I know we’ve all heard the quote from Hippocrates, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” right? Well, first and foremost….food isn’t medicine. I hate to burst your bubble, but it is. Let’s talk about 8 reasons why this belief is bullshit and why it can be problematic.
The belief that food is medicine completely ignores other important aspects of health like relationships, career satisfaction, emotional health, stress levels, genetics, environment etc. You could eat all of the superfoods in the world but still not be healthy if your thoughts are toxic or your stress levels are through the roof.
It’s energy, social connection, joy and culture. Reducing food to medicine robs it of these beautiful attributes. Enjoying food is part of the human experience. Worrying about if we are eating perfectly healthy steals the pleasure and satisfaction in our eating...
I’m not going to beat around the bush here. It’s time for us to get really honest with ourselves. What beliefs are you holding onto that are stopping you from being able to make peace with food and your body? What if you were able to challenge those beliefs and choose new, empowering beliefs?
I want to share with you 3 common limiting beliefs that can sabotage your relationship with food & your body and how to overcome and challenge those beliefs!
A limiting belief is something you believe is true about yourself or your world that holds you back in some way. They’re basically the interpretation that your mind gives to a particular overwhelming emotion. Although these emotions may feel painful, they actually provide us with valuable information and tell us if we are moving in the direction of what we want (you feel good) or what we don’t want (you feel bad). So instead of feeling bad about yourself for having...
The 6th step to food freedom, joyful movement, is all about dissociating exercise from the pursuit of weight loss or changing your body.
It’s about approaching movement from a place of self-care, not self-control and rediscovering the JOY in movement. Instead of punishing yourself, you’ll learn to work out to FEEL good.
To make peace with exercise, you HAVE to stop working out as punishment or to change your body. You need to shift your mindset and instead focus on how working out makes you FEEL. It should feel joyful, hence why I call it joyful movement.
There are two really easy things you can do to help you make peace with exercise. First, every time you are about to engage in some type of movement, ask yourself “Would I still be doing this workout if there was 0% chance my body would change as a result?”. If the answer is no, then see if you can choose a different activity (maybe it’s resting) that would feel...
Reclaiming Your Freedom, the 8th and final step to food freedom, is all about celebrating what your life will look like now that you are no longer consumed with thoughts about food and your body!
It’s about creating a new, empowering lifestyle that fills your heart and soul! This is your time to SHINE, discover your purpose and fall IN LOVE with yourself. Welcome to FREEDOM babe!
The law of attraction is the key to creating the life of your dreams. It basically states what we think, we become….what we believe, we are….what we experience internally (our beliefs), attracts what shows up for us in our external world. Whatever we believe we are worthy of, we will attract into our lives. So the key to manifesting the life you really want is to start shifting your beliefs and focusing on what you do want, not what you don’t want.
What beliefs can you adopt to promote happiness, self-healing, self-love, etc? Here are a few examples but try...
The 7th step to food freedom, Nourish Your Mind, Body and Soul, is all about adopting health-promoting habits rooted in self-care.
Below I’ll talk you through some key concepts for balanced, healthy eating (what I like to call gentle nutrition) to help you achieve optimal nourishment for your body. This will be your chance to experiment with what feels good for YOUR mind, body and soul.
Gentle nutrition is all about eating what tastes good to you and what makes you feel good. Nutrition doesn’t have to be restrictive, judge-y, rigid or overly complicated. Instead, it can be flexible, gentle and exploratory.
You have a choice. You can either use nutrition as:
Which is more empowering? YOU get to decide.
In the culture we live in today, we’re taught soooo many rules about...
This is step 4 on the path to finding food freedom! Food Biology and Emotionality is all about understanding your body’s natural biological cues like hunger, fullness and satisfaction and rebuilding the trust between your mind and body.
It’s about learning how to eat mindfully and rediscovering the pleasure and satisfaction in food. In this step, it’s important to also take a deeper look at your emotions around food and figure out what you’re REALLY seeking so that food is no longer something you have to control or feel out of control around.
Our need for nourishment and energy is vital to life and when we don’t get enough energy, our bodies go into starvation mode and compensate with intense biological and psychological mechanisms. It isn’t an issue of willpower, it’s actually our biological drive.
Basically, we need energy and energy comes from food. We can’t out think our biology. And why do we want to anyways? How cool is it that...
Making Peace With Food is the 5th step to food freedom. It’s all about freeing yourself from food rules and restrictions. It’s about giving yourself unconditional permission to eat anything at anytime WITHOUT GUILT.
This means eating what you want, when you want and in the amounts you want without punishing yourself with “counteracting” behaviors. When you know whatever food you want will always be available, it loses power over you.
Making peace with food is about learning to have the same emotional response regardless of what you eat so that you can truly listen to and honor your body’s bio-individual needs. Giving yourself unconditional permission to eat what you want ultimately results in variety and balanced food choices. You’ll want to feel good and feeling good comes with listening to YOUR individual needs.
Foods are not inherently healthy or unhealthy and...
It’s about assessing where you’re at now and what areas of your life you want to focus on. Intention is all about getting really honest with yourself and uncovering the limiting beliefs that have been holding you back and identifying new, empowering beliefs.
I’m going to take you through my 8 step process for setting intuitive goals. You can think of your goals as a roadmap and reminder for how you want to live your life every day.
Breaking free from the diet mindset is the third step to finding food freedom. It’s about challenging the diet mindset and creating powerful mindset shifts so that you can restore trust in your body.
The diet mindset is that sneaky voice in your head that tries to decide your food and exercise choices for you without taking your internal body cues like hunger, fullness and satisfaction into account. The diet mentality is basically the “shoulds” and “should nots” of eating and exercise. The diet mindset destroys the trust in your body because the “rules” you create micromanage your food and exercise choices, ignoring how you feel.
The diet mindset isn’t just about being on a “diet”. You can be caught up in the culture of dieting or dieting thoughts and consequently dieting behaviors even if you aren’t officially on a “diet”.
The second step to food freedom is cultivating body awareness. Cultivating body awareness is all about becoming aware of your body through curiosity, not judgement, and being able to calmly accept your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations with awareness and compassion.
Changing your relationship with your body is a requirement (like a prerequisite) for healing your relationship with food. Improving the ability to sense and feel in tune with what’s happening in our body (body awareness) is correlated with a stronger body image.
Positive body image is a daily practice. Unlearning body dislike and cultivating a positive body image requires consistent practices and efforts. The goal isn’t to make it to where you never have a negative thought, feeling, or judgement again; that’s unrealistic. It’s about learning to relate to your body in a different way that feels less distressing and coming up with tools to help you work through these moments.