Come on!!! Really?? Ok, First off, I don’t believe in “diets”. I particularly don’t like the word, “diet”. It hits a nerve with me. I don’t know…………maybe it’s because I don’t like being told what I can and can not eat……… which is ultimately telling me what I can and can not do (this doesn’t work for me). Therefore, “diets” deprive people of good healthy eating. I mean this in a mental/emotional, and physical way. Allow me to explain myself further.

Here’s how I see it, there is a real problem with over eating, emotional eating, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. To say to someone, “Hey, you need to go on a diet and drastically cut back on your caloric intake because you have X,Y and Z”. Without getting to the “real issue” will most likely cause a person to gain weight then to loose weight. Keeping the lbs off becomes more of a challenge then one would like. Lets say someone has a serious “health” issue that could be life threatening (they all are in my opinion), It’s always going to be important to discuss the mental/emotional issues that comes along with physical issues! Do you follow me? One can NOT be without the other. For instance, a person who struggles with anorexia and bulimia must have underlying beliefs (mental/emotional) that consequentially becomes an unhealthy physical being.

Example: Sara has high blood pressure and she eats fast foods (often), always in a hurry, single mother, and drinks soda everyday. Do you think that stress can be the cause of her HBP? Do you think that perhaps her eating fast foods and drinking soda on a regular basis can possibly be adding to her stress, as well as her physical well being?

YES! It always, always, always contributes! Mind/body connection! Can genetics play a role in a persons health? Yes, but it can be reversed. It is invariably up to the individual to determine, and or choose that path to which I firmly believe in (healthy body/healthy mind).

Unless, you are dying of an incurable disease and your body is slowly being destroyed, which then inserts your mind in a wide range of emotions, you may be unable to have a positive effect (mentally and emotionally speaking) on your physical health. However! There are those who, up until there last breath, expressed continuous joy and contentment all while facing death. It is then and only then, that your healthy mind will not have a positive effect on your body (death is inevitable for all of us).

I digress, my main point that I’m trying to get across is that the root of the issue is deep within the individual being. Start there! Once you uncovered the truth, begin there! I say this often; “Nothing ever starts over night”. When a person discovers there is an issue with food, usually that “issue” was years in the making. That’s ok, at least it’s now uncovered! I have many conversations with people about this topic on “diet” and have helped quite a few discover that it is almost always, emotional. Once you have the emotional side figured out and under control, which by the way will be constant work, you begin to look at changing your eating habits. I stand by this quote, “ALL IN MODERATION”!!

Don’t deprive yourself but don’t eat everything! Know your limits, set boundaries and listen to your body. If your full, stop eating. Go for a walk after a meal. It’s that simple. If your mind gets the best of you, don’t kick yourself in the ass. You can always start again. Never give up! Exercise will benefit your healthy mind as well as including healthy eating habits! As I have previously mentioned time and time again, healthy mind/body go together (in my opinion of course). Exercise and non-depriving healthy eating = healthy lifestyle = possible weight loss! It depends on what you want. What you want/desire, you will get. In other words, reap what you sow 🙂

So in my wonderful words of wisdom (LOL) diets don’t help you loose weight! Of course, this is my opinion. Opinions remind me of something this amazing man I reconnected with after twenty some years said to me…….. (he constantly makes me laugh). In his words; “Opinions are like assholes, we all have them”. Ha! Don’t take everything to seriously.

My message is simple. Diets are a money scam. Get right within!  Some of you may share my “opinion” on this topic and who ever you are, I’m grateful. For those of you who share a different “opinion” I am also grateful. Why? Because we all have them (opinions) and all are valued! Enjoy food, enjoy your life!

Live, love, honor and laugh out loud! Prioritize you.

About Cassandra Pavolic

As a retired performer for 25 years transitioning careers has been difficult. I truly enjoyed my career as an aerialist performer. I was fortunate enough to see the world, traveled many places and met people from all cultures. I learned a tremendous amount about life and people during my years traveling than I would in a school setting. The one thing I took away from being on the road is that no matter what ethnic background you are, we are all so similar. A smile is a smile in every language (happiness or contentment). Expressions of all emotions have the same meaning around the world. For this reason we are similar, and I somehow find that comforting. I'm now 50! It's hard to believe I'm fifty already! I reflect on my accomplishments as well as my failures up to date. Both are irrelevant to what I value most. I value people and relationships. I value my deity, it is the number one thing that keeps me stable. Being true to myself is a portion of my "food" in regards to my decision making. When I steer away from being my true self I am disappointed. Exercise, taking walks, and being still are another source of "food" in my life. I like to be still, listen and observe all things. I have been this type of person since a young child. Perhaps one of the reasons why I take an interest in Personality Psychology and my recent studies human behavior. I hold an Associates degree in Music/Theater/Dance from Dean College in MA. I quickly realized I wanted to perform, therefore my journey began immediately after graduating from Dean. I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist, as well as a Certified Personal Trainer. I am curious, I am persistent and I am passionate. I'm on a mission to be a better person, to help those who want to help themselves, and to share my thoughts, opinions, experiences to anyone who gives a damn. All in hoping that what I have to offer will change lives as you learn to keep your priorities in order. And so I started prioritize you.
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