Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Diet Shmiet

I was watching the news last week and they were talking about the newest diet fad. This one wasn't about selling a specific program, or injecting hormones + limiting to 500 calories per day (who wouldn't lose weight by eating only 500 calories), or eliminating foods, nope the newest diet fad is eating baby food. Yes, you read it correctly, eating baby food is the newest diet fad because, according to the promoters baby food is full of vitamin, has little or no additives, and teaches portion control. REALLY?? Our society has gone loco when it comes to losing weight. It's become acceptable to eliminate groups of naturally grown foods, or eat only at certain times all because "they" said it would work. Well, who are they? 

Believe it or not, there is a better way. They body is designed to tell us when we need food, but you have to listen. Listen to what your body is telling you and use those cues to decide how you will address it. You also have to learn to accept the decisions you make with food.  Rather than judging the signals your body gives by saying "I shouldn't be hungry;" or ridiculing the decisions you make by saying "I shouldn't be eating this" maybe you can treat yourself the way you would treat a child who is learning a new skill. Take a deep breath and have some patience with yourself.

These concepts are very simple to say, but a little more difficult to put into practice. Join me for the Love Your Food Workshop where we will dive into this a little deeper and pave the way for you to use your body signals as a guide for making food choices that you enjoy. As Dr. May would say, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat.