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Diet Diva
Diet Diva

Get advice on healthy eating, nutrition, and weight loss from expert dietitian Tara Gidus. 

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Nutrition Storytelling

I read a good book recently, The Power of Story: Rewrite Your Destiny in Business and in Life by Dr. Jim Loehr. It talks about how we all have “old stories” that we believe to be true but that are not working for us. He explains how you can create a new story so that you create a new destiny and mission for your life. It is a pretty awesome concept and I highly recommend the book! Click here to view it on Amazon.

The stories we tell ourselves can be very powerful, and many of us have elaborate stories around nutrition. Some common stories include:

  • I am genetically predisposed to be overweight, so I might as well just accept it
  • I don’t have time to stop and eat, I am too busy
  • As long as it is healthy food, I can eat as much as I want
  • If I skip meals I will lose weight
  • I can eat anything I want because I will burn it off with exercise
  • All of the foods that I like are bad for me
  • I have no self control

Good nutrition has lasting effects in many areas of your life. It can drastically improve health outcomes, leaving you with a better quality and quantity of life. Eating right also keeps our mood and our energy levels stable and at their peak for mission success. Improving your diet is, for many people, one of the most difficult changes to make. Food tastes good, and the environment we live in promotes overeating and poor choices of what to eat. We need to take responsibility for our own food choices. It takes practice and planning to have healthy snacks on hand and to limit portions of meals.

Some of our nutrition stories have been with us for our entire lives and they are difficult to rewrite. If you want lasting success in your life, evaluate your old story and figure out what needs to change. Don’t dwell on what isn’t working right now, but rather focus on articulating what will work. Create a new story around new behaviors you want to incorporate and start to live that new story.

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Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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