Today’s guest post is by my friend, Life and Nutrition Coach, Sally Twellman, R.D. I have been a part of Sally’s 30-Day Reset Wellness Course (affiliate) and a personal coaching client for two years. She has had a major influence on changing how I look at diet and exercise and how I appreciate and nurture my body. You’ll be inspired by this post on how to love and nourish your body and her non-diet way to lose weight.
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Hello, 2018! I am so glad you are here! I have so many really fun and exciting plans for this year!
But I want this year to be different…I am tired of so many of us not living out of love. We live in a world and society of lack and restriction, and it is making us unhappy and limiting our potential. So I want this year to different. Different in the way you feel about yourself, the way you treat your body and how you feel about yourself. I want this year to be filled to overflowing with abundance and enough and most importantly filled with self-love. Can we make this year about love?
Can we make this year’s resolutions centered around loving your body, nourishing yourself and filling your spirit, so you start feeling and being strong and vibrant?
I work in the health and wellness industry as a dietitian and wellness coach, and I am so over the negative focus on weight, fatness and the disparaging of the natural curviness of women’s bodies. So much of what is out in the media and “wellness” industry focuses our tracking calories, fatness, eating powers, counting points, burning calories, sculpting unrealistic body ideals. It’s gross and damaging, and honestly, it’s just not effective. And it won’t get you to your goals. Which maybe are to feel comfortable and confident in your skin, and to feel healthy and vibrant in your body and life!
And restricting calories and grinding away through grueling workouts won’t help you feel vibrant and healthy. But you know what will?
Unconditional, unlimited self-love, self-care, and self-compassion. And an abundance of nourishment of the body, mind and soul kind.
Ok, now I know that all sounds a little airy-fairy. But it’s how true transformation happens.
So how do we do this? How do we change our approach, away from the old way of restriction and drudgery to this new peaceful powerful way of assuring transformation in your health and wellness?
Love yourself (and your body) where you are now. We take care of the things that we cherish. This includes our bodies, so start loving and cherishing this amazing body you have been gifted with. No matter how much weight you think you have to lose or how big your pants are or whatever your particular negative self-story is, start treating and talking to yourself as the perfect lovely being you are.
Start with a morning love mantra, saying “Hello beautiful, I love you!” or if that’s too much, start with an easy one “ Thank you for waking up today”. And whenever you feel the need to speak unkindly to yourself, about yourself, reframe it to something that is supportive and encouraging. (Think about what you would say or not say to your daughter or your best friend. What would be encouraging and supportive to her?)
Nourish your body. Instead of using up all your time and mental energy, counting calories and grams, focus on eating and enjoying nourishing whole foods. Treat every meal and snack as an opportunity to give your body all the nutrients it needs to be healthy and feel good. Our bodies default setting is healthy and fit, so when we give it everything it needs it will reset itself to its optimal setting. Allow your body to heal itself!
Listen to your body’s wisdom. Do you know those answers you are looking for and that guidance you are seeking? You already have the answers. You just have to listen to your inner guidance system. But listening to this guidance can be hard because we are used to listening to our head and our thoughts, and not our heart, body wisdom and inner compass.
Our innate wisdom is so powerful and can guide us in so many ways. But our body’s signals are especially useful and powerful when it comes to changing our eating habits and our relationship with food. We need to start allowing our hunger and fullness cues to guide our choices, like how much you eat, when you eat and why you are eating. Listening to these signals will allow you make choices that fully nourish and satisfy you.
Now, this can be tricky, because many of us have gotten out of the habit of being able to read or even notice these signals. So we must begin by making an effort to tune in and notice them, pause and take a second to notice how you feel and how hungry you are before, during and after each meal and snack. Just take note, don’t label it as good or bad or should or shouldn’t. Begin by just being present with the sensations that come up. You will soon become comfortable with the sensations and when you do, then you can start making changes if needed, for now just be present with yourself.
Move and Flow. Movement is the language of our body and a vital part of what keeps us vital and healthy. But we don’t move enough in sedentary lives today, so it’s important that we build more movement into our day. This means more consistent movement, like getting up every hour and also having a purposeful more vigorous exercise time.
Does that mean schlepping yourself to the big box gym? Maybe, if that makes you feel good. But if that doesn’t float your boat don’t do that. Find another way that makes you feel good. The purpose is to feel good.
Maybe it starts by walking every day and enjoying the warmth of the sun on your skin or the breeze in your face. Maybe it’s a Barre class as you work on sculpting your beautiful buns, or getting your WOD on in Crossfit. Whatever it is doesn’t matter. It only matters that you do it. It only matters that you move your body in a positive and loving way every day. Once you begin and become consistent with your activity, you can build upon that.
If you aren’t used to moving your body, it will feel a little uncomfortable and sore in the beginning, and that’s actually a good thing, because that soreness is just a sign that you are turning into the strong woman you are working towards becoming.
I want all this and more for you this year.
We are currently knee deep in New Year’s resolution time, where 90% of resolution-makers fall off their new plan after 6 weeks. But I want your year to be different. I want you to resolve to find a more loving way to relate to yourself and your body and actually make positive lifestyles habits that nourish and make you feel vibrant and alive. I want you to spend the year cherishing and nourishing yourself – mind, body, and spirit – so when December 31 of 2018 rolls around you will be transformed from the inside out!
Cheers to an incredible year!
P.S. I know making changes to your diet and lifestyle to feel better and improve your health and well being can be hard, but I can help! Do you ever wish you could reset your body, lifestyle, and your relationship with food? Well, my 30-Day Reset Wellness Course is designed to help you do exactly that, by helping you develop new eating habits, detox your body, reduce cravings and help you really change your daily habits to support the life and health you want! Enrollment for the 30-Day Reset Wellness Course is going on right now and the Reset begins on January 19th!
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