A new book recommends using the Domino Formula instead of dieting
Karie Cassell, a registered dietitian and licensed life coach, offers readers a fresh take on weight loss in her new book, The Domino Diet: How to Heal from the Inside Out. She promotes an informed approach to weight loss and general health that places less emphasis on calories and dieting and more emphasis on the big picture of healing yourself on many levels. Cassell advises using her Domino Diet Formula, which helps you make adjustments in several areas of your life, rather than giving in to the effects of yo-yo dieting, where you lose a few pounds, then gain it back, then try again. They will all come together once those areas have been taken care of in a domino effect.
Dieting frequently fails because, as Karie explains, when we lose weight, the subconscious may attempt to gain it back. This results in inevitable plateaus and little success from yo-yo diets. But we’ll be much more successful when we switch the yo-yos for dominoes. We will start our internal healing process by letting go of illnesses and diagnoses so that we can enjoy better health. We can renew at an optimal cellular level in as little as 120 days, Karie reminds us. You can let go of your problems with the Domino Diet Formula and transform into a healthier, newer version of yourself.
The Domino Diet is broken down into six sections, each focusing on a different domino or area that needs to be adjusted for us to reach and maintain the right weight for our bodies and remain healthy. Our thoughts, emotions, and hormones are among those dominoes. In order to achieve freedom—not just freedom from excess weight, but freedom from many of the distresses that plague other areas of our lives, Karie guides us through exploring each of the six dominos. When they are all lined up properly, we will be free.
The Domino Diet is much more than just a book about dieting. Karie is actually the first to highlight the issue with the majority of diets. As a dietitian, she is aware that recommending a range of calories based on active versus non-active days is more reasonable than using a fixed calorie approach. We don’t live in a fixed world after all, as she explains. In addition, we need to reconsider what the bathroom scale is trying to tell us. Overall, as Karie states, restricted diets are counterproductive to true healing, and “It’s time to stop thinking in terms of diet and begin thinking in terms of healing.”
Examining our eating habits is a key step in healing. It’s likely that we’re eating emotionally if we’re not eating because we’re actually hungry. We must examine the failures, guilt, disorder, and stuck emotions that contribute to our emotional eating habits. The way we view our bodies also needs to change. According to research, 80% of women and a similar percentage of men are unhappy with their bodies. Karie wants us to alter our relationship with our bodies by altering our thoughts. Throughout the book, she provides encouraging affirmations that we can use to raise our mental level and become more appreciative of all that our bodies do for us.
I was genuinely surprised by some of the ways Karie illustrates we can lose weight. She mentioned the value of breathing as one instance. She states “with the combination of deep breathing (for more With enough oxygen (O2 in and CO2 out) and sleep, losing weight can actually occur in your dreams.” Additionally, she advises that we examine where and how we eat. Many of us eat while watching the news, which is usually bad news versus “good chews.” As a result, eating becomes stressful, and stress makes it easier to gain weight. With action steps guiding you through the book with examples like The Power of the Pause before eating, you will “Rest and Digest” and enjoy food again.
We also need to take into account the psychological factors that influence our food choices. Compared to just a generation or two ago, our society is one of abundance. The Great Depression and food rationing during World War II were both experienced by our grandparents. They frequently ran out of food, which made them vulnerable to marketing tactics that encouraged them to buy two items for the price of one, or to hoard food in general. They then passed these habits on to us. We must change with the times and give up outdated ideas like the notion that we should finish everything on our plate or buy food in bulk when it’s on sale because there might not be enough later. Perhaps my favorite point in the whole book is when Karie said we need to quit acting like every meal is the “last supper.” It’s time to let go of your belief in scarcity and embrace abundance guilt-free!
Another issue I never considered is the effects of menopause and “manopause” on our eating habits. Karie suggests that we retrain ourselves to view this time as a midlife awakening rather than a midlife crisis. We should celebrate this time rather than just eat our way through it, according to her, as it would be abnormal to not experience an awakening at midlife.
Holding resentments is another factor that affects our weight. As Karie states, “Like vegetables, forgiveness is beneficial whether you like it or not.” We might also worry about what it will be like to achieve our ideal weight, or, to put it another way, we worry about success. When we commit to a health program or lose weight, we imagine terrifying scenarios like never having fun again and having to spend a lot of money we don’t have on new clothes. Karie clarifies that we can still have fun; we just need a little moderation: “Not everything must be done. Christmas is not the subject. It’s about Fridays for a lifetime, camping for a season, and Christmas lasting a whole month.”
These are just a few highlights from The Domino Diet. You will be inspired to make the changes required to fully enjoy the joy of feeling healthy mentally and physically by Karie’s down-to-earth, honest, and lighthearted writing style, which is heavily sprinkled with insight. She also includes reflections, affirmations, and inspiring quotes. I’m hoping you’ll read this book and line up your dominoes to get outcomes you’ll love.