“I hate fat. If you gain even five pounds, I’ll dump you.”
(An ex-boyfriend, who shall remain nameless)
Hi there, it’s Irene Jorgensen here.
These days when I get a food craving hit, I have the tools to get rid of the cravings Without giving up ANY of the foods I love.
Instead of the food cravings controlling me, I control them.
But it wasn’t always that way for me.
It was April, 1990. I was about to graduate from a four year university program in Food & Nutrition. I’d been studying bio-chemistry all day. Talk about the longest words in the English language (15 letter words) for the smallest part of the body!
The final exam was in three days and nothing was sinking in. After a healthy dinner, I picked up the bio-chemistry book again. And it was like a foreign language I’d never get the hang of.
Suddenly, the urge to binge hit me. I reminded myself what I’d said the last time I’d binged. “Never again will I eat chips and dip.”
But I felt the familiar feeling of sinking into a pit of despair at the thought. And the only way I knew how to get out of it was through a family sized bag of chips.
So I said, “Just one more time. This will be the last time.”
I couldn’t get to the store fast enough to buy salt and vinegar chips, onion dip and Coco-Cola. (The sugar in the coke helps offset the salt from the chips.) I always read a fiction book when I binged on chips and dip. Thankfully, I didn’t have to go to a book store, because I spotted one of those rotating metal stands of books by the cash registers. I found a mystery book.
Giddily, I paid for my stash and rushed home. After pouring chips into a large bowl, uncapping the dip, I filled a glass with ice and cola. I quickly changed into my PJ’s, propped up pillows to act as a back rest and slipped under the covers to get lost in my book. The chips and dip sat beside me on the bed and the cola within reach on my night stand.
I finished the family size bag of chips, onion dip and the book. And I said, “Never again will I eat chips and dip.”
Until the next day when the urge to binge hit me again and I said, “Just one more time. This will be the last time.”
And just like that movie Groundhog Day, where the main character, played by Bill Murray, wakes up day after day and everything’s the same. I studied biochemistry all day, ate a healthy dinner and got the urge to binge again. I went to the same grocery store. I bought the same stuff. (Except for the book. I bought a new book.)
And I said and did the exact same the day after that.
Somehow I managed to pass the Biochemistry final exam.
But imagine my humiliation, when after I’d finished my Food & Nutrition program I was thirty pounds heavier than when I’d started that year.
It took me four years to get my degree in nutrition. It took me over 20 years to learn about food cravings.
Depriving myself of the foods I love will always make me binge on them. ALWAYS.
I’ve lived through the despair of compulsive overeating, the going from feeling thin to feeling fat in the space of a heartbeat without eating a thing, and food cravings so strong I felt like an alien possessed me and I was it’s personal puppet-on-a-string.
I found my way out. And if I can do it, so can you.
My path to becoming a professional Diet-Free Weight Loss Coach, and an expert in getting to the root of food cravings started (although I didn’t know it then) when an ex-boyfriend said,
“I hate fat. If you gain even five pounds, I’ll dump you.”
Yes, I know, I should have told his shallow highness to move out. But aside from the fact that we were living in his apartment, a big part of me bought into the theory that my beauty, my worth, you name it—anything of value that I had to offer hinged solely on what I looked like, and a big part of that was my weight.
I couldn’t get thin enough to feel good enough.
So for years, I kept losing and gaining weight. Kept going “on” a healthy eating plans–I’d learned the nitty gritty details of how to create them in school. Kept binging.
Until I stopped dieting, stopped going “on” healthy eating plans. And took a good close look at my emotional food cravings.
Diets always, ALWAYS, make me fatter; being “on” any kind of a healthy eating plan means I WILL get “off’”and binge; counting points, calories or grams of anything makes me feel more like a calculator than a human; and when it comes to exercise, I have a “no sweating” policy.
I finally figured out there are physical food cravings, mental food cravings and emotional food cravings.
And there’s a way to deal with all of them.
What lights me up about my work is how it transforms lives. When my clients get that part of the pleasure in life is eating the food they love and they move to naturally losing the weight. When food no longer controls them. When they’ve gained body confidence and no longer suffer in silence. When they’ve stopped the battle with food. That is what I love.
Although I’m a nutritionist, what sets me apart as a unique weight loss coach is how I show my clients how to gain body confidence and lose weight with my step-by-step system. A step-by-step Diet-Free weight loss system that hinges on NOT giving up ANY of the foods they love.
That’s right. Most people believe they have to give up foods they love to lose the weight. When in fact my weight loss depended on me NOT giving up any of the foods I love.
Here’s what a couple of my clients have to say:
“I was thrilled when Irene told me I needed to increase my starch intake. I’m actually eating potatoes a lot more and a sandwich daily for a snack and not gaining weight…one week, I started feeling really thick around my middle and all I wanted to do was eat. I thought I should be cutting back on starch and when I told Irene that, she suggested there might be another reason. By the end of our session, the thick feeling was gone and I’d tapped into a layer of emotions I hadn’t realized I was pushing away.” JM
I can show you how to do the same.
Let’s chat and learn more about each other. I invite you to call me at 905-333-6900 or email me at Irene@ClearYourCravings.com to book a complimentary, no pressure Clear Your Cravings Clarity Session where we will:
Looking forward to your success.