Dr. Erica Steele – Are you ready to transform your body, mind and spirit in 2023, then tune in to find out my name is Dr. Erica Steele. I’m a holistic doctor in family practice. I hold six degrees in my field. They’re all in the natural health care space. And I went to school. So you don’t have to. All right, let’s jump into it.
So 20, 23, here we are. You want to lose weight? And so let’s talk about what is holistic. Weight loss journey is going to look like this, because it really goes beyond just diet and exercise. Everybody knows the key to good health is eating fruits and vegetables and working out. You’re not going to fall out on the floor and go, oh my gosh, that was a revelation.
It’s actually more important to make lasting changes to your lifestyle that are going to help improve physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing overall. So we’re going to jump into the principles of holistic weight loss and how you can use them to create not only a healthier life, but a leaner life too.
Holistic weight loss is about creating a balance in your body, mind, and spirit. So we have to take everything into consideration when we’re working to achieve sustainable results. We’ll explore how you can use this holistic approach to achieve your weight loss goals. So first step mindset, the first step to transforming your body and your mind with a holistic weight loss program is really to change your mindset.
This means you’re going to adopt a positive and motivating outlook on yourself. You’re going to get rid of all the negative self-talk. Self-talk and you’re really going to honor yourself from where you are. That’s going to help you to see where you’re at objectively and that way you can be honest to make those simple, easy, effective changes. Overall, you want to set realistic and achievable results and then be kind and gentle with yourself along the way.
Second, we focus on nutrition. So when we make a decision that we want to get well, and we’ve made a decision that we are going to value ourselves and that we are going to honor ourselves and love ourselves. Now, we’re going to look at how we’re going to fuel ourselves. So fueling comes from a nutrition perspective.
Eating a balanced nutrition diet is essential for healthy weight loss. You cannot work out. I passed a healthy diet. You want to focus on consuming whole unprocessed foods. Limiting sugar as well as fats, and really making sure that you’re consuming sources of protein that are healthy with each and every meal and snack. And again, drinking plenty of water.
Simply put, so people get into, oh, I need to do a food allergy testing in which foods do I need to avoid and kick out in the beginning. It’s about adding rather than taking away. So let’s focus on understanding your macros, understanding your proteins, fats, and carbs, understanding what they are, being mindful of them, your ratios, and really getting fully present to what you’re feeding yourself.
And then from there, we start to tweak and understand where those numbers need to be ideally for you, where there’s ratios are and then how. How you can improve them so that you achieve the results that you’re looking for. We don’t get into eliminating and removing things till much later. It’s really just focused on where your baselines are and then where you want to go.
All right. Next step is going to be incorporating exercise. So now you’ve got your mindset. You’ve got your physical excuse. You’ve got your nutrition. Now we’re going to move into your physical fitness routine. So we’re going to start low and slow. We’re not going to be crazy. We’re going to first start just stretching and getting our bodies nice and relaxed.
And then from there, we’re going to start going, okay. Now let’s incorporate some strength training. Let’s incorporate a little bit of cardio. We don’t need to go crazy again. You don’t need to go. I mean nothing against CrossFit. Go do CrossFit if you want, but you don’t have to go join a CrossFit gym and go kill yourself. You don’t have to go and do power hot yoga, seven days a week, twice a day in order to get the results that you’re looking for. We want to practice being very gentle with our bodies.
Remember, this is a holistic weight loss program. This is not a military kick your ass weight loss program. This is a very gentle, honoring, loving, supporting one’s self. I’m going to move my body and see how it feels to actually be inside of my body. All right. Fourth step is sleep. So now we’re going to put sleep in the mix. The reason we put sleep in the mix is because if you’re not getting adequate amounts of quality sleep, it’s going to dysregulate your hormones, your circadian rhythm, and ultimately affect your metabolism. So having a nighttime routine is incredibly important, making sure that you do the same things over and over again, you have an evening routine.
You have a daytime routine, you wake up, you start the day, refreshes you in the day and you’re just winding yourself down. We really want to work on high energy in the morning, relax during the day, and then gently fall asleep. If you have difficulty with either one of these, if you’re waking up and you’re not energized, or you’re going to bed and ruminating and not sleeping, or you’re waking up at two, three in the morning, every single day, there is some challenges with the circadian rhythm that we need to work on.
So you’re not going to get the weight loss goals that you’re looking to achieve. All right. Fifth step is managing your stress. So emotional stress is. Incredibly important to learn tools. Many of us were not taught tools. We weren’t given tools. We were told to shut it down, survive and power through, and that doesn’t work. So we’re going to learn to honor our emotions, get present with our emotions because we can’t just let our minds go over here.
