A couple years ago, I was having a conversation with my daughter and she made an awesome point (pretty smart kid) "Mom, not everyone is going to get to where you want them to overnight. It's a process."
In the name of One Size doesn't Fit All, I've broadened my scope. Making changes that you can stick with, doesn't happen overnight. It's a process and it's my job as a Nutritionist to steer you in the right direction and help you with guideposts along the way. "Eat only this" attitudes aren't sustainable. You'll get to where you want to go my friends, just not according to someone's One Size Fits All plan.
Now don't get me wrong, I realize the need to be very restrictive in some cases, I make it very clear when working with my clients what they should and should not eat according to their specific lifestyle and health, but at the end of the day, you're the one making the decisions about what to put in your mouth. I can only educate, inspire and support! So here's the things I learned over the past 3 years that will make this year more doable for you!
What I've learned:
- If you tell someone who loves cheese, they have to give up cheese, they mumble "hack" under their breath as they walk away.
- They way I choose to personally eat (Low-Carb, High-Fat) results in weight loss, quickly and permanently. However, it needs to be tailored specific to you.
- Creating a plant based cheese from cashews tastes pretty damn good, but it ain't cheese.
- When someone tells you they hate exercising. You can't force them to.
- Even someone like me, who eats very little cheese, enjoys a Un-Tuna melt once in a while (hey, I use chickpeas, and it's awesome!)
- "Healthy Food" bloggers love to name their recipes using all the weird ingredients in their healthy dish and it's usually enough to make you not want to try the recipe. (Unless chia seeds, quinoa and hummus makes your mouth water) They also have very loose standards on the word 'Healthy'. (all purpose flour and canola oil makes me cringe)
- Every person's idea of eating healthy is different and it's my job to close the gap between what is and what you want to be.
The truth is
- although Dairy is inflammation causing, people love it and unless they have a personal reason to give it up, they won't.
- although Sugar is fertilizer for disease, we still want sweet treats.
- although Water is the best drinking option, it doesn't replace the desire for a soda.
- although Cooking is one of the best things you can do for your health, some of you still like eating out frequently.
- although Exercise is great for your health, exercise alone will not result in long term weight reduction.
- although Vegan, Paleo, Low Carb, Ketogenic, & Mediterranean diets all have their benefits, one size doesn't fit all.
What I want to teach you is that you have the power to change your health and enjoy your diet at the same time. Join me this year in custom creating a way of eating that gives you the results you want, while still allowing you to eat what you want. Make sure you're on my email list to receive upcoming news, recipes, tips and education.