Brandy and Alexis explore Fat: A documentary, a recently released film about how our dietary guidelines came to be and what has or hasn’t changed in the past century. Vinnie Tortorich guides us through the food and fitness industry and why we have only continued to get heavier and sicker despite all of the recommendations available on ‘good health’.
Below are links to where you can find the movie, for rent or purchase, for the price of cup of coffee.
Brandy and Alexis aren’t perfect and neither is the rest of the world, so why do we put such unfair expectations on ourselves? Together they challenge the idea of a perfect diet and what that means in everyday life.
Finishing their last part in the saga that is Animals vs Plants and their effect on the planet. Responsible and ethically sourced animals products as well as some chit chat about the last leg of the carnivore/fitness challenge.
To find local farmers and shops selling ethically and responsibly sourced animal products. Visit EATWILD and click on your state.
I’m baaaaaack! We left off in January with me starting my individualized program with Brandy. As I explained in my earlier blogs, I was very resistant to doing anything that reminded me of my “old ways” of dieting. I did not want to count calories, weigh food, deprive myself, label foods “good” or bad”, or weigh myself constantly. I did not want to judge my day (or my character) based on how well I had “stuck to my diet.”
Brandy took this all into consideration and was able to devise a nutrition program, despite my “limits.” By the end of March, I had lost 19 pounds and I am maintaining that weight loss.
Learning about what my body needs for nutrition, the role macronutrients play, as well as timing of meals and snacks, has made this journey much easier than the deprivation diets of my past.
I can honestly say, I am able to practice my “program” at restaurants, parties, and people’s homes without any awkwardness or regret.
However, the last few months have not just been about losing weight. I have become even more aware of my self-talk and how easy it can be to see weight loss as the end all of accomplishment. Many times, I hear clients describe how happy they will be when they reach their weight loss goals. I occasionally found myself determining my accomplishments/happiness based on the scale.
Maybe it’s my age (~65) or maybe it’s my long career as a therapist, but I’m convinced happiness comes from within and it is based on what we tell ourselves.
If we tell ourselves we won’t be happy until we lose X amount of weight, we will probably be right. What if we were more proactive in our happiness and consciously looked at all we do, not just our weight. I recently heard an Oprah podcast that resonated with me and I would like to share it with you. (See link below)
Until then, be kind to yourself and let’s look at all our positives.