Things are good for a few weeks. You're on point with your plans to exercise and eat well. Everything is going great.... until it's not.
A rough patch at work or an argument with the spouse. End-of-school-year chaos or a crisis at home. Life turns upside down and you start to backslide.
Eating becomes mindless. An extra bite here and there turns into a full binge. You're snacking at night and going to bed on a full stomach.
You feel heavy. Frustrated. Unable to regain control and get back on track.
You think there's something wrong with you.
"F*ck it. I'll start again Monday."
Oh wait... summer's coming and there will be way too many events with all your favorite foods.
It feels impossible!!
How many years have you spent in this cycle?
It's part of a pattern with food and eating that keeps going... all because you think you have no control.
The way you think about food, your body, and yourself is what keeps you on this slippery slope.
Changing the way you think about food and your body requires a shift in mindset and adopting new habits. Here are some steps you can take to cultivate a healthier relationship with food and your body:
Practice self-acceptance: Start by accepting and appreciating your body as it is right now. Recognize that everyone is unique and that self-worth is not solely determined by appearance. Focus on self-care and treating your body with kindness and respect.
Challenge negative thoughts: Become aware of negative thoughts or beliefs you have about food and your body. Question and challenge them with more positive and realistic perspectives. Remind yourself that food is nourishment and that bodies come in various shapes and sizes.
Practice mindful eating: Pay attention to your body's hunger and fullness cues. Eat when you're hungry and stop when you're comfortably full. Engage all your senses while eating, savoring the flavors, textures, and aromas of your food. Avoid distractions like screens or multitasking during meals.
Shift focus from appearance to well-being: Instead of obsessing over your weight or appearance, shift your focus to overall well-being. Set goals related to feeling stronger, having more energy, or improving your fitness levels. This change in perspective can help you cultivate a healthier relationship with your body.
Practice self-care: Engage in activities that promote self-care and self-love. This can include regular exercise, getting enough sleep, managing stress, and engaging in hobbies or activities that bring you joy and fulfillment.
Remember, changing your mindset takes time and effort. Be patient with yourself and celebrate small victories along the way. If you're struggling, schedule a coaching consultation. I'll help guide you through the process. Book a consult here.