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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ditch the Diet

It took me 10 years of yoyo dieting to realize that diets don't work. If your struggling with any kind of disordered eating habits I promise you, the answer to your problem isn't another diet. I know The urge to diet is strong and the thought of losing weight quickly is alluring but if your long term goal is to heal your relationship with food doing another diet will only take you backwards. This is fresh on my heart because I'm currently dealing with my old tendencies to crash diet or restrict myself after indulging all week on vacation. Yeah I could lose the extra vacation fluff faster that way but it would be detrimental to my mental health and all the progress I've made to find balance and sustainability in my healthy lifestyle. This last year I've had to learn to be patient with my results and focus on what's going on inside my head vs. what kind of physical changes I've made and I realize now that depriving yourself makes it impossible to enjoy life and is stressful on your body. Diets aren't sustainable because they aren't individualized and only focus on numbers not food. Diets ignore intuition and are a fast track to a binge:( If you've struggled to find balance with food, feel like food or dieting has become an obsession or are always trying a new diet in hopes that it will solve your relationship with food. Try these simple steps to finding a healthy, balanced, and sustainable lifestyle.
  • Commit to NEVER dieting again. This includes tracking macros, counting calories, restricting food groups, (unless you have food allergies) etc... 
  • get rid of your scale (numbers don't define you) 
  • focus on wellness not weight
  • Quit punishing yourself  and feeling guilty or ashamed for what you ate. Your human, you make decisions...sometimes they are good and sometimes not so good;) how you react to these choices has a huge impact on your mindset and relationship with food. 
  • Be patient and realize that results might be slower but it's worth it if you can ultimately end your internal war with food, find balance and a sustainable lifestyle that doesn't deprive you of anything and allows you to enjoy life while feeling your best!
  • Try to eat intuitively and focus on what foods make you feel good and what foods make you feel like a garbage can. Your body deserves to be treated with respect, and that means listening to the signals it's giving you;) 
  • Trust yourself to eat when your hungry, stop when your satisfied, and eat things that make you feel good.
These principals are important regardless of your current weight/size! You deserve to eat without guilt, have a healthy body and mind, and end the yoyo dieting insanity! Don't forget to be patient with yourself, forgiveness is essential, and loving yourself is a priority that takes daily intention (but that's a topic I'll save for another blog post)  I love you guys so much and  I hope my insights are helpful, I'm just a girl that's been through it and wants to help others get out of it. Btw I've linked this romper that I wore in Disneyland because it's super cute, comfy, AND on sale;) 
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