Your Body Knows Best

If you are like most women today, you have tried every diet and fitness fad on the planet in your elusive quest for the perfect body and life (so you can finally live happily ever after). That “inner mean girl” in your head doesn’t hold back either. She is constantly reminding you of all your imperfections, and sabotaging any chance you have of ever feeling content with who you are. We are the queens of comparison and self-judgment. If only we had “her” life, abs, hair…..just fill in the blank . We try the latest and greatest fitness and nutrition plan that promises amazing
results often based on deprivation and torture! If we just follow their plan we too will achieve that amazing “beach bod”. So why isn’t it working?
Believe me, you are not alone. I work with women every day who are in tears because they are stuck. The scale won’t budge, their pants size keeps going up and they feel terrible. They are usually on a cocktail of the latest pharmaceuticals that are making them feel even more frustrated, hopeless and sad. They just want to feel better and get their life back, but have no idea where to start.
How can one diet work for everyone?
Look around you. Do the people you live and work with look like you? Do they share the same ancestry, genetics, age, gender, health challenges, lifestyles and constitution? The answer is NO. Besides sharing the requisite number of body parts and organs, we are all quite different.
There is no one perfect body type or one way of eating for everybody. Your nutritional and exercise needs are specific to you and will change from one year to the next and one season to the other. The body you enjoyed in your 20’s will be different than the body you have in your 50’s and 60’s. The food that is best for you and your unique biochemical make up might make another person gain weight and feel depleted and sick. We are too different in so many ways to eat the exact same food and follow the exact exercise regimen as everyone else and expect the same results. A cookie cutter approach also doesn’t consider your personal preferences and lifestyle which makes these programs hard to maintain.
Weston Price was a dentist who studied indigenous communities around the world in the 1930’s.
Dr. Weston Price looked at the diets and health of primitive tribes that were beginning to experience the impact of modern civilization. During his twenty years of research, he concluded that the best diet for each population he encountered was the diet of their own ancestors. He found that no matter what the native diet looked like- all people within each tribe enjoyed good health and longevity until they began eating food not native to their own culture. The thing that they all had in common was that they were eating real, local, whole food, traditional to their cultures and unique biochemistry.
Diets don’t work
Giving up the diet mentality can be scary yet liberating. When we give up dieting we are breaking away from someone else’s rules and regulations and taking back our own voice and life. The fad diets and exercise routines will come and go but what your body knows and is trying to tell you will always be there.
It is time to get the incorrect and misguided messages out of your head. Treat your body with love and respect. Deprivation, calorie counting and starving yourself doesn’t work. It never has and never will.
The answers are simple. Eat real, whole, unprocessed foods and prepare them in a loving, nurturing way, filling your body with the vitamins and minerals you need to flourish and thrive. You deserve to eat well and so does your family.
Start with small steps. Drink more water the first week. Add in extra veggies or a salad the next week. Try a new recipe and experiment with new ingredients. Fill up on the good stuff as you slowly crowd out the foods that are not serving you well. Find ways to fit more movement into your day and pleasure into your life. Walk on the beach, get a weekly massage, jump rope with your kids, take a bath, run if you enjoy it. Skip it if you don’t. It is the small steps that create the big changes.
There are times when it is helpful to find a reliable professional who can support you, especially if you are dealing with a chronic health condition or serious disease. I recommend an integrative or functional medical provider who will take the time to search for the underlying cause of your symptoms and disease and not just hand you another prescription. They will collaborate with you on a more personalized plan based a thorough health history and targeted labs and clinical evaluations. Your observations and feedback will guide your healing progress once you are ready to commit to changing what isn’t working and listening to the powerful language your body is speaking.
Your Body Deserves the Best!
You deserve to feel awesome. It is not selfish to prioritize your own health and happiness. The greatest thing you can do for yourself and your family is to take care of yourself so you can be more fully present for yourself and for them. Sleep when you need to sleep. Move in a way that feels right and you enjoy. Eat when you are hungry. Don’t deprive yourself of all you can be and do. Don’t wait until everything is perfect, it never will be perfect for any of us. Don’t waste another day feeling like crap, that is not your destiny.
How would it feel to wake up every day feeling happy, strong, and energized?
What step will you take right now on your journey to better health?
Mary Moskowitz MS CHC is an Integrative Nutrition Coach and Certified Cancer Coach at www.mainelyhealthandnutrition and here at Integrative Health Center of Maine. She is passionate about supporting women in getting healthy first, so they can feel their best and let their body do what it knows best. As a cancer “thriver” she shares her own story of using food and lifestyle to heal while guiding others in their wellness goals.