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Do You Have "Diet Confusion"?

written by

Sue King

posted on

January 31, 2020

South Beach, Weight Watchers,  the Mediterranean, Zone, Atkins, Paleo, Raw Food diet, and the Macrobiotic diet to name a few. Each one has its benefits, but also has its drawbacks.

I am looking forward to this time of year again on our regenerative farm, but for now we are still waist deep in snow for at least another month. Unless that is, a good old Alberta chinook rolls in.

We have all experienced what I call “diet confusion”. I believe that we have fallen prey to these ideas for generations. Going back three generation to my grandmother I can see that even she succumbed to the pressure of thinking that what she was eating was not healthy for her.

Personally, I have struggled with being slightly overweight my whole life. My weight has fluctuated with the different seasons of life; from being a young married working women without time to cook much to my child bearing years when the extra weight I put on during each of my five pregnancies wasn’t lost right up to peri-menopause. I was never able to figure out how to come to a healthy weight that allowed me to feel good and do the activities that I wanted to participate in.

My negative view of my body image started in grade eight physical education class. For the life of me I don’t know why , but we were asked to take pictures of ourselves front, back, and from both sides. Then everyone’s pictures were pinned up for comparison. How demoralizing can that be.

As I look back over my health journey I can see how this influenced my choices. First off, I hated gym class. I didn’t want to ever wear shorts again. I was so humiliated. To this day I still prefer not to wear shorts (I am fifty-five years old). Throughout my teenage and young adult years I would bounce around to whatever diet was trendy at the time. None of them helped me lose the weight I thought had to go. Once I started having children I basically quit trying. It seemed like I would never win the battle.

Years ago now I came to embrace the fact that scripture tells us that we are all “fearfully and wonderfully made”. Our creator knows how we are designed to look and He has given us the tools to achieve that. Unfortunately most of us have never been taught that. That gym teacher many years ago must have fallen into the trap of having to look like the supermodels.

Pizza? Sure, but lets do it with our health in mind.

Pizza? Sure, but lets do it with our health in mind.

Twenty years ago I was led to study the diets of our ancient ancestors in order to help improve mine and my family’s health. From photos and conversation I knew that as a young person my grandmother was not an obese person. It was not until she reached menopause that she started to have weight issues. I knew that I had to do something before I reached that season in my life or the same thing would happen to me.

A friend of mine introduced me to the work of Weston A. Price, a doctor who studied the diets of ancient cultures. Learning about his teaching was the first step in my journey back to health.

In the next few blog posts I will share my journey with you. My prayer as I share my experiences with you is that you will find encouragement and hope as you travel the road of your journey.

I will be the first to admit that I don’t have all the answers; I am not a doctor and don’t claim to know the science behind all this, but I believe that by sharing what has worked for me I can be an encouragement to you. 

I would love to have you join me as I traverse this road that can be so confusing? Its as simple as clicking the button below. Over the next little while I will be exploring the ways that have helped me navigate this trip with success. I promise that I will never share your information with anyone.


I would love to hear about your struggles and victories. Leave me a comment below so we can be encouragers to each other.

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