Are You Ready to Get Off the Dieting Rollercoaster and Make Peace with Food?
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably tried willpower and dieting to lose weight. Unfortunately, for most people this is not enough. The reason willpower and diets fail is because most people overeat for emotional reasons. Emotional eating is a response to various environmental and emotional triggers. These triggers range from stress, exhaustion, uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, procrastination, boredom, and a need for pleasure and comfort.
The How You do Food is How You do Life Emotional Eating Program is designed to get at the core issues of what triggers overeating. It provides you with solid strategies to overcome the reasons why you turn to food. It teaches you how to identify what your true needs are and teaches you appropriate ways to meet them so that you won’t be tempted to turn to food. This is the key to overcoming emotional eating.
The program consists of 6 modules that will transform your relationship with food, get you off the dieting hamster wheel, teach you ways to deal with your stressful thoughts and emotions, teach you how to eat mindfully, and allow your body to lose weight naturally without dieting.
You will also learn how to set up a self-care routine that isn’t time consuming so that you can start your day calm, centered, and nurtured. You will become more mindful and peaceful in all areas of your life because “how you do food is how you do life!”
So what does the phrase “how you do food is how you do life” mean?
People who eat emotionally often don’t realize that their issue with food and weight isn’t the real problem. It’s only a symptom – a symptom of how they are living their life. If your life is stressful, then you will turn to food to cope with that stress. If your life lacks pleasure and excitement, you will turn to food looking for pleasure and excitement. If you try to control and restrict your food, you will become obsessed with food and overeat. You eat how you are. When you’re at peace with yourself, you become at peace with food. How you do food is how you do life!
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Break Free from Overeating, Make Peace with Food, and Lose Weight Naturally!
- Are you obsessed with food, weight, and or dieting?
- Do you turn to food for emotional comfort? Do you eat when stressed?
- Are you putting off your happiness until you lose the weight?
- Have you lost weight only to gain it back and then some?
- Do you want to make peace with food and your body?
- Are you ready to get off the dieting roller coaster and achieve permanent weight loss?
- Are you tired of the dieting yo-yo cycle?
The How You do Food Is How You do Life – Weight Loss and Emotional Eating Group Coaching Program is starting on Sept 15, 2016. If you can’t seem to lick your emotional eating habit on your own, and want to learn a non-diet, mindfulness-based approach to weight loss, then this group is for you. You’ll learn strategies and tools that will set you up for success in 2016 and beyond.
The How You so Food is How You do Life Program is a 3 month, 6 session, every other week, mindfulness-based weight loss and emotional eating coaching program that is guaranteed to get you on the path to success. By the time you’re done, you’ll be feeling more confident about your ability to lose weight and keep it off (without dieting), feel more at peace and in control of your relationship with food and your life, know how to deal with obstacles and setbacks, and feel nurtured instead of deprived. You will also receive a private coaching session with me, and receive daily support and inspiration through a private Facebook group.
The first 6 People to Register will receive a full one hour private coaching session with me! (a $175 value).
To ensure plenty of individualized attention, the group is limited.
To release weight permanently requires faith, faith there is a bigger life waiting for you beyond food and weight.
Take a leap of faith into a new life in 2016!
AspireAssist is a newly FDA approved obesity treatment device that uses a surgically-placed tube to drain a portion of the stomach contents after every meal.
The AspireAssist device should not be used on patients with eating disorders, and it is not intended to be used for short durations in those who are moderately overweight. It is intended to assist in weight loss in patients aged 22 and older who are obese, with a body mass index of 35 to 55, and who have failed to achieve and maintain weight loss through non-surgical weight-loss therapy.
Here are my thoughts on this:
For many people, food is a legal and culturally sanctioned form of substance abuse. It’s about time the medical establishment acknowledged this fact.
AspireAssist is simply an enabler for people who have food addiction and emotional issues with food. In my opinion, these people would be better served by learning self-regulation, self-soothing, and impulse control. They also need to learn to work on the reasons why they’re using food as a crutch to deal with life while learning better coping tools.
Some of these people will fool their doctors and hide their bingeing, eating disorders, and food addiction and they will use this as an opportunity to indulge their eating issues. The creators say that a person won’t be able to do that because they have to thoroughly chew their food because large particles of food clog the tube. They say that in theory, people will actually eat less.
