What to eat, what not to eat...sorting through this is like sorting through the husband's pockets before doing laundry, you never know what you are going to get. And unfortunately, some food trends become more 'fashion' than 'functional' adding to the confusion. And double whammy, sometimes you miss a pocket and get Trident gum sticky balls glued to your underwear after a good washing.
Gluten free is a good example. When I (Lore) tell people I don't eat gluten, I usually get the eye roll that silently says, “oh, you are one of those”. I have heard it called a “rich, White person's diet”, which is what happens when a diet becomes a fad versus a legitimate tool to maintain good health. What the eye rollers don't know, is that eliminating gluten from my diet has helped balance my hormones and reverse a health problem I have been struggling with for over 10 years. I haven't just gone on a diet, I created a lifestyle that best suits me not just physically, but also emotionally and mentally.
The 'Diet' Word...gasp!
I very much dislike the word 'diet'. Diet suggests something short term, restricting yourself from the things you really like, and then slowly returning to your old ways after six months or so. Diet is synonymous with the phrase, “I can't have that because...”. Diet also refers to the quick-fix, take a pill, or shrivel up (like washed Trident gum) after a week of grapefruit cleansing. If there truly was a magic potion for weight loss without any harmful side effects, then people wouldn't continue to seek out the next best thing, the quick weight loss industry would be bankrupt, and everyone would be their ideal body weight.
This is why DIETS DON'T WORK! You feel deprived, pills/shakes/fake food doesn't cut it long term, other factors like stress, emotional eating, and sugar addiction aren't considered, and the weight returns over and over again. And calorie counting? This just zaps your mental energy by giving you permission to obsess about food all day long! It is the roller coaster that never ends. For some, this may be ok, but for most it is quite nauseating.
A 'lifestyle' has a whole different meaning. A lifestyle is created by choice and is built upon discovering what your particular body biochemistry really wants and needs. It is NOT a quick process, but requires ongoing trial and error experimentation until you reach your desired results. It requires you to carefully think about the food you put into your body AND the mental, emotional, and spiritual implications.
Do you need a lifestyle change?
If any of these sound like you, you probably require a lifestyle change:
- I crave sweets, carbs, and other processed foods.
- My weight goes up and down because I start a diet and then eventually stop.
- I have no energy.
- I feel depressed and/or anxious.
- I don't feel well but the doctor says there isn't anything really wrong.
- I have been trying to conceive but the doctor says I have PCOS, endometriosis, hormone imbalances, thyroid issues, etc.
- I feel foggy, like I can't think straight, especially around 3pm.
- I feel compelled to eat when I am stressed, unhappy, bored, etc.
- I have persistent acne, rashes, allergies, etc.
- I have high cholesterol and the doctor wants to put me on statin drugs.
- I have recurring acute and/or chronic illnesses.
Changing your lifestyle is hard work. It took me over 3 years, mostly because I did it on my own. I did my own research, I read tons of books, I reflected on my priorities, I meditated on it. I probably would have gotten there a lot quicker if I had someone to help guide me, someone that already had the background knowledge, and someone that could talk me down from the pirate ship plank when I told myself, “I can't do and/or give up that!”.
Are YOU ready to ditch the diet and create a lifestyle change? I can help. Contact Lore for a free 15 minute phone or Skype/Facetime consultation.