Ditch the Diet Mindset

Ditch the diet mindset… what? No dieting?

The most crucial step of Intuitive Eating was for me was rejecting the diet mentality.

That made no sense at first… and even when I finally understood why it was so important it still was challenging.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Letting go of restriction triggered a worthiness issue. To think that I deserve to eat anything I wanted, that I no longer needed to label my way of eating was scary. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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No more counting calories or macros (hello “healthy dieting”) and yes no more forbidden food groups. Yikes! You mean it’s ok to have carbs? My last diet was keto so you understand my dilemma with carbs.⠀⠀

Ditch the diet mindset


I needed to get mad at diets… diets had made me feel like a failure all of my adult life every time they stopped working. Diet Culture thrives on us feeling like a failure. It had worked for more than 25 years.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I try to eat intuitively while holding the on to a small portion of the diet mindset… like that, I could eat intuitively while being on ketosis or that intermittent fasting was my body’s expression of intuitive eating. Doing that kept me away from truly being an intuitive eater. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Truly I was holding to the idea that permanent weight loss would come as a result of manipulating my food. I had to go full out and ditch diet culture altogether. NO grey zone on this one. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

What has dieting cost me?

The tipping point for me was self-discovery exercise I did to explore my dieting life… here’s a sample of the question I reflected on⠀⠀⠀

I plotted a timeline of my life and all of the diet I had done and ask myself did the diet worked in the long run. I had to get real honest on this one…⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

It was tough to admit that dieting wasn’t working for me. That restricting food only sent me down the path of wanting more food, overeating and binging.⠀⠀

It costed me my sanity and my health. But then what? If not dieting then what am I to do?

Intuitive Eating is the “other” option to diet. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Intuitive Eating teaches you to become the guru of your own body and for that, the diet mindset must be released. We can’t have two master sisters! 

What is intuitive eating?

Intuitive eating is proven and wellresearched self-care eating framework that make YOU the boss of YOU. 

Intuitive eating teaches us to have a healthy relationship to food, empowering you to trust your ability to meet your needs, distinguish between physical and emotional hunger and ultimately develop body wisdom.

Intuitive Eating requires that we let go of diet mindset so that we can fully embrace our body cues.

Intuitive Eating teaches to reconnect to your body so that you can feel your body cues. To trust your hunger and respect your fullness.

Get started with intuitive eating

If you’d like to explore intuitive eating and discover how it can help you make peace with food download our Get Started with Intuitive Eating Guide. 

This free (and highly detailed) cheat sheet will give you a 3 easy to follow step process to help you get started with intuitive eating right away (and give you a shot of confidence to stop dieting … perhaps ). 

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Stephanie Dodier

Hello! I'm Stephanie, Clinical Nutritionist, author and host of The Beyond The Food Show and founder of The Beyond The Food Academy . I'm help women become intuitive eaters & body confident!. Get started now with my free Audio Training.

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