Wednesday, October 28, 2009

3 Meal Magic

It pains me to admit it, but I do have a weight problem. Ever since I had my baby, I’ve been a good 10 pounds overweight. I’m 5’ tall (well, 4’11.5”, but nobody would mind if I round up, right?) with a small frame and for 3 years now, I’ve constantly been in the vicinity of 125 lbs. Have I tried to diet? I announced it and then never got around to actually starting. Have I tried working out? Lots of times, but I’ve never been able to follow through. I just seem like such a far cry from the person I used to be. That person ate healthy, that person walked/jogged miles up and down the river daily, that person felt light. I don’t really have the luxury of time or money to get into a program that would help me stay on track with the weight loss, so when I was offered to review Tricia Greaves’ “3 Meal Magic - The Amazing Non-Diet for Emotional Eaters”, I grabbed the opportunity, ever hopeful that this might just be the system I could work with.

The thing about me is that I’ve recently just discovered the greatness of food. I didn’t really care too much about it when I was younger, hence it was pretty easy to stay away from it. As I grew older, had more experiences, faced bigger problems, my perception of food shifted. My enjoyment of it also magnified. I noticed that good (and when I say good, I mean great tasting) food affected my mood positively. It was simultaneously superficial and unhealthy. It was just too easy to temporarily assuage frustration, loneliness, despair, even exhaustion and boredom by indulging a food craving. However, I never really associated all this with the term emotional eating until I considered signing up to do this review.

The CD runs a little over an hour and is certainly very informative and easy to understand. It explains a lot about how the body functions and reacts. It espouses self awareness and how if we recognize what is going on with ourselves that causes our urges to indulge in emotional eating, it would be easier to control them. Tricia Greaves tackles the subject thoroughly and speaks with empathy. The 3 Meal Non-Diet is certainly something I haven’t tried yet. It’s definitely not the usual diet tips and tricks we normally hear about and spout ourselves. In the first place, it does veer away from even calling itself a diet. It also goes against usual weight loss mantras we are exposed to such as the small, frequent meals and the drinking water to feel full trick. Tricia explains why they aren’t effective in the CD.

A limit of 3 meals a day is not going to be easy. It’s not natural to my culture which requires both morning and afternoon snacks. It’s not going to be natural for me personally as I’ve always been a grazer. It’s certainly going to require me to exercise restraint and discipline, but Tricia said many things in the recording that I intend to write down and strategically post around my apartment. I know keeping those points in mind will help me overcome potential inner struggles. Having said that, I do intend to give this system a try. At first, I could hear all the usual objections in my mind, most of them concerning the list of things I need to accomplish in a day and how the system wouldn’t fit. However, even as I enumerate the arguments, I also recognize excuses for what they are. I do have to put in some conscious effort to better care for myself and this program is definitely worth a try. I’ll give you an update as to results.

You can learn more about this CD at

Disclosure: I was given a free copy of the recording for the purpose of writing this review.


Vera said...

Wow, I hope it yields positive results for you!

We have a small The Biggest Loser challenge in the office and I have so far lost 3 lbs since we started (like 1 pound a week). I am looking forward to speeding this even further in the coming weeks.