Our emotions over here and our bodies over here that makes disconnection. So we’re coming back online. We’re bringing our mind back online. We’re bringing our emotions on buying online. We’re bringing our physical form online, all of it. Suddenly now all those emotions that were buried are going to start to come up to the surface. And we’re going to need tools to be able to process that excellent book that you guys can look up by Dr. Carol Truman, it’s called feelings buried, alive, never die. It talks about what happens when we suppress our emotions and all the disease processes that it affects.
Chronic stress can lead to so many different health problems, but including in this context, overeating and weight gain your throat is a two way channel. Either get your expression yourself, or you’re going to push. Food, unhealthy food down in order to satisfy some unresolved emotional need. So we really want to make sure that you practice some different stress management techniques like meditation, prayer, yoga, breathing, exercise. If you want some more insight on that, please feel free to check out my other videos or reach out to me privately.
Six step is to practice mindful eating. So we’ve already gone through this process where we’re developing a mindset, we’re understanding what we’re eating. We’re starting to work on our stress and now we’re starting to recognize the relationships that are, let’s say stress happens with our eating.
So I. I did this program years ago. And I became very present to the fact that when I got angry, I would want to go eat. So I would be angry about something either with my daughter or friend or some work experience. And then I would want to punish myself by going and eating. And it wasn’t always unhealthy stuff.
Like I would go, I remember one time I’m sitting at my computer and there was something that happened that I felt powerless over. I felt angry. I felt totally detached and. I could be unconscious that I had an apple sitting there and I just, it was starting to eat the apple. And I was like, wait a second. I’m not even hungry. I’m just angry. And so really helping us to be mindful and present to why we’re eating is going to help us to eat less as well as make healthier food choices.
The seventh step is building a support system. And that can be tricky if our family systems are corrupt or we haven’t had a lot of support growing up, we have to really create our supportive network of friends and family that can really help you stay motivated. You are the company that you keep, unfortunately, fortunately. And so sometimes when you’re starting to make this transition, you are going to leave people that have been with you for a while, because you’re either going to grow together or you’re going to grow apart. And sadly, this even happens in marriages and it happens in close relationships where.
You want to love and honor yourself. And then it’s not that you can’t be with somebody who’s not on the same growth, but you can’t have somebody in your life who’s tearing you down or criticizing you or judging you, or is jealous of you. Because if that happens, That is going to de-motivate you after a while. So setting those healthy boundaries, determining what your core values are. I’ve done a video on core values, please check it out so that you can determine what’s going to work for you. And then that way you can use a barometer to say.
Is this person part of my soul tribe? Is this person going to help me? Is this person loving to me? Is this person supportive? Does this person match my core values? Yes or no. It’s a very linear conversation. You don’t, there’s not a whole lot of variables if they don’t. Operate within your core values that help you to feel safe. It’s time for them to go. Unfortunately, you can also find a workout buddy, or join a weight loss program as well. That can help you to be accountable. We offer a lot of accountability and support.
In our practice, the eighth step is being patient. So again, we want to be patient with ourselves, but I’d also like to say forgiving. We want to learn how to forgive ourselves. We forgive ourselves for what we’ve manifested in, what we’ve created up until this point. And we also forgive ourselves for making it hard, right?
It doesn’t have to be hard. We could choose for it to be fun and easy, and we can let go of the impatience. If we choose to step out of that, if we choose to say, you know what. I’m going to enjoy the journey. I’m going to enjoy the process. I’m going to learn about myself. This is not about achievement. This is not about hitting a goal. This is about me learning to honor myself, celebrate my progress, focus on the positive changes that I’m making in my life, and really just get excited.
I’m in the process of healing that you’re doing. The ninth step and final step is about sustainability. It’s important to focus on making these long lasting changes, really your lifestyle. I teach people how to create a holistic lifestyle. It’s not about. Changing a diet or exercising more, or just walking around with affirmations, it’s really creating a lifestyle. That’s going to work best with you, that you are more connected with source God, nature, whatever you want to call it, that you’re living in alignment with your purpose and your passion, rather than relying on all these external things such as and I love doctors. I am a doctor, but we don’t want to give our power away to doctors. We don’t want to give our power away to influencers. We don’t want to try every. Quick fix solution or fad, if it sounds too good to be true, most of the time it is. I have found in my practice that all the fads and the quick fixes are not going to work, it’s really that sustained loving action that you do consistently over a long period of time. Herring’s love cure hearing was a homeopath in the 1800s.
He documented how to cure the body. He said for one year, your body has been off balance. It takes one month to balance it back. So you just have a timeframe. Even though time is interesting. All right. So transforming your body in your mind without a holistic weight loss journey is a journey we’re taking. So I know that it may seem a lot and may seem overwhelming and may seem overbearing and all the things. But if you begin to incorporate these steps into your daily life, you will Chaffin.
Lately achieve your weight loss goals, improve your overall health and wellbeing and live a happier, more fulfilled life. If you need help in your holistic weight loss journey, we do have one. Program coming up, check out the link below and we are so excited to help you to achieve the results that you’re looking for you and your family.