Monday, March 21, 2011

Today's Trays

Some of these issues are mine personally, some come up when I am talking with my clients in phone counseling sessions.  See if any of these issues might be present in your life:

  • difficulty eating enough fruits and veggies each day
  • wanting to graze in the evening, and sometimes eating foods without much nutrition or with too much salt (Boy, do evening salty snacks add to my night time swelling!  My poor eyelids don't really need all that stretching .. Ooo, is that TMI?)
  • being too busy to plan meals for the day.  I wonder if I really did get enough protein or calcium or whatever.
  • Heck, I wonder if I even took my vitamins (or meds)  today!

All of these issues were addressed or solved when I implemented this one simple concept  ...
Today's Trays.
  Here is how it works.  Each morning give yourself 3 minutes.  That is all this takes.
  1. Select a tray that you will leave on the counter (for non-perishables) and select a tray that you will leave on the top shelf of the refrigerator (for perishables).  Just for fun I have seasonal trays that brighten my mood.  Now that it is spring I may have to head to the Dollar Store and get some trays with flowers on them.
  2. Think about your day:  breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks.  Really think.  What do you hope to feed yourself today?  Keep in mind that you may like evening snacks, so plan on them.  Put your food for the day on Today's Trays. 
    Pull the fruit you hope to eat out of the fruit bowl and put it on your tray.  Grab the veggies from the crisper, the tuna can from the pantry, etc.  Oh, and don't forget the dark chocolate!  Just put all the food you hope your will eat on Today's Trays.  Leave one tray on the counter and put one tray in the fridge.  Now, enjoy how pretty it is and what nice self-care you are giving YOU. 
  3. Enjoy eating all day.  Have your breakfast from your trays.  Fill your lunch bag from your trays.  And at the end of the day when you have the munchies, you may realize it is because you still have a bunch of nutritious foods you have not yet eaten.  Enjoy them!
When you try this idea, please let me know how it goes (  What other problems does this idea solve for you?  What issues does it raise or bring to the surface?  What other cool ideas do you have that might be similar?  I really enjoy a simple practical action that affects many aspects of life!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Stigma is BIG Business

Pattie Thomas wrote a fabulous article: Stigma is BIG Business, Diets don't work, but they do make some people very rich.
By following the money, we can see profit motives have led to bad science, not to mention ineffective, harmful and costly health care. Stigmatizing fat is profitable; the FDA just upped the ante."

I get death threats monthly. Do you know why? Because I promote HAES(sm): that people should eat healthy, exercise enjoyably, AND appreciate the body they have today. That's all I say. But apparently this message stirs up such anger and fat hate in people that they send me hate mail and spew hate in the comments section to the YouTube videos in which I present this position.

As you read the comments to this article you probably will see the fat hate and rage clearly displayed again. It is dripping all over the internet in the comments to HAES(sm) positive articles and videos.
People are enraged at the health centered paradigm because they have spent so much of their time and money on the weight centered paradigm. The medical community and weight loss pushers are ignoring the health centered paradigm because it would cause them to lose their cash cow. The media ignores health centered paradigm because they have been swallowed up in the myth that everyone who eats healthy and exercises will be thin. 

Indeed, our culture is addicted to the quest for weight loss. We pour billions into the quest every year. For a short time, in the beginning of the weight loss fix, we are thrilled and elated. The media swoons with stories of great weight loss of individuals while ignoring the fact that 95% regain what they lost. Then later, when we come down from the fix and the body weight set point asserts itself, we crash ... shaking, lives falling apart and looking for our next weight loss fix, even if it includes mutilating perfectly functioning essential organs and inducing anorexic behaviors.

It is time to stop paying the weight loss pushers for a weight loss fix at any cost. It is time to stop the war on body size and start a campaign for health at every size. Every body of every size deserves respect and the opportunity for self-care and self-acceptance.