Through Ayurveda, you discover how to listen & respond more mindfully to your body and these warning signs. Ayurveda also shows you how to safely enjoy food. A new relationship with food will feed your health in many ways. Weight loss is only one of the many benefits. To find out more about how Ayurveda can help you lose weight, read these 7 essential steps for weight loss taken from our ten week program.
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7 STEPS TO LOSE WEIGHT WITH AYURVEDA
Appreciate Your BodyThe word for fat and the word for love is the same in India. In English to butter someone up is to show them affection and make them feel good about themselves. Fat is affectionate, soft, kind, and loving. It is stable and resilient. The first step to weight loss goes beyond acceptance to appreciation for how beautiful you are made.
Wake Up Your True HungerAyurveda can wake up your true hunger, yet pacify your compulsion to eat. This may sound like a contradiction. Studies show that overweight people have lost connection with their body and its hunger cue's. They eat for emotional reasons instead. Ayurveda shows you how to restore your natural hunger.
Decipher Your CravingsMany people believe cravings come from the tongue. Instead, they come from nutritional deficiencies and weak organs that stimulate the taste buds. Sometimes these cravings are restorative, guiding you to the right foods your body needs. Other times, they are pathological. For example, people with weak kidneys crave coffee. People with weak lungs crave cigarettes. People with weak livers crave alcohol. People with low metabolism crave sweets. These kinds of cravings stimulate the deficient organ instead of restoring it. Ayurveda shows you how to restore deficient organs by treating them gently and identifying the cause of strain.
Restore Your ConfidenceNo one wants to suffer. Eating provides the ultimate reassurance. Food restores mood and confidence. Sometimes, emotional eating becomes a crutch. Most food addiction has its source in the subconscious. Unexamined feelings, hurts, and traumas you have experienced may continue to well up in your daily life in subtle ways you don't even realize, triggered by your daily surroundings. Ayurveda offers simple tools to rebuild your confidence and overcome stuck behavior patterns.
Improve Your CirculationFat tissue blocks circulation. Blood that is rich in triglycerides becomes thick like molasses. Poor circulation leads to poor metabolism, and even a state of overwhelming panic. With Ayurveda, you will discover an herbal regimen and gentle diet program that can help restore your circulation.
Cleanse Your BodyOnce you have the basic building blocks in place, you'll be ready to flush out the toxins and impurities from your body, leaving you feeling clean and refreshed, with renewed energy. Many clients report feeling 10 to 20 years younger after cleansing. Your circulation and metabolism will continue to improve as your vessels are opened.
Discover A New Satisfaction with FoodAn Ayurvedic diet is anything but austere. Over thousands of years of diet innovation, Ayurveda has perfected the art of satisfaction through food. Ayurveda affirms the joy you feel every time you feed your body, and offers tasty, exhilirating and enjoyable recipe options.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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