Birthdays, Weight Loss Sisters & Other Important Things

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Imrana Happy Birthday Imrana! I love you and feel blessed that we get to celebrate another B-Day together :) I’m sure I’m not alone when I say the world would be a different place  if there were no sisters – thank God it isn’t one we have to live in!

And since we are talking about birthdays, weight loss sisters and other important things like nephews – did you ever notice that no matter where you live or what ethnic background you come from special occasions – like birthdays – all have 2 things in common:

  1. FOOD and
  2. Family/friends aka loved ones

Now food is one of those things that we can’t live without and I think we – as a community – have become very aware of the impact that making good eating choices has on our health. But many of us don’t really realize just how important our social connections are to our overall well-being too. In fact I’d even venture to say they may be the equivalent of food for our souls.

So what does any of this have to do with weight loss?

Well, while some of us may be more social than others,  as Maslow recognized, human beings are meant to be connected to each other in a way that nourishes our being. And while building strong healthy connections with family – like sisters and nephews – has been long known to have a positive impact on our mental health, we are now learning it also effects our overall well being too. In fact a recent study found that the more people interacted in an online group weight loss program the more weight they lost.

But it’s not just about having people to support and encourage you to meet your goals that makes a difference – as a holistic nutritionist I’ve learned that our mind has a very powerful influence on our body. In fact more and more research is supporting this idea that was once thought of as an old wive’s tale. For example, did you know that having positive social connections has the power to significantly decrease your blood pressure and your body’s overall inflammation? It may even increase your life expectancy by 14%!

You know, as a dietitian whose helped people improve their health over the years, I have seen just how much a person’s emotional/mental state is tied to their ability to achieve their goals.

So here’s my advice:

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  1. Enjoy special occasions – they’re not what’s sabotaging your weight loss
  2. Take a look at your relationships and how they are affecting you – change the ones you can and decide to let the ones you can’t not take up so much of your emotional time.
  3. If you are a worrier – like most moms tend to be – learn to let some things go, trust me the stress and what it’s doing to you is just not worth it… Everything will work out just the way it’s meant to be
  4. And if you are a hard working bread winner make sure to take time to enjoy the things you are working so hard for

In closing, I’d like to mention that the best birthday gift I ever received is my nephew Amaan who was also born today – Happy Birthday Maanu!! We have to have our hug marathon when I get back 😉 That’s definitely going to help build my emotional well-being! Remember life may not be what you planned it to be but the universe is making sure the best things for you are happening – I see this in my life everyday and I am grateful for the many unplanned events that have brought me to where I am today.

P.S. I also want to CONGRATULATE our Boot Camp group for losing a phenomenal 114 lb. (that’s one whole me!) and 60″ in just 12 weeks – you guys are amazing!! Thank you for letting us be part of your social support group and welcome to our ever growing Nutriacs family :)

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