Today I want to talk with you about Shifting From Dieting to Nourishment. This is important, game-changing stuff!
Diet…It’s one of the biggest 4-letter words in the English language. We’ve all been on at least one and too many of us have been been deceived by many of them.
But can I let you in on a few “dieting secrets” to let you off the perpetual hook? Here’s what they’re NOT telling you about diets. The science behind why they don’t work for 97% of those who try:
When your body detects calorie deprivation, such as when you diet, it makes multiple changes that keep you from starving to death, but that make it all too easy for lost weight to return. Hormone changes make dieters more likely to feel hungry and less likely to feel full, and metabolic changes help the body function on fewer calories, leaving more to store as fat.
To make matters worse, in a cruel catch-22, brain imaging studies show that food is especially tempting when you’ve been depriving yourself of it. Researchers found that when shown pictures of high calorie foods, dieters had increased activation in brain regions associated with craving those foods and with noticing and paying attention to them. The longer you deprive yourself, the more appetizing and tougher to resist the foods get. Therefore, there’s “proof in the pudding”, dieting and losing weight cause biological changes that make it extremely difficult to continue taking weight off, and too easy for lost weight to return. ~Traci Mann, author of “Secrets From the Eating Lab”
So what’s the easier solution to dieting? Shifting to NOURISHMENT.
Nourishment, by definition is:
The food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.
When most of us think of nourishment, we think of food. But I want you to think outside the box for a minute. As humans, we are multi-faceted, therefore there are multiple ways we can (and should) nourish ourselves. Here’s a few:
• Improve your connections with people around you. Having a solid, supportive community of like-minded people in your inner circle is critical to your social well-being.
• Get into your body. Literally, get into your body by engaging in yoga, meditation, prayer, or nature walks/hikes.
• Expand on your positive traits. Enhance your life by learning more about your strengths and build upon them. This is when the ‘flow of life’ happens!
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying to throw in the towel on your eating habits. Not. At. All. But what I am suggesting is that you work on the WHOLE you, not just what you eat.
So tell me, what ONE thing can you do this week to nourish yourself beyond your diet?
Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!
P.S. Remember, you can follow me on my Facebook page to see what I’m writing about daily on ways to nourish yourself. I’ll also continue post here on the blog every week, as well.