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Taking your power back in waist training

It’s almost beyond debate that there is a link between emotions and ill health, particularly in chronic back pain, IBS, arthritis, and other. If you want proof, check out the Dec. 7, 2004 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Elissa S. Epel, UCSF Medical Center, and some colleagues, published an article affirming that the mind plays a significant role in our physical health. They demonstrated a definitive connection between perceived and chronic stress and changes in telomeres. Telomeres are specific areas of the chromosome that are known to relate to the length of cell life and aging. I attended a mini-med school class at UCSF not long ago and heard her speak on these results with respect to our national epidemic of obesity. Minimizing stress is one specific strategy that could be ameliorative.

But there are challenges in our society to overcome before that concept will be universally accepted. Sadly enough, initially men may have the most difficult time with it.

I heard today that an NFL football player recently and vehemently rejected the notion that he had shed a tear or two on the field after sustaining a serious injury. I feel sorry for him, not only for the injury, one that I would never wish on anyone, even one who accepts the substantial risk to present and future health of playing football. I feel more sorry for him because he is still victim to the  long existing and misguided social message that men must not be weak nor show weakness — and that tears are still considered as a prime sign of male, and perhaps even female, weakness.

Learning earlier this year about Dr. John Sarno and reading his seminal book, The Divided Mind, I often think about the connection between emotions and brain-caused pain. Any ache or pain I experience causes me to first ask: is there a structural cause or not? And even if there may be a structural cause, why am I continuing to experience pain? Could that pain be brain-caused?

Doctors well know that even many structural problems such as arthritis or disc ruptures, do not cause pain in many of their patients. It’s an undeniable fact if you read Dr. Sarno’s remarkable book, and that fact may change your life.

A second step I take when encountering pain or a health problem, is to take charge and get more information. Usually I do that by binging the topic, and/or by making a doctor’s appointment. What happens time and again when I do either or both of those things, is that I immediately improve!

Recently the same thing happened. I am dealing with two pesky problems the past two months, one of them being that often I wake up at 3 am in the morning. My mind starts working overtime, and I have to get up and stay up until about 10 or 12 in the morning when I collapse into bed to catch up on disrupted sleep. After struggling for about two months with this problem, I recently made an appointment to chat with my doctor about it. The next five nights, I slept all the night through! (Incidentally you can try what seems to help for me: one hour before turn-out-the-lights-time, take one melatonin and one or two droppers of passion flower extract)

It didn’t take me long to realize that I improved because I took one or more action steps to take back my power over my problem. I decided not to sit there suffer. Even though I was waiting a few days for a telephone call with my doctor, I had acted to do something, and the very act of acting, translated into improvement.

In my book on waist training I relate a personal story about a time in my mid 20s when I used to bite or chew the inside of my lip when I was under stress, which was a lot of the time. I knew it to be a dangerous practice and one I had to stop. I called a local hypnotherapist psychiatrist, chatted with him about my problem, and made an appointment in one week to see him. He gave me a homework assignment in the meantime. I was to write down every time I caught myself chewing on my lip, the date, time, circumstances, and my stress level on a scale from 1 to 10. I started the record and three days later I stopped the habit. I called the doctor and cancelled my appointment, explaining what had happened. He and I both laughed! And, never again was I plagued with this destructive habit.

The point of this blog is to suggest that if you are dissatisfied with your size, shape, or health when it comes to nutrition and well being, and if you but commit to corset waist train in some way and take one action step, you might find that automatically you start feeling better and doing the right things!

That one action step could be:

–reading my Corset Waist Training book,

–calling me to register for my coaching program (but don’t start until January since I don’t recommend you make a serious waist-training effort that encompasses food-tempting holidays such as Thanksgiving or Christmas),

— enrolling in a social media group that supports waist training with reliable, fact-based information and encouragement.

— reading Lucy William’s great book, Solaced, with stories about the successes of many other folks who love and wear or tried corsets for many beneficial health-related purposes, or

— binging “corset waist training” and reading online resources.

Sure, we have to evaluate possible action steps carefully, being sure before we choose one or more of them, to consult reliable, fact-based resources; we can’t abandon all sense and look for a guru or “social media influencer” to follow mindlessly when it comes to our health. We have to stay in our “adult” and take care of ourselves to the end.

But when we encounter health challenges, act we must–and accept we must that many of our health issues are emotion-based and brain-caused, not structurally-caused or other-caused. We cause many of them, especially ones that bother us and cause us pain, as well as health problems that last a long time or recur periodically without structural causation.

We need to be responsible for the many choices available to us throughout life in order to live the happiest, most satisfying life we can, while we are on this earth.

I’m down for that; are you?

 

 

 

 

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Our styles of eating tip us off to our success or struggles in waist training

My photographer friend Jeanette just sent me this article, a good summary of the main “styles” of eating, or relationships to food:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/04/health/parenting-food-drayer/index.html

Regarding my waist-training program coaching students, I’ve found the styles mentioned, ring true.

One early student, my third, told me that she had little food when she grew up in a poor family and afterwards had a struggle with her weight because it was “feast or famine.” When she grew up, had a nice job, and could afford to shop and eat well, she did–but overeat she did, too. We had to work hard on portion control and rearranging her thinking to an adult nurturing level as she practiced a new diet and corseting to drop some pounds. The simple (but not only) step of changing her plate size to a smaller one, helped her reach her goals.

Another potential student told me she grew up being permitted to eat a lot of junk food–and in the past, she did and accordingly, ballooned up in weight and size. She found it quite easy to fall back on old habits and put on a lot of weight very quickly, even after she had been ‘eating clean’ for a good long time (see great picture of a very healthy dinner). Sadly enough just before commencing her program, she elected not to continue, so I don’t know how she fared after that.

And then there is the “caring parent” or nurturing culture, that uses food to express love, and like my Southern mom, pushed sweets and caloric snacks on guests…and either pushed or permitted way too many sweets on us children, too!

I used to serve dessert after every meal, a pattern I had adopted from my family style of eating. Once I decided 3.5 years ago to give up almost all added white sugar, I cleaned my fridge and quit buying ice cream and other sweets. Just the other day I made the most delicious banana bread using no white sugar, two bananas, almond and wheat flour, and dates. Really delicious now that I have cleaned out my palate from expecting sugary sweets.

Our corseting house guest just left, and the last night I cut in two pieces (2/3 and 1/3) a famous San Francisco treat called “It’s It.”  If you ever are here, try one! It’s basically a yummie chocolate iced ice cream sandwich in choice of three flavors. My partner commented after eating his 2/3 piece, wow, this tastes almost sickeningly sweet — I need to get a glass of water as the sugar is almost burning my mouth.

To change any unhelpful style or habit of eating and food choice, we have to give ourselves sufficient time for tastes to change, and keep an experimental attitude to try and keep trying a variety of veggies and fruits as we decrease fats and protein–a corset friendly diet as I call it, for serious waist training. Mind you I’m not for this or that diet fad! But restricting the stomach while corseting with a waistline inch or weight loss goal, mandates a more sensible approach that includes reducing sweets, acids, and fats.

Be sure you analyze your own “style” of eating and ask what attitudes you have developed regarding food, that persist from your childhood. Knowledge of how we got to where we feel we need to change, will help us make the right choices for a healthy future!

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