Diet alone is not enough. There is a lot more to contemplate in order to understand the factors that prevent people from attaining their personal health goals. You can eat all the greens in the world, but if you don’t have a healthy relationship, do regular physical activities, or have a fulf illing career, then healthy eating becomes counterproductive and weight won’t fall off easily.
Holistic nutrition looks beyond the food on your plate. The first step of implementing a holistic diet is to understand that everything is interconnected. We cannot lose weight by just eating healthy foods, nor can we lose weight by only maintaining a healthy relationship. We have to implement both to see an effective result.
Life can be very stressful as we all know. While we try to heal sadness, depression and anxiety, food consumption tends to be our asylum. Disliking our job makes us miserable. This feeling will haunt us until we find a short-term solution that could outweigh/overshadow this emotion. Craving unhealthy foods is a common phenomenon that derives from the negative sensations that our body is constantly emitting. Feelings of anxiety also trigger stress hormones, known as cortisol, which are responsible for unwanted weight gain. Stress also leads to a lack of sleep, which in return, leads to overeating. Consequently, our body ends up hurting itself while stuck in a vicious circle.
To solve this issue, we must target the core factor of not being happy with our job. Resolving this matter by either re-questioning our interests or applying for other jobs that we think would suit us best, would change the way our whole body system works. Joyful feelings release serotonin, which in return will boost our positive emotional feelings. This will help us mitigate stress, sleep better and thus maintain a healthier life, while craving healthy foods.