We all have our breaking point. That moment when we declare, "enough is enough!" I've had three. Some go for one, but I'd like to think I'm an overachiever when it comes to yo-yo dieting. Anything that had been promoted to cause weight loss, I've likely tried it. What did they all have in common for me? Three words: short term, unrealistic. My self diagnosed "failed" attempts at dieting turned to guilt, embarrassment, and frustration.
With these emotions, came "diet backlash," which for me included going on a food binge the second the diet ended, having cravings of "off limit foods" when even thinking about going on another diet, social withdrawal and a slugglish metabolism. After another failed attempt at what I was convinced would "really work this time," I would use food to fill emotional needs, instead of physiological needs. I would eat when I was happy, sad, stressed, angry, tired...you get the pattern here! In retrospect, I realize now that food won't fix feelings of anxiety, loneliness, boredom, or anger. Dieting leads to feeling deprived, which leads craving "trigger foods", which can lead to uncontrollable actions.
I fought with this vicious cycle of dieting and food binging for 6 years. I gained 45 pounds. I checked into therapy for binge eating disorder. The meetings were on my college campus, late at night in an unmarked building. I joined the "undiet" movement. In simple terms, this is the process of rejecting the diet mentality, making peace with food, coping with your emotions, and respecting (and loving) your body! I never would have thought that I would be capable of adopting a flexible diet where I eat healthy, nutrient-dense foods 80% of the time & less healthy foods 20% of the time...but i'm living proof it's possible! And...(gasp!)...fun!
My goal is to teach others how to do the same. No special shakes. No fancy plates. No gimmicks. No pills. No fad diets. Just fresh, whole foods with practical guidelines that can be followed for the rest of your life! Try a lifestyle change program, facilitated by a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist. I would love to meet you, share stories, encourage you, and help you feel the best you've ever felt!