Blogs About 'Non-Diet Approach'

The Long & Bumpy Path To Peace With Food

Many of my clients ask me about my experience in ending a 27 year long diet roller coaster ride and setting sail in the unchartered waters of Intuitive Eating. Intuitive Eating is a set of principles and a process that helps you recover from dieting and craziness around food. I was a chronic dieter, losing and gaining weight every year for 27 years. When I discovered the non-diet approach it was like winning the lotto. I loved the idea of giving myself unconditional permission to eat what I want....

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27 Questions to Ask Yourself When You Have the Urge to Overeat

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” — Viktor Frankl — As human beings we are wired to avoid discomfort of any kind and to seek pleasure. When we are in a stress response or in discomfort, an easy distraction is to eat. Eating provides some relief. It also releases dopamine and we feel better for a while. Often though, overeating leads to feelings of shame, guilt and regret. It’s...

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Set Yourself Free from Diet Prison: 18 Reasons Not to Diet in 2018

The New Year has begun and with that comes the idea of losing weight and going on another diet. Are you thinking of starting another diet in 2018? Think again! Here are 18 reasons WHY you should NOT diet this year or any year: Dieting has a 95% failure rate. Only 5% of dieters keep the weight off, most will gain it back in 1 – 5 years. It is not sustainable – it creates a yo-yo effect and that is far more unhealthy than carrying a bit of extra weight. Severe diets that eliminate many...

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Give Yourself Unconditional Permission To Eat What You Want!

WHAT??? Y.E.S. Anything you want. This is Principle 3 “Make Peace with Food” in the book Intuitive Eating by Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole. If you haven’t read the book and you want to change your relationship with food, I highly recommend it. What does this principle actually mean? It means: No more forbidden foods. No more restriction. No more good foods / bad foods. Take away the food rules. Remove guilt and deprivation. Eating what you really want. No more...

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10 Myths About Dieting, Food and Our Bodies

Welcome to Autumn! I am reading Beyond a Shadow of a Diet by Judith Matz and Ellen Frankel and it’s probably one of the best books on the non-diet approach I have read in a while. I can highly recommended it if you want to go deep into our relationship with dieting, food and our bodies. In the book Matz and Frankel give a list of diet myths,  I am going to share them with you in this week’s blog. Myth 1: Dieting is a good way for people to lose weight It’s absolutely not!...

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Do You Have A Healthy Relationship With Food?

When we think about our relationship with food, we tend to focus on WHAT we are eating. A healthy relationship with food is not just about what we eat but also WHY and WHEN and HOW we eat. The main causes of an unhealthy relationship with food are: Diets, restrictive eating and choosing to eliminate food groups for non-health reasons. Body dissatisfaction and negative body image. Emotions – from trauma to stress to mild emotional discomfort. Physical discomfort and pain. Environmental...

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Is Focusing On A Number On The Scale The Solution?

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The last 2 weeks have been really busy with introductory sessions and I have met incredibly courageous women wanting to heal their relationship with food and their bodies. Most of the people I have seen want to learn to stop overeating and to accept their bodies. Many want to lose weight too, so many of us have been conditioned to aspire to a thin ideal. It’s also that time of year when magazines are selling promises of fast weight loss, gyms are full and personal trainers are booked up....

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Why 30 Day No Sugar No Whatever Challenges Don't Work

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January is here and with the start of the new year comes new beginnings and changes, often accompanied by new quick fixes and diets, detoxes or challenges. I am seeing all sorts of  “CHALLENGES” on Facebook. The one that caught my attention was the 30 Day No Carbs No Sugar Challenge.  When I saw it all I thought was “OMG the horror of rules and restrictions”. If you are contemplating it, think again and again and once more… I totally get how tempting it is to go on a 30 day Challenge....

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What Changing Our Relationship with Food and Eating Looks Like...

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I love this poem and believe it really reflects what changing our relationship with food and eating looks like. After years of dieting, we expect it to be perfect and peaceful but the path to a peaceful place with food and our bodies is definitely NOT peaceful – it is full of potholes, flat tyres and detours... Autobiography In Five Chapters 1) I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost... I am hopeless. It isn't my fault. It takes forever to find...

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An Eater's Agreement

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It’s hard to believe we are already half way through June and half way through 2015! It’s a great time to reassess where we are and what our intention is for the next half of the year. I would like to share an excerpt from Marc David’s Book “Nourishing Wisdom – A Mind Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being”. This passage in his wonderful book really touched me and I hope it will leave you with some food for thought. I hereby agree, from this day forward, to fully participate...

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Food Rules

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Sensible food rules selected from Michael Pollan's brilliant book, "Food Rules": Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food. Avoid food products containing ingredients no ordinary human would keep in a pantry eg: Ethoxylated diglycerides....Cellulose....Ammonium Sulfate.... It's not food if it arrived through the window of your car! Avoid foods that contain high fructose corn syrup. If it comes from a plant eat it; if it was made in a plant don’t eat it. Avoid...

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Ending The Diet Roller Coaster Once And For All

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Every day there seems to be a new magic product, diet, programme or food that promises the dream of weight loss. This is even more noticeable at this time of the year! Promises of losing weight by the Christmas holidays. I used to believe those promises for 27 years, but they are false and empty promises... If you follow a diet, of course you will lose weight but as Geneen Roth says "for every diet, there is an equal and opposite binge" and after some time, the weight usually comes back on again....

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