You’ve heard about all the different diets out there but what if we told you there’s an actual solution to finally ditching the diet?
As a past yoyo-dieter, I know first hand the negative long term impacts involved in crash-starting a new diet every month, and it isn’t pretty. I lost my period, developed adult acne, and years later I’m still working hard to restore my gut health back to normal.
Interested in the concept of intuitive eating but don’t know where to begin? Here are my top 4 tips to becoming an intuitive eater, and giving the middle finger to dieting for good!
You know those silly rules like, ‘No carbs after 4 pm’ or ‘I can’t eat cheese’ or even ‘I’m gluten free’ (even though you’re perfectly tolerant to gluten) . . . reject them right now. I believe that one of the most common reasons diets are not sustainable is because of diet, means to restrict ourselves of certain foods, and what happens when we tell ourselves we can’t have something? We usually want it thousand times more!
Limiting the amount of restriction in our food vocabulary may help to reduce the chances of binge eating and help you on your way to developing a healthier relationship with food.
Instead of looking at food like it’s the enemy, start looking at it like it’s supposed to be, a source of nutrients, vitamins, minerals there to fuel your body. I always suggest starting off by actively trying to stop labelling foods ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Diet culture essentially thrives off people who believe that they are not capable of trusting their body to do what’s best for them, it doesn’t make us feel happy or healthy and they are almost impossible to sustain for a long period of time.
It’s also time to stop thinking that it is YOU who is failing the diet when it’s actually the diet that is failing you! Start giving your body more credit!
Are you really hungry? I believe that one of the biggest keys to adopting a more intuitive mindset around food is to learn to listen to your body’s biofeedback (its signals and cues). One of the ways you can do this is by understanding the difference between emotional hunger and physical hunger. When you are emotionally hungry, you feel the hunger in your chest and heart and usually comes on quickly, without much warning! Next time you feel emotionally hungry, try asking yourself if there’s another way you can deal with the emotion? Although, I also believe it’s important to remember that if you really want to eat it, then eat it! Otherwise, you’ll just crave it later and that’s not what intuitive eating is about.
For me, practicing self-love was about addressing my damaged relationship with food and obsession with trying to change my perfectly happy, healthy body. I believe that without going on this journey and answering the important questions about why you feel so compelled to diet, you will never be able to truly heal your relationship with food and your body.
How do you start? Some of my favourite tips to start practicing self-love include daily positive affirmations, shifting your focus away from looking a certain way, and placing more emphasis on feeling healthy and strong. Life is too amazing to be consumed by dieting!
Start writing a daily gratitude list and saying an affirmation every day. My favourite is “no one is me and that is my power”.
Do you want to ditch the diet? Want to stop letting food consume you? Want a better relationship with food & your body? This is why Georgie created her ebook, ‘Find Your Healthy’. Find Your Healthy is a complete beginners guide to intuitive eating and contains over 30 healthy recipes with alternatives to all of your favourite foods!