The revised version of Ditch the Weight and Gain your life has been a long time coming. Previously printed and published in 2009, five years later and a changed world.
The rise of internet media, gurus springing up with good intention, and susceptible people wanting to change has created new awareness, and but also an unleashed of information on an unsuspecting audience. With all information, a little understood can be very dangerous. Every professional will say the same, if not similar thing about information in their field. In the space of health and nutrition, this seems to of exploded. It seems, people with very little training in the science of the body are now experts in how and why we are sick and what to do about it, in the matter of a weekend or 18 months.
I can hear many argue that the “‘medical professionals’ have been indoctrinated by the drug companies.” Yes they have been exposed to drug data sheets, drug reps and science. I would also argue back that many of the new gurus have been indoctrinated by the New Age, the left wing thinkers, extremists and potentially money making speakers of the Super Clean, the Paleo, the Raw movement etc. One of my points here is that there are two polar opposite views of health and well being. One is coming from treating the symptoms people have created during the course of their, at times, poor choices creating disease; the other is lets prevent disease in the first place by choosing the cleanest, most nutrient rich foods possible, reduce the total chemical load and banish everything else from our homes and plate.
As a nutritionist, I have empathy for both sides of this debate. I have been trained in ‘medical’ dietetics and nutrition with hard core science background, and developed a significant interest in self care, and healing using food, preferably limiting toxicity and symptoms by treating the cause in the first place. Over the years, I have moved from educating people with lifestyle diseases to now people who have food intolerance, beginnings of Auto-immune conditions and other weird symptoms going on. Sometimes it is quite simple, and it is the food that is the trigger. Sometimes it is certainly tied up with a much deeper condition such as trauma and unresolved issues.
Being a believer in spirit, soul and body as explored in this book, I also belief the body talks to us when we choose experiences that are not in alignment to what we are to be doing. I see this in my own life experiences and have also borne witness to many a client as well. From experience, when we listen to the body and support it, ask our truest selves what is meant to be at any given moment, and then we are able to transform many things. I will also note at this point however, that ‘bad’ things, or experiences the mind would much rather avoid is also for our betterment, and as described in the book “Conversations with God” we are, at a level choosing the experience to delve into a deeper insight and understanding of love and transformation.
Where do I currently sit? I have in truth, struggled with life in general. My story to date, which I hope is coming to the end of my hero journey on that particular set of experiences. I have, it seems struggled with core fundamentals of being most of my life, for starters, I didn’t want to be here, and have fought to be a wallflower ever since. So now that to be in this existence, currency is required, and the realization that I may have some God given gifts that I have been using, quietly mind, have a need to come out of hiding. For a wallflower this is similar to being naked in the girls bathroom, let alone in an open field with nudists.
While on this theme, let me explain the title Ditch the Weight and Gain Your life. This is a two fold sequence of words. One is a play on words – ditch the weight – yes many may think weight loss, but its intent is really ditch the weight of thought and life. The original work in 2009 was around creating a physical change, with some mind awareness. I intent to flip this in this version and focus on what we can change to drop the weight: the weight of guilt, should and musts; the weight of self dislike, or disbelief. I hope to instill in the reader the possibility that there are many other ways of dealing with health and while food is a significant part, it is not the be all and end all. I have a thing about cutting out and avoiding, following rules and generally living in a Machiavellian view. As a society, we have forgotten how to self care, to self love, and there fore how to love another. As the saying goes, we cannot give what we ourselves do not have, for that would be stealing, and a poor substitute at that. On this note, I will also say I am not pure, perfect or have it all together. No, I am sharing my interpretation of the messages given so clearly by numerous leaders in the fields written about here. I am not a leader of thought, or sharing anything new, or inspired or downloaded from the universe. My inspiration for this book is to bring together my insights into life and change over the last 20 years or so, with the body and food as a central component. Well, I am a dietitian after all. If I didn’t talk about food, its impact and change on the body I just wouldn’t be doing my job.
I will suggest to you, the reader, to develop a quizzical mind, a mind that asks questions of your intellect, and also your body. When we tap into our own body wisdom and listen to it, we can be guided easier to what feels right for you at any given moment. As this book is not about losing weight, looking like a super model, being a super person, but more about giving you the reader tools to interpret your understanding of health and what this means to you, yourself and only you.
It is a given each person’s journey and life reason is unique to themselves. The emotional and mental changes required to make life easier is also unique. Interestingly though, many reasons why people don’t change seem to be in the disbelief we are worth looking after. For instance, the mother who puts herself last – always putting others first; the teen who thinks they must follow the fads, even the dangerous ones, because they don’t feel good enough; the dad who feels the need to reward or keep doing the same things as once a teenager in the avoidance of ‘getting’ older.
Our mind is very powerful and we can change anything about ourselves, but there is an even more powerful force playing out under the surface. Our emotional-energy attachment to things gone by, what we inherited via our genes, stories passed from one generation to the other and the beliefs or values we place onto these incidents. Our story, while is a narrative of our life to date, is not a predictor of the future. Our story however, is the blueprint of how we are likely to react, our predictable knee jerk reaction to deep experiences.
It is a pleasure to work with people who are connected or at least curious about this belief. That we are what we think (not eat though this is debatable as you will see). Our perception, beliefs, values, thoughts create the actions, and reinforces the deeply held ideas of what is ‘right, wrong’ good and bad, and “Well damn, it, what should be” Over the last few years, more and powerful research is showing which is not spoken about very often, if at all in the mainstream medical arena. If one ventures into the fields of NLP (neuro-lingistic programming), research by Candace Pert, meditation, process or energetic healing, metaphysics and the like, one can see the potential in healing the deeply seated issues of our past, and our forefathers results in changed life experiences, and a much more rewarding life. Basically, when we love ourselves, at the deep level, the choices we make tend to be more self loving and appreciating, which in turn rewards us with health and vitality.
A dietitian with an interest in mind, body, skill development and empowering people to help themselves. After living a lifetime in the first 40, it is now time take it easier and let things be and help others get their their 'life'.
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