Is Your Voice Talking You Out of Losing Weight?

Memorial Day was hot and muggy and the party I was at had all the fixings of a picnic. I observed the complaints the people had about how they were on diets or working on getting healthier (and I heard those words come out of my mouth too). It seemed to be agreed upon that today was an exception. 

A friend was sharing about the South Beach Diet and I asked her the question, “So what can you eat that is here today?” She began telling me about all the things there she could not eat. I asked again emphasizing “can eat”. I saw a shift in her attitude when she told me what she could eat, talking about some serving adjustments here and there, and it was an impressive list. 

So here is where I am going with this. When we are on a diet or health program, our emphasis is often on what we are being deprived of, and we use our voice to confirm this by telling others all the things we cannot eat. On top of that, we use a weak voice to confirm the pain of missing all those calories as though they were our best buddies. 

Here’s a voice coaching suggestion to help you lose weight and feel good. Make a list of all your favorite foods that are healthy. Be sure to include fruits, vegetables, and nuts. This will be your shopping list. Now read out loud, with enthusiasm, your favorite foods. Buy these favorites with an attitude of fun, and make sure to include several servings a day of those fruits and vegetables even if they are pricier than you are use to paying. Consider them a treat (most people don’t flinch at spending $3 to $4 for a bag of chips). 

Now go out and find five people and use your vocal energy by telling them all the great things you get to eat on your health program, how much fun it is, how great you look, and how good you feel. You’ll realize that instead of missing out you are gaining energy, vitality, and a sense of accomplishment that will last a lifetime. 

Here are some of my favorites: 

Vegetables: Broccoli, lettuce (salads), sprouts, asparagus, waxed beans, avocadoes, tomatoes, zucchini squash, green onions. 

Fruit: Bananas, peaches, pineapple, raspberries, blueberries, pineapple, pears. 

I love sushi and Chinese food (shrimp with vegetables), chicken, tuna. 


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