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7 Energy-Based Weight Loss Tips

January 20, 2013
The joy of being in our body, as depicted in this painting Moon Dancer, but energy artist Julia Watkins. Clickthrough to see more of her work.

The joy of being in our body, as depicted in this painting Moon Dancer, by energy artist Julia Watkins. Clickthrough to see more of her beautiful work.

First of all, Happy New Year! I’m so happy to be writing here again. I wanted my first post of 2013 to be something very practical, and if you are like many people (including myself) you may be starting the New Year trying to shed a few extra pounds gained over the holidays, or may have made a New Year’s resolution to tone-up, slim down, or otherwise change your health habits. I was a bit reluctant to write about this, because of course we women are generally bombarded by diet advice and images of too-skinny models, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to contribute in any way to that cultural ‘noise’  or pressure (which, it’s interesting to note, is often just as bad in yoga and health-based journals as it is in Vogue or Elle.)

And yet, extra weight can truly be a health problem, and there are several energy-based reasons why we may gain or hold on to extra weight, so I decided to focus in on some tips for weight loss and management from that perspective. Hopefully it goes without saying (although I’ll say it anyway) that the goal here is your health, vitality, and joy in your body – not becoming a size 2.

As we all know by now, successful weight loss – as in both taking and keeping weight off – is about much more than counting calories or exercising, although those are the foundations for it no matter what you do. Changing our eating habits is often about understanding and changing our relationship to food, as we so often eat for reasons other than hunger.

There is plenty written elsewhere on these topics from a nutritional, medical and psychological perspective, so there’s no reason to cover that here (nor is it my specialty.) My focus here is what we can learn from energy-based healing and personal development modalities to help us out. With that in mind, here are 7 tips that you may find helpful:

1. Strengthen Your Energetic Boundaries – As I wrote about in a prior post on chakra-based eating, Eating for Your Subtle Body, often we feel driven to eat ‘bready’ carbs when our energetic boundaries are weak, and we are absorbing difficult energies into our subtle body. Such carbs give us a temporary sense of a buffer, because they feel heavy, and make our body feel heavy too, while we are digesting. Unfortunately this is just an illusion, and we are much better served by actual energetic boundaries.

There are a lot of different ways to strengthen your energetic boundaries, but a very simple first step is simply to take a moment before you are entering a difficult energetic environment – such as a crowd, potentially contentious meeting, or social situation you find stressful – to visualize yourself surrounded by a white or red light.  That’s it! Very simple, and you will be amazed at what this can do once you get the hang of it. If you like, you can visualize this shield extending from your root and navel chakras, as they are the two chakras most closely involved in basic, day-to-day energetic shielding. I also have a basic guided boundary-building exercise on my free MP3 page if you are interested in that, and I recommend Cyndi Dale’s Energetic Boundaries book if you really want to get into this in more detail. But I think for many people, just beginning to consciously note when we might be eating for energetic reasons, and making a conscious effort to intend energetic shielding, can provide an immediate shift.

2. Focus on Solid Grounding - As I also noted in the Eating for Your Subtle Body post, another energetic reason we may overeat, or crave heavy carbs, is because we feel ungrounded or spacey. If you are a strong upper chakra person, going through a spiritual transit of any type, or pulling a lot of kundalini through you, this can often be the case. And sometimes you actually need those carbs to help you process the energy, much like an athlete does. But usually, you would be much better served by protein, as protein is actually the food source most linked to strengthening the root chakra, the foundation of our grounding abilities. Physical exercise and time connecting to the earth are also much healthier ways to ground. If you feel grounding may be your issue, work with these methods, and see if it helps diminish your overall craving for carbs.

