Lisa Branscomb is a mom, wifey, pro bellydancer, lawyer, foodie, wild fun advocate, damn fool actor, sensual lifestyle goddess, not the typical wellness/weight loss coach and founder of LifeBliss Solutions.
Struggling with Weight? Try a Food Attitude Adjustment
Which statement best represents your current attitude about eating well? (For the purposes of this article eating well means at least 75% fresh fruits and vegetables and less than 10% processed food junk)
- I hate nutritious food.
- What is nutritious food?
- Well I gotta eat right but it is dreadful and challenging.
- Eating well is a sensuous and exciting food adventure!
So many people struggle with weight loss and maintenance because of their attitudes towards eating fresh plant-based food. Having a good attitude about eating well is the number one most important aspect of losing weight and keeping it off for a lifetime. The good news is, you can change a bad attitude to good in less than half a second.
The Secret to Healthy Weight Success
I love food. All kinds of food. But when I found myself 30 pounds overweight (looking fatter than a town bear) I knew I had to do something different. The one size fits all common weight loss buzzwords didn’t work for me because sensuality is a huge part of my lifestyle, which completely rejects any kind of diet. Although my favorite foods are donuts, cheez curls, and cookies, I had to expand my mind to accept fresh fruits and vegetables as delicious and attractive. Once I did that, I dropped the pounds with ease. The key here is expansion, not deprivation, and it’s all in your mind.
Bad Attitude Sabotage
Whenever someone loses a significant amount of weight by any means that are drastically far from their normal habits (lifelong maintenance plan) the weight loss is bound to reverse. This is precisely why restrictive diet attitudes don't work, because be for real, who likes being on a diet? And whether we want to admit it or not, fresh fruits and vegetables must be the stars of the show. I come across all kinds of poor food attitudes in my practice. I’ve seen that judging food as good or bad and diet and fitness martyrdom just don’t work. Wishing on a star to lose 100 pounds in 3 weeks while scarfing down hamburgers and french fries doesn’t work; Physically abusing our bodies with extreme exercise so we can eat whatever they crappy food we want and still lose weight doesn’t work. Choking down exclusively beige, packaged, fat-free, sugar-free, salt-free, gluten-free, flavor-free vegan diet sticks and stones for months on end, bragging about each sou l-killing meal on Twitter to impress others definitely doesn’t work! None of these strategies, which are wholly based on poor food attitudes can work because they all make healthy weight loss unsustainable.
For healthy weight loss to be sustainable, the eating plan must both include mostly fresh fruits and vegetables and bear at least some semblance to the normal way you’ll eat for the rest of your life, after you’ve lost your desired weight. In addition, each person has to find the unique balance between activity level and food consumption, which changes over time (a tricky topic to be covered another time) Having a cookie every now and then if you adore cookies while you are on your weight loss plan not only won’t hurt, but will do some good by keeping you sane as long as you move your body. Lose the fear of going cookie crazy and it won’t happen. Developing a loving relationship with fresh fruits and vegetables is the most powerful and effective tool.
Where to Start
The following ideas will positively effect your attitude towards food and therefore your weight loss and maintenance goals:
- Variety is good
- Forget the abstract concept of “moderation” and just have a cookie when you want one.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables are not diet food
- Fresh fruits and vegetables are beautifully colorful, fragrant, alive, and sensual
- Fresh fruits and vegetables can be enjoyed in endless unique and exotic combinations
- Fall in love with adventures with new fresh plant foods
- If the food looks appetizing and decadent you’ll begin to love it. (You should see my fried chicken-wing-and-french-fry-fiend coworkers chase me around the office when they see me with my nutrilicious fresh berry/banana and yogurt parfait in a footed glass dessert dish)
You can visit your local farmer’s market weekly to seek out high quality fresh foods; join your local produce delivery co-op to be pleasantly surprised by new fruits and vegetables; take a cooking class that focuses on fresh local foods. Finding a way to incorporate balance and variety into your lifestyle with the focus on fresh fruits and vegetables will keep you healthy (and happy!) for years to come.