It's Called a Diet, Not a Healthy Lifestyle

When I was on a diet, I thought I was simply living a healthy lifestyle. At the time, I did not think the food rules I was following were harming my physical and mental health. I felt strong and empowered when I would refuse a treat at the office or would pass on cake and ice cream at someone’s birthday party. I remember thinking to myself, “Wow all these people are harming their bodies, but I am choosing to take care of mine.”

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Don't Diet in 2019

As I’m writing this blog, it is the first Monday of 2019 and boy was it the Mondayest of Monday’s. Over the weekend, I went to the coffee shop (as usual) to get some work done. While at the coffee shop, I enjoyed a monster cookie (which if you don’t know contains all the good stuff…chocolate chips, M&M’s, peanut butter) with a side of coffee. As I was sitting at the table, enjoying my snack, I couldn’t help but think about all the people who were denying themselves of this type of food since the new year started.

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Food Is Not The Only Thing That Nourishes Us

Obsessing over everything you eat is really draining. I can see how some people think it is healthy to obsess over everything they eat. They probably think they are just taking care of their bodies but consuming food is not the only thing that contributes to a thriving body and life.

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The Root of the Problem

When I was trying to eat as “clean” as possible in my early twenties, I thought I was being healthy. I was proud of myself for staying away from “bad” foods and only eating whole foods. I was proud of myself for spending hours in the kitchen and hours at the gym because I thought I was taking care of myself in the best way possible.

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Positive Food Affirmations

Two blogs ago, I listed 3 steps you can take to have food peace this holiday season. In this blog, I am focusing on how to write positive food affirmations to refer back to when you start to feel guilty or when you feel like you are taking a step backwards on your food freedom journey.

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