Reject the Diet Mentality? Easier Said Than Done.

Updated 9-13-13 to remove broken Pinterest image.

Spring is Coming!Good morning and Happy Tuesday! We had snow off and on throughout the day yesterday, but luckily there was no accumulation. We are expecting another cold day today with more snow. Starting tomorrow is starts to warm up (a little). I am definitely ready for SPRING!

I have my appointment with the orthopedic guy today, I will keep you posted. I hope to schedule surgery for something in April if the doctor agrees. After work I am walking the 5K Jelly Bean Race! This is a virtual race that I signed up for so it can be done anywhere and at any time during the “race period.” I will be walking on the treadmill and NOT outside.

The other day I did a post entitled Intuitive Eating: The Beginning. To be completely honest, I am not following the intuitive eating style yet, but am just trying to learn more about it. It sounds great, but like the title says, easier said than done. Especially Principle 1: Reject the Diet Mentality which is the current chapter I am reading in the Intuitive Eating book. This is what the principle states:

Throw out the diet books and magazine articles that offer you the false hope of losing weight quickly, easily, and permanently. Get angry at the lies that have led you to feel as if you were a failure every time a new diet stopped working and you gained back all of the weight. If you allow even one small hope to linger that a new and better diet might be lurking around the corner, it will prevent you from being free to rediscover Intuitive Eating.

Resch, Elyse; Tribole, Evelyn (2010-04-01). Intuitive Eating, 2nd Edition: A Revolutionary Program That Works (p. 40). Macmillan. Kindle Edition.

I know I have WAYYY too many diet books and am quick to read about new diets. Although I don’t necessarily try them.

Some of the fears about rejecting the diet mentality they list:

  • If I stop dieting, I will never stop eating.
  • I don’t know how to eat when I am not dieting.
  • I will be out of control.

Intuitive Eating is all about listening to your body and feeding it what it wants and when. So, doing this correctly, the fears above would be unfounded. You wouldn’t eat unless you were hungry which would keep you in control. If you only eat when you are hungry, then you will stop eating when you feel full.

Pseudo-Dieting are behaviors we may not even be aware of. We do it so naturally that we don’t consider it dieting or even realize that we are doing it. Some examples of “Pseudo-Dieting” are listed below.

  • Meticulously counting carbohydrate grams.
  • Eating only “safe” foods.
  • Eating only at certain times of the day.
  • Paying penance for eating “bad” foods.
  • Cutting back on food.
  • Pacifying hunger by drinking coffee or diet soda.
  • Putting on a “false food face” in public.
  • Second guessing or judging what you deserve to eat.
  • Becoming a vegetarian only for the purpose of losing weight.

I certainly can think of things I do that would be considered “pseudo-dieting”:

  • Waiting until 8AM or later to eat breakfast even when my stomach is screaming FEED ME.
  • ONLY drinking 1/2 cup of Trumoo chocolate milk and measuring it carefully.
  • Thinking a certain food is BAD and I am BAD if I eat it.

I also think other people keep you in this trap. They may say “Oh you CAN’T eat that or you SHOULDN’T eat that.” The fact that they are judging you keeps you in that diet mentality.

Here are the tips for how to reject the diet mentality:

Step 1: Recognize and acknowledge the damage that dieting causes
Step 2: Be aware of diet mentality traits and thinking
Step 3: Get rid of dieter’s tools

See, easier said than done. So, I am going to go back and re-read Principle 1: Reject the Diet Mentality to really understand.

I have started an Intuitive Eating Pinterest board with additional information. You can find it HERE.

In the meantime, I am trying to ADD in healthier foods and activities in order to CROWD out unhealthy practices. This is something we stress during health coach studying. Instead of telling people what they CAN’T have, stress all that they CAN have. Introduce them to new foods and styles of eating.

What pseudo dieting traps do you find yourself in? Thoughts on Intuitive Eating? Do you follow a particular “diet” or “lifestyle”?

Enjoy your day!


11 Responses to “Reject the Diet Mentality? Easier Said Than Done.”

  1. I resisted the idea of intuitive eating for so long, but when I finally gave up on losing “those last 5 (or 10) pounds” and basically ate intuitively, it “clicked.” Once foods were no longer forbidden, they lost most of their appeal. Once I was no longer to eat perfectly, eating imperfectly didn’t set off a binge. I still struggle with eating mindfully – I mostly read when I am eating breakfast and lunch, and mindless munching is still a tempting way to “unwind” from a rough day.

  2. I love that mindful eating pie-chart! 😀 I am pretty mindful when I eat… I think? LOL!! Well, I definitely enjoy the foods I eat and KNOW what I am eating when I am scarfing things down! LOL!! 😉 I may use food as a “reward” but I don’t go nuts and I only eat very healthy foods that work with my body!

  3. I’m not sure I could ever really get this mindset. I get munchy then eat too much and then feel bad about myself. It isn’t that I eat BAD stuff, just TOO MUCH!

  4. you have me very intrigued by this intuitive eating concept- I think I’ll have to check into it more.

  5. I participated in an Intuitive Eating Challenge hosted by Jamie over at StudioEats back in February and it was absolutely eye-opening! I still have a difficult time not worrying about what I eat or thinking I am going to gain 5 pounds by drinking a full glass of milk and enjoying a cookie. However, I have come to realize that my body really does know best and if I give it what it wants and craves, I am not hungry and won’t eat my entire pantry stash in an hour 😉

    • Glenneth

      Thanks for the info. I will check out her site.

  6. Awesome post! But if you don’t mind me asking: Whats the “false food face”?

    • Glenneth

      False food face is eating one way when you are in public and eating differently when you are alone.