Obesity does not happen overnight. It develops gradually over time, generally due to poor diet and lifestyle choices. For some people it may be due to medications and hormonal problems but these instances are very few compared to the the main cause of this ever growing problem.

Obesity, according to the Oxford dictionary is the condition of being “grossly fat or overweight”. A major factor in heart disease, diabetes and premature death today – being obese can decrease your life expectancy by 10 years.

In 2004 the House of Commons Health Committee published a 146 page document on Obesity, so why isn’t the message being heard.

All the systems that have been put into place trying to educate people into eating better have proved ineffective against the tidal wave of drug like foods and drinks that continually pack the shelves of our supermarkets.

Obesity and Diabetes costs the British taxpayer more than the police, prisons and the fire service combined. The UK-wide NHS costs attributable to overweight and obesity are projected to reach £9.7 billion by 2050, with wider costs to society estimated to reach £49.9 billion per year.

Obesity is one of the easiest major health problems to resolve and it all begins with education, on adopting a lifestyle that promotes health & wellbeing.

Highly Recommended:

Ditch the diets – No matter what “new diet” comes out it is a “diet” which, by definition is a “special course of food to which a person restricts themselves, either to lose weight or for medical reasons”.) Yes, you lose weight, but how many people who lose weight by “dieting” will regain it in 1-5 years.

Change your Lifestyle – We need instead to look at changing our lifestyle. A lifestyle choice where you choose how to live and behave, according to your attitudes, tastes, and values. Unlike a diet it is not a programme that you commit to for 7, 14, or 21 days and return to your old habits. it’s a commitment for life and once you are on the journey you will never look back!

Turn off the TV, Laptop, etc. Read a motivational book instead like “Slim for Life” by Jason Vale, it’s an oldie but will set you on a journey that will free you from the diet trap forever!

Drink more water daily, a lot of times when you think you are hungry you are mistaking the body’s cries for water. Add a slice of lemon or a drop of Smart & Sassy essential oils you find water hard to drink.

Eat or juice a wide variety of raw fruits and vegetables every day.

A positive mental attitude – To be successful with permanent weight loss you have to combine excellent nutrition, exercise and positivity – without any one of these components you will not achieve long lasting success.

Cut Back on  All processed foods, red meat and meat products, refined sugars, dairy products, carbonated high sugared drinks, alcohol.

Juicy Suggestions:  A juice programme is particularly effective for weight control, and can kick start your healthy lifestyle – The programme I began with and recommend is 7lbs in 7 days the Juicemaster Diet, devised by Jason Vale, unfortunately called a diet, but trust me it is far more than that.

Also recommended for good healthy recipes to try after the 7day juice programme is Super Fast Food by Jason, there are some amazing recipes in there to nourish you.

Exercise: The best exercise for you is the one you will most enjoy and do on a regular basis, that may be a walk in the woods, along the seashore, swimming, cycling or just dancing along to your favourite songs – do it with passion, move your body and most importantly enjoy it.

Positivity: Once you learn to control your thoughts, you can build a positive attitude that fosters peace of mind, confidence, happiness, and self-awareness. Essential oils can help, they are volatile compounds that naturally occur in plants, and when used topically, aromatically or internally can benefit the body powerfully. When used aromatically, the plants aromatic compounds interact with the olfactory and limbic systems to effect chemical changes in the body. Used topically and internally, they interact directly with cells, organs and body systems for health benefits.

Beware: If you are on medication for any ailments please do not stop taking it without first checking with your GP – also check for any contraindications there may be between your prescribed medication and recommended foods. Do not ingest essential oils without the guidance of a doTERRA wellness advocate or qualified Aromatherapist.