If you have been reading my blog for a while, you might have noticed that my focus has shifted from the external aspects of nutrition and wellness (specifically, food types/amounts/timing) to the internal aspects.
This has felt like a bit of a plunge, in terms of my business, because I’d always assumed that as a health coach I could just tell people to mindfully eat nutrient dense food (not too much!), avoid sugar and processed foods, and they would be set.
This is what the mainstream wellness media sells us; we are conditioned to believe that we just need the right food/exercise program to fix us. In fact, the first request I always receive is, “Please just tell me what to eat and what not to eat!”
To be fair, it was the primal lifestyle that helped my body heal from a variety of digestion, hunger, energy and sleep issues. And I have witnessed remarkable results in my clients as well.
But I also noticed that in many cases, when people went off the “plan” they were back at square one, or worse. What was going on? It’s easy to use “lack of willpower” as an excuse, but I was learning it wasn’t that simple.
I started to realize that for many people who struggle with weight release, an addiction to diet plans may be a way to avoid facing the root issues of emotional eating.
This awareness was also coming to me first hand: increasing my mindfulness and awareness over the past years I became conscious of my complex relationship with food.
I’ve restricted to “stay in control of my weight”, all the while fantasizing about sugar and baked goods. I’ve gone months without sugar and then my will power has crumbled in the face of anxiety and self-doubt.
I’ve used sugar and alcohol to self-soothe in times of discomfort and self-criticism.
Through first and second hand experience I was learning that lasting radiant health comes from bringing awareness to conditioned beliefs and automatic behavior patterns.
I felt called to dig deep and talk about these issues- to help others release unconscious beliefs and patterns by shining the light of awareness on them.
Recently, the beautiful and inspiring Amber Romaniuk, reached out to me about collaborating on a podcast. I checked out her “The No Sugarcoating Podcast” and was blown away. She was talking frankly and honestly about emotional eating, the ego, and self-sabotaging behaviors.
I was honored to interview Amber on the Awaken Your Glow podcast.
If you feel that you may be emotional eating, if you worry that you are out of control, if you are addicted to diets- give our episode a listen.
You will realize that you are not alone and that YOU have the ability to transform your health.
You can find the podcast right here on my website, or in iTunes. I’d love to hear what you think!