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?

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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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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My Food Freedom Journey

There is a myth that I used to believe in my early twenties. I used to believe that my body shape and size would bring me happiness. I used to think that having a perfectly toned and fit body would make me truly happy and so I spent countless hours meal prepping and workout planning.

I was on this hardcore diet and workout cycle for the good part of my early twenties and I really never found happiness.

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The Body I've Always Wanted

I remember a few years ago when I was using at-home DVD workouts, there was a trainer who literally told us that we need to work hard for the body we’ve always wanted. At the time, I was like “YES! I want that super toned body and I am going to work hard to get there”. Looking back, I wish my younger self would’ve known that getting the body I thought I always wanted would not make me happy.

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