Abandon Dieting and Absolutely Improve Your Everyday Eating Habits Forever

Ed Jones: Welcome everyone to a new series that we have called Nutrition Made Simple. Today, Cady and I are going to discuss new year's resolutions. Of course, we all are thinking along those lines, and everyone may have a different idea about it. But I would like to share my thoughts and Cady would too on this subject, hopefully, that will give you some great ideas of how to proceed on this path.

Brian Strickland: So what are some of the biggest stumbling blocks you've seen for people starting out with their resolutions?

Ed Jones:You know, I've been watching people's health for almost 43 years. And every year at this time, a big chunk of the population is making certain commitments to their life as far as health and maybe some other areas, of course, I focus on health. And many of the mistakes that are made is one is they're not very thought through. They're taken too lightly. Like I'm going to quit eating all sugar. Well, if you're a sugar addict, a carbohydrate addict, it's not that simple. You can't just say that and expect it to happen. You have to have a game plan. And the game plan embraces probably many things, one of which is supplementation that's correct. Because the craving of sugar comes from an imbalanced blood chemistry. How do we make better blood chemistry? Lifestyle, exercise, sleep, and supplements, omega threes, vitamin D, many things and getting blood testing.

Cady Kuhlman: So for me, one of the problems I think I have with resolutions is that kind of like Ed said, there's not an actionable plan in place. So for me, I love the number three. I love making three steps to actually get to that goal that you have. So if the goal was to eat healthier overall, well, how are you going to do that? So in my life, and I'll give a personal example, I have a young son. And so my husband and I are very busy, we're working and also being a parent. So what we do is we sit down every Sunday night, we go through recipes on Pinterest, we go through recipes in our cookbooks, we come up with what meals are we going to make this week? What does our schedule look like for the week? What needs to go on the crock pot? What are we actually going to have time to cook? I build our grocery list. And then normally, because of how chaotic life is, we actually end up ordering either through the Whole Foods app, we ordered through Shipt, or we ordered through Instacart and we have our groceries delivered right to our door. That way we get every item on our list at our house and it gets into our refrigerator. So that's my big plan for healthy eating. We have staple items that we're going to come every week, but then we have those additional recipes that we've looked at through Pinterest. And we've added those ingredients on to the cart for that week.

Ed Jones: And I find that you know so often if you don't plan as Cady's talking about, you're gonna grab foods. You're gonna do it because you are pushed for time, the family's hungry, you will go out and eat at the wrong place or you will just have what is at your house which is generally if it isn't planned out will be the lesser expensive, higher carbohydrate foods which feeds the addictive quality. The one thing that I have talked about endlessly for several years is the one major step to start this program is your breakfast needs to be a drink rather than eating it. I talk about it endlessly Ed's breakfast drink on nutritionw.com that has been a game changer for me and many people. Once you start your day, wrong, cereals, bagels, junk food, sweet teas, anything that's going to spark the insulin within the system, you're doomed for the day. You're going to crave all day long, no matter if you even eat great. So I am a huge fan of putting together a keto drink, which you can look up Ed's breakfast, drink on nutritionw.com or come in and talk to us. But it's a high fat, healthy drink with protein and low carbs mixed with greens powder and a probiotic. It's a game changer. I do it Monday through Friday or Monday through Saturday. I still eat one to two days a week because we don't want to do something all the time. So you can do that. And you can really get a head start. I eat out most of the time. Cady eats at home most of the time. So I make it work. But I have to actually plan as Cady does, where I will eat, knowing what they have on that menu. And if I don't know I will look it up online before I go. I have to have on green vegetables have to have low carb and have to have high healthy protein. So even eating out you can make this work. Of course backing it up with supplements to me is imperative.

Brian Strickland: What are some of the biggest struggles you guys seen with people that are trying to diet? Because even I know at Nutrition World we have our own diet plan? So one, what sets that apart from other diets and why is it successful? And two, what are the biggest struggles you see in people when they're trying to start a new diet, and how does that compare to a lifestyle eating habit?

Cady Kuhlman:Sure. So the problem I have with diets is that in people's mind, there's a start and there's a finish to it. Well, that's not really what a diet is about. To be honest, we are looking at how can we change our eating habits to set ourselves up for life. So it's not meaning, let's do this diet with a purpose of losing weight. And then let's never eat healthy again. That's not the point. And so I don't really love the word diet, because I think it's misunderstood in our culture and society. So for me, a healthy lifestyle, we're looking at long term change. There's never going to be a time where sugar is healthy. There's never going to be a time where excessive carbohydrates are okay. And that's not changing or going anywhere. So we've got to look at habit and lifestyle changes, so that we don't go down that road of unhealthy eating to create unhealthy blood chemistry. We do have a diet at Nutrition World. So of course I am, you know, saying that we have a diet, and what it's doing is it's really working on our pancreas function. So without getting too far in depth on this, our pancreas is what deals with our insulin, our blood sugar, and how our body responds to carbohydrates and sugar. Now, why we like this diet and why we support it is, is the goal is that we're teaching you about foods, and we're teaching you about macronutrients and how foods impact your blood sugar, and your blood chemistry while you're losing weight. So the goal is, is that you do eat specific foods, and it is pretty strict, but it's so successful. I've seen 700-800 clients in this diet since the beginning of me coaching, and once they go through this diet, then I set them up on a maintenance plan, which means ultimately a healthy lifestyle. So one of my favorite doctors says that a diet is not a vaccine against gaining weight, because you don't just do the diet and then know that you're never going to get that weight on again. No, it's we've got to create that lifestyle.

Ed Jones: I completely agree with everything Cady is speaking about. And it's just like working out. If you said I'm going to work out for the next 60 days, then not work out again. We know how limited that would be and embracing a lifestyle. And that isn't by just pushing away from the table. That's the old school way and it used to be calories in calories out. It's really not that anymore. Yes, you can screw up by too many calories, but it's really about balancing blood chemistry. And there's never been a better time in history to embrace health, self health care and building our body back up.