Does it seem that, like me, you think about the struggle with dieting, losing weight and keeping it off 24 hours a day? And do you think about the emotional ups and downs that always follow living on the same diet “roller coaster?” Usually adding to all this “diet angst” is the frustration of “cheating” on your diet, the constant tinge of hunger that goes along with starvation, and the realization that it’s just too easy to put all the weight you might lose after a diet right back on again.
The great news is that all of this can come to an end when we finally learn how to change our habits, behaviors and the overall relationship we have with food. Fact is, losing weight doesn’t have to be a struggle, it doesn’t have to be difficult, and your body doesn’t need to make it a challenge—and guess what? I’d like to invite you to a free summit event that will show you exactly how you can put all this life changing stuff into practice.
I wanted to share this news for a long time, but had to keep things “under wraps” until everything was official… Finally I can finally let the cat out of the bag! Or the celery stick out of the fridge, as it were!
A brand new digital summit being offered by my amazing colleague Lisa Goldberg (someone who is really making a difference in the battle of the bulge and how we approach the concept of eating healthier and making sure we get enough nutrition) will feature 21 nutritionists, doctors, authors, psychologists, coaches, therapists and other transformational experts all–gathered for 11 straight days to give you the inside scoop on their techniques, tools, trade secrets, and much more! (And yes, one of these experts is yours truly! And you all know how much I love to talk and share!)
This Right Mind, Right Weight Summit isn’t just another “diet discussion” that will tell you about what you can or can’t eat or how much you have to exercise to see results. This event is focused on changing your perspective on healthy eating and why your thoughts, habits, and relationship with food are really the reasons you always re-gain the weight you lose and keeps you feeling stuck. You’ll discover that losing weight doesn’t have to be difficult because you don’t need to “diet.”
To participate for free, all you have to do is register for the summit and create the habits, behaviors, and beliefs about food that result in natural choices. And because I’m one of the guest panelists for this event, I get to invite whoever I want to attend the event 100% free of charge. And, of course, this means you (as well as whomever else you would like to invite as well).
Remember, this incredible online event is 100% free for you and whomever else you’d like to invite. Hope to “see” you there.
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Weight loss. Why is it so hard? The never-ending desire to lose weight no matter how much or how little. It seems so elusive and difficult for so many. No matter who I speak with, when I mention that I am a nutritionist, someone will always say, “I need to lose weight”. What I find so interesting that most people know what they need to do to lose weight. The problem is they just can’t do it. Here are 3 obstacles that usually keep people stuck and 3 solutions on how to move past them.
OBSTACLE #1: Mindless Eating
I find that most people lack an awareness of their habits and behaviors around food. Think about it. Do you know how many times you walk into the kitchen and open the pantry or refrigerator and grab something to eat, especially after dinner when you are no longer hungry? How about how many times you eat what’s left on your kid’s plate after you’ve finished your meal? Or how many times you walk by your co-workers desk and grab a handful of M & M’s, pretzels or whatever happens to be in the jar? These mindless acts of eating are often the stuff that people don’t even pay attention to and can’t understand why the weight is either coming on or not coming off.
Solution: Pay attention to whether you are experiencing HEAD HUNGER or STOMACH HUNGER. Do you think you are hungry or are you hungry? We all know what hunger feels like. Create an awareness of what goes in your mouth during the course of the day when its not an actual meal or planned snack. Once you start to become aware of how much extra goes in on a daily basis it will be easier to change this behavior and eliminate potentially hundreds of extra calories by the end of the week.
OBSTACLE #2: Restrictive Dieting
Going on a restrictive diet is the worst thing you can do to try to lose weight. Just thinking about possibly feeling deprived sends most people running for the nearest buffet table. These diets usually involve low fat or worse, fat-free processed foods. Restrictive diets are not maintainable long-term. This is a huge reason why people fail to stay on a diet plan and yo-yo diet. Low calorie diets or diets that remove food groups will, no doubt, set you up for an eating disaster because at some point you will go off the diet plan that you went on to lose weight.
Solution: Eat! Eat whole, unprocessed foods. Eat 3 meals and 1-2 snacks a day depending on how long your day is. Find good-tasting, healthy whole foods that you like and make you feel good both physically and mentally since our brain plays a huge part in our satiety. Be sure not to wait longer than 4-6 hours between meals and snacks. Buy a great cookbook and find ways to make your favorite foods healthy and delicious!
OBSTACLE #3: You Think it’s About Willpower
I hear over and over again “I have no willower” or “I wish I had willpower. If I did I would be able to stick to a diet and lose weight.” I am here to tell you that weight loss has little or nothing to do with willpower. Willpower, even if you did have it is short-term. It doesn’t last the rest of your life.
Solution: Change your way of thinking about food and eating. Focus on creating maintainable healthy habit changes that you can incorporate into your everyday life. The definition of a habit is: an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary. Once you adopt healthier habits you will never have to worry about having willpower.
[Lisa will share 3 more obstacles and 3 more solutions in a future post]
About the guest columnist: Lisa Goldberg is a nutritionist and weight loss coach with a Masters in Clinical Nutrition from NYU. You can register for Lisa’s FREE Right Mind, Right Weight Online Summit by clicking here. Lisa is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and a Certified Dietician/Nutritionist licensed by New York State since 2001. Lisa specializes in personalized weight loss coaching, emotional eating, mindful eating, lifestyle and habit/behavior change. She helps her clients create the changes they desire so they can lose weight for good. Lisa also counsels clients on overall wellness, restoring health from chronic disease states, sports nutrition, and vitamin supplementation. Lisa has her private practice in New York City.
