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WARNING: Your Doctor, Spouse and Workplace may be sabotaging your health

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Trying to stay healthy? Eat right? Work out and feel great? Watch out for sabotaging techniques from these three!

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1. Your doctor: Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Doctors are paid by pharmaceutical companies for speaking engagements, consulting, with free meals, travel and other perks. Needless to say, your doctor will be much more likely to prescribe a drug than to offer you non-drug alternatives for a health issue, resulting in possible side effects that may harm you more than heal you. Doctors are also pressed for time, and so prescribing a drug is much faster and simpler than taking note of your full history and what might be causing an illness. Doctors are generally poorly educated in nutrition and rarely offer advice on eating healthy and how this might lead to better cholesterol levels, lower blood sugar levels and lower blood pressure. And, is a doctor who does not take time to workout every day really going to suggest to you that you might want to exercise?

Solutions: Seek natural healing methods. If you feel you must see someone, seek out a naturopath or a doctor who specializes in Functional Medicine and a health coach (moi!) can help you make plans and set goals to be the healthiest YOU!

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2. Your Spouse: Unfortunately, if your spouse is not on the same page with you and working on his health too, you may find yourself sabotaged. Due to men’s naturally larger muscle mass, he may have an easier time maintaining or losing weight and give you a hard time about your struggles. If you are the person who prepares meals, his complaints may make it difficult to health up your meals. Snacks brought into the house by a spouse seem as though they are just trying to tempt us. And time away from home to exercise may cause difficulties.

Solutions: Though the goal should not be to change another person, asking for his support is essential and encouraging him to join you in your efforts may benefit him as well. A spouse may become suspicious if you set out on an improvement journey and leave him behind. Assure him you want to feel great and look good for YOU, not for anyone else, and that he will benefit from your efforts. If he can’t imagine giving up that big steak, compromise and serve him a lean cut of meat in a smaller size and load up the plate with lots of veggies on the side.

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3. Your Workplace: The workplace break room is a notorious place, where donuts, cakes, cookies, etc. appear for any and all occasions. Candy, chips and nuts may be sitting on colleagues desks, begging to be eaten, and the afterwork watering hole gathering, that you may feel obligated to attend, presents even more issues, all tempting you away from healthy eating.

Solutions: Take healthy snacks with you to work. Pack some carrots, apples, nuts, hummus, nut butters, or some other all natural, non-processed snack with you each and every day. Avoid the break room whenever possible. Enlist a colleague who supports you in your efforts to help you avoid the unhealthy snacks. For that afterwork gathering, order a club soda with lime and before those crazy fattening appetizers show up, ask for a side salad. Though this may seem extreme and difficult as you change your unhealthy habits for healthy, eventually you will naturally avoid the unhealthy offerings and have no problem with sharing your own healthy alternatives.

Knowing you may be up against some difficult situations at times, makes fighting the battle a bit easier because you come up with strategies and solutions that will make life easier. If you need assistance getting on track, making plans and setting realistic health goals, let me know how I can help. Check out my programs or design your own. Contact me: jane@janeannthompson.com.

2 comments

  1. Arnebya says:

    In my office, we do tend to lean toward pastries but there is a HUGE vegan following too so we get to taste lots of different foods (in fact, there’s a vegan bake-off next month. Avocado in cake. Um, ok then.) I’ll agree w/the doctor angle too. I’ve visited my own recently trying to get help with weight gain (yes, I’m trying to gain!) and it’s not really an “issue” although I’m classified as underweight. Would you like pills for anxiety? Um, no thanks. And then there’s my husband. He has HBP. I’ve been cooking w/that in mind and offering healthier choices, less salt. But we are on two different wavelengths: him needing to lose 10 and me needing to take on that whole 10 (after multiplying it by 2.) How do you even gain weight on a traditionally healthy regimen when they’re all geared toward weight loss (and simply eating more doesn’t work?)

    • Jane says:

      Awesome on the vegan lovers! It’s a really healthy way to eat, but not the only healthy one. Gaining weight on a healthy diet might be accomplished by adding an extra handful of nuts, avocados, an extra serving of healthy grains, and extra beans. Enjoy bigger servings and/or snack a little bit more, but just keep them healthy. You can still serve the same foods to your husband, but instead of taking smaller portions for yourself, as most women must, go ahead and have the same size serving. Hope this helps!

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