Many of us have grown up watching our moms get diet advice from a book and have witnessed the repeated challenges women have faced during the past forty or more years. Fad diets, yo-yo dieting and even calorie counting can be detrimental to your metabolism. There are some pieces of wisdom which your mom never knew to tell you.
Did you know that if you miss out on either a fat, protein, or carbohydrate from any meal that this could cause your thyroid to down regulate your metabolism? Your body needs a certain amount (depending on the person) of each macro nutrient in order to produce energy and regulate the thyroid and metabolism. This is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Some popular health myths which have been passed down, are that calorie counting is healthy, eating less is better, a calorie is a calorie, low fat is healthy, etc. This can be linked back to our conditioning, not feeling good about who we are, and because of this, trying to change ourselves externally. This happens sometimes because of what society and our parents teach us, and that’s because this information has been passed on to them.
Companies pushing to sell you their products can also be a form of conditioning. They’re telling you you’re just not good enough but if you buy our product you will be. In my opinion, these conditioned standards that we put on ourselves add a lot to the stress we’re already experiencing. The truth is, you can’t explore much externally until you explore from within first, but we’re told from day one that external exploration is the only way.
This conditioning can affect our emotions, how we see ourselves and our relationship with food. How do you see and feel about yourself? A very important question for both women and men. Emotions and how we feel about ourselves can play a major role in our health. Many of us have been conditioned, from generation to generation, to not love ourselves as we are. We’ve even learned that we’re not good enough no matter what we do, or that we’ll be good enough as soon as we buy that product or look a certain way. If you think about it, that’s ridiculous. I have a theory about this, in order for companies to sell their product to you they have to make you feel like there’s something wrong with you or you have a problem that needs to solved, therefore you have to buy their product. This product will solve all your problems, make you beautiful, happy, more successful, etc. For years we’ve been bombarded with this kind of marketing, no wonder our sense of self is so skewed. Even though most people realize this is what is going on, they still feel the pressures of conditioning, it’s hard not to.
I have some breaking news for everyone, skinny is not necessarily healthy. This is just one example of how society and marketing hypnotises you to think you have to be skinny to be happy. This is even more true for women and starting to become more true for men too. I see women every day that are so obsessed with losing weight it consumes them. If you’re visualizing the body you aspire through magazines, TV and movies please keep in mind that this is very unrealistic, not to mention, can lead to an unhealthy body image. Most magazines are cropped and edited. The majority of movies and TV you watch can now be digitally enhanced. It’s all smoke and mirrors folks. The ironic thing is that most of us know this but still get fooled. It’s easy to give in when you’re seeing the same thing in your face day after day. You start to believe it after a while.
Unfortunately so many of us hold onto this false sense of body image, because we don’t know ourselves enough to know anything else. What happens next is that you run the risk of sacrificing your physical, emotion and spiritual well being, something inside you is always missing. Without realizing this reality, because of being distracted by how we think we’re supposed to look, we don’t ever truly get the opportunity to be present with and love ourselves unconditionally. It’s really just a matter waking up and discovering what is real for you. What is your truth?
I’m not talking about giving up on yourself, but instead, letting go. Letting go of much of the conditioning you’ve learned or picked up throughout your life and rediscovering who you are again, your innocent childlike self. When you’re able to connect with this part of your self you begin to explore wonders you never imaged before, life is new and fun again. Also, with this rediscovery comes a strong sense of awareness and empowerment that can never be replaced. When you’re able to experience true love for yourself, you’re more likely to be able to experience joy and love in your life.