I became a dietitian to help people become healthier, to lose weight, to feel better. And, over the years, I’ve learned that being healthy and well is not just about physical health, but about mental and spiritual health as well.
I’ve worked with clients who have lost 200 pounds and hoped that losing weight would be the answer to all of their problems- but their problems still exist. I’ve worked with women who are at a perfect weight and very fit, but spend every moment of the day obsessing about food and exercise….is either scenario the definition of wellness or health?
One of my goals now is to help people learn to eat intuitively, to enjoy food – not to fear food, to not feel guilty because of eating. Intuitive Eating is a great book by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD and Elyse Resch, MS, RD, FADA. I could talk about the principles in this book for hours…so I plan to bring you topics from the book to think about a bit at a time.
Principle 1 states: Reject the Diet Mentality.
How hard is this to do? Many of us have been led to believe that the answer to weight loss lies in the next great book, or exercise plan, or supplement. Or-we believe that if we eat foods we truly love- then we will gain weight…which leads to a vicious cycle of restricting, binging, guilt…repeat.
The authors of the book share 3 steps to Rejecting the Diet Mentality:
1. Recognize and acknowledge the damage that dieting causes…
Chronic dieting has been shown to: teach the body to retain fat when you start eating again, decrease metabolism, increase binges and cravings, and cause body shape to change.
2. Be aware of diet-mentality traits and thinking….
Forget willpower. Intuitive Eating is about honoring your natural instincts…not inhibiting them.
3. Get rid of the dieter’s tools…
for example- the scale – how many times have you let the number on the scale determine how you feel about yourself for the day?
My questions to you today…
What does it mean to you to eat intuitively?
Do you need to reject the “diet mentality”?
Thanks for reading….have a great Monday!