I have struggled with my body image for my entire life. And if you’re one of the lucky 80 percent of women in the U.S. that are dissatisfied with their appearance, you probably have to.
As someone who grew up overweight, I’ve spent most of my life trying to make peace with my body. My approach to self acceptance? Weight loss.
From counting calories to counting points to eliminating food groups and cleanses, it’s pretty safe to say that I’ve tried it all. While some solutions worked temporarily, none of them were sustainable, yielded lasting results or lead me anywhere close to loving my body.
Coincidentally, all of them succeeded in leaving me feeling like a total failure.
You know why? Because diets set us up to fail.
They are not sustainable. They affect our mental health. They do not allow us to listen to our body. They are restrictive. They negatively impact our energy levels, relationships and our social lives.
Diets are not realistic for real life.
Coming to this realization took me far too long than I’d like to admit. However, it became the catalyst for change in my life.
I put the diet mentality behind me and began to dig into scientific research, books and podcasts that went beyond telling me what I should and shouldn’t eat; but why.
The more I learned, the more I started to understand how my body was breaking down the food I was feeding it. I began structuring meals based on what I had learned about nutrition, hormones and blood sugar and quickly found myself feeling better.
Not only was my body able to seamlessly lose the weight I was holding onto, but I for the first time I felt a sense of calmness. I was no longer always thinking about food, I slept better, I had more energy, I carried myself with more confidence, my skin looked better, my muscles looked more defined. For the first time in my life, I was able to look at my body in a full length mirror and say, “damn I look good.”
Adopting a new food philosophy changed my life and it can change yours to.
By sharing my philosophy with you, I hope to empower you with the knowledge to live a healthier, happier existence.
* Before you jump in, please note that I am not a registered dietician or a health expert, simply a woman who has discovered freedom in my body by changing the way that I think about food.
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