Diets don't seem to be as popular as they were years ago, thank goodness, but in case you need some reinforcement as to why not to set a New Years resolution around a diet, here are three:
1. Bio-Individuality - every body is unique and different. What works for one person is not necessarily going to work for you! You need to listen to your body and trust what it is telling you. Yes, even those cravings for chocolate can mean something! Not everyone is going to be the same size, no matter how hard you try. And is that how you want to live your life? Attempting to get to an unrealistic body shape and size, feeling stressed, guilty, disappointed? No way. That isn't what life is about. We are more than our bodies! If you follow a diet, you aren't listening to what your body is saying. A book isn't going to know when you are hungry, but learning how to trust your body and the signals it's giving you will mean you can eat until you are satisfied, enjoy the foods that you want to, and let go of feelings of guilt. It's a practice, and takes time, depending on how long you might have been ignoring your body's signs, but you can get there!
2. Feeling Restricted - if you follow a diet, it's a lot of what not to do, and no one likes to be told what to do or not do. You are likely not going to be eating enough calories, and that has damaging effects on the body. Not only that, but you also probably have "off-limit" foods, and that will make you want them more!
3. Not Enjoying the moments - Real life is filled with birthday parties, family get-togethers, and holidays and those moments all include eating. That isn't to say it's all about the food. And it isn't necessary to eat until you are uncomfortable, or that you can't make healthier options, but it goes back to feeling restricted. If you tell yourself you can't have some cake at the next birthday party, you may feel restricted, and then over eat with something else because you didn't just enjoy the cake! What if you lived a life where you can eat what you want, and then maybe you choose not to eat cake because you actually don't feel like any, or don't like how you feel eating something that sweet. Following your intuition, and listening to what you need will make you feel empowered and that is a great place to be! There is nothing wrong with wanting to live a healthier life! Being healthy feels amazing! But do it from a place of knowing that you and your body deserve love right now, not once you lose 10 lbs. If you have health and wellness goals and want to join a supportive group that will give you tons of information on whole body health, then consider signing up for my 6 week "A Path to Wellness" group coaching course. We will be covering these 6 topics:
Goal setting Healthy eating Food and mood Relationships and nurturing your Self Healthy on the go, and An Introduction to Visualization You will meet other like-minded women and build great connections. You will also be provided with handouts and recipes throughout the 6 weeks and together we will make 2019 your healthiest year yet! If you haven't read my Blog post "The Benefits of Joining a Group Health Coaching Program" follow the link and learn my three reasons why group programs rock!