Dr Mary's Monday Musings...
Change is possible, change is beautiful, helping people change is what I live for.
A few years ago I was overweight and overwhelmed. I had badly controlled polycystic ovarian syndrome and was stuck in a hideous sugar addiction / carb craving / hyperinsulinaemic negative feedback loop from hell.
I was horribly busy (as so many of us are) working heaps, studying more, and trying keeping my life afloat. The life of a doctor can be pretty unhealthy sometimes.
I knew better but the stress of work + exams wore me down and sent to the ice-cream freezer time and time again for both soothing and solace.
By chance, I stumbled across a 30 Paleo diet challenge at a local gym, I had a supportive group of colleagues who cajoled into doing it with them. I had never heard of the Paleo diet before. But, with support from my colleagues and my own competitive type A personality not wanting to be outdone - I managed to do it.
The results were startling.
In less than 30 days my sugar cravings vanished, my energy returned and my PCOS symptoms disappeared. Weight was falling off me and I was awestruck that I could walk past ice-cream and not want it.
Being the curious mind that I am, I looked into the scientific data. I found that the data was robust. This stuff was not in mainstream medical paradigm but clever scientists had known about it for years. Low carb Real Food made so much sense I felt dumb for not thinking of it before.
After the intensive 30 day challenge was over, I managed to slowly (but not perfectly, I stumbled plenty) change my habits for good.
Behaviour change needs knowledge of what to do, desire to do it and the skills to implement it.
I had the knowledge, the desire and I managed to built my own Low Carb Real Food lifestyle skills.
Now I can't even imagine eating the way I did. I have changed. Ice-cream is no longer my soother or solace.
Change was not easy, but it was indeed possible.
I am healthy, energetic and loving life.
I am no longer overwhelmed.
Dr Lucy and I have similar stories.
However, more powerful than our own stories, are the stories of the patients that we have helped. People losing 10, 20, 30kg. Fibromyalgia symptoms vanishing, joint pain reversing, fatty liver disappearing, type 2 diabetes remitting, sugar cravings stopping for good.
Helping people get well is the reason I go to work with a smile and spring in my step.
I love it.
Dr Lucy and I have lived through the struggle of behaviour change. We love helping other people change their lives too.
I hope this community is helpful to you for your own journey to health and vitality.
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Dr Mary Barson