Why I Drink Coffee Only on the Weekends

Why I Drink Coffee Only on the Weekends

When I was in high school, I started to experience major stomach pains, like cramps but WORSE. It took months of doctor’s visits to figure out that these pains were symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). IBS is a disorder that affects the large intestine. It is pretty common but not everybody experiences severe symptoms. When they diagnosed me with IBS, I had no idea what it was or what I had to change about my diet. My doctor’s advice was to take a pill every day and eat more fruits and vegetables. I don’t remember how long I ended up taking that pill, but i know I stopped once I realized that taking a pill didn’t make sense.

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Listening to Your Body's Signals

Listening to Your Body's Signals

Following a diet plan may seem easier at first but eventually, you will find it difficult to avoid the foods that are a no-go on the diet. Your body will start to crave some of the foods you’ve been restricting most likely because it needs the nutrients found in those foods. The person who created the diet you are following probably does not know you or your body and following that diet is not sustainable in the long-run. The only way to ensure your body is thriving is getting to know how it speaks to you. Below are some signals that you can look for from your own body as you start to develop more intuitive eating habits.

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Dieting Doesn't Work

Dieting Doesn't Work

I used to tell myself that I was living a healthy lifestyle and NOT dieting. I used to tell myself that following all of those food rules was making me happy because i was taking care of my body. I used to tell myself that the issues I had around food was because I lacked willpower. I used to think that I would forever be dealing with guilt and anxiety around food.

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3 Realizations That Helped Me Heal

3 Realizations That Helped Me Heal

My weekends used to be spent researching recipes, grocery shopping, and meal planning. It took me hours to look up recipes and make grocery lists because I was so adamant about sticking to specific food rules. It took me almost all day on Sunday to meal prep because I wanted EVERYTHING I ate to be homemade. When I decided that I needed to change my mindset around food, I knew that planning my meals out to the hour every week was going to have to stop. I was going to have to understand my body’s signals and embrace intuitive eating. I’ve listed below some key realizations that helped me to embrace intuitive eating and work towards a life of food freedom.

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What Step Will You Take

What Step Will You Take

One of the first things I like to discuss with clients is their motivation behind dieting. Most the time, the answer is somewhere between diet culture mindsets and body image issues. For me, it was a little bit of both. I was not happy with the way my body looked, so I followed the rules put forth by diet culture in order to change it. Thanks to all of the diet trends out there, I thought certain foods would make me fat and I tried to avoid these “bad” foods at all costs. I restricted my food intake and over-exercised my body because I thought I would find true happiness in being a certain size.

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What Can You Focus on Instead?

What Can You Focus on Instead?

I thought dieting would make me feel healthier. I thought over-exercising at the gym would finally make me feel good in my own body. I thought counting calories and timing meals was what everyone should be doing. I didn’t understand how people could be healthy without food rules or rigorous exercise habits.

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