Today officially marks the launch of Eat Real Food TV, an idea that was born from really listening to you. Let’s go behind the scenes to find out how it all came about, shall we?
My eat real food community just absolutely rocks and on any given day, I learn as much from you as you learn from me. That’s the magic of relationships: together we are stronger.
Over the years you have given me valuable feedback. You like being educated and inspired to eat real food. You like the blog that lands in your inbox every Thursday. You like the recipes that keep your taste buds happy. You like the practical tips on social media that serve as useful reminders.
You also find it comforting that I’m a real person with my own obstacles and challenges. You’re relieved to know that I’m not perfect and I don’t expect you to be either. Whenever I talk with people about this idea of progress over perfection, it lights us both up like a light bulb.
So it got me thinking…
How can I speak to a wider audience about making steady progress towards our common goal of building better eating habits? Well, I could get in front of a TV camera and pretend we’re having coffee together in my kitchen while solving the world’s problems.
But wait a second. What if (in the spirit of being totally transparent about my obstacles and challenges) the act of putting myself out there is borderline frightening? I’m not an actress. I don’t know anything about starting a YouTube channel. What if it’s a total flop?
I’ve learned through trial and error that I can use my own fear as somewhat of a navigational guide. Whenever I feel like turning away is actually the time to lean in.
Starting a TV show scared me. So starting TV show is exactly what I did!
So thank you for pushing me outside my comfort zone and I sincerely hope this content serves you. You can expect a new episode once per month.
In today’s first episode, I’m asking for your honesty.
Can you eat and drink empty calorie treats in moderation?
Most of us want to believe we can, but only true Moderators pull off this strategy without it back firing.
Counterintuitively, Avoiders find it easier to manage cravings if they steer clear of tempting treats altogether.
Watch the episode to find out which one you are, and I’d be so honoured if you shared it with your friends.
As always, there is no right or wrong approach, only choosing the one that (actually) works for YOU.
I’m curious to hear if you’re an avoider or a moderator. Leave your answer in the comments below so we can all get to know each other a little better.
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I think I’m both depending on what it is. Good dark chocolate – I can limit myself to 1-3 pieces for a couple of days but then it starts calling me every time I open ‘that’ drawer till I end up ‘having’ to eat it till there is no more in the house.
Baked goodies are different. They live in the freezer and once in a blue moon I’ll sample them. No problem.
Al and I are definitely not moderators. Myself especially, will gobble up all the treats if she doesn’t hide them!
Marlene Elliott says
Look into the camera, lol. I am, and have been, very lucky in my life, never having to go on a diet or watching what I eat. In my later years, I am 74, I eat breakfast around 10am, even though I get up around 8. By mid afternoon I want something sweet or sometimes just a cup of tea. Supper around 6 and I never eat after that, or maybe rarely. I have been that way most of my life and although I know I should eat an earlier breakfast I can’t eat early. I made the best pecan pie this week and have had 3 pieces with whip cream already but it could be months before I make another one. Yay
I try to eat healthier but having a hubby who can also eat anything doesn’t help. If I mention quinoa or kale he thinks I’m talking Chinese! I will be having you on facebook and look forward to your advice. By the way, I am 5’4″ and weigh 130 so am not carrying extra fat. I golf a lot though!
theresa taylor says
Just watched your video. You are right on avoiding or moderating. I am definitely a person who needs to avoid wine. I cannot moderate. It is such a positive, uplifting feeling to do it. I struggle with getting to the avoidance stage.
thanks for sharing.
Pat Koets says
I always thought that I was a moderator but think that I do better with avoidance. I am completely avoiding sugar and not missing it at all. However, I think I should try that with wine, too
Carol Pickering says
My sister in law Myrna sent me this video. I love it and your message is great.
I am definitely in your pocket. Wine is exactly my downfall , always thinking one glass is okay,
but for me it leads to eating the wrong things and quite often a second glass..
Have been trying avoidance and find that so much easier.
Look forward to hearing lots more from you. Great job!
Sandra hazlett says
I feel that I am a moderator for the most part. I buy dark chocolate and eat a piece in the evening as a treat ( and consider it healthy). I just don’t keep other baked goods in the house, such as chocolate chip cookies because I can’t just leave them.
Lisa Hirvi says
Thanks for sharing the message about moderation or avoidance. Avoidance works best for me. If it isn’t in the kitchen then I don’t miss it…whatever it is. Otherwise, it continues to call my name and willpower isn’t always strong. I find it best to keep healthy real food in the house. Cheers to knowing what works well for each of us!
Pauline Roswell says
I have to avoid sweets. It is impossible to be a moderator if they are in the house. If I have one sweet it takes at least 4 days of eating whole foods before the cravings are over. Thanks for sharing with us.