January 4, 2011

A New Year’s Resolution You Can Stick To. ~ Marcie Goldman, HHC

Photo courtesy Alan Cleaver

Why Your Chances of Losing Weight This Year Are Much Higher If You Don’t Make it Your New Year’s Resolution

The New Year is a great time to recommit to your health goals.
But please, don’t sabotage it by telling yourself you’re going to “lose weight.” That’s so last year (and the year before and the year before that). It’s not working (have you noticed?)! Stop putting your precious energy and hopes on another misguided pipe dream. I’m not saying you can’t lose weight; I’m saying you can’t lose weight successfully — that means long-term — by making ‘weight loss’ your immediate goal. You wind up resorting to temporary fixes and ignore the fundamental reasons why you’ve gained weight in the first place.

The Trick to Successful Weight Loss
My clients know that the trick to losing weight is to be healthy. Weight loss is a natural side effect to being balanced (that includes balanced- hormones, adrenals, thyroid, digestive system, diet, sleep and more). We’ve been going at it all wrong. The billion dollar weight loss industry doesn’t care – but I do. I’m passionate about helping people not suffer needlessly; dieting is an accepted form of collective suffering. If you ask me, Einstein was right when he said, “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, and expecting different results.” Well, I say, do it differently this year! I’m about to give you one of the least known tips to jump start your sustainable weight loss plan for 2011. It’s proven, sane, and much easier than what you’ve been doing for those of you on the yo-yo diet/weight loss train.

If you’re looking for a quick fix, do not read any further. What you’re about to get is sound nutrition advice that will change your relationship to food and your body for the rest of your life.

Foods to Avoid For More Pleasure
Have you noticed how some meals make you feel good and some leave you bloated, ‘icky,’ and ‘blah’ (these are technical terms)? Your body digests some foods better than others. You know this on some level but you haven’t been listening to what this really means for your health and well-being. Besides, it tastes good.

Begin by taking inventory of the foods and meals that leave you feeling good & energized and the foods that leave you uncomfortable, guilty, & depressed. Start avoiding the foods you suspect you do not digest well. Be discriminating: you don’t want to skimp yourself out of feeling fantastic. (Some of you may already know which foods to avoid from a food intolerance test).

This is the perfect focus for your New Year’s ‘get healthy’ resolution. I’m not saying it will be easy for everyone, but neither is restricting calories and I’m sparing you from doing that. With the momentum of ‘starting fresh,’ you may find it effortless. Knowing you’re healing your digestive system, targeting the underlying cause of weight gain, and getting results will be highly motivating. Expect to see changes as early as a few days, or from ~2 to 6 weeks if you’re committed and diligent.

Take this first step seriously and you’ll be ready to move on to step two of your health makeover plan. The first step might just be one of the most profound health-related self discoveries you ever make.

If you’re not sure where to start or which foods you have trouble digesting, begin by avoiding gluten. I know you’ve been hearing about gluten lately and for some of you it makes you want to go eat a slice of pizza, but that urge could very well be a sign that it’s definitely a good idea to try this experiment. The foods we don’t digest well are often the foods we crave. Unfortunately, we literally get high off endorphins that are created from a histamine-like response that occurs when we can’t digest properly.

Plus, gluten is a difficult protein for most people to digest, found in wheat, rye, barley and non-gluten-free oats. With properties similar to glue, it can be an energy draining grain with side effects that include depression and weight gain.

Start your New Year off doing a simple 2-4 week experiment to see how much better you look and feel by taking a load off your digestive system. Need more convincing?

Here Are 6 Reasons A ‘Restricted’ Diet is Truly Liberating:

1.  Avoiding food intolerances is one of the secrets to health and lasting weight loss. Release one of the possible roadblocks that has been slowing your progress down for years.

2.  You simply feel better (often a helluva lot better).

3.  It’s okay to say “no.” The more you do, the easier it is and the better it feels. Surprisingly, we like to say “no” more than we think. Saying “no” is actually saying “yes” to yourself!

4.  Restaurants, friends, & family are more and more accommodating. For one, restaurants have to compete with one another to be the best. The more you speak up and tell them what you’re looking for, the more you get what you want. It’s win-win. You both get to be successful. Plus, friends and family want you to be happy. Usually, any resistance comes from just not understanding or knowing what to make you for dinner. Help them out by sharing your food and recipes.

5.  People are interested. Whether they make it known our not, they’re curious. Everyone wants to feel and look good. The buzz word at my holiday table this year was ‘gluten-free.’ I could hardly believe these dishes were the first things people wanted to try?! So, not wanting to avoid foods that are causing you harm because you don’t want to be different or you don’t want to have to say “no” is really preventing you from sharing the wealth, being a role model, and ultimately saying “yes” to yourself.

6.  It’s not forever! Sometimes after healing your digestive system, you are able to reintroduce your favorite foods back into your diet. Of course, choosing the best quality foods will prevent problems from reoccurring. For some of you, this is temporary.

If you’d like more help on figuring out your food intolerances or are worried about uncontrollable cravings preventing you from being successful, contact me to set up a one-on-one consultation.  There’s no reason you can’t accomplish this and I’d be happy to help you discover this important key to long-term weight loss success.

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

To your success,

Marcie Goldman, HHC

There’s nothing that lights up Marcie Goldman more than getting you glowy-good health – and she does that by helping you start fresh. Marcie had to unlearn all the so-called “nutrition facts” before she got healthy and that’s where she starts with her clients.

Then she fills you up with fad-free, counter-culture, result based nutrition recommendations to get you off the diet-crazy-train and back in control of your appetite. 

Marcie has a thriving practice in Boulder, CO and nationally via Skype. Her work combines functional medicine strategies with nourishing wise woman traditions, a stellar combination that she has honed over the last 10+ years in her professional one-on-one & group work. 

To accelerate your healing process, Marcie created Mojo Mastery Month, the popular 30-day health makeover and “the only quick fix” she would ever advise. This inspiring and highly supportive group program sparks rapid healing and whole lot of MOJO. She shares these mojo-making tips abundantly on Facebook. You can email Marcie here.

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