Chocobob Posted June 23, 2014 Share Posted June 23, 2014 Hi everyone! I'm new here, so I'll tell you a little about myself. I'm a twenty-five year old who used to be skinny fat. Despite my normal-range BMI, my favorite meal replacement used to be a bottle of Mountain Dew (eek). Since my own Whole30 about five months ago, I've lost fifteen pounds and have cured my migraines and sleeping disorder (and caffiene addiction). My dad, after seeing all my success, decided to do his own Whole30, and has lost a whopping forty pounds over the past few months, and no longer suffers from heartburn or various aches from old sports injuries. We're a couple of tried and true success stories!This brings us to my Mom. I love my Mom, she is my hero, but she is a heart attack waiting to happen. When she got her master's degree about ten years ago she gained about thirty pounds, all in the heart attack alleyway of her midsection. It grows every year: she's probably up to forty-five or fifty pounds overweight now. She works from 6 AM to 6 PM, and, since her last promotion, she now comes home and works on her laptop in the evenings. Her sleep patterns are not good -- she suffers from intermittent insomnia. Her blood pressure and triglyceride numbers are sucky. She does not take very good care of herself. We've tried talking to her about all of this, but it's like talking to a wall. So while I know the Whole30 gurus say to lead by example, I couldn't help but drop hints about how great I feel, hoping that maybe she would do a Whole30, which might lead her to take better care of herself overall. So I bought her a copy of It Starts With Food. When it languished in her office for a few months, I took the very drastic step of reading it to her aloud when she was trapped in the car with me on a long roadtrip. I'm not proud, but it worked! She agreed to try a Whole30. We've made it to Day 4, twice. One big problem is she, as a high powered executive, has business lunches a few times a week, and she will not refuse the food. Which makes the next issue even more baffling: She doesn't eat enough. *My mother will not eat enough food.* I've walked her through the template I don't know how many times. I've stressed how the program doesn't work if she doesn't eat enough -- how her leptin levels are probably screwed up and she needs to eat even if she doesn't feel hungry. Still, her breakfast: a couple of slices of (probably nitratey) meat. Lunch: a salad (or she skips it). Dinner: She picks through whatever meat we're eating, nibbles at it, and eats a buttload of fruit. And dates. DATES! With a glycemic index of like 114! She eats those things like they're popcorn!I think the biggest problem is she doesn't think she's eating unhealthy normally. She usually eats lots of whole grain wheats, lots of veg, LOTS of fruit. She hardly ever eats processed foods. Her problem is sugar. She's a sugar addict. A big one. And I think she's still convinced of the crappy science that says to lose weight you have to eat less. I know if I could just get her through the first few weeks and get her to start seeing results she would embrace the Whole30, but I'm afraid if she keeps having these false starts and failures she'll just give up on the program altogether. When I first told her about the Whole30, she outright dismissed it, saying, "That won't work for me." I'm afraid she's going to become a self-fulfilling prophecy, that instead of recognizing her sugar problem, she's just going to dismiss herself as fundamentally unable to lose weight despite her *healthy* diet. ARG! Anyways, that was a long rant. But if anyone has any advice, I'm all ears! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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