Done with Dieting Episode #7: What’s it mean to Listen to your Body

We’re told that we should listen to our body. What does that even mean? Nobody ever taught me that. Was I missing from school that day?  When I was on my quest to get my eating and desire for sweets under control, I was always amazed at people who could eat just one cookie. And so when I started talking to them about their eating habits, I learned that they paid attention to how food made them feel. It was something that I never thought about.  Sure! I knew when I was hungry & occasionally I knew when I had overeaten, but when I started actually paying attention to my body, I learned that my body gave me subtle cues  that were my body’s way of communicating with me about what it needed. Listening to your body is the first step in creating the awareness needed to decode the messages Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #6: Do we need to Move More and Eat Less?

There’s no doubt that calories in vs calories out is the foundation of weight maintenance and weight loss. Yet, anyone who’s been on a diet and drastically cut calories, logged every morsel that’s passed her lips, knows the frustration and truth of being confronted with the math not working out when standing on the scale and not seeing the number that she had hoped for. So what’s that about? How is it that we can live in a calorie deficit and not lose weight? Truth is that although calories are in fact the way that we gain and lose weight,BUT  there are many things happening within our bodies that are so complex – that we really don’t know why two people can eat and do the same things, and while one person will lose weight, and another won’t. In this episode of the Done with Dieting Podcast, we’re going to Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #5: Why We Give Up

When we start a new diet, we’re motivated. We’ve seen how effective this diet is – for example our friend Jane did amazingly well on it. And so we believe that we’ll do just as well. It happens all the time – doesn’t it? That we start a diet, initially we get some good results, and then WHAM! We step on the scale one day & we don’t lose weight – or worse, we gain. We think to ourselves, “Why are we doing this?” “This is so much work & we’re not even getting results!” “It’s not working. We should just give up.” The thing is, that we KNOW that our results (losing weight) is because of what we’re doing (eating healthier or exercising, or a combination of both) and that returning to our previous habits are going to result in our previous weight. We know that if we stay Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #4: Self-Sabotage

When we’ve decided that we want to become healthier & develop healthier habits, it’s easy to slip back in to old ones – ones that don’t necessarily serve our needs, and often are in direct conflict with what we truly want.  Self Sabotage is common – when we do things like when we decide to bake an entire cake knowing that no one is around to eat it. Or not being realistic in our schedule enough to know that we need to buffer in more time so that our workout time doesn’t suffer. Now – some of these things are just learning how to get good at this new behavior. But sometimes we know that we’ve totally sabotaged ourselves. Why do we do that? And more importantly, how do we stop?  What you’ll Learn from this Episode Learn 2 tools that will make awareness of what we’re doing & why Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #3: The Foundation

Sure! We want results fast. BUT fast results often lead to fast burn out too – because the changes that we need to make are drastic. One of the biggest problems that I see with diets is that we’re trying to game the system. We’ve been told by folks trying to sell the latest fad that we can eat all we want of the foods that we desire and STILL lose weight – if we follow their plan. And so we buy into the idea that we can follow their diet rules, still eat endless amounts of hyper-palatable foods, and lose the weight that we desire. It can take more time, but if we have a solid foundation of lifestyle habits, we will feel good, we won’t get huge energy fluctuations, sleep soundly, and reduce our cravings for those salty or sweet cravings that we get. This podcast episode details Read More . . .

Done with Dieting Episode #2: Why Dieting Doesn’t Work

Diets have been around for centuries as a form of manipulating our weight and bodies. And so it would be impossible to escape any messages that we have received – overt or implied – about the worthiness of our body, and therefore how to increase our worthiness by shrinking our body through restricting calories and/or over-exercising. But diets can have negative side effects on the dieter, from negative body image, low self-esteem, but there can also be biological implications to eating lower calorie counts than the body requires that result in increased hunger and the body rebounding from the lower than required calories by increasing body fat stores. Dieting and negative body image are inextricably linked. So how do we get ourselves out of this cycle? And what are the next steps? What you’ll Learn from this Episode Learn the difference between diets with a big d versus small d Read More . . .

Announcing the Done with Dieting Podcast!

Welcome to Done with Dieting, a podcast for the woman who wants to lose weight, but is done chasing diet after diet, feeling like a failure because they never work out as planned, but still wants to look good in her clothes, have confidence and feel good again. If you want to lose weight for good, a fad diets and over the top exercise programs don’t work. AND for women over the age of 45, years of dieting and our hormones completely change the way that our bodies respond to traditional diet techniques. The techniques that we used as younger women don’t work for us anymore. Gone are the days of cutting back after a big weekend, or doubling down on our workout efforts. I know what it’s like to feel frustrated and like a failure when you stand on the scale hoping and praying that it will reveal a number that Read More . . .