Swimsuit Blues – Cheer Up!
I’m leaving for Martha’s Vineyard this week where I’m going to relax and also speak about Healthy, Sexy, Happy. Going on a beach vacation requires a bathing suit. This year I was too busy to shop so I bought a white Body Glove swimsuit from Zappos without trying it on. This suit doesn’t know if it’s a bikini or one piece. I guess it’s a hybrid; it’s a bikini in the back with cut out sides and a full front. I was happy with it when I tried it on. I wondered though how I would have felt about this suit ten, twenty, and even thirty years ago.
My body is different than it was in my twenties and thirties. It’s not perfect, but it’s the body my body wants to have. This is a difficult concept for a lot of women because we’re all supposed to have the same stick body as the girls in magazines. But maybe that’s not the body you’re genetically designed to have. Turns out, mine’s a lot more curvy than it was when I was a runner. Like! (Surprisingly.)
How did I arrive at contentment about my body? Simple. I stopped dieting forever. Instead I focused on eating a balanced diet of real, whole, living food, and practiced the other aspect of my Healthy, Sexy, Happy program that are designed to integrate the mind, body, and spirit.
But let’s focus just on losing body fat. Fifty years ago, Adele Davis wrote, “To say that obesity is caused merely by consuming too many calories is like saying that the only cause of the American Revolution was the Boston Tea Party.” From talking to people over the last fifteen years I get that there are many reasons that people are overweight. Sometimes people can be overweight on normal amounts of food. Here’s how:
- Chronic yo-yo dieting, results in down-regulated thyroid function and up-regulated insulin response to incoming food.
- MSG, which is in all factory-produced food, is clinically proven to cause obesity.
- A low functioning thyroid as a result of adrenal fatigue, or from consumption of soy products as soy contains goitrogens, which dampen thyroid function. Soy also contains phytoestrogens, which act as endocrine disruptors, mimicking the actions of estrogen. In this case, the plant estrogen estrogen packs on the pounds.
- Xenoestrogens are also endocrine disruptors. Both phytoestrogen and xenoestrogen exposure can create fake hormones called “obesogens”. Obesogens mimic estrogen and mis-program stem cells to become fat cells. Obesogens are thought increase fat storage, change metabolic set points, disrupt appetite and satiety all of which promotes fat accumulation and obesity.
Even just one of these factors could keep someone fat forever, but if they are all combined, which is often the case, it’s going to be very difficult for that person to lose body fat. Thus, the ongoing frustration and heartbreak of dieting.
And it really sucks when summer comes and you’ve dieted all year and you still can’t put on a swimsuit and feel good about it.
The diet industry just loves it when you feel that way because this multi billion dollar industry feeds on heartache. Take your pick: Low calorie, low carb, and the worst of all low fat.
Enter researchers stage right. Oh that lucky researcher who figures out how people can take a pill and lose weight. There are many out there who would love to make that happen. In fact, there are regular reports in the paper about researchers discovering some new reason why people are overweight and obese. Just today I read about research that insists that biological systems force us to eat. Researchers have discovered that as soon as the taste of fat hits a rat’s taste buds, their digestive track begins producing marijuana like chemicals called endocannabinoids. In other words, the rats get the munchies for more fat. And these chemicals were only released when the rats tasted fats, not when they tasted protein or even sugar (though sugar instigates craving and bingeing through other pathways).
The researchers saw this as alarming, as conventional medical opinion still clings to the tired and disproven theory that fat kills. Now they’re scrambling to create a drug to block these chemicals in the system. The only problem is the drug they came up with called Acomplia came with severe psychological side effects.
Is it possible that this drug has such horrible psychological side effects because the brain knows that humans need fat to survive and thrive? I’m not talking about corn, safflower, sunflower, cottonseed, canola, and soy oils. These are the fats in factory-produced food that have caused the epidemic of obesity, depression, and disease that we are mired in.
I’m talking about good fats. Organic butter, the fat and red meat of grass fed cows, coconut oil, cod liver oil, primrose, borage, black current oil, and olive oil. These fats are used in your body to make things like hormones, neurotransmitters, and cells. The cholesterol in these fats is used to repair things so that your house stays maintained. In short, good fats promote optimal health.
Eating a balanced diet of real, whole, living food including fat is the long-term solution to achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight. Even if you’ve been eating factory food your entire life, your body desires to be well. All of the factors listed above that have kept you overweight can be reversed. Your body is just waiting on you.
What is optimal health? Everyone’s optimal health is different because we’re starting at different places depending on how we were raised. I was raised on factory produced food. I smoked from ages 14 to 24. When I was in mid forties I suffered a thyroid crash. You may things in your past that have affected your mind, your body, and your spirit. We all do. The goal is to achieve YOUR optimal health, not someone else’s. That means that your body is going to shrink down to where you are genetically predisposed to be. Maybe you’ll be curvier. And maybe you’ll like it.
Peace, Fun, Love.
Your girlfriend in health,