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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Why I Exercise

Yesterday, I started getting back into the habit of working out in the morning. I recently moved into an apartment building that has a gym on the main floor and I am so pumped! The fact that I can roll out of bed and walk downstairs to the gym has helped me to stay motivated. When I headed down on Monday morning, I did not have much of a plan. I knew I wanted to get in a quick warm up on the treadmill and do a few dumbbell exercises, but I did not have a rigid routine in my head. Let me tell you, it felt really good to be able to head to the gym without obsessing over this.

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How I Started Healing

When I was in my early twenties, I never thought I was on a diet.  I thought the discipline I had around my food choices was me simply choosing to live a healthy lifestyle.  For years, I did not think that the rules and the mentality I had around food were harming my physical and mental health.  I often felt proud of the “will power” I had when I said no to office treats and dinner rolls. I often judged others who were choosing to eat “unhealthy” foods and thought they were not taking care of themselves.

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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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Guilt-Free Holidays

With every holiday season comes multiple parties that all revolve around food. When I was struggling with disordered eating, these parties brought up TONS of anxiety and guilt. The day of a party, I would either eat less than normal so I didn’t feel as guilty about enjoying a holiday treat OR I would fill up on “healthy” foods beforehand so I would not be hungry at the party.

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