121. Embracing New Changes – Am I really THAT positive?

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Hey, it’s Ryann, your host at the Food Freedom Lab. I’ve been away for a bit due to the roller coaster of my first trimester of pregnancy. Now, in almost the third trimester, I’m back and excited to dive into important topics, starting with embracing change.

The Challenge of Change: Even Positive Change Can Be Hard

Change, even positive change, can be tough. The uncertainty it brings is often the most challenging aspect. Whether it’s pregnancy or healing one’s relationship with food, the fear of the unknown can be daunting. Questions arise, like, “Will I have a healthy baby?” or “What happens when I let go of dieting?”

Our brains resist change because they’re wired to keep us safe within routines. This applies to positive changes like improving our relationship with food. The fear of the unknown can be paralyzing: “What happens if I stop counting calories?” or “Will I lose control if I eat what I want?”

Acknowledging Change: A Personal Insight

Sharing a personal struggle, I delve into how my body changes during pregnancy led to frustration. The challenge is real, and my body was changing faster than expected. The unknowns are unsettling, much like the uncertainties in healing one’s relationship with food.

The Positivity Paradox: Not Dwell, but Acknowledge

Often asked how I stay positive, I clarify that it’s not about being positive all the time. It’s about not dwelling on negatives. For example, when struggling with body changes and finding no clothes fit, acknowledging the negative feelings is vital, but dwelling on them is counterproductive.

Interrupting Toxic Positivity: Embracing Negative Emotions

Toxic positivity, where negative emotions are dismissed, is counterproductive. It’s crucial to acknowledge feelings without forcing false positivity. Instead of denying negative thoughts, redirect your focus onto something more constructive.

Overcoming Overeating: A Brief Aside

Addressing a common concern about overeating, I introduce a free quiz to help understand and address overeating habits. Acknowledging occasional overeating is normal, but if it becomes a regular discomfort, understanding and addressing it is essential.

Change, whether in food habits, body image, or life events, is always challenging. Rather than forcing positivity, it’s more productive to acknowledge feelings without dwelling on them. Redirecting attention to what you know to be true and constructive helps manage the process.

Conclusion: Embracing Change for Growth

Change is constant, and it’s a journey that leads to growth. By practicing the art of not dwelling on negatives, we can navigate the uncertainties, whether in pregnancy, healing food relationships, or any life transition. Embracing change becomes a tool for personal growth.

Closing Thoughts: Stay Connected for More Insights

I’m thrilled to be back, sharing insights and experiences. If you’re going through change, remember, it’s okay not to have all the answers. Reach out for support, embrace the journey, and let’s navigate the unknown together. Looking forward to more chats in the Food Freedom Lab.

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Ryann Nicole

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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