Why diets don’t work

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHuh? Me, on a diet? No, actually, but bear with me a minute and this will make sense. I had a loose cavity, then a root canal, then I managed to liberate the damn temporary filling 3 days later and I’m still drinking smoothies. Smoothies! I hate smoothies. You will notice that there is not a single smoothie recipe in the 5 years I have blogged. This is not accidental.

When I can’t chew, I feel deprived, even when I get to have kale/apple/ginger smoothies. And the very minute I feel deprived, I want to eat. ALL.THE. TIME. And all I want is chocolate and potato chips because I’m deprived. (raise your hand if you completely understand me) So although I’ve been having my chocolate (legal—it melts!), ice cream, and pureeing in meat into my smoothies, and I’ve even been eating soft fish and chicken, and I STILL feel deprived, despite the fact that I’m eating more than I normally do.

That is exactly what people experience on a diet, hopefully minus the many trips to the dentist. And that’s why diets don’t work for long. Deprival will surely lead to overcompensation, and that ain’t pretty.

Stepping off my soapbox now…and please send warm fuzzies to my poor jaw.

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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One Response to Why diets don’t work

  1. Debi says:

    *hugs* I hope your jaw is doing better! I’m the same way when it comes to wanting to eat everything when I feel deprived. Me the day before a colonoscopy is not pretty. I’m not sure how Chaz has survived those days! 😀

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