I personally know how much damage can be done without having to do much chewing. As a former binge eater, my favorite binge foods were soft foods such as ice cream, cheesecake, and chocolate.
I’m not the only one appalled by this. Many doctors and people in the field see this as a form of “assisted bulimia” and are now suing the FDA for approving this device.
In my opinion, trying to treat obesity with eating disordered type behavior is hitting an all time low. It also lets people off the hook for being responsible for their actions and choices.
Well, now that I’ve let you know how I feel, what do you think?
Are you ready to start pumping the contents of your guts out after every meal?
Let me know what you think in the comments!
Read the full FDA press release on AspireAssist here.
Are you ready to deal with the root causes of your overeating?
I’d love to offer you some real assistance. I offer a free consultation. Contact me!
Yesterday, Matt Schifferle, of the Red Delta Project, interviewed me for his podcast. Matt is a fitness expert, blogger, and podcaster.
Matt and I discussed the top 3 barriers to weight loss.
- Seeking the quick and/or easy fix.
- Emotional eating
When you’re able to get past these top 3 barriers to weight loss, losing weight becomes so much easier and actually quite fun!
In this podcast, we also talked about how you don’t have to fix your food and weight issue; by fixing your thinking, the problem resolves on its own.
We also discussed fixed mindset vs. growth mindset, black and white thinking, change, reinventing oneself throughout life, and much more.
This conversation is a preview of what my upcoming telecoaching series “Mastering the Mindset for Weight Loss” beginning June 16th is all about.
It was a very fun and stimulating conversation.
I hope you enjoy it!
P. S. Matt has some very good podcasts on his blog. I especially enjoyed these two, which are both about mindset and both apply to weight loss and fitness:
Are you ready to fix the thinking that’s causing you to overeat and keep you from losing weight?
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Weight Loss is 75% Mental!
Bust Through the Mental Traps That are Keeping You From Being Successful!
Mental attitude determines how successful you will be in weight loss as well as any other endeavor in life. Unfortunately, when you have self-limiting beliefs and attitudes, you’re defeated before you even start.
In this new coaching call series, I am going to show you the common mental traps, attitudes, and beliefs that keep people from being successful. As a coach, these are the ones I come up against over and over again, and once people master the mindset for weight loss, it can become fun and almost effortless!
This 3 month Thursday night weekly series will run start at 5:30 PST/8:30 EST and run until 6:00 pm PST/9:00 EST. It will start on Thursday, June 16th and run until August 25th.
If you can’t make the call, no problem! The call recording will be sent out the next day.
You will come away with some great insights and action steps to overcome the topic being addressed.
Some of the mindset topics we will cover are perfectionism, attitude, lack of confidence, passivity, impatience, fear and anxiety, self-sabotage, black and white thinking, quitting, low self-esteem, entitlement, self-judgment and criticism, emotional immaturity, lack of motivation, avoidance, perseverance, deprivation vs. abundant thinking, living in the future vs. mindfulness, excuses, focus , lack of life purpose, commitment, and more.
During each call, I will speak for 15-20 minutes, and then allow for you to ask your own questions regarding the topic or anything else that pertains to mindset and weight loss. If there are no questions, the call will be over.
Mastering the Mindset for Weight Loss
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As a weight loss and emotional eating coach, I would say the one trait that most of my clients share in common is perfectionism. Perfectionism keeps you fat and miserable, and can keep you from accomplishing your goals. If left unchecked, it can suck the very life out of you. I know because I too used to be a perfectionist. I now call myself a recovering perfectionist, as it only rears its ugly head on rare occasions.
I lost a lot of my life to perfectionism. It kept me paralyzed from taking risks and trying new things which meant I didn’t grow and therefore move forward. It kept me stuck for years. I avoided new challenges like the plague or I would briefly try things (like diets or other programs), but soon quit them when I felt I couldn’t do them perfectly or master them quickly enough.
I stayed safe in my comfort zone by only doing things that I already knew I could do.
Because I compared myself against the yardstick of perfection, nothing I ever did was good enough, therefore I felt I wasn’t good enough either. Because of this, I never felt satisfied about the way I looked, or the talents I had, or anything I ever accomplished.
