How Much Time Is Wasted By Dieting?

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?

Is ‘Fat’ A Politically Incorrect Word?

I don’t like hearing about political correctness. Whenever I hear this expression in the media it’s usually as a result of someone deciding that a word or song that has been used for decades is suddenly offensive to a minority group and must be banned. The complaint about the “offensive” expression usually doesn’t even come from the minority group.

Examples of such political incorrectness are:

1. “Merry Christmas” should be expressed as “Seasons’ Greetings”.

2. “Fairy Penguins” are now known as “Little Penguins” (in order not to offend the gay community). Continue reading Is ‘Fat’ A Politically Incorrect Word?

Not Good Enough! Why The Perfectionism Of Diets Destroys Weight Loss Goals

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

The Right Way To Achieve Your Dreams

I was inspired to write this post after seeing the documentary ‘Night Rider’, which is about Mark Visser, a Sunshine Coast big wave surfer who achieved an amazing, never-been-done before feat of surfing massive waves off Hawaii at night. In the documentary, Mark spoke about the obstacles (of which there were many!) that came before him and how he maintained his passion to achieve his goal. I found myself comparing the documentary with another ‘documentary’ of sorts on achieving goals, called ‘The Secret’. Continue reading The Right Way To Achieve Your Dreams

How To Stop Unhelpful Thoughts About Health

I love using motivational or pertinent quotes to inspire me to continue to improve my health. One of my favourites is the Nike slogan “Just do it”. It’s a handy one to tell myself when I start having unhelpful thoughts such as “I’m too tired to exercise”, “I don’t have time to look after my health”, or “It won’t make a difference to my health.”

These unhelpful thoughts are very powerful in creating inertia and keeping me stuck in unhealthy eating and exercise (or lack of exercise) habits. That’s where changing mindset or attitude is of fundamental significance in achieving health goals. It amazes me that the role psychology plays in assisting people to change their eating and exercise habits is minimally incorporated into the majority of health and weight management programs. Continue reading How To Stop Unhelpful Thoughts About Health

I’m upset…so I must have food to cheer me up.

The reasons why people overeat are varied and include lifestyle, physiological, social and psychological influences. What we think and the decisions we make about food have a major influence on our eating habits. Some of those thought patterns and decisions about food can assist us in maintaining our natural weight, others can be quite unhelpful and even destructive and can lead to overeating and unhealthy eating habits.

Personally, I have experienced many irrational and unhelpful thought patterns that have led to making decisions about food that were not supportive of healthful eating habits. I like to call it my ‘crazy diet thinking’. Continue reading I’m upset…so I must have food to cheer me up.