“For the past several years, Bonnie Taub-Dix has been my nutritionist! Initially, I began to see her for weight loss guidance and we met weekly for a number of months. I was not looking to find fancy diets to follow, but rather to learn how to restructure my own relationship with food more intelligently. Bonnie provided me with important, simple, and effective nutritional information, ideas, strategies, and coupled all this with incredible and enthusiastic support. Although I am generally pretty nutritionally astute, or so I thought, I found myself relearning and tailoring my past eating experiences as Bonnie presented information based on my eating preferences. Each session provided me with much “food for thought,” and, as I began to implement her suggestions into my daily life, I achieved a weight loss of over 40 pounds – in fact, the easiest part.
I have continued to see Bonnie on a regular basis (every 6 weeks) because it has taken a long and steady time with her supportive guidance for me to accept the fact that I have indeed integrated a nutritional balance scale into my life. For a number of years, if my weight went up even one or two pounds, I was convinced that I would immediately climb to my former weight. Each new eating experience – Thanksgiving dinner, a party, or a vacation with different eating challenges – provided real learning material for our sessions. I remember telling Bonnie that she was always there, “on my shoulder,” helping me to strategize and to make smart food choices. However, I also remember teasing her a little by telling her that sometimes I “pushed her off my shoulder,” and had that brownie or piece of cake.
So for me, the internalization of healthy, smart eating and the ability to trust myself has taken a long time. I guess it’s called “maintenance.” Now if I go on vacation and add a pound or two, I automatically compensate when I get home and drop back to my desired weight. I am so very lucky to have found Bonnie! She is so smart, has solid nutritional grounding, presents her ideas with compelling examples, and is always, always on my side. Add to all these qualities, the fact that Bonnie is psychologically astute and quickly spots areas where this kind of support is necessary, and it doesn’t get any better! I can’t imagine a time when she won’t be in my life, because there is always some new issue or idea to “chew over,” and because it is just fun to spend time with her learning about healthy, delicious, eating!”
S.W., Teaneck, N.J.