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Technically speaking, I'm a dietitian, but I see myself as a listener, a motivator, coach and teacher of nutrition. I prefer to end a busy day with a glass of red wine while chopping vegetables. Lover of almost anything pickled and fresh baked scones just not at the same time. I'm happiest when I'm cooking for people I love. Why am I so into food? Because I KNOW how much eating well can change your life. What you eat every day is going to impact your body and your mind. It's a confusing world out there - full of diet and food advice that always leaves you feeling like it's that one next diet that's going to be the weight loss answer. Stop waiting for that magic diet, and begin to take one step at a time in the right direction. I'm here to help you on your life-long journey, there's no better time to start!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Have you told them yet?

I'm talking about your friends, co-workers, family, roommates....have you told them about how you're not on a diet? If you're like a lot of people, and have in the past bravely announced to a host of important people in your life how you are about to start the "greatest, most sure-to-succeed, weight will drop like flies, this has to work this time, diet" then they will probably ask you to repeat yourself and wonder if you didn't fall out of bed last night and hit your head. And then you can respond by saying "That's right - you heard me. I am officially not on a diet and don't plan to be on one ever again!" Try it - it feels great. You are free from the diet gremlin voice that starts creeping up after the first couple days...when if you have one morsel of something that's "not allowed" you are doomed to failure and consumed by guilt.  We all know the popular diets you hear people raving about these days, low carb,  no fruit, raw cleanses....there are too many to name. Why put yourself through that? Food is quite possibly the most valuable, pleasurable, and health-promoting part of our lives - learn to appreciate food and what it is doing for you instead of battling with food. Now, please understand, I am not bad-mouthing diets because I don't want people to get healthy and lose weight. Its just that I've never met a diet I liked, nor one that worked for someone long-term and allowed them to keep off lost fat.  It's all too often mis- understood;  that the faster a person loses weight on a diet the better that diet is.  The truth is, slow, gradual fat loss (1/4 - 2 pounds /week) is a GOOD sign...that you are truly losing unwanted fat; not water, stored carbohydrates, and muscle tissue.

So today's thoughts are these:  Go out there, start your Friday and get talkin'! Tell some people that Friday is a great day to stop dieting - and never start again! You might be used to stopping your diet every Friday anyway.. right? But usually you then face... Monday!! The diet must start again - and the guilt, Oh the guilt of everything you ate and drank that you swore you wouldn't over the weekend, and now it's time to start again. Well, this time Monday rolls around you won't have to face that. What I want to encourage you to start doing today, yes today, not tomorrow, not Monday, but TODAY, is thinking about how food is your partner in this. Whatever your goals are: lose weight, feel better, lean up, etc, you can't do it without the right fuel.  Think about all the times during the day that you have a choice - and make the choice that's going to leave you feeling good at the end of your meal or snack. That is a good goal for today.


  1. Food as a partner: I love this concept! This totally changes the way I think about food, and what food does FOR me, instead of what it does TO me. Food doesn't have to be the enemy. Very enlightening!