Guest Author - Carol M. Olmstead
Whether you are trying to take off a few pounds, get rid of excess weight from eating too many holiday cookies or birthday cake, or merely trying to improve your health, these Feng Shui weight loss tips can help. Feng Shui is the art and science of placing objects and colors around you to attract positive energy. And that positive energy certainly relates to the food you eat.
Here are a few Feng Shui weight loss tips to help you succeed, no matter how many pounds you want to take off.
Hide Your Kitchen From View. If your kitchen is in a direct line with your front door, or if it is the first room you see when you enter the house, it may encourage eating. Keep the kitchen door closed or hang a mirror or artwork near the door to distract your eye away from the room. Another option is to add saloon doors or cloth entry hangings similar to what you see in Japanese restaurants.
Use Blue Plates. To slow down your eating and help stick to a diet, switch to a blue plate. Blue is the color of the Water Element, and it has been shown to slow down the body by reducing blood pressure and pulse rate. In fact, the term “Blue Plate Special” was popularized during the Depression when restaurant owners found that diners were satisfied with a smaller portion of food when it was served on a blue plate.
Avoid the Color Red. Restaurant owners know that the color red stimulates the appetite, and they use it generously in their décor. But in your home it’s best to avoid using a red tablecloth or placemats. Instead, a good Feng Shui weight loss tip is to choose blue, black, or floral patterns for your table coverings. These represent the Water Element, which helps your mealtime flow gently.
Dine at a Beautiful Table. Try to eat all of your meals at a table to make each meal a positive experience. Another Feng Shui weight loss tip is to decorate your table with fresh flowers, candles, and even the “good” dishes. After all, what are you saving them for? You certainly deserve to be treated like an honored guest in your own home, especially when you are trying to change your eating habits.
Remove Clutter. Clutter keeps you stuck and in a rut, no matter where it is in your house, but a cluttered kitchen is a special drain on your energy. A kitchen that is overwhelmed with “stuff" can psychologically add weight. This Feng Shui weight loss tip involves clearing the clutter from your pantry, cabinets, drawers, counters, and refrigerator to lighten your kitchen and, consequently, your weight. Remember to clear places like under the sink and over the refrigerator that you have been avoiding. The act of cleaning out the “weight” of the clutter in a kitchen can impact the weight of the person doing the clutter clearing.
Clear Your Closets. Get rid of old clothes you have been saving for “when you lose weight.” If you hold on to clothes that don't fit, it symbolizes holding on to old behavior patterns. Plus if you are holding on to outdated clothes you won’t feel motivated to lose enough weight to wear them. Instead, get rid of the clothes you can't wear and you will make room for new clothes -- in smaller sizes -- to flow into the space you open up in your closets.
Add Mirrors. Hang mirrors in strategic locations in your home to activate reflect your body and reinforce your resolve to change your image. For example, try placing a mirror on the door of the snack cabinet or “junk food closet” or even the refrigerator door to stop yourself before you snack.
Vary the Yin and Yang. Vary the color and texture of the foods you eat, the plates you choose, and the containers you serve them on. Balance the yin and yang by placing light colored foods in brightly colored containers, and serving a mixture of hot and spicy foods with lighter and milder foods. Since fruits and vegetables are the most colorful foods, when you mix their colors you naturally make healthier choices. Be sure to buy fresh ingredients, because processed food has stagnant chi energy. Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on your counter to attract positive chi into your kitchen.
Remove Blocks to Weight Loss. Locate your workout equipment in a room where you will actually use it. For example, if your treadmill is located in an unheated garage, it’s unlikely you will venture out there in the cold months. Also, if you exercise equipment that you no longer use, it sends a negative message of weight loss failure rather than a motivating message. Sell or donate it and instead invest in a weight loss program you will actually follow, like a gym membership, workout videos, a Wii Fit, or similar program.
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