"Mindfulness" is the buzzword of the month. In this case it means pay attention to what you eat and how it will affect you in the future. If you are like me, you've tried any number of diet plans and failed miserably on all of them. When I was finally ready to let go of what wasn't working and embrace a lifestyle change, everything came together. I was already 58 year old and 110 lbs overweight. Diets of moderation or deprivation just don't have the consistent long term desired benefits. Unlearning to depend on animal products and processed oils only required me to change my mind on the basics of healthy nutrition. I rejected the anecdotal advice, the flashy TV ads, fad diets and plans of moderation. Instead I learned to pay attention to the mountain upon mountain of science based, peer reviewed literature that all pointed in the same direction. Simply remove all the food and food-like products that came from anything that ever had a face and a mother and the rest takes care of itself.
Skip forward 2 years, to age 60 and the 110 lbs was gone. Skip again 2 more years to age 62 and it's still gone! For anyone who is on the Standard American Diet and suffering the consequences the entire PBNSG.org team is ready and willing to guide you on your transition journey. Whether you are just a little overweight, morbidly obese, Diabetic, Hypertensive, coping with heart disease, worried about high cholesterol or having a concussion or a number of other chronic illnesses affecting you, they can all be treated and avoided with a Plant Based Whole Foods No Oil diet and a good helmet.
Where you are in your personal journey is not important. What is important is that you take ownership of the process and understand that this is YOUR journey. Your personal Doctor may be the nicest person ever to draw breath, but if yours is like mine, the likelihood is that your problem will be met with a prescription and the statement: "You know what to do. Eat less and get more exercise." On to the next patient.
We all know that already, but two thirds of the time, it doesn't work. We need only go to the mall or anywhere people gather to see the epidemic of obesity and its related illnesses. Medical professionals are taught how to treat chronic illness but get very little if any training in proper nutrition as a means of preventing and reversing it. It isn't being taught to the doctors so we know it isn't being taught to the patients. We just go about our business eating all the low fiber, high fat, sugary, salty foods that we've addicted ourselves to and expect the doctors to make us better when that chest pain starts, that blood sugar gets out of control or those hip and knee joints need replacing due to all that extra weight they have been subjected to over the years.
These medical problems are not your Doctor's problem. He or she has no skin in the game. These issues are associated with your body and they are your problem. Taking a pill or having a procedure done to treat a symptom is not going to address the causation. When diesel fuel damages your gasoline engine you would recognize your mistake and stop using the wrong fuel. You would never say that you will only use the diesel fuel in moderation. The food that you are eating is causing the obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Switch to the proper fuel, the problem goes away and you can stop trying to manage it. Learn from your past mistakes that brought you to this point. Make the changes that will shape your future.
The ironic thing is that you will be eating more food more often than you are used to and losing weight. There is never a reason to feel hungry. Foods that are nutritionally dense, high in fiber and contain no animal fat will help keep you feeling full. You get all the nutrition that you need without the excessive calories associated with fats and oils.
Exercise is good for you, but it is not an essential part of getting that weight down. If you want to go for a walk, run, bicycle, swim or go to a gym, that's great. Your heart is a muscle and will benefit from the exercise. But what you really have to focus on is what you eat. When the weight starts coming off it becomes much easier to get some exercise. Think of it as a wonderful side effect. You will weigh less, have more energy and feel good about yourself in less than a month! There are no doctors, surgical procedures or medications anywhere that will do this for you. Stick with it and reap the rewards. You earned them!