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What Non-Diet Nutrition Might Look Like

  1. jkbates says:

    Amen! I am working on a lifestyle I call “Well NOT Wacky”. I too was a Weight Watchers member and even a Meeting Leader for about 9 months. I lost a lot of weight which I’ve regained plus more. I was always hungry and always measuring and always counting points and always tracking food and always checking my pedometer and always driving myself crazy. I’m still not as relaxed and in touch as I hope to be, but I’m getting there.

    After working for Weight Watchers it was like having the curtain pulled back and discovering the secrets of who’s running Oz. It’s all about profit. The leaders are severely measured on sales of memberships and the junk food they sell under their own brand; and financially punished when members reach lifetime status and don’t have to pay weekly meeting fees anymore. What? Yes, leaders are paid minimum wage plus about $1.00 for every PAYING member who attends the meeting. Since lifetime members don’t pay, leaders still have to weigh them in, do their paperwork and include them in all discussions (which some lifers love to dominate), but the leader doesn’t get the $1.00 pay for them.

    • GlenysO says:

      I love “Well NOT Wacky!” Yes, I also worked for WW – the first time (in 1994, and I was just a receptionist, and it was a small town site) was much different from the second time when I had intended to become a leader – it was super corporate and so sales focused by then, and all their “food” products were terrible. A few months later I found HAES and quit – glad I never made it to the leader training. I had no idea about the financial punishment – obviously there would be no incentive to have anyone reach lifetime and attend the meetings, then. Terrible! Glad you made it out!

  2. Geniecc says:

    “And yet, I didn’t eat like this when I dieted because I would have had to prepare the vegetables in such a way that they didn’t taste very good.”

    This resonates so strongly with me. I would roast vegetables and lament that they didn’t taste anything like when someone else used them. Dry-fry everything. I dismissed oils as unnecessary calories.
    Getting used to eating oils and carbs as a regular, normal part of fuelling my body has been (and continues to be) a huge challenge. But it’s worth it. And spinach tastes so much better cooked in a little bit of butter. Roast vegetables are divine with a lashing of olive oil. I can do so much more now, and really enjoy it. Your post was terrific. Thank you 🙂

    • GlenysO says:

      I went a little oil crazy at first and my poor stomach could barely handle it! I’ve since learned the balance between just enough and too much – not from a calorie standpoint, but from a digestion one! Congrats on getting off diets!

  3. A thousand times yes!! When I look back on my disorder-y years, I see only enormous piles of steamed broccoli and sad little bowls of limp iceberg lettuce with fat-free dressing…..oof. All in the name of punishing my hunger and pushing away foods that actually tasted good. Post-diet life, there’s nothing better than making magic happen with a big pile of veggies, as much oil as I damn well please, and a really hot oven. Loved this post, thanks!

    • GlenysO says:

      Love it! Honestly, half the time in my diet days it never even occurred to me to make a vegetable. “Healthy eating” – HA!

  4. Reblogged this on six months to sanity and commented:
    A fabulous read from the brilliant Glenys O at Dare Not to Diet (and some really interesting insights into the Weight Watchers business model in the comments). And a resounding DITTO to all of it.

  5. Sabrina says:

    I honestly think this is why so many people think they don’t like vegetables. As kids, they were forced to eat plain, unadorned steamed vegetables, told they were “good for them,” and if they wanted dessert, they’d have to eat them. Kids learned to dutifully eat them so they could have more of the tasty food.

    If, instead, some energy and thought is put into vegetable preparation, they become every bit as satisfying as the other parts of the meal. Better health and better balance is achieved with this approach, I believe. Last night for dinner I made an orzo-spinach salad with pesto and tomatoes, roasted, marinated portobello mushrooms with smoked mozzarella, and sautéed zucchini with garlic. Nobody had to force themselves to eat those vegetables (and I also didn’t insist that my daughters eat the zucchini– hey, more for me!– because I knew it’s not their favorite and they’d eat enough of the other food to satisfy their appetites). My oldest daughter happily packed herself some of the orzo-spinach salad for her lunch. Vegetable cookery (and consumption) can be so satisfying!

  6. “when I dieted early on I ate very few vegetables and almost no fruit because I wanted to save every calorie for food I liked since I got to eat so little of it.” Yes this. Now that I’m older I do try to incorporate more natural-state foods, but in my youth my dieting diet was utter crap!

  7. […] I have made this cos lettuce salad a number of times since and have no problems polishing it off on my own, so I wholeheartedly agree with fellow dietitian Glenys Oyston when she says if you want to eat more fruit and vegetables, you HAVE to make them taste good. […]

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