Inspiration for this blog post comes from the gorgeous comments I received from my most recent post: Naughty Things I do As a Life & Health Coach (which I love). It is unreal to see women celebrating honesty, authenticity and self compassion. A big hive five to you all. It floats my boat. A lot.
So in keeping up the honesty this post will not disappoint.
I’ve done a whole heap of ridiculous, stupid and down right crazy things to lose weight and I was reminded of these recently when cleaning out my bookshelf. During my crazy diet time, where I was obsessed with quitting sugar, vegan food, clean eating and raw food I collected a whole lot of cookbooks. But there are some books, with their lifestyle ideas and tips that have made the scale of my craziness border on insanity.
Truly. I was doing some crazy shit. And all in the name of losing weight and being ‘healthy’.
There are many people genuinely trying to lose weight- namely for health reasons, yet there are a whole lot of people (mainly women) trying to lose weight to look good, because they want to feel happy and healthy. And when I was crazy around food it was because I was dieting to fit into the latter category. And what’s frighteningly scary is watching women, especially young women think that the quest to lose weight is just part of their development- it’s what is to be expected for them.
So here’s a list of the crazy shit I did to lose weight, all of which yes, did help me to lose weight, BUT I turned into one crazy psycho bitch, did my body a lot of damage and lost a number of relationships because of these. The pathway down the ‘slippery slope’ to doing serious damage to your body can happen when you least expect.
Let’s dive in.
Crazy Things I did To Lose Weight
1. I drank a tablespoon of melted coconut oil as a snack and to curb sugar cravings.
My oh my! Writing and then reading this sounds insane in itself.
Firstly: A tablespoon of coconut oil as a snack? Because there is nothing better out there to eat and enjoy? Am I living in a world where I have nothing better to eat? Is food not meant to be enjoyed? Can I not give my body anything better? How is this a snack anyway?
Secondly: How rigid does that sound- ‘get your tablespoon, measure it up and drink it’ …because you can’t have sugar. Wow. If that’s not rigid then I must not know what rigid means.
Thirdly: This doesn’t work. Why? Because if you want sugar and you give your body coconut oil it’s not going to be fooled- your body is a little more clever than this and it’s time you gave your body a bit more respect for how intelligent it actually is (it heals your wounds, it helps you breathe, it keeps you alive…that’s clever right there).
2. I didn’t eat fruit because it was a ‘sugar bomb’.
You will hear this a lot: crazy. I didn’t eat fruit because I was essentially made to be scared of it. Scared of something that is full of natural goodness. Scared of something that I enjoyed. Sacred of something that I ate very minimally anyway. I talk a lot about food fears here and here. Checkout these out to read more about how to move past the fear mongering stuff like this, that is absolutely rubbish.
But let me just say that there is nothing to fear about fruit. And I learned this the hard way when I was crying on my bathroom floor after eating an apple. Fruit is part of a well balanced diet and is a lot more natural than chewing on some dessert full of rice malt syrup, which is labelled as ‘sugar free, paleo, gluten free etc’. For the record: caveman wasn’t eating a grain free dessert in the caveman days. While this sugar free movement is about not spiking your blood sugar (which fruit does), let me just say WHO cares. It’s about enjoyment and fulfilment rather than details about blood sugar levels. Lighten up sugar bashing people.
3. I drank smoothies to replace meals, hoping these would flush toxins out quicker.
Crazy (getting the message?). Smoothies certainly helped me lose weight, but that certainly didn’t help me with the end goal of feeling good. In fact you can read how smoothies turned me completely cray-cray here. While drinking might flush toxins out, I flushed a lot of crap to my brains about how smoothies were the answer to my weight loss problem. Really dangerous.
4. To manage late night cravings I would brush my teeth.
Oh dear. Yeah like this works. How does brushing my teeth tell my brain: “You know that dopamine rush you want from let’s say a little dessert? Don’t worry, get high and happy off Colgate toothpaste because that’s got some sugar/ sweetener in it”.
Doesn’t work. I was told that even though toothpaste contains a small amount of sweetener (nothing worth worrying about apparently- OF course nothing to worry about…side note: this fear mongering shit makes me so mad), this should do the trick because I would have fooled my body into thinking it had something sweet.
NO! My body is smarter than that and so is yours. And it’s time you stopped treating it like an idiot. Really. There’s no other way to say it.
This tip is telling us that our bodies cry for something sweet is wrong and bad and we should feel guilty and ashamed for this. We should reject its wishes and divert our needs and wants to something ‘more acceptable’. If you want to develop a disrespectful, shame based relationship with your body, then try this tip.
5. I would eat breakfast late in the day to coincide with a snack. Again denying my body the pleasure of eating when it is telling me it wants to eat. Letting my brain control my natural bodily functions and ultimately go to war with my intuition. Sure, fasting is ok to allow your body time to recalibrate but actively ‘hanging’ around in the hunger zone and pushing through will do some dangerous things to your mindset: It will tell you that you can beat what it is your body desires. AND thinking like that, when you have weight loss on your mind and are toying with a fragile mindset around food and what’s normal food related behaviour can be incredibly dangerous.
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