Foodist with Darya Rose, Ph.D

Foodist with Darya Rose, Ph.D

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In the Foodist podcast Darya Rose, Ph.D. introduces you to real people on the journey of becoming foodists, learning how to get healthy and lose weight without dieting. A foodist is someone who uses Real Food to optimize their life for health and happiness. There is no right or wrong way to become a foodist, and everyone must find their own path or “healthstyle” that works for them. This means finding foods, habits and activities you love and that work for you. On the show you’ll meet people at all stages of the journey. Whether they are just starting out and wondering if this is even a good idea, need help breaking through a weight loss plateau, or successfully down 30 pounds and in the best shape of their lives, Darya will show you how they got there and what they need to do to get to the next level. Darya Rose, Ph.D is the author of the book Foodist and creator of Summer Tomato, one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites. She received her Ph.D in neuroscience from UCSF and her bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. She spends most of her time thinking and writing about food, health and science. She eats amazing things daily and hasn’t even considered going on a diet since 2007.

Episodes

How Yoga and Mindful Eating Helped Sherry Lose 16 lbs Without Effort  

As a lifelong healthy eater, Sherry wasn't trying to lose weight. Sure she would have been happy to drop 5-10 lbs, but she was comfortable with her body and health. She even thought she was a mindful eater until a stressful event in her life caused her to start a consistent yoga practice. Yoga, it turned out, became a catalyst to help her relieve stress and let go of difficult emotions. As she developed this talent during strenuous yoga poses, she noticed it began to translate into her eating behavior. Without specifically trying to change anything, Sherry became more aware of her eating habits and started to eat more mindfully. As she did this she naturally started eating slower and being more thoughtful about her food choices. To her surprise, she discovered she had been eating way more food than her body actually wanted or needed. She also started slowly changing the composition of her meals to be more plant-based, since this was more in line with what she was craving. While she still enjoys sweets like chocolate cake on occasion, Sherry has embraced mindful eating and over the past year lost 16 lbs without actively trying to lose weight. For complete show notes please visit summertomato.com

How Can Ruediger Switch to Weight Maintenance After Losing 120 Lbs From Strict Dieting?  

Ruediger faces one of the most difficult questions related to weight control, which is how to maintain your weight after achieving significant weight loss as a result of strict dieting. Although he has already made huge progress finding an exercise regimen he enjoys, food is more difficult for him. He has only ever known subsiding on lots of junk food or restricting his calories to just 500 per day. Switching to a more moderate approach based on Real Food and not counting calories is appealing to him in theory, but he worries that he will not be able to maintain control of his weight without strongly restricting his eating habits. Another issue Ruediger faces is that he has a very limited palate as a result of eating mostly processed and convenience foods for most of his life. He's concerned that at the age of 44 he will be restricted to the handful of vegetables he actually enjoys and not have adequate nutrition. He also struggles with finding the motivation to prepare nutritious foods at home, since chopping, cooking and cleaning rarely feel worth the effort. Together we examine the limiting beliefs that make changing his eating habits seem difficult and come up with strategies to overcome them. For the complete show notes visit summertomato.com

How Can Ruediger Switch to Weight Maintenance After Losing 120 Lbs From Strict Dieting?  

Ruediger faces one of the most difficult questions related to weight control, which is how to maintain your weight after achieving significant weight loss as a result of strict dieting. Although he has already made huge progress finding an exercise regimen he enjoys, food is more difficult for him. He has only ever known subsiding on lots of junk food or restricting his calories to just 500 per day. Switching to a more moderate approach based on Real Food and not counting calories is appealing to him in theory, but he worries that he will not be able to maintain control of his weight without strongly restricting his eating habits. Another issue Ruediger faces is that he has a very limited palate as a result of eating mostly processed and convenience foods for most of his life. He's concerned that at the age of 44 he will be restricted to the handful of vegetables he actually enjoys and not have adequate nutrition. He also struggles with finding the motivation to prepare nutritious foods at home, since chopping, cooking and cleaning rarely feel worth the effort. Together we examine the limiting beliefs that make changing his eating habits seem difficult and come up with strategies to overcome them. Complete show notes at summertomato.com

How Can Cailey Motivate Herself to Bring Her Lunch to Work?  

