Cloudy with a Chance of Brain Fog
Are your diet habits spinning out of control?
Do you find yourself hopping on the diet train, again, only to fail, again?
Do you find you are spending more time at the gym hoping it will reverse what you ate the night before?
Are you constantly tired, have poor circulation and mentally you just feel ‘foggy’?
If this is you, read on………
After losing over 100lbs, Jamie Burke decided to enter into her first fitness competition. I had the pleasure of meeting Jamie at this time. A year had passed and after struggling post show with her weight and more importantly her mental and emotional state, Jamie contacted me to start a program.
Now keep in mind, regardless of whether it is post competition, a ‘fad’ diet, a restricted eating program or any program that isn’t sustainable long term, these habits and feelings will affect many of us and we will find that we can relate to this type of scenario and struggle the same once that goal or end point has been reached
Within the first week together, we were able to accomplish what Jamie had been struggling with for over the past year – clarity. Clarity on what she needs in her life in order to find balance and become happy again. Enjoying food and going to the gym, making what once was a daunting task now something that she looked forward to daily.
The downward spiral
Backing things up a bit – with what started off as coming out of a fitness competition a year ago, Jamie found herself being able to somewhat maintain her weight but the head fog and dizziness could not be shaken. This was from lack of transitioning properly into a post-show program. In fact, there was no post show program set in place and she continued on her show diet. So, maintaining her weight was because she was too afraid to veer from her competition program. The symptoms became a daily occurrence, resulting in her passing out and leading to the shakes and a constant chill (poor circulation). As time went on the only thing Jamie could find to help alleviate the issues was to eat…….and eat, which then lead to binge eating and ultimately a weight issue that she was unable to control.
Probably one of the more extreme cases I have seen and I was saddened that it had to get so far before she reached out but for most of us, we think it’s something that we have caused ourselves and can become ashamed to reach out.
Jamie was spending over 2 hours a day in the gym, the weight continued to creep up and the cycle of dizziness, living in a constant fog, and feeling almost drunk completely broke her. There was a constant fatigue and out of control cravings for sugar where she would find herself going through boxes of artificial sweetener each month just to get through her days of cravings. On top of it all her monthly cycle had become affected to the point where she was considering seeing a doctor due to the pain and being in a state of misery.
It was finally at that time that she had enough and reached out. One of my favorite quotes is, “nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”. Taking on a new client at this stage can be particularly crucial and from years of working with clients like this, you HAVE TO gain their trust and show them that you truly care about their well-being. This is the stance I had to take and carefully dissect every issue and symptom that Jamie was going through at that moment. Normally a client will easily throw in the towel in a very short amount of time if they don’t see immediate results but Jamie trusted the process.
So, what exactly did we do?
We started at the basics and this goes back to my 5 keys to finding your balance. I cannot stress enough how important it is to spend the time getting to learn your body and find what works for YOU.
- Dietary lifestyle From a diet perspective I knew she needed a complete overhaul, rid her body of so many chemicals and get it back into an alkaline state. We went to a complete whole foods plan that incorporated an alkaline balanced diet. No more artificial sweeteners and worked in foods that she hadn’t eaten in 3 years.
- Physical fitness Her training was completely revamped. Less time in the gym, no cardio and her days were cut back to what was realistic.
- Inner balance We began the process of working on stress, sleep patterns and hormones. By making the switch with the nutrition and fitness, many of these symptoms started to sort themselves out. When your body is not in an acidic state, you will sleep better, and your hormones (monthly cycle) will become more manageable.
- Emotional well-being From an emotional aspect, we started to examine the binge eating and what I like to call the Band-Aid effect (why most tend to compete). This will always be a work in progress and something we talk about weekly during check ins.
- Walk the talk Lastly, walking the talk. My goal with each of my clients is to have them remember where they started and to share that journey with others, inspire others, but one must learn to practice what they preach. Working on bringing back that confidence and helping others in the process.
My hopes in this blog is that it reaches others on some level, to know that if you are going through something similar, to reach out. There is nothing worse than feeling alone and sometimes all it takes is to have that support and cheerleader in your corner. If you would like to do a free assessment, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org