Saturday, August 20, 2011

Perhaps it is what we are eating.....

There are many challenges in striving for fitness. Some people are just lazy. Others so busy (or so they think) that they can't find time to workout. For others the challenge is on the eating side. Some are ignorant of what a good diet is...and there is plenty of conflicting advice on what a healthy diet is.

For some, the challenge about food is deeper than being lazy, slothful, or ignorant. For some, the problem has become akin to an addiction. Food cravings to some foods can be the result of allergies or sensitivities to some ingredients. Another component can be mental with compulsive behavior to overeat in general, or of certain food.

Beachbody certainly has plenty of food plans available for weight loss and increased fitness. Most of the programs come with a food plan included. If you are a member of the Team Beachbody site (not the free membership, but the premium one) you have access to on-line diet planning including shopping lists. and there are other eating plans out there that can be helpful, ranging from Atkins and South Beach (Low Carb) to Weight Watchers (with portion control and accountability)

But for some, compulsion becomes obsession. In this case there is a program using the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous that helps with eating issues. Foundationally a spiritual program, there is an acknowledgement of a powerlessness over the compulsion and a need for help from your 'higher power' to help with a program of personal development and growth.

Although unlike AA, where the starting point is if you don't have the first drink you won't have the 7th or 10th, you do need to eat. Overeaters Anonymous acknowledges you need to eat! But with the combination of the spiritual component of turning your will and your life over to the care of God and seeking his help with your eating, combined with various tools such as an eating plan, regular meetings to share experience, strength and hope, and accountability to a sponsor, one can experience freedom from compulsive eating.

So even if you are working out regularly, but can't seem to stick to a healthy eating plan, there is help.