It’s National Nutrition Month and the theme this year is “nutrition from the ground up”. I’m offering advice how you can set build a healthy weight from the ground up – without getting duped by any costly “solutions” you’ve seen before (pills, potions, cleanses, etc.)
Let me just start this post series with a statement. I don’t believe in “diets.” Diets do not work because they are too restrictive. Diets are something you start and then stop. Whatever you do when you stop can lead you right back to the place you came from – or worse! If your feelings of deprivation and restriction are large, chances are your “boomerang” back once you lift the restrictions will be huge. How would you like to end that cycle once and for all? If you’re with me, read on. If you’re not, come back when your latest fad diet experience fails you.
Step 1: Reject Dieting for Good
Can you do it? Can you actually say to yourself that years of dieting has not worked for you and it’s time to try something that does? Go ahead. Give yourself permission to take care of yourself instead of deprive yourself.
When you honestly feel “enough is enough” you are almost ready for a different approach. All you have to do is get a piece of paper and a writing utensil. At the top, write some version of these words “I promise myself that I won’t diet anymore,” and then give one to three reasons why you are making yourself that promise. Maybe you can recount past failed attempts or maybe there’s a special person out there for whom you want to be a role model – a daughter, a friend? Once you write it down, sign and date the paper. Congrats, you and dieting are finally divorced!
If what you’ve been doing so far has not helped you manage a healthy weight, then there are some changes you could make. You may already know