I’m in the café in Liberty (refuelling for more sales shopping...….) thinking about gastric by-pass surgery and diets.
My chicken salad’s been delayed due to some technical hitch. Not with the chicken or the salad but with the order getting to the kitchen.
I’m reading my book whilst the salad gets sorted. It’s Geneen Roth’s brilliant ‘Women, Food and God’. She writes about a client who re-mortgaged to pay for gastric by-pass surgery then put all of the weight back on by eating entire cakes one tiny sliver at a time. And another who borrowed money to pay for liposuction and still hated her thighs.
Diets don’t work
To me, drastic stomach surgery has similarities to dieting albeit on a grander, more extreme scale. The £2bn dieting industry in the UK exists to solve a problem (weight) through control (do this and the problem will go away). Restricting calories in order to reduce bodyweight works. For a while. Then old habits reappear. 65% of people who’ve lost weight on a diet will regain it all.
It’s not about the weighing scales
I have a client who wanted to lose weight. We worked together for 6 months and she dropped 2 dress sizes. She moved to the tightest hole on her belt and bought a new coat to show off her waist. She felt energised, glowed with good health and was sleeping better than she had in years. But the scales hardly moved. So she threw them away in frustration AND celebration. What mattered was not the number on the scales but how she felt in her own body. She’d nourished it, listened to it, moved it, treated it kindly and her body responded by reaching it's natural, happy shape and size.
We’re all different
Many of my clients have been on every diet under the sun and they come to me when they’re fed up of yoyo-ing. Some of them freak out at the fact that I don’t give them strict do’s and don’ts. Instead, I help them to eat in a way that suits them, their body, their life, their likes and dislikes. We’re all different. Which is another reason why diets don’t work. One size most certainly does not fit all.
If you want to learn how to eat well for your body, follow these 6 Glorious Wellness steps:
- Eat only when you’re hungry.
- Finish when you’re almost full.
- Eat without distraction. No TV, reading, radio, tricky conversations, driving or working whilst you eat.
- Eat sitting down at a table (or on a park bench….). Not standing in the kitchen, in the car, on the run, the sofa or at your desk.
- Ask yourself what your BODY wants to eat and ignore what your brain is telling you it wants. Concentrate on choosing foods that will make your body feel good. Trust your gut.
- Eat slowly, chew your food well, enjoy Every. Delicious. Bite.
If you’re confused by conflicting dietary advice or fed up of falling for the latest food fad, book in for a complimentary Wellness Review with me and take a big step towards getting gloriously well.
Until next time.