Saturday, February 16, 2013

Breaking Out of My Comfort Zone, So You Can Break Out Of Yours

It is time for me to get out of my comfort zone, and start blogging. I mean, it's only fair, I'm asking you to do one of the hardest most challenging things ever, change the way you eat! What?!

Let me start by introducing myself. I am Camille. I am a Physician Assistant who works in a rural community outside of Austin, Texas. I love my career, but I am looking for a greater connection with my patients. As Erica has mentioned, we have realized it is impossible to connect and really offer the proper guidance people need to make significant changes to their lives.

We are still in the preliminary stages of planning our new project, but we are so eager. We have both been incorporating our new passion and research into our current practice. It has been reaffirmed time and time again that there is just not enough time in an office visit to really delve in to diet and lifestyle. Yet our patients have so many questions, and really want to make changes. They are so overwhelmed by all the information on the internet, the misinformation they have received in the past and the layers and layers of guilt and failure from all the past diets tried. They are so confused with whether they should eat bread or only beef or just raw foods all day, everyday, or calorie count. Really what people are saying is, " how can I prevent myself from getting diabetes like my mom?", "how can I stop taking all these medications?", "how can I have more energy?". We want to help guide you through this process with a program that is specific to you. 
We are not here to promote a specific diet. We don't want you to feel hungry and deprived. We just want to you to fully understand your attachment to food, and how food effects your mind, body, and soul. We want to walk you through 6 months of personal care and attention to break your dependence to food.

OK. I just mentioned we aren't here to promote a specific diet, but I might not be sharing the entire story. Through extensive research Erica and I have found most benefit with a primarily whole foods plant based diet. Now before you run away screaming "I will NOT become a vegetarian!", hold on, we're not asking you to do that. What we do want you to know is that studies show consuming MORE fruits and vegetables decreases obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, Alzheimer's disease, and certain types of cancer including kidney, colorectal and breast.

We understand most people don't want a purely vegetarian lifestyle. We want to show you ways to creatively introduce more vegetables in your diet, but most important teach you about the "history" of your current food choices. This will change your relationship with your health (body), the food you consume, the relationship you have with your family, the community, and the world. WOW! Big leap, huh? It can happen.

I am excited to share this experience of learning and growth with you.

Until next time.


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