Exercise + Healthy Eating Not Working?
I’ve been in wellness a really long time. I started out as a massage therapist years ago.
So many local athletes would come to me with aches and pains week after week that I decided I wanted to be able to help them in another way to achieve longer-term results. So, I decided to become an exercise trainer. This certainly helped many of my clients because they were moving better, and their bodies became stronger. However, not everyone was seeing the results they wanted.
The next step for me was holistic nutrition school. I found my classes enlightening and thought that now, with exercise and nutrition, I should be able to help all my clients reach their goals. However, after some time I found that even with a great exercise routine and high quality eating, not all of my clients were seeing results.
After graduating from nutrition school, I could have been described as a “nutrition neurotic”. I thought everything was going to kill me - gluten, dairy, chocolate, caffeine, everything! I thought about every single thing I put into my mouth. It was exhausting. And soul-crushing. I didn’t feel like I could be myself anymore because of this need to be “perfect”.
Thankfully, I discovered a workshop about the psychology of eating. I signed up right away and, in that short weekend, the direction of my life changed. I found out that there was so much more to health and wellness than just what you put in your mouth and how much you move your body. I learned that dynamic eating psychology who was for everyone who ate. It felt revolutionary! I took away strategies that made me understand that how I ate food and who I was as bringing to the plate had a huge impact on my health and metabolism.
It made me relax. It made me realize that if I had a plate of french fries or skipped a workout I wasn’t a failure or a fraud. I no longer had to approach health with an all-or-nothing mentality.
I later realized that the enormous stress that I felt around food and my body had created an obsession with healthy eating, called “orthorexia.” You can have orthorexia no matter what size or shape you are, and whether you only eat healthy food or not. It just means that you are hyper-focused (whether you are aware of it or not) on what you eat. You might also be judgmental about what others eat, too. I’m so relieved to have let go of this “perfectionist” mindset around food with the help of dynamic eating psychology. Now that I no longer categorize foods as good or bad, life is so much better. I learned that I can enjoy “simple pleasures” (yes that includes the occasional french fries) but I am also aware of when I start to lean too much on food or drinks to fulfill emotions and feelings that they can only temporarily fulfill. I have so much more awareness of how I do food is often related to how I am doing life and how life impacts my behaviors.
So, what’s underneath really matters. Finding out why you are challenged is vital.
There’s a much bigger picture to your health and wellness than just moving and what you eat. How you live your life, where you’ve been and where you’re going really has an impact on how you metabolize food - how your body can best burn calories and really feel vibrant and work optimally.
I love this work. It has allowed me to shift both personally and professionally. This new approach to food, body and self took the pressure off and relieved the stress of feeling like I needed to control my eating. I want this for you too.
Mind Body Nutrition strategies provide the missing ingredients that we as a team pull together to help you make peace with food and your body to feel and BE your best.