If you are familiar with my story and who I am, then you know that I am living proof of why diets don’t work. In 2007 alone, the American Dietetic Association found that Americans spent $58 billion on weight loss products. Considering that obesity has gone global, you can imagine how lucrative the weight loss industry must be. There is always someone coming out with the latest diet book, telling us what we should and shouldn’t do to look thinner, younger, and more radiant and full of life.
In our fast-paced world, we have lost sight of many aspects of life that truly nourish and balance our bodies, such as slowing down, eating a home-cooked meal and spending quality time with loving people. Eating consciously and making simple lifestyle changes will create positive results and release you from the endless cycle of dieting.
These are my fab favorite ways to lose weight without dieting:
1.) Love Yourself
Get rid of the negative self-talk. Are you a perfectionist who is always saying “I am not good enough”? Having a negative opinion about ourselves can have a huge impact on who we are and what we do. Before we can attempt to change our negative habits we need to love and accept ourselves just as we are (flaws and all). How can you choose to love yourself today?
2.) Learn To Let Go
We all have “stuff” we want to let go of. The weight of these things can have a physical and emotional pull on our bodies. As we learn to let go of the things that no longer serve us, we open up to new possibilities and begin to receive what we need. I encourage you to think about what you need to let go of. Imagine what your life would be like if it is no longer with you.
3.) Be Positive
Positive thoughts lead to positive actions. Ask yourself how do I WANT to feel? If you want to feel good then think good thoughts. When you put positive thoughts into the universe and follow through with positive actions you will see positive results. Begin each day with a loving positive thought about yourself and your life! “I accept myself and create peace in my mind and heart.”
4.) Practice Patience
Any lifestyle change you make to accomplish your goals will take time. In order to make positive changes that last a lifetime we must do it slowly. This requires patience. Everyone loses weight at different rates. If we give up or lose motivation we will never achieve our goals. It takes hard work and discipline, but it also takes time. Life is long, what’s the rush?
5.) Tune In
Do you often rationalize or justify your eating habits? Do you find yourself thinking: “go ahead, you have been so good lately” or “you deserve it, you’ve worked hard all day” or “you might as well, you’re fat anyway.” Often times when we eat emotionally it is because our mind tells us to. Our bodies don’t want fatty, greasy, sugar coated snacks. Our bodies want nourishing and satisfying food. Learn how to tune in with your body. Ask it what it wants.
6.) Eat Mindfully
When we eat mindfully we are eating in the present moment. We are able to know when we are hungry and stop eating when we are full. Eating mindfully means we are conscious of where our food came from; who grew it and prepared it. We take a minute to smell the delicious food we eat. Finally, make sure you chew your food SLOWLY and savor every bite. Try eating mindfully without any distractions and see what happens.
Given half a chance, your body will balance out by itself, but this is only possible by getting out of the diet mentality and listening to what you truly need. Imagine taking all of the outward energy you expend on diets, fads and gimmicks and turning it inward, so that you can listen to your heart and inner wisdom.
There is no such thing as a quick fix; you already have everything you need within you. With careful thought and loving reflection, you can feed yourself in a nourishing way. Working with your body rather than against it will bring you increased energy, stabilized weight and sustainable health.
Erica Trestyn, MA, HHC is the founder of Cultivate Nourishment LLC. Erica received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and as a certified holistic health counselor she empowers her clients to transform their lives through healthy eating and mindful living. She knows firsthand what it’s like to struggle with always wanting to be a different size and has felt the pain and frustration of living a morbidly obese life. She believes that diets don’t work and that true health is achieved when we create complete harmony with the mind, body, and spirit. She strives to empower others to nourish themselves from the inside out. Visit her website www.cultivatenourishment.com and follow her on twitter @EricaTrestyn.
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