We all know that feeling of excitement when we’re about to start a new diet that promises us rapid results, quick fixes and all the answer to our problems.

As seasoned diet veterans however, it’s common knowledge that diets come with an endpoint. When we reach that endpoint, or have “fallen off” as they say, we GO BIG and we go home. The binges start again, the pounds start to add up and before we know it we’re back where we started. This time with even more scars and bruises.

There’s a saying that “every diet ends with a donut”. And that statement holds a lot of truth. How many times do we find ourselves back in a rut, repeating the same destructive behaviors once the diet has run its course? The diet rollercoaster is nothing short of a whole lot of drama and serious trauma.

A feeling of demoralization starts to take over after we’ve experienced that sense of failure of one. more. attempt. This time, we promise ourselves, things are going to be different. I’m going to stick to this plan and lose the weight. The truth is, it’s not you that’s the problem – it’s dieting. It’s diet culture with its alluring appeal which convinces us that if we take short cuts and exercise our willpower, we will find our solution.  That however, is a fallacy. We need to stop looking at our relationship with food as conditional and temporary. We can’t simply go on a diet, resolve our issues with food and weight, and suddenly be free of ever having to think about it again. Our relationship with food is lifelong. We’re married to this thing and we need to find a way to stay the course and develop a more healthier relationship.

What does this look like? It means rebuilding your food foundation beginning with a meal plan consisting of foods that are nourishing and not harmful to your body. It also means regulating your meals in order to help your body learn the difference between physical hunger and emotional hunger. Its developing skills to navigate uncomfortable emotions, urges and cravings. And most importantly, building a support network and surrounding yourself with a power circle.

In three words it means: staying the course. Not giving up on yourself or this journey of developing a healthier relationship with food.

Shine Bright!

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