You’re going to love this Success Story – I do! Aimee so perfectly describes a Diet Roller Coaster that it should be in a dictionary. Here’s her story:
After years dieting and just coming off of a strict low/no fat, 750 calorie diet AND topped off with 10 days of a Liver Detox, my body was MESSED UP. I came off the cleanse with out of control cravings and immediately gained 45lbs in a matter of three months, not to mention that I was a weepy, grouchy, exhausted mom. Did I mention that I was grouchy? I could not stop eating things that I knew were wrong for me – especially at night – I couldn’t stop to save my life! I heard of Debbie Abbott from a good friend of mine who said “Debbie has a gift of explaining things so that they make sense.” I signed up for a class that she had on Digestion and it really answered many things that I had been struggling with for a long time. Following the advice has completely changed my health around from the inside out:) I hadn’t realized that even though I was eating, my body was literally starving for nutrients. It is taking a while to undo all of the damage that I have done but Wow! what a difference in my energy and mood! The inflammation in my joints has significantly decreased as well. It is such a relief to know that I have the information that I need AND that I trust. I was also able to relay this message to my mom who had a blood sugar of 210. She and I rejoiced in the fact that within a few months of monitoring and eating correctly, her blood sugar is now staying around 80. No medication…just eating correctly and exercise. Thank you Debbie for all of the words of wisdom that you are so willing to share with everyone. You have truly made a difference in my life:)
If you want to be a healthy weight, and have a healthy mind and body, you’ll need to give your body what it wants. And it doesn’t REALLY want ice cream, crackers, wine, or cookies. Honest. That’s your self-destructive urges talking there. Your body wants the Nutrients necessary to perform all it’s functions. Let’s look at just a few.
Your body needs to build your brain, which is 60% fat/25% cholesterol. Glucose/sugar has a devastating effect on brain cells/neurons/connections. Glucose “glycates” parts of the brain, that means function and communication is ruined. How well do you think a low fat, high carb diet is going to make your brain function?
Your body needs to digest food and then absorb the nutrients from it so that those nutrients can be sent throughout your body. If you’ve compromised gut function by taking acid suppressors, then food breakdown and nutrient absorption isn’t happening. Pretty soon, all those warnings on the antacid box will start coming true: weak bones, weak immune system, vitamin B deficiencies, etc.
Your body needs to make Neurotransmitters, so that you can feel Even and Normal. You’ll need protein, fat, and minerals to do that, which are absent in Cereal, Pasta, and Bread.
Your body demands a certain level of calories or it’ll TURN OFF your thyroid gland, and quit making Serotonin (a feel good neurotransmitter). Low calorie diets also force your body to take muscle proteins and convert them into fuel, slowing down your metabolism even more.
Your body wants a LOT of healthy fats (saturated animal fats, coconut fats, olive/avocado oils), Tons of vegetables (everything from leafy greens to cruciferous, to starchy), some protein, some fruit, and some nuts and seeds. Real Whole Food. Eat enough at each meal that you’re not hungry again in 2 hours, that’s ridiculous. We shouldn’t need to be on an all day eating schedule for several reasons; two are: (1) to go into hormonal Fat Burning Mode, glucose levels need to be completely NORMAL, 80-100mg/dcl of blood (2) the gut’s not meant to function constantly, it’s a long explanation, but it needs rest periods.
I’ve posted enough Success Stories now that you should be seeing the pattern: no one improves by going on a diet and adding medications. No one. Your body doesn’t want to starve, and will resist you, and NO ONE IS DEFICIENT IN A MEDICINE. No one.
To reinforce that starving yourself isn’t necessary, and is in fact, disastrous, here’s a cake that we made Friday night for a family dinner, it was Delicious!!! I got the recipe off of All Day I Dream About Food. We served it after eating a dinner of 10 hour chicken (put a bunch of breasts in a big pan, a cup of water, lots of S&P and herbs,cover w foil, 200*, then shred), a bunch of broth/kale/onions/tomatoes/garlic/asiago cheese, and roasted sweet potato (lots of butter and salt).
Honestly, Honestly, I SWEAR, if you want to be a healthy weight, with a healthy mind and body, low cal/low fat/tons of exercise ISN’T the way to do it. You have to, you MUST, work with your body. Give it the nutrients it uses to build every cell, every tissue, and give it the calories it needs to NOT SHUT YOU DOWN. Go back and look at Aimee’s Diet Roller Coaster description. Then make the decision to get OFF the Diet Roller Coaster like she did. You can do this!
P.S. I didn’t make that cake, 2 of my daughters did. I actually never make anything that has that many ingredients; I trend towards shorter recipes, like this recipe here.