****THIS IS NOT A MEDICAL POST ON TAKING ANY PARTICULAR SUPPLEMENTS****
As a nutritionist, I get asked a lot of questions about how to lose weight. I can talk until I’m blue in the face about getting enough vegetables and good fats, but honestly I think this question of losing weight should be reassessed to, “how can I feel better?” Our current diet culture makes people believe that they have to fit in a size 0 to be the epitome of “health”. And that is beyond frustrating to me.
You DO NOT have to be a certain size to feel healthy, but I do recommend that if you’re not “feeling healthy” I.e. feeling run down, experiencing depression/anxiety, are tired during the day but have trouble falling asleep at night, and/or have a(n) autoimmune disorder(s), etc. then you should find a practitioner who will run a comprehensive (functional) blood work. <- this should be routine, however it’s expensive and YOU must be an advocate for your health in order to get it done.
I talked about this on a previous post, but to reiterate, it took me finding a functional medicine doctor to finally listen to how I was feeling, rather than my normal doctors who just felt that I had a lot on my plate with two young kids, grad school, and the stresses of military life. I knew in my gut that my dizzy spells, feeling cold all of the time, insomnia, and getting sick often, was more than what my doctors were chalking it up to. I even had one Nurse Practitioner immediately want to write me a script for anxiety meds instead of doing ROUTINE blood work first.
I have finally gotten my blood work back that showed I was very low in some essential nutrients and minerals (despite eating all the veggies and good fats) which can result in both anxiety and depression. I developed a severe aversion to animal meat when I was pregnant with both of my girls. I could only eat it on occasion, but most of the time I was mainly a vegetarian. I have slowly over the last two years added quality pastured-raised meat back to my diet, however, not enough according to my blood work.
I do believe that there are some people that can handle being vegan or vegetarian, but one size diet approach does not fit all. I’m pretty confident my lack of animal protein during both pregnancies and nursing both girls has led to some of my low essential nutrients and minerals. I believe routine functional blood tests can reveal a lot about your current diet and what you can improve on. I don’t believe any doctor, health advocate/nutritionist/registered dietitian, and/or environmentalist can tell you to stay on one particular diet without performing a comprehensive blood test on you first, especially if you’re not feeling good.
Here is a great example of what to test for: https://lauraschoenfeldrd.com/lab-tests-you-should-ask-your-doctor-for-or-order-yourself/
Also, there is no such thing as a magic pill to help you lose weight. So please don’t start on a bunch of supplements because your favorite blogger/instagram influencer/magazine article advertised it.
If we start redirecting our thoughts on how much weight we need to lose to how am I feeling, I think we will get a lot more closer to our health and wellness goals
Cheers to Conscious Living,
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