How to recognize the diet mentality + free cheat sheet
Fast forward + get the 'Recognizing Diet Mentality' cheat sheet here. I remember the first serious diet I ever went on; even then I disguised it under the nuance of it being a "lifestyle" not a diet. I was probably 14 at time time. I was heavier than the average girl my age (or at least I thought I was), and I remember that the first thing I noticed when meeting other people was how their bodies looked in comparison to mine. I desperately wanted to look more like the thinner girls in my school and had no idea that beginning to diet at such a young age would have literally changed the landscape of my life for the next 9 years and counting. Fast forward a couple degrees, a coaching certificate, probably over 30 different diets, way too many self help books and a ton of inner-work later I finally am moving beyond the dieting mentality.
What Exactly is the diet mentality?
THE DIET MENTALITY IS ANY SORT OF SELF-JUDGEMENT SURROUNDING FOOD CHOICES AND THE DESIRE TO HAVE MORE CONTROL OVER YOUR DIET AND SUBSEQUENTLY YOUR BODY.
So If I'm a health coach but I don't help people diet, what do I do?
Great. Question. This question is part of the reason I was so afraid to let go of the diet approach. -> How on earth am I going to make money, help people feel better in their bodies & live the life I want if I can't give my clients the structure of a specific diet? -> How am I ever going to help them heal themselves without the promising the magic of weight loss? -> What are my clients going to be working towards if not a diet of sorts?
I'm so glad you asked.
Enter: the anti-diet
I will spare you all the details in this post, if you want them you can visit any of Kelsey Miller's posts on Refinery29. Essentially, I am helping my clients let go of the guilt, body hatred, strict rules and food fears that come as a byproduct of dieting. I'm going to be writing a series of posts in the next few weeks on transitioning from the dieting mentality to a more intuitive approach, but in the mean time download my Recognizing the Diet Mentality Cheat Sheet to help understand where you might be falling victim to the diet mindset- even when you think you're past it.
chat soon- xx