As a grad student, Cailey knows how important it is to bring her lunch to work instead of buying something on campus. Not only would she eat healthier, she'd also save a lot of money. Her problem is she has trouble motivating herself to prep healthy lunches every day. And even when she manages to bring something, it is usually unsatisfying so she's not inspired to bring her lunch again. Although this is a straightforward problem, there are several subtle mental and logistical blocks Cailey identifies that have kept her from adopting this habit, including limited kitchen facilities at work. We help her find solutions to these barriers and I also offer some cooking tips that will make her meals more fun and satisfying.

Bonnie Transforms From A Junk Food Speed Eater To A Mindful Vegetable Lover And Loses 40 Lbs  

"I always wanted to be that person who went to the gym regularly and ate whatever they wanted, I just didn't know this was how you got there. That person was in me all along." Bonnie grew up loving all kinds of foods, especially junk food. She never liked dieting and had come to accept that she would probably always be a size 12. Fear of developing diabetes like her father eventually prompted her to create a New Year's resolution to try to be healthier. She slowly added exercise and changed her eating habits, and the weight began to come off until she hit a summertime plateau. Stuck at the same weight for five months, Bonnie eventually found Summer Tomato and decided to give mindful eating a try. To her surprise she learned she was eating more than double the amount of food her body actually wanted, and that she had a true love for vegetables. Bonnie is now comfortably a size 8, though she's not sure what her final size will be. Although she still occasionally treats herself to fast food or sweets, her preferences have changed substantially. She's happy where she is, but feels like her journey is just starting. When I asked her if making all these changes was difficult she said, "It was the opposite of hard. It was the opposite of restrictive." For complete show notes visit summertomato.com

How Can Mallory Stop Hitting Snooze Every Morning and Have More Time and Energy for Healthy Habits?  

Mallory had a pretty solid healthstyle before a new job disrupted her mornings. She now hits snooze so many times that she barely makes it to work on time, making it impossible for her to have a healthy breakfast or get in a morning workout. With her day off to a rushed and frazzled start, poor choices plague her through lunch and dinner. Her workouts are suffering and she is fed up. In this session we examine both her morning and evening routines until we uncover the real reasons behind her reluctance to get out of bed each day.

Bugra Loses 168 Lbs and Improves to a 4.0 GPA by Switching to Real Food  

Bugra was a university student in Turkey weighing over 350 lbs when he decided he needed to make a change. He moved to America to begin a masters degree program and started to count calories and exercise to lose weight. While he was able to lose some weight while dieting, he eventually realized the changes he'd made were not sustainable and that his poor nutrition was costing him energy and mental focus. His grades suffered and he gained much of the weight back before discovering Real Food. There have been many bumps in the road for Bugra, but today he is down 168 lbs while eating more. He's also getting a 4.0 in his Ph.D program while studying less than before. He focuses on the quality, not the quantity of the food he eats, and says his mental focus is so much better that he can learn more with less effort. He even reads more and is slower to anger than he was in the past. To use Bugra's words, "Everything changed."

Julie Overcomes Body Dysmorphia and Learns to Love Her Body and Herself  

Julie suffered from body dysmorphic disorder for over a decade without realizing it, constantly obsessing over the flaws she perceived in her body. Once she recognized the dangerous trap she was in, she did the difficult psychological work of uncovering her true feelings and motivations for wanting to lose weight. This helps her change her personal narrative and begin to love and appreciate her body for all that it is capable of, exactly how it is today.

Molli Finally Reaches Her Health Goals By Eating More Instead Of Less  

Molli was a life-long dieter who lived on protein bars and counted every calorie. Fed up by her chronic low energy and inability to reach her goals she finally decides to give up dieting and embrace Real Food. The increased energy and happiness she experiences fundamentally transforms her mindset, lifestyle and career path.

