Here’s How I Went From Dieter to Mindful Eater:After overcoming years of struggle in my relationship with food and body image, it is now my passion is to help you heal, too. I understand the dangers of chronic dieting and over-exercising, because I’ve been there. I want to teach you how to eat with a deep sense of peace and enjoyment by choosing nourishing foods that suit your individual needs. Together, we’ll explore a more gentle approach in taking care of your beautifully unique body.
So, how did I ditch that diet mentality?
Firstly, I tuned into my body for the first time in a long time and figured out which foods worked for me. Key word: me. (We’ll go into this later on).
I said no to diets. I’d had enough. I vowed to never give into them again. I told myself I’d rather be a couple of kilos overweight than to suffer through one more diet. Life is too short.
I became an intuitive eater – someone who listened to the signals her body was giving her, then responded to them.
I immersed myself in studying and understanding the powerful healing nature of food.
I began eating mindfully and with gratitude.
I also realised that today’s health and fitness standards are just that – standardised. They assume we are all the same. They don’t reflect who we are: beautiful, unique and worthy individuals, both physically and emotionally.
I finally realised that no one diet fits all.
It was then, and only then, that everything changed.
When I let go of the guilt, pressure and emotions surrounding food, my weight balanced out. My body healed. It wasn’t easy, but it was something I had to go through.
Here’s my advice to you: the sooner you start, the better you’ll feel. It may not be easy at first, but it’s worth it.
I’m so, so tired of diets. And being tempted by them, too.
Let’s strive to be strong and healthy, not skinny and miserable.
What’s the difference between a dieter and a mindful eater?
Dieting requires willpower, and is characterised by restriction and deprivation. Dieters are always looking for a quick fix, and food is the enemy. They count calories (numbers!) and succumb to societal pressure to look perfect. But guess what? Perfection doesn’t exist. It’s unrealistic.
On the other hand, mindful eaters see food as nourishment. They’re flexible with food and trust that their body can convert it into fuel. They eat nutrient-dense, REAL food until they’re satisfied, and then they stop. From personal/clinical experience, these are usually those people who are naturally thin, who manage their weight effortlessly. They don’t even think about dieting or bingeing, because they know neither option is worth the fall-out. How good does that sound?
Healthy living is meant to be simple, not complicated. Food is here to take care of our bodies’ needs. Too many people view food as ‘good’ or ‘bad, asking: “will this make me thin or fat?” This has caused us to have a complex relationship with food. This is not healthy and creates so much stress within the body. I’m passionate about putting an end to this extreme and obsessive mentality around food and weight. Help me to spread the message.