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A Little Less SAD

click over here Seasonal Affective Disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs for many during the low-light winter months north of the San Francisco/Philadelphia line.

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Can you explain what the non-diet approach is?

Absolutely! The non-diet approach focuses on metabolic health and overall well being rather than the number on the scale being the primary focus.
We know restrictive diets don’t work – I can talk about that in a future post. The non-diet approach assumes (correctly) that the body will find its natural weight as one eats in response to hunger and fullness. We focus on meal composition and timing so that your blood sugar works to support you. Satiety becomes an important gauge as to when you have had enough, refocusing the reliance on inner cues rather than external rules. Physical cues of hunger and satiety are valued, not overruled.
Nutrition education empowers your decision making and sense of stability. All food is legalized and acceptable; it is self-regulated, internally cued, and non-restrained. Exercise for the sake of weight loss is replaced with movement that brings you a sense of pleasure. Size acceptance and body trust are additional components. Harsh judgments about what bodies should look like have created a nation of women (men, too) who have lost confidence living in their bodies, with self worth wrapped up around how we look instead of who we are and what we bring to the world. We do not find happiness by changing our body to fit the culture, but by changing our attitude toward self and never forsaking our natural body form. The perfect body is unachievable–and the inevitable consequence of this impossible dream is powerlessness and failure.
I am passionate about undoing that cultural trap; one that implies we can’t feel good until we look good. The non-diet approach has a philosophy that resonates with my own – that we hunger more for full lives than perfect bodies, so lets optimize our health and take up all the space we deserve in a full life.

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