My guest today, Erin Wathen, is a food expert. She came to understand how we diet and why we don’t do well on them after her own personal journey of yo-yo dieting — starting from when she was only 15 years old. This is a story that so many of us can relate to but don’t know how to break free from.
In this episode, Erin talks extensively about food addiction and we go into great detail about how it’s not food that we are after, but actually, feelings that we are chasing. More explicitly, it’s actually a neurochemical reaction that we are trying to elicit. All of us on some level have a challenge with food addiction. And today, Erin breaks it all down for us. She explains how emotional components come into play with unhealthy eating habits, why we gain weight in the first place, how to stop yo-yo dieting and become a mindful eater, the connection between the food we choose to eat and its influence on our sleep and she gives us her five essential tips to literally be healthier by the end of this week!
[1:33] About my guest today, Erin Wathen.
[3:08] Welcoming Erin to the podcast.
[3:15] Erin takes us through her personal and professional story.
[10:02] The emotional component of eating.
[15:27] How do we spot food addiction in our own lives?
[19:57] How to address food addiction head on.
[25:40] The connection between food choice and its influence on sleep.
[29:13] Erin’s five tips to literally be healthier by the end of the week.
[39:11] Erin’s key performance indicators!
[43:04] Where to find out more about Erin’s work.
Mentioned in This Episode:
Why Can’t I Stick To My Diet?: How To End the Food Drama, by Erin Wathen
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More About Erin Wathen
Erin Wathen is a holistic health coach, food abuse counselor and the author of Why Can’t I Stick to My Diet?: How To End The Food Drama. Originally from the West Coast, Erin worked in human resources in NYC for many years.
As a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and a Food Addiction Counselor (INFACT), Erin understands the science behind health. As a Certified Spinning® Instructor (STAR 3), Vinyasa Yoga instructor (200 Hour) and Classical Pilates instructor, she understands the mechanics of health as well. Fortunately, she also knows how to break it all down into everyday language for her clients.
Despite her wealth of knowledge on diet and exercise, Erin was not at peace with her body. She found true nutrition to be the missing piece of the puzzle. She was always on a diet and yet never reached her goal weight. Through a lot of trial and error, Erin found her last diet, which became her food plan and the basis of her book, Why Can’t I Stick to My Diet? The book is currently available online at Amazon and will be available in bookstores November 2018.
Her philosophy simply put: Health isn’t a number on the scale or how often we exercise, but our lives as a whole. She partners with her clients to work on solutions that fit into their lifestyle, empowering them to live their healthiest life in our crazy world.
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CALL TO ACTION
Don’t eat close to bedtime — eating before bed leads your body to digest food during the night and creates a domino effect of fatigue going into your next day. When you eat right (and in turn, improve your sleep) your health and life will dramatically improve. More sleep means making healthier choices during the day, and a healthy diet is a key to feeling better! Remember to follow-up on The Entrepology Podcast Facebook page — because when you are accountable, you are helpable.
“Losing weight is one thing, but keeping it off is a whole different scenario.”
— Erin Wathen
“When you stop using these fake ‘coping’ mechanisms we think we have, life is so much more efficient.” — Erin Wathen
“That kind of problem-solving vs. finger-pointing is what high performers do.”
— Erin Wathen
“When we don’t get enough sleep we have a really hard time making good food choices, and the choices we make also lead to poor sleep.” — Erin Wathen
“We aren’t conscious at all of what we’re eating because we’re just waiting until we’re way too hungry!” — Erin Wathen
“When you know better, you do better.” — Meghan Walker