Eat What You Want, When You Want It.

For the next few weeks, I want you to eat when you’re hungry AND whatever you’re hungry for. 

No food will be considered “bad”. 

You’ll feel no guilt. 

No food is restricted. 

 

What do you think? Sound too good to be true? It’s not I promise, but it does take some work and some relearning on how we think about food. 


Many of us women have a pretty messed up relationship with food. We’ve been on some sort of “diet” most of our lives, and sadly are still unhappy with how our bodies look.

We use words like, “bad” to describe foods we think we shouldn’t be eating. We punish ourselves for eating certain things. We push (unnecessarily) harder in the gym when we think we’ve eaten too much. Or restrict ourselves so much, that we eventually cave and end up eating more than we need…and then feel guilty for having no willpower. 

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Diets and restrictions don’t work. Ever. At all. 

 

They may offer a quick fix, but it’s not a fix that will last. The weight will come back (because that way of eating is not sustainable). And you’ll feel like a failure that has zero will power or self control. Which is NOT true.


Here’s the actual truth, the minute we’re told to not eat/restrict/eliminate something, it’s all we can think about.

How many times have you been about to start a new “diet” and for the few days leading up to it you ate as much “bad” food as you could knowing that they would soon be on the “do not eat” list? Or just went hog wild because you knew you were starting a diet in a few days?

Dieting and weight loss companies make hundreds of millions of dollars each year by marketing to our weaknesses. They tell us we can be smaller, thinner, younger, lose fat easily, gain abs drinking this or that shake, blah, BLAH, BLAH.

They’ve engrained certain food “rules” in our heads. Low carb diets make you lose weight. Don’t eat late at night. Potatoes, rice, and gluten, are all bad for you. Eat as little fat as possible. 

It’s all bullshit. And it’s time to finally turn down this nonsense playing on repeat every time we sit down to eat.


SO! For the next few weeks, I want you to eat when you’re hungry AND whatever you’re hungry for. 

No food will be considered “bad”. 

You’ll feel no guilt. 

No food is restricted. 

You might be afraid that for the next few weeks you’ll only eat only cheese, carbs, or cake. And maybe for a few days you might. Whatever. 

I promise you, once you realize those foods aren’t off limits, that you can enjoy them anytime, you won’t crave them as much. 

Crazy right? No, just the truth. 

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It’s about tuning in (of course I’d say that). And relearning and trusting your hunger, craving, and fullness cues. Here’s what I want you to do. 


Write down a list of all those foods you think you shouldn’t be eating. Then I want you to eat them. Probably not all at once. Choose one thing at a time. But I want you to really (really!) pay attention to how it taste and whether you truly enjoyed it. You might find that when you stop for a minute to taste something, it isn’t as amazing as you thought it would be. Or maybe it is! Which is awesome, because it’s now available anytime you want it.


Keep once “forbidden” items in your house. Knowing that the food is available will (eventually) eliminate the craving for it. And I promise you’ll also start craving salads and veggies, so keep those around too.


Stop labeling foods as good or bad. Yes, some foods are more nutritious than others. But there is a place for those foods AND more “fun” foods.


Let go of the food “rules” that are ingrained in your brain. The ones about carbs, eating at night or eating fat. Get to know your own body’s cues.


What do you think? Will you give it a go?

It’ll take some practice, but it’s an awesome start to ditching “diets” forever.


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