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Ditch the Diet and Drop the Guilt!

Ditch the Diet and Drop the Guilt!

Kara Sabatino RD LD

Mindset is so important when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. Many clients come to us looking for exercise and diet to help them lose weight or hit a specific goal. Many people have such a laser focus on a goal that they are willing to do just about anything to get there. However, the most important thing we need to evaluate is how we can stay focused on that goal - and become healthier physically and mentally. Sometimes you have to work from the inside out. Ditch the diet and drop the guilt! Here are a few thoughts to reflect on and help improve your mindset towards long term health and weight management. There's a difference between the people who get to a healthy weight and keep it off - and those who are regularly weight cycling and seeking the next "quick fix." The difference (I believe), is their mindset! :)
Train Your Mind to Adapt to Healthy Lifestyle Changes

I could write a novel on how to develop a healthy mindset towards nutrition - and there are so many theories on how to train the mind to adapt to these long-term lifestyle changes. A primary factor that often derails us is guilt. Guilt towards past failures, lack of motivation, lack of willpower, lack of effort, lack of time - shall I continue? We often have many excuses for why we can't do the things we want to do (and some justifiably so) and then the guilt we feel for "failing" usually deters our future progress even further. Think about this quote - "the only way you fail is by quitting!" You are not a failure for eating that extra cake; you are not a failure for skipping that workout because you had to work. Focus on positive behaviors and keep pushing forward.

Speaking of "excuses" or justification; life gets in the way! Of course! Not every week will be planned to perfection and full of exercise! However, think about how we feel when we use one of these excuses to overeat. "I am stressed at work, so I ordered pizza and ate the whole thing." We only temporarily feel better after these food binges. I have talked with many clients in the past who are feeling guilty for giving into food during an "excuse" period. And they are always sitting there with me upset with how they are feeling, mentally, and physically. We later learn our excuses to overeat generally do NOT make us feel better, and it's crucial to find healthier ways to deal with the negative feelings of guilt. That is where the mindset comes in. Here is an effective tactic to help transform your current mindset. 
1. Identify one issue you have involving food - it can be anything from cravings to stress eating.
2. Make a list of action items to healthfully deal with each issue.
3. Start working these into your everyday routine. 

You might not always succeed in eliminating the problem - but if you keep trying, you can achieve long term change!!
It always helps to talk through issues and have a cheerleader in your corner. We are here to help motivate and support you for your exercise and weight management needs. Give us a call today (330) 550-9839 or request a free consultation.


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