DIET is a four letter word. Most diets work in the short run. Nevertheless there’s a huge problem. Specifically, following any weight-loss diet, within a year, over 93% of people gain back more weight than they lost. Even a person who experiences significant health improvements from working with something like the Wahls Protocol often returns to their old style of eating, losing their gains.
What does it take to be successful?
Again, it comes down to who we are as eaters. Success is almost always associated with a major internal change that places us on the right path. In the process, we succeed but we don’t diet. We align with our core motivation and change our lifestyles and our lives.
I need to speak frankly, even at the risk of being self-serving. Any change of eating habits is difficult—often so daunting that people give up before they even try. In the last few weeks several of my associates have confessed that they are “addicted” or they “like dessert too much.” All they are really saying is, “I can’t do it alone,” or “things (my body, my health) aren’t bad enough yet.”
Some people even look at me like I’m crazy to suggest that change is possible. But anything is possible with the right motivation and support. I know. I found my way back from multiple sclerosis, slipping into a healthier looking body than I’d ever imagined. Recovering lost functions, however, is a work in progress.
At first it was hard for me to admit that I needed support. After all, I’d eaten all my life without help. Then I attended “Terry Wahls’ Quick Start,” sections 1-3 for diet coaching and I began working with a rehabilitation therapist to regain my walking ability. I am lucky in that my multiple sclerosis came to me as a core motivation.
Your health challenge might be your motivation, too—or maybe your motivation is something even bigger. Either way, it’s worth exploring.
Healing with Food Part 2
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