Natural Remedies for Cellulite and Fat Burning
Guest post by the uber-talentedMarta Tuchowska of www.HolisticWellnessProject.com.
I know that the introduction of this article may come as a bit of a surprise to some of you. However, before we dive into the incredible world of holistic remedies, including aromatherapy, herbs and alkaline foods, I believe it’s really important to start with your mindset.
Because with the right mindset, you will feel more motivated to stick to the super healthy anti-cellulite rituals we are about to discuss and keep on track.
You will also approach the healthy way of life from a point of confidence, not doubt or frustration. First of all, you need to understand that it’s not just about cellulite. Cellulite is merely a symptom of some imbalances that must be corrected through a balanced lifestyle. Wholesome nutrition with plenty of alkalizing and detoxifying foods, physical activity and even positive thinking as well as natural, remedies are a great toolkit for all holistic warriors (yes, from now on, you are a holistic warrior).
So, focus on a bigger picture because you will also reap other health and wellness benefits, like fat burning, more energy and (if desired) weight loss.
Let’s jump into it!
Be honest with yourself and analyze your lifestyle.
No worries, I am not here to judge. As a busy, 21st-century person, I have also been guilty of a sedentary lifestyle and indulging in processed foods. My old mindset was: it has to be all or nothing. And so I would rotate from crazy, restrictive fads diets (I thought I was healthy!) to bingeing on processed foods. I didn’t succeed until I decided to be good to myself, move forward and do the best I can while also giving myself some space to fail. Nobody is perfect. It’s not about perfection but about progress, right? We need to understand that it’s always those small things that make big results over the long term.
Do not use excuses like “I don’t have time” or “I am not this kind of a super healthy person” because they will not help you with your goals. Try to write down all the unhealthy culprits, for example: take-away food, too much time in front of the TV or too many sweets. Think of how these could be replaced by other, more empowering activities that are also enjoyable. For example, you could make a healthier version of your favorite pizza or take-away, you could have a naturally sweet fruit smoothie (and sneak in some spinach) instead of candy and finally, you could have a nice walk with a friend (or on your own, maybe listening to music or motivational audiobooks) instead of “couching.” Also, add new habits that you wish to create. This could be as simple as adding more vegetables into your diet, taking up yoga or meditation in order to de-stress and avoid temptations of emotional eating, starting your day with a simple home workout, etc. Then, ask yourself every day: “Okay, what can I improve today?” Focus on only one thing, and don’t try to do it all at once. This brings us to the next topic.
Focus on adding, not eliminating.
Trust me, it will be easier and your emotional wellness will not leave you. Let me give you an example. We know that processed foods and fast food is bad for us. But for some people, it can be a really tough journey to try to give it all up at once. I prefer to take a holistic approach and go to the root of the problem. I believe that we crave certain unhealthy foods simply because our body does not feel nourished enough. So, when you feel like snacking again, chances are likely that your body is telling you “Feed me, feed me! I am hungry!” The problem is that it’s asking for real, nutrient-dense foods, not crappy foods. As long as you focus on adding first, you will find it easier to eliminate unhealthy foods and eating habits. Besides, it’s easier and less stressful. You can start adding more green salads, veggies and smoothies. You can learn new recipes and take advantage of some super foods, like chia seeds, barley grass, quinoa, etc. You can start drinking more fresh fruit-infused water that will naturally replace sodas and colas.
Create a holistic spa at home with aromatherapy.
I guess this will be your favorite one! Essential oils will take care of you not only from the outside (helping you eliminate cellulite and improve your skin condition) but also from the inside. You will feel much more relaxed. Simply choose one (or more) of the following essential oils: fennel, grapefruit, lemon or mint and mix a few drops of your chosen essential oil (or oils if you are using a blend) with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Massage cellulite-effected areas twice a day, preferably after sponge peeling. Even though essential oils are safe to use and natural, remember to get acquainted with possible precautions, always investigate the brand and if pregnant or lactating, talk to your doctor first. Mint essential oil may interact with some natural homeopathic treatments, and citric essential oils (for example, lemon, orange and grapefruit) are phototoxic, meaning that after applying them topically, you need to avoid direct sun exposure. Never apply essential oils on your skin undiluted. Be sure to dilute in coconut oil or other cold-pressed oils (almond, avocado, olive, castor, etc.).
Add more alkaline foods to your diet.
Nope, I am not saying you should live on green, alkaline foods alone, but adding more fresh, alkalizing foods to your diet (leafy greens, tomatoes, avocados, lemons, fennel, limes and grapefruits) are fantastic for fat burning. Our body stores fat to protect itself from acidity. The pH of our bodily fluids, including blood should, be slightly alkaline (7.35). By eating more alkaline-forming foods, we help our body detoxify and work better for us. Finally, a bold statement from Doctor Young, author of The pH Miracle: “There is only one disease. Constant acidification of the body.” If you are new to the alkaline diet concept, no worries. I have a free eBook on the alkaline diet (plus charts and recipes) that you can grab at:
The Power of Juicing
Juicing is a great way to help you burn fat, gain more energy and eliminate cellulite. Remember not to juice fruit rich in sugar, though. Check out my article for more information and recipes:
Focus on the inside
Finally, take care of yourself from the inside out. Use herbs to help you on your journey. The herbs I have personally used include:
Fucus vesiculosus, Oxiacanta Crataegus and Butula alba.
I am also a big fan of horsetail and fennel tea.
Of course, everyone is different, so I urge you to contact Tim, the owner of this amazing website, for more detailed information and high-quality herbs. I am not a certified herbalist, so I am not able to prescribe any detailed treatments. Personally, I have benefited a lot from a consultation with Tim.
Herbs are much cheaper and more effective than splurging on exotic food supplements that eventually don’t work or getting stuck with tons of anti-cellulite lotions in your bathroom.
Move your body
To make it more effective and doable set a simple goal of 15-minute workouts per day. You can even start with 5 minutes per day. Squats are my favorite, and I am committed to doing a few series throughout the day. It’s all about creating habits – plus; it’s free. My favorite anti-cellulite workout is simple. I do a quick warm-up on an elliptical machine (can also be spinning or a short run). Then, I stretch, do squats and a few core strengthening Pilates-inspired exercises. Yoga poses, like warrior, bridge, supported shoulder stand or candle, can also help. Remember that cellulite is very often connected to poor circulation and water retention; this is why we need to move our legs and take care of them.
To sum up, there are many factors that lead to the appearance of cellulite:
- Eating nutritionally poor food
- Eating unhealthy food
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Fad dieting
- A high amount of body fat
- Hormone imbalances
- Thickness of skin
- Poor circulation
The above-mentioned five strategies address all of them in a holistic way. So what are you waiting for?
Get started today!
For more information, check out my bestselling book, Cellulite Killers, which is available on Amazon.
For more information and empowerment, visit my website: www.HolisticWellnessProject.com.
Marta Tuchowska is a passionate holistic wellness coach and author on a mission. She wants to help you create a healthy body, mind and spirit through a balanced lifestyle. Marta has a strong background in healing and health (certified in massage therapy, holistic nutrition, aromatherapy and Reiki), and she infuses her natural therapy knowledge with motivational and lifestyle coaching as well as NLP to help you create a life full of energy, health and happiness. Marta wants to make it easy, doable and fun. She calls it holistic lifestyle design for modern, 21st-century, busy folks! Join the exciting journey of total body and mind transformation at: www.HolisticWellnessProject.com.