Diets and holistic health don’t mix together. Pun intended. LOL
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Not when diets are defined in the traditional sense of following a specific eating plan to lose weight.
Sure, following any of the hundreds of plans that have been promoted in the last few decades may result in some weight loss, but the benefits typically don’t last. Even a diet of eating just cookies works short term. If you’re going to waste your time, you may as well do it by eating cookies! LOL.
The average American keeps getting heavier, especially children, and the new miracle diets keep coming, and the average American keeps getting heavier, especially children, and …….
I suspect you get my point.
But wait, I have this diet that works and I offer a guarantee and……. Gotcha!
Sorry, there are no simple, miracle solutions/plans. There never was any and there never will be. Boohooo!
I am happy to report that what does work for weight management, always has and always will work, is this: careful food selections, self control, occasional splurging (yahoo!), acceptance of how God made you, and eating slower, smaller more numerous meals.
Why don’t you see this type eating advice advertised on TV or in magazines anywhere? Because nobody make any money when you do it. Surprise!
In fact, many people will make less money when you follow a healthy holistic eating lifestyle, namely doctors because you will likely be ill less often.
Please become aware that the media and it’s advertisers are becoming increasingly talented at getting and keeping our attention, particularly when it comes to our physical appearances. They place pictures of beautiful people with gleaming muscles (they are oiled), rippling six packs (they are airbrushed or do dozens of sit-ups immediately before the picture is taken), or worse yet the people are taking steroid type drugs to enhance their physiques. These “models” are not representative of we typical humans. You and I need to be wise to this. Even though we enjoy looking.
Also, be wary of some of the food products, their claims, and what’s in them.
The top 10 deceiving “healthy” foods that lead to weight gain and other health problems:
1) margarine, because it lacks the essential oils necessary for a healthy cardiovascular system.
2) artificial sweeteners, because they contribute to inflammation
3) soy, because it can mimics the hormone estrogen
4) most granola bars, because they contain excess sugar
5) most dehydrated fruits, because they have added sugar
6) most juices, because they lack pulp and contain excess added sugars
7) whole grain products, because many people have hidden gluten allergies
commercially grown apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, and imported grapes because they are the top 5 most chemically treated produce and contain toxins.
9) all orange juice, because it is well known to increase inflammation
10) commercially raised chicken because it’s likely raised indoors, given antibiotics and probably hormones for faster growth
So scrap the diet plans and get the mind set that weight management involves lifelong “good” eating habits like this:
Weight Loss and Eating Tips
♦ Eat smaller quantities and more often
♦ Eat fresher foods
♦ Eat organic grown varieties
♦ Eat slower
♦ Don’t drink more than a few sips while eating
♦ Start a garden
♦ Eat more variety
♦ Add more fresh herbs and spices
-an excerpt from my new book Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages. You can buy the book by clicking here.
Simplistic isn’t it? Better yet it’s neither difficult or expensive. Now you know how I came to be labeled The “Down-to-Earth” Doctor.
The trick, if there is such a thing about weight management, is to change your thinking first. Click on the link to read my article: Weight Loss Solution: Change Your Brain.
Now I’m confident you and your size will be okay! Next time, I’ll write about another vital component of weight management – physical activity. So tune in again.
What can you change to better manage your weight?
By the way, have you seen my other blog/web sites?
For the general public: http://www.wholehealthhealing.com
Specifically for doctors: http://www.reclaimthejoy.com