Did you know that how you feel in your own skin is not simply a function of calories in vs. calories out? I know that’s crazy talk considering you’ve been raised to count calories and exercise in order to lose weight and feel sexy in your own skin. Sounds simple.
But is it? And is it working?
Ummmmm…..no. Just take a look around the next time you are in public. You won’t see a lot people walking around in their bikinis with a smile on their face.
Why? Because the shape of your body, and specifically what you weigh, has to do with sooooo much more than just food and exercise.
If those two alone were easy and the answer, then America would not be overweight, spending more money per capita and per household on healthcare than any other nation, and be the only developed nation whose life-span is decreasing. See something wrong here?
I have some better solutions for you when it comes to food movement, but we are going to talk about that another week. Stay tuned….
What I want to emphasize this week is sleep. I know, you just scrolled through what you thought was going to be advice on food and movement, but this is something that needs to come first in order for those to be effective. Sleep. It does a body good!
Do you prioritize your sleep?
Do you make it sacred?
Do you have an evening ritual that sets you up for deep, restorative sleep all night long?
No? If you want to avoid weight gain over the holidays, make sleep top your priority list. Develop an evening routine. When you have a practice to wind down before bed, slumber comes easier, you get more REM cycles, and you wake up ready for your day.
Evening rituals can include drinking herbal tea, warm epsom salts bath with essential oils, reading a real book, keeping lighting softer, and no screen time 30 minutes prior to lights out.
Try this for 2 weeks and see if you start to notice a difference. Habits take longer to form, but you can get a taste for what good quality sleep does for your waistline, stress, and more in 2 weeks.
Sleep = skinnier. It truly does.