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 body 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 go. 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.
|Quick fix||Lifestyle and forever|
|Cultural pressure||Individual approach|
|Food is the enemy||Food is nourishment|
|Restrictive eating||Flexible with food|
|Counting calories||Nutrient 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
- Throw 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