mindful eating

How a Plant-Based Diet Can Transform Your Relationship to Food

Have you ever felt like you love AND hate food?

Like, you love it so much that you hate it because you feel so out of control when it comes to what you are putting in your body?

You love sweets and salty foods, decadent and delicious foods, and it seems like no matter what you do you’re surrounded by temptation ALL of the time.

In today’s world it can be SO hard to eat healthy and actually enjoy it.

But let me tell you, it’s TOTALLY possible and can even be easy and fun.

You see, I’ve struggled with my relationship to food since I was a teenager.

I used it for comfort, numbing or a way to have some control.

When I felt stressed, anxious, or  overwhelmed I would eat chips, cookies, and fast food.

When I was feeling hurt, sad, or mad I would use food as a way to avoid dealing with my feelings or the current circumstances.

When I felt like my body was no longer it’s normal “slim and slender” self and it no longer matched the image society and media glamorize, I used food as a way to feel like I had control over my body. I’d restrict or deprive myself, and then binge and allow, and went on to repeat this cycle again and again.

I spent years living this way with very little awareness of it.

I tried diet after diet, cleanse after cleanse, and even tried a few diet pills.

The thing is, I was never overweight and I’m not really sure why I became so obsessed with losing weight, but I know this is a struggle that so many women continue to battle.

How to Ditch the Diet Mentality in 7 Simple Steps

I’ve shared with you many reasons why you should ditch dieting, but I haven’t exactly shared with you how to let go of the dieting mentality that we are all so used to.

If you’ve come to terms with letting go of dieting, yet you still struggle with the nagging thoughts such as:

“How many calories are in this?”

“Ahh, I can’t eat carbs.”

“I was so bad with my eating today.”

“Once I lose the weight, then I’ll __________ (fill in the blank)”

YOU are in the right place!

I’ve created this in depth blog post to teach you exactly why and how you can let go of the diet mentality so that you can start creating healthy habits that actually last.

Did you know….?

Mindful Eating: 5 Simple Steps to Being Present While You Eat

Ever eat a whole bag of chips only to reach the crumbs and not remember actually eating the whole bag of chips?

Or… you eat so fast that you don’t really taste your food and then you’re hungry a few hours later?

This may sound all too familiar, especially if you’re a chronic dieter.

In today’s society, we are so used to multitasking, eating while we work, checking our phones and simply not enjoying the present moment.

We’re often obsessed over the next diet we’re going start or feeling guilt or shame for the food we are eating.

We numb out and try to avoid any feelings by stuffing ourselves with food and missing out on the pleasure aspect that is actually meant to come from food.

But, if we could just pause and eat without distraction for a moment… what do you think would happen?

Perhaps...

Why Letting Go Of Judgment is Essential For Your Health

 

Ugh. I can’t believe I ate that whole cake, my diet begins tomorrow.

Wow, I’m so lazy. I didn’t work out again.

I have no self-control. I just can’t eat healthy.”

Do any of these thoughts sound familiar?

These are actual thoughts I used to have on a daily basis.

Time and time again my clients come to me with these same thoughts repeating over and over in their head.

We are all so judgmental and critical of ourselves.

It’s really time that we just give ourselves a break.

We are human. We are hard-working, busy, stressed out, and exhausted most of the time and it’s about time we start to take care of ourselves and just let ourselves off the hook every now and then.

You may be thinking that being judgmental and hard on yourself is what keeps you accountable on your health journey, but I’m going to ask you to put that thought on pause for a moment.

First of all, Is it working for you? Are you consistently eating healthy and working out?

I know for most of my clients this is not the case, so if it isn’t working perhaps a new way of thinking may be just what you need.

The truth is being judgmental and critical of ourselves all of the time is simply not empowering.

Most of the time our judgments leave us feeling discouraged, mad, and sad.

And when you’re feeling discouraged, mad, or sad - do you really feel like eating a salad or working out?

Most likely, the answer is no.

When we beat ourselves up for eating that whole bag of chips or that box of donuts, we are more likely to continue making less than healthy choices later on as well.

In my own personal experience, if I were to eat one “bad” thing, I would just end up saying, “Well, I suck, might as well eat some pizza and have some chocolate and start eating health tomorrow”. I would basically use the junk food as a way to comfort myself from my own judgements.

The thing is when we move away from judging ourselves for every little choice we make and move toward awareness and curiosity we aren’t left feeling defeated and we’re able to move on and make the next best choice for ourselves in the present moment.

