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Below DIAKADI Trainer and blog writer, Polina Smith, describes how people can easily be tricked into instant result fad products that promise fantastic figures and chiseled bodies in unrealistic ways. She then goes on to asks us a couple of important questions that are usually overlooked about food and our relationship with food. The questions being "why do we eat?" and "why do we eat WHAT we eat?". When we look at those particular relationships we have with food we can begin to ask ourselves if we really need to eat that cookie, or are we just eating to feel good. Enjoy! Author | DIAKADI Trainer Polina Smith

My Mom is visiting and wanted some Magnesium  (because Tim Ferriss claims it helps you sleep better) So we took a trip to the nutrition store; along with Diet Shakes and supplements, this is what I found….

 

Okay, first off, to state the obvious, these products are RIDICULOUS!!!!

And…in a nation that’s facing an ever increasing obesity epidemic, I have a hunch that the Hollywood Cookie Diet is not quite providing the solutions we’re looking for…

Last night My Mom and I also saw Forks over Knives, a documentry that “…examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.”

While much of the research was compelling (and the images of McDonalds and heart surgery quite intense), for me, the movie had a similar blind-spot that the Hollywood Cookie Diet and the Appetite Control Spray hold: they all don’t address the underlying question of WhyWe Eat.

One of my clients recently lost over 100ibs by going on a supervised liquid fast (not something I would recommend…) while her results are amazing, she continually tells me of people who are back on the program for the second or third time, having gained back all, if not more, of the weight they initially  lost… Like the Holiday Cookie Diet, going a liquid fast still didn’t address the underlying question of why we eat and when participants no longer had a rigid structure to follow, they fell back to old patterns and triggers, re-finding comfort in chips and ice cream….

Food is so loaded with emotions and memories, that if we don’t examine this, then we are likely to come up against the same triggers again and again.  For me, ice cream is associated with excitement, because it is the treat I was given after dinner as a kid. Borsch reminds me of my mother and rice pilaf is comforting, because it’s what my mother cooked when I asked for something special.

We all know we should eat well and exercise, yet most of us face barriers to doing this.  So often we are looking for the solution outside of ourselves, we turn to the latest fad diets, supplements and pills that promise to make us slimmer, stronger, sexier…but ultimately, these things are unsustainable if we don’t look inside of ourselves and realize our own, individual barriers that stop us from making healthy choices. The reasons are different for all of us, and only you, yourself can fully understand and uncover your own personal triggers.

But this, by no means, implies not asking for support in the process! In fact, I think support is key in creating a healthy, nourishing relationship to food and exercise. I recently started working with an amazing emotional eating coach, Darshana Weil, because I want my relationship with food to shift from being one of an unconscious and emotionally numb nature, to that of nourishment, ease and joy. Darshana doesn’t tell me what foods to eat, or prescribe a diet plan, instead, she asks me to tune into my body, to slow down, and really pay attention to what my body is asking for.  Chances are, it’s not ice cream…

So today I invite you to tune in, slow down, and listen to what your body’s asking for.

May this May find you in peaceful and nourished spirits.

Polina

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