Want to learn the best, healthiest weight for YOUR body?

 
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Here’s a little equation I use with my clients.

And it looks like this:

Weight you can maintain + Eating nutritious foods most of the time + living a life you actually ENJOY + feeling confident and comfortable in your own skin - emotional/stress eating = YOUR BEST, HEALTHIEST WEIGHT.

There is SO MUCH MORE to finding your best weight than simply a number based off of your height.

If you hit your “goal weight” but feel hungry all the time, or you NEVER eat chocolate or drink wine, or have completely eliminated carbs, or hide behind baggy clothes and dread going out in public... Is that REALLY your healthiest weight?

Of course not!

Your healthiest, BEST weight shouldn’t even really revolve around a specific number. It should reflect a FEELING... Where you’re confident and energized, fueling your body with the nutrients it craves, but also ENJOYING your life.

Do you agree??? Drop a ❤️ below if you do!

Are you making weight loss HARDER than it needs to be?

 
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For most of the women I speak with, the answer is YES.

Here’s why: The diet industry want you to believe that you must eliminate entire food groups (like carbs or desserts), or NEVER eat chocolate or drink wine to lose weight.

And that, my friends, is the biggest BS lie that I’ve ever heard.

The actions needed to lose weight are remarkably simple:

1. Eat nutritious, healthy foods (including smart carbs) most of the time
2. Allow yourself to enjoy healthy portions of chocolate, wine, and other favorite foods occasionally
3. Learn to eat intuitively
4. Be patient and consistent

That’s it.

PLEASE, do not deprive yourself or make your health journey more stressful or complicated than it needs to be.

Do you have any questions about these 4 action steps? Ask them below, and I’ll create a mini-training specifically for you!

HOW you lose weight is more important than HOW QUICKLY you lose weight.

 
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In 10 years, it won’t matter if it took you 9 weeks, 9 months, or 9 years to lose weight.

Here’s what WILL matter:

✔️ The strategies you’ve learned to keep the weight off long-term.
✔️ The skills to know HOW to eat healthy most of the time but also how to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks
✔️ The strategies to know how to manage life’s stress and your emotions without using food as a coping mechanism
✔️ Freedom from guilt around food. You deserve to eat pizza and chocolate and drink wine when your best-self wants it WITHOUT any emotional strings attached
✔️ The skills to know how to portion out your meals and how to listen to your body’s hunger and fullness levels
✔️ Higher confidence and energy levels than you’ve felt in years
✔️ Sustainable habits that allow you to live and ENJOY your life while staying healthy
✔️ SELF TRUST. So that you’re CONFIDENT that you can enjoy your favorite foods without overindulging

Sure, a quick fix weight loss program that promises QUICK results sounds enticing...

But wouldn’t you rather lose weight and learn the skills and strategies to KEEP it off?!

Self-care means SO much more than manicures and massages.

 
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Don’t get me wrong, I love both of those things.

But I also get annoyed when women tell me they don’t “have time” for self-care because they assume it always involves luxurious trips to the spa, or hour-long naps.

I believe self care includes ANY action that promotes physical, mental, or social health. In the Freedom with Food Formula, I help my clients learn the BEST forms of self-care, regardless of how busy she is.

In my mind, self-care includes sleeping, eating nutritious foods, moving your body, taking 5 minutes for yourself to relax, spending time with friends/family, or ANY other activity that fills your cup.

Do you agree with me? Share your FAVORITE form of self-care in the comments below!

Struggling to lose weight OR create a healthy relationship with food?

 
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This COSTLY mistake is why...

Hint—It starts with a C.

And NO, it’s not eating chocolate.

It’s LACK of CONSISTENCY.

Friends, PLEASE remember this — One piece of pizza won’t cause you to gain weight. Just like one salad won’t help you lose weight. ‼️

What you eat MOST of the time matters more than what you eat SOME of the time.

You DO NOT need to completely eliminate your favorite foods (like chocolate and wine) in order to lose weight, BUT you have to be honest with yourself and only enjoy them occasionally in appropriate portions.

I promise… If you eat nutritious foods mindfully MOST of the time, there will always be room for your favorite foods WHILE still achieving your goals.

Do you agree with me? Drop your favorite HEALTHY FOOD emoji below!

If a health coach ever tells you to do this, RUN FOR THE HILLS!

 
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Can you imagine eating egg whites, ground turkey, and asparagus EVERY DAY for 2 YEARS straight?!

