I have worked with lots of people now to help them lose weight and get healthier and I have to say that there are more excuses to not getting healthy than just about any topic you can make up an excuse about. I don't have the time, it's too hard to make that "health" food with the kids running around the kitchen, it's a bad time of year to start eating right, (huh?), I've tried everything and nothing works, it's my metabolism, my whole family is fat, I didn't pick the wine the wine picked me, we just looove food (so do I!), I can't eat healthy food, it gives me gas, my grandmother lived til she was 90 so I'll probably do okay too (guess again), and probably my favorite one of all time...my heart has just so many beats I don't want to use them all up (whhhaaattt?)
Come on people!!!!! Working as long as I did in the hospital (you only need to be in a hospital for a minute or so to know that you don't want to end up there for any reason) gives me the right to tell you that you'll be wishing that you didn't make excuses when you end up with a heart attack, stroke, cancer, diabetes, dementia, or even chronic low back pain. Yep, studies are showing that even low back pain can be related to your eating habits. Arteries that supply the lower spine are affected by poor blood flow directly related to eating animal rich diet and new studies are emerging every day showing that chronic back pain can have a definite relationship to diet. Bottom line is: how we eat affects our health profoundly, and there is a ton of research back it up yet people can still find a zillion excuses not to address it. Take an hour of your life and check out Dr Greger's talk on uprooting the leading causes of death and get back to me with your excuses for starting tomorrow or next week, or next year. Start now with small changes TODAY. Meatless Monday is a great start if you are big meat eaters! Get rid of anything processed (especially meat... hot dogs are beyond evil little death sticks) in your fridge and pantry and cook a meal. Or cut up a bunch of veggies and steam them, heat up some beans, make some rice and eat it for dinner. Start simply and don't stress yourself out about being perfect. It takes a while to get in the swing of it like any habit. Stick with it and processed foods, oily meals, animal protein, and very sugary treats will not be attractive to you anymore. Your palate changes. I promise.
It is annoying how quickly it can change back if you let those foods back in though. I, for years and years let the Halloween candy into my life every Oct and it was always a downward spiral from there until New Years when I would feel like I had to detox. Juice places and gyms do a KILLING on the 1st part of the the year because people go off and take the holidays as carte blanche to trash their bodies. For me, junk food, meat, and cheese don't taste good anymore. Candy tastes artificial and gross. It has been 10 months now of totally clean eating. It took 3 months for the cravings to go away completely. Happy to get through that though and be so content with a peach or a banana. Crazy how sweet they taste now.
I am Chrissy Roth, a mom, wife, Physical Therapist, Spin Instructor, and Wellness Coach with a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition. I've had a passion for health and nutrition my whole life and have always been drawn towards prevention. Why wait until your fat or sick or both to do something about your health? I'm looking to be the healthiest me NOW and am always sharing what I know. I love a challenge... 2 boys who think they are cavemen and a husband who wants to go veggie but hates beans, tofu, legumes, and most nuts.... I WILL make this happen cause that's how I roll (whole grain of course)...