The holidays are an exciting time of year, but they can also be stressful. It’s the time of year that’s filled with food and drink, both good and bad. It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday rush and forget about your health goals, and then enter the new year feeling guilty and ashamed. But this problem isn’t just an issue for people who want to lose weight; even those who are happy with their bodies may find themselves struggling to maintain their health goals. Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss Clinic was recently featured on KOAA News5. During this interview, Dr. Kells, DC, herself explained how important a healthy relationship with food really is.
Summary of Feature Article
Many people struggle to maintain a healthy relationship with food, especially throughout the holiday season, as it’s filled with delicious temptations. Dr.Kells, DC, owner of Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss Clinic, knows firsthand how easy it is to lose sight of your goals. She points out the importance of reminding yourself what the holidays really mean to you. The holidays should be about gratitude and spending time with your family and loved ones, and at times we lose sight of what really matters, “and then it becomes thinking about my aunts’ bars that she makes instead of being with my family,” said Dr. Kells, DC. It’s not about resisting or controlling those cravings; it’s about finding a balance that works for you, maintaining a healthy relationship with food, and establishing time for reflection and gratitude. Planning and preparing are huge determining factors in whether you will succeed or fail at your goals. Planning what you’re going to do on Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s is important. If you don’t prepare, you will repeat the same cycle and feel unhappy with yourself and your results. When thinking about the holidays, many think of them as three whole months, when in all reality those days make up less than a week. Braking it down will help prepare you mentally and emotionally while thinking of the holidays as a whole three-month season will likely encourage self-destructing habits. Re-framing your holidays will allow you to enjoy them without the dread.
How Does Our Clinic Help Our Clients Accomplish and Maintain Their Goals?
The programs we offer at Dr. Kells’, DC, Weight Loss do not involve crazy dieting fads or stressful exercise. What we offer is a fast weight loss method that is also healthy and sustainable. Our clinic does a lot of work with our patients around the holiday season. We provide our patients with guides and help them create plans not just in preparation for the new year but for every day. Through adequate preparation and planning, there are many healthy ways you can enjoy all the foods the new year will have to offer. Here, our patients are provided with customizeable Intensive Programs that get quick results through our healthcare team’s support, love, and accountability. We recognize that everyone is uniquely created with their own individual goals and concerns. After an initial consultation, our professional medical staff personalizes a program to best fit your needs. In the health industry, most programs are driven by treating the symptoms and not the underlying problems. We take a totally comprehensive approach by looking at one’s body and health as a whole and treating it as such. Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss program focuses on a permanent solution to obesity through identifying the root problem your body might be facing, such as toxicity, hormones, pH levels etc. We know how stressful new years resolutions can be, that’s why we are here to guide you and ensure you reach your goals and maintain them.
5 Tips to a Healthy Relationship With Food
1. Create a plan for the holidays ahead of time
You’re going to have a hard time sticking with your diet if you don’t plan ahead. If you wait until after the holidays before planning your post-holiday weight loss routine, you will likely be so stressed out by all of the food and drink overindulging that you will simply give up on your healthy eating habits altogether. The stress of trying to get back into shape right after Christmas or New Year’s is something we can all do without! That’s why creating a plan before the holidays and the new year is so important. Putting a plan in place will allow you to be in control and will help eliminate the feelings of shame and guilt.
2. Nourishing vs. Over-indulging
Food plays a huge role in the holidays and our everyday lives, but it should never be the priority. Remind yourself of what you’re trying to accomplish. Meals should be about nourishing our bodies, not about over-indulging.
3. Don’t mentally restrict or punish yourself
You should plan your goals and meals, but avoid restricting or punishing yourself. The “feast or famine” mentality is extremely damaging to one’s well-being and self-esteem. Allow yourself to enjoy the foods you love while being mindful.
4. Balance your meals and be mindful
When you view food as fuel and energy for your body, it becomes easier to maintain a balanced and nutritious diet. Again, allow yourself to enjoy the food you love in moderation. Be mindful of what you’re eating and the quantity. Eating slowly and listening to your body will decrease the chances of over-indulging and over-eating.
5. Ignore comments
We all have had to deal with comments from our loved ones during and after the holiday season. Whether it’s about our weight, not eating enough, or eating too much, someone will have something to say. Focus on your goals and try to ignore the comments. It’s hard, but remind yourself of what’s important.
Dr. Kells’, DC, Weight Loss was born out of over 18 years of clinical experience and her own personal health crises. Now her mission is to help others regain their health and their life! You can start feeling better today with the life transformation methods of Dr. Kells’, DC, Weight Loss program. If you are ready to transform your life, you can schedule an appointment online or call us at (719) 259-0773. We offer the best weight-loss programs tailored to your body type.