I recently started reading “Intuitive Eating” (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.ca/gp/redirect NULL.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww NULL.amazon NULL.ca%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2F0312321236%3Fpf%5Frd%5Fm%3DA3DWYIK6Y9EEQB%26pf%5Frd%5Fs%3Dcenter-1%26pf%5Frd%5Fr%3D1QBJQY6VTA398B6GWS10%26pf%5Frd%5Ft%3D101%26pf%5Frd%5Fp%3D290291901%26pf%5Frd%5Fi%3D915398&tag=heathehun-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=15121&creative=330641) by Evelyne Tribole and Elyse Resch. In it, they list the multiple reasons that dieting doesn’t work.  They discuss how we have become a nation obsessed with dieting, weight and body image concerns.  While this is nothing new, they do make the point that all this talk of dieting is contributing to our weight problems by overemphasizing the what we “should” be eating instead of learning to listen to our body’s own hunger signals.

This reminded me of another book I read recently, “French Women Don’t Get Fat” (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.ca/gp/redirect NULL.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww NULL.amazon NULL.ca%2FFrench-Women-Dont-Get-Fat%2Fdp%2F0307387992%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1213635226%26sr%3D1-1&tag=heathehun-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=15121&creative=330641) where author Mireille Guiliano states that American women are obsessed with dieting and talking about their own weight problems. She says that in France, it is considered tacky and impolite to discuss such matters in front of others, except with your doctor if health is an issue.  I found that so refreshing, because it seems that whenever women get together, half the conversation is focused on how fat they’ve been feeling lately, what they shouldn’t be eating but will “indulge” themselves with this time, what they’ve been doing to lose weight, how it’s been working/not working.  Phew!  Talk about exhausting.

Next time you’re out with friends or family I dare you to completely refuse to talk about dieting, the “evils” of food, your body, or your exercise routine (or lack thereof). Don’t say anything self-deprecating (I look terrible in these jeans!), don’t comment on your conflicted feelings about your food (I shouldn’t be eating this but it tastes so good!) or how full you feel.  And if anyone else gets started, politely excuse yourself from engaging in the conversation by saying something along the lines of, “I would prefer to discuss something else if you don’t mind.” They’ll get the hint.