The holidays are just around the corner and from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, loosing or maintaining weight becomes a challenge. It is possible to enjoy the seasonal bounties while maintaining optimal weight. It starts with having a plan before the festivities begin.
What is optimal weight?
Optimal weight is less about a fixed number on the scale and more about how well the body metabolizes energy; how well it absorbs nutrients and how efficiently it expels toxins. When our bodies are in harmony with the external environment and the cycles of the seasons, when the balance between inner and outer forces is sustained, we can naturally achieve a healthy weight — without “dieting.”
Throughout the holidays, balancing the extra intake of rich foods with exercise, late night parties with sleep, and overfilled calendars with scheduled relaxation, are essential for surviving and thriving. When it comes to preventing the ‘holidays from hanging on your hips‘ acupuncture has much to offer.
Acupuncture is a powerful tool to help one achieve balance. It can power up a weight management strategy and power down the effects that stress has on our wellbeing.
Acupuncture treatments can:
- Boost metabolism and improve digestion to enhance the way nutrients are used.
- Regulate hormones to curb the appetite and quell cravings.
- Strengthens the functioning of the liver to help it processes nutrients and break down fats.
- Acupuncture treatments produce a deep feeling of relaxation to restore frazzled nerves and promote a greater sense of well-being.
Stimulating points on the ear; the hunger point, Shenmen — to calm and quell stress and anxiety, the stomach point, and endocrine point can address many primary targets for effective weight management. Following treatment, ear seeds can be placed on the ear so the patient can stimulate the points between treatments. Other meridians on the body can be used to power up the restorative effects of treatment depending on the acupuncturist’s assessment.
Scheduling acupuncture treatments throughout the holidays is a wonderful way to take good care of your well-being. You can look and feel your best to have healthy and happy holidays!
If you haven’t tried acupuncture for optimal weight management, now is a good time to get started! You don’t have to wait for New Year’s remorse to start feeling great today.
The Healing Point Acupuncture Clinic
Natalie Miner, L.Ac., C.SMA
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