Why can’t we let go of trying to be perfect with our food? It is impossible to be perfect with anything in life, so why do we think our diet is any different? You don’t actually need to eat perfectly to see weight loss results. You don’t have to white knuckle it each week and restrict yourself day in and day out. You should be enjoying what you eat or learning how to do that. You have to find a way of eating that you can sustain and enjoy for the rest of your life. Simply For Life nutrition coaches can help you do that. They can work with you to customize a plan and recipes you enjoy. They can also discuss finding balance, discuss weekly goals based on what you have going on in life, intuitive eating and how to set yourself up for long-term success.
Give yourself permission to let go of control.
You can’t control everything in your life. So many people are striving for the perfect body, weight and diet. This can lead to a poor relationship with your body and the food you eat. Diets do not work long-term, yet there are still so many people doing them or looking for the next thing that will work. Something that works temporarily does not work in the end. Let go of the need to be perfect. Strive for progress, not perfection.
Stop comparing yourself to someone on Instagram, a friend or a co-worker. Everybody is different, has different body shapes, different ways of eating they enjoy and not everyone is doing something that is sustainable. Temporary results are not what we want to help you with at Simply For Life, we are here to help you with the long game and for you to enjoy the process! It is possible to enjoy what you eat day in and day out!
So many people we see have done diets in the past that are unsustainable. “The program worked because I had lost 30lbs”. We would argue, the program did not work because sustaining a realistic weight loss is the end goal. I say realistic because so many people are looking for a specific weight they were before they had kids or when they were in their 20’s. You have to ask yourself “what behaviours can I change long-term that are sustainable and doable for me, now”. What am I not willing to give up and be happy with yourself and your body in the process! Your coach can help.
Red Flags you’re dieting:
You hate what you’re eating day in and day out.
You’re making special meals for yourself.
You’re bringing a special meal to an event.
You’re not able to go to social events because of your food.
You’re using meal replacements regularly instead of eating, real whole food.
Have a conversation with your Simply For Life nutrition coach if you are feeling this way. They can help you to bring more balance to your life. You do not have to lose weight every week, in fact, there should be periods of time where you focus on maintaining and not put pressure on yourself to lose.
Remember, good overall nutrition:
Improves your energy.
Improves quality of life.
Reduces risk of chronic health issues.
Improves, skin, hair and nails.
Improves your mood.
Improves your hormones.
Improves your digestive health.
Enjoying your weight loss progress is possible and being perfect is not! Start changing your lifestyle behaviours and set realistic goals throughout the process!