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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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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It's Called a Diet, Not a Healthy Lifestyle

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

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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