Guest post by Santa Monica Acupuncture: Manage Your Weight and Health with Traditional Chinese Medicine

santa monica acupuncture Laurie BinderGuest post by Laurie Binder, Santa Monica Acupuncture and Wellness

The life energy that flows throughout our bodies, known as Qi, is responsible for our wellness and health. When the flow of this energy is disrupted, it can lead to problems such as illness and weight gain. Increased weight can be partially due to a blockage of Qi in the spleen and liver systems.

Your spleen manages the entire digestive system, which is responsible for absorbing nutrients and life energy from the foods you eat. If you have an imbalanced flow of Qi in your spleen, you’ll notice several symptoms like an extremely slow metabolism, shortness of breath, water retention, and fatigue.

The liver is responsible for maintaining the flow of Qi throughout the body. It also regulates the emotions we feel at any given moment. Qi blockages commonly occur in the liver due to stress, so if you don’t take the time to relax then both the spleen and liver will not function as it should. Noticeable signs of liver disruption include constant eating and strong cravings.

you cannot always control what goes on outside, but you can always control what goes on inside.Oriental medicine has been increasing in popularity due to the positive impact it has on our body. Acupuncture in particular is used for fixing the flow of our Qi by clearing out any blockages as well as enhances the benefits a good flow of energy provides. After several acupuncture treatments, you’ll notice that you have better control over your cravings, a higher metabolic rate, more energy, reduced anxiety, and you’ll feel better overall.

These techniques address most problems relating to weight gain and decreased energy levels. When Qi blockages are fixed, the digestive system will function faster which causes physical changes to the body like increased energy levels. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine also address psychological problems as well. Imbalanced emotions lead to symptoms like anxiety, chronic stress, apathy, and depression; all of which can lead to weight gain.

About Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Unlike western medical procedures, oriental medicine treatment plans are created specifically for an individual. If you have a specific problem, such as weight gain, then certain acupuncture points on your body will be activated in order to increase flow and clear out any blockages in the affected area. Otherwise you will receive a standard treatment that increases Qi and blood flow to strengthen the immune system, boost health, and increase metabolism.

Acupuncture is just a part of the oriental medicine plan. A good plan will include a combination of auricular (ear) acupuncture, massages, herbs, therapies, and lifestyle changes. The foods selected for you will be based on your current problem. If you are trying to lose weight, herbs and foods that promote elimination of toxins, improve digestion, and energize the body are best.

The ear is a central target in traditional Chinese medicine for boosting our ability to shed fat. An ear massage is a type of therapy that will benefit the body by reducing the amount of stress you feel, subduing large appetites, and stopping constant food cravings. Ear acupuncture is commonly done afterward to help promote the benefits of an ear massage as well as aids in helping a person manage addictions and detoxify. You can perform an ear massage at home by performing the following steps. First rub the upper, widest part of the ear with your thumbs while holding them with your index and middle fingers. Next, use the index fingers to massage the crevices of your ear for a minute or two. Then massage the earlobes by tugging on them slightly while at the same time making circular motions with the thumb as you did with the upper part of your ear.

Give Laurie Binder a call at Acupuncture Santa Monica to set up an appointment. She’ll create a custom oriental medicine plan to help you with your weight loss management. Her techniques will boost your metabolism, provide natural energy to the body, and improve health overall. She will tell you exactly what you need to do in order to start living life as healthfully as you can.

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Santa Monica Personal Trainer Solves Common Dieting Pitfalls

Every year people start the new year with the resolution to lose weight and get in shape. However, without careful thought and planning you may be heading down the wrong path. You may have changed your diet but are you paying attention to what’s really going into your mouth?

Steps for Successful Dieting

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The most important thing is to get rid of temptations. Start by cleaning out your refrigerator, cupboards and freezer of all unhealthful, fatty and sugary foods.

Avoid alcohol and no, you cannot have a glass of wine. When you are tempted, tell yourself that it’s full of empty calories, will lower your inhibitions and will create food cravings.

Stay away from “the group mentality”. Pay attention next time you’re dining out, notice how much extra food people consume at the table – breads, butter, dessert, drinks – would you eat that on your own? You may even be tempted to order dessert since others in the group are enjoying a slice or two of cake. Let the waiter know what you can eat as soon as you sit down – ask for the healthiest options on the menu and don’t sample from your friends.

Don’t compare yourself to others. The desire to lose weight is very common, but comparing yourself to others who are also on the same journey is a recipe for failure. It’s great to have moral support in your weight loss journey, but remember, every pound you lose and every goal you meet are yours and yours alone.

One day at a time.  Don’t think, “Oh no I can’t have donuts, beer or pizza fr 2 months?”  Don’t frame it that way in your mind.  Just get through today stickig to your diet.  Put enough of those days together and you’ll transform!

These are helpful strategies especially when combined with this list of foods to avoid at all costs.

Foods that make you fat

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It’s all gotta go.

Donuts. They’re loaded with white flour, sugar and, if that’s not bad enough, they’re fried. And remember, they’re loaded with trans-fats.

Margarine. It’s not better than butter! Most margarines are loaded with trans-fats and are no better for you than real butter. Try flavored olive oils or unsalted butter for cooking.

Sugared cereals. It’s not good for your children. It’s certainly not good for you. Even the cereals that advertise “whole grain” are colored, sweetened, puffed and loaded with chemicals. If you want grains in the morning, try oatmeal with fresh berries or spices.

Sports drinks. Advertisements are misleading for a reason – they’re trying to sell you something you and your body doesn’t need. That’s what water is for. Have you had an especially hard workout? Try eating a banana. It will replace the potassium you’ve lost and help fuel your body. Most sports drinks provide nothing more than a little sodium and potassium along with more sugar and empty calories.

Toaster pastries. Filled with trans-fats, sugar and no nutritional value whatsoever. These are filled with heavily processed ingredients and chemicals that fool your body into eating more.

Chips. Greasy, processed, salty. While they may satisfy your salt craving, they’re adding lots of empty calories to your waistline. If you’re looking for something crunchy and satisfying, try a dill pickle spear instead.

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the amount of sugar in coke

Sodas. Any kind, including diet ones. People who drink diet sodas actually gain weight. Sodas always seem to leave you craving more – whether it’s psychological or a chemical reaction, just stay away from them. And if you decide to indulge in “full-strength” soda, remember that 9 teaspoons of sugar per can will not keep you in your skinny jeans.

Baloney or Hot dogs. They might be protein but they’re certainly not lean! Processed meats are usually made of the remaining parts of the animal – let’s not even think about what those might be.

successful dietingThe best way to stick to your diet is to announce your plan to your friends and family, and keep a food log. This will help you see what you’ve consumed and avoid foods that can ruin your efforts.

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