3. Use Energy Practices For Challenging Emotions - We so often eat for reasons other than hunger, especially to comfort or distract ourselves from difficult emotions. We eat out of stress, or anxiety, to soothe or calm ourselves, or sometimes even to punish ourselves when we are suffering from a lack of self-worth. Working through these emotional issues, and finding other, healthier ways to deal with them, is essential for many of us – just as important as finding the right calorie level and balance of protein, carbs, and fat. There are many different energy practices for dealing with difficult emotions, some of which I’ve covered on this blog in the past. Try Working with Difficult Emotions, the Dynamind Healing Technique offered by guest poster Becca Chopra, or simply chakra meditation (over time any meditation form will help you let go of stress and anxiety patterns.) Or explore some other modality you feel drawn to (many of the blogs in my blogroll to the right are written by energy healers or writers that routinely cover energy-based modalities.)

4. Honor Your Need For Pleasure - Our second, or sacral, chakra is linked to our desires, our need for pleasure, and our need for sensual experience. If we deny ourselves these our body may seek to fill the void with cravings for sweets, salty foods, or other palate-pleasing items. So consider if you are stuck in ‘work’ mode all of the time, or in overdrive, and if that might be contributing to your overeating of certain foods. If so, make some space for pleasure in your life. Enjoy nature and beauty. Buy yourself flowers. Take a candlelit bath. Indulge in new sheets made of a luxurious fabric, a new incense or essential oil, or anything else that satisfies your need for beauty or sensual energy. (And yes, sex counts – as you may have heard, the ‘sex diet’ is one recent fad, and there actually is science to indicate it may help.)

5. Cultivate Body Love - What energy are you directing towards your body? If you feel like you are battling your body, you will be. Spend some time cultivating gratitude for your body, and love for what you have. It’s not good faking it though – just some empty ‘I love my body’ won’t do it. If you are having a hard time feeling it, take some time to list for yourself the parts of your body that are strong and function well, and/or the parts that please you the most. If you’ve had children, thank your body for the amazing sacrifices it made to create and nurture another human being. No matter what state your body is in, there is something to thank it for.

6. Energy Test Your Food – Energy testing is part of many energy healing traditions. The general idea is that your subtle body knows what is best for you, and that this is reflected in your physical strength. Although methods vary, there is usually some method of testing your strength both before being in contact with the substance you wish to test (a food, medicine, etc.) and while you are in contact with it. If you lose strength, the substance has some negative impact energetically for you, while if you hold your strength, it is fine.

You may feel that you can gain this same insight simply through your intuition, and if so, consider spending some time intuitively evaluating foods in your diet, to see how they impact you. Sometimes by removing some foods and adding others (while still meeting nutritional needs) you change the overall energy profile of your diet and that reduces cravings or binges. Our energetic needs are very individual. Or, if you want to explore solo energy testing more, check out this article by energy healer Donna Eden (author of Energy Medicine for Women, which I have recommended many times here): Energy Testing Without a Partner.

7. Dream It – Harness the power of visualization by visualizing your body as you would like it to be, and projecting/imagining it in a healthy, vital, and strong state. You are dreaming it into being, energetically, physically, and emotionally, and planting lines to pull it into being. This is particularly helpful for re-establishing a new ‘set point’ weight – the weight that your body seems to get stuck at, whenever you lose weight (of course, you have to make sure that your set point isn’t actually the proper weight for your body – that you aren’t trying to diet yourself beneath a healthy weight for yourself.)

May 2013 bless you with health, happiness, abundance and love. Please feel free to share your own insights and/or questions in the comments. In Peace-

20 Comments leave one →
  1. the energy healer permalink
    January 20, 2013 8:46 pm

    Brilliant post.

  2. January 20, 2013 10:37 pm

    Talk about boundary problems– I’m less hungry if I feed m dogs on time. If they get hungry, so do I!

  3. January 20, 2013 10:37 pm

    Fantastic article, Lisa. Thanks!

  4. January 20, 2013 11:42 pm

    Thanks for your comments and shares.
    kdkh – that is hilarious. I had never thought of that, but it makes so much sense! With three kids and three pets, I better start paying attention to everyone eating on time myself!!

  5. Lighthealer permalink
    January 21, 2013 3:48 am

    Hi Lisa, great topic, and I love these suggestions. Boundary work has helped me a lot with eating better. I also do energy testing and discovered a negative reaction to dairy that doesn’t show on allergy tests. I haven’t cut it out entirely because I like it too much, but cutting back has helped my digestion a lot and that seems to cut down on hunger. It’s all connected really, isn’t it?

