Oh gosh, I love reading my email! Here’s another great Success Story that will absolutely inspire you:) I know this woman and she is fit and healthy and looks fantastic. How eye-opening that even young, beautiful women who honestly don’t need to lose a pound, stress over their weight. That’s because we’ve been conditioned since birth that a normal standard of beauty is a Victoria Secret model. Or, if you’re in the fitness world, a Victoria Secret model with great muscle definition and a few slight veins showing through the abs. It’s awful. It’s unattainable for most, or if it is attained, it’s impossible to stay there for very long. And…it fills your headspace with worthless thoughts about food and calories and weight and data that are so completely, totally un-important. That’s what Dieting and Calorie Counting do though. They mess up your brain and actually interfere with Real Life.
Don’t let that happen to you. Don’t let Dieting sabotage your brain and your energy and your focus when there’s so many other worthwhile things you could be doing.
How do you start? Differentiate dieting from health; then realize that dieting never works (more than 95% of the time). Acknowledge that Dieting is an Industry, a Business, and it’s business agenda is to make money by promising you the secret to weight loss. ( Can you think of any other business in the world that continues to fail over and over and over and yet makes more money every year? )
I’ll tell you the secret: Eat for health, and weight loss will be a side effect. Look at food for it’s nutrient value, become a nutrient seeker. Learn to cook if you don’t know how already. Get out a notebook and plan, then shop, chop, cook and pack. That’s it. That’s the trick. You are what you eat. If you eat crap, you’re going to feel and look like it. Eat good meats and proteins, tons of vegetables and fruits, lots of healthy fats, some dairy if you can tolerate it, and you’ll exude health. If you need help with this and want to work with me, get in touch. It’s not that hard to shift your brain patterns with a little guidance.
(Oh, about the Victoria Secrets mags: I have 4 daughters. I don’t let those magazines, or any woman’s magazine, be in our house. They tick me off and I didn’t want my girls comparing themselves to the airbrushed, starving women in them. It’s worked. My girls are ardently opposed to women’s magazines and love to talk about how demeaning they are! See Moms, we do have influence!)
Now you have to read Mandy’s story, she’s a hoot!
“All the eye opening knowledge I’ve gained from you and your website has TRULY changed my jaded outlook on food…you have no idea how much better I feel not constantly trying to figure out what “diet plan” I’m going to try next. I eat ONLY whole foods when I’m hungry, no measuring, NO CALORIE COUNTING…It’s like I’ve been released from diet prison. Being in the intense martial arts training I had with a traditional Korean instructor, I was forced to get my body down to certain weights for certain fights and the constant reminder of “lose weight; train harder; eat less” gave me a HUGE complex. I’ve struggled with body image and eating disorders practically my whole life and you have definitely played a big role in healing my mind from that.
I’m by no means a picture of perfection haha but I have definitely come leaps and bounds from the jaded health (aka dieting) I used to obsess over. It’s all about the REAL health now…I could kick myself repeatedly for the horrible things I’ve done to my body in the past, but I praise God that the veil has been lifted from my eyes at a young age. I hate that we live in a world where no one can see what real health is….It’s just not fair. Having worked as a bartender/food industry for 10 years I’ve seen it all….low carb menus…Skinny cocktails…fat free dressing….diet coke with rum to watch your calories….HOLY COW…I struggle to keep my mouth shut, so I don’t sound like a know it all, cause I’m definitely not. The way I NOW see it is… “low carb” cheesecake=pancreatic cancer….preparatory binge cocktails..”fat free” but God bless your liver to process it…..and I don’t honestly know what’s worse rum or diet coke…. probably diet coke…If I was stranded on a desert island I would drink the rum not the diet coke.”
Well, you could use the rum to kill bacteria if you were stranded on an island – I know that from watching Reality TV. And Jesus drank wine but He never drank diet soda, so the rum over soda is probably a solid choice:)
Seriously though, Mandy puts forth a brilliant statement: “We live in a world where no one can see what real health is..” YES!! That’s my message!! Dieting doesn’t give anyone “health”, but we’ve been conditioned to think of “skinny” as healthy. It’s not. Healthy means that you have great energy, your immune system can fight off invaders, your arteries are clear, your digestion rocks and you poop every day, your skin glows, your joints move well, you can handle stress, your blood sugar stays normal, you think clearly. That’s real health. That’s Real Health. Eat to support all that, and your weight will be perfect. Be a Real Whole Foodie.