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Many emotions are held in our bodies for long periods of time. In fact most of us don’t know they’re there. Much of what we believe to be true, is based on our perceptions. These perceptions are entirely based on our past experiences, opinions, and judgments. They are not based on facts. However, we often hold our perceptions to be more accurate than the facts. This belief inhibits us from making changes and getting unstuck in different areas of our lives. Being overweight, emotional eating or simply eating foods we know are bad certainly fall into the “stuck” category.

Write down the primary negative opinions you hold about yourself. Ask yourself, are these impacted by society? Most likely they are because through media and advertisements, we are led to an illusion of what we should look like. Surgeries, botox, and other chemicals are the opposite of health and wellness. These toxic things are not worth a shorter lifespan – and that is the end result.

If we feel good, not just feel good about what we look like, but truly feel well and without pain or disease, we are no doubt eating and drinking healthy! If not, this is what we need to change. This is the goal.

You may be more successful if you stop eating one or two bad things at a time. Work on those and choose another. I’ve heard so many people say, “I just can’t give up my soda.” The short story: 1. you can give it up, 2. it is toxic and among other things, it increases your risk of having a stroke significantly – those are the facts! Solution: make a move to sparkling water and add 100% juice to get you away from soda, then you can just drink sparkling water!

Restricting foods (most “diets”) from our diet creates a feeling of deprivation. This means an act of withholding or taking something away from someone. When we feel deprived, we lose the sense of being empowered – which leads to loss of empowerment.

Empowerment is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life. When we learn to control our thoughts, we control our behavior.

Changing the way we think and our habits will lead to health and wellness, and therefore longevity! Please honor and love yourself. Pray and meditate to shed feelings of shame and guilt. Holding onto these feelings is something we put on ourselves. We must breath and let them go as often as these thoughts and feelings come up.

If you want more on this subject, I recommend the book Weight Loss Empowerment, “50 Ways to Lose Your Luggage” Check to see if your library has it, or get it from Amazon.

I wish you a happy and fulfilling path on this new journey – You’ve got this!