..ND, Dip.Herb, B.Sc., UK
Hello and welcome to my weight loss and stay slim blog!
One big reason is that weight (more, that less) has been at the forefront of my life a far as I can remember. And I think that is true for a large majority of people in the Western world. And much of this is psychological.
When I was a teenager, I thought I was F A T (I wasn’t). I couldn’t be thin enough. There was the culture of being reed-thin, and I fed myself on magazines that portrayed THIN as beautiful. There were these skeletal-slim models and mannequins beckoning me enticingly from the pages of those teenagers’ magazines to be as thin as they. I sighed with green envy, and redoubled my efforts at reducing my calorie-intake even more. With hind sight I really believe that this caused much psychological ruin to my self-esteem.
Then there was the culture back in those days that eating fat and fatty food was bad. I took the utmost care that bordered on fanaticism to remove any, and all, fat from my foods: skinning chicken, removing the minutest slivers of fat from meat with the precision of a Swiss watch-maker. As a student at university, I used chemical oil sprays to cook my food (supposedly fewer calories) and ate low or fat-free foods…always, always counting calories.
Yes, I’ve done it (almost) all… and more…AND My weight simply yoyo-ed depending on how strong (or not) mentally, psychologically and emotionally I felt at that particular moment to impose this tough regime on my body.
In reality, I was actually very miserable. Now, with hind-sight, I realise that the psychological and emotional trauma and guilt I suffered were horrendous. And whilst I never ever became grossly fat, I wavered between really skinny and plumpish. And that anguished me.
With time I learned about, and experimented personally with, real nutrition. And for the very first time in years, I was invited to a wedding party of a couple of my French friends in Skiathos, on the island of Greece, where I was living in at that time. Of course, it was a Greek taverna dinner…. with fatty lamb. I ate it with relish!!!!!
So eventually, I actually started eating real fat again…and found that I enjoyed it immensely, and felt satiated. And my weight started to steady itself, with many trials and errors from my psychological perspective.
And finally I started to feel good in my skin and became used to being happy with my weight as it is, not that dictated by women’s magazines and the false ‘glamourous’ culture of skinny.
This website contains resources to help you get to your correct weight, healthily, naturally, happily, and…deliciously.
Just remember this: there is no one-size-fits all. Your body is different from everyone else’s. Find the weight that is the perfect fit for you. And DON’T use images of skinny women in women’s magazines as your compass in this area! Trust me and yourself on this one.
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