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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

You Matter

From my colleague, Janine Quigley. This is a terrific post on Intuitive Eating

You Matter

Last night, I had a great time with some friends from college. Oddly enough, there was a time in my life when I may not have even gone. Last night would have been an “event” for me; something that I had to prepare for. I’m not talking about a new outfit, I mean a whole new me… because back then, the old me was never “good enough”.

Let’s make this simple… an event called for the “diet-down” and the weeks leading up to it typically went like this:

You need to lose weight!
Diet more, eat less! … time is running short!!!
Work harder, exercise more!
If you don’t lose weight, you don’t deserve to go.

Possible scenarios? Oh yeah, these were great:

If I “allowed” myself to go I wasn’t fully present. I felt self-conscious and preoccupied. I played the body-check game and compared myself to my friends. Someone thinner or more fit than me meant I didn’t try hard enough. And, of course, dieting down usually meant I’d gain the weight back (or even more) when the event was over.
If I didn’t lose “enough”, or even worse I gained weight (typical when I pressured myself to lose)… I couldn’t go at all. Missing good times in my life because of the scale, oh yes this makes sense.

Is it all worth it? Life goes by quickly. Watching my children grow from helpless infants to independent young adults in what seems to be a blink of an eye helped me realize this. I began to notice what I was missing. I started questioning what all this worrying and obsessing over my weight was gaining me. My thoughts began to shift. I learned to appreciate myself for who I am, from the inside out first. There is much more to me than my jean size. Focusing on the positive things I have to offer took the focus away from my appearance. I felt happier and freer. I realized I need to respect who I am right now, in this very moment… not the person I thought I needed to be. It finally dawned on my how much of my life was passing me by! I had a choice. I could continue on this self-destructive path that never left me feeling good about myself or I could begin to accept me for who I am and enjoy what my life had to offer me.

I have a challenge for you. Think of 3 influential people in your life; individuals whom you admire and look up to. Why are they important you? What characteristics make them special? Do these qualities have anything to do with their weight? No matter what your size, you matter. You have things that only you can offer. There are people in your life who depend on you and look up to you. By putting your life on hold or not being fully present in it, you cheat yourself and those around you from getting the very best of you! You can’t enjoy life if you don’t allow yourself to experience it!

I did buy a new outfit for dinner last night but that was the extent of my “preparation”. Instead of stressing, I found myself looking forward to being able to share a night with some special people. We remembered (or at least tried to remember LOL) the fun times we had, shared stories about our families and our lives. We had many laughs and a lot of fun. And the best part, I was there, enjoying every bit of it :)

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Health & wellness, fitness, and attuned eating

Saturday, March 10, 2012

A Success Story from my Practice

Here's a story from my practice, which focuses on body acceptance and Health
At Every Size.

I had a 70 year old woman who had been active and healthy until 1 year
before contacting me. She was of "normal" weight, athletic and very
comfortable in her body. She married a man 10 years her junior, and was
very proud that she kept up their active lifestyle.

Over several months, she began to have joint pain and fatigue and many other
symptoms. She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and it was advancing
quickly. The meds she was given included steroids and others that caused
weight gain, which she found extremely upsetting. Over this time, she had
changed her diet, which was quite healthy, and did not contain too many

She came to me to lose weight. We discussed her diet at length, and I
conducted a computerized nutrient analysis of her detailed food records.
Her diet was very appropriate, and if she were to decrease her calorie
intake, she would not be receiving adequate nutrients. As we talked, I told
her that steroids have the side effect of weight gain, and that for some
people the weight gained is not lost, at least not at first. She was no
longer on steroids, but was sure she would need these meds again for acute
flares of pain.

We discussed her goals in terms of her illness, which is now chronic. As we
worked together, discussing her goals and values at this point in her life,
she realized that she could learn to live with the new, higher weight. She
realized she would do her best to remain as active as possible and to
continue her very healthy diet. She left working with me with many thanks,
and said that I had given her more peace and allowed her to progress in
accepting her illness and the changes in her body.

A very satisfied and satisfying patient experience for us both!

Friday, March 9, 2012

My Journey Making Peace with Food!: Human Are Designed to Eat Every 3-4 Hours

My Journey Making Peace with Food!: Human Are Designed to Eat Every 3-4 Hours: Many of my clients and other people I meet tell me they don’t understand why they are “always hungry”. When I ask what they mean, they tell...

Human Are Designed to Eat Every 3-4 Hours

Many of my clients and other people I meet tell me they don’t understand why they are “always hungry”. When I ask what they mean, they tell me they eat breakfast at 7AM and then are hungry again before lunch, at 10 or 11:00. They are unhappy about this, and think there is something wrong with them.
Not so! Humans all around the world eat every 3-4 hours. We need fuel at those intervals. The only way to avoid this is to eat high fat foods most of the time. Fat stays in the stomach longer than the other nutrients that provide calories, carbohydrate and protein. I don’t recommend eating high fat foods regularly. So, what is a person to do??
The way to manage this “problem” is to plan to eat every 3-4 hours. This means eating 4 or 5 times per day. Some people don’t like the idea of “snacking”, since that has a bad connotation to them. So, call it something else. My colleague and sports nutritionist, Nancy Clark ( , talks about having a “second lunch” a few hours after the first. You can divide the lunch meal in two, or just have an additional smaller meal at 3 or 4:00.
Here’s another example. You eat lunch at 1PM, leave work at 5 and have a 90 minute commute home. You come home famished and eat everything you see when you walk in the door. Is there something wrong with you? No! You should not expect your body to wait for food till you get home. You need food, perhaps when you are leaving the office. But, won’t this be just extra calories? Yes, and no. Most people find they will actually eat less in the long run by keeping their bodies well fed and not starved