Clutter and Weight

February 2015 – ‘The Well’ Kalia Kelmenson –

Quote: “Clutter clearing is modern day alchemy” Denise Linn

Clutter and Your Weight:

You might wonder what clutter has to do with your health.  If you are struggling to lose weight, look around you, perhaps peek in your closets; recent studies show that people living in homes filled with clutter were 75% more likely to carry a significant amount of extra weight on their bodies. Often, the process of over-consuming comes in terms of material goods (which can turn into clutter) and also in terms of food, (which leads to extra weight).  Being surrounded by messes in our homes can also lead to anxiety, shame, and depression which can lead us to overeating to try to soothe those emotions.

Here are 3 ways to begin:

1. Question your thoughts: Begin noticing the thoughts in your head without having to act on them.  Becoming more mindful of your thoughts and your automatic responses can lead to new ways of being.

2. Ask yourself what you really need: whether you are going for retail therapy, or turning to food for comfort, begin by asking yourself what you truly need in that moment.  The answer might surprise you.

3. Become a treasure hunter: Find moments of choice in your day, and ask yourself “Will this help me get to where I want to go with my weight/in my life?” If the answer is no, let it go.

4. Clear it out: Get the junk food out of the cupboards, and the piles of junk out of house.  Begin with one area and move on from there.  Set a timer for 15 minutes each day and commit to staying with it until the timer rings.

Mindfulness Building Tools:

Becoming more mindful can serve you in so many areas of your life, from weight loss to pain management, the study of mindfulness is proving that it is indeed a powerful tool.  Here’s how you can start:

● Choose a moment that happens in your daily life.  It could be when you get in your car, or when you take a shower.  When that moment happens, take 5 deep breaths into your belly and put your attention completely on your senses.  What do you smell and hear, what are the sensations your skin is feeling, what is happening inside your body.  Don’t label, just notice.

● A classic mindfulness tool is to take 5 minutes to eat one raisin.  Become fully absorbed by raisin, what is the texture, how does it smell.  Once you put it in your mouth, how does it feel, and how does that change as you roll it around your mouth.  Take your time and notice everything about that one raisin.

My favorite online timer: