How to get healthy without dieting | Darya Rose | TEDxSalem

by | Mar 21, 2019

My TEDxSalem talk is live! In it I describe what I believe are the three most essential psychological strategies you need to build better habits and stop dieting for good.

And since I know you’re curious, I was 8 months pregnant and this was shot just days before the eternal misery of the third trimester really set in.

Nova Joy Rose was born February 19, and we’re both doing great.

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46 Responses to “How to get healthy without dieting | Darya Rose | TEDxSalem”

  1. Coriander says:

    Congratulations on Nova!

  2. Jayne Sams says:

    Congratulations on the birth of Nova Joy! So happy for you and your family.

    As always, hearing you speak and reviewing your philosophy around food is so supportive. Learning to be mindful with my busy monkey mind has been a constant struggle. It has been worthwhile but also difficult. Your spoken reinforcement helps me stay the course and embrace the feel-good days of my life. You don’t seem to slip off the rails like I sometimes do, but your teaching helps me move on with the confidence I need to stay healthy and enjoy the opportunities life places on my path.

  3. JillH says:

    Wow! I have always enjoyed your info links.

    I have struggled to develop a philosophy that perfectly resonates with my thoughts towards health and fitness. You nailed it on the head. Thank you for all that you do. Continue to communicate your message. It’s vitally important.

    Much happiness to your growing family!

  4. Beth says:

    I’m so proud of you. With the speech date so close to your due date I imagine you might have had some niggling concerns. I’m so glad it worked out. You were confident and polished. Well done.

  5. Victoria says:

    Simply wonderful!! Wow.
    Concise, essential concepts delivered with intention. An inspirational framework for life changing habits that are attainable and enduring. Your philosophy around food and movement have changed my life, your knowledge is a trusted guide, thank you!!
    So happy for your happiness, and the adorable family you have created, that you continue to generously share.

  6. Emily says:

    You look amazing and once again so inspiring!!

  7. David says:

    Congratulations on several counts Darya -personal and professional. Firstly, your presentation style was excellent. I know that it’s not easy to get everything you want to say neatly encapsulated into a 15 minute presentation. A great summation of your learnings from personal experience and peer-reviewed research. You are a breath of fresh air in a space filled with self-anointed nutritional gurus.

  8. Carrie__ Ruppe says:

    Darya!

    Congratulations to you with sweet baby Nova Joy!!! So happy for you!

    I was so inspired by your message. Thank you. You have enlightened my mind and given me hope again.

    Thank you for continuing to help and motivate people like me who desire to be truly happy while seeking to be healthy.

    You are my hero.

    Best wishes to you three as you embrace this new season of life.

  9. Melissa says:

    I really enjoyed your Ted talk. Having been trying to lose weight for a while now, and through trial and error finding what works best for me, this has pushed me steps ahead! I needed to hear that the habits we adopt need to feel good for them to stick. It’s so simple but not something we are ever conditioned to believe about losing weight. Thanks for your wisdom and congratulations on the birth of baby Nova.

  10. Amy P says:

    Darya, if I could send you some sleep right now, I would. Congrats on being a parent of two people! The attitude you use to stay healthy really works great for parenting too! Your daughters are going to be so ahead of the game.

    I really liked your talk; and for me, the best part is that your advice is just great for life in general. I have always been a small-steps person, so focusing on one thing that isn’t working at a time really works for me. I lost 40+ lbs. years ago. I lost that 40+ lbs 3 times before I just couldn’t ride the rollercoaster of weight and emotion anymore. When I decided for maybe vanity reasons that I was going to stay thin because I was allowed to, I did. That’s how I learned to confront all of my struggles with just the attitude that if I could do a little better at anything, life’s load was exponentially lighter. There is no reason to feel bad about ourselves for thing that are already done, or for things we *might* do wrong in the future.

    I decided a long time ago that everyone is (excuse me) a fuck-up, but that’s not all we are. We make the decisions we can, when we realize that we can make better decisions, and that we have permission to work to have the life that will make us happy and balanced, it’s not so hard. Hard things happen, that is why I now work hard to be more ready to deal with them.

    My Mom has dementia, she is not ‘mum’ anymore. My sisters have terrible problems with her: fighting, anger, hurt. Mom, to me now, is a mirror – her tone, her energy, her mood mirrors mine when I am with her. We do not relate with anger and hurt. She can’t answer for stuff from the past, and I know that if she knew that she could have done better, she would have, and she DID do so much right. I am so fortunate to be able to bring her comfort and peace and fun. Sure, being always alert is exhausting (kind of like a toddler that can really hurt you, without the fun of watching them ‘get it’) and sometimes heartbreaking, and there is definitely no beauty in this disease; but she does so much better when she is just loved and accepted unconditionally… it’s also imperative to do that for ourselves.

    There is beauty and joy in every day, even the worst days; our job is to find it and share it with each other. Thank you for doing that! Your contribution here helps me, for sure. Your work is valuable; I am so grateful for all that you share.

  11. Amy says:

    Sorry for the double post, somehow must have hit reply in the middle of writing? If I knew how to remove the first one I would, guess I just proved that I’m not perfect again 🤷🏻‍♀️

  12. Thank you Darya — well done! I appreciate your actionable and inclusive suggestions, encouraging people at all fitness levels to discover what motivates them, maintain a growth mindset and practice mindfulness to not only achieve fitness goals but to be happy.

