Why Nutritional Health?
Putting yourself on a ‘DIET’ is like taking a kid into a candy store, and telling them not to eat. They will listen as long as you are watching, but will sneak something the minute you turn your back. For isn’t the desire for something made that much sweeter, when it is forbidden?
Because Diets Don’t Work.
If you are like so many of the participants who go through our program, you have probably tried every diet out there in search of the answer to your overeating and related weight issues. From counting calories to meal replacement bars to eliminating food groups, you’ve tried it all! And yet, no matter how hard you have tried or how successful your previous diets may have been, you are in the same frustrating predicament where 95% of dieters end up. Namely, that you have gained back all of the weight that you had previously lost – and are terrified to find that you are now gaining back even more!
With so many diets and so few results, participants come to us feeling so confused about food and eating. Contradictory advice about what and when to eat can leave you feeling overwhelmed and bewildered, which is often a trigger to just “throw in the towel” and overeat.
You don’t fail diets. Diets fail you.
Sustainable Change IS Possible!
At TheHealthyWeighOut, we bring you back to the foundational science of nutrition ~ what we know about how the body uses food to stay healthy and function at an optimal level. Forget about gimmicks, quick-fixes, and fad diets that just tell you what to eat to drop weight fast, with no concern about your long-term health and well-being. Instead, we teach you the what, when, how, and why of eating so that your body can achieve and maintain a healthy, sustainable weight. Based on cutting-edge neuropsychological and biological research about the brain-gut connection, our program will empower you to understand your body’s nutritional needs so that you become an informed, conscious eater.
From Structure to Intuition
For most of our participants, restoring nutritional health first requires a structured, non-dieting approach to planning and executing meals. After years of yo-yo dieting, your body yearns for a predictable pattern of nourishment that will facilitate the replenishing of nutrients, ignite healthy metabolic functioning, and facilitate healthy weight loss. Thus, our program aims to help you establish a daily meal structure that consists of nutrients your body needs in foods that you enjoy.
With the continued practice of structured eating, the body slowly “wakes up” and begins to naturally develop its own natural rhythm around food and eating ~ telling you what and when to eat. Consequently, our program then teaches participants the fundamental principles of Intuitive Eating, which is the long-term, end goal for all participants in our program.
What is Intuitive Eating?
A healthy and effective alternative to crash diets, Intuitive Eating is a gentle, non-dieting approach to food that helps you to successfully stop problematic diet-overeat-diet-overeat eating cycles.
Intuitive Eating embraces the following key principles:
- Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full
- Choose foods that are both wonderfully nutritious and delicious
- No food is either “good” or “bad”
- All foods can be eaten — and enjoyed! — in moderation
- Listening to your bodily signals of true hunger and true satisfaction will help you to self-regulate and to maintain your ideal weight, without the need for chronic dieting!
From carrots to cupcakes, m & m’s to apples, intuitive eating is a healthy, moderate way of eating that does not make any foods “off-limits.” As a result, intuitive eaters have a decreased incidence of overeating and/or binge eating and do not feel deprived of the special treats they love.
Will Intuitive Eating Work for Me?
However, it is important to remember that the process of going from structured to intuitive eating will take time. Our creative dietitian, Kristine Sinner, MS, RDN, will help you establish an individualized plan that begins with structure and gently moves towards intuitive eating. This way, you will be able to maintain your healthy new meal plan over a sustainable period of time, without lapsing into previous unhealthy overeating behavior!
Because research shows that the primary cause of obesity is binge eating behavior, which is created in large part due to restrictive and chronic dieting practices, intuitive eating is an effective long-term solution which helps you to successfully end problematic repetitive eating patterns and your ongoing struggles with weight!
Two Ways to Support Your Nutritional Health
Our 6-Week Emotional Eating Weight Loss Program!
An integral part of our three-pronged approach, the essential Nutritional component of achieving sustainable weight loss is comprehensively addressed in our unique “Plate Changers.” Nutritional group format within our 6-week Emotional Eating Weight Loss Program.
Here, you will engage in a helpful, hands-on experiential and educational group process that explores the many areas of healthy, intuitive and enjoyable eating practices including (but not limited to):
- Popular diets and why they don’t work (hint: it’s not due to a lack of willpower!)
- How your brain and body respond to and utilize various nutrients
- The exciting physiology of food addictions and cravings
- Menu planning and grocery shopping
- How to manage eating at restaurants and celebrating special events with foods
- Intuitive eating — what it is and how to do it
In addition to learning helpful information about food and your body, Plate Changers also incorporates a unique experiential component that helps you to practice (in real time!) intuitive eating principles.
Because we know intuitive eating is “easier said than done,” we have structured our food activity component of this helpful group in such a way that you will experience — and practice — new ways of eating in a safe and supportive environment, with the help of our nutritionist and therapeutic team!
For more information regarding this innovative programming, please read more in TheHealthyWeighOut 6-Week Program.
“One should eat to live, not live to eat.” — Benjamin Franklin
Individual Nutrition Services
The following is a brief list of the many Nutritional services offered for your support:
- Nutrition Evaluation
- Nutrition Therapy
- Healthy Cooking Instruction
- Diabetes Education & Self-Management
- Meal Support & Challenges
How Do I Get Started?
If you are ready to take control of your behaviors and your weight — and to start changing your life (for the rest of your life!) — we are here to help!
For information on all of our exciting services, or to get started in our 6-Week Emotional Eating Weight Loss Program, please contact our Client Care Coordinator, Jessica Fields, at (480) 941-6999.
Jessica will be happy to explore the many options that are available to you and will help you to schedule your services!