Diets don’t work – plain and simple!!!
For over 20 years I have been working with women in helping them to live healthier and happier lives. My main focus is to inspire them to have a better relationship with their body and food, to live more and weigh less without having to diet again!
What is a diet?
A diet is a way of eating which we are emotionally attached.
Meaning if I eat a particular way I will feel good about myself. If I don’t I feel terrible.
Why do you think you feel so bad about yourself when you break your diet?
The reason is that you really feel uncomfortable about maintaining or gaining weight. Most women are not ok with how they eat because they are not ok with how they look and feel about themselves.
When a normal eater may think…I could improve my health and lose a couple of pounds and then simply cut out the desserts. A binge eater feels bad about their current weight or even weight range.
When you are emotionally attached to a certain weight and that scares you then you are emotionally attached to food.
At this point you should understand where this can lead you…first emotional eating then to dieting then to binge eating. It is a vicious cycle. Shame and guilt around food almost always results in binge eating.
Changing your relationship with your body and learning to love it and nourish it is the first step to gaining control around food.
You need to find a solution to your relationship with your body before you can have a healthy relationship with food. Going on a diet is a sign of poor body image and it triggers the cycle of self loathing and binging.
I know that many of you may think that allowing to love your body as it is would send me to eat even more. But if you think about it what you have been doing for so many years…had it actually helped you?
Body shame actually fuels your binging and unhealthy relationship with food.
It is a natural biological instinct to listen to our body and what it needs in terms of nourishment and love. Many of us ignore those natural feelings and turn to a restricting diet.
An exercise to try this week…
Be more aware of how you feel and what your body needs. Does it need nourishment? Does it need deep relaxation such as meditation? Does it need movement? Does it need emotional support? Listen to what your body naturally needs before turning to a restrictive diet or compressing those needs with food.
I would love to hear your comments and feedback – I’m always here to help =)
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