Honestly? I’ve always given some serious side eye to the whole “naturopathic medicine” thing. I don’t really know why, I suppose I thought it was more fluff, than substance. But considering it was actually cheaper (athankyouverymuch benefits) for me to head to a naturpathic doctor, than get a nutritionist, here I am - heading to a “Naturopathic Doctor” every second Thursday (side-eye and all).
She’s crazy expensive ($180/hour), and even though my benefits are covering the majority of it, I am determined to make the best of it, and learn everything and anything I can.
Here are my takeaways from out first meeting:
Take four magnesium pills a day
Take a spoonful of fish oil (ewwww) a day
All consumed meat needs to be grass-fed
Eat breakfast every, single, morning (I’m awful with this)
If you feel a binge coming on, take a hot bath, and if you still want to eat something unhealthy, eat it in front of the mirror (personally, I think the mirror thing is BS. I could happily eat in front of a mirror. But that’s neither here nor there right now.)
Tomorrow marks a week since the meeting, and I’ve been fairly on point with all my goals. Except the fish oil… oh, how I hate-hate-hate taking the fish oil, and with a beer (or three).
And? lo and behold, I have not over-eaten once. Not once! Which is a pret-ty epic thing for me - especially as my current goal is to not worry about the number on the scale, or size on my pants, but rather to try and get my obsession with all things food to simmer down.
The reason for grass-fed meat is to receive more nutrients from the meat (fed from the soil, to the animal, to you). And no fruit/sweetener because it spikes your (my) insulin levels, which stops fat burn.
Also, all this week I’ve been thinking about something the naturpathic doctor said,
The reason you feel the desire to binge is because your body is lacking a specific nutrient. A nutrient your body wants and needs, but as a results just sends the “I’m hungry, must eat everything now,” signal.
I had never heard that before, and I found that soooooo interesting. So interesting, in fact, I put my fingers to good use and googled it. And look at this awesome chart I found.
That makes soooo much more sense to me. I’m going to print this, and stick it on my fridge. And, I need to note that when I do crave food, and get that "fuck it, I don’t care" feeling, I usually want chocolate, and since I’ve started taking magnesium pills, I haven’t felt any desire to even eat chocolate that I had easy access to. But yes, yes, of course. It’s only been ONE week, so I can’t really conclude anything yet, but I wanted to share this, because perhaps it’ll help someone else out there.
Also, although this is not new news at all, but taking the time in the morning to cook a proper (protein) breakfast has had a very positive result on the rest of my day. I know, it’s like nutrition 101 over here, but still, I’m in a good place this week, and I swear it’s from actually implementing some basic changes - as apposed to just thinking “sure, that would probably be great for me,” and then not doing it.
Today’s breakfast (bacon & two whole eggs), snack (chicken kebab), lunch (steak salad with feta cheese, avocado), second snack (pistachios)