If This Were Easy…

…I would be thin

I’m not a huge fan of Dr. Phil or, really, any self-help guru. But I was flipping channels one day, and I heard him say something that really resonated with me at the time. ‘If this were easy, you would be thin.’

Presumably, it was a diet show.

I took that to heart in exactly the wrong way for a long time — it’s not easy, I can’t do it, and I’m not going to bother — even though I knew that was wrong, and that wasn’t what he meant, or the right message to take away from it. This blog is my attempt to take that to heart the right way.

It’s not a diet blog, per se, or a place to look for self-help advice, it’s just my attempt to document my own process, and to hold myself accountable. Of course, if you’ve got advice for me, I’d be happy to hear it.

Because it’s not easy, and I’m going to need all the help I can get.



  1. Here’s one for you:

    Buy only fresh fruits and vegetables, plenty of green salads of all kinds, whole grain products, and raw, organic nuts and seeds. Cook only with coconut oil (the only oil not becoming cancer causing when heated). Use olive, hemp, or flax oil with salads.

    NO junk food of any kind, sodas, “fortified” anything, dairies (except organic goat cheese), “white” anything (ie flour, rice, bread, sugars…), no candies, fast food, etc…

    Place no restrictions on yourself as far as amount of food. You’ll find that you will probably overeat at first and still feel better and get healthier. Gradually, your natural instinct of “enough” will kick in and you’ll start eating the proper amount for your needs.

    Eat vegetarian as much as you can. Eliminate all red meat at once, gradually work your way to greatly reducing chicken/turkey. Keep fish if you wish. Organic, free range eggs only.

    Drink 2 glasses of water when you get up in the morning. Drink throughout the day, though not too much during meals (floods the enzymes).

    Allow yourself a little treat once a week: whatever you want.
    My personal favorite is quality, organic, dark chocolate.

    How does that sound?

    Mind you, I’m no doctor and this is not to be viewed as professional advice in any way. You asked for suggestion and this is mine.

    Here’s one more thing. Treat yourself to a couple vegetarian cook books and raw food preparation books and experiment.

    Good luck. It’s not easy… and yet is it.

    Comment by The River Notes — 2008-08-04 @ 10:10 am

  2. That all seems very extreme. Part of doing this with small steps is not making ridiculously large changes that I can’t possibly sustain, or giving myself a lengthy list of absolutely No! items that I can never have.

    Plus, no dairy? WTF? It’s a whole food group for a reason.

    Comment by Easy — 2008-08-04 @ 10:14 am

  3. Extreme? Wow, really? It just seems more about eating wholesome food to me. Interresting, isn’t it, when eating natural, whole foods rather than unatural, packaged and processed food appears “extreme.” It’s simply about going back to what nature intended for humans, that’s all.

    And really it’s also about shifting the thinking process from what you “cannot have” to all the wonderful things you are “adding” to your diet. In doing so, you’ll discover new amazing foods and tastes and the less desirable will naturally fall off your list without you realizing it.

    Let me also add that I do admire your desire to improve your health and these comments are in no way intending to offend of diminish what you are already doing.

    I’d like to address one more thing: dairy.

    Cultures with the most dairy consumption also have the highest occurance of osteroporosis. Diary products are highly acid forming. Your body actually has to pull minerals OUT of your bones to neutralize that acid and attempt to re-establish proper ph balance.
    The best bone building calcium is to be found in green leafy vegetables, particularly dark greens.
    Cow milk is also high in hormones, pesticides, herbicides, steroids, etc. NOT the kind of things you’d want to ingest.
    Goat milk is the best and most digestable for humans. Goats are typically not given all the nasty toxins that cows are, and their milk has a better composition. To be safe, organic should always be bought whenever possible.

    Comment by The River Notes — 2008-08-16 @ 2:22 pm

  4. I think anything that contains the word ‘only’ and ‘no’ that many times is extreme, yes.

    Comment by Easy — 2008-08-16 @ 10:29 pm

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