Using Feng Shui to maintain or achieve a healthy weight

Obesity is a major global health issue, resulting in numerous diseases, specifically increased risk of certain types of cancer, heart and liver diseases, type 2 diabetes and stroke. As societies around the world have had increased overweight populations they have experienced significant economic costs of increased health care and a loss of productivity in their work force.

Can Feng Shui Help you lose weight? Absolutely. Feng Shui is about harmonizing the individual with their surroundings. When you are out of harmony this causes stress. According to the Mayo Clinic, chronic stress puts your health at risk due to elevated cortisol levels. It is critically important that you learn healthy ways to cope and reduce life stressors to avoid health problems.

Red and Yellow color collage
Red and Yellow- Yang Energy colors

Color Balance. Changing little things through out your home can have an impact on how your appetite is stimulated through energy flow. Does your kitchen have too much YANG energy? Reds and Yellows in the kitchen can draw too much attention to that area of your home. Focus on making your kitchen more YIN through clearing your counters as much as possible and changing your colors. If you do have yellows or reds in the kitchen, use them to attract your attention to healthy foods like pretty bowls to display fruits and vegetables.

Declutter. Is there clutter in the places of your home where you work or relax? That is a YIN energy and acts as a vacuum, drawing energy away from you. Clutter isn’t just about piles of things. Your wellness is impacted by emotional and spiritual clutter too. Past trauma or an overloaded schedule can be kinds of YIN and that energy draw will affect you no matter where you are in your home. We’ll be talking more about decluttering your emotional and spiritual life aspects more in the days to come. For now, look at ways to open up the flow in your space. Open the curtains, let in the daylight. If you have a lot of clutter, try to tackle a small space each day, because it takes time to build the habit of putting things away with out getting overwhelmed.

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