Special Stress Diet


This is a specially formulated diet designed to help women cope with the stress that builds during the day.

1 grapefruit
1 slice whole-wheat toast
1 cup skim milk

1 small portion lean, steamed chicken with a cup of spinach
1 cup herbal tea
1 Hershey’s Kiss

The rest of the Hershey Kisses in the bag
1 tub of Hagen-Daaz ice cream with chocolate-chip topping

4 bottles of wine (red or white)
2 loaves garlic bread
1 family-size Supreme pizza
3 Snickers bars

1 whole Sarah Lee cheesecake (eaten directly from the freezer)

REMEMBER: "Stressed" spelled backward is "desserts".

Okay, so I was pulling your leg a bit – but this is a typical pattern for women that wake up every morning with "good intentions" but quickly find that "life" makes those intentions impossible to fulfill. Typically, women blame themselves for lacking "will power" and view themselves more and more as failures (in the eating realm at least).

But there is a far different reality here…looking at the breakfast and lunch, an afternoon binge and all night feast are only natural. The breakfast and lunch are not providing adequate calories or nutrients to satisfy basic needs. After half a day of running on empty, her body demands to be fed, and the closest thing to hand will be (over) consumed. This sets up a cycle of deprivation and excess where there’s never enough, even when there’s too much. Also note that the afternoon and evening intake also does not provide adequate nutrition (although plenty of calories). So the next morning, you’re continuing to run at a deficit. IT’S NOT YOU! You are not defective, but your dietary intake is.

It’s amazing how quickly (2-3 days) that women that believe they are food addicts, out of control, defective, find themselves feeling "normal" – eating balanced meals, moving in a balanced way, and able to view their life’s balance in a critical but non-judgemental way.

This new found freedom becomes a part of you — you may find yourself out of balance again, but you’ll have the skills to pull it back to shore. And that’s livin’!

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