Dr. Oz- Stop It!
I was grocery shopping the other day and my eyes landed on the “Women’s World” magazine near the check out. On the cover was Dr. Oz promoting a crash diet.
I went on line to check it out.
He is promoting Dr. Furhman’s 7 day diet where you can lose a dress size in just one week. Bla bla bla. And it’s not about not eating! It is about eating as much as you want of nutrient dense foods like vegetables. You can stuff yourself full of these and lose weight.
Is it news to you that you can eat a wheelbarrow full of kale and lose weight? Come on! All this crash diet teaches you is to ignore your feelings of fullness, cravings and hunger. This is how you pervert your relationship with food- this is how you disconnect with your body. This is how you end up losing weight one week and gaining it back the next. (Which, of course, leaves you mushier than ever- ugh!)
I don’t understand how a doctor can promote this harmful practice. Didn’t he take the Hippocratic Oath? You know, the one that says first, doctor, Do No Harm?
Yes, he has to fill he shows with exciting stuff. Sure, to get ratings and make the big bucks. Does he know that he is adding to the problem of obesity? Sweet, nice people who think Dr. Oz is king keep doing what he says- eating raspberry ketones one week, cleansing the next. Is his audience getting thinner?
To be thin, you must behave thin. Behaving thin or as I call it, building your Thin Mentality, is about reconnecting with your beautiful voice. Does that sound sappy? Yes it does a little, but I get so mad when people are told they need to be told what to eat because they can’t trust themselves.
The reason you can’t trust yourself is because you have restricted calories so many times. Your body knows this! Post diet, your body’s job is to store calories for your next diet. But you can rebuild that trust and that voice. It takes time. It is not showy. It wouldn’t make for an exciting promo for the Dr. Oz show.
When you start listening and reconnecting with your body and trusting yourself, you will have days like these:
Days when you eat a lot. Days when you eat a little. Days when you crave carbs. Days when you crave protein. Days when you need dessert before bed. Days when you don’t eat until noon. Days when you eat a big breakfast. Days when you drink a lot of water. Days when you sip coffee.
Why this variety? Because every day is different. When you spend a lot of energy, your body will ask for more food. If you sweat a lot, you might crave salty food. If you are sick, you might crave vitamin C. This is not magic. This is normal and we have been trained out of it!
Yesterday I was very sedentary. I went out to dinner with my husband. Without thinking about it, I ate very little. When I was a dieter, this NEVER would have happened. I would have been tabulating every bite. I would have made sure that ate my full calorie allotment for the day, and then some…Do you think I am special and you will never be this way?
You are wrong.
I am not special. I had the worst diet mentality. I threw away food because I was afraid I would eat it. I did every diet in the book until I couldn’t do it anymore. Desperation made me stop dieting. I just couldn’t do it anymore. I was willing to blow up. And that pinnacle of defeat is what allowed me to see what I never saw. Dieting was making me a slave to eating.
Now, I am in charge, I love food, and I am slim.
And you know what the best thing is? I get messages every day from people who have been able to do the same thing. I love hearing from people, by the way.
So Dr. Oz, I will email this blog to you. I know you the chances are slim to none that you will read it. But I am trying…