Q&A: Help! I know I’m Healthier When I Don’t Eat Carbs, BUT THEY HAVE POWER OVER ME! What do I do?

February 13, 2020

Today I’m answering a question from a member of my Devour Life Facebook Group that I’m certain many of you might be wondering about too!

Angie asks…

Ok, I need some help/advice.

For 3 months up to November I was on a double course of antibiotics, which had me munching carbs (mainly corn chips and jelly sweets) like I was out of control. Then of course, there was Christmas and all the carb temptation that comes with that, so I thought ok re-start in the new year, which is what I did, but I feel like a carbaholic/carb addict, that’s out of control!

I re-started back on LCHF (low carb, high fat) and for a week I was doing fine, but never really felt full up, no matter how much fat I ate. Then I had one bad day and I slipped back to a carb, and now I feel like I’m out of control.

I can’t not have those things in my house because my husband eats all the things I shouldn’t when following LC (low carb). Any advice please? I feek so much healthier when on LC, thanks in advance. I’m feeling frustrated.

Don’t worry Angie, I got you!! 

I answer Angie’s question in the video below or keep reading to get my take on this.

 

 

Here are a few things I want you to keep in mind:

1. Don’t blame yourself! There is nothing wrong with you!

If you are “falling off the wagon”, or not “sticking with your diet”, there is nothing wrong with you It’s not you that failed the diet. It’s the diet that failed you! Diets have a 97% failure rate, which is why I’m suggesting a different approach…

2. It’s a GREAT sign that you love yourself enough that you want to be healthy! 💖

It’s amazing that you have so much self-love that you want to take the steps necessary to feel healthy in your body and knock your doctor’s socks off 🧦🙏🤸‍♀️!

Now let’s talk about how to get there!

Like I said above, diets have a 97% failure rate. A diet is defined as anything that restricts your food for the purpose of weight loss. Especially if it cuts out an entire food group. Be on the lookout for diets disguised as “lifestyle changes” which is really just a diet masquerading 🎭 to throw you off the scent. Call it what you like, but if you are restricting what you are eating for weight loss, it’s a diet! Let’s try something new, something that is actually sustainable and you can feel like a success!

The question I want you to ask yourself is, and really take a moment and think about it…

What do you want for your life when it comes to food?

Think about what you ultimately want for your life. Do you want a life where you eat only meat and fat? If so, I hope you’re one of the 3% of people that can follow an extremely strict diet without falling off the wagon. I am NOT that person!

Can you imagine a life without bread, or cake at least once in a while? As for me, I don’t want a life without bread 🍞🥖🥐. When I think about what I want for my life I don’t want to only be able to eat one or two food groups, that doesn’t sound like a happy life to me.

If that sounds like you too, then let’s look at some other options beyond just cutting out whole food groups and getting super restrictive.

First of all, a 2019 global study showed that not eating enough whole grains is actually a leading cause of food-related death. What does this mean? All carbs are not the enemy. Whole grains can provide a whole lot of health benefits. What we are looking to get away from is the highly processed carbs that we feel like we can’t control and can even feel like an addiction.

Next, I see it so often that women in my community feel compelled to do a restrictive diet or 30-day program to “kick start” themselves into change with the idea that after that they will shift into the “maintenance phase”.

I have a radical idea for you… why not just start Maintenance now?

The idea of the maintenance phase is that it’s usually more balanced. You eat when you’re hungry, you stop when you’re full. Why do we feel like we need to do something radical first? It’s not like your choices are only eat fat forever OR go completely nuts with highly processed carbs.

If your goal is to not eliminate whole food groups, not eat mostly healthy foods when you’re hungry, easily stop when you’re full, and just eating like a “normal person.”

If that’s your goal, then I want you to do 3 things…

  1. Know the difference between physical and emotional hunger – physical hunger is when you have those tummy rumbles, you haven’t eaten in a while, your body is needing specific nutrients or you’re feeling the blood sugar shifts or change in energy. Emotional hunger is when we think we’re physically hungry but we’re really looking to solve an emotional need like stress, or sadness.
  2. Feed physical hunger with food
  3. Feed emotional hunger with NOT food – this is the hardest part for sure and if it feels scary to you or you’re not sure how, keep reading for some options I’ve got to support you!

When you follow that way of being, you just eat mostly nourishing foods when you’re physically hungry, easily stop when you’re full, you learn to feed your emotional hunger ahead of time so that the emotional cravings disappear. I know that sounds like a miracle, and it is! It’s also super possible 😀.

If you want a starting place, I highly recommend you watch my masterclass on “How Not to Fall off the Wagon”. If you’ve already done that and you need more help, or if you are someone who is like, “I AM FED UP WITH GOING AT THIS ALONE!!!”

Join me for The Devour Life Academy Membership and I’ll give you personalized help and show you how to do everything step-by-step and hold your hand through the whole transition. 

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