Depravation and restriction never work! That’s why most people who go on diets, even if they lose weight, gain it back, or gain even more.
The depressing truth:
—Right now 100 million Americans are on a diet, and the average dieter makes 4 or 5 attempts to lose weight per year. And yet, less than one percent of these attempts are successful, even in the short term.
—Our current situation is that two-thirds of Americans are obese.
Come on: our cultural approach to dieting is not working.
I suggest you take a radical step and refrain from “dieting” entirely—because, face it, it hasn’t worked.
Instead, I want you to start thinking about what foods truly nourish you and help you feel fantastic. Loving yourself though better nourishment is a whole different approach than a dry, restrictive, limiting, or even punishing “diet”. I want you to enter into an utterly fresh, supportive new relationship with food.
You listen to your body, honor it’s wisdom, and eat in a way that is satisfying, and delicious. You eat in a way that gives you plenty of non-stop energy AND makes you feel more vibrant and alive than you have in years.
It’s totally possible!
BUT, you’ll have to learn a new framework. And, you’ll need to dance dynamically with this new framework as you learn to actually live your new approach to nourishing yourself.
THE THREE MOST USEFUL TIPS TO STOP DIETING:
If you, or someone you love, are struggling with health issues related to being overweight, try my three most important tips to stop “dieting” and begin to create the framework needed to support your nourishment:
1) Concentrate on eating fresh, seasonal and local foods. Right now, in September, we’ve got an abundance of delicious options to choose from, there’s almost no better time in the northeast.
2) Eat your main meal at mid-day, and eat an earlier, lighter, dinner. Just lighten your evening meal up a little! I tell clients, if you are usually eating two desserts, eat one. This slowly begins to create a shift.
3) Start noticing that when you do manage to eat earlier, and a bit lighter, you have much more energy in the morning, and are more likely to bound out of bed, ready to start your day.
It’s hard to believe, but starting small, with these three tips, can lead to big changes in your health, and in your life. Life is too short not to feel nourished!
(PS the lobster soup above, with lots of veggies and basil is one of the most nourishing things I made all last summer!)