When I was in graduate school I was struggling BIG TIME because I wanted to be that healthy and fit person I knew I was. Yet I was eating more food than my body needed AND I was binging on some seriously fattening food (sugar + carbs + bad fats).
The crazy thing was, I was running, a lot, and I also knew perfectly well what to eat and what not to eat. Plus I had been raised in a house with very healthy portion sizes (10 siblings and all…).
So, yeah. I know all about knowing what to do, but simply not doing it.
When it comes to health we need to be consistent, right? Yet I fell off the wagon more times than I could possibly count. I’d promise myself, “Never again!,” or , “This is the last time!”, or “I’ll start tomorrow,” waaaaay more times than I’m proud of. Yet somehow I was able to break free from that and be 100% done with any type of ‘guilt’ around food and subsequently any emotional cravings.
I realized that if I couldn’t do it then I must be going about it the wrong way. I was making it too hard.
I was making it all about willpower, and guess what? When I got stressed or tired, willpower always failed. I needed to look at things in a different way. Doing exactly that is what helped me change my results, heal my relationship with food, and maintain my ideal weight more easily than I thought was possible.
So what was that big difference? For one, I was being way too hard on myself. I was trying to force my results, like eating healthy or working out was a punishment. I needed to reach the problem from the other side.
I needed to be kind to myself and show myself compassion. I also had to meet myself where I was at, and not expect to be perfect from Day 1.
That is what my programs are all about! How to eat well for your body without feeling deprived.
Stop following a system that takes a lot of effort and doesn’t work, and start making positive lasting changes with more ease.