Today’s guest post is from Dinneen Diette of Eat Without Guilt. (I know. I love the website name as well. Talk about cutting to the chase & bottom lining it.)
Dinneen’s main focus is helping women make peace with food and, if they lose weight in the process, then it’s the full fat icing on the proverbial protein cake (get it? everything in moderation? treats are good? no? oh, ok.)
As this week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, I asked Dinneen to stop by and tell us what that means to her.
As a weight loss coach and mentor, I help many women lose weight, look better AND feel better, and I’m constantly meeting women who struggle with food and their weight. And I get it, as I’ve been there myself.
For years I struggled to lose weight, and even when I was finally “thin,” I spent many more years eating low-fat, low-calorie, and low-tasting foods. Food and eating was not an enjoyment for me. Any food I ate that was remotely decadent or a “bad” food, left me feeling guilty and eventually lead me to overeat. And so started a vicious cycle of dieting, losing weight, putting it back on, dieting again, and on and on.
What I ate either helped me lose weight, or gain weight, or so I thought. It wasn’t until a trip to Italy, and then a few years later living & working in France, did I learn that I could enjoy foods without guilt, lose weight and stay slim.
My world was literally turned upside down. And so was my life.
And so began a journey of education, self-awareness, and self-growth that led me to the extraordinary life I live today. I can eat the foods I love, and still stay healthy, and yes, slim.
As a weight-loss coach and mentor I help women and men lose weight, get healthy, and feel good about themselves. And part of that is helping them with their relationship with food.
You see, it wasn’t’ until I changed my relationship with food was I able to lose weight and keep if off, and without deprivation.
Even Oprah Winfrey has had ups & downs with her weight and, in my opinion, she will not keep it off until she has a healthy relationship with food. (for more about my thoughts about Oprah and her weight, visit my blog post from earlier this year).
In my business I’ve come across women (and young girls) who suffer from an eating disorder. Eating disorders arise from a variety of physical, emotional, and social issues, all of which need to be addressed for effective prevention and treatment.
This week, February 22-28, 2009, is the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. If you suspect, or know, someone suffering from the disease please visit the website of the National Eating Disorders Association. There you will find an abundance of information and resources to help support those affected by eating disorders. It is there to help a friend, family member, colleague, or loved one get help.
In the United States alone, over 11 million people suffer from an eating disorder, and millions more suffer with a binge eating disorder. More people die every year from an eating disorder than any other mental illness. Yes, it’s that bad and that prevalent.
Also, statistics say that more than one in three ‘normal’ dieters progress to pathological dieting (that is, it becomes a very unhealthy obsession with food & weight).
So help spread the word.
I see too many women, of all ages, obsessed with their weight and their bodies – and they look fine! In my mission to help women lose weight and be HEALTHY, it is also my mission help women feel good in their body, no matter what the scale says. Now that is something to be proud of. I sure am.
That’s all I have for you today.
I leave you with that & ask you to reach out to someone you love this week.
Someone you know is struggling and offer to lend a hand.
Be the ear she needs to simply listen without judgment.
Be the voice of encouragement when he mentions he’s thinking about reaching out for help.
Love YOURSELF enough to realize that you are worth it & deserve to be freed from the constraints of disordered eating.
If you want more information:
Resources for women and girls.
Resources for men and boys.
Resources for family and friends.