I recently picked up a copy of 10 Habits That Mess Up a Woman’s Diet: Simple Strategies to Eat Right, Lose Weight, and Reclaim Your Health in a used book store and couldn’t put it down, so ended up bringing it home with me. There’s something about the word “simple” that seems to draw me in every time!
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According to her website, the author, Elizabeth Somer, is a respected author and and nutritionist who provides smart, healthy food solutions for busy people who want to achieve their ideal weight, maximize their energy and be the healthiest they can be. (Sounds like my kind of gal!)
I’ve only made it through the introduction and first chapter of 10 Habits That Mess Up a Woman’s Diet so far, but already I’m impressed and maybe more than a little ashamed at how much I’m resonating with her message. In the preface she says to “think of the book as your best friend who honestly tells you like it is. You can lose weight and regain your health and energy. You can wow the crowd once you get honest with yourself about a few little habits.” (Ah, the power of getting real and honest.)
She claims to know these habits intimately, from both her own personal experience, as well as from her more than 25 years helping her female clients recognize and address them.
So, what are the 10 habits that mess up a woman’s diet?
According to Somer they are…
Habit 1: Mindless Eating. We are masters at unconscious eating – of nibbling, noshing tasting, licking, and clearing away leftover bites that we somehow believe don’t count but in reality can add up to hundreds of unsatisfying calories a day.
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Habit 2: Putting Others Needs Ahead of Our Own. Marriage, children, work, family gatherings, socializing, and eating out can all contribute to our straying from our best intentions.
Habit 3: Not Being Honest. We deceive ourselves believing we eat less and move more than we actually do.
Habit 4: Skip the Broccoli, Eat the Fries. We eat far too few fruits and vegetables and far too much of everything else.
Habit 5: Setting Off without a Plan. As they say, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”
Habit 6: Excuses, Excuses, Excuses. We are masters of making excuses and shifting blame. The justifications, rationalizations, claims, reasons and justifications are unending.
Habit 7: I’m Moody, Lets Eat! We use food to calm, control, celebrate, commiserate, medicate, wake up and wind down.
Habit 8: Give Me the Quick Fix Now! We fall for the latest fad gimmick looking from some magical solution to our weight and health issues.
Habit 9: Drinking Away our Waistlines. The more calories we drink the more likely we are to gain weight.
Habit 10: All or Nothing Approach to Dieting. We are living in a world of extremes – alternating between going like gang busters and giving up when results aren’t achieved fast enough.
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How many of these excuses resonate with you? While I hate to admit it, they all resonate with me. I’ve engaged in each of them at one time or another. And now as I read this book, I know I’m not alone.
For each habit, Ms. Somer shares the probable source of it, in some cases the physiological reasons for it, and offers plenty of solutions to help you change it. She is a master at pointing out specific, self-controllable behaviors and the psychological and emotional triggers that can make or break the process of living a healthy lifestyle.
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Originally posted 10/2012; Updated with new content, links photos 12/2019
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