It seems like the ideal time to write a post on water. Firstly, I live on the Sunshine Coast, where residents have just witnessed the devastation that water can bring after experiencing a frightening flash flood. Secondly, I have just learnt that yesterday was World Water Day, an international day to highlight the lack of access to safe, clean drinking water. Thirdly, tomorrow Queenslanders will be electing their next Premier. So what’s that got to do with toxic water? Read on to find out! Continue reading Are You Drinking Your Two Litres Of Toxic Water Each Day?
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?
When we lose twenty pounds…we may be losing the twenty best pounds we have! We may be losing the pounds that contain our genius, our humanity, our love and honesty. ~ Woody Allen
Wow! I saw this thought-provoking quote by Woody Allen today. Messages the weight industry use to promote their weight loss strategy can be very harmful. Too often advertising talks about what we will gain when the dieter loses weight. Typical gains that are suggested include our health, energy levels, confidence, self-respect, a new career, romance with a new partner and so on. It’s rare to hear what one may have lost in the journey to lose weight. Continue reading Is Self-Worth Dependent On Your Size And Shape?
The latest technique in the fight against obesity is sure to be a success. The diet voodoo doll comes with a set of pins to motivate the dieter to stick to their diet. The diet voodoo doll has phrases on its body such as “put it down”, “if you eat that, your arse will grow,” and more lovely, warm phrases that will fill anyone with a warm glow inside. Apparently after sticking pins in the doll, the fear of voodoo curses will motivate the dieter to keep going. Continue reading The Diet Voodoo Doll: The Latest Technique In The Fight Against Obesity
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
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?
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?
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
One of the many reasons why diets may fail people is due to the number of ‘rules’ one must follow for the diet to work. Some of these rules come with high expectations for the ‘dieter’ to change habits of a life time. While understandably if you want to reach a healthy weight, some habits require changing, if those new habits are not consistent with your belief system, personal preferences or require a dramatic change in lifestyle it can be very hard to successfully follow these dietary rules through.
An example of this is that some diets and weight loss advisors focus on the dieter having six small meals per day. Personally, one of my health obstacles has been in making sure I am sufficiently organized and get the time to make three nutritious meals per day. Having always eaten three meals per day I have absolutely no desire in changing this dietary regime. Where would I get the time to make six nutritious meals per day, when three is hard enough???? Furthermore, finding the time and opportunity to eat six times a day would not really be that easy. I have other commitments in my life, such as work, that requires me to focus my concentration on other activities besides consuming food. Continue reading Do I seriously have to eat six small meals per day?