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The law of addition is followed here at SB Family Chiropractic and Innate Fitness because it works. That’s right, if you add the right types of foods to your current diet, you will lose weight. How can that be you ask? Simple, when you eat the right stuff even on top of the wrong stuff you tend to (over time) eat less of the wrong stuff and you start to eat more and more of the right stuff.
So is this like reverse psychology?
Not really, its just a fact that it is a lot easier (and less stressful) to get people to add good things into their life rather than getting them to remove the bad things (that they like). Whether its diet drinks, doughnuts or pasta, I’d bet I could get you to eat a carrot or an apple before every meal, way faster than I could ever get you to give up the foods you love that are keeping you from your goals. This is true for kids too, squats are easier to add than taking away TV or video games. By adding, we are addressing deficiencies (nutrient, movement…etc), which can be just as stressful to our systems as toxicities (too much of the bad). Plus, when you address nutrient deficiencies, your body will be better at letting go of weight. And certain deficiencies can keep weight on, especially not getting enough healthy fats! Ironic, huh?!
So how and what should I add to my diet?
Action Step for addition:
1. Fresh Fiber First – before you eat anything at all, first eat something with some fresh soluble fiber (ie a fruit or a veggie). It’s simple if you are going to have a doughnut, sandwich or any food, first eat an apple (carrot, cucumber…etc). Done. This ensures that you are getting nutrient-dense foods in regularly as well as (this is the tricky part) you get more full more quickly and eat less of the “bad” foods. (pretty sneaky, huh ;-p)
2. Start having a smoothie every day (at least 5 days/wk).
2 cups fresh spinach:
1 cup of almond milk or water
Adding the healthy fat is KEY! This alone helped me to lose about 5 pounds of fat in a week and a 1/2 when I was in college, without changing anything else! And the additions have just kept on ever since!
Eat More 4 Health,
Dr. Nick Araza DC CCWP CFL1