Friday, April 30, 2010

Found! Sensible, realistic help, at last.

You’ve found me! I haven’t been hiding—I ‘ve been counseling clients for the past 24 years and I’ve traveled around doing many a speaking engagement—but this is my online debut. So bear with me, I’m new at this. Perhaps you were searching for a nutritionist and found this blog link through my website

Or, maybe you’ve been desperately searching for another diet or for guidance on managing your compulsive overeating, bulimia, or anorexia. Or, just looking for a healthier relationship with food and eating. However you got here, welcome! I hope this will be the start of regular visits together. And that you gain some valuable insights about yourself and your eating through this blog.

So, what’s the purpose of this blog anyway? 

 To be honest, I’m writing it for selfish reasons. I have written a book proposal and just sent it out to agents and editors, hoping someone will see its value and publish it. It’s not so sexy, and doesn’t promise crazy amounts of weight loss, nor does it promise unrealistic goals. But Drop It And EAT—A Guide to Dropping the Diets and Eating According to your Type takes a novel approach to managing your eating and your weight. It’s based on my many years of working with clients, one-on-one, and seeing patterns emerge. It has struck me that people struggling with weight and eating fall into several categories, or types. And that by identifying your type and focusing on your particular issues, it becomes way easier to manage change. Because there isn’t just one reason we overeat, and weight management strategies are not “one-size-fits-all”!

I’m new to the book writing scene, but what I’ve recently learned is that publishers are more likely to take the time to look at the goods if they think you can sell it, if there’s a market for the book, and if you have a following. So, I look to you for help! Here’s the challenge—I ’ll share my wisdom and strategies (free of charge!), but If you read anything that you find meaningful on this site, I’m requesting a blog response, and that you forward this blog address to at least two of your friends whom you think would benefit. Fair? Thanks!

So who am I anyway? 

For starters, here’s my credentials—a Master’s in Public Health in Nutrition from University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill, BA in Biology from Brown University, licensed in Massachusetts as a dietitian (LDN), an RD (Registered Dietitian) and a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). Why tell you all of that? Because it’s important that you know where your nutrition information comes from. I wouldn’t give spinal adjustments to my patients, and I would hope that their chiropractor would be wise enough to not give nutrition information (yes, this has been a problem I’ve encountered!). I have a private practice in Southeastern Massachusetts with three offices, where I have worked for the past 21 years.

Yeah, but what do you know about my struggle? 

Twenty six years counseling patients is a long time. But in addition to my experience behind the desk, (actually, I sit next to the desk so I could be closer and less removed from my patients), I have experienced my own eating struggles and learned to make peace with food. And I do love to eat. And to cook. So I will have lots to share about eating good food (not just food that’s ”good” or good for you). That is not my approach! But food that tastes good and truly satisfies—like premium chocolate and aromatic rice and the best olive and walnut oils.

One thought for the day—consider how many years you’ve been following the patterns you feel stuck in. When you get impatient that change isn’t happening fast enough, consider how many years it took to gain the weight or how many years you’ve been living with the unhealthy relationship with food! Patience, my friends! Patience.

You’ll hear much more detail in my upcoming blogs, but I gotta run now. Hope you’ll check in with me again!