I have just finished reading Tracey Carmichael’s book titled “Happy Mind Formula – Your Action Plan To Mental And Physical Wellbeing”. If you are struggling with low moods, low energy and struggling with life each day Tracey’s book is well worth reading! Based on what helped Tracey in her own challenges with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, the book highlights areas that can contribute to poor mental wellbeing that are not always addressed when seeing a health professional. Continue reading Book Review: Happy Mind Formula – Your Action Plan To Mental And Physical Wellbeing
Almost two decades of my life was spent going on never-ending diets in search of the Holy Grail of weight loss so I could acquire the body of a supermodel and live life happily ever after. I finally stopped this insane cycle after realizing the damage it was causing and decided I did not want to spend the rest of my life being obsessed with weight loss and being a certain size and shape. In the process of breaking free from the dieting trap, I have wondered how much time I have wasted thinking about diets, food, my body and weight loss and what I could have done differently with my time. Continue reading How Much Time Is Wasted By Dieting?
One of the things I don’t like about dieting is that many dieting programs have unrealistic standards that must be met in order to be “successful”. Having previously been on mainstream dieting programs (and some extreme ones as well!), where I was given “support” to help me achieve some goal weight, I have personally experienced the unrealistic standards that dieters are confronted with. Continue reading Not Good Enough! Why The Perfectionism Of Diets Destroys Weight Loss Goals
Just wanting to wish all a safe and happy New Year! Thank you to all who have supported me in 2011.
Thanks to all who have subscribed, made comments, read my posts and liked my facebook page.
I’m really looking forward to 2012 and writing more posts on everything to do with food, mood and attitude!
I will be revealing some exciting plans for Food, Mood and Attitude tomorrow so stay tuned…..
I read with astonishment today that a group of prominent doctors, medical researchers and scientists in Australia have written a letter to the Central Queensland University to oppose a new chiropractic course. Apparently their reasoning is that this course and other complementary therapies are potentially harmful to the public and based on pseudo-science. In my experience, the same could be argued about the practice of many medical professionals. Continue reading Doctors Attack Complementary Therapies
I found this thought provoking video online which I thought I’d share. Do you find yourself using fat talk? Fat talk can mean different things to each person.
To me, fat talk can vary from the obvious self-esteem reducing self talk to much more subtle fat talk. Typical examples of fat talk questions or statements are:
“Does my bum look big in this?”
“I’ll do _____________ (fill in the blank) once I’ve lost weight”.
“Have you lost weight?”
If you find yourself making comments such as these, it’s a good idea to ask yourself whether that sort of talk is really going to promote wellbeing or is it going to keep you trapped in a diet mentality.
Enjoy the video!
Deprivation is a key factor why diets don’t work. Abruptly taking away foods that you love, can lead to obsessive thoughts about the food and eventually those thoughts lead to action and madly devouring the beloved food in a frenzied attack. In my history of dieting, I have started many diets that left me so hungry and absolutely craving something I loved to eat because I told myself it was banned for good. It was on the ‘do not have’ list of food items or was one of those foods that you must ‘eliminate’ or ‘avoid’, if you were to succeed. Being somewhat a perfectionist, I took that to literally mean forever and if I strayed I would of course, blame myself for failing to have the willpower to manage the diet and generally felt very frustrated and demotivated. Thus, one diet ended and after a period of time this would eventually be followed by another diet with the misguided hope that this time I would finally succeed in my weight loss endeavours. Continue reading Is Diet Deprivation All In Our Heads?
I sat down for dinner a couple of nights ago and half way through dinner I realized that I was shoveling food down as if there was no tomorrow. That’s just my way of saying I was eating mindlessly and oblivious to the taste, sight, smell and texture of the food. After a couple of deep breaths I started to eat more slowly so I could enjoy the experience of eating. That also gave me thinking space to reflect on what was happening and I realized that I was eating mindlessly as I was feeling frazzled after a stressful week! Furthermore, although mindful comfort eating can be a way of coping with stress, I noticed that mindless comfort eating was not very self soothing and seemed to heighten the experience of stress.
When the diet industry markets a weight loss program, they usually focus on the end result or comparisons between what the person was like before and after they went on the program. For example, they will show a ‘before’ picture of a person looking miserable, with no makeup and wearing daggy clothes with an ‘after’ picture of someone looking happy, dressed well and all made up, who has lost weight. This often comes with a testimonial from the dieter who may typically say something like “I’m feeling more energized, I can finally go to the beach and I’ve met a new man and we’re about to be married”. Continue reading Are You Delaying Your Dreams Because You’re Dieting To Lose Weight?
The following video is highly amusing but it does highlight what happens when you restrict your favourite foods……you spend the rest of your day in mental torture trying to convince yourself to either have your favourite food or not to have it. It’s no wonder diets rarely work! If you tell yourself you can’t have your favourite food, it automatically becomes more appealing. That’s why I ate more chocolate when on a diet than off a diet!