Remove the labels. Remove the “shoulds”, “shouldn’ts”, “cheat foods”, “clean foods”, “diet foods”, “healthy foods” from your vocabulary. Give yourself permission to eat what you want, but also slow down and take notice of how food makes you feel. Do you enjoy the taste? Do you feel energized after eating it? Are you enjoying the experience? Remember, you are not ‘good’ because you drank a kale smoothie today and you’re not ‘bad’ because you ate cake. Becoming aware of how food is making you feel is more empowering than any label.
Slow down and savor your food. Engage your senses when eating and become present with meals. Make eating an experience you enjoy that brings pleasure by nourishing your body, mind, and soul.
Embrace spontaneity. Call a friend and grab a bite to eat. Avoid over-planning or over- thinking about details. Ask yourself, “What am I in the mood for?” Don’t order the salad just because you think you should…and don’t order the burger because others are ordering it. Ask yourself what do YOU want and what will feel good for your body. Maybe it is the salad….maybe it is the burger.
Remove diet clutter in your life. Go through your bookshelf and magazine stacks, ditch the ones that promise quick fix diet solutions. Purge your social media accounts and unfollow anyone promoting quick fix diets and weight loss solutions.
Participate in movement that feels fun and joyful. If you enjoy group exercise classes, pay attention to the environment. Is the instructor or trainer positive and uplifting or do they practice motivation through body shaming? Exercise should make you feel good both on the inside and out! What words are you filling your mind with as you move your body.
Write a breakup letter to your diet. Seriously. This might sound silly, but trust me—it’s empowering! Tell your diet why you won’t let it control your life. Thank it for what it’s taught you but let it know it’s no longer working. It likely stopped working long ago. Explain how you want to be your best and it’s not helping at all. Be bold. Tell your old dieting self you love and respect your body, mind, and health too much and it (or he or she) has got to go.
"Lynda has been terrific! One on One coaching has been the answer for me. She has taught me how to eat better and live healthier in a lifestyle of much travel and eating out! She has given me a great ideas and has challenged me to be my best in a very realistic sustainable way. I am so happy to have found her!"
– Julie B.
"Lynda has been helpful by not just telling me what and how much food to eat, she is able to see the big picture and show me how the lifestyle choices I make impact my ability to be successful at weight loss. She gives me ways I would not have thought of to assess and deal with emotional eating. She helps me see that this is a process and that small changes can become habits and lead to weight loss! She helps me establish appropriate goals and keep at me when I don’t reach them! Her knowledge, problem solving, follow through, and support have been invaluable to me!"
– Barb M.
“I have learned so much from Lynda and can’t thank her enough for all the support. I have a better understanding of what foods work for me and what my body doesn’t like. All thanks to Lynda for the guidance she has shown me.”