3 Reasons Why You're Not Eating the Way You Want To

So many people struggle to 'stay faithful' or 'stay on the wagon' and feel so guilty when they fall off.

We know we'll feel better when we eat well, have lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, lentils and beans, clean meat (if we eat it), drink our water and actually take our supplements.  We'll know it feels better to eat this way if our digestion isn't giving us trouble, [7 Ways to Stoke the Flames of Your Digestive Fire] we feel lighter and have more energy. 

Things are good.

You don't have to do wild diets that include exercising for 3 hours a day and "avoiding carbs" (which doesn't even make sense as humans need carbohydrates to live, what they mean to say is 'refined carbs' or 'white sugar') or  taking other extreme measures to feel good. This idea that you have to eat well ALL the time in order to feel good is simply not true. Read: [Keto Diet: 7 Reasons You Should Eat Carbs]

In the Real World...

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In the real world there's a little something called balance. Balance allows us to learn about our body and it's needs, while we still honor 'being in the real world' ... the one where we aren't all size 2 and the one where we have kids, play dates, jobs, etc.

The world where we don't all have organic farms in our backyard. The one where we can have take out every day if we choose. (You always have the choice.) Read: [Welcome to the Machine: Become a Liberated Eater]

The real world, the one we live in now is tricky, but manageable. It takes effort to take action.

Balance requires us to learn a different challenge: eating food that makes us feel good while allowing occasional treats without guilt.

Balance is a skill we have to create and learn for ourselves. Balance isn’t taught to us, because the general rule in society is that success can only come from diets, and the diet industry has tricked us into constant rules, guilt and restriction. Read: {How to Cleanse Your Doors of Perception] Balance is different, balance requires us to lean into the calmness that an equal diet allows - we feel good and we are eating good because we want to. We aren't "bad" when we eat bad. We just made a choice. Education is the real key because we need to learn what foods are good for us (real, whole foods) as well as which foods work for us and our body. The more we learn about what feels good for us, the easier it is to stick with that. Because we want to, not because we feel we have to.

Turn the searching or experimenting into a curiosity, a thirst.

First to learn more about you, then heal and reach your health goals. The best course of action is......... action. The reason you aren't eating the way you know you want to is likely because you aren't taking action.

Why? Because its work. It takes time, shifts, prioritizing, learning and experimenting.

1) Time

Yes it takes time to eat better. Yes you may have to prep food in advance and grocery shop differently. I promise it’ll be worth it. Check out my post on food planning [Read: How to Do Food Planning] to make it WAY easier, and save you time on what could be a laborious action. Make food as easy and fun and possible and you’re way ahead of most dieters stuck in the chains of the typical “diet” system.

2) Shifts

It takes some mental energy to shift your diet and your thoughts about your diet. I’m not talking about shifting your weight or shifting your focus on a numbered goal your scale tells you. I’m talking about the real, deep inner work that is required in order to make changes to your daily diet. Doing this work (and looking at food differently, looking at it as nourishment and therapy instead of a reward/punishment system) is uncomfortable at times. But if you push through, you’ll break through so much conditioning and be free to follow your diet based on YOU and your bodies’ need and not external thoughts, beliefs, judgments or opinions. Read: [Why You Need Nutrition Confidence & How to Get It]

3) Prioritizing

Holistic Nutrition is for self-starters who are ready to take matters into their own hands. We simply have to prioritize nutrition as something we WANT to succeed in, before we can even begin the task of doing so. Have you secured this fact in your mind? Fixated on why you want to make food a bigger priority in your life? If you’ve taken time to get clear on this, you are ahead of the majority of those in the chains of the diet mentality.

Many folks that I see in my practice struggle with digestive complaints like bloating, weight gain, irritable bowel or deal with anxiety or depression. While these are difficult issues that can often stall us from wanting to take action, at the end of the day,we still have the responsibility to make dietary changes and life-altering choices that could improve our conditions. 

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The underlying message is to take action. No matter how tedious or meticulous the beginning steps are.

You DON'T have to take drastic action like severe cleanses, a luggage bag of expensive supplements or drinking green juices all day; you just have to take action. You have a choice.

If the above post resonates with you - I can help. I've helped hundreds of women take action, and learn to eat well, easily and repeatedly, and I'd love to help you too. Talk to me, babe.