Perfectionism destroys confidence and belief in yourself. If you feel you can’t measure up or you’re not going to be perfect or successful, you don’t try very hard, and this is what happened to me.
I did the ultimate perfectionistic cop out; I stopped trying at all. I went clear to the other extreme and held no expectations of myself at all. If I didn’t expect anything out of myself, I certainly couldn’t fail myself, now could I?
This resulted in me spending some years in my 20’s wandering aimlessly, depressed, and overeating to fill in the gaps of all that I had lost.
Do you see yourself in this cautionary tale?
If left unchallenged and unchecked, perfectionism can result in an unlived life, or at least, a very safe life that doesn’t change or challenge you much. It also costs you money, as it can keep you from growing in your career.
If you want to break free from the chains of perfectionism, the first thing you need to do is to give yourself permission to make mistakes and even fall flat on your face. Mistakes aren’t bad; they’re how you learn and grow.
Falling flat on your face is one of the best things that can happen to a perfectionist. I know, because I’ve done it many times. The reason it’s so wonderful is that you learn you can survive it; it’s not such a big deal after all. It then frees you up to take bigger risks, and your life is only as big as the risks you’re willing to take.
Fear of making mistakes is all about ego and image. You’re trying to preserve an image of yourself as perfect. When you can accept you’re human and fallible like everybody else, you become more humble and willing to put yourself out there and you don’t have to appear like you know it all or you’ve got it all together. That’s when life and weight loss becomes a heck of a lot more fun.
As Andy Warhol used to say, “Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, so what.” When you can fall on your face, get back up, and say, so what, you’re well on your way to being a recovering perfectionist.
P.S. If you find some typos in this article…so what!
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“Why do extroverts have voicemail? To never miss a call.
Why do introverts have voicemail? To never answer the phone.”
― Devora Zack
In last week’s article, I wrote about the personality and eating styles of the introvert. That article generated a lot of email from my readers with many saying they had no idea they were introverts but after reading the article, they finally had an explanation for their personality and behavior.
Introverts often feel there is something wrong with them because they are so different from the extroverts around them. As far as eating goes, introverts will often overeat or even binge (alone) as a way to numb their overstimulation or exhaustion and to recharge themselves.
This week we’re going to explore the world of extroverts. It was always thought that extroverts were in the vast majority but the latest studies show something different. It’s now thought that extroverts make up 49.3%, and introverts represent 50.7% of the total population.
As I stated in my previous article, the true definition of extroverts and introverts is that extroverts gain energy around others and introverts are energetically drained by other people. Introverts are internally focused (their inner world) and extroverts have an external focus (their outer environment).
What this means in regards to eating is that introverts will often eat in response to internal feelings, thoughts, and physical sensations of hunger or tiredness, and extroverts, with their external focus, will eat in response to external cues, such as seeing food, or eating because others are eating. Extroverts are also more likely to eat because the clock says “lunch time” even though they aren’t really hungry.
Weight Loss for Extroverts
Many extroverts are on the “see food diet;” they will eat as long as there’s food readily available in their environment. There is scientific evidence that people can produce acute levels of insulin by simply seeing and thinking about food and that individuals showing this response show a greater tendency toward weight gain in environments where food is readily available.
Extroverts are social eaters. They love nothing more than to go out with friends and eat and/or drink. They are far more likely to be the “life of the party” than an introvert. Many of my introverted clients will say they eat because they’re stressed or unhappy, and my extroverted clients will tend to call themselves “happy eaters” or they’ll call themselves “any occasion eaters,” as any occasion or feeling is a good enough reason to eat!
Because they’re so externally focused, an extroverted eater isn’t paying attention to cues of hunger or satiety. They’re prone to mindless eating. Mindful eating, with its focus on paying attention to physical cues of hunger and satiety, can really help an extrovert start to reign in their food intake. Extroverts need to learn how to have fun and socialize without it always revolving around food. They can also set themselves up for success by not keeping food around where they can see it.
Even though they each have different ways of navigating the world, both introverts and extroverts benefit from learning to be more mindful and both need to learn how to process and express their feelings in healthier ways. They also both benefit from a good self-care routine so that food doesn’t become their go-to stress reliever and the main way they treat and reward themselves.
Are you ready to lose weight, learn self-care, and create a life that nurtures you?
Contact me. I offer a free consultation.