This week I promised we would talk about that little fear many of us have in the back of our heads - if we allow ourselves to eat whatever we want, and as much as we want - will we ever stop eating?
In my experience - and I do have a lot of it .... dieting and food restriction leads to over eating and binge eating. If you've been on a diet you might know what I'm talking about. When we mess up and eat something not on plan, we tell ourselves - "you've slipped up already, you might as well eat whatever you want to now". "You will be good and start over tomorrow and be extra strict with your eating". Slipping up on a diet becomes an excuse we make for overeating. We tell ourselves it is okay to indulge and then we overdo it. Food restriction can lead to eating more not less. The truth is that if this happens once, it is going to happen again... and again. This can lead to a more serious problem, like binge eating disorder, or other eating disorders.
Last week we chatted about why I don't believe diets are an effective weight loss solution. I left you hanging in the post a bit, so this week I want to explain what I personally think is a more effective solution to healthy eating, and losing weight. I am realizing that I can't cover these topics in a few short blog posts, so expect a series showing up every Monday on the blog about healthy eating for the next few weeks.
Before we get started I want to disclose that I am not a certified nutritionist, dietician, or a doctor. I am not qualified to give medical advice of any kind, and if you are struggling with an eating disorder, excessive dieting, or trying to eat healthy in general, please seek help from a doctor or certified dietician. It is worth it, I promise.
Last week I mentioned that the key to eating healthier starts with discovering your "why". Why do you want to eat healthier? As I mentioned, this answer should go deeper and be more specific than wanting to lose weight. Why do...
I could write a lot more information on this subject than you would ever want to sit and read in one blog post. I think we all could. This is such a broad and controversial topic. We all have different ideas of what we should and shouldn't eat in order to be healthy. I believe that even more important than what we should and shouldn't eat, is why we want to eat healthy, and how we plan to do it.
Many people associate healthy eating with dieting. I don't believe in diets. I have been on a ton of them. I used to be a chronic dieter. In fact, I went on my first diet at the age of 10. It wasn't until I threw in the towel, decided to give up on dieting, and started eating by listening to my body, that I finally learned how to eat in a healthy and balanced way.
So many of us are searching for a perfect way of eating that is going to make us look great, while not make us feel deprived. I can tell you that no diet is going to be successful in this. First of all, on a diet, we are always go...