..ND, Dip.Herb, B.Sc., UK
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.
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…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.
With time I learned about, and experimented personally with, real nutrition. And for the very first time in years, I actually started eating real fat…and found that I enjoyed it immensely, and felt satiated. And my weight steadied itself. And finally I feel good in my skin and am happy with my weight, not that dictated by women’s magazines and the false ‘glamourous’ culture of skinny.
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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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