I thought I’d post today to provide some insight into something that has been a common issue for many of my clients when beginning to let go of dieting: perfectionism.
If eating provides comfort for you in times of stress, you feel like you can't 'control' yourself around food or you feel guilty for eating emotionally, you are not alone. And you know what? It’s ok. It’s all ok. You are doing your best. We all are.
Emotions, comfort and food are inherently entwined and eating to soothe uncomfortable emotions in the moment is nothing to feel guilty about. However, if it is bothering you, you may find the below helpful in learning to manage your emotional eating.
Ditching the meal plan or the diet rule book can feel a little scary, particularly when you are used to having it all set out in neat rows highlighting what is 'good' or 'bad' and how much you 'should' be eating.
So how do you let go of the 'rules' without feeling like the rug has been pulled out from under you?
So often I see women in my practice who feel like they are the only ones to have gone through the diet cycle. You know the one: feel bad about your body and out of control around food, diet, lose weight, gain weight, feel bad about your body and out of control around food, go on another diet... and the rollercoaster continues. However, you are not alone, and you don't have to go round and round that dieting cycle forever. You can step off, and you can enjoy food and your body exactly as you are.
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