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Published on Dec 27, 2016
Diets were a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Even as a dietitian and fitness trainer, the way I taught “healthy living” was really a joyless diet full of rules – do’s and don’ts for good and bad behavior.
Today’s dieting is even more insidious because it co-opts the perfectly normal and rational desire for better health with crazy extremes like cutting out sugar, gluten, or even beans! (Anyone else think this is crazy?)
I finally changed my habits (and my happiness soared) when I could exercise, eat, and take care of myself without the judgments. It didn’t work overnight. It was a consistent effort of telling myself “don’t focus on weight, think about health.” I had to make myself notice other benefits and define personally meaningful reasons to keep going.
I got to a point when I realized I could no longer prescribe for clients something I knew didn’t work for me. I no longer believed in it.