Week 2: A time for exploration

Tranquil Zen Retreat

Before you do anything about either your eating habits or any physical activity, wait and see.

A recent Stanford University study, by Kiernan and her colleagues, showed that people who were delaying the time they were going to start changing their eating habits by several weeks –up to eight weeks- were more successful than people who decided to go on a diet right away. They were also more likely to keep the weight off.   (New Research on Weight Loss from Stanford University School of Medicine  Published Oct. 31, 2013 in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. http://med.stanford.edu/ism/2012/october/stability.html)

It makes sense that knowing what to expect is reassuring and allows for some adjustment. Before you want to live in a new town it is better to spend some time there, visit the area, the town itself.

So I invite you to be a tourist for a while, so you can discover where thin people “live”: what their kitchen looks like, what they eat often or rarely, how they eat and with whom and what guaranties that they enjoy eating and moving, and stay thin.

Understanding the Process of Becoming Thin.

w2 3 phases

Food is Energy. Energy gives you movement. Movement is life and growth.

v  A. The Preparation Phase.

  • 1. Getting your kitchen and your life ready for change.
  • 2. The cook and the helpers
  • 3. Food and life

v  B. The Experiential Phase

  • 4. Checking in: hunger, satiety, taste, pleasure, habits
  • 5. Cooking and moving: Long and short meals. Exercising versus moving.
  • 6. Eating with others. The gym and other places of fun or torture

v  C. The Transformative Phase

  • 7. Serving the food.
  • 8  Eating the food
  • 9  Digesting the food and losing weight. A new rhythm of life

Before next week, I invite you to spy on your thin friends. See what they have in their fridge, their cabinets and their pantries. Ask them what they eat when they don’t have much time.  Listen to them telling you about their experiences about cooking, eating and exercising, as if you were doing research. Don’t ask for advice. They are not in charge of your weight loss.  You are in charge of this discovering process.

Next week: Looking at how you can get your kitchen and immediate environment ready for change.

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