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.
I’ve started many of new diets in the beginning of the year and each time, I failed.
I would be “good” for about a week or so and then I would start to get CRAZY around food. When I had rules around food, I would crave the forbidden ones more than normal. I would restrict myself of so many “treats” like the cookie at the coffee shop and eventually this restriction would make me binge on all the forbidden foods. At the time, my diet-obsessed self thought I lacked willpower and felt horrible that I could not just eat “healthy” like all the other “fit” people.
I know there are plenty of people who decided that 2019 was going to be the year they stuck to their diet but I am here to tell you that you will fail. I’m not trying to be a downer, but sticking to a diet every single day is incredibly hard because you are not listening to your body. Eventually, your body’s cravings are going to win. I fully support people who are trying to eat more whole foods because they want to better their physical and mental health, but when you start to put rules around food, it becomes incredibly hard to stick to any type of diet.
Instead of trying to perfectly follow a new diet, you should be learning more about intuitive eating. I believe intuitive eating is one of the best ways for you to reach optimal health. Yes, intuitive eating requires more work and education than any diet, but it is the best option in the long run.
Make it your intention this year to educate yourself on your own body and how foods affect it rather than following a meal plan made by a stranger.
If you want to learn more about intuitive eating, download a free copy of my guide here.