Most of us agree we’d like to eat sanely. But what exactly is that? At EatSanely.com we use the definition that Dr. Terese Weinstein Katz has been using in her work with dieters, overeaters, and people with eating disorders: that is, eating in a way that maintains a healthy-enough weight, for good, without constant worry or guilt.

In other words, eating sanely does not involve the short-term or extreme diets that cause frustration and regain. Eating sanely does not assume that one way of eating fits all. It also doesn’t assume that this is easy, or that it happens all at once. Finding your own path to sanity takes trial and error, and time and attention, given the world we live in—the world of fast food, fake food, 300,000 diet books, and 1,400-calorie burgers.

EatSanely.com aims to help you find that path to food sanity yourself—through phone coaching, self-help workbooks and ebooks, and on-line resources. We can help you define and reach your dietary goals. We can help you end old habits and develop new ones that will last.

We welcome your comments, and your questions. We hope to become a trusted companion on your path.

Coaching Packages

Diet coaching is one-on-one support and guidance to help you meet your health and weight goals. Diet coaching can help you identify the routines that will work best for you. It can help you solve practical problems in putting plans into action. We offer one-on-one coaching services and support via phone and in office.

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Learn how to eat sanely toward a peaceful relationship with food and a healthy-enough weight. I’ve worked with people struggling with eating disorders for over 30 years. I wrote Eat Sanely to provide guidance and tools for healthier eating, freedom from yo-yo dieting, and appropriate weight loss and maintenance.

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These worksheets aim to help you organize and guide your change efforts. They will help you strengthen key skills for habit change for your eat sanely journey.The worksheets allow practical follow-up to your Eat Sanely reading—so that you can continue on to actually make the needed changes you’ve identified.

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*Manage Your Weight– Once and For All
*Learn Lasting New Habits
*Enjoy an Easier Relationship With Food

SANE EATING: Getting to it….and staying there

How familiar is this? You want to look good and feel good.  You know you should eat more vegetables or less sugar.  You know you should eat at home  more often.  But somehow this keeps not happening. Life intrudes.  You’re busy.  You just don’t feel like it. Sometimes you don’t even know why you’re not doing what works best. Meanwhile, you worry and struggle and never feel quite right with how you’re eating or the shape you’re in.

You’d think with hundreds of thousands of diet books, not to mention the thousands of monthly diet articles, and billions of dollars spent on products, we could put this problem to rest. Yet we continue to struggle.

The Diet Rollercoaster

The authors of most of those diet books offer solutions for people who struggle with weight.  And while it’s confusing to face so much advice, some of it actually works  well, if followed.  It’s that “if followed” that highlights a key question: how do you keep on following a new regime, make it your “default” setting, make it “just how you live”, so that you’re not always thinking about it, struggling to stick with it, giving it up in frustration, starting all over again and again?

Identifying Obstacles

Here is where coaching toward sane eating can help—in not only prescribing what to eat, as we have no shortage of advice here, but in helping each person identify and dismantle the particular obstacles on her or his own path. Obstacles can be practical—limited time to plan or cook, for example. They often are cognitive. In other words, how we think about ourselves and diet affects our eating. Very often, too, they are emotional. How many of us use food, knowingly or not, to handle stress, sadness, or frustration? Solutions may lie in simple habit changes, in learning new ways to cope, or even in solving other life problems.

And Remember: This Is A Cultural Problem, Too…

Michael Pollan, author of The Ominvore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food believes we face a “national eating disorder”, with widespread anxiety over what and how to eat. To explain this, he points to both an unhealthy system of food production in the U.S., plus the absence of a shared “national cuisine” (such as exists in France or Italy or Japan). He, and others like him, sensibly argue for changes in public policy that will help us eat better.

Our “national eating disorder” will take time to heal.  Hopefully, it will enter remission in the next few years, rather than the next few decades. In the meantime, we face the challenge of discovering own individual solutions. In other words, it may not make sense to wait for years to lose the extra weight and stop the frustrating cycles. Finding a path that works, and tackling your own persistent obstacles, will allow lasting change to take hold.

Solutions

So finding the right diet doesn’t necessarily hold the key to success. But with tools such as the Eat Sanely workbook, or personalized diet coaching, the right keys are cut to order. Then they can open the door to feelings of well-being, self-esteem, and accomplishment.

ARE YOU READY TO CHANGE?

Some habits take more than one “try” to break. The average smoker, for example, attempts to quit seven times before stopping for good. Despite the fact that those early attempts can feel discouraging, they usually contribute more to success, in the end, than most of us give them credit for.

Change Takes Place In Stages

Change research often focuses on alcoholism, and what it takes for people to stop problem drinking for good. As a result of this research, many clinicians now think of change as happening in stages: in the first stage, a person isn’t even thinking about changing. Then that person may progress to considering change as a good option. Getting ready to actually make the change—getting information, thinking about methods, trying different ways of doing things—comes next. Finally, a person is able to break the habit or engage in the new behavior as targeted.

Setbacks Are Part Of The Process

Thinking of change this way suggests that our efforts, even if at first they don’t succeed, may well be helping to prepare the mind and body for doing something in a completely new and different way. So how might stages of change apply when you’re trying to eat differently?

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