It occurred to me that interviewing a wise woman after almost three months of quarantine might help me and maybe my listeners. So, I called on Melissa who I'd interviewed in the first year of the podcast in 2015 when, at that time, both of us had been five to six years into successfully maintaining a significant weight loss. That interview is available for free in transcript form if you use the sign-up form to the right of this post. It turned out to be one of the most popular interviews I did in these past five years. So, who better to call and ask for a new interview? Melissa is her name. She works in addiction and reminded me that there is a dialogue within that field about those who chose never to drink again, abstinence, and those who are involved in “Harm Reduction”.
“Harm Reduction”. The perfect phrase, I thought, when applied to “eating” challenges during quarantine and emerging from it. So, my new goal is ‘let me try to reduce harm” by awareness and small corrective steps. For some, it may be the perfect time to initiate a strict, structured healthy eating regime but, for me, a little sticky note on my bathroom mirror is my harm reduction “corrective step” this week.
‘Every Day' is written on the sticky note in my handwriting. This week, I'll weigh myself every day. It has worked in the old non-pandemic world and I bet it will work in this new world as well. I'm throwing salt over my shoulder as soon as I finish this post. I'll let you know how it goes! For now, listen to Melissa!
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“I am eating my feelings and they taste delicious.”
That was the text of a birthday card I received this past week and it fits perfectly into this week's thoughts on weight maintenance.
No sugar or grains for three weeks and one soon realizes that habits of using food as the problem solver are a hard habit to break. You aren't physically hungry with a diet without these food groups, but you are looking for a roasted chic pea snack to serve an emotional purpose. Guess what? It doesn't. It simply does not trigger the brain in the same way. Welcome to adult world and I'm 73 and have just entered it, apparently.
A friend posted this quote from the musician, Eric Clapton, talking about how his identity in recovery (from alcoholism) keeps him “on the ground with my disease” and gives him greater pleasure because it “keeps me in a manageable size”.
He was talking about his disease of alcoholism but I think it applies to many more diseases and compulsive and addictive behaviors.
“Because it keeps me in a manageable size” resonates with me because of the humility it takes to accept a problem with weight management as mine alone.
It keeps me in a manageable size ego-wise primarily, (physical size, secondarily) by not thinking breezily, “Oh, I’ve got this” when, in fact, if I’ve “got it” it’s because I know I don’t “got it” and have to deal with it every day.
Here’s the quote. Does it resonate with you? You can share your thoughts on the Art of the Diet Facebook page or through email.
“My identity shifted when I got into recovery. That’s who I am now, and it actually gives me greater pleasure to have that identity than to be a musician or anything else, because it keeps me in a manageable size. When I’m down on the ground with my disease—which I’m happy to have—it gets me in tune. It gives me a spiritual anchor. Don’t ask me to explain.” -Eric Clapton