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Why You Should Eat Like a Child

August 20, 2017

Like a child; I eat what I want. Cue the gasps and, “how the heck do you eat what you want? If I ate what I wanted I’d be four thousand pounds.” First off, no you wouldn’t. Second off, I’m not kidding. Similar to children, I eat what I want when I want, how much I want and I do it without guilt. I have complete freedom, and food no longer makes me feel stressed, or restricted. Choice, as it relates to food scares the shit out of people — I know because it used to scare me. I thought,…

How To Go From Dreading Exercise To Looking Forward To It

July 22, 2017

One of the biggest problems I have with dieting is it’s NO fun.  I mean c’mon, how many people have you heard say, “OMG, I LOVE to diet.  It’s the best thing in the world, and I’m so glad I get to do it!”.   Ya, you can pretty much count on that number of people being a big fat zero (no pun intended.) The reason I’m passionate about this topic is that as adults, we do TONS of things in life that suck. We hate cleaning, working, laundry, cooking, grocery shopping, running the kids all over town and so…

Pretty is Hurting Us

July 16, 2017

I’ve spent most of my adult years thinking I had a problem.  I couldn't control myself around food, so I did what most people do, I dieted.  I figured if I dieted, I could be thin and happy.  I could finally be normal and stop worrying about my weight.   It makes me sad to think about the time wasted obsessing about thinness.  The times I reluctantly went to parties, weddings (my own included), beaches and vacations.  It was all because I didn't like the way I looked. At some point, I had to ask myself, “What the hell am…

What to do when you hate dieting but want to lose weight for health reasons

June 9, 2017

Nobody loves dieting, but the reality is, almost everyone wants to lose weight and one of the biggest reasons I hear for wanting this is health reasons. Which leads to the question, “How can I lose weight without dieting?” Me, “Why do you want to lose weight?” The client, “To be healthy.” Me, “Ah, okay! So you want to go on a diet to lose weight to be healthier. I get that.” So I then have to ask, “What about losing weight makes you healthy?” The client, “Well, I don’t know. Isn’t it healthier to be thinner? Won’t I put…

Is It You? Or Exhaustion?

May 19, 2017

This was me on a diet.  Seems awesome right?  It wasn't. I was tired, cramping, dehydrated, and could barely walk. People were worried about me. This was one of my many attempts at achieving the perfect body.  And yet, I still wasn't satisfied.   My lifelong dream of a different body left me confused, frustrated, and fatigued.  This is the definition of diet exhaustion; it's painful and real.   Today, my life is entirely different, and I'm happy to say; I don't meal plan, calorie/macro count, and I never prescriptively exercise.  Instead, I intuitively eat what feels right for me,…

My Plea to Women – Stop Waiting and Start Living

May 13, 2017

I've never liked my body, and I remember as far back as high school, dreading the locker room. I was scared of what the other girls would think of me. I feared losing friends, being picked on, and being unpopular. Because I knew shame around my body at such a young age, I've spent most of my life trying to control my food through dieting. Over time, chronic dieting led to guilt, shame, binges, sneaking food when nobody was looking, daily weigh-ins, bi-weekly photos, starving myself, ruined social situations, lots of tears, workout injuries, and endless internal chatter about my…

How to Stop Your Bathing Suit from Ruining Your Vacation

May 5, 2017

Ever dread putting on a bathing suit? Have a hard time relaxing on vacation because you just know you'll hate doing the bikini thing? If this is you, read on..... “Why are you so sensitive”? This is what my husband said when we were on holiday in Jamaica because I wasn’t acting like myself. I was accusing him of ignoring me. At one point I sat by myself and watched as he played a game on the beach. It seemed he was having fun without me. I felt sorry for myself. My low point was when I said, “you hate…

How to REALLY enjoy vacations, holidays, and parties

April 12, 2017

Do you feel bad just looking at the pastries, hamburgers on the grill, Christmas cookies, candy, etc.? Every party I’ve attended, I think, “oh no, here we go again.  Let me make a game plan”. I’d start by eating beforehand and hope this would keep me from over indulging.     I’d arrive, all would go well.  Then BAM, I would try “just a little” and this turned into a food frenzy.  Cookies, cheese, meats, candy – all stuff I wasn’t supposed to have.  Parties are free passes to eat right? It’s the holidays, or vacation, or a party, so I…

Is Your Self-Talk Sabotaging Your Happiness?

April 12, 2017

According to the Psychology Dictionary, self-talk is defined as, “the dialogue that we have with ourselves that can confirm and reinforce both positive and negative beliefs”. Do you talk to yourself like you would a friend, relative, or spouse? Unfortunately, negative self-talk is the norm. This can be a gateway to self-hate, self-destruction, poor body image, low self-esteem, and loads of other self-defeating behaviors. For me personally, I struggled with negative self-talk. There wasn't a day without thinking how much I hated the way I looked. I thought this was normal. This negative self-talk led me to a life of…
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