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Leading Your Health Revolution with 28toLife: Talking to Your Doctor & Making Healthy Changes

Today we’re hearing from Cristina, lead trainer at MADabolic CLT, as well as the face, body, and transformational story behind 28toLife.   There are always challenges when it comes to changing habits (and developing habits) for a healthier lifestyle — check out Cristina’s advice for taking control of your health with the support (or sometimes lack thereof) of family and even your general practitioner.  

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‘The USDA developed guidelines that may have put us on a path of epidemic disease and death.  These guidelines have formed the base of all our food knowledge. Even our doctors preach these guidelines with very little nutritional education.

“A 2004 survey found that American medical students average less than twenty-four hours of nutrition instruction during their entire school career-with some schools providing only two hours of nutrition education total for those enrolled in an MD program.” – Denise Minger “Death By Food Pyramid”

That’s pretty scary to think about.   I (myself) may know more about nutrition, and for that matter you may know more about nutrition, than the average doctor pushing a high grain low fat diet.  Their nutrition knowledge is very limited, and post MD education is more driven by pharmaceutical sales reps and prescribing medication then healing with a healthy diet and lifestyle change.

“Currently, no nutrition-oriented classes are required to get a Harvard medical degree-and ditto for 70 percent of the other medical schools in the nation.” – Denise Minger “Death By Food Pyramid”

Who should you trust with your health?

I had to trust myself and the choice to make changes and educate myself on nutrition.  My personal transformation has certainly been an evolutionary process.  I started eating clean and cutting out the “no brainer” junk foods like soda, candy and McDonalds.  (We all know those are not healthy foods for us, right?)

I was looking to change my life, and my lifestyle, so naturally I started eating a “healthy” and “clean” diet.  My diet reflected the food pyramid too the tee.  I naturally lost that first 10 to 15 pounds just cutting all the “no brainer” foods — but I didn’t budge much after that.  I immediately wondered: ‘What is wrong with me?’  This is how you are supposed to lose weight and get healthy.  It’s what my doctor told me to do.   I stopped losing weight and felt like crap, no energy, and as a result my cravings and my need to constantly eat increased.

I started investigating and searching for a “new” way.  I filled my bookshelf with tons of books that I continue to add to and rotate through.  As I said before, my transformation was an evolutionary process, a process that I continually look to gain more knowledge and at some points even cycling through at least 4 different books on my nightstand at one time.

I started to eat real food and now I tell people to eat a variety of meats, eggs, poultry and fish for protein; vegetables and fruits for carbohydrates; nuts, seeds and oils for fat.   I teach people that certain foods affect our body in certain ways and knowing these affects and being able to feel and identify them really becomes the basis of making the best decisions as we choose the foods that will make up our own personal diet.  Because that’s what it is —  it’s our own personal diet.

Hold up – wait a minute…  Yes, I tell you to cut out whole grains and increase eating protein and fat.  So, how are you supposed to tell your doctor about these changes when they are telling you to eat a high-grain low-fat diet, or even your family who will be against this change as well?  Your family may look at you like you are crazy, but you are not.  You are trusting yourself with your health and trying a different approach to food and nutrition.  So, how do you deal with the naysayers or even your doctor?

With grace, and by telling them exactly what you are doing.

Take these tips with you to your next doctor’s appointment and be prepared to tell your doctor about the changes in your diet.  You are not there to change the doctors views on the nutritional guidelines, so no argument is needed.  Let your doctor know you are here to make your health a priority and with their help you can set goals and markers for health.  Let them know you want their help and that you want them on your team as you strive to reach your optimal health goal.

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Tell your doctor exactly why you are making changes to your diet.

“I want to eat less processed foods containing ‘ingredients’ I cannot pronounce and have no idea what they are”

Tell your Doctor exactly how you will be making changes to your diet.

“I want to eat more REAL FOOD.  I am going to try to keep it fresh and local for the next month and see how it goes.  Nothing packaged, nothing processed and no more than five ingredients is my goal”

(just a side note and you don’t have to tell them this, you can just explain that you will be reading ingredients lists)

Wheat Bread Ingredients (from the package)  Whole Wheat Flour, Water, Wheat Gluten, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Yeast,Honey, Contains 2% or Less of Each of the Following: Calcium Sulfate, Sugar,Butter (Cream, Salt), Vegetable Oil (Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oils), Salt, Dough Conditioners (May Contain One or More of the Following: Mono – and Diglycerides, Ethoxylated Mono – and Diglycerides, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Calcium Peroxide, Datem, Ascorbic Acid, Azodicarbonamide, Enzymes), Calcium Propionate (Preservative), Distilled Vinegar, Guar Gum, Yeast Nutrients (Monocalcium Phosphate, Calcium Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate), Corn Starch, Soy Lecithin, Soy Flour.

Tell your Doctor exactly what you will be eating when you make changes to your diet.

“For one month I am going to do my best to cut out or limit all alcohol, grains, and dairy.  I’ve done plenty of research and I am confident it is worth a try.  I will not fear fat in fact I plan to increase my intake at every meal with the help of healthy oils, nuts and seeds.  I am going to make it a point to have local organic meats, poultry, fish and eggs present at every meal.  I will fill my plate with vegetables and a piece of fruit here and there.”

How can your Doctor argue with that?’

Cristina Gillespie



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