Most of the time, we don’t realize that our body is talking to us. In fact, some of us don’t know it at all. What is our body telling us? Well, author of Thin is a State of Mind, The No Stress Weight Loss Guide, Nancy Bryan is here to let you guide you through the process. In this exclusive interview, we got to know the author beyond her incredible book and got a better understanding of why it is important for us to eat what our bodies need, and not what the mind wants.
Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
Well, I live in Southern California. I have two children and three grand children. The book that I wrote, I originally wrote it in 1980 but I just put out a revised and updated version because four years ago, my husband passed away and I found that my eating was getting out of control. In order to try to work on that, I realized that I had actually written a book on this, why don’t I take my own advice? (laughs) So, I did and managed to get my figure under control and that is what made me put out the revised edition of my book, called Thin is a State of Mind, The No Stress Weight Loss Guide.
What was it about weight loss and the body that intrigued you to want to know more about it?
Well, I’ll just be real honest. What intrigued me and continues to intrigue me is that given the amount of processed food that we have in our diet, there is an absolute stark divide in what you have to call addictive or compulsive eating and regular eating. That was the reason for putting out the revised edition of my book because after my husband passed, my eating was out of control. I thought to myself, that my entire life as a widow would be more gaining more and more weight. I didn’t want that to happen. All of a sudden, I realized that in this particular moment in my life, food is not being food, it’s being a narcotic. It kept my grief-stricken thoughts out of my consciousness. If I wanted to not be an addict, I had to not eat the foods that were affecting me addictively. Right away, I cut out all sugar, flour, and dairy. To my absolute surprise, my entire behavior just changed overnight. I was content with it all. I find it fascinating that all through our culture (it really does not matter what race you are) this is a problem of either addiction or non-addiction and I know which one I prefer to fall under.
Could you tell us about your book, Thin is a State of Mind, The No Stress Weight Loss Guide?
Well, the interesting thing to me is that when I wrote it in 1980, almost all of the ideas inside of it was considered quite hibby dippy at the time. They practically weren’t considered legitimate. In the intervening years, all of the ideas have been validated by actually experiments and observations. One of the most important ones, at the time I credited with being inspired by Timothy Gallwey and his books on The Inner Game of Tennis, and more, he said that trying to do anything is exactly the wrong way to go about accomplishing anything. You have to have a positive attitude and let things go. I quoted Gallwey in my book and since then, a Nobel Prize winner and behavioral psychologist, Daniel Kahneman has showed that whenever you try hard to do anything, the brain uses it’s glucose faster than it normally would. In other words, your body’s fuel. Literally, you are going about it the wrong way and you are starving your ability to reach your goal. As I said, that was considered a far out idea in 1980 and now it has simply been validated by experiments.
Do you have any advice you could offer to our readers?
Yes! It has to do with being serene and trying to just stay focused, calm, and as grateful as you could possibly be. I realize that people have different stresses in their lives… One of my friends once said to me, “I’m not talking about tranquility, tranquility probably means you’re sitting by some mountain stream and you feel at one with the universe. But serenity is something else. Serenity allows you to keep yourself calm even when your kids are screaming and the washing machine is broken and everything is going wrong. Try to keep yourself in a serene state of mind and that is what will help you get through life.” There was a man who invented the concept of stress, someone said to him, “What could be considered the biggest antidote to stress?” and he said, “That’s easy, it’s the attitude of being grateful.” A lot of us find it difficult to be grateful in our daily lives but being grateful is what can help us keep serene and help us work on and solve the problems we encounter in our daily lives.
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