Is Dieting Making You Fat?

I just returned from the Omega Institute where I attended a weekend Insight Meditation workshop taught by Matthew Daniell who co-founded and teaches at the Insight Meditation Center we are so fortunate to have here in Newburyport. Not only was the workshop awesome but Omega is just a beautiful place with fantastic energy and REALLY FANTASTIC food! So I went on a meditation retreat and I am going to talk about food?!? YES! Because I mindfully ate a lot of it.

At breakfast, lunch and dinner time they blow a conch signaling that feeding time is set to begin. The food is served buffet style so you can load up and go back for more if you would like. It was all super good organic, local mostly vegan/vegetarian food so that made it easy to go overboard. Who wouldn’t want to try everything? There were also some amazing dessert treats and locally made crazy out of this world ice cream at their café. Oh my freaking word—YUM!!

So, again, why am I telling you about food when I went to this amazing meditation retreat? I should be writing a blog rich with insights from the hours of meditation I did. But the insight that hit me this morning as I was making my juice and wishing that someone would blow the conch was that even though I ate WAY more than I usually eat all weekend, as well as enjoying several sugary floury things which I don’t do a lot of, it is easy for me to get back on track through juicing. Yes, instead of talking about meditation I found a way to sneak in talking once again about the juice!!

If you have come around the blog at all I’m sure you know that I am a mental case about fresh pressed vegetable juice for health and weight loss. You also most likely know that I have lost a lot of weight (6 sizes!!) through juicing. But what I was thinking about today was not only did the weight come off easily, but it also has been easy to maintain the weight loss by keeping the juice in my regular eating plan. If I am away or just have a period of time where I go way outside of my typical whole food eating style I can easily reel it in by ramping up the amount of juice I am drinking. This also wipes out cravings I may have started to develop by eating foods with sugar and white flour. As much as I enjoy these foods while I am eating them they don’t make me feel great so going back heavy on the juice is no hardship and doesn’t feel like deprivation. It actually feels like a warm nourishing hug. (I know—are you f’ing kidding me–did I just say that??)

Juicing is not hard to do—it simply takes a little time. But even though it is not hard it does take making a commitment to it. It is a lifestyle change. I don’t say that to scare anyone off—I would bet that once you get the juice into your life you are going to want to keep going with it. It makes you feel that good. And if you are in a position where you would like to or need to lose some weight, or conquer some health issue, once you start to see the results you will want to keep it up.

So if you are in the aforementioned position is it time to do something about it? I have spent the majority of my life going from diet to diet only to find that they weren’t sustainable.  I always gained the weight back and then some ultimately leading to me becoming  fat.  I finally had to stop the crazy dieting and ask myself, what good is losing the weight if it just keeps coming back plus some over and over again?  It took me a lot of years and a lot of heartache to find something that works—the super nutrition of fresh pressed juice along with clearing out all my old notions and limiting beliefs around food, diet and body image. If you are reading this and are in the same sinking boat that I was, I would love to throw you a life preserver. If you need it check out my coaching page here or send me an email with any questions . I would love to save you the years and the heartache it took me to arrive at this sustainable solution.

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2 Responses to Is Dieting Making You Fat?

  1. sarah June 10, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    Hello! I am inspired that one can lose 6 sizes on juice. I would like a sustainable lifestyle change, because I am addicted to sugar, gluten, and other not-so-great-for-me foods. If I do decide to do a 30 day juice cleanse (that’s what you did, right?), can I remain my active self? Will I still be able to bike, hike, and kayak like a mad woman only fueled by juice?

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      Gwen June 10, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

      Hello Sar! I would recommend for you that you do the three day cleanse–they have a great one at Revitalive here in Newburyport so when you get back you can dive right in! This will reset your system and should rid you of sugar/flour cravings. Then you can continue to suppliment with juice and get back to eating whole unprocessed foods. I don’t think a 30 day juice fast is necessary for your goal to make a sustainable lifestyle change, although you may find you want to stretch it out to a 5 or 7 day cleanse because you are feeling good! When doing a cleanse it is actually better to do more low intensity exercise such walking or yoga (not power or bikram) and to allow your body to rest.
      When will you be back???

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