Control, Diets, and The Power of Making Small Changes

Got food issues? Got control issues? Me too. I love being in control and always find myself fighting hard to hold onto it, in every aspect of my life. For me, diet and exercise regimes have always been easy substitutes for actual control. For example, instead of making the decision to go to bed early so I feel rested and stop craving sweets, I make a sweeping decision that I will eschew sugar for 12 weeks and join a sugar detox group. Instead of deciding to go for a walk whenever I feel like moving my body, I decide that a rigorous, self-punishing exercise plan, commencing at 5am every day for 12 weeks is the only way to go. Instead of listening to my body’s subtle hunger and fullness cues, I decide to weigh, measure, and track my food using apps like Weight Watchers or My Fitness Pal. All to feel just a little more in control over my life.

See what I mean? In reality, I just want to feel normal: alert, full of energy, well rested, loved and appreciated. And instead of assessing what I was doing to help me feel great in each of those areas, I make sweeping blanket changes to assume ‘control.’

This time, despite the fact that I am craving control like crazy, I am going to focus on little changes that I know will make a big difference. I am going to find pleasure and meaning in the little things, I am going to be mindful and engaged when I play with my kids, I am going to eat foods that I know make my body feel good, I going to go to bed on time, and I am NOT going to make grand, sweeping changes for the sake of getting a smaller body or finding a false sense of control. And I am inviting you to join me!

In May: join my intro to Intuitive eating program. We are going to focus on learning how to sense hunger and fullness, eat mindfully, slow our automatic negative thought patterns, figure out where our dieting history comes from, and how to fix our negative relationships with food. (Spoiler Alert: It’s by eating anything you want, without restriction!)

In June: we will focus on making little changes that will help us feel calm, organized, well-rested, happy and fulfilled through a 21-day Vibrant & Alive group coaching program. Again, you will eat the food you love without restriction, and add in fun challenges to make you come alive and feel your very best for the summer!  

Want to join me in either or both of these group programs? Shoot me an email and I will tell you how to get started :).

7 Reasons To See A Nutritionist

Are you a little confused about what a nutritionist does, but don’t really want to ask? The question “when should I see a nutritionist?” has come up a lot in conversations lately, and I thought I would provide some clarification.

A nutritionist’s profession is food and its effects on the body. Many of the ailments that affect us, even things that we have written off as inevitable, can be alleviated and sometimes cured completely by our diet, and working with a nutritionist can help in finding those solutions that are unique to you.

With this in mind, let’s look at seven common complaints that could be traced back to your diet. If you are feeling any of these things, chances are, I can help:

  1. You wake up feeling like you’ve been dragged around the block by a bus. If you find yourself constantly hitting the snooze button, hobbling into the bathroom because your whole body feels stiff, or fighting through a daze for the first part of your day, your diet might be to blame. Nutritionists can help increase the quality of your sleep! However, if you aren’t sleeping because have a six month old, there’s not much I can do about that. If you find out, let me know 🙂
  2. You experience bloating, gas, or heartburn after eating. Those things aren’t normal and are signs that your digestion is compromised.
  3. Your joints ache or are stiff after sitting for periods of time.
  4. You aren’t delivering ‘foot long floaters’. Yes, I’m talking about poop. Your poo is an indicator of gut health. If you go less than once a day, if you are straining at all, or if you have explosions or chronic diarrhea, your guts are out of balance. These types of compromises in your digestion can lead to some pretty serious health problems if they aren’t normalized. For more on what your poo should look like, check out this fun chart
  5. Your energy fluctuates throughout the day or you find you’re always reaching for a 3pm snack to get you to dinner. Energy levels are definitely linked with the foods we eat and constant fluctuations are rough on your waistline AND your overall health.
  6. You keep trying new diets, but always seem to be losing the same 10 pounds. Weight loss (or gain) is closely linked with hormones, blood sugar stability, and gut health. Regulating those will help you lose those 10 pounds for good.
  7. Your skin has always driven you nuts. Steroids have helped you manage flare-ups in the past (dry skin, acne, eczema, psoriasis) but it never lasts. Skin is our largest organ and its health reflects the state of your digestive system. Nutritionists can help you bring your digestion back into balance and the “glow” back into your skin.

These are the most common difficulties that can almost always be traced back to your diet, however, there are dozens of other issues with which nutritionists can help. If you are suffering with chronic illness or irritations, or just want to feel your best, contact me or any other Registered Holistic Nutritionist right away!