What feelings come up for you when you hear the word “exercise”? How about “diet”? How about “healthy lifestyle,” for that matter? I’m guessing not such good feelings come up with those words, do they? What comes up? Fear? Resistance? When most people hear the word “exercise”, it conjures up feelings of “punishment”, “diet” brings up deprivation, and a “healthy lifestyle” just simply feels too hard and out of reach, next to impossible.
What if we change “exercise” to “movement”, “diet” to “balanced eating”, and “healthy lifestyle” to “vibrant living”? Now what feelings come up? I’m guessing, much happier emotions and feelings come up with those words. I am here to tell you that a vibrant, healthy life is within reach! You can be set free from the emotional roller coaster and overeating, or the eat, repent, repeat cycles of eating by simple habit changes, getting in some movement every day, and eating real food! You can learn to have a better relationship with food and movement, so you don’t dread making the healthy changes. You will learn them, and it will just become who you are, how you live and what you do. You won’t even have to think about it anymore. You will be free to live!
How would you like to look in the mirror and love the reflection staring back at you? To see beyond the outer layer and into the loving soul looking back at you? To see the beautiful woman God created you to be. Health is about so much more than just what or how much we are eating. Health is what we are saying, thinking, seeing and believing. We train others to treat us by the way we treat ourselves. If we love ourselves, we will naturally want to do the things that are good for us, and that includes eating for our bodies needs, moving them in ways that benefit us, and feeding our spirits every day, all so we can live more balanced and joyful.
Breaking the love/hate relationship with food begins with learning your triggers. When you learn how to recognize the connection between your emotions and needs, you have an opportunity to meet your needs in more effective and satisfying ways than eating. Some of the more common reasons people might turn to food for temporary comfort or a distraction include, but are not limited to, stress and overwhelm, boredom, pleasure and reward, loneliness, worry and anxiety, sadness, guilt, shame, anger, avoidance, and the list goes on.
When I work with clients, they begin to eat the foods they love without fear, guilt, or shame and without overeating. They begin to take charge of their health and learn how to create the vibrant lives they have always dreamed of! It is within reach.
Learn to love the skin you’re in!