While I was working at my gym, I noticed the May 18, 2009 issue People magazine. Kirstie Alley was on the front cover. The article was about her journey with weight loss and gaining back her weight plus more. She had been a Jenny Craig spokeswoman for three years. When she stopped being a spokeswoman, she was no longer doing the weekly Jenny Craig weigh ins.
She talks candidly about the fact that she let herself go. She said, “I’m going to have to work harder than last time, but I am very excited.”
Now, obviously I don’t know Kirstie Alley, but after reading the article, I felt so sad for her. She blames herself for not exercising and not watching her calories. She talks about having blame, shame, and regret associated with all the weight gain. And she is insistent in saying that she is going to lose the weight by creating a weight-loss system.
My heart goes out to her. It appears she is so focused on losing weight and trying another diet, and without realizing it, she is trapped in the false and oppressive hope of the diet cycle. I wish she could come to peace with food and with her body, and simply learn to be a naturally intuitive eater, one who has learned to listen to her hunger signals. I am not saying it is easy. It is hard work, but the transformation to your soul is priceless.
Most people have seen Valerie Bertinelli’s transformed body. She looks absolutely stunning, but I wonder. Will she be able to keep it up? Does staying thin and food consume her thoughts? What about the weekly weigh ins from Jenny Craig? Even though it is good that she has lost the weight, does she feel like a slave to the scale? How has her diet affected her soul?
• Increased binge eating
• Cause satiety cues to atrophy
• Decreased metabolic rate
• Increased preoccupation with food
• Increased feelings of deprivation
• Increased sense of failure
• Decreased sense of willpower
• Linked to eating disorders
I believe that we are not being who we were meant to be when we are dieting. I believe dieting is damaging to the soul because it fosters guilt, low self-esteem, food addictions, eating disorders, and a false perception of self. There is such freedom in being at peace with our bodies and with food, and deliverance from the guilt and oppression of dieting.
I encourage you to reject the diet mentality and start your journey as an intuitive eater.