Invariably, when someone loses a noticeable amount of weight, others want to know “how did you do it?” Her answer usually boils down to “I ate less and exercised.” The question people actually want the answer to is “how did you eat less and exercise? How did you have the willpower to do it? How did you stop yourself from eating and make yourself exercise?”Read More
What if you could lose weight by taking care of your heart and taking really good care of yourself? If you've been struggling with your weight and with food for years, its time to leave dieting behind and embark on a different kind of journey; one full of gentleness, self care, and loving kindness.
I remember when I first lost weight. My five foot, six inch frame had crept up to an unhealthy weight, gaining every year. My medium build had continued to grow in size while I unknowingly dieted on the pounds year after year.Read More
When we are so determined that our bodies must weigh a certain weight or look a certain way, we become rigid and stressed. We stay focused on a certain diet trying to control every morsel we put in our bodies. Or we relentlessly measure our water intake or push ourselves to do a very specific exercise regime. We are not relaxed or flexible; we are not loving our bodies. We are demanding of ourselves...Read More
“I want to eat” is unfortunately not the answer. We live in a culture replete with conflicting rules about eating which often have nothing to do with whether or not we are actually hungry. These rules tell us what we should eat, how we should eat, when we should eat, how we should combine foods, and on and on. Many of these ideas are useful strategies for increasing and maintaining health and losing weight. But a really important strategy is to eat when actually hungry. In order to eat when hungry, you must know when you are hungry – you must be able to recognize true hunger.Read More
And six ideas to help change your focus!
No matter how much we want to lose weight, we often don’t because we don’t want to give up something we want, or rather, something we are attached to. We are afraid that we will have to give up things that give us comfort or pleasure in order to lose weight. Sweet and salty foods give us pleasure and enjoyment and eating distracts us and provides a momentary escape from thinking or drudgery. It also gives us an excuse to avoidRead More
We all dread diets because they deprive us, are hard work, and make us feel like we are in a constant, miserable, battle with food. And they aren’t sustainable. How many times have you cleared all the “bad” food out of your house, purchased hundreds of dollars’ worth of prescribed diet foods only to give up after a week or two?
What is sustainable is to...Read More
At the root of emotional eating is a loving attempt at self care. We don’t eat junk food or overeat because we hate ourselves; it really is because we are trying to feel better, to take care of ourselves, to nurture our own self. If you can see this, it is much easier to be kind and compassionate to yourself.Read More
We often think that if we lose weight we will feel better. And the opposite is true. Weight loss and self care is so much easier when we feel good, energized, alive, hopeful, inspired. Too often we don’t recognize that we are depressed. This low level energy is keeping us stuck in unhealthy habit loops; depending on food to bring up our mood and using distracting and numbingRead More