Has it ever occurred to you that losing weight and getting healthy is so much more than simply knowing which foods to eat and which foods not to eat?
If you are still here reading this blog, or you've recently subscribed to HGK, it probably has.
I spent years blogging about recipes and taking beautiful pictures of food.
I knew exactly which foods I could eat in and what foods I shouldn't eat to lose weight.
Or at least I thought I did.
But I struggled for so long on a plant based diet. Why didn't it work for me? Why did I gain 50 pounds instead of maintain the successful weight loss that I had fought so hard for?
I eventually came to find out that knowing the right foods to eat is the easiest part of this puzzle.
There is SO MUCH MORE TO THIS.
Do you know what I'm talking about? Maybe you are unsure? I'm going to explain myself.
This whole carrying around extra weight thing is a really big deal. It goes deep. Deep into your psyche and your soul. You can eat as much of the right foods as you can stuff into yourself, but if you don't do the work on yourself that needs to be done, the right foods will only take you so far.
And you need habits. Healthy habits. But how do you adopt them?
We're all fighting different battles, but here's a list of possible things that are holding you hostage from achieving your ideal health (in no particular order of importance):
1) You don't move your body daily. It's more about calming your nervous system than it is about having a body that looks a certain way!
2) You are sedentary.
3) You are the last person on your list of people to take care of.
4) You are a people pleaser.
5) You are subjected to images of all the wrong foods and they trigger your cravings.
6) You eat when you are not hungry.
7) You eat when you are sad, lonely, angry, tired or sick.
8) You have too much stress in your life.
9) You don't love yourself.
10) The food that you eat is hyperpalatable. It may be otherwise healthy, but it tastes too good and you just eat too much of it. Hyperpalatablity comes when we put salt, sweet or fat into otherwise healthy, whole, natural foods.
11) You are not satisfied with whole, simple, natural foods. You crave endless variety.
12) You enjoy food porn. You read cookbooks and recipe blogs for fun and amusement. You watch The Food Network.
13) You are really hard on yourself. You beat yourself up when you slip up and use it as an excuse to keep eating the wrong stuff.
14) You don't plan to have your food available. You hope that the world will hand you the right foods when you need them. Instead, you end up overly hungry and eating whatever is available at the time.
15) You live with family that doesn't share your healthy eating values. Their food becomes your problem in times of "weakness."
16) You don't understand the principles of calorie density. You believe that as long as it doesn't have a mother or a face, it's okay to consume in whatever quantities you want.
17) You don't love the taste of vegetables. When given the choice of fresh fruit or a slice of Vegan pie, you'd chose the pie every time.
18) You know that sugar is the devil and you avoid it, but eating foods with all types of whole grain flours in them is a regular part of your plant based diet.
19) You are addicted to dairy and no matter what you understand about the health consequences of eating dairy, you can't stop yourself.
20) Chocolate, nuts, nut butters or dried fruit are your downfall. Once you start eating a high calorie food, it's hard to stop.
21) You don't have the right mindset for success. If you think you can you can. If you think you can't, you can't.
22) You think that as soon as you lose this weight, you'd like to go back to your old eating habits. I can tell you exactly where that will take you. We'll help you see things differently.
23) You are focused on the number on the scale, and not the stuff that really matters.
24) You are addicted to diet soda or artificial sweeteners.
25) You have a glass or two of wine almost every night.
Every single one of the things that I listed here might contribute to why you are overweight. You may not understand why or how, but they do.
In UWL, we tackle all of these issues.
Yes, we recommend a specific diet. but we give you the tools you need to stick to the plan.
UWL is NOT a quick fix. I have found that it is best to take on one behavior change at a time until it becomes second nature to you and then move on to another behavior change goal. UWL is a slow course of changing who you are and how you operate in the world one small step at a time. For some people, making a lot of changes takes a few months. For others, a few years. It's not a race. All that matters is that you are engaged in the process and that you are listening with an open heart and an open mind.
IF THIS WERE EASY, YOU'D BE THIN ALREADY.
And if you are already thin, but you are obsessed with food that you don't want to eat, this all applies to you too.
There's simply no other plant based diet out there that tackles all of this. They are all good, if you follow their prescribed diet to a T. I couldn't manage to do that until I began working with Chef AJ.
Unless you know, understand, and overcome ALL of the issues that I have listed above, plus more that I can't even think of now, your weight problem will probably haunt you for your entire life.
Chef AJ did the hard work to figure out this whole mess.
John Pierre helped her and guided her through.
I'm just here shouting it from the rooftops because I suffered for so long and I can't help myself but to want to share this wisdom with anyone out there who is mystified and miserable because they can't lose the weight or achieve their health goals.
What do you think? Is what I'm expressing here ringing any bells with you?
If it is, please join us on tonight's FREE teleclass.
Saturday, December 12th
8 pm Eastern
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