Almost every single person I come across are seeking a diet “that works” and the only reason why I am writing about this is because I used to search for a diet that worked as well, and now I don’t. So maybe when you tell someone you are on a diet, maybe the response should be “a diet of what?”
I feel like I have been in a lot of people shoes and I have experimented on my own body with high this and low that. This many calories and that many calories, that I know how it feels!!! Yes! It’s bloody tiring I know! I have weighed out my food, carrots and potatoes and even put one carrot back to make the amount exact because I thought something would happen if I ate “over” on a specific food group.
I can’t even remember when the transition happened, all I know is that it has been a slow transition over the period of about 3 years, maybe a little more. My interest in nutrition and health has just grown and grown right from the start of my journey.
One of the major aspects for me was how people are healing themselves from Cancer and heart disease and other diseases by eating a whole foods plant-based diet, cutting out animal products, eating for health and longevity and reversing diseases. Nearly all disease is brought on by poor dietary choices, so to me it is only common sense that they can also be reversed by dietary choices. Please take some time to watch the video in this link, it will give you an insight into what I see. It is the reason why I am venturing into nutritional medicine because I want to help the ones who want to be helped, and it can be a lot easier than we are led to believe.
The biggest transition for me was the volume of fruit and veg, grains and beans I started eating that kind of replaced the other food I was eating before and I found myself actually feeling “satisfied” and when I say satisfied I mean my body was getting exactly what it needed from the food I was eating. I make huge green salads and struggle to finish them.
I was talking with a client last night about this, and literally sat there and thought “what do omnivore’s eat?” Because I know for me before going plant-based my diet hugely lacked any source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. Fruit and veg rarely went into my trolley and if it did it would go mouldy in my fridge! I guess I used to eat a lot of processed food as well as meat dairy and eggs. They would dominate my plate.
This is a way of life and I feel for most it’s a struggle or it’s restrictive, or it’s too complicated! But it is a way of life I have had as a goal, to me it is just food, it hasn’t come overnight and I have invested my whole self into changing. Not just in what I eat but in who I choose to be around, what I choose to do as a job, how I choose to move.
You can ignore the ‘vegan’ or ‘vegetarian’ aspect of why I choose to eat this way because for me health overrides any of the other reasons, and for me it is difficult and painful to see how much people abuse their body to get to their “Goal Weight”
People are obsessed with what they eat! everyone has different ethical views, different bias, different opinions and views on what health is, what health looks like. Most like the idea of moderation, yet is it effective for weight loss? Moderation can be seen as holding onto habits that really need to be said goodbye too, demons that will eventually come back and bite you in the bum.
Keeping your previous needs topped up whilst trying to create change, some may call it a vicious circle! You might be better just creating new choices around the moderation, scrap the moderation and make the changes you actually need to make, to be where you want to be on a long-term basis, rather than having a goal weight as a finish line, then putting it all back on again, which in most cases is what happens.
When you see food as “food” so one ingredient item, whole foods. Nothing added, no added sugar, just natural sugar already inside the fruit or vegetable. When you see that protein is in everything you are able to let go of “adding protein” to meals! you do not need to add anything to meals. By eating whole foods you are getting proportion, amino acids, fat and energy, and you also get to feel satisfied. When your body says to you “aahhhh yes I needed that” and it stays like that for a good while, if you are eating the right kinds of food you should never feel hungry after eating a meal, because you aren’t hungry, you have just eaten a nutritious meal. Eat a meal that lacks nutrients yet packed with calories you may feel bloated and full and a bit “stuffed” yet your body will still be hungry, because you haven’t given it what it needs.
Most of the time the body is craving rather than hungry (over fed under nourished) type thing. So the body is hungry for nourishment rather than calories. But then people just grab any old thing, pumping in more calories rather than what it needs, then round we go again. So an obese person can be just as malnourished as an underweight person just through the food choices they make.
Why feel hungry when you have access to food pretty much 24/4. I believe food is massively over thought about and complicated, it really is very simple, but in front of the simplicity we have addiction, impulse, social pressure, family pressure, wants, needs, tradition, moderation (which ethically generally does not work in the long run) Let go of all these and it all appears very differently.
Use your body as a guide, eat whole foods. An abundance of dark leafy greens, mushroom, bulbs and vegetables. Add energy were needed, beans, legumes, lentils, fruits (including dried fruit like dates, figs and apricots) veg, potatoes, wild rice, whole grains. Eat nuts, seeds and flax daily. Just go into a supermarket and look at how much choice there is around whole foods. Please also download the Dr Gregor Daily Dozen app its awesome! Introduce these things into your day, and allow the animal products to reduce.
Ultimately you have a choice with everything, what you choose is up to you. This picture below was a “I’m in a real rush and need to grab something quick to eat” moment. Something I hear a lot from people. Generally this would look like crisps and a packaged sandwich for most people. This is the other option, fruit dates and nuts! perfect combo! and I felt satisfied after eating it.
Ask yourself these questions.
What do you think your body looks like? Write it down now……….
What do you think other people see when they look at your body? Write it down now…….
What do you think your children see when they look at your body? Write it down now……
What do you want? Write it down now……….
When you get what you want, then what? Write it down now………….
What does your ‘Goal Weight’ look like? Write it down now…………
How will your ‘Goal Weight” feel? Write it down now……..
When you reach your ‘Goal Weight’ then what? Write it down……..
What are you prepared to do to get to your ‘Goal Weight’? (realistic or unrealistic) Write it down now………..
What does health feel like to you? Write it down now…………
Then just read the answers and see how you feel, reflect on them. Why do people over think food when there is so much choice out there. Why are you forever searching for something that works, to me there is only one way to eat food, and that is to just eat “food” – look deeper into what I am saying, not just what it appears like on the surface.