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Archive for: September, 2015
Sep
24

Do You Think You Get Sugar “Crashes?”

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I’ve done this…

I used to think I got sugar “crashes.”

Now, my body handles sugar just fine.

This is my theory on how this transition has occurred.

When I used to eat sugar, it was a “binge.”  I would go for long periods of time being “good,” eating very little sugar etc.  But when I finally “cracked,” I would over do it.  Instead of eating a normal amount of sweets-  say a couple of cookies, I would eat ten.

Yea, and that is a lot of sugar for my body to handle, especially since I hadn’t eaten sugar in weeks.  That made me think I couldn’t handle sugar.  Silly!!  I just couldn’t handle bingeing on sugar.

Your body is meant to handle normal amounts of food, including sugar.  And I was betraying my body by overdoing the sugar after depriving my body of sugar for weeks.

After reconnecting to my normal hunger rhythms and my normal cravings for all kinds of foods, my body happily metabolizes what I eat very nicely, including sweets.

I bet yours will too…

Sep
24

Your Thin Mentality Helps You Differentiate from Hunger and Fatigue

 

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Your body talks to you in all kinds of ways.  Fatigue, hunger, cravings, thirst, etc.

If you are trying to figure out why you are tired, then use a logical, thoughtful Thin Mentality to decipher what may help you.  Try eating a little more protein.  Does that make you feel better?  Or try drinking more water, or less alcohol, or going to bed earlier, or getting up earlier, or drinking more or less coffee etc. etc.

The point is that there is no one answer that will work for everyone.  Drinking more water may help person A. But person B may need more easily digested carbohydrates… Who the heck knows?  You are a unique person with a unique body and a unique life.  And I bet you value that uniqueness.

So, instead of just reading from some book or website about some recipe for your success, do your own research and discover your “recipe” for yourself.  And the beauty of this is that your “research” will be very relevant won’t it. Why? Because it is being done on you!

So pay attention to your body.  If you feel like you are craving a big dessert, but then you eat it and you feel bad or sleepy and tired, then rethink that craving.  Try to see if you are interpreting it in a way that isn’t compatible with your true craving.

Enjoy learning about what works for you.  It is empowering.  You will enjoy saying things to yourself, “Well I have learned that if I eat a lot at lunch, I am not very hungry at dinner.”  Or, “I have learned that I am so much happier when I get enough sleep.” Or, “I feel tired if I work out 5 times a week, but I feel great if I work out 2-3 times a week.”

Discover yourself by paying attention.  You may be surprised how much you learn about yourself!!

 

Sep
20

Thin Dieter Versus Thin Mentality

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I really appreciate all the Facebook comments.  And when people offer differing opinions, it is an opportunity for me to clarify my message.

One comment today was that naturally thin people are not always so carefree about what they eat.

I think you are mistaking  “thin dieters” for “naturally thin people.”  They are completely different.

And you are right that those “thin dieters” are not carefree at all because they are rigidly tracking every bite they consume!   They are part of that very small group of people (less than 5%) who are able to lose weight and keep it off by adhering to diet rules for the rest of their lives.

If that is how you want to be thin, despite constant yo-yo weight gain and loss, then that is your choice.   That is a choice I made myself… for decades.

I am telling you that there is a better way:

It IS possible to be thin and have a carefree, even joyful, relationship with food.

How?

You must build your thin mentality where food isn’t the enemy and you work with your body instead of against it.  By reconnecting with the natural hunger, craving and satiety rhythms of your biology, you won’t have to worry about what to eat, when and how much.

You will simply tune into your body.  That is why I describe Naturally Thin people as carefree about eating. That is not to say that they aren’t picky.  But they don’t worry.  The know that whenever they are hungry, they can satisfy themselves with whatever they are craving.

Sep
18

The Golden Rule

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Yes you will gain weight if you eat whatever you crave without following the golden rule: Eat when you are hungry, stop when you are no longer hungry (notice, not “full”)

And I think that trigger foods are frequently as much psychological as anything- “well I already had a cookie and blew it, I might as well eat 5 more.”

