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I've been doing a lot of research on food as medicine lately; and all of the experts I'm reading or listening to say the same thing. i.e. get healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to get healthy. This has changed the way I think, leading to my doing some extensive blood tests to see if I have leaky gut and identify possible allergies and food sensitivities to reduce inflammation, among other things. What do other people think about this concept?

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@nla4625, I agree. "Get healthy to lose weight" is one of the reasons that I've chosen to focus on improving my sleep. Better sleep promotes healthy weight (and weight loss). Also the things I do to improve my sleep additionally help maintain a healthy weight, i.e., outdoor exercise, no snacking, less computer screen = less sitting, etc. (Granted, I'm not doing well on less screen time. It's a work in progress.)

@nla4625 – It certainly is a different way to look at the problem. When I was struggling to find answers for my idiopathic small fiber peripheral neuropathy I was overweight and around 260 to 280 pounds. I was more concerned then about finding something that could roll back or eliminate my numbness symptoms from the neuropathy. That was one of the reasons I found Connect. In my searches I found a book by Dr. Terry Wahls – The Wahls Protocol which was about how she used nutrition to roll back her symptoms of MS. I was interested in learning more about healthy foods and ones that provided cellular nutrition and also reduced inflammation. If nothing else the book changed my mind about the part food plays in my health.

I guess my thoughts on get healthy to lose weight vs. lose weight to get healthy are that it's not that simple for everyone. When I was "feeling good" at 330 lbs and age 50 I wanted to lose weight but didn't want to change my bad habits. But now at age 77, I'm thinking getting healthy will help me lose the weight and get to where I want to be 🙂