Today’s tip is about the healing power of gratitude. Counting your blessing has soooo man benefits for weight loss.

For example, when we’re in a state of appreciation, our self-repair mechanisms work better, we heal more quickly, we digest our food more efficiently.

Now to be clear, this isn’t about denial or being all Pollyanna.

When we focus on gratitude, we release serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin into our body. Those are all the good-feeling hormones.

Who doesn’t want more of that?!

In the Lighten Up programme, we explore a whole bunch of gratitude tools, but one of the favourites and the one I want to share today is all appreciating your food.

Can you remember the olden days when we’d say grace at the dinner table? Haha, no not in my family either—but we’ve all seen it in the movies!

By saying grace, the intention was to bless the food, to be grateful for it.

The next time you sit down to eat, remind yourself that food is scared.

Chances are if you’re eating, an animal died to provide for your nutrition.

So appreciate the animal, be grateful to the farmer who raised the crop or the secondary school student in the supermarket who packed your groceries.

            “Thank you for the food, thank you to my miraculous body for taking nutrition from this food, thank you… thank you…thank you.”

It’s as easy as that!

So thank you for being here with me this week. I appreciate you : )

I look forward to seeing you next week for another Making Peace With Food tip.

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