I know I used to think I had an issue with sugar- that is because whenever I ate sugar, it was in a large quantity because I had already “blown it.” Now, I eat sugar, in amounts that are very reasonable, not because I am “good” or have “willpower” but because since I am free, I am not obsessed and I can and do listen to my craving, answer it,  and then move on to more important issues in my life.

The only rules I follow are like this- when I drink two cups of caffeine, I feel shaky, so I don’t. My rules are self made rules in response to my biology.

So if you have true problems with certain foods, a thin mentality promotes you noticing that, learning about yourself, your unique body, and making adjustments in what you consume based on that. This self direction is freeing and wonderful and in response to your unique body- not a food rule imposed by a profit driven industry that wants you to feel crippled so you need to spend money on supplements, special foods and advice.

Peace!

Sep
5

There Is No Such Thing As Fattening Food

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But guess what?

A thin person (not a dieter,) notices that rich food fills them up very quickly.  They enjoy it, are satisfied it, and stop eating.

Does that sound unbelievable to you?

That is because you have a diet mentality getting in the way.

Mother Nature has it all worked out for us.  You eat something high in calories, and you need less of it to be satiated.  You eat something like a salad, and it temporarily fills you up, but because it is low in calories, you get hungry again soon and need to eat more.

How wonderful that we have this great internal monitor to help us know when we need to eat more- hunger!

And yes, you need to learn how to recognize true hunger from boredom hunger, habit hunger, psychological hunger bla bla bla.

You CAN.  It isn’t as hard as you think.

It just seems hard now because you have trained yourself to eat when you aren’t hungry (according to some ridiculous diet plan) and to not eat when you are very hungry.

Please give yourself a chance to enjoy a life in harmony with your instinct to eat and your instinct NOT to eat.

As you are developing your ability to do this, just remember one “rule:”  Eat when you are hungry only.

It is a completely different world than the food/diet obsessed one you are used to.  I know you have doubts.  I did too.  I just got so so so so sick of dieting that I couldn’t do it anymore.  I am so glad that I got to that place and was willing to try listening to myself.

My goal is to share it with you.  I was 40 when I finally figured it out.  I want you to figure it out earlier if possible.  If you already over 40, please learn from my experience.  It is not too late.

Sep
4

You need daily reinforcement to get rid of your diet mentality

If you are new to this blog, read the Introduction Blog first date Mary 2, 2012.

Think about this.  What is the one thing that thin people have in common?  Is it how fast or slow they eat?  Is it how much they exercise?  Is it what time of day they eat?  What is it?

The answer is that thin people eat foods they like and they only eat when they are hungry.

I am talking about thin, happy, non food-obsessed people.  (Granted there are miserable thin people who measure every calorie and never enjoy food-  this is not our goal.)

Thin non food-obsessed people  know themselves, what they like, what they don’t like.  They like only the tops of muffins, so that is all the eat. Or they love steak and potatoes. Or they love  carrots but not celery.  Whatever.  And since they know that no diet is looming on the horizon, they stay “in the present” when they choose what they are going to eat.

A thin person will look at a buffet table and happily take in all the wonderful choices available and choose exactly what they want, in quantities that they are used to, go back to their table and Enjoy.

A dieter looks at a buffet as an assault to their willpower.  They twirl around the table trying to figure out what they can eat and still be “good.”  Which person would you rather be?

By staying in the present and committing to refusing to diet ever again, you will be surprised at the way your perspective changes.

This is not a license to overeat.  This is a plan to revolutionize how you see food and dieting.   You need to trash your “diet mentality” and replace it by staying in the present when you eat, by eating only when you are truly hungry, and by eating only enough to quiet that hunger.

You are replacing the voice of the Diet Industry with your own body’s voice.  It is talking to you, but you have been trained to ignore it.

This is what Mother Nature intended.  You were meant to be thin.  Your diet mentality has ruined it for you.  You can change.

Stick with me.  It is a slow process and takes strength and commitment.  But the pay off is freedom from dieting and a thin body.  Well worth it, I am sure you agree.

By the way, on the news this morning there was talk of a new diet in Sweden that recommends eating tons of butter and few carbs.  Come on now!  Just another in the line of ridiculous diets.  Are you really going to fall prey to this kind of thing again?