Monday, November 17, 2014

The Pick Your Own Diet Plan

It's not 100% true 100% of the time - and even so - one of the things I've learned as I've aged is to look before leaping, to take the time to really figure it out, whatever it may be. For the last several months, I've been researching different approaches to holistic living. It's a diet as in a diet is what we eat but not necessarily a diet as in losing weight although that is one of the desired outcomes. I wanted a plan that made sense to me, one that worked with what I knew about myself and one that could - in fact, rather than fancy packing - become a lifestyle. What I've discovered makes sense for me.






5-HPT is a natural amino acid that regulates low serotonin levels. Low serotonin levels are linked to anxiety, depression, obesity, insomnia, migraines, and many other issues such as PMS, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. All of these issues run in my family and many of these I have experienced myself so it made sense to explore the potential of this product especially as the effectiveness of the prescription anti-anxiety drug I was taking was wearing off. I'm not one for taking prescription drugs and now that I've stopped crying and can think straight and make the choice myself, I much prefer to utilize a natural choice that is safe, effective, and has minimal and minor side affects.

Since 5-HTP can NOT be taken with other anti-anxiety drugs, I have spent the last month gradually weaning myself off what I was taking so I could start taking 5-HTP. I started last Thursday and it's effectiveness was not as fast as when I started on the prescription drug however, after the initial 3-5 days, I'm feeling good and very hopeful that this is the product for me because...






... one of the side affects I was experiencing from the prescription drug was weight gain. I was exercising an hour a day and eating less and wisely and still gaining weight - and it wasn't muscle - because both the scale and the inches were going up. I have struggled with my weight for over twenty years. Before that, I was naturally slim but twenty years ago life got incredibly stressful and has - mostly - stayed that way. High stress depletes serotonin and as I said earlier, serotonin is a huge factor in obesity. By all the scales of measurement, I am obese and that's not a place I'm willing to stay.

90% of serotonin is found in the gastrointestinal tract as is 80% of our immune function. If the gastrointestinal track is not healthy, neither are we. One thing I found interesting is that a predominance of bad bacteria in your GI tract is something you can inherit which corresponds with obesity and other issues that run in families. A higher level of bad bacteria is also associated with many of the health conditions I listed earlier.

This "diet" plan is built on the H.O.P.E formula. H is for high fiber which helps to suppress appetite, eliminate extra calories, slow the conversion of carbohydrate to sugar, stabilize blood sugar, support good bacteria and lose weight. O is for Omega-3 which helps to prevent and reverse silent inflammation, heal leaky gut (associated with food allergies which I have) and improve cardiovascular, brain, joint, and digestive health to name a few. P is for probiotics which are the friendly gut bacteria that neutralize harmful bacteria, protect the intestinal lining from damage that causes leaky gut, improves the balance of good to bad bacteria, and improves the immune system. E is for enzymes - digestive enzymes - that break down food so the nutrients can be absorbed. Leaky gut, digestive upset, and food allergies are a result of food that isn't broken down and nutrients that can't absorbed.

The H.O.P.E formula makes sense to me based on what I know about myself and my family history.  The Skinny Gut Diet is similar to what we would think of as a healthy lifestyle. There are two levels - the get lean phase and the stay lean phase. The four supplements - fiber, Omega-3, probiotics, and digestive enzymes - produce the optimal environment for utilizing a healthy way of eating AND - for me - the 5-HTP supplement will enhance that even further.

The plan has you eat at certain times, calculate hidden sugars, and eat six small meals a day. I don't intend to track myself that closely. The two most successful diets I've been on were Herbal Magic (called Nutri Magic in the US) and the Weigh Down Workshop, a faith based diet plan. The first has you eat a similar diet to the Skinny Gut Diet and take supplements. The second encourages you to eat when you're hungry, stop when you're full, and eat what you're craving. I actually craved foods similar to the Skinny Gut Diet so I'm combining those and not weighing and measuring or watching the clock but following that general sense of direction and fine tuning as I go. Let's call it a pick your own diet plan.

I believe our bodies are designed to work efficiently when we give them what they need. With my previous experiences, with what I know about myself, and with my own issues and  family history, I think this is the best way forward and will be not only a maintainable but an enjoyable and soon completely natural way of eating. AND... I believe it's an answer to prayer. 5-HTP is new in terms of its availability and The Skinny Gut Diet was only published in October. YES YES - I started today.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - answered prayer regarding health and healing

The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.
- Ann Wigmore


8 comments:

  1. Very interesting, Myrna. I have similar issues and I'm going to take a look at these books. Thanks for sharing your story and your research. I look forward to hearing more about this in future posts.
    Helen

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    1. You're welcome. Let me know what you think. I didn't weigh and measure this morning but ate as described, took the supplements, and was hungry at the suggested snack time. Good so far.

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  2. Yes, Yes! How exciting for you. It sounds like a very good approach.

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    1. I did a lot of research and this way made the most sense and since I'm REALLY tired of putting it on, I'm committed to getting it off.

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  3. I'll be anxious to see how this works out for you! Here's to your new life style!

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    1. One of the things that's nice is that it's not a huge change. Dealing with the serotonin and the bacteria balance are - I think - I hope - the click that will make it work especially as I'm already exercising and don't need to make that change too. I'll let you know how it goes... or hopefully I won't have to... you'll see it - VBG.

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  4. Thank you for this. I can certainly use this to help me along . Good luck on this adventure. Feeling healthy will keep you on track.

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    1. You're welcome. Skinny Gut talks about the number of people who can go to diet groups or eat healthy and still not lose weight or two people that can eat identical and one gains and the other loses. That's ME and I know it's others too. How wonderful if this could be "magic".

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