It’s obvious that as a dietitian food and nutrition is important to me. “Eating healthy” is a pretty broad term and means something different to everyone. I want to share with you what my personal stance is on being healthy and what actually practicing “healthy eating” means to me.
I am a lover of all foods- cookies & carrots alike. I believe in intuitive eating and that all foods can have a place in a healthy lifestyle- not dieting, food rules or restriction. I think that moderation is key, and that our bodies are smarter than we give them credit for. I work out to give my body energy and enjoyment, not to punish myself for eating “bad” foods or to “allow” myself to eat more. I love when my body feels strong and I refuse to let the mirror or scale define my worth.
Sounds great, right, to eat whatever you want? I’ll tell you that I have not always held this philosophy, I’ve done diets, restricting to only “good” foods and avoiding the “bad” ones like the plague. I’ve counted calories, counted macros- you name it, I’ve done all it in hopes of the perfect eating habits and killer bod. Guess what? NONE of those other ways have ever allowed me to be as happy or as physically fit as I am today. My body has gained more energy and more toned muscle by learning to eat intuitively and ditch the diet mentality for good!
What exactly is intuitive eating and why does it work? To put it simply, intuitive eating is normal eating. It is a non-diet approach to eating that focuses on creating a healthy relationship with food, mind and body, breaking the cycle of dieting. It’s about creating trust with your body and creating a way of healthy eating that is sustainable for the long term. Can you imagine counting calories, tracking macros, or never eating a cookie again for the rest of your life? Of course not! Intuitive eating allows you that freedom. You are told foods are healthy for you and that you “should” eat them. With intuitive eating you feel how and why foods are healthy. To learn more about intuitive eating check out the links in my resource tab up top.
Why Diets Don’t Work.
Here’s why diets don’t work guys. Diets are based on “rules”. You can eat these foods, but avoid these other ones. You can eat at this time, but not before or after that. This might sound great in theory, increase “good” foods, and decrease the “bad”. But, what happens when you stop the diet, or you eat a “bad” food. YOU GO HAM. Food rules make our bodies want those foods that much more. And when we finally get access to them? Game over. This only leaves you feeling worse about yourself and searching for the next diet- which can only lead to the same result. That’s why diets don’t work. They aren’t sustainable. Why not become in tune with your body and learn to allow yourself that cookie every now and again? The average medium-sized cookie has 150 calories. If you know you can have one whenever you want they will lose their “pull” over time. If you have one even a couple times a week, no biggie. A pound of fat is ~3,500 calories, a few cookies during the week is nowhere near that. But if you keep those cookies “off limits”, when you get your hands on them you may find yourself eating 3, 5 or 10 at once. Then, you start to have a feeling of being “out of control”, which spirals into more binging of restricted foods. This cycle continues over, and over, and over again until we ditch dieting for good!!
So, are you ready to stop dieting, learn to love and enjoy food, and reach your health and fitness goals? Then join me by adapting my food philosophy and learning to become and intuitive eater!
I’d love to have you!