3 Things I Learned from Treatment

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1. I don't have to listen to the diet mentality. Before entering treatment and seeing medical doctors and certified dietitians (RDs), I thought that health meant eating "healthy" and exercising a lot.  Maybe you think that too.  I've been there.  It's a shameful place to be.  BUT, thankfully, that is not what health really is.

Health is more than the food you eat and the movement that is in your life.  Health involves social relationships, mental relationships, spiritual relationships, and yes, nutrition and movement but not the way society tells us.

I was flabbergasted (and quite frustrated to be honest) when I learned that these so-called facts society/media had been preaching are in fact completely false.

I thought by eating salads, cutting out carbs, eating low fat, running frequently, not always listening to hunger, and working out a lot, I was healthy.  However, I later learned that is quite the opposite.

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My dietician taught me that our bodies (ALL of us) need a balance of proteins, fats, and carbs. 

As you can see from this chart, eating all three of these parts in each meal and snack causes greater satiety levels (makes you feel more satisfied for longer).

Ever eat a salad and then feel "the munchies" later?  This is why!  Ever feel like you're CRAVING sugar like crazy?  That's your body saying, "SOS!!  Feed me now please!".

When your body is in desperate need of food, it craves sugar because that's the fastest source of energy.  Additionally, when you cut out carbs, your body craves glucose which comes in the form of sugar to your brain to help fill that missing piece.  {Of course, craving sugar is natural and good and amazing!   I'm explaining what a more than often extreme craving could mean.}

*Disclaimer:  I am not a doctor, but I just learned these things from certified dietitians and medical doctors! :)

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2) Eating more frequently is amazing!  Think of your metabolism like a fire.  When there is not enough wood in the fire, it begins to burn out.  Similarly, when your body does not receive food for an extended period of time, your metabolism slows down.

So, eating more frequently boots your metabolism!!

3) Your body knows what do with what it is given.   Eating more ever so often is completely okay.

One day, in group therapy at CFD, we read this article and WOW it opened my mind.  You can read the full article here, but I'll sum it up in case your brain is like "It's Friday!!  Too many words!!"  I feel that.

Why You are Probably NOT Going to Gain Weight This Thanksgiving

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“It’s time to get rid of the ‘naughty or nice’ mentality — you don’t need to apologize for anything you choose to eat,” Tribole says. (2).png

It talks about how our body knows what to do when extra food comes.  The cool thing is, our body is a lot smarter than we often give it credit for.  I mean think about it, before we learned all about our bodies, they were doing their thing!  

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the article {I put them in colors because...well, it's Friday :)}

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But here’s the thing_ The whole concept of holiday weight gain is largely a myth — one that’s been debunked by science..png

Even if, hypothetically, you were to eat fistfuls of Aunt Mabel’s homemade cookies every day through New Year’s, your body would probably return to its current state once you stopped..png

Even if, hypothetically, you were to eat fistfuls of Aunt Mabel’s homemade cookies every day through New Year’s, your body would probably return to its current state once you stopped..png

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As the school semester begins to wane, how can you reject the dumb diet mentality, trust your beautiful&amazing body, and honor your body+your hunger/fullness?   I hope you found these 3 points to be as helpful and encouraging as I did!

Lots of love, golden darlings! :)