By now, you’ve taken our Nourished Quiz “What’s Your Eating Personality?” If you haven’t yet and are interested in taking this free quiz, check it out here! It takes less than a minute to complete and will provide you with:
- Clarity in what type of eater you are
- Steps to feeling confident in your eating habits
- Guidance on how to eat with balance
Now if you’ve taken it and you’re an Expert Dieter, then keep reading!
As an Expert Dieter, you’re no amateur when it comes to dieting, sticking to a diet, or trying a new one. You’re used to being on a diet, and you don’t know what it’s like to not be on one. You’ve tried almost every diet out there, and when you’re not on a diet, you’re looking for a new one to start. Today, we’ll discuss the characteristics that make you a true Expert Dieter. Of note, not all of these may apply to you, so reflect on which one resonates the most. Then, we’ll explore the next steps to take to break free of the diet cycle, live a more balanced life, and find simplicity when it comes to your eating habits.
The 4 characteristics of an Expert Dieter:
- You’ve restricted certain foods or food groups
Dieting and diet culture has taught you that certain foods are off limits. You often place foods into “good” vs “bad” categories and tell yourself that you can’t buy your favorite foods, or even have them in the house. You miss those foods and sometimes, you can’t get those foods out of your head.
- You’re super familiar with MyFitnessPal or other tracking apps
Tracking food has become an obsession for you. It gives you a sense of accountability, and makes you feel accomplished when you hit your targets. The thought of deleting MyFitnessPal gives you anxiety and while you don’t want to do it, you rely on it so much. You wouldn’t know how to eat or how to know if you’re eating enough or too much if you deleted it. You feel tired from using the app, and you find it to be tedious.
- You’ve tried multiple diets
You’re always planning your next diet, or are eager to jump on the bandwagon when a friend or coworker mentions one that is working well for them. You’ve tried almost every diet or nutrition trend out there, but nothing has worked. The reason that you’re always on a diet is because the previous one hasn’t worked.
- You’re obsessed with food
You’re painfully aware of the diet-binge cycle which includes: diet, lose weight, binge, gain weight back, start a new diet, cycle. You miss your favorite foods and all of the other foods that you’ve given up. Not allowing them into your routine makes you think about them even more and occasionally when they’re in front of you or you’ve had a bad day, you’ll binge. You feel out of control around certain foods. You can’t stop thinking about food or dieting.
So there you have it, the four characteristics of an Expert Dieter!
Now, are you curious to how you can continue to support yourself in creating and maintaining balanced eating habits?
We’ll walk you through a mindfulness exercise that our students in our Your Nourished Route self-paced program learn to build consistent eating habits that are stress-free.
One of the skills that you can (and should,) learn to incorporate into your everyday routine is to be more mindful about your eating habits and check in with yourself more frequently. This can help you to make more intentional choices when it comes to your eating habits and find more balance in your food choices.
When it comes time to eat, or if you’re thinking about food, ask yourself the following questions:
- How am I currently feeling – am I hungry? Am I full?
- Why do I want to eat now? Is it for emotional reasons? Am I stressed?
- Are there distractions around me?
- Am I in the mindset of putting a food into “good” vs “bad” categories
In doing so, you’re more likely to continue on your health journey, change your mindset away from dieting, and create eating behaviors that are effective, easy, and joyful.
And the last question that you can always ask yourself is “What can I add to this meal or snack to make it more nourishing?”
This is a simple tactic that can be a game changer when it comes to your eating habits and reaching (and sustaining) your nutrition goals! When we’re so committed to our health and nutrition, we often focus on what we can eliminate or restrict. Instead, if we change our mindset to what we can ADD to a meal, we can find food more enjoyable. This will make your life (and cooking,) easier, more efficient, and less overwhelming.
So – what’s the final thing that you need to create and maintain balanced eating habits.
Your next step:
If you’re ready to give up on the stress, confusion, and frustrations you feel when it comes to healthy eating, we invite you to start your journey to living your best life in this course.
This is exactly what Your Nourished Route self-paced course was designed to achieve.
Your Nourished Route is a 4-week self-paced course designed to build your own foundation of nutrition, create confidence in what and how to eat for your body, and generate an effortless system that will help keep you on track with your health goals.
I’ve been in your shoes. I’ve felt confused about what to eat and have felt overwhelmed by all of the nutrition information that’s out there. I’ve done the research for you so that you don’t have to feel this way.
Your Nourished route was designed to give you a place to start so you can feel clarity and confidence when it comes to your eating habits.
This is just the start of your nourished journey!
If there’s anything I can support you with, or if you have any questions, you can schedule a free discovery call with me here.