Diet Schmiet

I had a lovely patient in yesterday. She's hoping to start a family later this year and wanted to make sure everything was working as best as possible from a musculoskeletal perspective before she got pregnant. Sensible lady....  She also wanted to lose some weight and work on her fitness and so asked me what diet I would recommend.... WELL...

I have probably done every diet under the sun at some point in the never ending quest to be happy with my body. I've done Weight Watchers (twice), slimming world, Jenny Craig, Paleo, counted calories on My Fitness Pal (about 612 times), done an extreme diet and exercise boot camp, cabbage diet and just recently finished the Sarah Wilson I Quit Sugar programme.

Did any of these work? Why yes. ALL OF THEM. If by working do you mean did I lose weight. Yup. Each time. But does that mean they worked? I thought so at the time, but then realised the weight goes back on again, so then you try a new diet, and bingo, you lose weight. Then it goes back on again. And so on. So then I thought, did I feel BETTER for doing any of them?  During most of them I was tired and grumpy and evil to live with. Out of all, the I Quit Sugar was the easiest to stick to (which surprised the hell out of me) and I felt the best for doing it. Skin better, sleep better, lost weight etc. Paleo would be the next best for me...

But the thing I have taken away from all of those diets and what I told my patient- is DONT DIET. Make it a lifestyle choice instead. Or you will set yourself up for a rollercoaster ride of succeeding then failing and being cross. If you make changes to your lifestyle as a whole I believe you will reap many benefits. Weight loss might be one, better sleep (always a goal of mine- I seem to be useless at that), lower blood pressure, shinier hair, brighter skin..... Many many body wise changes. Not just weight.

I think our modern fast paced lifestyle makes looking after ourselves harder and harder. Throw children and all the stress/fun/exhaustion that involves and again, it's easy to let your own personal health suffer. Most of us can't do 2 hours of yoga a day, eat berries freshly picked from a wild hedgerow (untouched by chemical sprays) and sleep 27 hours a day as the media tells us we should. But we can all make some individual adjustments I think that can help our overall health. 

And these will be different for everyone. That's one thing I love about Osteopathy- the understanding that we are all different, remarkable individual beings, and so everyone responds and reacts to life in different ways. No one set of rules will help everyone, but I'm gonna throw a few ideas and suggestions out there ......

So until then I'm gonna chuck my pjs on, grab my kindle (I really need to know who is killing everyone... I haven't a clue at the moment) and pour a fortifying Central Otago Pinot Noir.....!