Diet Hacking Training
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If you missed our live webinar Debunking Common Diet Mistakes, get ready for some mind-blowing information to radically change your health and your life!
Kusha Karvandi is a wealth of knowledge. He also happens to be Drew Canole’s personal coach! Together with Mae Desmond, Fitlife’s very own Coaching Director, these 3 powerhouses have put together an hour of WOW to show YOU why your diet isn’t working and WHAT you can do about it starting right now!
So grab a green juice, a loved one (because we’re in this together, after all) and get comfortable. Because this training video is not to be missed!
The truth is, most diets are cookie-cutter and in reality, they don’t all work for everyone.
Does this sound like you?
- Maybe at first you were seeing results and then they stopped
- Maybe you’ve tried a diet that worked for a friend but it didn’t work for you
Incremental progress may not be sexy or marketable, but slow progress is still progress. And in the long run, you’ll be able to adapt and sustain real-life habits rather than forcing a diet that doesn’t make sense for you and your lifestyle.
IMPORTANT: Be aware of your hunger cues and signals.
- How are you feeling with the foods that you are consuming each day?
- Do the foods you’re eating make you feel energized, satiated and strong?
Most diets don’t adapt as our body and metabolism begins to change.
The enormous amount of information around nutrition can make things extremely confusing and stressful.
So how do you know what is right?
Here’s the deal… every diet is essentially an elimination diet.
But the goal is to create a plan for your unique body – and find what is really good for YOU in a way that is realistic and sustainable given your current day-to-day commitments.
Most diets demonize certain foods (i.e. sugar, carbs, fat, etc.) and/or claim “the one thing you’re missing” (i.e. trace minerals, herbs, vitamins, etc) is your panacea to health.
FACT: There is no panacea (cure all) to health… I hate to break it to you.
All of those intolerances you’re dealing with now stem from a bigger root cause… remember, these are simply symptoms of (x). Without addressing them on a deeper level, you continue to mask symptoms, which can lead to bigger problems down the road.
When you heal your body from the inside out, you can actually reverse these intolerances. Allergies are a different story oftentimes, but the key to remember is… there IS hope! And it starts with YOU!
So this is crazy!!!
There was a study done on sugar in relation to diabetes. Essentially, the study showed that sugar was used in the treatment of diabetes at one point!
Now we are by no means saying to go out and gorge yourself on sugar, but it shows that not all sugar is the devil. Moderation is key along with the TYPE you’re consuming. Remember, each person is different and we are all metabolically unique.
FACT: We’re designed to be efficient as far as what we can and cannot tolerate.
In order to find what works best for YOU, we recommend having some testing done by a Functional or Naturopathic doctor. When you test, you win! You begin to discover what works for YOU specifically, which sets you up for success – long-term!
Don’t be afraid to adapt your diet as your body changes.
Testing certain foods along the way is a great marker as to how your body is progressing. That doesn’t mean eating tablespoons of white sugar (yuck!) – we’re talking about REAL food options, such as raw milk or sprouted grains.
Journaling how you feel is another great tool to help you track your progress. Ask yourself:
- Any bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea?
- Mental clarity (or lack thereof)?
- Skin reactions (rash, acne, dry skin)?
As you invest your time, energy and money into your health and well-being, one of the biggest reasons people fall off track is a lack of clarity as to WHY they are doing this in the first place.
Maybe for you it’s to be healthier for your family (playing with your kids, etc.)
Maybe you want to have more confidence in your clothing
Maybe you want to be able to stop using so many medications
Maybe you want to feel sexy naked!
Whatever your reason, GET CLEAR!
When Drew began his transformation 4 years ago, it started with what he now calls the Whydentity process. This is taking your WHY + your Identity and forming a crystal clear vision to keep you moving forward, despite any obstacles or doubts that come up. Your Whydentity should encourage a “no excuses” attitude when it comes to reaching and maintaining your goals.
This is the WHY that makes you cry…
Ask yourself these 4 questions:
- Why do I want to transform?
- What does it look like in 90 days?
- What do you hear from your friends?
Something powerful happens when you answer these questions openly and honestly.
Create clarity. Do this process regularly to hone in on your WHY and WHO you are now and WHO you are working to become.
It’s all about becoming. So get honest and dig in deep.
It’s okay that this process shifts. It should! YOU are shifting. This is GROWTH, my friend. THIS is where real change occurs and where optimal health manifests.
Diet authors won’t tell you that they can help only 70% of people at best without a method for individualization.
When you look at most books, you likely never see the stories of the people the author couldn’t help outlined…
Well, the truth is that any one program only works for about 70% of the population.
When you try new ways of eating, really pay attention to how you FEEL, more so than how you LOOK. Remember, your outer appearance is a reflection of your inner workings. We are ONE body and everything is connected.
In this video, we dig in a bit to an important idea referred to as Hormesis, which states that everything is both a toxin and a medicine, with the exception of PUFAs.
Be sure you watch this important training to learn more about that! Super helpful information.
Let’s address the Stanford study…
In this study, out of 20 diets, 19 worked! This shows that habits are the weakest link when it comes to weight loss.
It’s not about willpower after all – it’s about SKILL power!
FACT: Any diet can work, but it boils down to compliance of the participant.
Pay attention to your cues, your behaviors, your habits.
And ask yourself: How likely am I to adhere to these?