Last week, I had a call with a potential client, and she shared her experience with a previous weight loss coach. THAT is exactly what she ate for 2 years straight. She never missed a single day.

Sure, she lost weight, but at what COST⁉️

She never ate at a restaurant (adios social life!)
She never went to her friends’ houses for dinner
She never ate pizza or ice cream
She never drank booze
She never ate the HUNDREDS of other healthy foods that could’ve help her achieve her goals
She learned NOTHING during those 2 years except how to eat egg whites, ground turkey, and asparagus… Which means she gained ALL the weight back after she stopped the program.

I wanted to CRY for her when she shared this information with me.

PLEASE listen up my friends — There are MUCH better ways to lose weight and to take control over your health aside from restrictive diets that eliminate your favorite foods.

Life is meant to be LIVED and ENJOYED. If you feel the only way that you’ll be successful in losing weight is restricting yourself, please focus on eating nutritious foods 80-90% of the time, but still allow yourself to ENJOY your favorite foods 10-20% of the time!

There IS a better way, and I’m making it my MISSION to teach as many women as I can that it’s 100% POSSIBLE to lose weight and still ENJOY your favorite foods.

Using ONLY an emoji, share how you would FEEL if you had to eat egg whites, ground turkey, and asparagus every single day for 2 years straight!

Can you guess the MOST important SKILL that I learned to help me successfully run 26.2 miles?

 
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Hint—It’s the exact same skill that I teach my clients in the Freedom with Food Formula… So they are able to lose weight while still occasionally ENJOYING their favorite foods.

Hint #2 — It is NOT Motivation…

Don’t get me wrong… Motivation is definitely needed SOMETIMES to help you reach your goals, but here’s the truth — NO ONE is motivated ALL OF THE TIME towards reaching their goals.

When I was training for the Chicago marathon last summer, there were SO MANY TIMES where I struggled with motivation.

Often times, I could find 1000 excuses to NOT run, but struggled to find ONE reason to get my booty out the door to run.

In a similar way, there are SO MANY TIMES that my clients are tempted to order a pizza, or swing through a fast food drive through for dinner, as opposed to cooking a quick, healthy meal at home.

The MOST important skill that helped me run a marathon AND helps my clients CRUSH their weight loss goals is DISCIPLINE.

When you’re disciplined, you’re able to CHOOSE your ACTIONS with your goals in the front of your mind… Without letting ANY emotions influence how you act.

Here’s a fact — If you rely on motivation all the time, you’ll NEVER lose weight, or run a marathon, or reach ANY of your goals.

Being disciplined will help you LEARN to stay on track no matter HOW motivated you feel.

I’d love to know… What is one goal that YOU have reached because you were DISCIPLINED?!

I wake up every single morning thinking I am the LUCKIEST woman in the world.

 
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Seriously… I get to help my clients become HEALTHIER and MORE CONFIDENT every single day. How amazing is that?!

My clients inspire ME because they MAKE time to become healthier while still living BUSY LIVES.

Some of the women I work with are career-driven… Others are busy moms who volunteer…
Others own their own businesses…
Others travel often…
Others spend time on creative hobbies….

Here’s the ONE commonality among all my clients—NONE of them have unlimited amounts of time each week to spend becoming healthy.

And that is BEAUTIFUL.

Listen up — You DON’T need hours a week to become healthier. All it takes is ONE small action consistently, and you build from there.

START eating more vegetables.
START paying attention to your hunger levels.
START taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
START thinking of food as nourishment as opposed to a coping mechanism.
START including lean protein at each meal.

NONE of these actions take hours a day. Yes, they require some strategic planning ahead, but that can take as little as 5 minutes. Start right now. Decide to make a change and then execute.

What is ONE ACTION that you are taking today to make your life a little healthier?

TRUTH TIME — I have a HANGER problem.

 
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If I let myself get too HUNGRY, I am NOT a nice person to be around. I get super crabby and moody. It’s bad… If you don’t believe me, just ask my husband, Brad.

The GOOD news is that I make it my PRIORITY to fuel my body with proper nutrients every single day so I DON’T turn into the wicked witch of the Midwest.

TOO many women that I speak with who are trying to lose weight feel hangry ALL.THE.TIME because they’re restricting themselves on an extreme diet (like trying to eat 1000-1200 calories a day).

If you’re one of those women who is deeply restricting or practically yourself trying to lose weight, and you feel hangry more times than not, PLEASE STOP.

