It has taken me a while to write this post for several reasons. Ladies we are all striving for perfection, that Beyonce/kim k/ Angela Basset body. Whichever body you are striving for isn’t the real issue, it’s how we go about it. There are so many dietary/ weightloss products on the market complete (from the absurd to the sometimes realistic) with testimonials to boot.
Please and please before you make your body a sacrificial lamb, consider a few things. Forget what everyone else is doing – diets, excercise routines etc. Think about yourself…your body, your mind and your soul. It is imperative you sit with professionals if you are intending to push a little hard. I mean if you are going to do more than a standard cardio workout- please see a doctor and a proper trainer (not the guy that trained carrying cement blocks), but someone who understands the body and the muscles etc.
If you are going to diet, please remember you need to see a doctor after which you need to see a nutritionist and dietician (these people have studied food science)! The doctor doesn’t have the final say on your food or medication, just a diagnosis- there is a reason nutritionist, pharmacists etc exist. They are educationally certified and more so, you need a professional.
Recently a young lady (27) passed away after crash dieting and eating nothing, she lost 30KG in about 5 weeks, but also lost her life in the process. Weight loss doesn’t have an emergency fix- it took you a while to gain the weight- give it a while for you to lose the weight. We need to shame each other less and encourage ourselves in the right direction in terms of habits that are sustainable.
Please do not take dietary advice from a quack – there is a fully functional Nutrition and Dietetics society that operates in Nigeria- my mother for instance has practiced for about 40 years as a nutritionist and dietician – she is very well versed with the major foods and nutritional content of our local foods… and counsels from weightloss, renal failure patients, pregnancy, diabetics, to gunshot victims in terms of what to consume…we are what we consume. These people don’t charge much. For instance; a good nutritionist will never put you on an all protein diet for extended periods unless you have liver damage etc. So its a red flag for the likes of Atkins etc.
I was told of a client who consulted with her that has Sickle cell..the doctor recommended iron pills without considering the guy was from the south east. My mom will always asks for ethnic origin before she starts counseling – to understand what the client’s diet is likely comprised of. He eats a lot of vegetables already, the guy was in a lot of pain. My mom asked what he was on, and he told her iron pills and she asked what he typically ate. He apparently ate some sort of soup (vegetable based) almost everyday. The excess iron in his system was causing him pain, within a short while after he discontinued the pills he was ok. My point is we aren’t trained to provide food advice to each other – let’s leave it to the professionals.
A healthy journey to a sustainable life takes a while- it wont happen overnight. Let’s be patient, and surround ourselves with people who encourage us in the right direction and those that caution us when we are erring.
If you have any diet mishaps – please feel free to share, we are all in the process of learning. Our life is only once, lets make the best of it…and attempt to keep as healthy as we can. I go to the gym and i struggle- with my work outs, my love for sugar and my addicion to plantain and yam (different post for a different day), so I am not speaking from a point of perfection in the least.