Lately, I have been seeing a bit of a “who’s diet is better”
warfare going down on the net and on social media.
One person is over one corner shouting, “You MUST be Vegan!”
The other person is shouting, “NO! Paleo is where it is at! It worked for me
and damn it, it will work for you too.”
And everyone in between is trying to have their say.
Frankly, I am over it.
It’s this kinda thinking that has gotten us in such a mess!
I say a mess because most people are walking around so confused about
who the hell to listen to, what will actually work, and what to believe
that they either take no action or run from one camp to the other.
Now, to be clear, I don’t take sides. (Which kinda has pissed some
people I know off.. I won’t say their diet is the best and so they
get kinda angry at me…weird!)
I truly, truly believe that some people can thrive eating more meat and
some others can thrive off an entirely plant-based diet and everything in between.
I have studied enough about nutrition to have seen the data from both
camps to see how, ironically, BOTH have merit.
What I do like about both of them is that there is an emphasis on eating
more food from the planet than from a factory. I dig that.
But here’s the big problem…
We are still stuck in an old paradigm that only ONE way is the RIGHT way.
I hate to break it to you but it is not that simple.
Each of us are unique and have unique needs that change over time. What works for one person may totally jack up another, and what worked a year ago may no longer allow us to thrive now. I can attest to this.
And a lot of us are walking around with damage to our guts from years of
toxic eating and/or antibiotics, birth control pills, and undiagnosed food allergies.
To further the problem along, we are also taking in almost 5 pounds a YEAR from
toxic chemicals via our environment and so called beauty products (that
means your shampoo, perfumes, lotions…yeah, for real!), not to mention the other
toxins that come at us from our food supply.
Even though our bodies naturally do detoxify, they can’t keep up
on a day to day basis with the load we throw at them. They weren’t designed for that.
And guess where all those lovely toxins love to store themselves?
In your fat cells. Yep, right in your cellulite that you damn so much. They LOVE themselves some fat!And when those areas “fill up”, they make their way on over to other super fat-condensed area known as our BRAIN. This is even scarier because this can lead to neurological disturbances.
So I bet you are thinking, “I’ll just lose weight! Since toxins like fat, I’ll just get rid of the fat. Let me follow that diet plan my friend told me about..she lost
a lot of weight on it!”
Not so fast…
When you simply “lose weight” without properly detoxifying and making toxins go from fat soluble to water soluble, those toxins recirculate in your system. Once those toxins and their mucus are released they must get out ASAP! If not, they can damage our cells, disrupt our bodies systems, and go right back into our circulatory and lymph systems, causing great damage.
(And a scale or dress size won’t tell you that is happening.)
That’s why we not only need to detoxify but we have to also get those
harmful toxins OUT!.
So, we can waste our time fighting all day about who’s got the better diet
We can spend our time not just losing weight but getting HEALTHY. (And…gasp!… respecting one another’s personal choices instead of attacking one another!)
This is why a high quality detox is so important.
During that time we:
1) Eliminate foods that create an inflammatory response in the body and reduce the amount of work the digestive system has to do so we can enter detox mode more rapidly, releasing toxins.
2) We make sure that once these toxins are neutralized and released from our system as quickly and efficiently as possible. The two MUST go together!
3) We spend time healing our gut and getting rid of sugar-feeding yeast, like candida, that keep us sick, overweight, and in a “constant craving” mode.
It takes time to HEAL our bodies. It doesn’t matter if the scale says you lost 10 pounds…that’s just the external. What really matters is what is going on at a cellular level. I know plenty of skinny people who aren’t so healthy and I bet you do to!
After the detox is done, then you need to systematically test for adverse food reactions.
Again, this is why deciding to follow Paleo or Vegan or whatever without cleaning the slate first can be problematic.
I have had many clients discover they had hidden food allergies that they never
knew about until they did my detox.
And of course, there is the emotional element as well. Clean food and water mean nothing without being in a good head space and starting to uncover where you get blocked! Our emotional health and happiness is probably THE most vital nutrient you can have. When you are overly focused on following the “right” diet, you are actually distracting yourself from really taking an honest look at your life and what needs to shift…that can be extremely painful and scary for many.
Look, I am totally behind each person finding a way of eating that works for them.
It’s a great relief when you can say, “Wow! I feel amazing when I eat these foods. I think this is something I want to stick to.”
But just know that if you want to truly heal your body and help her run
at her optimal level, running from one diet trend after another in search of some
magic number on a scale is no way to go.
Take some time to heal your body, move the junk out of her, and let HER tell YOU
what foods she likes best.
Maybe it is chicken…or maybe it is a quinoa patty…and surely she will probably also tell you “more sex, more sleep, more movement, more FUN!” YEAH!!!
Just don’t let someone else dictate to you what you “should” be doing, not even me!
You have to be willing to experiment a bit.
And if you are ready to find out for YOURSELF what works, then I want to warmly
invite you one last time to join me for my Lean, Clean, and Sugar-Free™ 21-Day Detox.
It starts April 12th, love, and it’s an investment in your best health ever.
Yes, most likely, you will release weight…
But you will also actually take the time to release toxins, restore you gut health,
gain more energy, and so much more….safely and effectively.
How much longer do you want to wait until you start living at peak health?
I’m here to support you 150%.
This is more than a diet or a weight-loss plan…
This is your invitation to living your best life.
I hope you will take me up on it.
Lots of love,