A few weeks ago I watched a documentary about a man, who was extremely overweight, starting a journey to lose this weight by consuming only water for 40 days. I thought about my own struggles with weight loss as I watched him lose the weight, pound by pound, as each moment of the show ensued. Now, I know this has to be the most unhealthiest ways to lose weight but that was not my focus. My focus was on the fact that he was able to get through 40 days of drinking water only and not give up. Me? I have a hard time getting through day 1 as consistency has never been my strong suit in any area of my life. The desperation that he must have felt to get to a point where he denied his body any type of nourishment. I too, had been there but on the other hand I think if one could have that much desire and will power to only drink water for 40 days then why not just eat a healthy diet? I don’t have the answer. I will only be able to share with you what seeing this documentary has done for me and why I do what I do.
I have for many months been saying I must effectively master habit change. I know, for me and most others, this is the key to effective and long-term change. Watching this young man, who was obviously experiencing great inner turmoil, starve himself has made me want more than ever find the root causes of our battle with food addiction and obesity, find a solution and then apply it. To not only my own life but also by helping others with these same issue. I will share where I am now with you.
I found out a few months ago that I had two types of infections in my stomach and that I had to stop eating certain foods to get these infections under control and to figure out if I had any food allergies. I can tell you that I was all on board to be eating a healthy diet especially since I have been trying to do this for many, many years with consistency. So, one would think because I have inflammation in my gut due to a poor diet that has caused malabsorption of almost all nutrients in turn causing a multitude of health issues including the loss of hair would make changing my diet pretty easy, right? WRONG! The doctor told me that I needed to cut out all sugar, gluten, dairy, wheat and anything processed including items that contained preservatives and additives. So, that leaves me with organic cuts of meat, organic fruits and veggies(because of the pesticides) and raw seeds and nuts. I am an addict and I don’t have any problem admitting that. I wake up thinking about food and go to bed thinking about food but not the food that they told me I could eat! I love sweet, sugary food items, yeasty bread, highly processed food and SODA is something that I could not live without. I did well for the first 11 days but I can tell you I spent most of my time either in bed or at work. I wasn’t living but doing just enough so that I could get through the moment. Then I went on vacation and fell off the wagon. I was sick for a whole week after going back to my terrible diet. I was bloated and gassy! All of my symptoms that subsided were back with a vengeance and even then with all this anguish I STILL had a hard time getting back on track. I guess what I am trying to say is this journey is not just about wanting and desiring to lose weight. It is about finding the root cause and dealing with it. As I mentioned before, I want more than ever to effectively change my habits. I have been reading and teaching myself about effective habit change and addressing my own issues that drive my food addiction. I am now on day 3 of this elimination diet and have set a goal to complete 40 days and then add back in only whole food based healthy snack options. The combination of addressing my issues and having a game plan through effective habit change will allow me to be successful in becoming the healthiest person that I can be.
I am currently pursuing my license in health coaching and hope to help others as I also help myself. I say continue to help myself because I know it is a life long journey. I want to help others use their desperation, the same as what I and the young man above experienced, as motivation to push them into positive, long-lasting changes in their lives. I BELIEVE there are many pathways to reach this goal as we are not all the same but all of these paths start with effective habit change.