Mrinalini wanted to be an excellent example for her little children. She wanted to be able to make informed decisions around food without going back to school to study Nutrition. She had tried to exercise away her extra pounds gained over the years, and she had started to wonder about the missing piece of the puzzle as she had not gotten anywhere with that approach.
Low carb is the way to go. Absolutely!
Noooo .. ABSOLUTELY NOT!!
Low Fat High Protein makes more “sense.” It is the safest that there is.
Is there something like a Carb-tree? Or a Protein plant ?? When the hell did people switch to eating carbs and protein as opposed to food! Rice and beans, bread and jam, you get that. But who has ever bought a pack of protein or a kilo of carbs?
Okay! Let’s say you play some version of an eenie-meenie-miny-mo and arrive at one strategy to follow. But then what next? How and what to cook? What do you do at each meal? And what to eat the next day?
There are many many women out there who are sailing in the same boat as Mrinalini once did. Intelligent women are committed to the reasoning and process as much as they are to the outcome. Gym “trainer” that is clueless about scientific evidence, puts them on a schedule of some mishmash of exercise movements and promises weight loss, muscle gain, etc. Same with diet vendors – who make ludicrous claims, give impractical advice, and charge enormous fees.
No reasoning is ever given, or when it comes by, it rarely even appeals to commonsense, let alone be scientific. Such women lose their spark and end up feeling angry and hurt when the system not only fails them but requires them to dumb down – just to fit in.
Over the last quarter of 2017, Mrinalini committed to learning the basics of Nutrition. What use is any learning if it doesn’t translate to action, right? She was sporty enough to do her homework in all earnestness, even when she did not believe in certain activities’ usefulness.
She was delighted when she found herself back at her dance classes! There was no more eating like a maniac, and the vice-like grip had loosened so much that she now felt zen-like in her attitude. Yet, she was brimming with energy. Each time she checked her weight, it felt like a gift.
Towards the beginning of this year, she had recorded a nearly 17, yes SEVENTEEN pounds of weight loss. Now, did she feel stretched? Was it difficult?? Heck yes! But she saw it as a meaningful pursuit for herself, and therefore she did it.
What is your takeaway in all this?
May your #1 lesson be this:
Commit yourself to understand the basics. Nutrition is a science, and its practice is evidence-based. Like Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, “You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts” – you need to deeply understand the distinction between facts and opinions.
I agree with you, there’s a lot of noise out there in food matters, and it’s difficult to tell the difference between right and wrong even for a professional. That said, the internet gives access to both sides of arguments for any topic. Develop a healthy curiosity and let go of stubborn clinging to something just because it’s “safe” and/or that’s all you’ve known.
Fact: Neither Mrinalini nor I have a compulsion to sharing this story with the world. That said, Mrinalini and I both realize the power of stories like these, upon which the takeaways stand. It’s her utter purity of intention to reach someone that may be in a similar situation, which inspires me to let you in on some highlights of this journey.
Request: Please remember, people mentioned in this story are real people in flesh and blood, with a beating heart and feelings. Be gentle with us. Questions and comments are excellent, so long as they are respectful.
Disclaimer: This is no promise of results. Outcomes depend on any number of factors. Besides, each person and their situation is unique.