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

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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Start Living, Not Existing

When I was going through my dieting phase, I literally thought about food all day (and not in a good way). I thought about every little ingredient that went into the recipes I tried. I thought about every calorie and macronutrient that I planned on consuming that day and the timing of it all. I’m not kidding when I say that it also took me all weekend to meal plan and prep.

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Trusting Ourselves

For the past week, I’ve been learning to fully trust my intuition despite the fact that it was telling me to do something I really did not want to do. As someone who tries her hardest to listen to her intuition over her mind, I had to follow the path that it was pointing me towards and make some changes. This change has forced me to leave my comfort zone and embrace the unknown.

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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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