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Its Jan 3rd 2010. Holy cow! I was out and about today and every place that I went had “diet” stuff front and center. Even as I sit here typing I hear the commercials in the background (as my husband watches Lord of the Rings re-run on TV) broadcasting the newest, best, bestest, most wonderful, sure to work, just like a miracle, can’t believe what you see, weight loss specials, sure to take willing payers to new heights of slimdom (invented word). Hence the inspiration for this post.

And I want you to know, this is not based in cynicism. It comes from professional experience rooted in over 15 years in the health and holistic medicine field, as well as personal struggles with food addiction and weight. I have been on the front lines, right in the nitty gritty of patient’s and client’s wants, needs, desires; seeing what works and what does not.

If you are at least 30 years old you know… Diets don’t work! I treat plenty of teenagers that even know this fully. Let us expose what we already know to be true…

1. They aren’t sustainable. Diets have a beginning and an end. That means they work for a while, but there is always an end, and that is when they fail.

Solution: I am pretty sure you have heard this before, but lifestyle changes are what create phenomenal and lasting results. Make changes that are rooted in what you know to be true. Ones that are based in something beyond the superficiality of looks alone. You will be amazed at the payoff!

2. They lack integrity. Integrity means action which moves us towards greater states of integration and wholeness. Most diets are fad based; they come and go like the wind and are completely imbalanced, lacking integrity. High carb/low-fat, Low carb/high protein, the cabbage diet, the lemonade fast, the eat one day and not the next diet, the eat what you want and exercise like a mad person until you burn ___ calories diet.  Fad diets always fail at some point, and its your health that pays the price.

Solution: Do the right thing. Take responsibility for your choices. At this point in time, most of us know deep down what is really needed in order to lose weight (and have it be a lasting affair) are practices and choices rooted in integrity. This is not that complicated and we don’t necessarily need to hire someone to tell us what to eat. Everyone knows these basic guidelines:

  • Eat mostly veggies with some fruits. This is a Nutrient Rich way of living and it makes so much sense! There is a great interview on our Eating For Evolution Community site about eating Nutrient Rich
  • Greatly limit refined flour and sugar products. They contain drug like substances that make them very addictive and wreak havoc on the body. They break down every system in the body over time… And make you fat!
  • Decrease animal products. If you are following #1 above then this naturally happens. Eating less animal product is hands down one of the healthiest things that you can do for your body and for the environment.

3. They are based on deprivation. If the diet you are on is focused on depriving you of something that you really love, it is only a matter of time before you binge. I know we can all exercise incredible self-control for a while, but if we’re doing it based on some “external” force telling us what to do, the rebel inside will unleash eventually.

Now with this said, there are medical reasons why some people should absolutely abstain because someone else told them to. For example: I have celiac disease and I need to not eat gluten, ever, or my health pays for it. Diabetics, don’t eat sugar. In both of these cases certain foods can be like poison.

Solution: Take inventory of what your goals and values are in this life. And then look honestly at your actions… Including what you eat. Then ask the question: “Does what I am choosing to eat support my goals and values?” Identify yourself as the “Chooser,” and then you can no longer play the game of victim. There is no one “out there” to rebel against… It’s just you making choices that support either life or death in every moment. Then you start to see that what you once thought of as deprivation, may actually just a choice for life! What a gift!

4. They are based on the “miracle” quick fix. This does not exist. It’s a fact.

Solution: Consistency over time. Almost everything that is beautiful, stunning, and fantastic has been created and formed over time. Healthy and beautiful bodies and minds are no exception. It’s all the little things that we do over time that add up to create destruction or vitality. Cultivating health is a trajectory not a final destination point. We have a chance to learn and grow bit by bit every day. Putting into practice what we know to be the best for us at that time is that we can hope for. Tomorrow may bring new news. I do know that a way of eating based in the principles listed above is a time-tested, and cross culturally honored as the most healthful and holistic way to eat for ourselves and the planet.

5. They are most often rooted in superficial and “personal” desires. This may not sound so bad a first. And indeed having a motivation to lose weight, say to look stunning at your 20 year class reunion, can be a good thing to get your butt motivated right? Yes and no. “Yes” that it is good to get moving, “No” in the sense that not all motivations are not created equal. superficial motivations only take us so far.

Solution: We need to evolve our motivations. Our culture (which is the collective “us” and all that we have agreed on over time) puts huge emphasis on the “exterior.” This is particularly true for women although it is becoming more and more that way amongst younger men. Our motivations almost always start off rather superficial with weight loss… This “is what it is” so to speak. But we need to consciously direct our attention to deeper reasons for doing the right thing. This is where we are at, collectively, in the developmental process. It’s not just about you and the way that you look, or about me and the way I look anymore. Our current global crisis calls for us to look deeply and holistically at all of our choices and actions. What I/you do is not separate from all of life. In other words what you choose to do, could never “just affect you.”

This is why we have created the Eating For Evolution Community!

  1. To facilitate evolution and awareness in regards to our food choices
  2. To help folks with food sensitivities to discover a whole new way of eating and relating to food
  3. To create a movement in culture based on what and how we eat

Here’s to sustained forward movement rooted in depth and integrity! The weight loss becomes a given 🙂

Tif

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