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The Italy Diet: Just Don’t

  1. Nicole Geurin, RD says:

    I love your blog; I look forward to your posts each Monday. I have started recommending it to clients. Just thought you should know. 🙂

    I can’t wait for the podcast!

    • GlenysO says:

      Nicole! Thank you so much! That means a lot to me that you’re finding this useful and can recommend it to your clients. Thanks for reading!

  2. Emily says:

    Hi! Just wanted to say that I read all your posts and I think you are my favorite new voice in this community. You strike just the right tone of humor, information and storytelling. After 20 years of dieting, I recently dared not to diet. I need ALL the support and information I can get so thank you for contributing.

    • GlenysO says:

      Emily, thank you SO much! Check out my “resources” page for some more (but definitely not all) helpful voices on non-diet health! Best of luck!

  3. Italy is the BIGGEST step I ever took in my ED recovery. Knowing I would be eating a questionable amount of calories and not “exercising” was terrifying, but the leap of faith was more than worth it. Pizza, pasta, fresh bread and cheeses, gelato… As the days went on, I allowed myself to actually enjoy the food. Even when I came back home, this permission to truly eat and live decreased how anxious and worried I’d get over having a “perfect” diet. Hmmm… maybe Italy is the cure for our diet-obsessed culture? 😉

    • GlenysO says:

      That’s exactly what I think! I used to have a mantra in my head, “Would an Italian eat it?” to encourage me not to be so worried about food. What I love there is that people really feel good food is an important part of life – it’s a priority! It’s not always easy to make food a priority in the US, but it’s an ideal I try to personally strive for.

  4. This post is beautifully written and so good! I wish more people understood that it’s okay to indulge, and if we let ourselves indulge more often we will never lose control as badly as someone who restricts themselves!

  5. I love how you describe the Weight Watchers experience. Spot on. Really enjoyed this post.

  6. jodietitian says:

    Having just been to Italy for 3 weeks back in May, I really enjoyed reading this! I LOVED the pizza there, it was cheap and very different than here…and the breakfasts were very interesting…I always have liked something sweet in the morning and being 100% Italian, after going to Italy, I felt validated (it’s in my genes!). I want to go back too! I think you will enjoy it even more next time! Thanks for this post : )

  7. Oh my gosh I love this post and I am soooo excited about the podcast! Please keep the blog updated with release info? I am also giving you 100 bonus points in a brave new world where POINTS ARE NOT YOUR ENEMY because you kinda slam weight watchers a bit here, and I love that too…I can honestly say my anorexia, though it grew out of so many many things, had a nice seed to grow from in the Weight Watchers soup of lies and sadness that my mom fed me when I was an observant and spongy teen/young adult (when she was on the program and just trying to give me pointers on how to ‘stay’ thin, since I never ever needed to lose weight anyway….it was all about a ‘lifestyle’ of course dear, blah blah blah etc….)
    ^Whoa yeah, I have some strong feelings on the cult too, and I was never even a ‘real’ member (but god, that soup, and the pickles, and the salsa-I think I will always have emotional bricks tied to these foods just having watched my mother go through it all)

  8. chemit1 says:

    I don’t think I truly relaxed on a vacation for about 8 years. It was a constant battle in my head to try and ‘enjoy myself’ and ‘not eat anything that will make me fat’ I don’t know why i even bothered to go on vacations in that time.

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