So my friend Karen said to me the other night when we were out to dinner and I was trying to decide, “You should just scan the menu for the word kale and then narrow your choices down to those.”
She was of course making fun of me because of my obsession with posting my kale salads on facebook.
I never thought I would be one of those people. I never thought it could happen to me.
I KNOW—it’s obnoxious. I’m surprised someone hasn’t flipped me the bird instead of giving the thumbs up.
But I can’t help it—I never thought I would get to this place of loving what I eat and feeling so good about it. It is hard for me to believe that this simple thing—eating whole real food—has made such a huge difference in my life and caused me to lose 60 plus pounds!
As we are all well aware there are about one million diets out there and I believe I tried about 999,997 of them. There are so many—one of them has to work right?
Wrong!!! If even one of them worked then everyone would do it and we wouldn’t have such an overweight population in this country.
Folks don’t set out to be overweight. They don’t think, man am I sick of wearing these skinny jeans—think I’ll pack on some pounds so I can wear bigger ones. I would really love it if my belly stuck way out—it would be a great arm rest!
No, nobody thinks that. And nobody is just plain lazy, has no will power, and must not care. It’s just not the case. Most people with extra weight try really hard to lose it over and over again.
Dieting is a way of life for so many. Yet again there are so many people who struggle with overweight and obesity….what’s going on?
My above mentioned friend K sent me a really good article today called “5 Mistakes Holding Us Back from Reducing Obesity” and there was a great line in it—“All too often, any discussion about obesity begins and ends with a provider telling a patient, ‘you should lose some weight,’ as if that were an inspired thought that had never occurred to a person with obesity”
So what’s my point here? (I was just wondering myself for a second). Well two points—one, nobody wants to be fat—it sucks! And overweight people, despite what others might think, are trying to do something about it.
The second point is that I feel pretty stupid that it took me so long to figure out that I should just eat whole real nutrient dense food. But I shouldn’t feel stupid because that’s not what we are generally told, even by a lot of doctors. We are constantly bombarded by the next diet, and the next, and the next. Low fat, non fat and artificial sweeteners. Low calorie despite what those calories consist of. A never ending cycle that perpetuates the problem.
You might think it would be logical to just have a salad, but all I could think would be dressing, oil, fat makes you fat—it was outside of my diet mentality as strange as that may sound. I opted for the full of crap Weight Watcher frozen dinner because I was told calories in calories out, count your points, that’s the only way to lose weight. Eating that prepared “food” I felt in control because the calories and points were listed right there. In the meantime my poor heavy body continued to starve.
To wrap this whole thing up, I’m here to tell you today that I will continue being that awful person on facebook posting pictures of kale salad and green juice. I think there are a lot of people out there just like I used to be–suffering with the processed foods and diets, trying like hell with no results, and I want to tell them there is another way.
Feel free to flip me the bird!
PS Wouldn’t it be great if there was a bird button??
PPS If you need help changing your thoughts and beliefs about dieting and getting started with whole foods check out my coaching page here.