I want you to start off with understanding a little bit more about the program and my philosophy.
And that is that diets don’t work in the long term for your health, to lose weight, or to provide your body with nutrients to lower your blood pressure.
Most people who are first diagnosed try to change their diet or lose weight by cutting calories & restricting food, or you might even have completely cut salt or carbohydrates, or maybe even tried some supplements and teas or weird drink concoctions?
I encourage you to think differently about nutrition and try eating more whole foods.
Because whole foods naturally lack the high amounts of unhealthy fat, processed and refined carbohydrates, sodium, and sugar and are naturally high is the good stuff like potassium, magnesium, fiber, and countless other micronutrients (we'll dive deeper into this later on).
You’ll see that the focus here is on evidence-based, research-driven, and proven methods that work.
Because as a pharmacist, I just can’t back those kinds of things that aren't backed by science and research.
You will learn that what you eat has such a huge impact on your overall health...how you feel, your stress level, and even your blood pressure and blood sugar… but what you eat can have negative effects too… leading to damage to your body over time that leads to high blood pressure, high blood sugar, stress, anxiety, gaining weight and makes weight hard to lose.
Why Diets Don’t Work:
One diet does not work for everyone. If it did, there would only be one diet, right?
Typically, when we hear the word “diet” we conjure up images of a long list of foods we have to avoid.
That’s because this is how most “diets” work. According to the dictionary, there are two definitions of diet:
the kinds of foods a person, animal or community habitually eats (for example, vegetarian, vegan or paleo diet);
a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.
When I refer to the word “diet” I mean it in the “abundance of foods enjoyed because they support an individual’s health” context, not a restrictive “you can’t eat that” diet or “you can only eat 1200 calories a day” diet.
Restrictive strategies set us up for failure in the long run.
As a society, we’ve been falling victim to the diet mentality for way too long and then blame ourselves because it doesn’t work.
It’s not your fault! ANY restrictive diet will have a yo-yo effect. When you deprive your body of the nutrition it needs, it keeps track.
Dieting truly doesn’t work…on SO many levels!
One thing you’ll notice about this program is that there isn’t a huge focus on counting calories.
Some people are more comfortable tracking calories and that’s fine. But watching calories alone does not equate to healthy eating and balanced nutrition.
Together, we’re going to place a strong emphasis on making food choices that feed our body on a cellular level, not just counting calories.
When the focus is solely on counting calories, the focus is on a number rather than the value of nutrition.
Have you ever tried a new diet? Weight Watchers, Paleo, Keto, Cabbage Soup Diet, The Zone, South Beach, etc.
Grab a journal and write about your last “dieting” experience, what parts about it worked, what parts about it didn’t work, at what point in your journey did you “fall off the wagon”, what challenges did you face trying to stick with the diet? Did you have any results? What was easy about it, what was hard about it?
Take a minute to write out answers to these questions. Keep your journal handy, there will be Action Steps after each module!