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Archive for: March, 2012
Mar
20

Are you tired?

tiredI can tell you from years of experience that  a thin mentality is so much easier when you aren’t tired.

Remember that everything is easier you are rested, right?  We forget that.

As you make the transition from being a dieter, to behaving like a thin person instead, give yourself every advantage.  And that includes prioritizing rest.

I can hear some of you saying that getting enough rest/sleep just isn’t going to happen.

I say make it happen.  Find a way.  Get creative.

A successful thin mentality capitalizes on your body’s natural instincts and rhythms.  And these are just so much easier to hear when you don’t have “fatigue” interference.

When I stare into the fridge, and I am tired, I don’t hear my body as well.  When I am in this position, if I possibly can, I try to go to sleep first, then eat.

Please make sure you hear that correctly.  I am not saying that you shouldn’t eat if you are hungry.  But when I am tired and grumpy, I am not good at hearing what my body needs.  So I say to myself, go rest, then when you wake up, eat whatever you crave.

This is very different than denying yourself food, like when you are on a diet.  I am merely postponing the eating until I can actually enjoy it.  Because when I am  tired and kind of hungry  it isn’t nearly as rewarding to eat.

I savor being hungry and having an opportunity for enjoyment.  I am not going to waste it when I am tired.  And if I am tired, but know I really need to eat something before I rest, I do.  But it isn’t that great, and I eat as little as possible to get myself satiated enough to be able to go lay down.

The theme here, as with much of my advice, is that I try to make eating as wonderful as I can for myself.  I eat when I am truly hungry.  And if I am tired when I eat, my body isn’t as good at “thanking” me for eating.  It doesn’t taste as good, and it isn;t as satisfying.

So, a brief review:

It takes commitment, focus and dedication to buck the diet industry in favor of re-igniting your thin mentality, the one you were born with.

Give yourself every advantage, and that includes being able to distinguish hunger from fatigue. They are related and those signals can get crossed.  So, if you think you might be tired, try rest before eating.  It will be much more rewarding.

Mar
20

Chronic dieting turns us into food addicts

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I have included a link to this article from Psychology Today– but for ease I pulled out a few sentences you might really be interested in:

The Problem with Dieting- How dieting creates food addicts

  1. Bad news for yo-yo dieters this week: according to a recent study, cycles of feast and famine can create fast-food junkies–at least in rodents.
  2. By making the unhealthy food temporarily unavailable, the researchers created food addicts. Food might not be addictive on its own, but prohibiting it can set off a cycle of anxiety, craving, and overconsumption that for all purposes looks like addiction.
  3. There’s no reason to believe that the food itself was the problem in this study, but the anxiety induced by restricting access to it.

Think of the implications of this for your own life.

Dieting leaves you vulnerable to huge weight swings, cravings, and food addictions.  Diets do not make you thin and happy.  Diets destroy your relationship with normal eating.

Normalize your relationship with food and eating by replacing your diet mentality with a thin mentality.

For the whole article here is the link:  The author draws some conclusions that I would not, but the information from the actually studies is great.
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-science-willpower/200911/the-problem-dieting

Mar
16

Thinking about food all the time?

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Pink Elephants.

Now, try not to think of pink elephants.  Of course that makes you think about pink elephants, right?

That is what dieting does to you and food.  Instead of taking the focus off of food and eating and learning to eat normally, in response to hunger, dieting makes you think about food all the time.

And dieting makes you think about your weight all the time.

The result is a completely perverted relationship with food, eating, and your body.

A thin mentality replaces your angst-ridden diet mentality with peace.

So the next time you are assaulted with a diet or healthy lifestyle (aka diet) ad, remember that you don’t need all this “help.”  As a matter of fact, this “help” hinders your ability to get, and stay at your ideal weight.

Say to yourself, “I was born with the instinct to eat the food my body needs.  Dieting destroyed my ability to hear or trust that instinct, but I can get it back.”

And remember that to build your thin mentality, you need to reinforce the wisdom of rejecting your diet mentality every day.  Why?  Because you receive hundreds of messages every week telling you to diet.

Be too smart for that.