Updated: Nov 1, 2021
Can your state of mind help you lose weight and keep it off? I say absolutely.
When we think about weight loss, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the word “diet”. Unfortunately, we have bastardized this word to mean – restricting oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food to lose weight. The true definition, at least the one that relates to nutrition, is defined as the kinds of food that a person, animal or community habitually eats.
In my years of working with clients of all ages and backgrounds one thing remains true when it comes to nutrition and exercise – if you tell someone they can’t have something, they immediately want that thing, and if you tell them they can’t do something, they will do everything in their power to accomplish that task. The mind is a powerful tool, but it can take a bit of time to change our “state of mind” and create new habits.
As the Mer Made Way came to fruition, I took into consideration the above. I knew that If I told people to stop eating meat, poultry, fish and dairy, a giant wall was going to go up and they were going to ignore anything I had to say, regardless of whether it made sense or not. Bottom line, for this lifestyle to work, a certain state of mind was needed. Looking at a plant-based lifestyle as restrictive will ultimately set you up for failure. Instead of looking at it as restrictive, try to look at it as liberating. You will be consuming foods that your body craves for optimum health, and energy. Remember, the Mer Made Way still allows you to consume meat, poultry, fish, and dairy – the goal is to eventually reduce your intake of these foods and processed foods, and increase your intake of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes and add exercise into your daily routine.
Changing one’s state of mind, when it comes to nutrition, starts with the question: Why? Why do I need/want to change the way I eat? Your WHY is powerful and will be the driving force and determining factor of your success. Additionally, the plant-based lifestyle is for life, this is not a “diet” that you follow for a few months, lose the weight, stop, gain the weight back, and the cycle begins repeatedly.
On the Mer Made Way website, I have given many reasons why a plant-based lifestyle done the Mer Made Way can be beneficial for optimal health and weight loss, but none of the information will do anything without your willingness to open yourselves to the possibilities of what this lifestyle can bring. Changing your state of mind – perception – habits – way of thinking, can significantly alter the path your lifestyle plays on your health. Heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, Type 2 Diabetes, certain Cancers, gut, skin, respiratory and a plethora of other health related issues can be eliminated and/or reduced by a plant-based lifestyle. Surrounding yourself with like-minded, supportive people (i.e., family, friends, and co-workers) who will encourage and motivate you as you transition from the Standard American Diet (SAD – rightly named) to a Plant-Based lifestyle is imperative. The Mer Made Way is here as well, I am always available via text/email and on the site to support and help in any way possible.
Don’t just take my word for the above. Do your research. There is NOTHING negative about eating plant-based. It causes no pathology (disease). Your body will begin functioning at its full potential within days.
My Challenge: Even if you consider yourself healthy and energetic, try eating Plant-Based for one week. I guarantee you will feel the difference.
Merlinda (October 31 2021)