So social media and I were in a relationship that just wasn’t working. In a “it's not you, it's me” kind of way… meaning I had the work to do.
As you may have heard me confess before, I have struggled in the past with binge eating. It became my full time job trying to solve the problem, I could bore you with all of the tactics, tools and things I tried but why don’t we cut to the fact that the biggest shift happened when I realized:
I called my best friend last week, “I’m done with food, I don’t want to tell people what to eat.” A thought that has been eating away at me for the past few months. I can’t deny the fact every sign and gut wrenching thought telling me its not what people need. You see when I start working with a new client they immediately want a plan, THE plan
I had a big wake up call when I was cleaning off my book shelf last weekend. Dust covered the collection I accumulated throughout my 20's, hundreds of dollars worth. I took a second to be grateful for the handful of tips that truly helped me, but then I got angry. I started to see the subtle ways the self development industry is somewhat turning into the diet industry.
Everything you need to know about nutrition is a google click a way. I did not become a Nutritionist to learn more about what’s good and bad for you in terms of food. What drew me to food was the story behind what we put on our plate.
Lets talk about 'the struggle'. We all have one or many, and it can suck you of time, energy and even cost you relationships. Mine was my health and weight. So naturally I spent hours studying what to do, how to do it, and chase any shiny object that had the answers to my problem. This led me to becoming a Nutritionist. I mean if you're an expert thats got to get rid of the struggle, right?
You wake up Monday morning, you ate a ton of "bad food" on the weekend, you feel sluggish and bloated. Those temporary enjoyments are leaving you full of regret. What do you automatically do? Most plan drastic actions to undo the damage. You plan on "good behavior" all week, salads, workouts, juices etc. Sound familiar?
It starts with a craving, a little voice telling you to reach for something more. You've finished your meal, no signs of hunger but you start feeling snacky. You open the fridge grab some fruit..nope, not satisfied. You move to the cupboard, its got to be salty you are after, you grab the half eaten bag of chips, better polish it off. You know whats great with salty? Something sweet! Back to the freezer, ice creams calling.