🤔 What stories about your past you letting dictate your current and future reality?⠀ ⠀ I was chatting with a client the other day who just reached several major milestones in her weight loss & body transformation journey.⠀ ⠀ ‣ She reached a new low weight all while enjoying tasty treats and saying YES to social events which in the past she would either turn down or use as an excuse to eat whatever she wanted⠀ ⠀ ‣ She finally feels in control around food and sweets ⠀ ⠀ ‣ She now understands why Jenny Craig caused her to rebound and crave sugar like CRAZY (#lowfatdietprobs)⠀ ⠀ I was showing her her side by side progress pics - where there was clearly a drastic change in body composition - she was so happy and excited !!!⠀ ⠀ But then she shared with me a story of how she once went jean shopping with her sister and the salesclerk assumed she was pregnant… and this story has stuck with her over the years and it has been hard to let go. She still views herself as looking “pregnant” despite the fact that this is not at all true.⠀ ⠀ 👉🏻I told her that in order for her to REALLY take her body (both physically and mentally) to the next place - that she had to ditch that story.⠀ ⠀ What that sales clerk said many years ago - was a belief that she accepted as truth - and she had been holding on to it.⠀ ⠀ It wasn’t until we had that conversation to her that it really hit home that she still viewed herself in that way and it was holding her back.⠀ It’s so fascinating the things that we decide to accept as TRUTHS about ourselves - that are ONLY true if we believe them to be.⠀ ⠀ 🌟What do you need to let go of right now so that you can be LIGHTER both physically and mentally?
I was chatting with a new client a week or so ago and she was asking me for book recommendations on where she could learn more about the “style” of eating that I was teaching her how to follow.⠀ ⠀ I gave her a few books that I thought would be helpful in educating her on an ancestral approach to food - but I told her to take everything with a grain of salt - because ultimately - while it’s important to research and distill information - it’s also important to filter it through your own intuition.⠀ ⠀ I gave up food labels a long time ago. And here’s my truth ....⠀ ⠀ Even though I’m a Holistic Nutritionist - I still eat gluten & dairy sometimes. I eat real cake sometimes and drink Diet Coke sometimes.⠀ ⠀ Even though I follow IIFYM - I still believe that organic meat is important whenever possible. I still do not buy things for the house that contain polyunsaturated oils (although I may eat these things outside the house)⠀ ⠀ These are my food rules.⠀ And they feel great for me.⠀ ⠀ Sometimes the bloat of dairy and gluten is worth it to me.⠀ Sometimes it’s not.⠀ Sometimes I feel like meticulously ordering my meal to make sure it’s prepped in a certain way.⠀ Sometimes IDGAF.⠀ ⠀ The beauty is that I get to decide.⠀ ⠀ And this is what I work with my clients on doing for themselves.⠀ ⠀ I give them the foundation of what a healthy diet looks like based on my educational background and what I have found feels good for most people - but we work together to establish the food rules that feel BEST for them.⠀ ⠀ > Sometimes the MSG in the Chinese take out is worth it⠀ > Sometimes it’s not⠀ ⠀ But the information and choice is the real source of power.⠀ ⠀ I hate feeling boxed in to a certain label or way of eating - I remember when I tried to be “strict paleo” I felt like a failure if I ate peanut butter.⠀ ⠀ Because really who cares if Suzy is vegan?⠀ Or if your friend thinks that 100% plant based is the HEALTHIEST way to be.⠀ ⠀ What matters is a solid nutrition foundation and healthy lifestyle - and then you get decide the rest from there.⠀ ⠀ What are your food rules?
🍩Are you making EMPOWERED FOOD CHOICES!? Empowered food choices are ones that FEEL good to your soul AND support your goals. Example? The other day I made the decision to indulge in a donut because dammit I wanted it ! > Yes I’m cutting fat right now > Yes, the donut was a bit of a carb bomb for me But I wanted it. So I had it! Knowing that BOTH my goals AND my desire for the donut were important to me - I honored both wishes. > I had the donut > I made it fit into my macros for the day I made the CHOICE from an empowered place which looks something like this: I want this donut and I'm going to choose to have it in a way that supports my goals. Vs a disempowered place which looks like this: I'm going to have this donut + 6 more and not hit my macros, because f*ck IT I DESERVE IT AND IT TASTES AMAZING See the difference? One is making the choice in a way that feels GOOD and honors future me - not just my fleeting satisfaction for a strawberry frosted @dunkin donut. Here’s another example of an empowered food choice I could have the cake tonight - but it's not really all that appealing and doesn't make me feel great - so I'm going to pass on it vs I'll just eat the cake because it's there Empowered food choices are EVERYTHING. Why? Because they empower YOU to create your OWN food rules by tuning in to what your GOALS are and how you want to FEEL. DISEMPOWERED food choices may feel good in the MOMENT but because they ignore your goals and future you - they do not serve you long term. You can have your donut and eat it too - it just comes down to making it a LIFESTYLE and ditching the all/nothing mentality - and ultimately making food decisions from a place of EMPOWERMENT! Also - being able to lose fat and eat donuts and @milkbarstore cake within the same week feels fucking awesome (it’s just science 🧬 yo!) and this is the same strategy that I teach my clients #flexibledietingforthewin What was your last empowered food choice?