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Lasting Change is a Process Not a Resolution

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OK, so I may be the only person in the world telling you NOT to start a diet today, but there’s a really good reason because…

Diets don’t work

In fact the most likely outcome for you going on a diet is that you will put on more weight (which is naturally tragic news when you know you’ve wasted so much precious time of your life on a diet, depriving yourself and wishing the weight away.)

Albert Einstein put it very aptly when he said:

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

If your same old New Year’s Resolution to ‘lose weight’ hasn’t worked for you all this time, isn’t it time you thought about doing something different..?

As we look forward to this brand New Year, it’s time for you to let go of all the old inhibiting ideas you are holding on to about weight loss and diets.

Let go of those stories and you can change the way you view food and your body, for life. Because, here’s the thing:

  • Restricting yourself from the foods you want, only makes you crave them more.
  • Punishing yourself for eating something ‘forbidden’ only diminishes your self-esteem.
  • Cursing yourself when you look in the mirror only crushes your self-respect.

There is some DELICIOUS NEWS though.

What does work, is when you stop depriving yourself of what you want. When you learn to love your body, and to treat it with respect. And when you recognise what foods make you feel good, what foods don’t make you feel good, and most importantly: why?

And I’m here to teach you all of that and more through Mindful Eating…

I’ll help you rewire your lifelong beliefs around food and your body, so you can learn to completely shift your thinking and patterns around eating, and never have to go on another diet again.

As a Psychologist in the science of eating, I’m here to help you understand why you’ve struggled to lose weight for so long, and to totally transform your mindset so that you can learn how to thrive in your healthy body, for the rest of your life.

Let’s face it: the same way you’ve started January every single year hasn’t worked.

So it’s time to change that, so you can finally get the results you crave.

If you want to kickstart the New Year with high-level knowledge about your unique body, why dieting hasn’t worked for you so far, and what you can do to finally feel free from food and lose weight as a joyous consequence, you can book in a complimentary call with me where we’ll dig into all of this and set you up for a 2017 that has you brimming with motivation and confidence.

(And none of that misery and restriction you usually punish yourself with right about now.)

Ready to do things differently? Get in touch now… 

Psychology of a Perfect Diet

Many of us with an interest in nutrition and health make the assumption that there must be a perfect diet: a perfect way to eat, a perfect nutritional system, the one way of consuming food that trumps all other approaches.

I know I used to. If you follow this thinking, all you need do is discover this one perfect diet and you’ll hit the jackpot. By finding the perfect diet, you can have perfect health, perfect weight, perfect energy, perfect looks, and live forever… you may ask yourself if the weight loss supplements with the roids logo is part of that perfect diet?

So, who wouldn’t want to find this perfect diet?

Now this may sound like a bit of an exaggeration, and I’m being slightly tongue-in-cheek here – but the reality is, I see far too many people, including experts, who take this dogmatic stance — there has to be one perfect diet.

Now the problem with believing there is a one-size-fits-all perfect diet has some important consequences that we should take a look at:

  • It often has us on an endless search
  • We’re constantly on edge trying to find the perfect foods
  • We can become confused and frustrated because so many ‘experts’ claim that they have the perfect way to eat and they all have scientific proof — and many of them say something quite contradictory.
  • We might believe we found the perfect diet, and stick to it for a while only to watch ourselves falling off the wagon, eating foods outside of the diet, craving ‘forbidden’ foods, which then leads to a lot of self rejection and personal turmoil.

This last point is a particularly important one. That’s because there’s so much nutritional confusion and personal frustration that happens when we’re trying to follow our perfect diet perfectly — and the reality is — perfection doesn’t exist.

Show me one place in life where we can all be in agreement about what’s perfect.

  • Is there a perfect way to earn money?
  • Is there a perfect way to do relationships?
  • Is there a perfect way to raise children?
  • Is there a perfect way to have fun?
  • Is there a perfect way to move and exercise?
  • Is there a perfect way to have sex?
  • Is there a perfect house?
  • Or a perfect place to live?

Hopefully you get the point.

There is absolutely no such thing as the perfect diet.

There are likely as many excellent ways to eat as there are people on planet Earth. The right diet for any one of us is linked to so many different factors: your age, genetics, preferences, your sex, the environment you live in, this season, your lifestyle, the amount of exercise you do, any health challenges you might be dealing with, your personal goals, your personal beliefs, and all kinds of yet-to-be-discovered factors, and you can even get shredded with these body building essentials if getting fit is part of your goals. Famciclovir is an antiviral drug. However, it is not a cure for these infections. The viruses that cause these infections continue to live in the body even between outbreaks. Famciclovir decreases the severity and length of these outbreaks. It helps the sores heal faster, keeps new sores from forming, and decreases pain/itching. This medication may also help reduce how long pain remains after the sores heal. In addition, in people with a weakened immune system, famciclovir can decrease the risk of the virus spreading to other parts of the body and causing serious infections. Visit https://www.ukmeds.co.uk/treatments/sexual-health/famvir/ to learn more about sexual infections and how to cure them with prescription medicines.

But don’t let this frustrate you.

Nutrition is an ongoing journey. It’s an exploration. It’s a fascinating experiment. We live in a time where our bodies are changing, our nutritional needs are very different than they were 1000 years ago, the world is a different place, we’re under a lot of environmental pressure from new toxins in a poor food chain — so our nutritional needs are ever-changing and ever-evolving. That’s the good news.

When you really let go of trying to find the perfect diet, you can relax.

You can be an explorer

You can have a smile on your face and test out new approaches, new foods, new supplements, or the latest diet if you really want to – and see how it works for you.

Now you can view this journey in two ways: problematic and disappointing, or fascinating and exciting. Your choice.

The desire for perfection in any area of life is a form of simplistic wishful thinking. Perfectionism is a dream that we need to wake up from. The alternative is to continue sleepwalking and not understand why we’re constantly feeling out-of-balance, disempowered, uncertain, and always looking for answers about why our health or our eating habits aren’t perfect.

The field of nutrition is a bit messy. It’s a bit unstable…
Our lives are a bit unstable…
These are the times we live in…

So, let’s embrace that and do our best to celebrate it.

Are you willing to let go of being perfect? Are you willing to admit that your quest for perfectionism often leads to confusion and self-abuse? Are you ready to embrace uncertainty and be a nutritional explorer in your own life?

Just say yes, and your relationship with food will blossom like never before…