As A New Foodist Ruth Has Trouble Knowing If The Hunger She Feels Is Real  

Learning to listen to your body isn't easy for someone who has a long history of dieting. As an aspiring new foodist, Ruth is struggling to know if the hunger she experiences after dinner is physical or emotional, and how exactly she should handle it.

Roger Goes From Hating the Gym to Loving Workouts and Loses 26 lbs Without Noticing  

After years of failed diets and nearly giving up on health completely, Roger uses a new approach to eating well and being active that he actually loves. By slowly implementing small changes in his healthstyle, he loses 26 lbs in one year and feels like he's "just getting started."

A Simple Pasta Rule Helps Ligaya Lose 25 lbs  

In this episode Ligaya makes small tweaks to her eating and exercise habits to reach and discover her ideal weight. As a life-long carb lover, she finds a simple rule to keep eating bread and pasta that works for her and rediscovers her love of real food and exercise.

Ask Darya:  How Can I Exercise Harder Without Overeating?  

This week our Ask Darya question is from Leslie: "Hey Darya, I have a question for you about that sentence you inserted regarding your exercise regimen. I’m a healthy person who just wants to stay where I am weight-wise, but I’m working on going from mild to moderate/high exercise in order to increase my endurance and strength. My current challenge is balancing enough exercise so that I’m making progress, but not so much that by body thinks I’m hungry all the time (hello, Hunger Tiger). I know that I’ve read on your site that you are familiar with this phenomenon, that too much exercise can throw your hunger off balance, leading you to overeat. However, I read your weekly exercise description–4x strength training, 2x HIIT, 1x pilates–and when I workout that amount, I get so, so hungry. I know everyone is different, but do you have any advice for how someone can discover a balance between the right amount of food and exercise?" This is a great question because she’s asking about a specific behavior she’s struggling with in her healthstyle. In this video I clarify my own workout habits (I’m not crazy, I swear) and offer some advice on how to modify your snacking habits so you don’t overeat on intense exercise days.

Linda Discovers The Mystery Behind Her Late Night Binge Eating  

Linda suffers from late night binge eating, despite her healthy eating and exercise habits throughout the day. In this episode we consider a few possible reasons her habit may have developed before finally uncovering the true source of her trouble.

Ask Darya:  How Can I Resist Temptation In The Heat Of The Moment?  

This week our Ask Darya question is from Kaite: "Brain question! How do you convince yourself in the moment to make the choice you *know* will make you feel better… but the bad idea seems like a good idea? I struggle with wanting cupcakes/cookies/chips when I’m overtired & stressed finishing writing work at night (there’s a store downstairs, so temptation’s close). There’s never been a time it makes me feel great- yet it in the moment it always seems like something worth trying for more energy. How do I stop myself from making a choice I already know the outcome of?" I love this question because it is something we ALL can relate to, and I tell my personal story about overcoming my grad school burrito habit. Watch the video to learn how to make the healthiest decision when you really, really want to eat something unhealthy.

After Years Of Dieting Cassie Finally Embraces Real Food And Reaches Her Goals  

Cassie learns to stop focusing on nutrients and drop the dieting mindset. She now loves vegetables and cooking at home. Exercise is something she truly enjoys and is no longer a punishment she forces herself to do to lose weight.

Ask Darya:  What Should My Relationship With The Bathroom Scale Look Like?  

In today’s show I answer a question from Anna about how to develop a healthy relationship with your bathroom scale when you’re working to build muscle and lose body fat. There is certainly some nuance here, especially if the scale is something you’ve had a troubled relationship with in the past (or present).

Megan Has Trouble Getting Motivated To Eat Healthy After Her Wedding  

Darya helps Megan get her healthstyle back on track after a wonderful but stressful wedding.

How Amy Lost 25 Lbs Over Two Years Without Giving Up Pizza And Beer  

Learn how foodist success story Amy gave up dieting and lost 25 lbs over two years, and continues to lose weight while eating the foods she loves.

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