Thomas DeLauer: The Untold Story

Thomas DeLauer: The Untold Story


– I felt like my life was just a gamble, allowing food to drive
every decision that I made. And I was in a very corporate world, going through a major acquisition. At a time where I needed
to be on my A-game, I was dropping the ball, drowning
in my own water retention and inflammation and, ultimately,
like my own fat cells. It was terrible. (gentle music) That’s where I realized that there was a serious mental addiction going on, because I was convincing myself
that everything was okay. Part of my call to action
was my wife looking me square in the face and just being like, “Thomas, you come home, “but
you don’t really come home.” It’s just like, this has
become a functional addiction. Now, I had some third
parties that were in my life that actually changed
how I looked at food. You know, a lot of it was
the fact that I managed over 1,200 physicians,
and these physicians were amazing doctors, and they saw me, they saw me unhealthy, and
sometimes it took mentors and people that I respected
to actually give me physiological examples of
what was going on in my body. So that helped me out, knowing that, okay, maybe this isn’t all my fault. It pacified this, like, voice in my brain that was just saying like,
“There’s something wrong. “There’s something
wrong with you mentally. “There’s something wrong.” They were explaining like, “No, no.” I mean the weight was one thing. What you have going on in
the way of inflammation in your body is making it so
that you can’t think clear. If you’re addicted to food,
you can’t just avoid food. You’re always having to face it head on. Well sometimes it gets
even more difficult. Because then you get frustrated
because then you have to take away these things
that you now enjoy. And you’re left with this
delta of like happiness gap. Like, you don’t have
this like, you were here, because you had food
coming in and helping you. But now you’re consciously aware of it so you take away the food and now you consciously have to
bring your self esteem and everything down for a little while. The sugar industry and
everything has made these foods so hyperpalatable where
it’s just, it tastes so good and you actually an additional
secondary physical response. It started with some need to fill a void. The emotional addiction
started (snap) like that. The physical addiction
compounded over weeks, months, and the next thing you know you just have no idea what you’re doing. That’s when you need a pattern interrupt. (light music) So getting in touch with your body is really the most important thing. You know, it’s the only thing we’ve got. It’s our temple. It’s everything. That loss of control is what
just destroys everybody. But if you can commit to seven days of just getting the processed
foods out of your diet, suddenly you start feeling the way that certain foods affect you. You start feeling every single thing that you put in your body, at least to a better degree, that’s how you can start
to make better decisions. Now when I consume that
sugar, my body’s repulsed. My brain sees it entirely different now. It’s physiological and it’s mental. The struggle is now less about being able to just overcome
food addiction in general and more so about, like where
can I find good quality foods? Where can I find good quality things that I can put in my body? And one of the only ways
that you can actually start combating that is
to have valid substitutes. So I’m not saying that you should abstain from all of these amazing tasting foods. You have to enjoy food. The healthiest that I’ve ever been has been when I’m consciously aware of what I’m putting in my body but I’m still enjoying what I eat. (dramatic music) I feel in control of my life. And that’s what matters. I was never in the driver’s seat until I took control of my health. Period. (dramatic music) (light music)

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