According to astrological life coach and counsellor, Gillian Knowles your zodiac sign can affect the kind of diet that works for you. Intrigued? So were we…
There can be very few of us who have not embarked on a diet at some time. Whether we are seeking to lose weight, improve our digestion, cut down on excesses or clean out toxins we know that we are going to have to find discipline and motivation in order to achieve what we are aiming for.
Each of the zodiacal signs approaches dieting in their own unique way. Here are my tips for taking that vital step towards a healthier you:-
ARIES (March 22-April 20)
If you were born under the sign of the ram, you can be impulsive, enjoy starting new projects and are capable of pushing yourself to the limits, so you are likely to start a new eating regime without too much planning. Rather than saying ‘I can’t face that’ you prefer to say ‘I can’. Naturally, you expect results quite quickly and may lose interest unless the benefits become apparent. A good idea would be to go into competition with someone else, as the urge to win might spur you on to do your very best.
Tip: focus on proteins rather than carbohydrates
TAURUS April 21-May 21
There’s no getting away from the fact that Taureans love to eat and so starvation diets could make you feel deprived and pretty miserable. I suggest that you keep the diet full of tasty but healthy food and lay the table creatively so that it looks good when you sit down to eat. Remind yourself that a healthy diet can give you as much pleasure as a rich one (if you could find a space to grow some home-grown salad or veggies that would be even better). Once you get started your famous tenacity and perseverance will surface and you will not give easily.
Tip: avoid sugar and over-rich foods
GEMINI May 22-June 22
Being born under the sign of the twins means that you like to do at least two things at once and so a diet combined with an exercise programme would be ideal for you. As you are generally active and on the go, you are likely to burn off calories pretty quickly. Your main challenges are to stick to the diet you have chosen rather than flitting off to try a different one after a couple of days; you also need to allow yourself enough time to sit down and eat a balanced meal, rather than eating standing up because you are in a hurry. Beware of the temptation to talk about your new regime rather than actually doing it!
Tip: avoid fast-foods
CANCER June 23-July 23
No-one comfort eats quite like a crab. This is the sign of the nurturer and of course food and nutrition are all part of being nourished and cared for. You are likely to use food to help you to deal with painful emotions and so the attitude you take towards a diet is important. Think of planning a new health regime as being a way to love and nurture yourself, rather than as a deprivation. There may be a temptation to have a secret little store of non-diet goodies to dip into but you know that would not be taking your real needs into consideration.
Tip: avoid unhealthy food you ate in childhood
LEO July 24-August 23
It’s important for Leos to feel good about themselves and so a diet is best seen as a way of achieving this. Your spontaneity and confidence enable you to adopt a new healthy eating plan brimming with ideas and enthusiasm and your strength of character helps you to stick to the regime. You thrive on appreciation and acclaim and so get your biggest fan to give you positive feedback on how well you are doing and how much better you look; ignore anyone who makes fun of your efforts or criticises your abstinence.
Tip: replace carbo-loaded sauces with light marinades
VIRGO August 24-September 23
Making lists is something Virgoans are very good at as you are practical and methodical in your approach. Your diet is very important to you at all times but if you are embarking on a special dietary regime, keep a food journal, plan everything you are intending to eat by listing its nutritional value and benefits to your health. The ‘quickie get results in a week’ type of diet is not for you as you are discerning and want to reach beyond easy solutions; you also have an innate awareness of the connection between your mind and your body. The difficulty for you will be your tendency to try to do everything perfect.
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up.
Tip: go organic to avoid allergies
LIBRA September 24-October 23
There are so many diets out there it may be difficult for Librans to actually decide which one to choose. Once you do decide, you may be tempted to switch to another one which might just be better – or will it? The motivation is definitely there for you as the idea of monitoring your eating habits so that you have nutritional balance is very appealing, especially if the outcome makes you even more physically attractive.Try dieting with your BFF so that you can share experiences. Choose a plan that will balance you internally.
Tip: choose foods rich in potassium
SCORPIO October 24-November 22
Scorpios have stronger will-power than any other sign and so once you decide on a diet you are almost certainly going to stick to it. Having perseverance, determination and a strong sense of purpose means you are excellent at controlling your impulses. You will willingly undertake a strict, painful fast if you feel there is transformation at the end of it. You may not tell others what you are undertaking and will smile enigmatically when they say how well you’re looking, enjoying your secret.
Tip: remember to include enough roughage in your diet
SAGITTARIUS November 23-December 22
Sagittarians like to set goals and enjoy a challenge but may lose heart if results don’t happen quickly. You rarely do things by half and will enthusiastically throw yourself into a new diet with optimism. However, abstinence may be difficult for you as you are prone to excess. Be realistic about what you can achieve on a weekly basis and incorporate plenty of exercise and fun into the regime. No need to overdo it.
Tip: cream, salt and sugar all have healthier substitutes
CAPRICORN December 23-January 19
Working steadily towards a target works best for Capricorns. You won’t be looking for an easy overnight success; the more difficult the regime, the more satisfied you will be once you achieve it. Testing your tenacity and perseverance comes naturally and you can survive deprivation if there is an end in sight. Don’t be too hard on yourself, healthy eating can be a pleasure and a diet doesn’t have to be an endurance test. Try disciplines such as aerobics, Tai Chi or weights.
Tip: calcium is particularly important for you
AQUARIUS January 20-February 19
Aquarians are attracted to quirky, unusual ways of doing things. You are an innovative and original thinker and ideally you could select a regimen and then individualise it so that it is different from the norm. If you get bored or lose interest you will drop the diet without a backward glance. However, if you begin to adopt it as a way of life, you will stick to it like glue, resisting suggestions that you have gone far enough. Moderation is the key, know when to stop.
Tip: replace alcohol with ginger beer
PISCES February 20-March 21
Those born under the sign of Pisces dream of perfection, but finding a foolproof diet may not be easy and sticking to it might be even harder for you. Sometimes your feelings can be so overwhelming that having boundaries about what you eat and when you eat seem impossible and so under-eating can be as much of a problem for you as over-eating. Try bringing dance, yoga or meditation into your daily schedule as these are good ways for you to express locked-in emotions.
Tip: keep up your fluid intake as sometimes you
eat when you are thirsty
GILLIAN KNOWLES has been practising as an astrologer since completing her studies at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in the 80’s. She did further training as a counsellor at the Wealden Institute for Counselling and Psychotherapy in the 90’s and has been integrating these skills, working with her clients as an astrological life-coach over many years. Additional training in aromatherapy and the use of flower remedies has enabled her to give more holistic advice to people seeking help with difficult periods in their lives. She has an gentle, approachable manner and a down to earth practical way of advising people who need her help.
Find Gillian on her website: gillianknowles.co.uk
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