Friday, 29 October 2010

Food for thought- Dr Chris Steele's Fat Farewell Plan, diet and exercise

In fact very few of us face life threatening physically stressful situations for which our bodies are designed (fight or flight) but our body's systems can fall into a habit of chronic stress due to afflictive emotions.

Excessive weight gain and stress is one of the most common reasons for which aromatherapists are consulted.  One warning sign of excessive stress is weight gain.

This is because when you are in a stressful situation, your body will release the hormones cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. If this persists this excessive hormone production may undermine your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness, as well as lead your body to release fat and sugar into your blood stream ready for physical action which doesnt come, which may lead you to gain weight.

In the long term stress can undermine your immune system and make you prone to illness.  Diet and exercise are factors but a warning sign of stress is the inability to cope with negative emotions and communicate. 

The mental symptoms may involve you being:
Always hungry, or having no appetite
Crying often
Have trouble sleeping and feel tired
Have trouble concentrating

When you look back at times when you felt stressed have you often wondered 'what was that about?'.  The words Shakespeare put into the mouth of his characters are always a treasure house.  Here we could quote the line 'nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so'.  Of course there is a difference between good and evil but what Shakespeare meant here is that faced with a stressful situation and the need to win it is easy to lose perspective and only afterwards can things be seen in a proper perspective.

It takes only a few essential oil molecules to stimulate the limbic brain and this can work wonders in gaining time and perspective to see things in a correct light.

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Tip! shop bought doughballs with essential oils soon dry out.  Keep the doughball in the bag and tin provided.  Revitalise the dough with a little grapeseed oil.

Besides aromatherapy if you are still stressed you should address the issue as it may lead to physical symptoms and illness.

A simple coping strategy involves the word STRESS:  For brevity I have changed Dr Chris Steele's words a bit.

1.  Socialise.  Stop stressing alone and share your worries. A problem shared is a problem halved!
2.  Take stock.  Change what you can change.  Accept what you cant change.
3.  Read. Ensure you have a relaxing and absorbing hobby.  For example reading.
4.  Exercise. You should walk at least 30 minutes each day for example take a walk at lunchtime.
5.  Say no! Try to work ever more effectively with colleagues to ensure you dont end up doing it all!
6.  Share your life with a pet or volunteer to walk someone elses pet.

"Dr Steele writes if you feel that you are suffering from stress, see you GP, but do not accept long term tranquilliser prescriptions."

Dr Steele has excellent advice to give on dieting and has helped people to spectacular results.  Find out more
Dr Chris Steele's fat farewell plan

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3


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