The One Resolution You Need to Make

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I know this is the time of year when all we think about New Years Resolutions.  There’s so much diet and weight loss talk on tv, in magazines and on the internet… how can one not think about it?

I don’t like Resolutions.  Though I do think it is important to have goals to better yourself, whether it’s to exercise, live healthier, or fix bad habits.  But the pressure, hype and unrealistic promises out there can be too much.

And judging by the emails and tweets many of you have sent me so far this new year, everyone has hope about 2013 —  yet you have anxiety about the pressure to get in shape and make big changes, and fear that you’ll be back where you were in a few short weeks (if you’re not there already).

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What Really Matters

acts-of-kindness-quoteAs I sat down to write today, the words just couldn’t come.

This has been a month filled with many emotions: grief, sadness, hope and happiness.

It began with the unexpected death of a close family friend, and then to hear of the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook in Newtown last week is nothing short of deep sadness.

Yet in-between this sadness I’ve had happy moments of re-connecting with old friends, my mom flying in to visit for a few days, a call from a neighbor asking for some help with her 94 year old father (which I gladly did, yet reminded me of how precious my body is many years younger), to spending more quality time with other family members and friends.

These moments have allowed me to reflect on what really matters in life…    Read more

How to Enjoy the Holidays Without Gaining Weight

Chocolate_Cookies  As someone who helps women with their eating, I surprise people all the time when I’m at a holiday party.

They see me eating the brie with soft crusty bread (and she’s going back for more!), then later headed to the dessert table for a few holiday cookies (how could she?!).  They can’t help wonder how on earth I do it — keep my weight in check and help other women do the same.

The trick is to avoid all the typical holiday diet “advice” — avoid certain foods, eat before the party, only take one serving.

Instead, you need to approach the holidays (and frankly, ALL year) with an easier and softer approach for both body and mind.

Here are some of my favorite suggestions:  Read more

Easy & Healthy Recipe: Simple Curried Carrot Soup

As the weather gets cooler, there’s nothing more comforting, healthy and filling than soup.

I love homemade soup!  Actually, homemade soup is the only soup I eat.  I just don’t like the canned stuff.  And soup is EASY to make.

I’m  someone who doesn’t like to spend hours in the kitchen.  I like recipes that are easy, have simple ingredients, and don’t take much time (or talent!).

So here’s one of my favorite recipes for Simple & Easy Curried Carrot Soup.

Don’t let the “curried” scare you off.  The bit of curry powder gives it just a nice hint of flavor that makes people go “mmm” but not know what the secret ingredient is.

I’ve found that different curries have different strength….so I suggest the first time you make it, use the recommended 1 teaspoon, and go light on the teaspoon!  Then once you’ve made it a few times you can see just how much ‘heat’ you like.  Also keep in mind the the hotness seems to increase the longer the soup sits.  So the leftover soup might seem hotter (spicier) than when you eat it fresh right after cooking.

So here you go — enjoy and let me know how you like it!   Read more

How to Survive Thanksgiving with all of the FOOD

Thanksgiving is often a stressful time for many of us — “Should I have the turkey without the gravy?  Can I really stick to the veggies and not have some of the mashed potatoes made with real butter?”  It’s like we’re in a constant dilemma all day long. (by the way, I love real butter and that’s all I use…no margarine in my fridge!)

We worry about how many calories are in each serving, or can we nibble on appetizers without going overboard, or can we really just take one serving of everything?  So little time, yet so much on our minds.

In the past I wrote about How to Enjoy Thanksgiving Without the Guilt, which is a good read for those of you worrying about feeling guilty after eating a bit more than you normally do, and how to deal with the voices in your head telling you to eat the carrots when what you really want is the homemade stuffing. (You can read that article by clicking here).

But today I’m going to take it one step further.   Read more

How I Lost 10 Pounds Without Even Trying

Yesterday I had my annual check-up with my doctor. As is the normal routine, the first thing the nurse does is check my height (though it hasn’t changed in 20 years!) and then had me step on the scale.

Well, I had a surprise. But to be honest, the surprise didn’t “hit me” until I came home later that day took a look at the computer print-out with all of my results. Since my exam last year, I’ve lost 10 pounds.

Now ten pounds may not seem a lot, but I don’t need to lose any weight at all. And I didn’t try to either.

In fact, the last 12 years or so — thanks to developing and following my Eat Without Guilt principles, which include being a more mindful + intuitive eater — I’ve been at a very healthy weight. I no longer overeat, or binge, comfort eat, or the many other ways we define “overeating.” I’m happy to say that these last 12 years have changed my life and my relationship with food has been great.

So I didn’t need to lose weight for health or any other reasons — and I didn’t TRY to lose weight. Am I still at a healthy weight?  Yes.  Am I now underweight?  No, not at all, I’m right were I’m supposed to be.

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Catch me on the radio TODAY

If you want to learn more about Intuitive Eating and making peace with food and your body, read on…

I’m going to be interviewed on the “Stress Less Radio” show TODAY.  And you can listen-in from the comfort of your home, right on the internet or via iTunes.

A few years ago I helped a life coach, JJ Frederickson, make peace with her body and food AND maintain a healthy weight —  something she had struggled with for YEARS.  This new-found freedom changed her life in so many positive ways that she asked me to be a guest on her radio show to talk about intuitive eating…..and how it can help you too.

The interview is being broadcast TODAY on the Amazing Women of Power Talk 24/7 Radio Network – The World’s Leading Positive Programming Network.

So if you’re interested in learning more about the power of Intuitive Eating, then you’ll want to listen in.

The show and my interview will air four times:

12 noon EST (11am Central) –  TODAY Monday Nov. 5
6 pm EST (5 pm Central) – TODAY Monday Nov. 5
12:30 pm EST (11:30 am Central) – Wednesday Nov. 7
6:30 pm EST (5:30 pm Central) – Wednesday Nov 7

Here is the website for the network: http://amazingwomenofpower.com/radio/

To listen to the show, just click on the flashing “On Air” button on the left.   The show can also be heard live on iTunes.

So if you’d like to learn more about intuitive eating and how to take the stress out of food and eating — I’d love to have you listen in!

I hope to ‘see’ you on the radio!

-Dinneen

P.S.  Here’s where you can listen online to the radio show and my interview:  Amazing Women of Power Talk 24/7 Radio Network

And if you’d like to learn more about my former client, JJ Frederickson, and her “Stress Less Radio” show, just go here:  Stress Less Radio