The name may sound odd, but “social dieting” is not a new idea. Diet plans that have meetings and group weigh-ins have been around for decades. I’m participating as a coach in the “6 Weeks to a Healthier You Challenge”, which can be thought of as “social dieting”. One of the goals is to lose 6% of your body weight during the challenge, or if you are at a happy body weight, pledge to not go about 1% of your current weight. Prizes are determined by how many people join the challenge and “ante up”. But of course the real “win” is working hard to reach a new weightloss goal.
Did you know that a Mayo Clinic study shows that people lose 3 times more weight as part of a group, than on their own? Additionally, if they compete as a group against another group they are 5 times more successful? I’d love you to join my team in the 6 WEEKS TO A HEALTHIER YOU CHALLENGE!
CLICK HERE to find out more, or text gethealthy to 754-227-2656
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In the book, Dr. Cohen suggests that viewing the current food industry with suspicion can be an effective way to return our country to a healthy weight.
“If we start viewing the worst offenders in the food and beverage industries with disdain, their efforts will fail to persuade us to buy their products. We will have inoculated ourselves against companies that sell us junk foods and that advertise and market those foods relentlessly. The best thing about this approach is that we won’t have to use up any of our willpower or limited cognitive capacity to reject these unhealthy foods — we will say no automatically, as we do when faced with anything suspicious.”
What are some things you view with suspicion that can help you see the power in this idea? I’ll get you started with some examples:
people who stop you on the street wanting money to “get home”
solicitors who knock on your front door
Now, not all of the players who fall into these above categories are out to “con you”, but most people’s natural suspicion makes them think twice before believing everything these groups tell us.
If you were to start viewing “big food” with a healthy dose of suspicion, do you believe it would help you fight the urge to eat that full bag of potato chips marked “natural”?
OnlyOrganic.org has launched an ad campaign to bring awareness to the false advertising around the word “Natural”. Make sure you know the difference when shopping for safe and healthy products for your home.
How to read a label
Every personal care product must list its ingredients. Here’s how to navigate the label:
Start at the end, with preservatives. Avoid:
Words ending in “paraben”
Triethanolamine (or “TEA”)
Check the beginning of the ingredients lists, where soaps, surfactants, and lubricants show up. Try to avoid ingredients that start with “PEG” or have an “-eth” in the middle (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate).
Read the ingredients in the middle. Look for these words: “FRAGRANCE,” “FD&C,” or “D&C.”
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