Too Much Body Fat?
Deciding your personal perfect diet requires you to know your goals and be prepared to make thoughtful choices. Sometimes those goals are pointed toward obvious allergic or sensitivity “symptoms” (I eat that and this is what happens.)
Sometimes those symptoms are associated with chronic conditions. (My diabetic blood sugar is bad or my doctor says my triglycerides are too high and I have to lose some weight.) All of those are connected.
And sometimes a symptom is reflected in your mirror. No matter what angle you display in the mirror you don’t like the way it looks. (I want to fit into a smaller pant size, swim suit, or wedding dress.)
Diet Wars abound, diet structures being advocated as perfect for everyone. Clearly, at least to me, none of them are perfect for everybody.
However, if you need help, one diet structure program that I enthusiastically support is Nutrient Optimizer, created by Marty Kendall in Australia. Marty set out initially to build a perfect diet for his wife who is a Type 1 diabetic. Same issue as Dr. Diulus from earlier posts without the requirement that the solution had to be vegan.
Marty recently polled his members asking what foods gave them gut distress. In combination here are the answers I saw: cauliflower, starchy vegetables, dairy, pistachios, thickeners/gums, greens, fruit, onions, beans, grains, soy, wheat, white flour, corn, white sugar, artificial sweeteners, coffee, processed foods including oils.
One single person gave this list – starch, grain, legumes, starchy vegetables, sugar, greens, and fruit. A list of such breadth can really make the perfect diet a challenge. Note that participants know what gives them gut distress. Note also that it isn’t uncommon for certain foods to cause allergic reaction. You are not alone.
Nutrient Optimizer doesn’t care if you want to eat Paleo, Keto, Vegan. It doesn’t care that you have certain foods you can’t (or refuse) to eat. The program structure adapts to chronic conditions unique to the individual. Instead it has collected a huge database listing the macro and micro-nutrient content of plants and meats.
The program structure and database of NO allows any individual the ability to meet their nutritional requirements regardless of what foods they can’t eat or (based on their chronic conditions) shouldn’t eat.
Nutrient Optimizer only cares if you want help to be trim and healthy. The potential hard part is that participation requires commitment, the ability to use a computer, and a willingness to pay attention to detail. If you are up to the hard part, here is a link to get your started, https://nutrientoptimiser.com/
Solution Opportunity Without the Hard Part
If you find the hard part intimidating then start here.
It is evident that the highest priority is avoiding foods that make you sick (creating symptoms). Figure them out and eliminate them. A approach to elimination strategy will be outlined in a future article.
Second highest priority is dealing with chronic conditions. Last is concern with how you look in the mirror, last because dealing with the first two makes the third problem go away.
Attempting to deal with the mirror all by itself almost invariably results in trying to eat less (cut calories) until a certain number of pounds disappear as quickly as possible without concern for what is being eaten. Most often those lost pounds are just hiding out in the next room waiting for your attention to wane.
Quick Slam Dunk to Weight Loss
Nutrient Optimizer can be so helpful when there are difficult food reactions and chronic illnesses impacting diet choices. But when it come to just losing weight the structure of the food is perhaps the most important. This post explains that in some detail and will make an enormous difference in your ability to lose and keep weight off.
Too much weight is already contributing to or perhaps being caused by more dangerous conditions. A few years ago that extra fat was just a reflection in the mirror. Now it is associated with chronic health conditions diagnosed by a doctor. And it is associated with an epidemic.
An epidemic is a rapid spread of disease to a large number of people in a given population within a short period of time. In this case that population is close to the whole world which could actually be considered a pandemic.
Pat Smith is the author of “It’s All about the Food,” a book that guides nutritious food choices as the way to avoid illness and maintain a healthy weight. Proceeds from her book benefit the Montgomery County Food Pantry. Her website is http://www.allaboutthefood.org/ She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, 870-490-1836. Her Facebook page is www.facebook.com/patsmithbooks.