How often do you experience pain or stomach discomfort and figure it’s just part of life? There are many symptoms we have normalized because they come on gradually and are livable. We may not even fully realize them because they aren’t that bad and things could be worse. Some of my clients have even said when they share what they’re experiencing they’ve been dismissed by people in the medical profession saying it’s all in their head. I’m definitely not a doctor and I don’t diagnose people but I do know that food and lifestyle can play a big role in how good (or bad) we feel. Take food sensitivities or intolerances as an example.
In January as resolutions got underway, the Today Show followed Valerie Bertinelli on her journey of making 2020 a year for her to choose happy. Valerie opened up about her weight struggles over the years and talked about how she has been consistently struggling for the last 50 years with weight gain and weight loss. It’s been a constant cycle she describes as torment. Throughout this journey, she has started to realize that her weight issues are deeper than just the weight and there is an emotional component. She realized she uses food as a way to not feel her feelings.
When you think of emotional eating, what’s the
first thing that comes to mind? In the traditional sense, many people think it
occurs when they’re bored, sad, happy, lonely etc. Even if you don’t consider
yourself to be an emotional eater, I encourage you to keep reading as it can
apply not only to how you show up around food but can also come up with
shopping, drinking, exercising, etc.
When I start working with my clients most of them talk about how they’re stuck in black and white thinking. This typically leads to only being able to see two options in a situation. For example, they can either eat in alignment with their goals, or they don’t. They either meal plan or they don’t. Does that sound familiar?
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Smita from Simply Smita, a natural skincare brand, to share about my approach and how I work with my clients. I’m passionate about transforming my client’s relationship with food and in this interview I share more about why and how.
It’s Thursday and you’ve been patiently waiting for the
weekend all week long. You stick to your food goals and are strict with
yourself Monday through Thursday. As the weekend approaches you look forward to
throwing your hands up in the air and taking a free-for-all mindset for the
next few days.
Last weekend in Chicago we experienced some spring snow. Yes snow in the middle of April! A couple days later, the temperatures rose again into the 60’s. The interesting thing is, the day after the snowfall I was walking around and noticed the flowers were still blooming and hadn’t died from this crazy weather we had. It made me realize how resilient nature can be. That thought reminded me of the parallel of how my clients build resilience through the process of understanding and uncovering their relationship around food.
In a recent workshop I ran, we talked about the common themes that lead to self-sabotage and lacking willpower. After sharing some of the themes, tools and strategies, one of the women asked what tips I typically give people when they eat something out of alignment with their goals so they reach for the healthier option. Since my role as a Health Coach is not to give specific tips and tricks of how to avoid eating something you would consider indulgent, I asked if she would be willing to share an example.