Change of Plans

In Food and Health, Mindful Eating on May 26, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I had planned a snack-food rant for today, but I got so excited this morning (see @doctorfoodtruth feed) for a patient I had to tell his story first.

Tim and I first met a few months ago.  He had had some health concerns over the past few years and we started working through his list right away.  From our first visit I tried to gently reinforce making better choices.  He was open about his struggles to live healthfully and I could tell right away that his choices were contributing to his health problems rather than improving them.

Once we had done some simple testing I was able to give him details of how his health had been affected. Parts of the picture were a little worrisome for his future, to be honest.  Through our next few conversations, I could see something click for him, a decision made to take charge of his health.

He came in early today and gave me a great surprise to start my day.  “Twenty pounds??” I said.  I could hardly believe it.  He had been frustrated over his lack of progress 2 months ago and now he had just dropped this much weight this fast?  Wow.

“So, what are you doing?”  I asked, trying to be nonchalant.  Sometimes I see folks go on crazy crash diets or diet pills that can do real harm to their systems, so when I see a big weight change like this I like to find out why.

“I just stopped getting seconds and cut out the sugary snacks and desserts.  Nothing else really.”

Then my face lit up.  I knew he had gotten it!  He believes deep down that he is in charge of his food, his weight, and his health.

Sure enough, his lab tests confirmed how much healthier his organs have become in just a couple of months.  He has added years of health to his life and feels better every day.  Way to go, Tim!

The good news: you can change too.

Change your food, change your life!

  1. Go Tim! That’s awesome! I’m struggling to lose these last 26 lbs! I’m barely eating 1200 calories a day and working out but I’m stalling 😦
    I’m looking forward to your post on snacks, I need new healthy snack ideas.

  2. Yeaaaaah Tim!

    @ Kat Pao — I am not any kind of medical professional — just a CPT and nursing student — but I know a lot of people stall out after a long time of low cals and exercise. Sometimes it can be beneficial to go back up to maintenance cals or close (maybe 200/day below maintenance) for 2-3 weeks and then gradually cut down again, like so:

    2-3 weeks at, say, 1800 cals/day
    1 week @ 1600 cals/day
    1 week @ 1500 cals/day
    then diet down on 1400 cals/day.

    It can be harmful to drop calories too low — I personally don’t cut on anything below 1500 cals/day.

    • I know what you mean but I had gastric bypass, from what I understand, WLS patients are not supposed to go over 1400 cal/day.

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