No one taught me how to eat normally. I was taught to diet.
I had four “mothers,” and all were die-hard dieters: My mother, my step mother, my mother-in-law and my step mother-in-law.
How was I supposed to know what normal eating was when the examples I saw from the important women in my life were all dieting all the time?
Is this how it is for you? Does your mother tell you not to eat sugar. Does your big sister tell you the only way to lose weight is to count calories? Does the TV yell at you all day to go on Weight Watchers? or Nutrisystem?
No wonder we are all so messed up when it comes to eating. We have destroyed our relationship with food and we wonder why we are heavy.
So, as you look around at your life and all the dieting you see- all the celebrity magazines saying ridiculous statements like “Jennifer Aniston loses 10 pounds in 10 days,” remember that just because an idea is popular doesn’t make it right.
Diets do not work. Dieting makes you a dieter, not a thin person. And being thin and being a dieter are completely different. It is worth taking the time to rebel against your diet mentality, that your parents, teachers, TV and friends tell you works. You know it doesn’t. Look at your own history.
Get thin and happy by understanding that the answer is to reject dieting and reconnect eating with hunger. It is so simple. Wisdom usually is.
Remember, you never have to deny your hunger. But you must get out of the habit of eating for other reasons. This habit IS breakable because it works WITH your body, not against it. So don’t despair. Take it one day at a time. AM I HUNGRY? If not, remember that a delicious opportunity to eat comes around several times a day. No reason to pout about that. You can eat whenever your body gives you the okay.
That is what normal eating is. And that will get your body to its normal weight as well.
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