3 Realizations That Helped Me Heal

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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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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Understanding Your Body

Understanding Your Body

I believe having food freedom is one of the best things in life for someone who used to be obsessed with dieting. However, I know that finding food freedom is a difficult journey and a hard concept to grasp when you are used to always having a diet plan. I think the reason that this journey is so difficult is because we have lost touch with understanding our bodies and what they need to thrive.

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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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