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Lose Weight by REFUSING to Diet…
¨ Eat what you want…when you want
¨ Follow your cravings
¨ No carb…no fat…No Way!
¨ Listen to your body.
Kiona on an Obsessive Diet (5/2001) Kiona after the Snap of a Diet (7/2002) Kiona Today
(yes that is wedding cake)
When I was 16, I went on my first diet, wanting to lose weight; I gave up sweets for 6 weeks. At the end of that time I was fatter than I’d ever been and vowed NEVER to diet again. How many of use can relate to being heavier at the END of a diet? Or getting really thin only to bounce up to heavier than before in record time? You can see that I did that from the photos above.
This story is all too familiar to anyone who has ever dieted and the consequences can be devastating. As we lose touch with our bodies’ natural signals by trying to fit a certain mold or eating style we can also run into complex emotional and physical issues. Each time we go into a starvation (commonly called a diet) our body responds by going into survival mode. This starts with cravings for calorie packed foods that will quickly release our body from this starvation and if prolonged will result in the body slowing the metabolism to retard the starvation. This in a nutshell is why we do really great on a diet in the first stages, but as time goes on we find it harder and harder to stick to it. This is a natural response, created by our bodies LONG before there was a McDonalds (or Starbucks) on every corner and food was scarce. Unfortunately the body was not designed to look great in a bikini; instead it was designed to survive famines. The result, when we deprive ourselves of calories, of sleep, or even of relaxation, the body stores fuel for a later time because we have told it that there isn’t enough. This starvation mentality permeates our lives and especially our thinking when it comes to food, setting us up for cravings, lack of willpower and binge eating when we stop depriving ourselves.
Through years of work on myself and research into both the emotional and biological responses we have to diets I have found many useful tools in dealing with these types of problems. I have taken classes such as the phenomenal “What’s Eating You” and read books like Intuitive Eating to discover the keys to releasing obsession about food and diets. Beyond the logical learning, I also use essential oils to help calm, balance and soothe the nerves and mind when cravings start. Through my work I have discovered a more abundant form of eating, just like before I ever dieted and lost weight effortlessly, without cravings and eating chocolate almost every day. Cravings begin to disappear as food is no longer the enemy. Your body knows what it needs and sometimes it needs chocolate, not just because it tastes good, but because there is Magnesium in it, or any other “forbidden food.”
The secrets and focus I have gained I share in my work with my clients in a series of private sessions designed to look at their relationship with food and offer them tools to help dismantle its hold over them. I show them how enjoying their food is key in reducing cravings and getting what you really need from your food; sometimes that is nutrition, sometimes it’s a memory, but no matter what, it’s always right when done with consciousness. So sign up today and start enjoying all your favorite foods tomorrow!
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This page was last updated 05/26/2009