Sunday, July 25, 2010

“I Know What I need to do BUT…”

How many times have you heard yourself repeat the refrain above? Whether I am counseling someone recovering from chronic dieting, anorexia nervosa, bulimia or a client desiring to make nutrition and exercise changes to fight diabetes this seems to be a common theme. We often have the intellectual knowledge and an abundance of facts and figures to back up that insight. The rubber meets the road as we attempt to translate what is in our brain into action. True, sometimes we have faulty facts. Perhaps you are still buying into some diet mentality chatter. Perchance you still believe that you need to cut out all of your favorite foods or that if you don't work out at the gym for an hour it doesn't count as exercise. The trouble is with the flawed thinking, not your inability to take appropriate action. We have confronted that type of challenge in this "Ditching Dieting" blog. If the "all or nothing" is still your challenge, take time to review some of the previous blogs. If that is not what is keeping you from doing what you need to do, read on!

Take time to consider barriers that arise when you are determined to provide your body with the nutrition it needs. Are you preplanning to address schedule or environmental challenges that could arise as you focus on fueling your body? What would motivate you to make efforts to supply your body with healthy nutrition that focuses on a balance of lean protein sources, fruits and vegetables and higher fiber carbohydrates sources? Making weight change of any kind a focus will not be effective long-term. Whether your body is underweight or overweight from imbalances in your food and activity, fixating on the numbers will only serve to frustrate you. Brainstorm and come up with outcomes that are important to you. It might be better energy; fewer or less sever medical problems that are nutrition related, or the satisfaction that you are making wise investments into your future health status.

Making peace with a reasonable activity/exercise plan is sometimes more challenging than addressing the food issues. It can seem nearly impossible to limit your activity if you have a tendency to abuse exercise. There are others who hate exercise; even though they know that their body needs activity. Once again, the state of imbalance is the issue. Redefine your definition of exercise. Think non-stop movement. Make activity about getting more flexible, releasing stress and having some fun. Giving your body the activity that it needs should not always feel like drudgery and should definitely not be all about calorie burning and weight issues.

You do know what you need to do to pursue health and wellbeing. Do it for yourself. Others will benefit! If you are not doing what you know you need to do … find out why! Don't beat yourself up with the mental ball bat or blame others for your lack of action. That is a defeating way to think and will only serve to immobilize you!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

How to Manage Your Weight without Losing Your Mind!!

So … you have determined to give up dieting. You know it doesn't work. However, you may now be dealing with anxiety over what comes next. Dieting and disordered eating behaviors can give you a false sense that you are in the driver's seat. You are the one in control of your eating, exercise and your weight. Wrong! When you are practicing rule laden dietary restriction, obsessive exercise, avoidance of eating out or social situations with food you are the controlee. Not the controller! Ditching dieting and disordered eating behaviors does not mean that you will not be able to maintain a natural, healthy weight range. Now you get a chance to learn controlled -balance in your dealings with all issues connected with food and activity. The by-product of these efforts will be arriving at a weight/size that is truly you. Remember, a weight or size that is achieved by engaging in diet or exercise practices that you cannot live with forever will only be a temporary victory. Weight management endeavors should not rob you of your peace of mind! For more on this topic go to:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ditching Dieting is NOT for Sissies!

Taking an anti-diet approach to your health, well-being and long-term weight management is truly the road less traveled! As summer approaches and thoughts turn to bathing suits and sun dresses there seems to be a spike in diet chatter. Many of my clients are almost feeling like social outcasts as they bravely take a stance against hopping on the latest diet bandwagon. To fortify you for the fight here are some sobering statistics regarding dieting:

  • The commercial diets and diet products generate 50 billion dollars per year in profits, yet they have a 90 % failure rate!
  • We are the fattest nation on earth, yet dieting is a national pastime.
  • Nearly 35% of "normal" dieters move into dangerous, pathological dieting and 25 -30 % of these people develop diagnosable eating disorders.
  • Nearly half of all chronic dieters will experience episodes of compulsive or binge eating.
  • Research demonstrates that when you lose weight by rigid dietary restraint you will have a heightened emotional response to food. (Possibly leading to binge eating.)
  • Low calorie diets kick the production of fat storing enzymes into high gear. You may actually become "fatter" as you lose weight. This can lead to medical problems such as insulin resistance and high cholesterol.
  • Dieting can cause a decrease in basal metabolic rate which can make it much easier to regain lost weight.
  • Dieting can disconnect you from your own internal cues regarding hunger, craving, satisfied and full.
  • The act of dieting can have a negative impact on self-esteem and body image.

Join the non-diet revolution! Choose foods that boost your energy, satisfy your taste buds and fulfill your nutritional needs. Don't go for "perfect eating". There is no such animal. Proudly proclaim to your dieting friends and family members …"I don't do diets!"

Share your experiences encountered as you ditch dieting!