Eating too few calories WILL NOT speed up weight loss. In fact, it will do the OPPOSITE. If you eat too few calories, your body will cling to every single fat cell you have because your body believes it is being STARVED.

If your goal is to lose weight, try using a MODERATE calorie deficit (1500-1800 cals/day) while still finding a BALANCE that includes your favorite foods and drinks (for me, it's the chocolate and the vino).

PLEASE, show your body the love and respect it deserves by fueling it properly. You deserve MORE than feeling hungry all the time.

What’s holding YOU back from becoming the BEST version (both physically and mentally) of YOURSELF?!

 
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One of my clients recently graduated from working together, and talk about obstacles to weight loss… She didn’t even have a KITCHEN to use for a few months during our time together. Not to mention she moved 3-4 different times while working together… Talk about stressful!

Seriously, she was in the military and lived on various bases so was often eating at the dining hall. She was at the expense of food choices that were provided to her, and she STILL managed to lose 14 pounds and 21 inches while working together!

The BEST result she achieved was her CONFIDENCE!

Before working together, she was uncomfortable in her own skin, and hated every piece of clothing she owned. She always enjoyed exercising, but felt tired and sluggish in the gym with the extra weight she had gained.

After working together, she became HAPPIER, and that’s NOT because she lost weight… It’s because she felt like HERSELF again! She gained the confidence and energy that she had been missing for years!

This could be YOU in 90 days.

If she was able to get these results WITHOUT access to a kitchen and while moving across the country 3 times, ask yourself… What’s really stopping YOU?

On a scale from 1-10, how CONFIDENT and RADIANT do you FEEL in your life right now?

 
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If it’s anything less than a 10, you’re selling yourself short. You deserve MORE.

You see, almost every woman I work with comes to me because they want to simply “lose weight.” While using the scale is a great tool to measure progress, it surprises me that so few women understand how creating a healthier life will make them FEEL!

How would you FEEL if you slept 7-9 hours a night? ⁣

How would you FEEL if you fueled your body with the nutrients it craves?⁣

How would you FEEL if you consciously chose to ate dessert simply because you WANTED it, without any strings attached or without using it as a comfort for stress or emotions? ⁣

So... how do you bump your confidence up to a level 10?

You remember that you always have a CHOICE, and that is your POWER. Decide to take action. ⁣

If you’re not happy with how you FEEL, how can you change your daily actions (which directly changes your feelings)?

BIGGEST reason most women struggle to lose weight!

 
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It’s NOT because they eat chocolate or pizza or drink wine....⁣ ⁣

It’s because they aren’t CONSISTENT enough with the nutritious foods they eat while still enjoying their favorite foods.

They tend to eat too much chocolate and pizza and drink too much wine without even realizing how much they’re eating.⁣ ⁣ In my weight loss coaching program, the Freedom with Food Formula, I teach women EXACTLY how to lose weight but still enjoy pizza, chocolate, wine, and even French fries .⁣ ⁣If you want to learn more about the 5-step process I take my clients through in the Freedom with Food Formula, comment below.

Here's a fun fact...

 
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Here’s a fun fact: Sometimes sh*t doesn’t go the way we want it to. ⁣

This picture was take last August on the morning of the @crim_events 10-Mile race. After warming up and preparing myself to run, I lined up at the start line only to discover the race was delayed because of thunderstorms.⁣

I sat in this chair for over 2 HOURS waiting for the storm to pass. At first I was super annoyed and frustrated. I was READY to run. I could’ve wasted time complaining, or by playing candy crush on my phone, or by saying SCREW IT and heading home like so many other runners did, but instead, I decided to make my time productive. I used that time to check in with my clients and to plan my clients’ habits for the upcoming week.⁣

After the storms, I was nervous to run after sitting still for so long, but I felt GOOD knowing I had used my time productively. And guess what happened? I ran my FASTEST 10-miles to date. ⁣

Life is always going you a curve ball. You can’t escape that. But you are 100% in control of YOUR ATTITUDE and HOW you react to stressful situations. ⁣

I couldn’t control the weather on race day, but I COULD control my attitude and my behaviors. I made the best out of a situation that was annoying and frustrating, and I think my race results proved that! ⁣ I challenge you to DECIDE to make the most of a bad situation - you’ll be glad you did!

DITCH your DIET!

 
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Truth bomb time — I hate the word DIET.

