Why You're Craving "Junk" Food

I’ve had a few people ask me if they will ever crave whole foods (protein, vegetables, fruit, basically anything unprocessed) when they begin to eat more intuitively. The short answer is YES because you will get to know your body and what helps it to thrive. When you follow food rules and are “made” to eat a certain way, you are going to crave the “forbidden” foods.

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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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Steps to Intuitive Eating

This past weekend, I woke up early on Saturday morning to get a good workout in at my local gym. On a normal weekend, I would come home from the gym and make some type of breakfast that involved eggs & toast & fruit (I know, such a basic breakfast). However, on this particular morning, my body was definitely NOT craving eggs. Instead, I chose to head to my favorite coffee shop and opted for a banana chocolate chip muffin & coffee. You may say that the egg breakfast was the “healthier” option but I’m here to say that the muffin was the “healthier” option.

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Diets Can Never Give You Food Freedom

When I see specific diets claiming "food freedom", I cannot help but laugh.  I don't understand how a diet can guarantee you food freedom when there are so many rules surrounding your food choices.  Dieting and food freedom can never go together and here is why.

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Dieting Versus Food Freedom

As a food freedom coach, I always preach throwing away your diet mentality and embracing a life of food freedom.  While you journey from dieting to food freedom, it is important to recognize when you the diet mentality is taking over.  Below, I've listed some important differences between the two.

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