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Hello and welcome to my first real blog! My name is Theresa, and I am a Registered Dietitian, in private practice for 34 years. I have wanted to write a blog for years, because there is so much I have learned from studying the research and from my experiences, that I want to share with you.

I am going to do my best to send you this every Tuesday; I hope you watch it, enjoy it, and comment on it in the spaces below. I promise to be brief, usually not more than 500 words, but to give you useful, thought provoking information that will help you handle the process of transforming your relationship with food.

People frequently feel overwhelmed when they realize they are going to need to make changes in their lives. Usually thirty things are going wrong at once, and we do not know where or how to begin making changes.

In medicine, one principle taught is to first fix the problem that will kill the patient first; then to look at what the real problem is, the source of the difficulty, and fix that.

I think we are missing the boat entirely in obesity management and nutrition counseling in general today. I think obesity is the symptom, the cause, or the result of some other problem, and I think we are ignoring the real problem. It’s like…. if you go to your  doctor with pain and stuffiness on one side of your head, maybe some ear drainage, or a headache, or nausea, you may have an ear infection. If the doctor gives you a decongestant and a pain reliever, you will feel better, for a few days. Then it will return, stronger and more painful. You need an antibiotic to solve this problem.

Obesity and eating disorder treatment in America is often like that today. “eat less” they tell us. “Can’t you stop at one?” “Try this diet, or that one.” “Don’t you have any willpower?”

I believe that a diet is a period of starvation that happens right before you gain twenty pounds or more. Obesity is the symptom, the cause or the result of another problem. Until we find and address that other problem, we will not be able to be free. The problem will recur and recur until we fix it in an effective way. That’s the first reason I want to write here.

Too often we look at problems with food, eating, and body weight as coming from an emotional level or a character weakness. In my experience, that is rarely true. We will talk about the other possibilities and discuss how to handle them with food and other strategies.

The next reason is that, enjoying delicious food is one of life’s greatest pleasures. But the shopping, preparing, packing and managing your food on a daily basis can become difficult and demanding. I want to teach you the skills and strategies you need to handle your food effectively, without making following your food plan the most difficult and time-consuming process in your life.

Will you join me on this journey? Scroll down and leave a comment; tell me what you want to know about, what you need, and how to help.

Blessings to you,


12 Responses to HOORAY!!! IT’S THE FIRST BLOG!

  1. Laura Boehl March 6, 2018 at 11:56 am #

    I am excited about your blog. I was in your program many years ago and found the knowledge I learned very helpful. I still struggle with my weight and body image. I think it is a lifelong problem like alcohol. I am hoping this will be like a refresher course to inspire me in the right direction. Thank you, Theresa.

    • H. Theresa Wright March 7, 2018 at 10:22 pm #

      I am glad to hear from you, Laura. I think this IS a physical sensitivity like alcohol. Is there any particular topic you would like me to write about?

  2. Leslie March 6, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

    Thank you so much for this first post. I am challenged by food planning and preparing. I would love to learn from you. And I so look forward to next Tuesday’s post. Humble thanks!

    • H. Theresa Wright March 7, 2018 at 10:31 pm #

      Thank you for writing. I will be doing more posts about planning, grocery shopping, and preparing food. I hope you will enjoy them.

  3. Alicia Navon March 7, 2018 at 11:39 am #

    This is wonderful! Looking forward to following your Blog.
    I’ll see you for the April Retreat!

    • H. Theresa Wright March 7, 2018 at 10:20 pm #

      Thank you! This is something I have wanted to do for a long time! I am so glad you are coming to the retreat! I am looking forward to seeing you there!

  4. Anita March 8, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

    How wonderful that you’ve started this new venture! Now your insights and nuggets of wisdom and sense that have helped me so much can be shared with an unlimited number of people.

    Congratulations and much love and gratitude.

    • H. Theresa Wright March 10, 2018 at 7:52 pm #

      Thank you so much. Blessings to you, Anitarose.

  5. Karen D. March 9, 2018 at 3:58 pm #

    The most difficult time for me is when I am hungry in the late afternoon/evening, preparing and serving meals for my children and realize I haven’t even considered MY meal. At this time, the last thing I want to do is chop and cook for myself. I’d appreciate your thoughts on this. Thank you!

    • H. Theresa Wright March 10, 2018 at 7:52 pm #

      I can’t effectively address your individual situation here, but it sounds like you might need to plan your meals at the same time as you plan your children’s meals, so there is food in the house appropriate for you, too. Would it help to add an afternoon supplement to your meal plan? Or to make your meal earlier, then prepare your children’s food? Or to make several meals at a time, perhaps on the weekend, so they only have to be reheated? Or to buy the vegetables already chopped? Or to feed the children some of the foods you can eat? Please though, you deserve as much care and planning as your children do. Make your needs a priority too.

  6. Cindy L Salsbury March 21, 2018 at 10:11 pm #

    Hello Theresa,
    Thank you so much for starting this blog so we can all benefit from your extensive wisdom.
    The challenge for me right now is simplifying, preparing, and apportioning out meals ‘in bulk. I am having so much
    Fun Being retired and keeping active, that I no longer want to spend time cooking every day. I would like to do all of my cooking once a week, and store or freeze extra meals, as I once used to do during my working days. However, it becomes a very daunting project, coordinating the menu planning, the shopping, the cooking. In addition, with my varying schedules, and different meal sizes, it even gets more overwhelming. I would like a system where I could just pick certain amounts and categories of foods, depending upon what my next meal would be. Thank you.

    • H. Theresa Wright March 26, 2018 at 7:47 pm #

      Would that not make life easier? I am working on something similar; you will hear when it is ready. Thanks for writing.

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