Our national obesity epidemic has a simple cause. Big portions of calorie-rich food on top of inactive lifestyle pile on the weight.
It doesn’t have to be like that. Polish visitors are shocked to see how overweight we are in the UK. In Poland they eat more vegetables, more home cooking, little convenience food, and they are happy, well-fed and slim. They don’t feel hungry, starved or deprived. Eating happily in a healthy way is simple and achievable – for the French, for the Poles, and for you.
And as we all know, diets – short-term restrictive eating programmes – don’t work. What does?
The answer is simple and undramatic. In fact so simple and undramatic that people think “That’s it? A gazillion research papers in food and eating and weight and that’s it?” It’s this: you need to make a long-term-sustainable change in your relationship to eating (and maybe physical activity.)
You may or may not then attain your “ideal” weight. But there is an excellent chance that you will attain a healthy, life-length-maximising weight that you can feel really good about yourself at – and stay that way.
And the key to a long-term-sustainable change is to do what works for you: not what websites advise, not what books propose, what works for you. By all means read the books and the websites. They give you good ideas and educate your thinking. But don’t adopt something because it works for the author, adopt it because it works for you, because it feels natural, or because it tastes good to you.
One mainstay of the methods I use is Solution-Oriented Brief Therapy (SOBT). SOBT is a lesser-know cousin of CBT (cognitive-behavioural therapy) that is demonstrated by research to get the same results as CBT in half the time. I like SOBT because it trusts that you are OK; that no matter how painful or out of control your eating is, you can find solutions that work for you. Indeed are probably already doing them, even if on rare occasions (and hypnosis is excellent for fanning the flames of rare occasions into everyday events.)
The things that work for you are the things that will prove long-term-sustainable. And that is different for everyone. So my aim is to help you trust your hunger, trust your feelings of “satisfied, enough”, trust your own body that it knows what and how to eat. These are yours and work for you. I’m of course not abandoning you to work everything out of your own; I have a well-stocked repertoire of very useful things you can do differently around eating. However I propose these rather than impose them: less often “do this”, more often “try this, and see if it clicks with you.”
Solution-oriented therapy is future-oriented not past-looking, is positive and looks at what works. It helps you to find your own solutions that work for you and so are long-term-sustainable. Hypnosis is proven by research to make change of eating habits for more effective and sustainable. Mindfulness helps you to be in charge of your choices from moment to moment rather than being swept along by force of habit. And when there are emotional factors, I use emotional healing techniques which are gentle, safe, respectful but very powerful for healing emotional hurts. I weave these together in a flexible combination according to whether your eating pattern is simply habit eating, or emotional and comfort eating, chaotic binge/starving or (mild to moderate) eating disorder.
With the right approach it is very possible to have a happy, successful relationship with food and eating which lasts long-term. For an appointment or more information, just ring. Leave a message and I’ll call you back.
Andrew White 0845-3510604 / 0117-955-0490. I’m happy to answer questions or arrange, in Bristol, a free, no-obligation half-hour initial meeting. My approach is friendly, respectful, and very effective.