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Spring 2016 – Diet Survivors Group Newsletter

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Greetings:

Welcome to the Spring 2016 e-mail!

(Based on The Diet Survivor's Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care)

This spring ushers in the 10th anniversary of The Diet Survivor's Handbook! We're grateful to the thousands of people who've read our book over this past decade. We honor your journey to let go of dieting and develop a healthy, satisfying and peaceful relationship with food.

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Winter 2016 – Diet Survivors Group Newsletter

TREATING BINGE EATING DISORDER:
A MINDFUL APPROACH TO RECOVERY

A Full-Day Workshop For Professionals
Presented by Judith Matz, LCSW
Friday, March 4th, Skokie, IL.
Complete info/registration link in our Update section

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Greetings:

Welcome to the Winter 2016 e-mail!

(Based on The Diet Survivor's Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care)

As winter sets in with its frigid temperatures and messy snowfall, it's easy to wish this season away with longing for warmer weather. A recent lesson from a yoga teacher spoke to our tendency to look to the future for better days, and in doing so miss what is present. She shared a quote from an unknown source that "People wait all week for Friday, all year for summer, and all life for happiness." Instead, she continued, "The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead." (Marjorie Pay Hinckley).

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Fall 2015 – Diet Survivors Group Newsletter

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Greetings:

Welcome to the Fall 2015 e-mail!

(Based on The Diet Survivor's Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care)

 

A FEW WORDS ABOUT OPRAH'S INVESTMENT IN WEIGHT WATCHERS

As we were finishing up this newsletter, we were disheartened to hear the news that Oprah Winfrey has bought a 10% stake in Weight Watchers, which sent their stock soaring. She's also joining their board. We wanted to offer a few comments:

Oprah has a powerful platform, and her stamp of approval is a boon to any product or industry she promotes. There is currently no research to support the efficacy for sustainable weight loss of any plan or program over a two to five year period (most diets work in the short run), and that's true for Weight Watcher's as well. When so many people experience shame over their body size – which is compounded after each failed diet – we feel great concern that her association with Weight Watchers will cause more women to embark on the pursuit of weight loss and remain engaged in the diet/binge cycle that can lead to shame, lower self esteem, depression, poorer health outcomes, eating disorders, weight gain, and weight stigma.

We commend Oprah on her efforts to empower women and empathize with the struggles she's shared related to body image and emotional overeating. However, using her public influence to encourage women to diet is the most disempowering action that Oprah could take. Her rollercoaster journey with the diet/binge cycle and body shame actually typifies what so many women experience.

Unfortunately, the solution isn't to keep trying the same thing over and over, but to get off the diet rollercoaster. We need people to learn how to reconnect with their natural signals for hunger and fullness, understand the many myths about health and weight, and to stop shaming people about body size. It would have been amazing if Oprah chose this route. – Judith and Ellen

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Summer 2015 – Diet Survivors Group Newsletter

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Greetings:

Welcome to the Summer 2015 e-mail!

(Based on The Diet Survivor's Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care)

With the 4th of July celebrations behind us, and the Labor Day holiday still off in the distance, it's time to settle into the rhythms of summer. Does the flow of your day change during this season? Do you notice changes in activity level or social patterns?

Along with a different summer pace, as an attuned eater you may also find that this season brings a change in the types of foods you prefer. Colors abound with the reds and blues of berries, the bright yellow of sweet corn and the deep orange of a juicy ripe tomato. Aromas from backyard grills bring to mind all sorts of yummy foods seasoned to perfection, and a hot summer day may call for the refreshing feel of ice cream, frozen yogurt or gelato. No matter what your tastes, the key is to tune into what will satisfy you when you're hungry.

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