    Thank you for allowing your vulnerability and learnings about your own personal experience to inspire and motivate others.

    I look forward to referencing your talk on our upcoming podcast episode on mindful eating, on Get Grounded.

    Warmth and love, and a high-five for being a total bad a** giving this talk at 8mo. You inspire me! Congrats on your new love (: -Nirel

  13. Srishti says:

    Congratulations and so inspirational. Loved hearing your personal experiences. Keep up the good work.

  14. Iris says:

    Lovely talk! I also switched to a healthier lifestyle, gave up smoking and started a SportMe app [link removed]. My quest to a healthy life had a lot of ups and downs, but things are on the right track now. Your blog post are truly inspirational, txs!

  15. Jon says:

    What about intermittent fasting?

  16. Jessika says:

    You are an inspirational woman! I loved your speech at TedX, it is great to see how you inspire people to be better every day! Keep shining!

    xoxo
    Jessika
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  17. Melanie says:

    Did not know this was possible…Now i think differently! Thank you!

  18. Roy Wilson says:

    Great Ted Talk!

  19. Marty Roddy says:

    Great stuff.

    I love TedTalks so much great stuff and could get stuck there for hours.

  20. Oliver says:

    Thanks for the very informative article. My mantra is “Eat less and exercise more” to live a happy and healthy life 🙂

  21. Jenny says:

    When can we expect some new content, Darya? Loved the vid btw

    • Sean says:

      Thanks Jenny! I wish I had an answer for you. I’m still struggling finding time to eat, shower and exercise, but hoping ST is the next thing I find time for.

      Curious, would you prefer I start with links or podcasts?

  22. I thought that this was not possible, but now i will have to rethink that… Thank you for an amazing article!

  23. I thought that this was not possible, but now i will have to rethink that… Thank you for an amazing article!

  24. Brian Durden says:

    Hey Darya Rose,

    What a fantastic post! I really love your article. You know what?

    I read a lot of blog post and i never heard of a topic like this. I love this topic you made about the healthy life. Very ingenious.

    Thanks for you share.

    – Brian Durden

  25. Brian Durden says:

    Hey Darya Rose,

    What a fantastic post! I really love your article. You know what?

    I read a lot of blog post and i never heard of a topic like this. I love this topic you made about the healthy life. Very ingenious.

    Thanks for you share.

    – Brian Durden

  26. Rena Joshi says:

    Great article on weight loss. A good tone of writing that helps one to lose weight easily.

  27. Rena Joshi says:

    Great article on weight loss. A good tone of writing that helps one to lose weight easily.

  28. Patrick Gayle says:

    Summer tomato is literally the BEST weight loss community anywhere. I read it everyday, and I’m also so grateful i found [link removed], it help me not only lose weight but keep it off, hope it helps some others too!

  29. Patrick Gayle says:

    Summer tomato is literally the BEST weight loss community anywhere. I read it everyday, and I’m also so grateful i found [link removed], it help me not only lose weight but keep it off, hope it helps some others too!

  30. Mara says:

    You’re so inspiring! I’m also trying to switch to a healthier lifestyle and started to mine for healthy recipes like yours. Also, I started a marathon training [link removed] with SportMe, and I managed to get rid of some pounds. Your blog posts are super inspiring for me in this phase, thanks!

  31. Mara says:

    You’re so inspiring! I’m also trying to switch to a healthier lifestyle and started to mine for healthy recipes like yours. Also, I started a marathon training [link removed] with SportMe, and I managed to get rid of some pounds. Your blog posts are super inspiring for me in this phase, thanks!

  32. Aleena says:

    Hi!
    A great piece of writing and definitely a wonderful one when it comes to inspiration. More power to you. Thanks

  33. Delia Stark says:

    Darya,

    Thank you for continuing to always inspire and being a beacon for a healthy way of eating and living. I always refer to you as “my go-to girl” because of the knowledge you impart with us all.

    I’m thrilled about your growing little family and know you’ve had your hands full (literally)! There’s nothing quite like being a mom.

    Miss your posts!! Hope to see something from you soon. 🤗

    D.S.

  34. Kratika says:

    Completely agree with you. Dieting sure does weight loss but has crazy amount of negative effects.

  35. kumar says:

    Wow,Awesome article always.

  36. Bhawna Gupta says:

    A lot of people associate dieting with not eating. Eating a balanced diet and not starving is crucial for a healthy life. Love the Ted talk

  37. Thank you for this post and the video. You have inspired me to try it out, so we will see what happens 🙂

  38. Hey Darya. I loved your TedX. I enjoyed a lot while watching your video and you changed my perspective on weight loss. I always tried dieting but failed miserably but after watching this I will be more focused on eating healthy and exercising. Thanks for such an informative post. Keep sharing and inspiring.

  39. Excellent ted talk! Such a natural speaker!

  40. bionaze says:

    Very interesting. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story. You are the best!! Congratulations too!

  41. Congratulations on the baby! It is a really amazing and painful experience but the love you feel is worth it. I am so happy for you. I will pray for a long and happy life for you and your family.
    All my love! xx

  42. Daniela says:

    Very interesting video!!! Thank you so much for posting this type of videos, I love ted talks 😉

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