Mind Your Meals

Natural Solutions|February 2020

Mind Your Meals
A holistic MD weighs in on forming positive eating habits
SVETLANA KOGAN, MD

Tricia is a 25-year-old patient who is overweight and bitter about diets. Keeping her head down during her physical, she confides in me all the different methods she has tried to lose weight: low-calorie diets, detoxes, carbohydrate restrictions, supplements, intense exercise routines, and most recently, an evaluation for surgery to tie off a portion of her stomach.

For many dieters, there is a neverending slog of tips and tricks from nutritionists, trainers, doctors, and self-proclaimed “weight-loss specialists.” It’s not that all their suggestions are bad—it’s just that Tricia is unable to keep up with their routines for too long—she tries these programs for a month or two and then bounces back to her old lifestyle, gaining even more weight than she started to lose.

Frustrated, many patients like Tricia tell me that they have lost faith in their ability to lose weight naturally and permanently. The problem is that they never had real faith in fixing themselves to begin with. They always thought that healing had to come from a dietitian or some other “expert” who knows better than they do. Not true. Strangers should never tell you how to live your life—you must find your own way, but only after you get to know how amazing your mind-body is from the physiologic standpoint.

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February 2020