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2 Powerful Ways To Ditch Dieting

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS
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“The dieting lifestyle is akin to taking a knife and cutting the connection that is your body’s only line of communication with your head,” writes clinical psychologist Susan Albers, PsyD, in her book Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating & Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food

In other words, “Diets can inhibit your ability to accurately decode your body’s messages and feedback,” she says. (Like your hunger and satiety signals.) Diets are also detrimental to our emotional, mental and physical well-being, she says.

But even if you know that dieting is destructive, giving it up, especially in a culture that extols and advertises restriction, can be really hard.

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2 Powerful Ways To Ditch Dieting

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  1. “The dieting lifestyle is akin to taking a knife and cutting the connection that is your body’s only line of communication with your head.” <– LOVE this line! So very true, and one of the major reasons why I love yoga as a partner in this work.

    Thanks to both of you!

    • @ Anna, me, too! I definitely paused after reading that sentence and had to let it sink in. So true and so powerful.

      And, you’re very welcome. :)

  2. As long as mindful eating doesn’t turn into rigidity, I’m for it. i.e. that you’re bringing yourself back to center gently and not kicking yourself because you were busy and happened to eat in front of the computer. I don’t follow all the rules of mindful eating, but I do listen to my body and really evaluate how different foods make me feel.

    • @ FatChickinLycra, YES! That’s a critical point: Be flexible and curious when it comes to mindful eating. I associate rigidity and blame with the diet mentality. It’s like Ellyn Satter’s definition of “normal eating,” some days, you overeat, some days you undereat.

      I think you have a great approach and attitude!

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