Recently, my family made some big dietary changes, largely as a result of research I've been doing. We cut out almost all grains and are eating primarily meat, eggs, natural fats, some dairy, vegetables and fruits, and nuts. No more processed stuff. No more boxes of cereal and crackers. And let me just say, it's been awesome.
We didn't do this as a weight loss tactic. I only need to lose another 8-10lbs to be at a really good weight for my body and my husband is in a similar boat. We did this because we both have come to believe, through the research we've done, that this is the only healthy way to eat. Most of what I used to believe about nutrition was downright wrong and the more research I do, the more I believe that we're doing not just the right thing, but the only thing we can do to raise a healthy family.
Pretty heavy stuff, I know. I talk to friends about it and I feel like one of those crazy people who can't stop talking about the latest product they've tried or the latest diet book they've read. They've had success of some kind, so get all evangelical about sharing it with everyone they know.
I don't really want to be *that girl*. However, I do want to scream my head off when I realize how much misinformation is out there about nutrition. It is literally killing people.
I have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and over the years since my diagnosis, I have connected with many women online who have the same disorder. It's a hormone disorder affecting fertility and weight, among other things. A lot of women with PCOS are overweight, to one degree or another. It's something a lot of my "cyster" friends deal with.
A large group of us with PCOS started a message board to stay in touch several years ago and I've been active in an ongoing thread discussing health and weight loss. We post our progress, some post their food and exercise - it helps us all stay motivated and accountable.
Lately, watching some of my good friends continue to spin their wheels, trying to lose weight in the way we've all been taught (calorie restriction and low fat) has been making me want to bang my head against my desk. I know I'm not so brilliant that I suddenly have all the answers. But I really believe that what they are doing isn't going to work - not in the long term, anyway. I want to shout at them to read what I've read, to do the research I've done, or at least listen to what I have to say! But it's hard - the low-fat paradigm is so ingrained in our collective heads, it's extremely difficult to accept that it might actually be wrong. To face that most of what we believe about weight loss and nutrition is wrong is so shocking, most people simply can't believe it, or think I'm waxing on about some fad diet or short term, quick fix.
I also don't want to come across as a Miss Know-it-all, blabbing about my new-found knowledge as if I can save everyone from obesity. I'm struggling to find ways to reach my friends and help them - give them some of the information I've found in a way that will help them. Because I truly believe it will.
I guess the best I can do is answer questions when asked, provide information as I can, and be a good example of healthy living.