You’ve had a long day.
You were slammed at work, but you stuck to your clean eating diet despite it all. You feel like you need a break, so you reach for a snack to relax. After all, you deserve it!
Hmmm… what shall it be? Salty chips? Chewy cookies? Savory cheese and crackers?
You decide on the chips and settle down on the couch. You turn on your favorite TV show and zone out. You’re completely enjoying yourself, until… wait… is that the bottom of the bag? Did I really just eat an entire bag of chips in one sitting?
Enter the negative self-talk.
The body bashing, the shaming, the “God, I’m such a fat pig,” why can’t I have more self-control? You stuff the empty bag in the bottom of the trashcan so no one will see the evidence, and head to your room to ruminate.
Now you feel so guilty and tell yourself you don’t deserve to eat dinner. The chips will have to do. You already ate way too many calories already, right? Your stomach feels uncomfortable, and you don’t even feel satisfied! UGH!
Does this sound familiar?
It sure does to me. I repeated this pattern of deprivation and binge snacking for YEARS during my late teens and early twenties.
I was so concerned about looking good on the outside, that I didn’t even notice I was completely brainwashed by the dieting industry. I was convinced that restriction was necessary to stay thin. Sugar-free beverages, diet sodas, low-fat crackers, baked chips, and no-sugar added ice creams were staples in my apartment.
It never dawned on me that these episodes (like eating an entire box of cheez-its in one sitting, or going HAM on some French fries after a night out at the bars) were indicative of a problem. I had been so entrenched in thinking of my body as something that needed to be controlled and tamed, that I never even contemplated another way. And why would I, when over HALF of all American adults are currently dieting or trying to lose weight?
I was, after all, in the majority.
It wasn’t until after college, when I moved in with my boyfriend, that I started to realize something was amiss. Aaron didn’t live like this. While I was meticulously tracking my calories each day and weighing myself on the scale, he was just living life, without a second thought to what he was or was not eating.
And there was more.
When we went out to eat something I had deemed “bad,” like burgers or pizza, I couldn’t stop. No matter how full I was, I had to eat the whole thing. After all, when was the next time I would eat a meal like this? Aaron, on the other hand, could leave a quarter of his burger and half the fries on his plate if he wanted. He just listened to his body. He stopped eating when he was full, with no feelings of scarcity or deprivation.
What. An. Eye. Opener.
Aaron was a naturally mindful eater. Mindful eaters are tuned into their bodies. They just listen. They eat when they are hungry, and they stop when they are full. They don’t put judgments on food, labeling it “good” or “bad.” They eat what they want & feel happy and satisfied!
That was the year I began to change.
I started cooking every night, eating real whole foods that nourished me, and began the practice of tuning in. I continued to improve my relationship with food while studying to become a dietitian, and I can truly say, that those days of restricting and binging are long gone. I can enjoy a meal out without overdoing it, and I can keep a bag of chips in the house until they go stale. It’s been an amazing, breathtaking, life-changing journey to self-acceptance and love.
If you’re currently stuck on the yo-yo diet bandwagon, know that I’ve been there.
And I’ve also chartered a course OUT. No one deserves to be in a space of body-loathing, deprivation, and guilt. You deserve to be in place of body-love, peace, and satisfaction.
I understand all the struggles, emotions, and judgments that surface along this journey.
And I’d never let you go it alone.
That’s why I’ve teamed up with Jennifer Dene, Certified Trainer & Pilates Instructor, to create a program that’s all about LOVING your body.
There are no diets, no deprivation, no calorie counting, and NO pre-determined portion controls. Believe it or not, YOU have all the tools inside of you to repair your relationship with food.
Throughout the 10 weeks of this program, I will guide you through the exact steps I took to overcome the dieting mind state and finally become at peace with food and my body.
If you have even a smidgen of self-recognition in this story, then this program is for you. This is your time to shine, girl.
Join The Body Bliss Program. You’ll never look back.
PS- As a special bonus, the first 10 women to sign up will receive two complimentary 30-minute strategy sessions with Jenn & I. If you’ve ever thought about working with me, but were worried about finances, this is your opportunity.
You get TEN WEEKS of access to me (a dietitian) AND Jenn (a personal trainer) for less than the price of 1 session with each of us. Ummmm. AMAZING!
You’ll also join a private Facebook community with the other Body Blissers for unparalled group support. Plus, all members receive access to the program for LIFE. That means next time we run this program again (which won’t be until 2016), you automatically receive a spot in the next go-around.