Recently, 2 articles/blogs I’ve come across have really simply, yet profoundly expanded my thought pattern as I continue my journey in this program to not just better fitting clothes, but a better lifestyle. I want to share summaries of both as a wake-up call/call to action: (from the April 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine’s “Feeling Good” by Courtenay Smith & Care2’s “Healthy & Green Living” by Brett Blumenthal, author of “Get Real and STOP Dieting!”)

How a simple trick-charting your weight-can give you the insight you need to end emotional eating.

“Every woman has a story line about her weight that she carries in her head: ‘I was always the fat kid.’ ‘I couldn’t lose the pregnancy weight.’ ‘I liked my body until I hit menopause.’ In fact the story you tell about your weight shapes your relationship to your body as much as the weight itself. But what if you’re telling yourself the wrong story?…”

Complete a simple drawing called the life events weight graph. Chart your weight starting from age 18 to the present. Then plot the events that marked each year: college, marriage, pregnancy, demotion, sick child, empty nest, and so on.

“…The point of the graph is to show at a glance how complex weight gain is, and to free patients from shame about their weight…’There are real reasons this happened to me; it wasn’t just lack of willpower.’…It puts people on solid ground to make a change…Ultimately, the graph reminds us that weight is the result of how we deal with stress, navigate change, and make time to care of ourselves.”

Weight loss is not about what you put on your plate as much as it is about how you live your life.

And a healthy lifestyle will thus include a truly healthy diet. (Not ‘diet-ing‘). That’s why Shaklee’s products are called the Cinch Inch Loss Plan to assist & support a lifestyle change.

5 myths about healthy eating.

“…I was having a discussion with my friend who claimed that eating healthy and dieting are the same thing. Ouch! If that is true, then I must have been on a diet my whole life! How awful! The fact of the matter is, that healthy eating and dieting are two very different things. But, this conversation made me realize that healthy eating is really misunderstood and there’s a chance most people have acquired some preconceived ideas about healthy eating and what it actually entails. As a result, I was inspired to address some misconceptions and put them to rest.

Misconception 1: If you eat healthy, you must be on a diet. This one never fails to amaze me! Too often, the word ‘diet’ is confused with the concept of dieting. Most people equate dieting with deprivation, especially as related to foods they love. Whether you are at your ideal weight or trying to lose weight, eating healthy is NOT dieting. It IS eating a healthy diet, however, which is a proactive lifestyle choice. If you want to eat healthy, you are choosing to do so. You choose to optimize the way you eat to look and feel your best.

Misconception 2: Eating healthy is boring, tastes awful and is never satisfying. Truth be told, eating healthy can taste better…can be wonderfully varied…and can fill you up for longer periods of time than food that is unhealthy. Many individuals who make a long-term switch to a healthier diet swear that they don’t miss the unhealthy foods they once ate. Some actually find them distasteful and unsatisfying! As you eat higher quality foods, your cravings for those that are bad for you and lack nutritional value will diminish.

Misconception 3: There is a secret to weight loss. There is absolutely no secret, no magic pill and no trick to losing weight. You are an individual with individual needs. As a result, fad diets and ‘secret weight-loss programs’ may work for some, but not necessarily for others. Even still, those that find that these fad diets work…only do in the short term. Anything that seems too good to be true, often is.

Misconception 4: You need to count calories to be successful. Although food journaling is advisable, it isn’t necessary. For the most part, calorie counting is a must for those people who don’t eat REAL food that is REALLY healthy. It’s when we eat unhealthy foods that we need to count and track what we ingest because we’re consuming a lot of empty calories that provide very little, if any, nutrition.

Misconception 5: Eating healthy is difficult and complicated. Eating a healthy diet is not rocket science. It never has been and it never will be. Don’t tell the experts this, but you don’t need a degree in nutrition, a PhD or an MD to eat well. All you need is a basic, easy-to-implement framework that will demystify the realm of healthy eating and provide simple, common sense rules that are easy to remember and easy to put into action.

Next time you are considering going on a diet…think about the more appealing alternative: A lifestyle that incorporates healthy eating. Change your perspective and see the power it has on your overall health and well-being…not to mention, your waistline!”

This TEAM RLEI TrimminSlimm program is exactly that: a source to construct your own framework for your new plan, full of tips & info, with complementary safe, natural, & proven products to aid your transition into a new, healthier lifestyle & you. I hope this helps to remind us all the importance of the emotional & mental understanding/perception of weight loss & dieting.

Consider this real life anecdote: a woman pulls out a bag of carrots and snow peas at her desk inside her cubicle as an afternoon snack. Another woman & co-worker passes by and says with a sympathetic frown, “Oh, you’re on a diet?”

The lesson for all of us who have been “healthy eating challenged” here at some point is to remember the truth about the foods we are eating & why. (And for any fellow emotional over-eaters, the answers sometimes run deep, but are worth examining!)

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