I don’t know about you, but I love food.
No health diagnosis or impending doom is going to change that. Like many of my clients, I have also been struggling with my weight for most of my life. No matter what I tried, it was like I was setting myself up for failure. The whole culture around food really didn’t help me to lose weight, or improve my body image:
- Food is comforting, but you should feel guilty for indulging.
- In order to feel better about yourself, you need to be vigilant about not eating the foods you love.
- If you’re going to eat your favorite foods then at least replace them with low calorie, low fat, low sugar alternatives.
In short, food is the enemy that you will be fighting for the rest of your life.
This is not a healthy mindset, yet it’s the one that I used to subscribe to and I see it over and over again with my clients. Everything we are told in the health industry is about limitations. And what you don’t realize is that you could be doing long term damage by subscribing to these beliefs. For example:
- When constantly fighting food and failing, you’re not only not eating healthy you’re also hurting your self esteem, this leads to more stress and negatively impacts your hormone levels (which can lead to diabetes).
- All of those “low” alternatives? They’re full of chemicals and other not-good-for-you things that put you at increased risk for chronic disease (like diabetes).
- Sticking to a very restrictive diet for long can be difficult and maintaining the weight lost rarely successful. You will likely gain back the weight plus more (which increases your risk for developing diabetes).
Are you seeing a pattern here?
This might appear like a lose-lose situation (stay unhealthy – get diabetes, try to make diet changes – get diabetes) but it’s not. I found that when I changed my mindset, everything changed.
Instead of focusing on restrictions and losing weight by shear force of will, I began making choices based on what made me feel HEALTHY. I felt like I had reclaimed my ZEST for life.
I would like to say that this epiphany happened because I had a sudden stroke of genius and that was it. But that wouldn’t be true. I discovered this when my husband was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, and given our past success with dieting and so-called lifestyle changes, I knew that something really big needed to change if he was going to overcome this. So I began educating myself on nutrition and the power of food to heal.
I discovered along the way what actually works. Making a sustainable lifestyle change is not about denying yourself it’s about nourishing your whole body.
After experiencing how impactful this change was for myself (and my husband) I became so passionate about healing diabetes, that I decided to help others do the same. I’ve since studied to become a certified Functional Medicine Health Coach. I help people make lasting lifestyle changes by:
- Finding the things that bring them zest and joy.
- Replacing unhealthy choices with healthy ones.
- Making changes gradually so that the changes they make fit into their lives and become a part of their lifestyle.
As a result, my clients find they don’t feel like they are missing out on anything or that their options are limited. They aren’t dieting, and weight loss becomes a happy side effect. Our goal is to manage blood sugar levels in a natural way, without medications that can cause side effects, to feel healthy and to be free of worry. Like me, my clients reclaim their zest for life and I’d like to help you do the same.