|Debra first came to my office because she was interested in her diet. As a physical exercise instructor, she was very conscious of her weight and her overall health. Like most of us, she had accumulated lots of conflicting dietary information over the years about how and what she should eat. Because of the spiritual path she was following, she was on a vegetarian diet. While she was conscientious about getting ample vegetable and dairy protein, she just wasn’t feeling as well as she knew she should.|
Debra was listening to myths and “old wives’ tales”, trying to make sense of them in her own life. Because she lacked sufficient protein in her diet, she craved sweets. The fruits and vegetables she was consuming left her feeling like she needed something more, but she didn’t know that it could or should be. I explained to her that because of her body type (Thyroid) she needed to eat more protein in the form of eggs, chicken and fish. She was very reluctant to give up her well-engrained vegetarian habits, but she agreed to try it for two weeks.
Within the first week, Debra noticed a marked improvement in her health. She lost her cravings for sweets and experienced more energy and a feeling of well-being. In spite of her dramatic success, old habits can be hard to break. Every so often Debra would slip and become lax with her protein consumption, only to return to her body type diet for energy and balance.