At first, dieting might seem exciting. You think to yourself, “this time it will be different”. You set weight related goals, measure your portions, track the calories you’ve burned and follow a meal plan that is “structured”. But the reality is following a set of rules is hard!⠀⠀
Diet backlash is rough. Some tend to withdraw socially or feel like they can’t trust themselves around food anymore. In addition, many might experience stress or mood swings while dieting. Research shows the effects of long-term dieting can be detrimental to our health as it increases stress hormones and leads to a slower metabolism.
Intuitive eating has changed the way I help my clients. I believe there is no benefit in following a diet or strict meal plan to achieve health! Nutrition is way more complex than many make it seem – that’s the beauty of science and how our bodies work💪🏼 Intuitive eating is an eating frame-work that focuses on rejecting diet culture while enjoying food and nourishing our bodies with good nutrition. It’s about tapping into our ability to make food choices that make us feel good, both physically and mentally.
I’ve learned a lot about myself over the years, especially in regards to my relationship with food. In college, I used to focus too much on eating super healthy, and that carried with me as I became a Registered Dietitian. I felt like I had to eat a certain way and look a certain way in order to be taken seriously as a nutrition professional. ⠀
I had my own set of rules, without even realizing it! Looking back, I fell into the diet culture trap. Even though I didn’t follow a specific diet, I was still concerned about what I was eating and how much I weighed. The biggest lesson I learned was that diets don’t work in the long run. What does work is understanding your body’s needs and taking care of it by eating, getting enough rest and moving it in a way that feels good to you. You can enjoy all foods (without counting calories or calculating your macros) and still achieve health.
Working in the nutrition field is very rewarding and I value the relationships I’ve developed with my clients. Because of their vulnerable stories, I’ve been able to reflect on how I view food and what health means to me. And for that, I’m so grateful 💞