Meeting your goal weight after dropping hundreds of pounds is a huge accomplishment, but for many people, the work doesn’t stop there.
I was thrilled to be invited to participate in a recent segment on Huffington Post Live, which examines what no one tells you about dramatic weight loss. Our panel opened up about the skin removal surgery that’s often required after slimming down. Along with host Nancy Redd, I appeared with surgeon Jennifer Capla and Paul Jonathan Mason. Paul used to weigh over 600 pounds and has recently had surgery to have his excess skin removed.
It’s a fascinating conversation that you might want to check out for yourself. To watch, simply click here. And if you’d like to share any of what you’ve gone through after losing weight, I hope you’ll share your story in the comments section below.
What does living more naturally mean to you? Many of us with dieter mentalities know that often eating more “clean” and “pure” (read: more all natural) can benefit our health as much as cutting down on portion sizes and total calories consumed. Similarly, going all natural can pertain to other areas of our lives — as we try to get and stay healthier without a lot of overly-processed, unnatural ingredient-filled medication and remedies. Thus, turning to “nature’s medicine cabinet” can often help out with a number of common ailments. One such go-to item is Turmeric, which is mostly known as the main spice that’s used in curry. But the Turmeric root is often used for medicinal purposes.
From digestion troubles to healing wounds, Chinese and Indian medicine practices have been using Turmeric since the seventh century A.D. Today, more and more research is being done to understand the health benefits Turmeric may have. Turmeric is made from the dried rhizome’s of the Turmeric plant. It’s available in many different forms such as tea, powdered spice and as a capsule. Below is a handy infographic from Health Perch which shows off more about the Turmeric plant and how it can benefit you.
Do you use Turmeric to enhance your health and/or your life? If so, share your uses (and ideas) below in the comments section. (Thanks!)
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What did you have for breakfast the day before yesterday? Do you remember? And aside from what you actually ate, how did you actually eat it? Or were you so rushed to get your day started that you skipped breakfast on that day all together?
Too often in our multitasking-oriented society, we rob ourselves of the quiet moments in life that we not only deserve but require. And for those of us with a dieter’s mentality, this can be especially destructive. Fact is, if we ate more mindfully, many of us wouldn’t even need an actual diet plan to lose excess weight and feel better about ourselves and our bodies in the present moment.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not knocking diet plans all together. When I weighed over 450 pounds, I was so out of touch with healthy eating (as were my body’s “hungry” or “full” sensors), that I required an actual plan (based on sound nutrition and pure, clean eating) to head in the right direction (in my case, down the scale). But my weight loss success (dropping more than 250 pounds within a year’s period without fad dieting, pills or surgery) came more from mindful eating than it did a so-called diet.
Learning to pay attention to what tasted good (sans additives, preservatives and other potentially harmful chemicals) and paying heed to how my body felt after a meal, led me to being more mindful about almost every aspect of my life — from exercise to walking my dog to even being more present when talking to someone on the phone (e.g., no more checking facebook on my smartphone while on a phone call, listening to my mother-in-law tell me how a recent doctor’s appointment went).
Me. In the now. And being aware of it. Crazy concept, right?
And yet mindfulness doesn’t have to be a mystery that we spend a lifetime trying to decipher. True mindfulness is simply about being fully present in the moment. That means being still and recognizing everything going on around us and being fully aware of it all.
Take a moment to stop reading this blog post, and just sit still (or stand still — reader’s choice). Feel the cushion of the chair beneath you? The comfort of the seat back? The hardwood floor underneath your shoes? Or maybe whatever you’re sitting or standing on isn’t so comfortable. You might be reading this while on a subway train. Or while standing in line. Or perhaps while lying down.
Notice the elements surrounding you at this moment. Is there a clock ticking? Is someone talking loudly nearby? Can you feel the heat of the sun? Or maybe a cool breeze? Whatever is going on around you, take note of it. Soak it in. It’s not bad. It’s not good. It simply is. And now you get a gold star for noticing what’s happening around you, being aware of your surroundings, and taking it all in.
Next, turn to your breathing. Are your breaths short and shallow, perhaps signaling that you’re anxious about something? Or are they soft and deep? Maybe your calm breathing is letting you know that you’re very confident, that life is good (even with all the many challenges you’re facing), and that you know you are enough, in this moment.
Let’s now take this fully aware mental state and apply it to our eating. All of our eating. That means being as mindful when we’re planning or preparing what we’re going to eat as when we’re sitting down to actually consume the food. (Yes, sitting down! Eating at the kitchen counter while on the go doesn’t often compliment being mindful.)
Too often the choices we make about food have less to do with what we’re really craving (whether regarding a specific food or even a portion size) and more about what is habitual. Our routines can turn us into zombies. And living life like The Walking Dead is no way to… Well… Live.
This is now. And since this moment is all we really have, we might as well choose to enjoy it — and all of life’s subsequent moments — fully. As we learn to embrace the now, we can allow ourselves to make choices about our food, our eating, and our self-acceptance that can literally transform life around us — and, perhaps, even transform our bodies in beautifully positive and healthy ways.
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