While for many Christmas and this holiday season is their favourite time of year, for many others this time of overload of shopping, media messaging, busy schedules, crowds, and family, can contribute to heightened stress and anxiety. We can enter January not feeling that great physically, and often emotionally and mentally too.
“Our present day choices predict our future” Yet often we find ourselves making the same moment to moment choices during the holidays that we’ve made year after year, and then make the same complaints come January.
It’s an interesting time of year, isn’t it? As Mother Earth enters her slumber, and the light dims, we sacrifice sleep and rest for shopping and social functions, under artificial lighting.
Last week we began to look at insulin’s role in our bodies and our health, and how they are impacted by different foods. If you missed it, you can read it here.
When we first star to look at how sugar is handled by our bodies, it can unfortunately lead to an overreaction that all carbohydrates are “bad”. Exchanging one diet for another isn’t the path leading to optimal health.
Many still believe that losing weight is simply about reducing calories eaten, and increasing calories used (exercise). In fact in Canada, restaurants are now required to list total calories of items on their menus. While many applaud this move, I worry it enforces the old belief that all calories are equal.
If our bodies are simply a math equation based on physics and thermodynamics, why does the weight and obesity crisis continue to get worse? It is estimated that 99% percent of the “Calories In vs Calories Out” model diets FAIL.
Do you know that there is no system or receptors in the body that can count or even recognize calories in food? That’s correct – our bodies are not measuring our calories. So why are we?
Last Friday was the Autumnal Equinox, marking the 2nd moment in the year with equal amounts of day and night (actually, we got 9 minutes more daylight this year!), and we are also entered the sign of Libra (the scales). BALANCE is in the air. While it can be sad to say goodbye to summer, we can tap into this new energy of the pendulum swinging back,and be inspired to reorganize, reset in one area or another, and even start something new.
Happy, Healthy New Year!
I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to the blank canvas of 2017!
Are you setting any resolutions? What if we call them “intentions”? Even with the negative connotations to the phrase “New Year’s Resolution", who can deny the urge for a fresh start in one area of another?
It’s in our DNA, with generations before us celebrating Yuletide as a time to release that which they did not want to carry into the coming year. Unfortunately, the desire for new beginnings coursing through our veins this month is often discouraged by the 8% success rate for New Year’s Resolutions.