The Religion of Dieting—How to Tolerate Friends & Evangelists of the Latest, Greatest Diet

Written by Kacy Cluxton. Posted in Blog.

(Copied with permission from Evelyn Tribole, author of Intuitive Eating)

My patients often express difficulty being around enthusiastic friends, who incessantly talk about their new weight loss diet.  The friends are usually well meaning, with no intent to harm.  Yet, this diet talk stirs up a bunch of mixed feelings, such as:

•    Envy of the quick weight loss
•    Fantasies of embarking on just one more diet—(get the weight off, and then deal with “the issues”)
•    Triggering for patients with eating disorders
•    Worry about the dieting consequence for the friend

And so I tell this story. When I first got started in my career, I naively got baited into cocktail party conversations, where someone would ask me: What do you think of ____ (fill in the blank with the latest diet craze).   I would give careful thought and describe the latest research, only to discover that the person asking the question really didn’t want to hear what I had to say!

I started to see a pattern.  The person usually asked the question as a means to convince me that they just discovered the greatest diet ever.  I started to realize that their passion and blind enthusiasm, was really a belief system.  And anything I might offer, would offend their “religion”.

So, then I ask my patient--if you are at a party, and have a friend who is of a different religion or faith, do you try to convert them? (No, of course not, is the usual reply).   How do you tolerate this difference in belief systems with your friends?  Therein lies the solution.

Often, just the change in perspective helps—viewing dieting as a religion for some people.  But every situation is different.  You might need to set boundaries around “diet talk”.  Or you might decide you don't want to spend energy on any discussion—and might choose to exit the conversation.

You might also find it helpful to just watch and observe your dieting friends, without judgment.  How does their dieting saga really unfold—six-months from now, one-year from now?  

And most importantly—what has your own dieting experience shown you—after the euphoric honeymoon stage?  The answer to that question will likely keep you grounded.

"The Religion of Dieting—How to Tolerate Friends & Evangelists of the Latest, Greatest Diet"--written by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD

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Dinner is on the Table

Written by Kacy. Posted in Blog.

The last 2 weeks have been amazing!  Crockpot cooking has allowed me to do many things.
I come home from work and dinner is practically already on the table.  I have to make a couple quick side dishes and then we are ready to eat.  Clean up is a breeze.  I'm out of the kitchen so fast it's almost like I don't know what to do with myself.  Crockpot cooking has helped me eat healthier because it's a balanced meal vs. scrounging around for something and not feeling satisfied.
This process has allowed me to work out more because I'm not stressed about dinner.  Less clean up time equals more time for me.  I exercised 4 days last week for 1 hour each time and it felt great.
Due to the extra time I've also been able to spend more time cleaning other parts of the house which makes for an easier weekend that doesn't involve all the cleaning and laundry.

Chicken Hawaiian Style

  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ cup of pineapple juice (use what’s in the can)
  • ½ can of large pineapple chunks

Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag. Cook 4-5 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low. Serve it over rice and enjoy. While cooking the rice, shred the chicken and put it back in the juice before serving.

Crockpot Challenge

Written by Kacy. Posted in Blog.

New Year's Resolutions in process! Stacy and I decided we both needed to get organized with meals and what greater time than the new year.  Each of us had our own reasons- Stacy with a 5 month old and not liking to cook and me to make life simpler so I can go to walking group but not be stressed about getting dinner on the table. 

We started by finding 12 new crockpot recipes.  We easily divided into 2 freezer bags- one to my house and one stayed at hers. 

Our day started out later than we had hoped but overall went really well.  The both of us had fun and felt productive at the end of the night.   We headed to the store with our list in hand (I looked at all 12 recipes ahead of time and made a master list that went with the flow of the store for convenience).  We shopped for approximately 1-1 1/2 hours.  It was fairly easy and I think next time will go even faster. 

We took all of the ingredients back to Stacy's house to prep.  It went so well.  Of course, the two of us work well together- we knocked out 12 crockpot meals in 2 hrs.  Now, we just hope they taste good.  My goal for January is to try to make 3 recipes a week.  This way I can try them and weed out ones I don't like.  Our hope is to save money but most importantly make our lives EASIER.  Stacy and I bought crockpot liners, an added expense, but no clean up which means more time with family- totally worth it.  We hope this will motivate our clients to get organized as well.  It's so much easier to eat healthy when you are prepared to do so.

Keep posted on some new things we have coming in 2014!

Happy New Year

Written by Kacy. Posted in Blog.

Can you believe it's already 2014? We know many of you will want to set New Year's resolutions to lose weight.  We want to help you with that... We are offering a package deal to help you normalize your weight and KEEP IT OFF- no gimmicks.  If this is something you are interested in please private message us on Facebook or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are offering a package deal at 25% off- 4 sessions for $150.00 (It's like buying 3 sessions and getting one free!)  We are only offering 6 of these so message us fast if you are interested.  If you have any questions let us know!

Merry Christmas

Written by Kacy and Stacy. Posted in Blog.

We hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas yesterday.  We were both busy with our families and had a great day.  Be watching for us to post on New Year's Day about a special offer! Enjoy this time with family and friends!