Many of us have struggled with our weight so I want to share my personal story.
Over the past few years, I started gaining a lot of weight. All I had to do was LOOK at food and it just stored itself as fat which wasn’t the norm for me. I was tired and hungry ALL THE TIME and craved sugar to give myself a boost.
Like the Kit Kat commercial jingle that would sing “give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar,” I equated eating sweets as a treat to look forward to in an otherwise pleasure-starved life. I hated how addicted to sugar and caffeine I felt. It was like life was not worth living without their “pick-me-up”. Without them, I just wanted to take perpetual naps.
I knew intuitively that something was off with my health so I went to the doctor to have labs drawn because I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. Let me rephrase that-I couldn’t figure out the message my body was trying to give me.
I racked my brain wondering if it was my thyroid or my adrenals or maybe I was just getting old and starting perimenopause? I was relieved when the doctor told me that my thyroid and adrenals were healthy and my hormones were still kicking but I was a bit surprised when she said my insulin was high and I was in a state of insulin-resistance and told me to eat strict low-carb or I was at risk for developing pre-diabetes.
I started doing a bit of research around insulin resistance and low-carb eating and got immediately frustrated with all of the contradicting information I was reading. To simplify, one side of the coin blames too much sugar in your diet and the other too much fat. The groups saying that too much sugar causes insulin resistance advocate a low-carb high-fat diet (aka LCHF) while the groups saying that too much dietary fat causes insulin resistance advocate a strict vegan diet.
It seems like both parties truly feel they have your best interest at heart. It’s really hard for me to tell what is the truth anymore when it comes to the health industry so I decided to rely on my own intuition and paid attention to how my body FELT and started out with the LCHF diet because anytime I ate really low fat it was very hard for me to stick with it and I got tired and cranky easily so clearly my body didn’t like it.
One piece of information that I received through food scientist Christine Hronec (of Gauge Girl Training YouTube fame) stuck out with me. I was hungrier and eating more because I was GETTING FAT. I wasn’t getting fat because I was eating more.
See, when you’re in an insulin-resistant state, your body is not transforming the food you eat into fuel and instead the food you eat (ESPECIALLY sugar and carbs) are being stored directly as FAT and you’re STARVING AT THE CELLULAR LEVEL. Even though I’m a major nerd when it comes to health facts, I won’t bore you with all the scientific physiological details of how this all works. (Check out videos at Gauge Girl Training for better explanation-I am not an affiliate just shamelessly promoting Christine’s work because I love it!)
The typical American diet puts many of us in an insulin-resistant state. The typical American LIFESTYLE also starves us at the deepest levels-too much work and stress and little time for play and spaciousness. We’re not only starving our bodies at the cellular level we’re also starving our souls. Even when we THINK we’re feeding ourselves, it often proves to be empty calories. Our food is devoid of nutrients and so is our lifestyle and culture. It’s a bold statement but one I feel in my bones as truth.
If you’ve been following me for a while then you know I am a big fan of Caroline Myss and her work as a medical intuitive. One of my favorite quotes from her is “Your biography becomes your biology.”
The past five years of my professional career in law enforcement I was working seventy-plus hours a week. Recent years have a been a serious effort in counteracting burnout. I KNEW at the soul level I needed to make a change so I gave up my rank as a sergeant working in the jail and transferred to the streets as a deputy sheriff. I thought it would bring me more freedom from a negative work environment and more freedom from responsibility.
See, I was starving for pleasure and relaxation in my life and now my body was FORCING me to address this imbalance. I didn’t know how to balance out my workaholic tendencies with creating spaciousness in my life. I don’t remember where I heard the phrase (maybe Louise Hay? Anyone know?) but those with diabetes are said to be lacking the quality of “sweetness” in their lives and I totally get what that means now.
I realize that being insulin-resistant doesn’t make me a diabetic but it is a precursor to the disease. So, if like me you’re craving sugar, burned out, and not sure how to find relief, ask yourself, “Am I lacking sweetness in life?” Sweetness could translate to kindness, pleasantries, “the sweet/good life”, pleasure, play, relaxation etc.
Where can you add TRUE sweetness to your life and FEED your soul?
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