Often when we set out to live healthier lives we find ourselves in a pattern like this: We are energized and motivated for a time, but eventually slip back into previous, less-healthy habits. Why does this happen?? Do we lack willpower? Are we lazy? Do we have an addiction to sugar / carbs / or the couch??
I’m going to blow your mind here, but if you’ve struggled to maintain healthy habits, did you ever consider that maybe YOU are not deficient? That perhaps it’s the diet or exercise plan that’s “broken”? That what worked for your friend is simply not a realistic fit for your current strengths and limitations?
My Wellness Counseling will help you learn to eat and move your body in “Intuitive” ways, making step-by-step habit changes that are SUSTAINABLE for life.
Habit-Based Health Changes
I don’t believe you lack motivation! If you are of the human species and are breathing you are full of motivation. You are always motivated do the things you really set your mind to doing. For example, I’m guessing you get yourself up in the morning, get dressed, brush your teeth, take care of work or school or family responsibilities, pay your bills, take care of pets, and spend time doing things that entertain you. All of these things require motivation! They just become effortless because they’ve become HABITS. So if you want to live healthier, you’ve got to create small habits that are so do-able that you don’t even feel like they drain your effort. In the end, you very well may become someone who eats super healthy or runs marathons, BUT you first need to meet yourself where you are, then you can begin to create a healthier life…from the INSIDE OUT.
“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.”
Emotional / Binge / Mindless Eating
What is emotional eating? It’s when we eat for any reason other than hunger: boredom, social pressure, loneliness, stress, sadness, happiness. Not all emotional eating is unhelpful, but if you’ve developed a habit of regularly eating in response to emotions rather than physical hunger, it may be impeding your optimal health goals.
Binge eating is eating for reasons of hunger or emotions, but beyond the point of fulness, and feeling out of control while eating. Some people describe a feeling of “zoning out” or “numbing out” while binge eating.
Emotional and Binge eating can bring shame and self-loathing. I will help you implement more healthy coping strategies to deal with the emotions that may be fueling emotional or binge eating. I’ll help you create different patterns so you can feel more confident and connected, within yourself and with others.
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
– George Eliot
How many times do we tell ourselves it’s SO hard to get started with exercise, but when we actually do it, we feel good afterward? So why is it still so hard to keep it up?
There may be time or physical limitations, but beyond that, most of the reasons we don’t exercise are related to 1) lack of knowledge of how important it is or how to do it; 2) culture; 3) psychology.
The psychological barriers to exercise, such as low motivation, and self-doubt, are things I can help you recognize and overcome.
Healthy Eating and Weight Loss
I’m not a dietician, but I do play one on T.V.
Just kidding. I’m not even a pretend dietician, so my Wellness Counseling does NOT involve meal planning or nutrition counseling.
What Wellness Counseling WILL do help you learn how to EAT INTUITIVELY, or eat in response to your body’s hunger and fulness cues, and based on what foods feel most fulfilling and energizing. We’ll take a trial-and-error, self-compassionate approach to creating healthier eating habits. Weight loss may likely be a side effect of learning to eat Intuitively, especially if you’re changing from a long period of eating emotionally or eating foods that are draining your mood and energy. Switching to eating foods that energize and eating in response to hunger and fulness can help your body arrive at it’s desired weight, naturally and lovingly.