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Rachel L. Pires is the author of "Diet Enlightenment: The Real Secret to Weight Loss".
Tell me about yourself.
I’m a new mom and a new author. My book “Diet Enlightenment: The Real Secret to Weight Loss” just released this past April. It’s available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. You can find more information at www.facebook.com/DietEnlightenment and www.dietenlightenment.com. I’m also a full-time working mom. I’m a writer at Educational Testing Service (ETS) and a contributing writer for Livestrong.com Weight Loss Blogs. My son is ten months old, and I’m still breastfeeding and pumping, and going strong. I know how challenging being a new mother can be, especially when it comes to losing the post-baby weight. So I’m excited to share my secrets and help other moms get back to their ideal weight as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Tell me about your family.
My family consists of my husband Andre and my son Lucas. Lucas was born in October of 2013 and just turned 10 months old. My husband and I have been married since October 2011. Our son was actually due on our two year wedding anniversary; however, he came two weeks early. My husband is Brazilian so we’re trying to raise Lucas with both languages. I’m doing my best to learn Portuguese myself. We think it would be fantastic for him to grow up speaking both English and Portuguese. My husband and I both work-fulltime; we’re lucky because my mother-in-law watches him full-time with help from my parents. My husband is a Civil Engineer for Toll Brothers. In addition to working full-time as a writer, my book released six months after my son was born. I’ve been pretty busy.
Can you tell me a little more about how your book “Diet Enlightenment” came to be?
I decided to write this book because I knew I had to share this knowledge with anyone who has ever struggled with weight loss. I had figured out the key to easy weight loss and realized why the majority of people fail. I found that the multibillion-dollar dieting industry is wrought with misinformation and misconceptions. I also made some insightful observations about ‘naturally thin people’ and realized that they were all doing something that most dieters lacked. Recently, I was able to put my techniques to the test again when I gained the recommended 25 pounds of pregnancy weight, and then lost it all within the first four months.
Most people are brainwashed by the dieting industry into believing that if you are not thin, it’s because you weren’t born with a great metabolism, you don’t eat healthy enough, you don’t exercise enough, you don’t have a strong enough willpower, and so on. But, this simply isn’t the case — there is an enlightened way to lose weight and anyone can do it. The truth is you don’t need to sacrifice the food you love or go hungry in order to be thin. You can have your favorite food and have you ideal shape if you know how to lose weight the right way.
Diet Enlightenment is not a book that offers the latest diet fad. Instead, it offers a modern spin on calorie counting, and equips readers with techniques that are easily adaptable in today’s world. Additionally, it helps readers learn how to get the most for their calories, how to listen to their body, and how to free themselves from the bondage of emotional eating. Having struggled with binge-eating and emotional eating myself, finding peace with food was just as important as losing the weight itself.
Shortly after I had my son in October of 2013, I came across an article about Maria Kang, the “What’s Your Excuse?” fitness mom, who had posed with her three young children and essentially asked other Moms what was their excuse for being overweight. One thing I can tell you is that fat shaming does not work. As women, and especially mothers, we need to be there to support and build each other up, not be critical of one another. I decided to respond to the conversation she started by posing for my own photo with my 8-month old son at the time to which I said, “My excuse was a multibillion-dollar dieting industry that wanted me to fail. Now I’m an enlightened dieter.” So I’m trying to spread the message to dieters — especially new moms — that the multibillion-dollar industry is the problem, not their discipline or lack of willpower. And that if I can do it, anyone can do it. They just need the right approach and knowledge, and an eating philosophy that they can stick to for life.
What does a normal day of meals look like in your home?Because I know the art of choosing my calories, I eat a lot of food. After all just because you need to eat fewer calories doesn’t mean you need to eat less food. I try to eat healthy, but I don’t put anything off limits. One of my favorite meals to make is homemade pizza pies. You take a low-calorie flatbread and add organic tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, fresh garlic and diced grilled chicken. My philosophy is that you should try to have meals that are super delicious, really filling and low-calorie.
What is your biggest challenge of being a parent?
When it comes to having time for myself, the one thing I do is that I watch Netflix on my phone while I pump. I always joke that Netflix saved my breastfeeding and pumping. The truth is that it’s nice to have 20 minutes a few times a day to pump, relax, and watch a TV show. I’m currently watching the show Revenge. Being a mother is a 24/7 job, and I knew that I was going to be giving up my free time and hobbies — at least for a few years. I will say that the grandparents do push my husband and I to have a date night at least once every few months while they watch the baby.
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