67 Affirmations to Make Peace with Food and Your Body

intuitive eating Dec 03, 2018

 

What are positive affirmations?

Positive affirmations are self-affirming sayings or mantras that you repeat to yourself (as thoughts or out loud). The thing most people don’t realize is we are actually saying and thinking affirmations all the time. All of the thoughts that we think on a regular basis are affirmations and they play a role in the reality we create for ourselves. So the more positive thoughts you think, the more positive experiences you attract into your life and vice versa.

Positive affirmations can help you overcome negative or self-sabotaging thoughts by retraining your brain to gravitate towards more positive beliefs. The more you think the thoughts that make you feel good, the quicker the positive affirmations work. Consistently choosing to think positive thoughts will help you start to make positive changes in all areas of your life.

Why I believe “thoughts are medicine”, not “food is medicine”:

Food is medicine”...

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What is a Health Coach?

A health coach is someone who facilitates healthy, sustainable behavior change by challenging a client to listen to their inner wisdom, identify their values, and transform their goals into action.

They help clients gain the knowledge, tools and confidence to become active participants in their health (which includes food, stress, relationships, mental health, etc) so they can reach their self-identified health goals.

How can a health coach help me?

  1. Health coaches take you your individual physical, emotional and lifestyle factors into account.
  2. We know food is not the primary source of health. No matter how much “healthy” food you are eating, if your thoughts are toxic, you will feel toxic.
  3. Health coaches provide a safe space to discover your own definition of health.
  4. We provide you with accountability to achieve your personal health and lifestyle goals.
  5. Health coaches can bridge the gap between doctors and patients and provide you with extra time and attention.

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15 Reasons Why You Should Practice Intuitive Eating

intuitive eating Nov 23, 2018

Intuitive eating completely transformed my life and I want that for you too. Here are 15 reasons why you should practice intuitive eating.

15 Reasons Why You Should Practice Intuitive Eating

  1. Intuitive Eating is associated with statistically and clinically relevant improvements in physiological measures (e.g., blood pressure, blood lipids), health behaviors (e.g., eating and activity habits), and psychosocial outcomes (e.g.; self-esteem and body image)
  2. Diets don’t work and lead to preoccupation with food and your body
  3. You can develop a healthy, joyful relationship with food, your body and movement
  4. It can decrease anxiety and depression
  5. Intuitive eating teaches you to connect your eating with how you feel, paying attention to food and mood, concentration, energy, fullness, satiety, hunger, pleasure, etc.
  6. Intuitive Eating helps you understand that health is about so much more than food and exercise (stress levels, relationships, career satisfaction, spirituality, mental health...
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6 Intuitive Eating Myths That Are Totally Wrong

intuitive eating Nov 22, 2018

This post is part of my Introduction to Intuitive Eating series. Check out “What is Intuitive Eating?” to start from the beginning.

1. If I give myself unconditional permission to eat anything at anytime, I’ll eat uncontrollably

When you have completely made peace with food and know that what you want will always be allowed, you’ll be able to stop after eating an amount that feels right for you. If you don’t fully believe you have unconditional permission to eat anything at anytime, intuitive eating won’t work because you will still feel a sense of deprivation. It’s normal to find yourself eating more of the foods you have restricted in the past. Your body is like “OMG I better stock up now before I’m not allowed to have this again”. However, once your body trusts that you won’t deprive it anymore, these foods will become a balanced part of your eating.

2. Intuitive Eating is a diet and I need to make sure I...

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How to Make Peace with Food and Listen to Your Body

intuitive eating Nov 21, 2018

This post is part of my Introduction to Intuitive Eating series. Check out “What is Intuitive Eating?” to start from the beginning.

Why Foods are Not “Good” or “Bad”

Foods are not inherently healthy or unhealthy and you are not “good” or “bad” for eating certain foods. For example, if you were really hungry and craving something heavier and warm with a salty flavor, an orange really wouldn’t be a “healthy” choice because it would be denying your needs. In that case, a burger would actually be a better option. Food is meant to be nourishing and pleasurable; not something to torture ourselves over.

