Slow and steady wins the race.

We all want to see significant weight loss results when we start that new diet fad. The problem with this mindset is that you are starting a diet in the first place. What you truly need are permanent lifestyle changes. I know that isn’t what you want to hear, but as an endocrinology nurse practitioner, I can assure you that good old fashion nutrition and exercise is the only way to take your life back from obesity.

It has taken me a year and a half just to lose nearly 40 lbs. How did I do this? By gradually changing my eating habits. Am I perfect at this? Of course not, but I get up each day and put serious effort into making sure I’m feeding my body the nutrients it needs.

Spinach, sweet peppers and mushrooms will all be added to the pan this morning (with cooking spray) and made into an omelette to start the day.

I spend my day trying to choose foods that are lower on the glycemic index and thus require the body to produce less insulin (which makes us gain weight). Sure, you can choose a protein shake in the morning, but I find those types of habits never teach you how to eat real food.

Remember, this isn’t just about losing weight, it’s learning how to change your relationship food, learning how to love and nourish your body. This takes time. The weight didn’t go on in a month or a year, and it isn’t going to come in that time. Stay the course, keep moving forward, love and nourish your body….I promise it will thank you!.

What happens when we change our relationship with food?

Food. It’s one of those things we simply can not live without, yet in our current society is actually killing so many of us. This is because many of us have an unhealthy, indulgent relationship with food. We no longer eat to live, instead we live to eat.

For some people food has become an addiction, particularly high carbohydrate foods. I myself had a terrible problem with sugar addiction. I LOVE sweets. Notice I say this in the present tense and not the past tense. This is because an addiction never truly goes away and I’m very aware that if I am not careful, I can end up right back where I was a couple of years ago.

The one thing I have noticed since joining weight watchers and truly working the program is that my ability to say no to those cravings has greatly improved. Where I would have gone on a wild binge in the past, I am now able to put aside small amounts of things I would like eat without eating the entire container! Sounds like a small victory to some, but for me this has been a huge improvement.

Today I went grocery shopping and simply had no craving for the things I use to binge on. Today I walked right on past!