Diet Free in 2023
Diets don’t work for long term weight loss, let's start a journey instead.
Yes, you may lose weight, but the research show that about 95% of people who lose weight by dieting but not addressing lifestyle/addiction, etc. will regain it in 1 to 5 years. The deprivation of restrictive diets can also lead to a craving/binge cycle. Your brain doesn’t want you to starve, so it will respond to overly restrictive diets (especially low-fat diets or extremely low-calorie diets that are NOT satiating) by slowing your metabolism, which of course makes it harder to lose weight.
A healthy food plan needs to consider your blood sugar levels, or you will have spikes and dips in insulin all day that will only increase cravings for more food and tell your body to store fat.
Fad diets can be harmful as they usually lack essential nutrients and often don’t teach you about healthy eating and the nutrients your body needs. Instead, they offer “foods” filled with a lot of (frankly) garbage that does not give you nutrition or help you feel full so you are constantly hungry.
The result can be quick weight loss on the scale, but at what price? If the food is filled with additives and not nutrient rich, your health will not improve, and you will find it hard (and maybe expensive) to continue the plan. Unfortunately, you may simply boomerang back to the unhealthy eating patterns that caused your weight gain in the first place.
As much as I wish it were not true, there simply is no pill or powder that can replace nutrient dense foods.
Smoothies might help you lose weight, but the research shows they are not helpful in the long run. Fruit-filled smoothies are especially bad for us (they can lead to fatty liver disease) and many of the powder based smoothie mixes are filled with ingredients that do not benefit us, including sucralose and other artificial sweeteners.
Fruit based smoothies can do a real toll on your body and when you drink one every day, you face some very serious long-term side effects.
"The side effect to worry about with a daily smoothie is elevated blood sugar that exceeds healthy limits. The bigger side effect to worry about is a daily routine that causes an excessive blood sugar spike that can, over the course of many years, contribute to more serious diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease or even Alzheimer's," says Kara Collier RD, LD, CNSC, and co-founder of Nutrisense.
Another concern about many diets is that they don’t deal with addiction issues, many life experiences can lead to addictive behavior such as trauma, abuse, boundary issues, fears, identity crises, and more.
Many of us need help understanding WHY we eat like we do.
· Are we trying to fill a void?
· Are we attempting to solve another problem such as a relationship issue, with food?
· Is it comfort related?
· Do I eat because I’m bored, tired, sad, or lonely?
· How did food become the answer?
Studies have clearly linked overeating and addictive behaviors with mental and emotional issues including adverse childhood experiences.
To hear more about this topic, I recommend listening to week 1 of my podcast:
I am also offering to those in our online community a free initial coaching session (online) to help you explore the best way to fulfill your health goals and your desire for peace in your mind, body, & spirit.
Whether it’s weight loss, food addiction, anxiety, your walk with God, or all the above, let’s talk about it.
Reach out to me at: Sue@CravingPeace.Life and we can set something up.
Let me help you figure out what is the next (or first) best step for you to take on your journey to peace.
“Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well!” Ps 90:12 MSG
He's where the peace is,