I've been talking a lot lately about the process of mentally preparing for transformation as I think it is a missing link in so many diets and nutrition plans. This week I'd like to continue with that thread and discuss the importance of a support team.Read More
How are you doing? Have you made any progress selecting a nutrition plan that aligns with your radiant future self? Did you notice I said "nutrition plan" instead of "diet"? Yes, I purposely did not use the D word. In my mind that word means a restrictive, regimented torture utilized to reach a certain weight. That's not how your future self wants to live, is it?
I'm a diet expert. I've been on one most of my adult life. I've dabbled with calorie counting, vegetarianism, veganism, raw veganism, all diets recommended by Jillian Michaels or Shaun T. My longest lasting diet involved:
- six meals a day
- a protein and a carb at every meal
- low fat foods
- sugar substitutes
- a "free day"
I was riding the low fat, high carb roller coaster. I would start the day with a protein shake filled with fake sugar and chemicals. I would start feeling hungry within an hour and eagerly count down the minutes to my next meal, perhaps egg whites and a low fat tortilla. I might have a chicken breast with broccoli and a dry baked potato (NO BUTTER! The insanity.) for lunch, followed by two more equally boring meals and then a sugar filled protein bar before bed.
Meal prep took an entire day and I was always hungry. Except for on my free day, when all hell would break loose. I would eat as much junk food as I could until I felt sick. The next day I would suffer through an epic food hangover. The crazy thing is that on Monday I would wake up thinking about sugar and eagerly looking forward to my next free day.
To be fair, I did manage to maintain my weight while eating an insane amount of junk food one day a week. But the other six days were so hard and restrictive. And I had a variety of health issues: adult acne, insomnia, constipation, gas, bloating, and a fasting glucose level that was approaching the pre-diabetes level.
There was so much fear, stress, emotion, time, obsessing, and restriction bottled up in that lifestyle. I know now that it was the obstacle that prevented me from living the life of my dreams.
I'm telling you this because my life feels exactly the opposite now. I eat delicious, satiating food whenever I am hungry. At 43, I easily maintain my weight, my skin is clear, I sleep like a rock, my bloating and digestive issues disappeared, and I have unlimited energy. Most importantly, preparing and eating food gives me so much joy!
If you can relate to my story at all, I want you to know that:
You can end diets forever, release and maintain your weight, and feel more amazing than you could ever imagine was possible!
Then I suggest you design a nutrition plan that aligns with your future health self, but that meets the following conditions:
- minimal/no processed foods
- no hydrogenated or trans fats (vegetable and seed oils, margarine, shortening)
- minimal sugar/sweeteners
If you really want to kick the processed foods/sugar addiction, I recommend not eating them for at least four weeks. In my experience this is how long it takes to rid the body of the desire for junk food and sugar, to experience the beauty of a life fueled by vibrant foods, to make the shift to complete food freedom.
I'm not going to lie, the first week or two of such a transition generally sucks. But if you can make it to week three or four, you can transform your life forever! If you are interested in learning more about a four week cleanse of this nature, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), leave me a comment, or fill out the contact form. I'd love to hear from you!
Congratulations! You have made it to Part 3 in the Reclaiming Your Health Series! (Part 1 and Part 2) I hope that you loving your food and eating mindfully, and connecting to your why and your vision of radiant health.
This week you will solidify your belief in that healthy future self. If you can believe it you can achieve it! In the words of Buddha: “Our life is the creation of our mind.”Read More
"I don't know where to start."
I've heard this statement repeatedly in the last few weeks, from people who are ready to make healthy changes, but feel overwhelmed by the abundance of (often conflicting) health information.Read More
For so many years I took dieting and exercising way too seriously. I was fanatical, and quite often a stick in the mud. It was stressful to live in such a regimented way!
Adopting the primal lifestyle has given me a whole new perspective on health; now being healthy feels like freedom and fun!
Today I'd like to share some of my tips for having fun with your health.Read More
I receive many client and reader questions about snacks. I find that these questions tend to stem from two different situations.
#1 Snacking when you are truly hungry.
#2 Snacking because you are conditioned to snacking.Read More
Tom was reminiscing about enjoying enchiladas in Mexico.
I had a cabbage sitting in my fridge.
"Steamed cabbage leaves", I thought, "could make decent enchilada wraps!"
Truly, the goodness of enchiladas equals the meat, the sauce and the cheese. Would Tom even miss tortillas?Read More
One of the fascinating things I have discovered while working with clients is that food issues get in the way of experiencing life to the fullest. While this may sound obvious to readers who are in the midst of a food struggle, I didn't make this connection until I fully adopted a primal lifestyle.Read More
Happy New Year, friends! Tom and I have just returned from a beautiful trip to Mexico, filled with sun, seafood, sand, nature, guacamole, and a bit of tequila. We had a fabulous time, staying fairly true to our primal roots, with a glorious exception here and there. The exceptions were fun (warm homemade corn tortillas with fried shrimp and queso fresco!) but now we are ready to get back on track.Read More
Today I want to talk about belief.
I will start by sharing a personal story. For the past 15+ years Tom and I have gone on a tropical vacation for the winter holidays. Traditionally I spent the months before vacation exercising ferociously and severely restricting my diet so that I could be "bikini" ready. I repeated this behavior year after year.Read More
Anyone feeling a twinge of holiday anxiety? I am!
Last week I recommended taking on the role of an observer, to pay attention to behavioral patterns and automatic responses regarding holiday treats.
I try to practice what I preach. As a result I've noticed a steady increase in my anxiety levels and a corresponding desire to create and indulge in paleo/keto treats.Read More
I overheard a conversation earlier this week: a woman was lamenting that she had "totally overdone it" over the holiday weekend. She felt she'd gone crazy at the dessert table and now she was off the rails, devouring every sugary item in sight.Read More
My coworker, a very gracious hostess, requested my menu input for our annual holiday party.
She said, "I know there are a handful of you on that restrictive diet, and I don't know how to prepare for that!"
I was taken aback! I was on a restrictive diet? This was news to me.Read More
What do you do while you eat?
Do you watch Netflix, play with your phone, drive, work at the computer, walk, read a book?
Does it feel strange to sit and eat a meal slowly, without any other distractions?Read More
I was recently trying to redesign my website. I'd received some vague advice about how my site was lacking. All of a sudden I felt like my website sucked. I felt confused about how to fix it. I didn't know where to start.Read More
I recently received a fantastic reader inquiry regarding dairy (keep those questions coming!). There is a quite a bit of dissension in the ancestral health world regarding dairy. For example:
Paleo enthusiasts avoid dairy.
Primal enthusiasts enjoy dairy, in moderation.
Keto/LCHF enthusiasts generally think dairy is great!Read More
I've sung the praises of fat, I've discussed health issues associated with certain carbohydrates, and now it's time for the final macronutrient: protein. A common misconception is that the LCHF (low carb high fat), primal and keto eating plans equate to bacon, eggs and steak all day long. This is most certainly not the case!Read More