I'm starting this New Year off with a new rule and a new attitude toward food. In my last blog, I wrote that I was going to really think about things before I acted upon them. The biggest problem for me is how to eat without overeating and how to keep my weight down so I physically feel better and I'm not endangering my health.
I would be lying if I said I needed help or expert advice in this area—I don't. I know what to do. I watch The Oprah Show , I listen to news reports on obesity in America, I read the countless articles on women's health and I know that heart disease is the number one killer of women. I read the pamphlets in my doctor's office while sitting in the waiting room—pamphlets on diabetes, strokes, hypothyroidism and the importance of doing cardio and weight-bearing exercise every day. I've read countless books on low sex drive and how eating the proper foods would improve my sex life. Heck, I wrote a book about that topic called, Okay, So I Don't Have a Headache ! It was a best-seller. You would think I would take my own advice.
To lose weight, I've tried vitamin therapy, juice fasting, colonics, eating raw foods, eating nothing but pineapples, eating nothing but protein, eating nothing but vegetables…eating nothing! I've tried every diet on earth for a lot of years. I've lost thousands of pounds (okay I'm exaggerating)—collectively, more than 100 pounds during my life. Somehow, with all this knowledge and experience, you would think I would be able to put this dieting issue to bed. Maybe that's the issue—it's a diet. From what I've observed about myself and everyone I know who's ever been on one— diets don't work .
I even tried calling it a "lifestyle change" and that doesn't work either because my pants size hasn't changed a smidge!
So, I started thinking about why none of it works. I didn't have to think too hard. I'm a smart person, I know what I should and should not do when it comes to eating. After a lifetime of searching for answers I have come to the simple conclusion: If we know that we don't have to eliminate any foods from our daily diet and that we can eat all the foods we enjoy, it will set us free—but making this approach work is not an easy task.
How to develop new (and healthier) eating habits