The Smoothie Operator
During one of my more grandiose dieting spells, I started every day with a gigantic glass of ground-up produce suspended in a semi-fluid protein matrix (aka a green smoothie). When I was out with friends, I just couldn’t help asking, "How many servings of veggies do you eat in a day? I get in 20 before I even leave the house!"
Note to self: Trying to make other people feel badly about how or what they eat is no way to feel better about what or how you're eating. Meanwhile, want to guess who has a dusty $200 juicer on a shelf in her basement?
The Thin One
After I lost 150 pounds in 2003, I started to gain my weight back. One night, I was meeting a friend for dinner who was overweight and pissed about it.
I weighed myself before I left the house. I’d put on five pounds. Later, when we were sitting at "our" restaurant, she ordered our go-to dish. I ordered a salad.
"Seriously?" she said.
"Girl, I’m on a diet." I replied, without even a smidgen of self-awareness or consideration. Just thinking about it now makes my stomach churn. Understandably, she wadded up her napkin and threw it at my head. I’m just grateful we weren’t eating at a bowling alley.
Now that I’ve maintained a healthy weight for more than a decade, I know that weight isn’t the problem, and that diets aren’t the solution. But as a personal trainer who works with women like I once was, I also know that old ideas die hard.
If you’re still trying to lose weight by dieting, here’s my advice: Do your best to eat nourishing foods in nourishing ways. And if eating better is making you nuts, don’t be a dick to the people around you. Get yourself some support. Preferably from someone who’s been where you are and gotten to where you want to be -- happily.
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