Ugh. To me, it just SOUNDS miserable, restrictive, and unrealistic. Or it makes me think of processed foods (bars & shakes) that *promise* quick results and taste like plastic. PLEASE understand that you do NOT need a diet to lose weight. You simply need a SMART NUTRITION PLAN and a LIFESTYLE CHANGE.

There is a HUGE difference between a diet and a nutrition plan. DIETS are temporary. They have a start and a stop date. They require you to drastically cut calories, so you feel miserable, deprived, and hangry. Or, you are forced to eliminate your favorite foods or entire food groups, which leads to binging. Diets don’t TEACH you anything about your current eating behaviors. Nor do they TEACH you how to maintain your results long term. The diet industry WANTS you to fail so you spend more $$$ with them.

At the end of the day, diets simply tell you WHAT to eat.  They don’t help you understand WHY you eat the way you do, or HOW to change your habits long-term

A SMART NUTRITION PLAN is flexible, and allows you to ENJOY your favorite foods (like chocolate and wine) occasionally while eating the nutritious foods that your body craves MOST of the time.

Smart nutrition plans are meant to help you LEARN how to create healthy habits that are sustainable FOREVER.

In my signature coaching program, the Freedom with Food Formula, I help my clients to create & implement smart nutrition plans, and once they “graduate” from working together, they NEVER need another diet OR to work with me again because they have learned the skills to live a healthy life FOREVER!

PLEASE friends… Do yourself a favor and DITCH the DIETS for good. If you’re unsure of how to create a smart nutrition plan for yourself, please reach out to me! Let me help you take the first step towards a healthier life.

HEALTHY but FLEXIBLE eating!

 
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Throwing it back to our amazing trip to Paris and Rome this past spring! ⁣#tbt ⁣
What I LOVE about my healthy yet flexible eating is that it allows me to live and ENJOY life! ⁣

Thinking back on my trip to Europe, I drank lattes and ate croissants every single day for breakfast. ⁣

80% of my meals consisted of pizza or pasta in Italy.

Aside from walking, I did not exercise once on my 2 week trip. ⁣

I probably drank my body weight in amazing wine.

And I enjoyed gelato on most nights.

And guess what?! NOTHING HAPPENED. I didn’t gain 10 pounds, and I didn’t freak out or feel guilty for indulging. ⁣

Do I eat and move like that on a regular basis? Heck no! But what I consistently DO on a regular basis (eat nutritious foods and exercise) allows me to enjoy my indulgent vacations.⁣

Life (and especially vacations) are MEANT to be enjoyed. As you work on losing weight and creating a healthy life, be sure that you’re establishing habits that allow you to stay true to your goals but that also give you the flexibility to LIVE.

Ready to IMPROVE your confidence and really SHINE?

On a scale from 1-10, how CONFIDENT and RADIANT do you FEEL in your life right now? 

 
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If it’s anything less than a 10, you’re selling yourself short. You deserve MORE.

You see, almost every woman I work with comes to me because they want to simply “lose weight.” While using the scale is a great tool to measure progress, it surprises me that so few women understand how creating a healthier life will make them FEEL!

How would you FEEL if you slept 7-9 hours a night? ⁣

How would you FEEL if you fueled your body with the nutrients it craves? ⁣

How would you FEEL if you consciously chose to ate dessert simply because you WANTED it, without any strings attached or without using it as a comfort for stress or emotions?

So... how do you bump your confidence up to a level 10?

You remember that you always have a CHOICE, and that is your POWER. Decide to take action. ⁣

If you’re not happy with how you FEEL, share in the comments below… How can you change your daily actions (which directly changes your feelings)?

My BEST Secret about how to exercise to lose weight!

Want to know my SECRET for exercising to LOSE WEIGHT?!

 
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Find something you ENJOY doing, and GO with it! ⁣⁣
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Some of my clients love yoga, while others love running. Others like walking their dog, and others lift weights.
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Exercise should NEVER be a punishment, nor should it be something you dread. It doesn’t mean spending hours in the gym... Heck, I can kick my own ass in 20 minutes in the gym.⁣

At the end of the day, exercise should be something that you enjoy and do consistently. It empowers you and leaves you feeling stronger than you thought possible.
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In my weight loss coaching program, the Freedom with Food Formula, I help my clients create an exercise routine that is FUN, safe, effective, and unique to each woman!
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Share YOUR favorite workout in the comments below!

Results? Or Excuses?

