Mika Brzezinski is a host on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
She is lean, a runner and has a huge diet mentality.
And, ironically, she wrote a book called “Obsessed” about her battle with her weight.
She is a smart, funny woman who has spent time examining this issue, yet she is completely blind to the real problem.
She doesn’t trust herself.
If there is a donut on the set, she freaks out. She exclaims, “Get those donuts out of here- I can’t eat them I moderation!!” And, she scolds others who eat what she fears.
Her “good” food/“bad” food perspective runs deep. She is all for the ban on large servings of soft drinks that Mayor Bloomburg in NYC sponsored. She mocks fast food and quivers at the mention of a French fry.
Why doesn’t she trust herself? Where does her severe attitude come from?
She believes that the way she behaves around food when she is off her diet is the way she would behave around food all the time.
But what she needs to understand is that the very diet she thinks is her savior is the practice that is hurting her the most. Rigid dieting leads to binge eating. If she would stop dieting, and make a 100% commitment to never dieting again, her true food behavior would emerge. She would stop fearing food. She would trust that if she hungered for a donut she could have one and move on with her day.
People! That diet you went on does a lot more to you than you think. It completely perverts your relationship with food. Hunger and the denial of food destroy your healthy, normal relationship with food. And the more diets you go on, the worse it gets.
You end up with:
An obsession with eating and not eating
A lowered metabolism
A flabbier body because of the yo yo weight loss/gain
And there is a lot of evidence that chronic dieters are anxious and depressed. Of course they are! Their poor bodies have been alternately starved or stuffed for years! (Decades??)
Do not underestimate the impact that dieting has on you, your body, and your life. Mika is happy to be thin, but she is paying a huge price.
It doesn’t have to be that way. You can be thin, and have a great relationship with food and your body. You can eat what you love and celebrate food instead of fearing it!
Remember, all those diet ads you see, all those “doctors” who promote products and their TV shows are doing so to keep you dieting and believing you need a bunch of “products” to avoid fatness.
Follow the money!!
The most powerful documentary I have seen on this subject can be found on YouTube- It is a BBC piece- four one hour parts.- “The Men Who Made us Thin.”
Here is a link to the first one- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-_LoAm_etU.
Build your thin mentality and leave your obsessive, damaging diet mentality behind…