Saturday, December 10, 2011

My inspiration

Before I go any further in this blog, I think I need to come right out and admit that a lot of my ideas come from a book called Intuitive Eating.
This might sound overly dramatic, but this book pretty much changed my life. I was in a place where I felt uncomfortable in my own skin, and I was obsessing about everything I ate, to the point that my every thought revolved around food and my fear of gaining weight. I consider myself to be an intelligent person, and it truly bothered me that something so trivial could consume me so completely.

So I got help. I saw a nutrition therapist (an MS RD- Master of Science, Registered Dietician...what I'm hoping to be someday!) who encouraged me to let go of the guilty feelings I had associated with eating, eat when I'm hungry, and stop when I'm satisfied. I was cured! And so much happier!

Years later, however, I found myself slipping back into old behaviors, and I stumbled upon Intuitive Eating, a book written by two MS RDs (Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole) that basically expanded upon the same ideology that my nutrition therapist had used years before. I worked through the steps, and found myself in a healthy state of mind once again.

I've recommended this book to friends and family to help them break the cycle of dieting (which DOES NOT WORK!) and free themselves from obsessive thoughts and destructive behaviors around food.

Besides helping me with my own issues, this book is also the inspiration behind my decision to go back to school to become a nutritionist. I want to spread the word about the Intuitive Eating philosophy, and help as many people as possible to free themselves from the destructive diet mentality.

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