Our society tells us we need to lose weight and that we are not good enough. It sells us stories that we need to stop eating this food or that food, that we need to eat more of this or that. So we go on a diet by restricting our intake, avoiding certain foods, obsessing about what we put in our mouths and feeling guilty for eating, and we stop listening to our bodies and what it wants and needs. We may lose weight initially, but then following the diet becomes too difficult to continue and we get tired of the rules and the fight, and we end up feeling guilty when we start eating all of the food we have been told we should avoid.
It is well known that 9 out 10 diets don’t work because as soon as we stop dieting, we gain all the weight back plus more! If diets worked, then there would only be that one proven diet instead of the hundreds or thousands that are out there.
Because dieting doesn’t work, we try one diet after another to try to get the results we are seeking. They tell us to cut out fat one minute, then cut out carbohydrates the next. Or it’s the juice diet, the detox diet, the Atkins diet, the Paleo diet. Then it’s no sugar, no wheat, no gluten, no dairy, no meat, “just eat clean!”, until we have been on every diet under the sun and it takes us in to a world of “shoulds” and “should nots” with everything we eat – “I should eat this because…” or “I shouldn’t eat this because…”. And all it has done is take us further away from our own internal cues and trusting our bodies and ourselves.
If you are sick of the constant dieting and just want to get back to eating normally and listening to your body, then Mindful Eating or Intuitive Eating may be just the thing for you.
This approach helps you to reconnect to your physical sensations of hunger and fullness, and gets you back in touch with your true appetite. We explore the reasons why we eat and piece it together to truly understand our relationship with food.
With Mindful Eating Practise, there will be no nutrition education, no weighing scales, no calculations of BMIs, no counting calories, no meal plans, no food rules. Instead we will help you build an awareness of your relationship with food and how it links to your thoughts and emotions, without judgement. We will support you to make changes so you stop listening to the “shoulds” and “should nots” and start listening to yourself.