I feel like a lot of people are looking for a magic solution to their weight and health problems, and there are so many books and “experts” out there saying they have that solution, but they aren’t backed by any kind of science–and you actually found it. How can people sort out the crap from the facts when it comes to nutrition, and how can they find the diet that works for them?
It really takes practice. We’re such an outside-in culture, which means we’re always looking for the solution outside of ourselves. But I’m a big believer that there’s no right way for everybody, and that we have to listen to our own inner-guidance systems to get clear information.
So, what I’ve found, is that when I read Healthy for Life, it felt so exciting, and I had this real gut instinct that it was right for me. And then I put it into practice and it worked, so I knew I was right. But, as I’ve gone along, I’ve still tried a million different things–I just really love experimenting–but I always come back to low-glycemic eating. You just have to try it and see if you feel good. It seems fairly obvious, but that’s the best way to go.
If you’re reading a book or an article and it feels expansive, listen to that. If it feels like “Oh my gosh, this is going to be too hard,” or if it seems like someone else is going to do the work for you, try to re-center and listen to your body. Eat a healthy meal, and then go to the grocery store–don’t go hungry, or else you’ll be done before you’ve even started–and see which aisle you’re pulled to.
You’ve now created a program around the diet, and it’s helping others. Can you explain your program a little?
Sure! It’s called the Foxy Bod, and I created it with a vitamin product line that I’ve been taking since I was 12, and they have a really wonderful line of bars and shakes to help people get off the blood sugar roller-coaster. Because, when you’re spiking your blood sugar constantly, even if you know you know you need to stop, there’s a biological response that makes it really, really difficult to stop eating sugar and refined carbohydrates. So there’s a high-fiber, five-day cleanse that gets you off that. And then in the following 28 days, we work to give people resources and tips to teach them how to eat low-glycemic. Which, for people who it works for, also has other great side-effects, like sleeping better, having more energy, and having fewer break-outs, in addition to weight loss.
And you said in your article that going low-glycemic has helped you sleep better and have more energy and all of those things, and it seems like, for a lot of people, that’s how they really know when a diet is working.
Yes! When we find a way of eating and nourishing ourselves that really works for us, our bodies really respond. Whether it’s your hormonal health, your weight, your mood–there’s so much that works better. And it makes you a better friend and a better person, and it’s so much easier to live that way.
I mean, everyone else was eating gluten-free for a while, so I tried that and I felt terrible. I had no energy, it was awful, so I was like, “Well, I guess this isn’t a thing for me.”
Right! And for some people, that just doesn’t work. For others, low-fat doesn’t work. The fact is that some things work for some people, and some don’t.
Exactly. And that’s what’s so great about how much information we have available to us. On one hand, you’re inundated and overwhelmed. On the other hand, there’s great freedom in knowing what’s out there and being able to look for new information–but you do have to sharpen your inner guidance system and listen to your own intuition and know that everything doesn’t work for everybody.
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