Are you fed up with failing your diet or trying to adopt a new healthy lifestyle? It’s time to shift the perspective because, truthfully, it’s not about you failing the diet; it’s about the diet failing you. Isn’t it ironic that we attribute success to the diet when it’s working, but when it fails, we blame ourselves? What if the problem isn’t you but the restrictive nature of diets?
Let’s explore a different approach to free you from the cycle of failure.
1. Focus on Adding, Not Subtracting: Rather than fixating on what foods to eliminate, focus on adding in foods you love. If you adore mac and cheese, enjoy it, but think about how to add in a bit of protein and veggies. It’s not about deprivation; it’s about balance and making choices that support your well-being.
2. Strive for Consistency, Not Perfection: Zoom out and look at the bigger picture. Strive for consistency throughout the week rather than obsessing over one overeating incident. Embrace the gray areas, avoid black-and-white thinking, and understand that a single “mistake” doesn’t negate overall consistency.
3. Look at Behaviors, Not Just Food: It’s not about the food itself; it’s about behaviors around food. Examine how often you mindlessly snack, emotionally eat, or engage in other eating behaviors. Shift your focus from what you eat to how you eat. Get curious about your habits and make adjustments to foster positive behaviors.
Stop blaming yourself or the food. The real issue lies in the behaviors and mindset surrounding food. It’s time to get curious, try something different, and break free from the cycle of restrictive diets. You’re stronger than you think, and this journey is about treating yourself with respect and finding sustainable habits. The diet is not the answer – it’s time to try something different.
Licensed Therapist, Certified Nutritionist, and Virtual Wellness Coach
Ryann is a licensed therapist and virtual wellness coach who has assisted individuals worldwide in establishing a healthier relationship with food and their bodies.
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