April L. Schulte-Barclay

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November 29, 2012
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HEALING HORIZONS: Gain while you lose

Are you planning on taking advantage of the New Year by taking the pledge to become healthier and lose weight?

At Healing Horizons we witness the vulnerability of our patients daily as some will do almost anything to lose weight. This vulnerability leads to succumbing to weight loss gimmicks and diets that ultimately lead to further weight gain and a decrease in one's health. Obviously, this leaves the person feeling frustrated, exhausted and hopeless. This motivated us to create our "Gain While You Lose" jumpstart weight management plan.

We recognize that in order to have true success in achieving a healthy weight, all aspects of health need to be addressed. The biggest component missing from most weight loss programs is behavioral health. Understanding the emotional root of over-eating, not eating enough, and wanting to lose weight is a great place to start. However, did you know that our emotions may lead to organ imbalances which then may lead to health problems and weight gain?

Chinese medicine offers a fantastic construct to understand how our emotions affect our health. Consider that each organ system is related to specific emotions that, when out of balance, cause disharmony in that organ system. In terms of weight gain, there are several different emotional states that may lead to weight gain. However, the most common cause is a weak digestive system which is the chief source of nourishment for our bodies. If digestion is weak, nutrients are poorly absorbed and metabolism slows.

In Chinese medicine, stress and worrying are known to deplete and weaken the digestion, while nourishing oneself with food, love and self-care support the digestion. Moms will relate to this dynamic well. As nourishing our children becomes a predominant role in our lives (and worrying seems natural for mothers as well) we tend to under-nurture ourselves. The result is a weakened digestive system. In this case, the child drains the mother. However, this can also work in the other direction. The relationship we have or have had with our moms also may affect the strength of the digestive system.

If this scenario is ringing a bell for you, know that you can change the way your body physiologically is responding to stress, worry and dysfunctional relationships. To do so, we utilize the tools offered within behavioral health counseling, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, nutritional and exercise counseling, and bodywork. When we optimize your metabolism by strengthening your whole system, you have the most opportunity to return to a state of optimal health.

With our six-week jump-start plan we lay the foundation for creating and meeting sustainable goals that will lead to achieving a healthy weight and creating optimal health. We cannot guarantee significant weight loss in a short amount of time, and this is a good thing. In fact, if a weight loss plan demonstrates potential for significant weight loss in a short amount of time, it is a signal for you to run in the opposite direction. After the jumpstart plan, we can continue to offer support for continued weight loss and health gains.

If you have any questions regarding our Gain While You Lose jumpstart weight management program, please feel free to contact our clinic or email me at dr.april@hhacumed.com.

April L. Schulte-Barclay is a doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist. She is licensed by the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners and is certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is founder and clinic director of Healing Horizons Integrated Health Solutions, located at 2139 N. 12th St. #7. For more information, call 970-256-8449.

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