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!


  1. It's great to see this. I'm a compulsive over eater. I'm always looking for change, and insights as to why I am like this! I've added you to my favorites, and I look forward to learning more!

  2. I have felt very much alone for the past 16 years concealing my struggles with food. I have dealt with anorexia in the past and am currently binging and purging. It's comforting to know other people are out there dealing with the same issues.

  3. HI erichamc, Anonymous and janel,
    Glad you're finding this blog valuable! Please don't hesitate to continue to share your thoughts, opinions and insights. Suggestions for topics also welcome! And please consider becoming a "follower"--photos not required!

  4. I just started working with Lori last week and am very excited to try to change my relationship with food. I have been on a yo yo of dieting and weight gain for the past 30 years. It is scary and exciting to try to change my relationship with food.

  5. Thanks for visiting, Patty! And please consider joining as a follower. It helps remind me of who I am writing for. Looking forward to tackling your struggle together.

  6. Lori
    I just started reading your blog. Felt I would start at the begining and work my way through to ther current issue. I do have several people I will send your blog link to and believe they will enjoy your information.

    Thank you for you help in the past and look forward to reading your advice and information.

    Steve B