As you might know if you have come around the blog at all I like to talk about juicing….a lot. I like to tell you about how juicing changed my life, improved my health, and helped me to lose a bunch of weight. I like to try and badger people into trying juicing because I am just so crazy about it. As much as I feel that juicing is a great way to lose weight and get healthier I have seen people start juicing but they aren’t getting the results that I have gotten. At first glance I want to wonder why—they are doing x, y, and z and they are not losing weight, or they start to lose and then stall out and go back to old habits. But I know what the answer is—they haven’t changed their mindset. They haven’t changed their identity from that of a heavy person who has always struggled with weight, to that of a naturally thin person who has made peace with food and maintains a healthy weight.
I cannot stress the importance of this enough. If we don’t do the inner work we aren’t going to see outer results. Weight loss is only a struggle if you think it is. I can’t tell you how easy it was for me to lose over 50 pounds and now to keep it off. I don’t say that to piss anyone off. I struggled with weight and my relationship with food since I was in my early teens. I lost and gained weight a million times until I was quite overweight. So what was the difference this time? The difference was I did the inner work of accepting myself at the weight I was, changing my diet mentality, and making peace with food. I stopped dieting, which I will tell you was one of the scariest things I have ever done, but also the most liberating. I knew deep down I would find a way to organically let go of the weight, a way that wasn’t a struggle and was sustainable. I did find that solution and the physical manifestation of it is juicing, eating whole nutrient dense food and fun exercise. But the real weight loss solution began when I changed my mind.
It is interesting for me to think about now and I am very grateful that I have three different perspectives to draw on to help people heal their issues around weight, food, and diet. I have the perspective of a chronic dieter whose weight goes up and down and who is tortured by food and the number on the scale, the perspective a quite overweight person who let go of dieting and let herself eat without guilt, and now the perspective of a naturally thin person who focuses on food as nourishment and fuel but who still eats without guilt and has no trouble keeping the weight off. I have to say this has been a really nice spot to land. But again, I would not have landed here if I didn’t change my mind about dieting and food, and accepted where I was.
You may be reading this thinking, yeah that’s a nice story Gwen but it can’t be that easy—it has always been a struggle for me to lose weight and just thinking about it differently isn’t going to change that. If you are thinking this I am here to politely tell you, NO, the only way you are going to lose weight is if you start thinking and feeling differently about it. It may sound like an airy woo—woo notion but it is scientifically proven that our thoughts and the feelings associated with those thoughts manifest into the reality that we see in front of us. Not to get all sciencey on you but when you drill down to the subatomic level and look at what we as humans and everything else in existence is made of we are actually 99.99999% energy and 0.00001% matter. We are essentially masses of vibrating energy. Our thoughts and feelings emit a frequency or vibration and thus attracts more of the same or similar vibration. So if you constantly think about and talk about being fat and how it is impossible for you to lose weight, guess what? You will continue to be overweight, or you might lose some weight because you are hopeful about a new diet only to gain it all back. Pile on top of that our thoughts create chemical reactions in our bodies and when we are thinking stressful thoughts that sets up an environment that makes our body think it needs to hold on to weight. Eating with guilt and stress isn’t only unpleasant in the moment; there is also a consequence to it.
If you have always struggled with food and weight and you are reading this article right now I think it is for a reason. These words have come to you because it is time to stop the insanity. What’s that definition of insanity??—doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Crazy unsustainable dieting is that insane thing. It is what we know—it is pervasive in our culture, especially for women. Believe me, I know it is a tough thing to let go of. But I will tell you from a lifetime of experience with this, the combination of eating good food (whole nutrient dense food for your 90%) and feeling good about what you eat (making peace with food, letting go of the guilt no matter what you eat, changing your mind) really is the only way to go.
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