When working with our coaching clients – we see plateaus as POSITIVE things! Whenever you hit a plateau, that’s a great indicator that it’s time to customize. It means you’re on track. Your body is adapting so in order to continue growing, you need to change things up.
BJ Fogg → B=MAT equation
Behavior = Motivation + Ability + Trigger
Example: Put your gym clothes out the night before to help set yourself up for success and following through in creating the habit of working out upon waking.
Begin to see patterns – when are your habits breaking down? Why? What are your triggers?
The idea of using food solely as fuel 100% of the time isn’t realistic.
We don’t go out to eat with friends to fuel, we go out to eat and enjoy the experience. It’s the dose that makes the poison.
So commit to identifying your smallest actionable habit and put it on your calendar. If you tend to forget to eat (which can actually cause weight gain!), set an alarm on your phone to eat every 3 hours to keep your metabolism working with and for you.
FACT: You’re not weak, you’re blind to your environmental cues.
There are external cues you’re likely unaware of. It’s important to create awareness around these cues so you can make these things work to your advantage for good.
FACT: By focusing on tiny habits, you create big change over time.
One habit can help to create conscious decisions in all aspects of your life.
Focus on your biggest limiting factor! Start there.
Understand your habit cycle:
Maybe it looks something like this:
- You sit down to watch your favorite show on TV (cue).
- Half way through, you feel hungry so you walk to the fridge (routine).
- You grab a carton of ice cream from the freezer along with a spoon (who needs bowls, right?) and you end up eating the whole carton! (reward)
Then you feel guilty…
By virtue of human nature, we fall back into old patterns (habits).
We blame ourselves – our willpower.
But remember, it’s your environment. Maybe halfway through your show you commit to changing your habit by going for a walk, having a glass of water or grabbing some veggies you’ve already prepped from the fridge.
The goal is to create more awareness to your triggers (boredom, mindless routines, sadness, etc.).
TIP: Put sticky notes around your environment (cues) to help you as you create these new habits.
Build on these habits. Start with a habit you have like brushing your teeth, then add to that.
Ex: putting a sticky note on your bathroom mirror that you will see before you go to bed and again when you wake up reminding you to do your eye drills; stretch; drink a glass of lemon water. You get the idea.
Let’s talk about Heuristics…
People like heuristics, which in a nutshell is the idea of being able to make decisions on limited amounts of information, especially when it comes to diet.
I’m sure you can relate (I know I can!).
The problem is that most current heuristics are essentially elimination diets.
Most popular diet heuristic: Paleo
This is easy for so many people to adopt for the simple reason that all they need to do to really be successful on the basics of this program is to ask – “would a caveman eat that?”
No matter what diet you’re trying to implement, the idea is to make it as simple as possible.
And it’s important to focus on integration vs. elimination.
If you remove something without replacing it, there is a void. This creates lack of or a feeling of deprivation. This is dangerous because it often leads to choosing the wrong thing (always be prepared).
TIP: Do bloodwork to see where your nutrient deficiencies are. This is a great way to find a diet that will work best for you.
Finding the right diet is more than just creating balance. It’s about individualizing your lifestyle to work synergistically with your body on a cellular level.
Let’s Dig Into Diet Hacking…
We are designed to be metabolically flexible.
Research shows that different areas on the body correlate with different organs.
For example, you can figure out if you may be deficient in:
- HCL, digestive enzymes and gastric acid using a palpation technique on different parts of your body (organ sites).
- Thyroid palpation and achilles reflex (see 1:00 mark for how-to)
- Adrenal function palpation sites (see 1:10 mark for how-to)
Temperature & Pulse Rate
This is pretty cool. You can actually check your temperature and pulse before and after meals to test food intolerances, metabolism, processing of certain foods, inflammatory response, etc.
You can invest in a Glucometer, which you can find online pretty inexpensive.
Your fasting glucose should be 75-86 mg/dL. Glucose should rise to 120 mg/dL 1 hour post prandial and should return to normal levels (your baseline) 3 hours after meal.
If your blood sugar is spiking an hour after a meal, this could indicate a problem.
You can also use a Refractometer for hydration status and optimal metabolic function. This gives you a window into your electrolytes. This is a great way to check your fluids to see if you’re getting enough – or maybe even too much – fluid, thus diluting your foods (nutrients).
Are you someone who wakes in the middle of the night?
Or maybe you have trouble falling or staying asleep…
Waking in the middle of the night happens because you are encountering a cortisol spike.
When your cortisol is spiking at the wrong time of day (as in the middle of the night), this leads to common sleep disturbances such as insomnia, waking multiple times in the night and making it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep. Even waking to urinate multiple times.
HACK: Coconut sugar + salt. Just a pinch under the tongue helps to modulate stress and helps you fall right back asleep. Keep a little jar of this mixture next to your bed and give it a try!
Remember the 4 S’s – these are Anti-Stressors and are all great for boosting metabolism and thyroid function:
- Saturated Fat
To learn more about everything outlined here, be sure to watch the incredible training video at the top of this page in it’s entirety. There are a ton of golden nuggets outlined and I KNOW you will take away some super cool information (I certainly did!).
Remember, we’re in this together.
And be sure to comment below… let us know what you think! Do you have any hacks you use to keep your diet on track? We’d LOVE to hear about them!