Let’s talk about wanting to lose weight because you believe your body is reacting to its excess weight. You all know by now that I don’t feel dieting is the way to arrive at your natural weight. Dieting is actually more harmful to your body and causes weight gain in the long run among many other things.
I understand that most people associate common issues like joint pain, elevated blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, acne, foot issues, GI issues, etc. with excess weight. I want to be clear that while weight may be a contributing factor, it isn’t always the cause of these issues. I realize this goes against what 99% of the medical professionals will tell you, but there is groundbreaking evidence to refute this in the two books Health At Every Size and Body Respect. I highlighted both these books in my online course Emotional Freedom from Food.
There are plenty of people who are considered to be at a healthy weight based on the BMI that struggle with many of the issues I listed above. Thin doesn’t always equal good health (or less joint pain). This is a myth.
If you’re struggling with health issues and believe that your weight is to blame, I want you to consider the following before you think that weight loss is going to cure all that ails your body.
- Gluten – Gluten is inflammatory and has been known to cause joint pain and inflammation in the body if your body has a sensitivity to it.
- Grains – Very similar to gluten, grains also cause an inflammatory response for people that are sensitive to it.
- Night shade veggies (tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, etc) – These veggies also cause inflammation for those who are sensitive to them.
- Anti-inflammatory diets rich in omega 3s have been known to reduce the body’s overall inflammation levels.
- Try glucosamine to help naturally reduce inflammation.
- Engage in low impact movement such as swimming, yoga, walking instead of running or other exercises that are tough on the joints.
- Try alternative healing modalities like acupuncture and Reiki that help to move the energy (or Chi) in your body leading to better overall health.
- Practice meditation daily to help reduce stress which benefits your whole body. Stress causes joint pain and stiffness in the body.
- Journal, get support, pray, seek balance and engage in massive amounts of self-care.
Remember that a huge piece in understanding Intuitive Eating is learning how the foods you’re eating make your body feel. Some of this may be felt immediately after eating foods, but some may be more subtle in the form of inflammation, moods, breakouts, etc.
Discerning which foods work for your individual body is key to feeling your best. Reducing stress is essential for overall heath and needs to be looked at carefully whenever symptoms or illness are present.
Self-care including movement that feels good for your body, reducing stress wherever possible, consistency, support and patience are your answers for arriving at a healthy weight. Diets provide temporary fixes and ultimately make you gain weight in the long-run causing more distress in your life.