A Healthy Kitchen

In my new free videos, I put together tons of tips and tricks on how, and why, to eat good food. I walk you through step-by-step how to identify unhealthy food and what healthy alternatives to keep stocked in your kitchen so you’ll always have healthy choices on hand.

So be sure and check them out at 5 Simple Steps To Creating A Healthy Kitchen. I would love to know what you think; is anything missing that you’d like to see added, what was the most helpful part. Please be sure to provide feedback in the Comments section under each video, I’ll be checking in regularly. A “Like” is always welcome – if you liked it, of course.

If you like those videos and want to learn more about how food works in the body, how food causes disease and what you can do to use food as medicine, then be sure to check out my online Healthy Food-Happy GenesTM – Lifestyle course.

Something else pretty exciting that happened over the last week is that PBS contacted me and is interested in doing a story on “Is Disease Hereditary?” and my story / message! I’m in the process of identifying a functional medicine physician to participate in the interview with me and a sponsor to cover the filming expenses that are not covered by PBS funding. So stay tuned! Super exciting.

The Secret to Weight Loss

Now, to the main point of today’s blog – the real SECRET to weight loss…

stop trying to lose weight!

When I ask my family, friends and clients how they’ve lost weight in the past and why it didn’t work, almost all of them said the same thing: “well, when I got down to the weight I wanted (or the size I wanted), I stopped doing what I was doing.”

This is PRECISELY why your goal should not be losing “x” amount of weight or getting down to “x” size. Because you focus on doing something to get to that number and then when that number is reached, you stop doing that ‘something.’

Your body evolved to be healthy; that is its default state. The absence of health is disease, and for most people (about 65%) the first symptom of disease is weight gain.

Health as Your Goal

If you want to be healthy and at your normal, healthy weight, then do what healthy people do…eat healthy food.

The goal is – health.

Health is simply respecting your body and honoring it for the incredible life that it is.

You don’t have to count calories, measure portions or even keep a list of what you should or shouldn’t eat.

The easiest way to control your weight is to set the proper goal – health – not weight.

You are a natural being, if you eat natural food then your body and mind will return to (and remain in) your natural, default state of health.

And what is natural food?

It is from nature. It grows.

It is not made, assembled, or processed.

Your body is amazing at surviving and can do so for quite some time (more for some than others depending on your genes) on non-nutritive colorless energy sources. And often throughout the years, your body tries to tell you with hints, subtle nudges and eventually screams that it doesn’t like how you’re treating it.

The hints may be a few extra pounds, forgetting where you left your keys, irritability, negative thoughts, low self-esteem or tiredness. If ignored, these might evolve into aches and pains, insomnia, dizziness, depression or pre-diabetes. After a few decades, the body starts shutting down – you’re diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, ulcerative colitis diverticulitis, myasthenia gravis, asthma, multiple sclerosis or a number of other autoimmune conditions, anxiety- or depressive-related disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome, dementia, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.

After 3 decades of learning how the human body works by means of 2 university science degrees, advanced physiology courses, immunology research and almost 20 years of evaluating medical studies, I am constantly fascinated with what medicine discovers about the human body – and mind.

Because of this understanding that I have gained, I want so badly to help other people understand this also – to help them learn how to listen to their bodies – because certainly if you knew what it was trying to tell you, you wouldn’t choose to continue to treat it so badly.

You Don’t Have to Eat Bad Food to Enjoy Eating

So many overweight people who talk with me about deciding to eat healthy, have a common defense: “What’s the point of eating healthy so I can live to be 100 years old if I’m going to be miserable the whole time because I can’t eat [ice cream, milk, bread…fill in the blank]?”

I challenge you to find someone who has discovered healthy eating AND who is miserable because of it!

The flavors, colors and textures of real, whole food are absolutely amazing. But even more so, the way you feel, think  and move when you are healthy is an experience you will never again risk losing.

One misconception held by many people who have not yet stepped into the ‘light’, is that you will have to deprive yourself of some particular “favorite” food (that obviously has an unhealthy emotional grip on you if you would rather die, literally, than stop eating it).

In reality, when the majority of your diet is plants and protein, then it will be well-tooled to handle an occasional non- or less-nutritive treat. What most people discover, however, is that after eating healthy nutritious food for about a month (sometimes in as little as a week), a return to those previously “favorite” foods is what ends up making you miserable.

And that is a message you should certainly heed.

Mindset Shift

What ever you tell yourself you want to do, is what you will do. If you don’t want to be healthy, you won’t. If you don’t want to like kale, you won’t. If you want to give healthy eating a try, you will. If you want to have fun with it and be challenged creatively with new foods and flavors, you will.

Indeed, changing eating habits is never easy. Humans often use food to fill gaps in their lives that are not otherwise being met.

Loneliness, stress, anxiety, or low self-esteem related to yourself, your finances, or your heart. This is why one of the most important steps to eating healthy is to first identify your relationship with food and then find a more appropriate coping mechanism to address those unmet needs.

Reach out to friends, family, or even online support groups to get the love and nurturing you need for your journey. Find new ways to engage in life that you haven’t done in a while like taking a dance or art class, listening to music every day, or spending a little time in nature. Reconnect with an old friend. Smile at someone you don’t know.

I encourage you to choose health and wish you the best on your journey.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions or comments by posting them below. And as always, I would love to have you share your story about your struggles or successes with food so that others may be inspired.

To your health and happy genes!
Renée