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

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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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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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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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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