Posted on June 9, 2014 · Posted in Healthful Eating Tips

My first book signing for Stop the Torment: Conquer Your Relationship with Food last Thursday night was a great success at S.H.E. in Santa Rosa.   I have a very special place in my heart for the owners, Nancy and Deborah.  They host a weight loss group over the past couple of years where I have worked with several people to help them lose weight and reset their metabolism so the book signing took the group to another level.

It was a pleasure to see some clients that had completed The Metabolic Reset Program and others that are interested in learning how to maintain their weight with the new approach written about in my book.  We laughed and shared experiences about how food and dieting has played such a major role in our lives.

We discussed how every diet begins with willpower and control but by the time we get close to our weight goal, willpower lessens because temptation is just as strong as willpower.  Willpower is the ability to delay gratification, resisting short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals.  Willpower is a limited resource and only works to the degree that it is the strongest force working within us.  Since temptation is also powerful, it is impossible for willpower to work 100 percent of the time.

Then we discussed how getting in touch with physical hunger by truly listening to the body’s signals instead of negotiating with our “Inner Food Voice” about what and how much to eat can replace having to use willpower.  It actually allows us to relax instead of feeling anxiety when deciding what types of food we choose to eat.

Every story is interesting and I am always fascinated to learn the history of people that have struggled, as I have, by trying many diets only to regain the weight.  The group was delighted to hear that the book outlines a new offering about weight management.  I was excited to share my new approach and how it has helped me maintain my high school weight for over eight years.  Many in the audience expressed hope that by following the exercises in the book, they too will conquer their relationship with food.