The H.E.A.R.T. of GIATrim
The bottom line: Many people struggle to maintain their "best", healthiest weight. If it were as easy as counting calories or following a "diet", we wouldn't be living in a world - specifically North America - that recognizes obesity as a serious epidemic. Clearly there is more to it than simply watching what you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat. That is all intellect, and there've been enough books - and you have very likely read many of them - about nutrients, carbohydrates, metabolic rates and protein needs. Yes, those factors are very important, but equally - or maybe even MORE important - is WHY you eat. The H.E.A.R.T of GIATrim has been designed to address the emotions around eating and food.
There was once a school of thought that said if you are overweight, then you must simply lack will-power. If you are like me, you may have heard this phrase: "Just push yourself away from the table." Well, no, it's not that simple! The H.E.A.R.T of GIATrim is a critical part of sustained weight maintenance, and most importantly an opportunity to grow as a person and transcend obstacles that inhibit us from being our best.
How does the H.E.A.R.T of GIATrim accomplish this? It helps us to use our own heart to love ourselves, and return to our TRUE selves. The acronym H.E.A.R.T not only represents love, but it represents LIFE - our heartbeat literally enables us to LIVE! So let's look at the H.E.A.R.T of GIATrim and its relationship to releasing weight, reclaiming our best self, and addressing the emotional eating aspect that is critical to lasting change, self improvement and overall health and well-being:
- H - Heal your emotional wounds by acknowledging them, honoring them and filling the void in your self, your heart with love.
- E - Embrace your extraordinary self as you are now, as you have been, and as you will be.
- A - Accept and Act in your best interest. Accept everything is as it needs to be right now and your ACTIONS will create the change you seek and deserve.
- R - Remember, you are WORTHY. You are enough, MORE than enough. You deserve to be healthy, happy and free from this weight burden.
- T - The Truth - If you are eating, and you are not hungry - then you are feeding something. We are ALL hungry for something, until we fill the void.
The "chapters" to follow will include thought provoking questions, stories, personal anecdotes and very specific powerful exercises and activities that enable you to implement transformation (please visit The GIATrim Blog for a list of chapters/articles). The entire purpose of the H.E.A.R.T of GIATrim is to empower you "Live your best day, every day!" The articles/chapters are listed in a very specific sequence. So as you start the GIATrim program, start with this first article, and then each week, work your way through each chapter found at The GIATrim Blog.
While this program is specifically designed to address the struggle of being overweight, the truth is many of our overall lifestyle choices may also be a reflection of the separation from our true selves. The word "health" comes from the root phrase "to make whole". In order to make whole, one must heal. While you HEAL THYSELF, you create a HEALTHY SELF. This is why the first step in the H.E.A.R.T of GIATrim is to begin to heal emotional wounds. Some are self inflicted; some come from external experiences that we may have had zero control over.
The good news is as you are reading this you are on the path to reclaiming your self, healing yourself, and living your best life. One principle I ask you to embrace from here on out is that the cause of your excess weight, or any other excessive behavior (shopping, gambling, sabotaging conduct), is the manifestation of fear. Fear is a place in the mind, heart, body and soul, where love has been paralyzed or blocked.
Dean Ornish, M.D. is the founder and President of the Preventative Medicine Research Institute, and he concurs that lasting change of behavior only comes when the root causes of the behavior are addressed. In his studies with participants with what he called "maladaptive" behaviors such as overeating, smoking, too much drinking, internet addiction, etc., his respondents replied very simply: Those behaviors were not "maladaptive" to them. Participants stated instead that they felt their behaviors actually helped them adapt to the emotional hurt, and emptiness, and separation of self - by numbing their pain.
For years, we have been conditioned to believe food is either "good" or "bad," and food and overeating are the cause of our excess weight. In many cases, the excess weight is a symptom - an ongoing separation from self love, and a presence of fear. As we release that fear, we can release the weight.
Have you have ever felt that you have no control of your choices? Maybe you have decided to "start over tomorrow" - again and again. Maybe you have had the "last big Sunday meal" before deciding on Monday you will be "good", only to have another big, "final meal" again on Tuesday - having your perpetual "Last Supper." Could be that food has become a crutch or unhealthy habit to help you cope? If it controls you, more than you control it, it is very possible that is has become more than a compulsion.
I am not the one to determine the difference between compulsion or addiction, or when the gray area shifts. However, what I do know is this: When drinking, gambling, and other forms of escapism are actually recognized, the traditional course of action is to eliminate that particular behavior altogether. People have to find other methods of coping, which don't include things like "cutting down" or "testing the waters," so to speak, because that's when people would fall off the wagon. With food however, we have no option but to navigate the excess. If we eliminate food completely, we cease to exist.
If we want balance, health, joy and freedom from what feels like a burden, if we want to get off the roller coaster off losing and gaining weight, and if we want to free ourselves of the inordinate amount of time and energy spent on our battle with overweight, then we have no other option than to figure it out.
And we will. Together. With the H.E.A.R.T of GIATrim.
Moment in the Mirror
Watch Co-CEO Lynda Cormier-Hanser share her "Moment in the Mirror", and her personal connection to the GIATrim product line, as well as the Heart of GIATrim.