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Coach Shari: Making Healthy Changes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shari Goldsmith   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:30

Coach Shari: Making Healthy Changes
Our resident life coach shares her thoughts on the newest diet craze - why it's unhealthy mentally and physically - and how to make changes that truly last instead.




It’s no secret that making changes in your life takes hard work and a strong commitment. There’s no magic elixir you can drink to be happy, healthy and successful. Or so I thought. The story that aired Monday morning on Good Morning America challenged this belief.

 

According to the reporter, a young woman was planning her wedding and was having difficulty fitting into her dream wedding dress. It was important to her that the wedding was absolutely perfect and, of course, she wanted to look thin on her special day. Therefore, she made an appointment with a doctor that placed her on the KE diet. What’s the KE diet? Let me explain further.

 

The KE diet is perfect for men or women that want to lose 10, 15 or 20 pounds FAST. The doctor inserts a feeding tube into the individual’s nose that snakes down into their stomach, enabling them to be fed only by a constant drip of protein and fat for 10 days. The daily diet includes only 800 calories and contains zero carbohydrates. The doctor explained on the segment that the food solution can be carried in a bag-like purse and is a hunger-free, effective way of dieting.

 

The young dieter paid $1,500 for this experience. Her reasoning for taking such a drastic, expensive measure to lose weight was the following,” I don’t have all of the time on this planet just to focus an hour and a half a day on exercise— so I came to the doctor.” She mentioned that one drawback of having the feeding tube was that friends kept asking her if she was sick or if she was dying.

 

As I’ve said before many times, it seems as if everyone wants a quick fix in life— especially this woman. The truth is that she could easily lose those 10 pounds with a commitment to eating right while incorporating exercise into her daily routine. What I’m describing is a healthy lifestyle change, which she’ll need to do anyway or those 10 pounds will be back in no time. And by the way, my suggestion to her weight dilemma is free. You don’t have to make a $1,500 investment to eat healthy meals and last I checked, you aren’t charged for going for a walk. Not to mention that exercise would be an effective stress reliever as her wedding day approaches.

 

Is part of this her need to make everything absolutely perfect? This particular young woman believes in her heart that her wedding day will not be complete and won’t have meaning unless she loses 10 pounds. Sometimes we focus so intensely on the details that we have difficulty seeing the big picture and what truly matters in life.

 

The reality is that her day is never going to be perfect. Life is not perfect and the details of our lives are never without error. Her wedding day can be quite wonderful and lovely even if it isn’t perfect. At the end of the day, she’s still going to be married, and if she loves this guy, having a wonderful day should be enough. In the long run, the perfect weight, the perfect flowers, and the perfect bridesmaid dresses are not going to make you any happier. Yes, choosing to be happy, healthy and successful in life can be hard work — but it is very worth it!



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