Why diets don’t work for YOU.
Every diet works.
It might not be healthy for you, it might leave you hungry, it might be undoable for life — but every diet works. As long as you stick to it honestly day in and day out.
Some diets might not work for you, because of your health problems. But any diet you take — it works for a whole lot of people.
In a perfect world the diet you choose for life should become your lifestyle. Something you can follow for years with few changes due to your lifestyle, age, environment, training.
And there are not so many of those diets, the ones that can work for life leaving you healthy, fit and happy.
But no matter what diet or lifestyle you choose for life — paleo, low carb, vegetarian, vegan, whole30, south beach diet — there are so so many, there are 3 behaviors you got to master for ANY diet/meal plan to work.
If you don’t master those — you gonna cycle back and forth with you weight, health and fitness progress.
ONLY people who master these behaviors have lean, fit, strong body for life.
What are those behaviors? What are those solutions?
I call them MEM.
Know your portions. Even the healthiest superfood can turn you into fatty eaten without moderation. And it can also sabotage your health and strength.
I love coconut oil in my coffee! But if I don’t measure it with a measuring spoon instead of 100 calories I might end up with 200–300 easily! (If I use “SOME” as my measurement).
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And yes I don’t think a calorie is a calorie. And when you reach your ideal body weight and learn to communicate with your true hunger you can skip counting, but I want to know how much I’m eating — what if I put on weight or lose weight without intention? Then I’ll have a much better idea where it went wrong.
The practice goes for everything — vegetables (that olive oil in you kale salad can add up to more calories than your main course), fish and meat, nuts and seeds, yogurts and grains, beans, fruits.
Know your portions!
Don’t want to count calories? Don’t!
But know your portions! Know how much you eat. Write it down while trying to lose or gain weight — track your food somehow. Take pictures and make a picture journal on pinterest (a great idea I just thought of while writing).
Measure, measure, measure!
How else you gonna know what’s working and what’s not?
Most of us have screwed up metabolism and lost sense of what true hunger feels like.
Most of us are overstimulated by all the food enhancing additives (not necessarily bad ones) that are put in our foods to make us want to eat more so somebody could sell more. Simple whole “plain” foods are rare these days and frowned upon! They are not entertaining enough!
Most of us are food-brainwashed with too much advertising everywhere, starting with TV, radio, internet, stores with displays and tasting promotions, restaurants and cafes displaying food and smells to excite your hunger, street food vendors — try not to think of food for a day in a city, you’ll have really hard time doing so.
If you reply to every food urge (that some people manage to do) — you eventually gonna end up overweight and sick.
Most of the time, unless you are living far from civilized world, you are hungry for something not because your body needs food, but because your brain got hacked and you are craving something you saw, heard of, smelled, thought of (because of advertising of some sort).
Have a plan and know what is enough food for you for the day. When your brain starts craving something — know that you got hacked.
Have a plan. Measure. Know when to say it’s enough.
Mindfulness is lost in many of our activities. We are constantly thinking of something else while doing something different. We are not really living through most of our days. Sadly.
Eating, without being present causes THE MOST overeating, binging, weight gain, that eventually leads to fatness and sickness of our society.
Eating while reading? Watching a movie? Working? Walking? (I’m still amazed how good at it New Yorkers got!)
I’m guilty of it too! Mindless eating. Guilty! If I wasn’t so good at eating low carb high quality diet — I’d get fat long time ago! I know I’m eating more than enough for me and that’s why I don’t have a physique I REALLY want.
I’m taking a challenge. 100 day challenge — eating mindfully, chewing slowly. Starting this Saturday.
I used to be good at it. Then I lost it. Got busy :) I thought I don’t need it anymore. And I started feeling not my best, and definitely stopped enjoying my food as much as I used to. No more!
What can eating mindfully (being present) and chewing slowly do for you?
You get fuller faster enjoying your food more, having better digestion and absorbing more nutrients.
And that will lead to easier and faster weight loss, getting in touch with your true hunger, better health and more energy, more satisfying eating experience.
And it will definitely help with practicing ENOUGH and being satisfied with your MEASURED portions.
3 solutions to succeed on any diet.
MEASURE. ENOUGH. MINDFUL.
Healthy lifestyle trivia
You don’t get healthy and stay healthy.
HEALTH is a DAILY PRACTICE. One bite at a time.
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Why you should listen –
Why do we eat when we’re not hungry?
Today we’re here with Dr. Andrew Miles, award-winning doctor of oriental medicine, whose work connects traditional Chinese medicine, Western science and the future of healing.
Dr. Miles specializes in treating chronic pain, opiate dependence and gut health. He has received awards from the Chinese and Taiwanese governments for the preservation of and contribution to Chinese martial arts and medicine. Andrew’s wife holds a PhD in herbal pharmacology and together they work to bridge the gap between Chinese culture and the Anglo-sphere through “botanical biohacking.”
On this show, you’re going to learn:
- Why so many of us overeat
- The importance of balancing your gut microbiome
- How herbs fit into the future of medicine
- Why Jägermeister is healthier than Diet Coke, and more!