How to Ban Dieting and Embrace Mindful Eating

I used to be a dieter. A fad dieter too. It was like an addiction. It would give me some kind of high when I found out about a new one – because the hope of it bringing me the 11291790_10153271971395699_349464520_nbody of my dreams made me so excited. Funny thing is – none of them ever gave me the results I wanted. Ever. And I tried them all.

But after 5 years of study and after years of healing myself – I started to become a mindful and intuitive eater. And truthfully I had enough. I kind of gave up and let it all 11251702_10153271971435699_1618979845_ngo.  What for! And then – the results came. I treated food as a source of nourishment.  I viewed it in a totally different light. I stopped depriving myself.  I was kinder to myself. I celebrated food and ate it slowly and mindfully. I started feeling grateful for the food on my plate and the fact that my body was my temple – how lucky I am to have a body functioning so well for me.

Then everything changed. My relationship with food healed. And it’s not as easy as this. It’s taken years to heal this.

DietingMindful eating
WillpowerTrust
Quick fixLifestyle and forever
Cultural pressureIndividual approach
DeprivationSatisfaction
Food is the enemyFood is nourishment
Restrictive eatingFlexible with food
Counting caloriesNutrient dense

Top tips to letting go of the diet mentality:

  • Practice mindful eating – look at food. Literally look down on your plate and see the nutrients that help keep your body alive and well
  • 11291290_10153271971595699_549264853_nThrow away your diet books – just let it go
  • Stop comparing yourself to your friends or family members – you are biochemically unique
  • Be kind to yourself
  • You have to build the foundation of love for yourself. Otherwise you wont treat yourself kindly. Do something everyday for YOU – even if that’s just 20 minutes of delicious tea in bed
  • Practice affirmations

Find out how I healed my relationship with food and myself in The Clean Life 

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  • Thank you so much for this article, I can finally enjoy summer, and it’s really useful for me because i love drinking cold tea.

  • Great post to share with readers. There are so many fad diets around there will be a new diet each year for everyone to try. But dieting isn’t going to make you feel good, why restrict yourself to foods? I can understand not having some foods in your diet for health reasons but why follow a diet that has been made by someone. They don’t know youe body, only you do! Great tip that you put, look at your plate and see what you have on there. look to see if your getting your 5 a day. Eat slowly and eat moderate portions.

  • This post is so great Jessica! It is amazing how much food can affect your mind and how much the mind can affect your relationship with food. I remember feeling guilty after indulging in something and then feeling as if I should eat less for the next few meals to compensate for it- how ridiculous!

    But now that I realise it is not about deprivation it is about being mindful, my hole perspective of food has changed.

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