Diet Grrl

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Helllooo

Yikes! Plumeting for the last two weeks deep in the bowels of diet funk, DietGrrl has negleted to blog. Clearly this is the cause of my recent weight gain. I can tell you truthfully, when I blog, I generally stick to my diet. When I don't blog, I'm off the f*&cking charts.

ANYWAY, I'm back on the wagon. The fat wagon, that is. And, I'm sticking to it. Just like Scarlett Johansson who was recently quoted saying, ""Everyone in Hollywood is so damn skinny, and you constantly feel like you're not skinny enough. But I have 'fat days' and I accept that I'm never going to be rail thin." Good for you, Scarlett. Stick it to 'em...har har har.....

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Celebrity Fit Club

I love this show! It's better than Weight Watchers. If you've ever been in a weigh-in program you'll understand!

You really have to admire these folks for baring everything on television. And, it's interesting to see what motivates other people and well as the excuses they come up with for falling off the diet wagon.

Season 4 is great because there's tons of in-fighting and some serious anger management issues. Oh heaven!

Monday, August 28, 2006

A New Way to Identify Your Relationship With Food

Hmm....My relationship with food is this: I love it!

But, I guess that's not quite what the folks at The Weight Foundation had in mind. In fact, they have developed something called The Hardcore Dieting Index. This self diagnostic questionaire was designed to help chronic dieters assess their own potential problem areas and thereby empower them to make effective changes based on a greater self-knowledge and awareness.

Malcom Evans of Manchester Metropolitan University has collaborated with The Weight Foundation on the project and believes "far too many people suffer miserable lives divorced from a relaxed relationship with food and eating. The key to lasting weight control is not permanent dieting but rather holding food only as a necessary tool of life, not its master."

Three categories of dieters have been identified in The Weight Foundation Project:
- Swinger Dieters or what us Yanks refer to as Yo-Yo Dieting.
- Flatliner Dieters or those who live by the Good Food/Bad Food bible.
- Lifer Dieting or those who never or rarely come off a diet.

Where do you fall in the scheme of things?

Me? I'm still deciding...

Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Amazing Adventures of Diet Girl

Now here's a girl after my own heart! Shauna Reid of Scotland started her diet blog over 5 years ago and has lost over 170 pounds. Wow! She recently received a nice write up in The Scotsman.

She chronicles her weight loss ups and downs in her blog The Amazing Adventures of Diet Girl!. She's a wonderful inspriration to all of us struggling with weight and body image issues. Her insights are funny and thoughtful. A real treat to read. I've added her to the list of blogs I'm reading. Be sure to check it out!

In the meantime, this Diet Grrl continues to have success with the addition of a fiber supplement to my daily regime. After I completed the Whole Body Cleanse I realized that taking fiber pills on daily basis is really helping to flush fat and keep me feeling full. I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't actually try it myself.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Diet Derailers

Ugh. Have you ever had one of those days when you just want to crawl into bed and eat an entire gallon of Ben & Jerry's? Welcome to my world. I should play the lottery because I hit the trifecta today. Missed deadlines at work, problems at home and miscommunications with friends. I suppose it could get worse but I shudder to think....

Anyway, here are some coping strategies I'm trying to employ on this ill-fated day:
-I won't use food as a crutch.
-I will make an effort to exercise.
-I will not displace my frustrations on innocent bystanders.
-I will allow myself 10 minutes of silent reflection.

At least there's only 6 more hours until tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

A New Take On Crash Dieting

A new study reveals that eating and drinking while driving increases your risk of crashing your car. Apparently, drivers who eat behind the wheel are twice as likely to have an accident than those who don't. I wonder how this will affect McDonald's Drive Thru business!

Car Pages UK reports:
"Eating or drinking at the wheel dramatically increases the risk of a car crash, according to a startling new study by safe driver champions, Privilege Insurance.

Tests have revealed that drivers are almost twice as likely to crash when eating or drinking as when driving normally. And although drivers try to compensate for eating and drinking by driving more slowly and carefully, they are often unable to brake in enough time to avoid a collision.


Privilege’s study found that drivers’ mental workload was significantly higher when eating or drinking, suggesting that the consumption of refreshments reduces a driver’s ability to deal with other events. So, although drivers were slowing down and steering more consistently they were still not compensating enough to avoid a crash." Read the full article here.

The Diet Myth

I'm currently reading Paul Campos', The Diet Myth. It's completely fascinating. Campos desconstructs the "obesity epidemic" in America looking at how the news media, hollywood and corporate America fuel our cultural war on fat.

Read the official synopsis:
"Is your weight hazardous to your health? According to public-health authorities, 65 percent of us are overweight. Every day, we are bombarded with dire warnings about America’s "obesity epidemic." Close to half of the adult population is dieting, obsessed with achieving an arbitrary "ideal weight." Yet studies show that a moderately active larger person is likely to be far healthier (and to live longer) than someone who is thin but sedentary. And contrary to what the fifty-billion-dollar-per-year weight-loss industry would have us believe, medical science has not yet come up with a way to make people thin.

After years spent scrutinizing medical studies and interviewing leading doctors, scientists, eating- disorder specialists, and psychiatrists, Professor Paul Campos is here to lead the backlash against weight hysteria—and to show that we can safeguard our health without obsessing about the numbers on the scale. But The Diet Myth is not just a compelling argument, grounded in the latest scientific research; it’s also a provocative, wry exposé of the culture that feeds on our self-defeating war on fat. Campos will show:

How the nation’s most prestigious and trusted media sources consistently misinform the public about obesity
What the movie industry’s love affair with the "fat suit" tells us about the relationship between racial- and body-based prejudice in America
How the skinny elite—with their "supersized" lifestyles and gas-guzzling SUVs—project their anxieties about overconsumption on the poorer and heavier underclass
How weight-loss mania fueled the impeachment of Bill Clinton

In this paradigm-busting read, Professor Campos challenges the conventional wisdom regarding the medical, political, and cultural meaning of weight and brings a rational and compelling new voice to America’s increasingly irrational weight debate."

Monday, August 21, 2006

Eating Disorders: Not Just For Teens

A recent report in CNN revealved a growing trend in eating disorders among adult women in their 30's and 40's. Primarily thought of as an affliction of girls in their teens and twenties, the rise of eating disorders among adult women may be one outcome of a culture obsessed with youth and beauty. Left untreated, girls who develop eating disorders early on grow into women with lifelong struggles with food, weight and body image. Dr. Holly Grishkat of the Renfrew Center says, "Once a person is over the age of 18, the dynamics of anorexia and bulimia change. The illness becomes a protective device for them.... They are terrified to give it up."

According to CNN, anorexia and bulimia become part of an entrenched thought process in adult sufferers, and their bodies suffer for it. Common side effects of prolonged eating disorders include heart disease, osteoporosis and dental problems.

Many older patients may be reluctant to seek treatment because they don't necessarily fit in with traditional treatment programs which, for the most part, focus on younger women and teens. Read the full CNN article here.



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