Why diets do not work

Have you ever notice that men eat differently to women? Children, teens and adults all have very different preferences and needs as they grown and develop. People who work in an office eat differently to those who do manual labor. Our personal tastes and preferences, metabolic rates, culture, and genetic backgrounds influence what foods will and won’t nourish us.

So, when the experts say, “dairy is good for you” or “fat is unhealthy,” it’s too much of a generalization. That’s why fad diets don’t work in the long run. They are not based on the reality that we all have different dietary needs. One person’s food is another person’s poison.

For example, even salads aren’t going to be right for everyone, especially for those who tend to feel cold and fatigued.

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Viewed from the Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, the digestive system is like a furnace.  Putting “wet wood” on it will only dampen the fire and make it work less efficiently. For people with poor digestion, raw foods are like that damp wood. The furnace has to work very hard to burn them and uses up too much energy.

Warming or partially cooking foods may help tremendously in these cases. It isn’t necessary to over cook, simply sautéing or lightly steaming vegetables can enhance the ability to digest them. Most herbs and spices are warming and adding them to foods will also aid in the digestive process.

For non-vegetarians with poor digestion, it is important to cook certain foods well and keep the quantity low and quality high. Think of that furnace, partially burned wood is easier to burn. Hardwoods burn more slowly.  Meats fall into the hardwood category.  Soups and stews are especially useful for those with weak digestive systems. The food is cooked slowly so less nutritional value is lost and yet the end product is easy to digest. Marinating meats is another way to ‘season the wood’ so it burns more readily.

Some people will, however, benefit tremendously from a raw food diet. Those with strong digestive systems tend to feel warm and have more energy than those with poor digestion. Ideally those who decide to pursue the raw food diet for healthy weight loss should use locally grown organic vegetables and only for short periods of time. Otherwise the digestive fire will go out!

In my Food Coaching and my  Wellness coaching sessions we explore different ways of eating in order to create a personalized approach that is just for you, depending upon age, where you live, activity level, work, health, personal preferences and tastes. Hectic and busy lifestyles, don’t mean your nutritional needs have to suffer.

Here are a few important tips to keep in mind:

  • Adopt lifestyle changes that will help you reach your short and long-term goals of achieving a satisfying and healthy life
  • Clarify your health goals so that you can implement healthy and sustainable behaviors
  • Maintain wellness that is conducive to optimal wellbeing
  • Learn about the powerful antioxidant rich foods that boost your health, fertility, hormonal health, improve your mood and reduce your risk of obesity, diabetes heart disease, cancer, other degenerative and lifestyle diseases

There are so many different weight loss diets with conflicting information about what works and what doesn’t. It can be quite confusing.   I am quite often asked to optimize my clients weight loss programs. I achieve this by drawing on ancient Traditional Chinese and Japanese medicinal wisdom developed over centuries and combine this with modern science and my culinary skills. Controlling weight can be a frustrating process.

Each weight loss program has its own individual proponents because no one diet plan works for everyone. Following the philosophy of bringing the body into balance to enhance wellness while individual differences are taken into account is the key.

Come and have a free 30 minutes consultation with me and lets design a program that works for you! Phone 0410511682