After years of fad diets being the primary way that people attempt to lose weight,…
When I was 21 years old I tried to lose weight and lose it fast.
It all started when I began reading these health magazines at work. They were full of these 12-week transformation stories of people who exercised heaps and stuck to 1200 calories a day.
The women would have photoshoots in bikinis at the end of the challenge and they all looked wonderful. The magazine put them on a pedestal. The stories told me how much their life had changed.
They felt great. Everything was better. They were confident. Happy. As an insecure young woman, they were everything I wasn’t.
Filling my head with these images everyday led me to a bad place in my relationship with my body and with food. It was the beginning of years of misery. Of mind games. Of restriction and overeating.
I love food and spent most of my time trying not to eat it! It was ridiculous! I chat more about this in today’s episode of The Daily Dollop.
Unfortunately, my story is not unique. And in some ways, it’s tame compared to the dieting hell that many of my clients and members of my online program have been through.
Most people that I meet, in and outside of my work, are trying to lose weight, get rid of their tummy, show some muscle tone, lean down, get shredded, be healthier. Not only do they want to lose weight fast, they want to lose weight yesterday! And they’re prepared to try anything to get it.
The diet industry knows this and capitalises on it. Nearly every popular method to lose weight promises to do it fast and easy and combine that with social media and the images and marketing messages we are bombarded with EVERY DAY and you’ve got a generation of utterly confused but absolutely desperate people constantly trying to attain a better body.
What’s important to know is that there is nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight and be healthy. I spend time on this in my own life and have dedicated my career to helping others do the same.
However, there comes a point where the strive for health tips over into unhealthy behaviours and ends up being detrimental.
This week on The Daily Dollop podcast, I’m chatting all about weight loss. The allure of fasting, how to set realistic goals and how to manage your appetite.
I also open up and share all the feels in an open letter to my daughter and take you into the world of what it’s like to be a nutritionist in Australia.
The Daily Dollop is daily podcast giving you a dollop of advice from me, a qualified registered nutritionist passionate about food being easy and enjoyable for everyone as well as promoting long term health.
The Daily Dollop calls out nutritional ‘woo’, removes food stress and teaches you how to build healthy eating habits instead of dieting.
Here’s what I’m chatting about this week on The Daily Dollop!
Monday 23 November: How to Make Salads that Don’t Suck
I share more about my dark days of sticking to a bikini body diet and then talk about why healthy eating is not the same as restriction.
When I meet people, who are actively restricting their diet, they are frequently eating salads for lunch, which is great except that their salads are nowhere near substantial, enjoyable or satisfying.
In this episode, I’ll chat about the key nutritional factors that help you stay full and satisfied and talk about building a salad that doesn’t leave you miserable in the afternoon!
Listen to today’s episode here.
Tuesday 24 November: How to Stick To Your Goals
There is a lot of talk online about sticking to your health goals. Much of it just about finding your ‘why’, reminding yourself of your goal regularly and just generally having more perseverance and determination.
These are all great factors, but they’re not really the driving forces around goal achievement.
Lucky for you, scientists are actually studying health behaviours and how to influence them.
In this episode, I’ll look at a key piece of research looking specifically at why goals need to be realistic in order for behaviour to change! Super interesting stuff!
Wednesday 25 November: Intermittent Fasting: Yay or Nay?
I’ve written about intermittent fasting on HerCanberra before. Since that article more research has been done around whether it’s an effective solution for weight loss.
I personally don’t like fasting as an option for me personally – I like eating and I don’t function well going without food for long periods of time. I also feel concerned about fasting being a slippery slope for disordered eating practices.
In this episode, I’ll put my personal bias aside and look at the latest systematic review on whether intermittent fasting is the best option for weight loss.
Thursday 26 November: An Open Letter to My Daughter
With my 12-year-old daughter off to high school next year, I wanted to write her a letter, starting an honest conversation around self-esteem, self-worth, social media and the trap of comparison.
Being vulnerable online is not always a great decision, however, the more time I spend online the more I want to warn the young women of tomorrow and let them know how to manage it as part of their lives. I believe it’s an important message to share.
In this episode, I’ll read you my letter to little Miss Freeman. Suffice to say there are tears.
I hope I inspire other women to start the same conversation with their daughters or young women in their circle. They need us.
Friday 27 November: Who I Am and What I Do
I’ve been a nutritionist for 16 years at the end of this year and after all this time, I’m absolutely convinced that we need to change the conversation around health and nutrition.
In this episode, I’ll talk through my life as a nutritionist, share with you where I’ve come from and how I help people achieve their goals.
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