With any recommendation for a change in your eating style, there are people who struggle much more than others. What are the determinants of this difficulty? Your challenge depends on your level of addiction to certain foods. Almost everyone is food addicted, at least to something (if not to several food items). Sugar. Processed foods. Chemical additives. Caffeine. Simply stated, our taste buds have been trained to yearn for certain products. If you are skeptical, look at the plates of different cultures. People have been trained to love certain foods. After years of eating, their taste buds, so well trained, dictate what they crave and what they eat. Many of us eat on autopilot without much thought.
For Americans, it is often hamburger and fries. But there is hope. Your taste buds will change. They will change as you try more new foods. If unconvinced, try eating something new this week. At first, it may seem less than desirable, but after several meals the food will begin to taste better. To your surprise, it will start to taste good. What you like to eat today – what your body demands (dictates) you eat today – well, that food choice will change as you switch your eating style to more plant-slanted, healthy eating choices. I predict you will start to love vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, and seeds. You will love how they taste. You will love how they make you feel – more energetic, thinner, and more alive.
For those of you who are resistant to this gradual change in your eating style, I want to re-emphasize the value of a short cleanse. A cleanse is not geared to reducing your calories; it is configured to upgrade the microbial flora in your intestines and thereby upgrade the efficiency of your immune system. A diet does nothing to improve your microbial environment in your intestines. A diet does nothing to enhance your immune system. Instead, a diet simply lowers your caloric intake. And a lower caloric intake, even with initial weight loss, makes your body change in the wrong areas. A cleanse helps your body prepare for a change in the right areas.
Let me explain by revisiting high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. High levels of cortisol develop with chronic stress through work conflict, family conflict, and relationship conflicts. A high level of cortisol, on its own, leads to increased weight. But cortisol also increases those food cravings when you eat foods that do not provide sufficient nutrients and do not lend themselves to proper digestion. The result is subsequent inflammation in your intestinal tract, and that inflammation leads to a further rise in your cortisol level and a further rise in your weight. Fortunately, there is a safe way to reset your cortisol level by simply reducing the inflammation in your intestinal tract.
You achieve that goal through a cleanse or a detoxification protocol. Many of those protocols, like Dr. Hyman’s 10-Day Detox Diet or Gwyneth Paltrow’s cleanse, work by improving the health within your intestines. Stopping by a Nekter store and purchasing one of their 3-days cleanses can also offer a similar pathway: a pause between your current eating style and its inflammation, and a transition to your hopeful new eating style with healthier foods, more nutrients, fewer contaminants, and less inflammation in your intestines. These approaches are not for everyone. I do not like to fast. I have done it for a couple of days with different programs. At the end of the fast, I always feel great. But, to be honest, I like my three healthy meals per day. I fast only when I feel a need for an abrupt health change, which is rare for me.
However, I will tell you what is for everyone. Find an eating style that is reflective of your own nutritional needs. Find an eating style that leads you toward greater health, higher vitality, and increased longevity, plus a lower weight. So, move away from the food that may be harming your health. Incorporate those foods that will likely improve your health. To make that transition, do not rely on your taste buds. The healthiest foods on this planet tend to be bitter. They will not suit your current programmed taste buds. They will not offer the initial satisfaction of sugar, salt, and easy-to-eat processed foods. So, to break that habit – to break the control of your taste buds – try that short cleanse or detoxification. It cleans your intestines; it also cleans your taste buds.
As stated, the key will be how you change after the cleanse and detoxification. You need to make the changes that we have discussed. Try reducing the dairy products and meats. Try increasing the spectrum of vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, and seeds. Just try it for 1-2 weeks, then ask yourself: How do you feel? Do you feel physically more energetic? Do you feel cognitively sharper? Do you feel less stressed? Have you lost a little weight? Those decisions can’t be answered in a rush. You need to slow down, both during your meals and after your meals. Too many of us never assess how we feel after our meals, even at night. So, now is the time to assess the effectiveness of these changes. And now is the time to assess how these changes impact your weight. Trust me. If you make the right changes, you will never again have to look at another diet book. Or take any diet pill. You can regain and maintain your health — and your correct weight.