  6. January 21, 2013 7:17 am

    Thank you for your gently strong posts.

  7. gracevanberkum permalink
    January 21, 2013 4:36 pm

    thank you. i enjoyed reading this. refreshing and interesting.

  8. Toni permalink
    January 21, 2013 6:34 pm

    Thanks, perfect timing, and great ways to support diet changes I am trying to make. I love the painting too, will try to check out more of her work now…

  9. January 21, 2013 6:35 pm

    Corestarme – thank you for your comment and the reblog.

  10. January 21, 2013 6:36 pm

    Thanks Grace and Toni, good luck with any diet changes you are trying to make right now.

  11. January 21, 2013 6:38 pm

    Lighthealer – oops, almost missed your comment. Yes many people believe energy testing will surface aversions and needs that don’t register on allergy or nutritional tests. Of course you have to take it all in and decide what works for you. Dairy is a big one, especially for women as we get older, due to hormonal changes, as you may know. I have reduced mine as well, and it has helped. I am not one for cleanses myself, but little shifts like this in my diet see to accomplish some of the same goals – improving digestion so that our food digests better and we are getting the nutrients we need from it. Thanks for your comment!

  12. nicki permalink
    January 22, 2013 7:20 pm

    Lisa, A lovely post. Really appreciating your wisdom and knowledge. For years I have been aware of this longing in me for a ‘right’ relationship with my body. Your tips will help me on my journey. Thank you, NIcki

  13. January 23, 2013 2:27 am

    Thanks for such a great and timely post! Really helpful info I’ll pass onto girlfriends. Your blog is wonderful.

    I had a personal breakthrough today that relates to your first tip. I finally figured out why my weight fluctuates with those extra 5 – 7, and especially as I’ve gotten older, 43. I am an Empath with very “thin skin” that’s gotten thinner as my abilities have increased. Basically, I’ve been trying to thicken my skin with the extra weight. And here’s what happens. I go out to an especially busy social situation – and then come home and eat! It’s because I’ve absorbed other people’s energy and now I want to protect myself with thicker skin. And here’s the kicker, the extra weight makes me more reclusive. I tend to stay away from social situations more. So all along I’ve been trying to protect myself, but doing it unhealthfully. Now, I can do it healthfully with a shield of light instead! Can’t wait to see how this changes things moving forward.

    In Gratitude ~Suzy

  14. January 23, 2013 5:28 am

    Thank you Nicki, glad it is helpful to you!

  15. January 23, 2013 5:33 am

    Suzy, what a great example, thanks so much for sharing. I am very similar, and in addition to social situations I have had to learn how to deal with the classes I teach. I had to learn other ways to manage that impulse to eat after I got home from teaching, because I had absorbed students’ energies. It’s been a combination of establishing better boundaries while teaching, and then focusing on disengaging/clearing after I get home, and perhaps a light healthy snack like fruit and nuts (which also has the grounding benefit of protein.)

  16. nicki permalink
    January 24, 2013 12:38 am

    lisa and suzy, i have found your discussion so helpful. never made that connection with eating and absorbing other’s energy. whew, what insight for me as i have been working so hard lately on keeping healthy boundaries between my emotions and energy and the energy and emotions of others. i had never thought how my relationship with food is part of all of this for me. peace, nicki

  17. March 6, 2013 10:52 am

    The quality of the food you eat is the primary factor in health and weight loss!

  18. April 2, 2013 1:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing. The food we eat and diet is the great key towards a good weight loss, if we eat healthy foods and avoid those sweets and fatty ones, we can somehow avoid gaining weight or we can have an assurance we will lose weight.

  19. February 6, 2014 4:27 am

    Thank you for this informative post. If we eat properly, then loosing weight is not impossible. If we have a mind set that we will consume healthy and well balanced foods, then reaching our goal is just a matter of discipline.Energy Healer

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