I just thought this was wonderful………
Love as a daily supplement!
Seriously, if we want to loose weight and keep it off, we must look beyond what we put on the plate and how much we exercise. This parts are important, of course, but there is more to it than that.
A healthy bodily balance can only be kept if we also are aware of our emotions! Feelings are just as important, if not more so, than what we put on our plate and how much we exercise. And when it comes to the most difficult part: keeping the weight off – emotions, and how we feel about ourselves, is paramount. We are much more likely to make healthy choices when we listen to our body’s signals and it’s needs, and we need to include the emotional needs as well.
In my morning paper, the Danish Politiken, I found a great article that supports my thoughts! The title made me smile: “She recommends love as a daily supplement” – I topped up my tea and sat down to enjoy the article.
Professor Berit Lillienthal Heitmann from Institute of Preventive Medicine in Copenhagen ( Center for Sygdom og Samfund ) and an honorable professor at University of Sidney, has been researching obesity for over 25 years. She is convinced that we will never find a solution to why we become overweight and obese, if we only look at the dinner plate and at how much we exercise.
Prof. Heitmann considers stress, lack of nurturing in childhood and bad sleep/sleep apnea, etc. as important factors affecting our ability to succeed in loosing weight and keeping it off.
She says that we can all loose weight by eating less and by exercising, the trick is to keep it off.
Her research has shown that a calorie is not just a calorie. In a study where she looked at nurses in Denmark, she found that those nurses who felt pressured and stressed, put on more weight than those colleagues who were not stressed, when eating the same amount of calories.
She also did a study with a rare group – identical twins, where one of the twin was overweight and the other was not. What she found in this group was that the one twin, who was overweight had often felt neglected as a child and had missed contact with the mother.
Something points to the fact that nurturing and compassion plays an important role. Berit Lillienthal Heitmann keeps doing research in this field and I will be following her closely, because I think she is on to something really important.
Love as a daily supplement
I wholeheartedly recommend love as a daily supplement too and preferably high doses of it!
“Don’t forget to love yourself” Søren Kirkegaard (Danish philosopher, 1813 – 1855)
That is such a gorgeous way of looking at the journey 🙂
Choc Chip Uru
We like the prescription! We try and get (and give) our daily dose!
Thank you for recommending the daily supplement! Great post!
Extremely interesting study! And I like the antidote.
I agree that we must take a wholistic approach to maintaing our weight! I never thought about love as a daily supplement–but it makes sense. Thanks for giving me a new perspective on this topic that is so important to me!
I thought you meant love as exercise. Sexy exercise. LOL sorry Anne. Putting smut on your beautiful post! I agree. I loose more when I feel good about me 🙂
Ha ha you make me laugh. My husband thought the same 🙂
I am sure if sex is loaded with love it counts!
I also think that you can’t overdose on love 😉 or more importantly on self-love :D. We should have an alarm and to eat only when we need it. We are biologically conditioned to substitute love for food or to confuse those two …..
Paula you are right!
Self love is so crucial – and we become much more loving and lovable, when we remember this.
I send you love 🙂
🙂 right back at you 🙂
That’s a great daily supplement! We do that at home!
That is so wonderful Sophie – you know the importance!
Have a great weekend 🙂
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