Vitamin K Nutrition
Are you one who seems to get attracted by these “new” diet fads that promise you the moon? Have you tried all the diets under the sun and still feel the need to lose some weight? Are you the expert yo-yo dieter that knows exactly how many grams of carbs are in a carrot vs a cookie? Is your relationship with food so disordered that you don’t even know where to start with eating healthy? Let me tell you something…you are definitely not alone. The majority (or even most) of my clients have lived one or more of these scenarios. It’s easy to buy into the promises that we see on magazine covers, television or social media. Magic pills, fat burning shakes, detox juices and all those “miraculous” new diets have been shoved in our faces (no pun intended) since we were old enough to hold our forks. No wonder our brains are triggered with images of what is “supposed” to be healthy or what society deems healthy. These are all ploys to get you to buy into a product that just won’t work.
Diets don’t work…there, I said it. You might know this already but then why are people still asking me about Keto or low carb or weight watchers? The thing with diets is that they cater to our need to follow a pre-determined plan where all the guess work is taken out of the equation. We blindly follow what this person or doctor or celebrity has done for themselves and we think that without a doubt it should work for us as well. Why do we listen to what the internet is telling us we “should” do when the best place to start is to listen to our own bodies? Who better to know what it needs than YOU?
“But my friend has been on Keto for 5 months and lost 30 lbs”…OK that’s great for your friend but what about your needs? Stop looking at what other people are doing and start paying more attention to yourself and what is best for you. All diets will work for a certain time because it is different than what you were doing before. This is simply your body adjusting to something new. It reacts to the new stimulus and adjusts. The issue is that with most diets, there are so many restrictions that we fall into a whirlwind of rules, guilt, shame and consequences. We also put too much emphasis on dieting for weight loss instead of simply eating for health. If we eat for health then it becomes part of our lifestyle and we feel energized, fueled, content, comforted, fulfilled and free! I like that much better!
There are simple steps you can follow to start ditching the diets.
Eat quality whole foods: this is as simple as it gets. The closer to nature it is, the better. Replace the fried zucchini with zucchini baked with some salt and spices. Replace the breaded chicken fingers with homemade breaded chicken made with almond flour and spices. Replace the chocolate bar with good quality dark chocolate. Replace the fast food burger with a homemade grass fed burger with all the fixings (avocado, cheese slice, bacon). Strive for quality over quantity.
Eat with awareness: Be conscious and present when you are eating. Avoid eating when stressed, while working or watching television or driving. Really take in all the senses involved, the smell, the texture, the taste the look of your food. Eat with purpose. This is important to trigger your brain to let it know that you are eating and enjoying the process. This is called the parasympathetic nervous system, also called “rest and digest”. Your body can digest and assimilate nutrients much more efficiently when your body is in this state. It will also prevent you from being hungry 1 hour later.
Eat for nourishment: Get everything out of your food. Forget the calories and look at the ingredients and what your food provides you. Focus more on the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that your body needs to thrive.
Eat for pleasure: This is in fact a physiological requirement for humans. Eat like the French! Eat with loved ones or with friends. Engage in conversations. Appreciate where your food came from. Really taste and enjoy the food.
We also need to stop labeling food as “good” or “bad” because when we do that, we label ourselves as “good” or “bad” for eating those foods. Let go of the label and you will let go of the guilt.
Start with those simple steps and you might realize that ditching diets is much easier than it seems. If you wish to learn a little more about this subject please contact me for a private meeting and we can discuss your individualized wellness program that is suitable for you. Visit my Metabolic Balance page for your personalized wellness plan that incorporates real food and encourages you to start eating more intuitively.