I am so excited to share this story with you. It is about a personal friend of mine that has struggled with weight most of her life. She’s tried everything possible out there. Every diet pill, every diet, every workout. Nothing changed. She would fluctuate and she would even be successful on a couple plans but alas, over time the weight would just come right back.
My girlfriend made contact with me and told me she was getting married and wanted to lose some weight for the big day. I gladly stepped in and we planned out our attack. Meal plans were created and implemented. The main problem for her however, was that she was a hairdresser and spent up to 10 hours or more a day helping people look their best but she neglected to make nutrition a priority in her life.
The excuses started to pile up.
They were legit enough but it was kinda the proverbial “can’t lead a horse to water” syndrome. I truly wanted to help but she wasn’t ready to be completely committed to me or the program so needless to say, the plan fell by the wayside.
Although we remained friends (but of course!), I decided to let her take her job in stride and focus on planning her wedding, which is stressful enough in itself.
The wedding came and went with such a beautiful day in sunny Bobcaygeon, Ontario.
Fast forward a bit, she then spend a good part of 3 years trying to get pregnant with her new hubby and couldn’t achieve the magic moment. They went through thousands of dollars trying to conceive on fertilization therapy and countless tears but then miraculously, the moment happened! A little baby girl was born and shortly after, the drive for success ignited in her.
She now had this little bundle of joy to think about and now, more than ever, she was ready to commit to me. I admit I was hesitant at first but when it comes to helping someone with nutrition, MY fire ignites too and I heard the call to readiness in her voice. She was really stoked for this!
Her little daughter was 4 months of age and she was having some difficulties with breastfeeding and she decided to give it up. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. It’s an individual thing. My son got a much shorter time on the breast than my girlfriend did, but that’s another topic all together.
I got her on a sound eating schedule (meal plan for you) and a regime of following my Notes and Guidelines that you can grab MEAL PLAN NOTES AND GUIDELINES, eating every 3-4 hours to balance blood sugar levels and keep energy up. Each of those meals consisted of good quality lean protein, essential fatty acids and modest good quality carbbohydrates. Her protein requirements were calculated out as 1 gram per pound of body weight. A thermogenic (raises your metabolism) was added, a colon cleanse, a nutritional supplement and the protein shakes twice a day. And of course real food too! She had fantastic results!
Within 7 weeks, she was down 25 pounds. A big woohoo! We tweaked the diet slightly and she began working out. I was (and still am) so very proud of her. She did everything to the T. She listened intently when I taught her a new skill, she texted me CONSTANTLY (that’s the Body Health Coach way!) and I knew she was dedicated.
as per usual when you do the same thing constantly, whether it’s a workout or driving the same way to work every day, she hit a plateau. When you (or your body) do the same thing over and over, day in and day out, it adapts over time. It knows what’s coming (or not coming) next and it just simply responds. BUT, when you mix it up frequently and “shock” your muscles to wonder what on earth is going on, they WILL respond to new routines and changes.
Piece of cake, I thought. I knew what to do. (Sorry, some secrets are worth waiting for!) So I made the necessary changes. She wasn’t cheating, she wasn’t binging and she wasn’t eating garbage. We watched and waited. Nothing. Another few days. Nothing. Now I’m starting to wonder.
I knew her stress levels were pretty high with personal issues that shall remain her own, but that was taken into account near the start of the program. Time to put on the scientific hat on and dig deeper. I just love research! Did I mention I used to read clinical textbooks for fun? Yeah, I’m a little weird! Gotta love it!
Without explaining all the nitty gritty, I came across an interesting article on a low sympathetic nervous system. My heart started racing. Yeah, that’s the weirdo in me again. I get super excited when I research and learn something new.
I sent the article to my girlfriend. I told her to read it and tell me if the symptoms and disposition fit her description. Shortly after, she texted back saying “that sounds exactly like me, where did you find this?!?”. That’s another secret!
Now I had something to work with. I was pumped!
A low sympathetic nervous system is pretty much sluggish to its environment but the symptoms lead you to believe it’s in overdrive. The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is to help us maintain homeostasis (balance) and is responsible for…
fuel availability (sugar, fats…)
oxygen circulation to vital organs
blood clotting (minimizes loss of blood if wounded)
pupil size and peripheral vision (improves vision)
fuel storage (decreases insulin activity to store glucose, for example)
So now what?
It was determined that the best plan of attack in this dilemma is to detox the liver, support the adrenals and of course, a sound nutrition program to allow the nervous system to relax and come back into balance. The liver plays such a huge role here because your liver is primarily responsible for hormone production. Listen up ladies and gents on this one. If you are having hormonal problems, whether it’s estrogen or testosterone, the liver is the go to guy that gets forgotten about. If he’s sluggish and not working up to par, then neither are the netherlands, so to speak.
A low SNS also increases fuel availability. What this means is it increases the amount of sugar available for energy which will result in high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high insulin. See how this can be a problem in weight loss? It also increases adrenaline, our fight or flight response, but sadly this also raises our stress hormone cortisol. There are a number of other things that can occur due to a low SNS but I want you to understand the impact that your central nervous system can play in the effort of weight loss.
It has only been a few days so the verdict isn’t out yet, but I will keep you posted. The liver flush is doing it’s job in that she definitely has more frequent visits to the bathroom but that’s what detoxes do. It’s not an aggressive detox where you need to stay close to a bathroom all day but then again, it depends how toxic you are and how sensitive your system is. By eliminating the toxins, your liver gets to be a more active participant in the body as a whole. And that’s a good thing.
It’s fascinating to see how the body responds to our environment and to the food we put into it. I think for many people, they think of weight loss only in terms of becoming a rabbit while eating salads and dreading the thought of breaking a sweat on a treadmill going nowhere but there is so much more to it than that. We are complex bodies that need to realize that food is our fuel and we are able bodies that were meant to move. Sedentary is not an option.
In the meantime, the girlfriend is happy chugging along and moving forward. She is grateful for the time spent on her “case”. We are both learning new things, experimenting with new challenges and praising the little things that count.
Stay happy and healthy and feel free to personally connect with me!