The power of allowing yourself to eat

How do you avoid all of the tempting foods and treats during the holidays?
You don’t!

Restriction/Deprivation = Greater urge to eat with less self-control = Overeating/Binge = Food guilt = “Start fresh tomorrow” by restricting again.

It’s a vicious cycle that produces so much food anxiety that it can ruin your experience around the holidays, dinner parties and gatherings.

And this is why diets always backfire. When you follow a diet, it will tell you what to eat and what not to eat. Which foods are “good” and which are “bad.” And diets tell you to eat a certain way 100% of the time (pssttt, impossible. We’re humans not robots). This sets us up for nothing but food fear and guilt, and creates an unhealthy relationship with food.

In a healthy, balanced lifestyle, there’s a time and place for all foods. No foods are off-limits, and knowing this, we can allow ourselves to enjoy what we want, without guilt. Moderation can be more easily achieved because the feeling to have it all ‘now or never’ (which often stems from restriction/deprivation) goes away!

You can enjoy some chocolate or ice cream or pizza, have enough of it to feel satisfied, and stop there because you know you can have some again tomorrow if you want.

So before you dive headfirst into the dessert table, remind yourself that it doesn’t have to be starve or stuff. There’s an enjoyable balance in the middle. And that’s food freedom.

Want to stop dieting and find a healthy balance with food?!
Start with a FREE 1:1 Virtual Coaching session: fill out the form below or email tina@nourishedwellness.com

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fighting yourself vs. loving yourself

Learning to love yourself is the first step to good health.

We compare ourselves to others and set our standards by the standards of others. We pick ourselves apart and put ourselves down. We try so hard to change everything about ourselves, sending messages to the body that it is not acceptable or lovable in its current condition.

What if you stopped fighting yourself and your body, and started loving it instead?

What if, instead of following every fad diet, you chose to eat foods that nourished you?

What if, instead of doing exercises you hated, you chose to move in ways that you enjoyed?

When you embrace where you are now and appreciate your body in its current state, suddenly, it becomes easier to make healthy choices that suit you.

No amount of kale or cardio will improve your relationship with yourself and your body. True health involves inner work, and learning to love yourself is the first step. In my Nourished for Life e-book, I talk about how to end the war with yourself and adopt a more nurturing approach to health and wellness.

How can you be kinder to yourself?

Be well,

Tina

Get Nourished for Life!

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HOLIDAY SALE: Half off Health Coaching

Are you ready to make 2017 your healthiest year yet?!
Let’s work together to create a healthy, balanced & sustainable lifestyle that you’ll LOVE!
No more restrictive diets.
No more yo-yo dieting.
It’s time to create lasting change!

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Email Tina@NourishedWellness.com for your FREE Consultation!
Coaching is done online via phone or Skype.

My coaching programs are designed to provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to make informed decisions and create new habits that will improve your health and wellbeing. As your coach, I will guide you and empower you to take control of your health and transform your life.

HOW IT WORKS
We will start off with a health consultation so I can learn more about you, your health concerns, your current lifestyle and your goals. With this information, I will design a program that is completely tailored to you!

TWO COACHING SESSIONS A MONTH {via Skype, phone or in person}
We’ll talk for 60 minutes twice a month, for 3 months or 6 months depending on the coaching program we decide is best for you. During these calls, we’ll discuss all of your health concerns and create sustainable solutions for them. I’ll pinpoint the areas that I notice are holding you back and will teach you the tools to breakthrough those barriers. I’ll provide you with knowledge, support and accountability needed to move into a healthier and happier new lifestyle.

TOOLS, RESOURCES & GUIDANCE
I’ll provide you with recipes, meal suggestions, helpful handouts, guides and more– everything you need to create a healthy new lifestyle and reach your goals. We’ll end each session with some actions items to keep you motivated and on track!

24/7 PERSONAL SUPPORT
As my client, you have access to me via phone, text and email throughout your program. I’ll frequently check in with you to keep you on track. It is my commitment to help support, guide and motivate you every step of the way.

All of the knowledge, tools and tips that you’ll gain throughout your program, will empower you to make the best choices for your health. You’ll no longer be relying on extreme restrictive diets or on your “willpower.” At the end of your program, food will become easy. Eating better will become easy. You’ll learn exactly what your body needs and you will have developed a deep respect for yourself to honor those needs.

Here are some examples of the topics our sessions may cover:
>>Eating healthy while dining out & traveling
>>My “Trim Techniques” for effortless & sustainable weight loss
>>Reading food labels & how to navigate the grocery store
>>How to detox (and yes, you can still eat!)
>>Comforting yourself without food
>>Healthy & delicious 10 minute meals
>>Listening to your body

Click here to learn more.

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personal development: self-improvement vs. self-criticism

Let’s talk about personal development. We all want to grow, improve ourselves and raise the standards for our lives – and those are admirable goals. I personally work hard to become a better version of myself each and everyday. However, there are two key points to keep in mind:

1. Make sure that whatever you are doing, you are doing it for YOU and not for the approval of others. If you’re constantly seeking the approval of others, you’re wasting your time and energy. People’s opinions of you should not and do not define your self-worth.

2. Don’t be so hard on yourself. We are all a work in progress, and when striving to better yourself and your life, it’s important to know the difference between self-improvement and self-criticism. Striving for more doesn’t mean you can’t be happy with who you are and where you are now.

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Be careful with how you talk to yourself. Are you constantly putting yourself down with thoughts like “I’m stupid,” “I’m such a mess up,” or “I’m not good enough?” If so, STOP that negative talk in its tracks. Negative thoughts lead to a negative outlook on life and harsh self criticism leads to a low self-esteem.

Remind yourself that you are worthy, you are good enough, you are accepted and you are loved.

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“You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.” ~ Song of Solomon 4:7

Be well,
Tina

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