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Ban The Diet, Embrace Mindful Eating Instead

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I used to be a dieter. A fad dieter too. It was like an addiction. It would give me some kind of high when I found out about a new one – because the hope of it bringing me thebody of my dreams made me so excited. Funny thing is – none of them ever gave me the results I wanted. Ever. And I tried them all.

But after 5 years of study and after years of healing myself – I started to become a mindful and intuitive eater. And truthfully I had enough. I kind of gave up and let it all go.  What for! And then – the results came. I treated food as a source of nourishment.  I viewed it in a totally different light. I stopped depriving myself.  I was kinder to myself. I celebrated food and ate it slowly and mindfully. I started feeling grateful for the food on my plate and the fact that my body was my temple – how lucky I am to have a body functioning so well for me.

Then everything changed. My relationship with food healed. And it’s not as easy as this. It’s taken years to heal this.

DIETING

MINDFUL EATING

Willpower

Trust

Quick Fix

Lifestyle & Forever

Cultural Pressure

Individual Approach

Deprivation

Satisfaction

Food Is The Enemy

Food Is Nourishment

Restrictive Eating

Flexible with Food

Counting Calories

Nutrient Dense

 

Top tips to letting go of the diet mentality:

– Practice mindful eating – look at food. Literally look down on your plate and see the nutrients that help keep your body alive and well

– Throw away your diet books – just let it go

– Stop comparing yourself to your friends or family members – you are biochemically unique

– Be kind to yourself

– You have to build the foundation of love for yourself. Otherwise you wont treat yourself kindly. Do something everyday for YOU – even if that’s just 20 minutes of delicious tea in bed

– Practice affirmations

 

Source:
Jessica Sepel – JS Health
@JSHealth

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