When we are aware and curious of our choices, it is way more empowering to move forward making healthier choices more often than not.


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HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO HELP YOU MOVE AWAY FROM JUDGEMENT & START FEELING MORE EMPOWERED TODAY:

Bless your food. Before eating, practice gratitude for your food. Appreciate what you have out front of you and realize the energy that this food will bring to your body.

Be curious. Ask yourself questions such as “Am I really hungry?” “Is this food what I truly desire?” “How am I feeling while I eat this?” “What lead me to eating this food?” By being curious, you are staying present in the moment and you are able to move away from judgement.

Choose again. If you start to judge your choices or feel bad about having negative thoughts about what you are eating simply choose again. Choose a different thought. You may think “I have no will power” and then catch yourself and transform that thought into “I wonder why I don’t believe I have will power to make the best decision for myself”. This simple change in thinking can really go a long way.

Use affirmations. Positive affirmations are a great way to train your mind to move away from negative and judgmental thoughts. You can choose a few affirmations and practice saying them daily or when you notice yourself starting to judge. A few great examples are “Nourishing myself is a joyful experience and I am worthy of the time spent on my healing” or “Every decision I make is the right one for me”.

Be compassionate. Have compassion for yourself and your choices. Stop beating yourself up and practice self-kindess and compassion for your naturally human, imperfect, beautiful self.  

 

What now?

Start practicing.

Meditate & observe your thoughts.

Start a journal to track your thoughts on a daily basis.

Use affirmations or mantras to shift your thoughts.

Schedule call with me & see how I can help you transform your thoughts from judgment to compassion.

 


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Six Seductive Tips for Sensual Eating

Six Seductive Tips for Sensual Eating

I'm so excited to share these six sensuality secrets that will give you more pleasure from your food! 

But first, why am I talking about eating and sensuality in the same sentence?

Aha! You have asked the right question.

Researchers have estimated that as much as 30-40% of our digestive response to a meal is due to the Cephalic Phase Digestive Response or CPDR.

So what exactly is CPDR and why is it important?

Excellent question and here’s why:

CPDR simply put means that the thought, sight and smell of food stimulates gastric secretions to prepare for the digestion of food even before you have taken your first bite and that much of the pleasure of eating is derived from this anticipation. 

10 Signs You're An Emotional Eater

10 Signs You're An Emotional Eater

It's important to point out: We all eat emotionally. 

Humans are emotional beings and it would be impossible to never eat emotionally.

Emotional eating is not always a bad thing and in fact, I tend to believe it's actually a good thing.

When we eat emotionally, it is usually a sign that something in our life is either missing or needs some attention. People often use food as coping mechanism for dealing with life's challenges which isn't always the best, but it definitely could be worse.

Although everyone may eat emotionally at times, there are also the people who eat emotionally most of the time. I used to fall in this category until I became aware that I was actually eating emotionally. Once I was aware of how I was eating, I began using some strategies and techniques I had learned to start eating more mindfully and intuitively

So, do you think you are mostly an emotional eater? Here are 10 signs you're an emotional eater:

Intuitive Eating: Everything You Need to Know & How to Get Started Now!

Intuitive Eating: Everything You Need to Know & How to Get Started Now!

What is Intuitive Eating?

Intuitive eating is an approach  that teaches you how to listen to your own body when making decisions about food, as opposed to taking direction from external sources. It helps you create a healthy relationship between your food, mind and body. With intuitive eating, you learn to use your own innate body wisdom and distinguish between your physical and emotional feelings. As simple as this approach may seem, it can take a lot of practice and letting go of years of contradicting information learned from dieting and today’s society.

Intuitive Eating is for you if you struggle with:

  • Emotional eating
  • Food cravings
  • Overeating/Binge eating
  • Compulsive eating
  • Body image issues
  • Weight loss
  • Eating disorders (If you think you may have an eating disorder, please consult a medical professional)

The Benefits of ACTUALLY Chewing Your Food

The Benefits of ACTUALLY Chewing Your Food

If I were to ask you how many times the average person chews a bite of food, what do you think the answer would be? 

If you guessed 3, than you would be absolutely correct. The average person only chews about 3 times before swallowing a bite of food. 

Now, really think about that. Your body has to work extra hard to break down that food that you are basically swallowing whole. 

You may not have realized, but chewing plays a vital role in digestion. 

When you chew your food, the saliva has important enzymes that also help break down food, making it easier to digest and assimilate which allows for more of the food to be used by the body instead of being stored as fat.