. . . In a galaxy far, far away! Am I mixing my phrases here? Does it make you feel confused, dazed, and certain you’ve opened the wrong posting. What I’m talking about are stock phrases. Stock phrases are also known as catch phrases and something a writer should resist using. Yet in life we use them all the time, especially when it comes to dieting, exercise and weight loss.
Body awareness, body size, dieting and weight loss are all deeply personal topics. Taken to the public forum discussion of someone’s weight can be devastating. Sometimes you can’t say anything right. Ask a woman when she is due and find out she isn’t pregnant. Ask how someone lost weight and discover they gained 40 pounds. Food issues and disordered eating are at the core an emotional condition. Don’t add to the problem by saying the wrong thing. You feel bad, they feel bad. Just greet your friend and love them for who they are. They will find the inner peace to get to their perfect body. If you didn’t realize how frustrating this can be — read through this list and try to tell me it doesn’t raise your blood pressure.
- Just eat half of the food you put on your plate
- Eat less and exercise more
- You just have to do more cardiovascular exercises
- Have you always been so weak-willed
- Eat an apple or orange if you want a sweet — then you can skip the Chocolate Thunder from Downunder
- Always eat breakfast
- Drink water before you eat
- You just have heavy bones
- You’ve lost weight, I can see it in your face (yeah, what about my butt?)
“Finding Balance Your body is very different from mine. My perception of food is very different from that of my co-author Jeri Levesque which is one reason why she is such an integral part of this project (besides the fact she is an amazing writer and great fun). We all bring different things to the table and eat accordingly.
Where we can have issues is with the “should-a, would-a, could-a” of the fitness and weight loss world. There are more suggestions in the ethers than radio signals and the primary focus of The Zen of Body Restoration program is to teach you how to establish your own balanced program. You know the basics of nutrition but you must understand how food affects you.
Tracking the Affects of Food. Let me explain how sugar affects me. I get nuts. I begin to find little things in my husband that bother me. My children get on my last nerve. I wonder why I am even bothering to keep working at my job? I don’t want to hurt myself or others, I just want to run away and play on a beach somewhere. Watch your reactions and be slow when you introduce sugar into your diet again.
The key is to track your food. The tracking will be a little different then what early man did as he walked through the forest in search of roots and herbs or an animal. You need to understand which foods provide the best fuel for your body. For this you have to use a food journal. You’ll never be able to remember what you ate two weeks ago let alone how you felt without writing it down. A pocket-size or purse sized notebook will work.
The first two weeks of the Tracking Food Plan is unrestricted eating with daily entries into the food journal, followed by two weeks of restricting sugar, gluten and dairy. Reintroduce each food item one per week and track your mind and body’s responses. Leaving anything out of your diet forever isn’t being suggested here. Cutting out foods forever isn’t necessarily best for you. Pay close attention to how you feel.
Doctors have been using this method with their patients for years. The process is to eliminate the foods known to give people rashes or gastrointestinal distress. Physicians are sometimes more stringent and have patients eliminate fish or fruits. If there are foods you already don’t eat for any reason I suggest you still stay clear of them. Start with eliminating sugar, gluten and dairy.
- Stay clear of refined sugar. If you use honey use raw honey, or sweeten with either Stevia or Agave.
- Stop eating Gluten (breads and pastas). Gluten is found in wheat, rye and barley. It’s often in other products from processing. Gluten free diets are the rage right now, but as your Mom would warn, “If everyone is jumping off a cliff do you have to fall head first into the rocks below too?” Clean out your colon and prepare your system to be balanced and healthy.
- Stop eating Dairy. Why? It’s higher in calories. Big surprise! Two reasons for eliminating dairy is to help you see fast immediate results by eating foods that are lower in calories. . . Statistically, more people have digestive issues with dairy products than with many other food groups. Check your food journal and gauge your body’s responses during and after eating dairy. If the results are dramatic, sudden alleviation of bloating, cramping, and unpredictable colon blows, consider eliminating dairy from most of your diet. You are the best judge of what your body tolerates and celebrates.”
As you begin to reintroduce the foods make sure you keep track of how you begin to feel. Is your body lighter? Do you bounce along in your flip-flops? Can you feel your body move inside your clothing because it isn’t tight anymore? The changes can be subtle. If you are tracking you are less likely to miss the cues from your body. Stay focused and you will hear the guidance being given daily. ”
*In my humble opinion: The person who coined the phrase “It is what it is” should be taken out and flogged. We are in control of our lives, our diets and our world. Try not to forget that.