Eat this! Don’t eat that! This food is bad. This food is good. Eat 6 times a day. Eat one meal and drink the rest. You need this supplement. You shouldn’t take that one. Drink this potion and it will cure all your ills. This tea will make you thin. Wrap your fat belly in plastic wrap and get 6 pack abs. Drink this to “cleanse” your body. Follow this crazy regimen to get “clean”.
Have mercy. For the love of all things chocolate. Help me.
The times I have to keep my eyeballs from rolling outta my head.
As I’ve gotten older I’m more likely to call out nonsense when I see it. Or maybe it’s not as much being older, perhaps wiser and simply paying attention and wanting to be intelligent in the ways of caring for myself.
I guess in some ways, it makes me sad when I see people buying ( literally) into hype when they could use their money for a lot of other things…. like you know… good food.
But we’re in a desperate world and people want to get fixed up “fast” and marketing companies know this and prey on those weaknesses.
Sadly, we don’t get fat overnight therefore, we won’t get thinner and more fit over night.
It’s a process that we have to go through one day at a time. Slow, steady, forward moving steps to losing the weight that has crept on from becoming more sedentary and careless with what we put into our mouths.
So among the snake oil and smoke and mirrors things that I’ve heard more about recently although it never goes away is this thing called…
Detox. Detox teas, drinks, cleanses and blah, blah, blah.
Use this drink or this combination of things to “detox” and clean your body. Lose lots of weight fast! Get healthy! Feel great!
Something about losing 21 lbs in 21 days? Like… if you’re still alive and not fogged over from starving….
Can I be blunt?
It’s bird poop. Awwww look how nicely I said that 😛
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. If you missed science class back in the day, your body has a God given, built in detox system. If it wasn’t working, you’d know it.
The take away I get from people who decide to tough out doing a detox? They are miserable. They are hungry. They want food. They don’t want to drink everything that goes in their mouth. They would give their right arm for a steak. Or a donut.
Or coffee. Who willingly goes into some program that takes away coffee????
Any weight they “lose” will be easily gained back once they start on a normal diet again.
How frustrating must that be?
In all of these things, my heart really hurts for people wanting to be successful. They want to reach an ideal body weight and they want to live a healthier lifestyle and are willing to be a guinea pig in the hopes it will work.
More hocus pocus. Poof and nothings gone but your money… or your even temperament ’cause you’ve been a hungry bear.
Can I make a couple helpful suggestions?
Why not begin adding one or two new healthier foods into your daily diet? If you feed your body real, healthy food ( and by that I mean as close to how it’s supposed to be naturally…or maybe 5 ingredients or less) you will be giving it lots of wonderful vitamins, nutrients and minerals it needs.
Want to clean your body? Eat plenty of fresh veggies and fruits and drink adequate water. I can assure you a daily diet high in those things will move stuff through you 😛
Practice leaving some on your plate. ( really, you don’t have to clean your plate…you don’t. And you don’t need seconds either)
Make sure each meal contains an adequate amount of protein to satisfy hunger ( about 30% at each meal)
Listen to your body. Eat when you’re hungry. Don’t eat when you’re not. The meal bell chime going off doesn’t mean you have to put food in your face.
Eat enough to satisfy your hunger and stop… even if you have food still on your plate.
If you need a snack, be mindful of what you are snacking on. Sitting down at the computer with a bag of chips is a recipe for disaster.
Get out and move. Sounds simple and it is, but really, the hardest part is moving yourself out the door. Daily activity will not only help with weight loss but it’s also a tremendous mood booster.
Focus on the day you are in. Live it. Make good choices. Accept the bad ones when they come and move on. Don’t quit.
With a steady, practical approach you can have your cake and eat it too without ever having to do a detox with the hope of getting “healthy”. Instead you’ll build a healthy lifestyle each single day.