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Ditch the Diet. Seriously. 

 May 14, 2021

By  Nutritionist Nicole

Gosh, you’ve been through them all.  How many times have you curled up on the couch watching a show for the fourth time searching for that magic diet that’ll solve all your problems?  I’ve been there, and I know a lot of you have too.  The truth is, diets are lame.  But not only lame, they’re counter intuitive.  

Follow me here for a sec.  When you start that diet and you’re all excited – you finally found “the one” and you got your calorie tracker or your fancy new shaker bottle and you’re all set to go.

Day one, Boom!  Did it.  Easy enough.

Day two, Eh-Boom-Kinda…  You basically did it but may have slipped.

Day three…  You’re browsing Domino’s website because carbs have some sort of magical power it seems and the cheese is calling your name.

That’s what I mean by counter intuitive.  There are the folks who can hold up a diet and feel good doing what they’re doing.  But, let’s face it.  It’s not something we all can do.  And in fact, when most of us go on those “Diet Journeys” we end up bingeing a whole pizza and half a box of oreos because that diet wasn’t what we really needed or wanted.

What we really need, what we really want – is to feel good.

And I’m not talking about any superficial “Girl you’re beautiful, you do you, screw them” sort-a-attitude (I mean, you are beautiful, believe-dat) I’m talking about learning to eat intuitively and to completely ditch diet mentality altogether.

So, I’m not going to go into a super long explanation of what intuitive eating is right now, but what I will do is hit you with some cold hard reality – check it out:

You’re probably saying “Ooohhhh” right about now.  Or at least I hope you are.  You see, the thing is, when we deprive ourselves of everything that’s good in life we end up compensating by consuming that very thing en masse.

Think of it like someone addicted to cigarettes.  That person finally decides they’ve had enough and they’re going to toss the habit cold turkey.

Then two hours goes by and they’ve smoked half a pack of cigarettes because their favorite barista forgot their name.  No, I’m not saying you’re emotionally unstable, I’m just using a dramatic example.

But nonetheless, it’s the truth.  We’re human.  We’re not perfect.  We’re gonna do things that are ass backwards sometimes.  And what we need is a little cold splash of reality.  

“Okay, I’m sold, I wanna eat intuitively and all that, won’t I gain weight just eating what I want?”

First, just toss away the whole “I need to lose weight right away” mentality.  Having weight loss as a goal will only hold you back from truly learning how to eat intuitively. 

But, let me answer your question with this: Your weight will always do 1 of 3 things.

It’ll stay the same.

It’ll go down.

It’ll go up.

Regardless of what happens, one of those three things is gonna happen.

Intuitive eating is understanding yourself, and depending on what you’re able to discover about your habits will ultimately be a great predictor of your future weight.  But if you’re looking for another diet or “quick fix”,  I can’t help you with that.

Come back when you’re ready to dig a bit deeper.  #NoShame

So, if you’re with me so far, let’s talk about the 3 keys to starting your intuitive eating journey.

Key One: REJECT DIET CULTURE

Stop it.  Throw away the diet books.  Unfollow those diet influencers.  If it’s promising quick weightloss … ditch it.  Bye!

Key Two: Body Positivity

I’m here to help you (among other things) realize you’re amazeballs.  And regardless of your current feelings regarding your weight or how you look in those pants, I want to help you understand that you are worthy and powerful.  And if your goal is to get in those pants for now, that’s okay, but treat yourself like the queen you are today.

Key Three: Allow all foods.

You heard that right.  No, I’m not saying to scream hallelujah and just go to town.  What I’m saying is that there is no off limit foods.  Want a donut?  Allow yourself a donut.  Want a soda – go get you some.  At the end of the day, don’t think of 1 food as good or another as bad.  The headline here is, when you satisfy yourself you’re a lot less likely to binge on those items.  There is a direct downward correlation.  No brainer, right?

I could go on and on and on.  And I likely will in subsequent posts, but I wanted to keep this one relatively simple and give you a basic top level view of what I do and who I like to help.  If any of this resonates with you I encourage you to reflect on it and of course if you have any questions I’m here for you too.  

So, that’s really about it in regards to this post.  I really want to wrap with a minor emphasis on ditching diets for good and a massive emphasis on loving yourself.

At times we are all due for a little rewiring.  Our brains get used to cultural normalities like dieting, and fast fads, and all that junk we sometimes lose focus of our own intuitions.  And that’s what I’m here to help with.  Bringing you back to yourself.  Helping you understand, you.  And ultimately repairing your relationship with food.

I’m always happy to chat with someone regarding their journey.  If you have questions you know where to reach me.  Click that contact button or follow me on your favorite social media channel.  I’m here for you girl!  It’s time you allowed yourself to break free of diets and the commonplace thought processes of pop-culture.

I got faith in you!

~N

Nutritionist Nicole


Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is passionate about helping people make peace with food, ditch their diet mentality and live a joyful life.

Nicole C.