Today I want to talk about a paradigm I learned at HCI while getting my Health Coach Certification. The paradigm goes like this “Your body is the most powerful, least expensive and best dietary experimentation lab in existence. This paradigm is so fascinating to me. Because ultimately it is the truth.
What other instrument can be used to test what works best for your needs? Your body, your biology, your chemistry is different than any body else on this planet. You are unique in all ways but specially when it comes to choosing the best way for you to lose weight and get healthy.
I have experimented numerous times on what works best for me and what will leave me less hungry and more energetic. What I choose to eat may not be what the next person chooses to eat. Maybe my protocol is to strict in their thinking, maybe they won’t agree with my experiences and education. And that is find. I tell myself so what. If this works for my body that is what counts. So, I want to go through a couple of the experimentations I have done over the years and what has worked best for me.
Low fat/No fat – this was all the rage in the late 80s and early 90s. This is the time of the Snackwell cookies. They were low fat and accepted on my diet. Little did I know at that time how these yummy little cookies were affecting the hormones in my body.
Counting calories – this concept to me made sense at the time. But the biggest reason I thought it was hard for me to stick with it was because it always put my focus on food. What I was going to be eating to stay with in my calorie count, always having to dig something out of my purse to write down what I was eating and the calories. This was before technology took off; pen and paper, baby. But not only that at this time there were very little restaurants that posted calorie counts and the internet was just starting out. But over time I realized that calories in and calories out isn’t very liable. I say this because if I ate the same number of calories that was sweet delicious cookies or candy as a healthy meal made with vegetables and butter; same calories but my body was going to respond differently.
Diet pills – so I tried a few more diet programs and none of them work for one reason or another by this point I was so frustrated. If I could have had my jaw wired shut I would have. But that was not an option. So, the next best thing I thought was to take away my hunger. Over time I tried 3-4 different types of pills. None of them worked long term. My body ended up adjusting to them. However, not before one of them caused my anxiety to shoot up to where I started experiencing my first panic attacks.
These are just a few of my experimentations in my beautiful lab I call my body. What finally worked for me is a couple of concepts.
- I finally learned through coaching that no matter what diet or protocol I choose to go with I will need to get myself mentally ready. To commit and know what I am in for and that no matter what I can handle it
- That for me the word “diet” is a word that to me became a word meaning restriction and failure. I now refer to the changes I make as protocol and lifestyle.
- Learning how my body responds to types of food. That my body was not designed to eat 6 meals a day. It needs to learn to use the fat off my body for energy.
Therefore, the protocol I use for myself is no flour and no sugar. I use intermittent fasting, which I give myself a window to eat and after that the window is closed. I do allow myself planned out pleasure foods. If I know what I am going to eat and how much than I can enjoy myself.
I would like to hear from each of you on what you have learned when experimenting in your laboratory.