Why You Should Give Yourself Unconditional Permission to Eat Anything at Anytime

This is a MAJOR aspect of making peace with food and your body. When you allow yourself the option to have any food at any time, this creates a profound sense of freedom and trust between your mind and body. You no longer have to...

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How to Recognize & Reject the Diet Mentality

intuitive eating Nov 20, 2018

This post is part of my Introduction to Intuitive Eating series. Check out “What is Intuitive Eating?” to start from the beginning.

Why Diets Don’t Live Up to Their Promises

Research has shown that 95% of diets fail and eating restraint is actually associated with weight gain over time. Not to mention, of those 5% who “succeed”, many of them are actually engaging in disordered eating behaviors. Our bodies literally can’t tell the difference between dieting and actual starvation. This leads to slowing of your metabolism and increased cravings. It’s not surprising that most diets result in weight cycling which is associated with increased mortality risk and inflammation. So WHY THE F**K is everyone so caught up in diet culture?!

Here’s why: the weight loss industry is worth over $60 billion dollars/year on the premise that you are “not okay” and need to be “fixed”. It’s interesting to think about it this...

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5 Ways Intuitive Eating Changed My Life

intuitive eating Nov 19, 2018

This post is part of my Introduction to Intuitive Eating series. Check out “What is Intuitive Eating?” to start from the beginning.

Hi, I’m Madison!

Let me give you an idea of what Sunny Thymes is all about. I don’t subscribe to any diets. There are no “can’t haves” here. I’m all for intuitive eating: listening to your body to guide your food and exercise choices.

I want to share my intuitive eating journey with you because I want you to know that you are not alone! Because trust me. I’ve been where you are and I know how hard it can be.

How Intuitive Eating Found Me

I say Intuitive Eating found me, not that I found it because to be honest, I was not seeking it out nor did I think I needed to change my eating habits and behaviors. I struggled with an eating disorder in high school and by time I went to college, I thought I had fully recovered.

However (as I later realized), I was still living my life in a state of fear and...

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5 Reasons Why the BMI is BS

intuitive eating Sep 20, 2018

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a simple (but bullshit) calculation that originally sought to track health risk among the US population. However, as you will read more about in the 5 reasons why the BMI is BS below, this calculation is fatally flawed for many reasons and is not in any way a viable way of tracking health risk in any population (or individual for that matter).

 

1. BMI is not a good indicator of health

The BMI calculation includes only weight and height as variables. It does not account for mental health, stress levels, physical activity, genes, environment, relationships, socioeconomic status, career satisfaction or financial security. However, all of these are important factors in determining an individual’s health.

According to this reputable study, “using the blood pressure, triglyceride, cholesterol, glucose, insulin resistance and C-reactive protein data, population frequencies/percentages of metabolically healthy versus unhealthy individuals were...

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5 Reasons Why You Can Eat Dessert Every Day

intuitive eating Aug 23, 2018

Most people are baffled when I tell them I have dessert almost every night. Yes, I do and I feel great about it. I’m going to tell you 5 reasons why you can eat dessert every day! Yes, I know, shocking. Just keep reading!

5 Reasons Why You Can Eat Dessert Every Day

1. It tastes DAMN good, is pleasurable and is satisfying!

To me, this one is a no brainer but it’s surprising how many people feel like they shouldn’t experience pleasure or satisfaction through food. Foods are not inherently healthy or unhealthy. For example, if you were really hungry and craving something heavier and warm with a salty flavor, a peach really wouldn’t be a “healthy” choice because it would be denying your needs. In that case, a burger would actually be a better option. “Healthy” has a really relative meaning depending on context. Essentially, this means the word healthy has no meaning in relation to food. All foods have their place in intuitive eating. Once...

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