Food is undoubtedly a sensitive subject. Our dietary choices are made up of countless factors like our emotions, availability of food, our culture, our health needs, our economic status, and many more. While our dietary choices and personalities behind these choices vary immensely, most of us have a strong desire to do well and to be proud of ourselves. We want to believe that our choices are ultimately supporting us and many times we will go to great lengths to rationalize or convince others that we are making the right choices. Sometimes we are so ingrained in our beliefs, regardless of what credible information is given to us, that we reject any new information. As a result, we may never change. Some people even experience learned helplessness, frequently creating rationales for not trying simply because they don’t believe in themselves. Take the individual who has tried dieting over and over again with no success. Eventually they lose confidence in themselves and start to use the excuse that they do not have the time to care about their health, or that their hormones are to blame, and they are doomed for failure.
This gets even more complicated when individuals rationalize behaviors because they are addicted and/or dependent on them. For instance, alcohol dependents might quickly support the idea that alcohol contains antioxidants and other health benefits in order to support their habit. Those addicted to high fat and high caloric foods will quickly support the ketogenic diet, a diet that encourages adding excessive amounts of fat with little emphasis on providing adequate nutrition. Regardless of how flawed or biased the research may be related to certain diets or foods, we will go to great lengths in order to support our most favorite foods and addictive behaviors. When research is funded by the very own brands or food groups that the study is evaluating, you need to be extremely leery of the results. When the dairy industry funds a researcher for publishing a study related to the health benefits of consuming milk, for example, you better believe it that there are conflicts of interest at play. Conventional dietary wisdom and medicine is heavily influenced by social and political ties.
If you have tried all kinds of diets yet your weight continues to fluctuate, or you still experience health conditions like hormonal imbalance, lack of menstrual periods, constipation, or sluggish energy, it’s time to reconsider these methods. Are they reallysupporting your health and wellness goals? A diet that made you lose 10 pounds overnight, yet you are still experience abdominal pain or constipation, is NOT a long-term solution to promote vibrant health and wellness. You are not protecting yourself from disease. You are not experiencing your best health. What is the point of obtaining a specific number on the scale if you feel terrible on the inside? Life is about feeling your best, not just looking your best. Unfortunately, we live in a diet culture where we have forgotten what true health actually feels like. You are muchmore than a number on a scale! Take a step back, think about all of the different things you have tried, whether it was a diet, supplement, or medicinal herb. It might be time to reconsider something new, but something that will finally have long term results.