Thursday, March 22, 2012

I logged onto FB today and saw a friend reveling in losing 4 lbs. Now I should be jumping up and down congratulating her...but all I felt was uneasy. She was on a juice detox diet. Sigh. Another fad. I know exactly where the weight loss came from, water. Most fads that drop weight quickly do so through water weight.
I have always wondered at the theory of losing weight through an unbalanced diet. How can one find balance through imbalance? Take any of the popular diets, carb cutting, protein only, uncooked, early caveman, etc. They all promote imbalance. Our bodies need balance. Fats help us absorb vitamins, carbs fuel us, proteins make up or muscles, (heart included). Cutting back drastically/out these foods can hurt your health more than help it. And raise your hand if you can go without a whole category of foods forever? I eat breads and cookies, an occasional steak passes my lips, I love fresh fruits, rice is still in my pantry, and my stove gets a healthy workout every evening. Heck, I even eat out! I strive for as much balance as possible. I eat not so good choices, (as Cookie Monster says, sometimes favorite treats), in moderation, now. I look for better choices to swap with my old favorites, gingersnaps for Oreos. And balance works for me...112 lbs lighter and worlds healthier.
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    I completely agree! I believe everything in moderation. This should be a lifestyle change and not a "diet."

    Well said!
    3415 days ago
    Keep it up ladies! If enough of us can show others that balance is something that works better than any fad, then we can help so many others. Balance is cool, glamorous, fun, healthy! emoticon

    You inspire through your commitment to healthy! Go, go, go my fellow Sparkers!
    3415 days ago
    Balance is good in all things.
    3415 days ago
    Well said...I like the simplicity of your blog post. Thank you for making me not feel weird because I'm not full blown Paleo and never will be. I like balance too.
    3415 days ago
    I cringe too when friends drop lbs on fad diets. Some have jumped off the yoyo diet train and are living more balanced. Some it takes awhile to learn to 'balance'.

    Btw - Congrats on your weight loss.
    3415 days ago
    I SOOOOOO agree with you! I think that balanced, slow and steady is a far healthier approach (and isn't that the real goal - lifelong health and balance?)

    Have a great day and congratulations on your balanced life!
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