Last week I received a comment on an older blog post that really took me off guard. The post was about 9 Simple Tricks to Eat More Mindfully and Kelsey, a recent foodist convert, had one of the strangest problems I’ve ever heard after implementing some of the tips.
For many newly minted foodists, the upcoming long holiday weekend will be the first real test of your new anti-dieting healthstyle that embraces real food and enjoyment.
Although it can be a little challenging to get started, switching from a dieter’s mindset to a foodist’s mindset is fairly straightforward when we’re in the comfort of our normal lives. But when confronted with a situation where we have multiple days of sun, fun and celebration, fear of sugar, fat and binges can easily seep in.
Can we really handle all this freedom?
Welcome back and happy holidays!
This week most of the people you know will declare a handful of ridiculous resolutions to “lose weight,” “get healthy,” “exercise more,” or “drink more water.” Some of them may even concoct a vague or impossibly difficult plan to get there.
And most of them will fail within a couple of weeks.
The problem, of course, is that for resolutions to actually work you need to figure out a way to change your behaviors permanently, and this is much easier said than done.
I’ve spent the past several years studying and testing just that: how to identify and change the behaviors that have the biggest impact on your health. It involves changing the way you look at and interact with food and your body, and breaking down the tactical as well as the psychological barriers that stand in your way.
It isn’t easy, but it isn’t impossible either. And it’s WAY MORE FUN than dieting.
In my book Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting I give you step-by-step instructions for how to stop trying and hoping for better health, and actually achieve it.
As a holiday present for you guys today I’m giving away a free chapter (one of my favorites) from Foodist to help you start 2014 on the right foot.
When I was a teenager Thanksgiving was my least favorite holiday. Not only did I hate that it was centered almost exclusively around food, it also signified the beginning of a holiday season filled with cookies, cakes, pies, pastries and all my other sworn enemies.
Thanksgiving meant needing to ramp up my willpower not just for a day, or a four-day weekend, but for the next six weeks. I was terrified.
For anyone who consistently worries about their weight, Thanksgiving can be scary. Fear of falling off the wagon, undoing all the work you put in over the summer, and ending the year worse off than you started is pretty close to your worst nightmare.
It’s daunting. But it doesn’t need to be.
If she were alive, my mom would have turned 62 years old this week. No matter how hard I try I can’t picture her looking older, and not just because it’s been 10 years since I’ve seen her.
Even on her 52nd birthday she hardly had a wrinkle on her face, nor did I ever see her with a single gray hair. She spent hours in the gym each week, had legs most 30-year olds would kill for, and felt perfectly at home in spandex and bikinis––the smaller the better. She loved organic vegetables, avoided the drive-thru and always took her multivitamins. Although my mom and I really didn’t have much in common, I definitely got my penchant for health from her.
My mom lived like she was in this for the long haul, and in that way she was the complete opposite of my dad. When they were young my dad lived his life like the future would never come. He took big risks, had a fabulous time, and threw caution to the wind with things like health and money. As he has reflected back over the past several years the most common thing I’ve heard him utter is, “I never thought I’d live this long.” (I know, straight out of The Simpsons). The irony, of course, is that he did. And she didn’t.
Just wanted to let you know that I’m not around this week, because I’m in the studio recording the Foodist audiobook. It’s going great and I’m really excited for you all to hear it. I was told it would be available a couple of months after we finish recording (should wrap up this week), but I don’t have a specific date at this point.
UPDATE: The Foodist audiobook will be released on 9.10.13
One of the most difficult things for a foodist is finding healthy options when you aren’t in your own kitchen.
In restaurants eating healthy is particularly tricky, since even healthy sounding dishes can harbor ingredients that add hundreds more calories than you expect. This effect is known as the health halo.
Of course, if you want to splurge every now and then I more than encourage it. The trick is making sure you know when you are or aren’t making healthy choices, and doing so intentionally.
Now that you all have your copies of Foodist I’m sure you’re itching to get started upgrading your healthstyle, and I want to help.
Foodist is finally released into the wild.
Every word I’ve ever written here at Summer Tomato has led up to this book. It’s what people have been asking for since I first started writing, a step-by-step guide to losing weight without the pain and suffering that comes with dieting.