As a Nutritional Health Coach, I speak with many people, or I happen to have a lot of people come up to me, who tell me how difficult it is to implement a healthy eating regime into their lives. First of all, there is the common hurdle of knowing exactly what constitutes ‘healthy’. Secondly, knowing how to establish a healthy routine with consistency is a whole other obstacle. If this sounds like you, know that you are not alone, and that it is possible to get the support you need in order to feed, nourish, and value yourself well.
A recent client of mine, let’s call her Sophie, came to me with low energy, feeling irritated often, over-weight, exhausted, and devoid of any libido. She was a busy woman, working at all times of the day (and night), had the added stress of supporting family members, and she had no time for herself. Sophie called herself “lazy,” as so many of my amazing clients do, and yet how I saw her was someone who didn’t yet have the right insight and necessary support to get her to where she wanted to be.
Part of Sophie’s story was that she often ate large amounts of sugary food at random times of the day. There was no structure to when she ate, which was partly due to her job, and because she was constantly in a state of exhaustion she chose foods like donuts, chocolate bars, or sugary beverages as a ‘pick-me-up’. Typically, this led to guilt and self-loathing, which is the perfect combination of feelings to encourage a pattern of consuming sugary foods, yet again.
What we need to understand here, is that although we may reach for sugary foods because we require emotional support and feel that these kinds of foods will comfort us, we also do this because we don’t yet have the right nutritional understanding and support to know any better. Another way of saying this, is that we do not yet know how to provide our bodies with adequate nutrition to avoid sugary foods, we have not “trained” our bodies to feel hungry at the right times, and we haven’t yet learned how to manage our blood sugar levels effectively. Once we know these things, over-eating often becomes a matter of the past, if appropriate, we may experience some weight loss, and a healthier, happier you is your new reality.
After working together, Sophie understood how different foods impacted her body; which foods gave her energy, which foods caused weight gain, and which foods would help her value herself. She had the practical tips she needed to implement a nutritious eating regime with consistency, and the necessary support, through accountability with myself, to stick to it. I don’t believe that Sophie was lazy. No, anyone can turn their life around with the right insight and ongoing support.
Sophie now has increased energy, she doesn’t need her afternoon nap, her digestion has improved dramatically as she no longer has Irritable Bowel Syndrome, constipation, or bloating of any kind, she is losing weight effectively, her love for sugary beverages has completely gone and she is loving water for the first time in her life! Most importantly, since we established a realistic routine for her, the over-eating of sugary foods has decreased and she is enjoying how she feels about herself, instead of feeling guilt and self-loathing.
I share this story with you to demonstrate that you too can live a life that thrives, and that you don’t need to put up with little energy, negative self-talk, excess body weight, or feel disappointed by your choices. I see too many people who lack vitality and health and feel as though life is consistently average. Let this not be your future – you are worth so much more than that.
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Feed, nourish, value yourself.