When your success or failure hinges on your ability to be perfect at every meal, that’s a great recipe for emotional eating and never getting where you want to go. And the guilt is actually really terrible for your digestion
When you allow yourself instead to start fresh at every meal, choosing without guilt, the process suddenly feels more doable!
Even if you mess up at 10am and reach for that extra cookie in the breakroom, it doesn’t mean that you need to beat yourself up or eat junk the rest of the day. You can still make a healthy choice at lunch.
And perhaps tomorrow you will choose to pack an extra something for a mid-morning snack so you aren’t as tempted next time. No guilt, just room for improvement.
This self-love approach to eating is so powerful for helping you to truly make it a lifestyle!
Diet Mindset #4
Diets are plan created by someone else that fails to consider your lifestyle circumstances or individual health problems.
A more integrative lifestyle approach will include balancing what you want to do with what will help and not harm your body. It’s about finding healthy ways to get your desires met.
When you learn to listen to your body, you tune into cues on what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat and so on. But not just for food- for rest, for movement, for overall rhythms of life.
It’s no longer a rule book dreamed up by someone not living in your body. Instead, it’s about you connecting with your own self to tune into what helps you feel good and function effectively. And when your healthy lifestyle helps you think, feel and move better, you suddenly are motivated to keep doing it!
Diet Mindset #5
Life isn’t perfect or even remotely predictable, so why rely on a diet that requires perfect circumstances?
The truth is life happens, no matter how much you plan or don’t plan. So you need instead a plan that is adaptable. You need an answer for the everyday things that just happen.
- for when you have 5 minutes to squeeze in a quick snack
- for those days when you are just dragging
- something that will actually satisfy you so you aren’t starving 10 minutes after you eat
- food that doesn’t taste “diet” so you don’t have to make something separate from the rest of your family
For me, Trim Healthy Mama has been a healthy lifestyle approach to eating that helped me break out of my dieting rut. My pattern of eating probably looks vastly different to others who are also on plan. And THM in my life looks much different now than it did when I first started. This variability made it a great fit for me.
THM is not of course the only lifestyle approach that is doable, but it’s the only one I can personally confirm from my own experiences. I appreciate that it is highly individualized and adaptable for the surprises of life.
I can now stay “on plan” at a Mexican restaurant, at a social gathering, or in my own kitchen. I can find ways to make a healthy choice for myself in almost any circumstances. My success no longer requires that I spend 12 more hours in the kitchen or hire a personal chef! (Whew! What a load off!)
I hope that this post brings you freedom. It’s sometimes hard to imagine when you are living in a diet mindset how those “healthy people” that just seem to have it together keep it up.
Were they somehow genetically predisposed to like vegetables or something?
I know because I was stuck in a diet mindset for so long. It’s taken me a few years to break free of it, and I wish someone had laid out for me the basic differences a long time ago!
Now I eat delicious foods that also fuel my body well and help me feel amazing. It doesn’t feel hard anymore, it’s just how I live.
And now, I hope this will help you to find your own path to a lifestyle approach to health!