Our Bodies – Let Your Body Fight for You
We’re taught that our bodies are blank slates. We have only to figure out what we want them to do, take the actions to make them react according to plan, and results are guaranteed.
This happy theory comes without a lick of science or history to support it, but it’s pretty much all we hear. This creates health chaos because our bodies aren’t blank slates; they’re not just dumb drones doing what they’re told.
Our bodies have opinions
Instead, our bodies have opinions about everything, and they are fighting machines. From the moment we’re born to the second we die, our bodies fight the good fight. Whatever’s going on, our bodies react, and they give the battle everything they have, right to the end.
Sadly, we make life hard because we don’t know what our bodies need, and we don’t help them fight. Instead, we go along, singing a song, assuming all is well, not realizing we’re on a downward trail that will end poorly.
But our bodies never give up on us. Once we support their needs instead of whacking them all the time, our bodies go into overdrive to make things better.
People worry about weight
Let’s look at an example. Since most people worry about weight, let’s look at how the conventional diets keep us chunky, instead of helping us become the slim, trim self of our desires.
Counting calories is a fine example of blank-slate thinking. We’re told if we cut back on what we eat, especially high-calorie fat, our bodies will toss off the excess weight.
So we give it a go, but the weight prefers to stay where it is. Well, that’s because you’re not exercising, they say. So we add exercise to the agenda, and the weight still doesn’t exactly fall off. At least, not enough to make it worth the suffering we’re going through.
Then the diet gurus blame us. We cheated on calories. We didn’t do enough reps. We didn’t get results because we didn’t really try. Sigh.
Well, we know how hard we worked. What’s the real reason nothing good happened?
A lack of food tells our bodies that famine is stalking the land, and starvation looms. To preserve life in face of impending disaster, our bodies slow down our metabolism — the very thing we count to burn through our unwanted pounds.
Adding to the merriment, not eating enough fat cranks down our metabolism another notch or two.
Bodies really need fat
Our bodies really, really need fat. In fact, if you don’t eat enough fat, your body hoards all the fat it has. Losing weight by abstaining from fat means losing muscle. So you’re losing attractive muscle, but keeping saggy-baggy fat. Aaargh!
And the fat we eat has to be saturated fat, not some processed pretender, such as vegetable oil.
But, but, but you cry with dismay, “What about my heart?”
Fortunately, all the bad news about saturated fat is wrong. Good saturated fat blesses our socks off. The idea it causes heart attacks, high cholesterol or other dread health issues is wrong.
Bottom line: Eating saturated fat gives your body permission to let go of excess body fat. Isn’t that easier than fighting?
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.