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,