Being totally honest, I’ve been slacking when it comes to running lately.

I’ve used the terrible Michigan winter and “hating the treadmill” as an excuse to NOT run. I went from running 100+ miles a month in November and December to 11 miles in January. YIKES.

 
 

One of my goals for 2019 is to run another marathon and to break 4 hours (I finished my first in 4 hours and 11 minutes).

Guess what though?! That WON’T HAPPEN if I don’t start incorporating a mix of running AND strength training. More importantly, if I don’t start preparing now, I’ll end up getting injured like I did last year. ⁣

This past weekend, I hopped on the treadmill and instead of focusing on how much I hate running in the same place, I shifted my mindset and focused on how grateful I am that I’m healthy enough to run. And guess what? I survived and I WAS NOT MISERABLE. ⁣

Would I rather run outside? You bet, but I don’t take those risks when the sidewalks are snowy or icy. ⁣

I don’t care if you’re trying to lose weight, or run a marathon, or start dating, or make a career change... IF YOUR EXCUSES HOLD YOU BACK, YOU WILL NEVER REACH YOUR GOALS.

“I’m too busy…”

“I don’t have time…”

“It’s too much work…”

“I’ll never be able to succeed.”

ALL OF THESE ARE EXCUSES.

Yes, there are times that we have VALID reasons for not taking action towards our goals. For example, if I am injured I WILL NOT RUN. Or, if you’re trying to lose weight but the ONLY option for lunch at an all-day work seminar is pizza, you NEED TO EAT THE PIZZA..

Chances are though, OUR EXCUSES are the biggest reasons that we aren’t achieving our goals.

Can you think of any excuses that have been stopping YOU from achieving your goals?!

Drop them in the comments below!

The Top 3 Reasons Women Struggle to Lose Weight

 

Losing weight is HARD work. I won’t deny it. I won’t pretend it’s as easy as eating one salad.

With that being said, there are many reasons that 95% of women who are on a journey to become healthier struggle to lose weight.

Check out the top 3 reasons that most women struggle to lose weight:

  1. Consistency and patience are KEY!

 
 
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When it comes to weight loss, consistency has two meanings.

First, let’s talk about consistency in regards to eating nutritious foods (protein, lots of veggies, smart carbs, and healthy fats). It is 1000000% possible to lose weight while still eating chocolate and drinking wine.

My current clients have lost over 220 pounds while still enjoying their favorite foods and drinking wine.

The KEY is to enjoy those indulgences seldomly. Maybe that means once a week, maybe twice a week, or maybe once every two weeks! It’s really different for every woman, and comes down to your bodies’ metabolism and physical properties.

Second, consistency means waiting a few WEEKS and sometimes MONTHS to see results. Often times, women start to eat very nutritiously and expect to see results THAT WEEK. It takes the body time to adapt to being in a calorie deficit, so you have to give yourself time to see results. Again, how long varies from woman to woman. Be patient, be consistent, and the results will come!

2. Getting back on track is CRUCIAL to success!

When it comes to losing weight, there WILL be events where you’ll eat non-nutritious foods, and that’s OKAY!!! For example, let’s look at family pizza parties. Do you really expect to bring your own nutritious foods, or never enjoy the pizza? Of course not! Just because you eat non-nutritious foods (especially when it’s out of your control) does NOT mean you can’t lose weight.

What’s MOST important is to getting right back on track after you eat non-nutritious foods. One of my personal mottos is “never miss a healthy meal twice in a row.” When I eat foods I love that aren’t the most nutritious (for example, I ate tacos, rice, and beans for dinner last night), I make SURE that my next meal (and the ones that follow that) consists of lean protein and loads of veggies.

Many women fail to lose weight because they allow one not-so-nutritious meals turn into a not-so-nutritious day, week, etc.

3. Mindful eating is EXTREMELY important and often overlooked.

What does eating mindfully mean? Eating mindfully means only eat when you feel hungry, eating slowly, and paying attention to your fullness levels after each bite.

Are YOU an emotional or stress eater? SO many women use food as a way to escape emotions or stress.

At the end of the day, food rarely helps the root cause of the emotions or stress.

If you struggle from emotional or stress eating, keep telling yourself that your struggles are NOT related to food... Meaning that eating food won’t help the cause of your stress or emotions (unless it’s true hunger). Honor and FEEL your feelings, but don’t use food as a way to try to escape them.

Eating mindfully also means paying attention to how slowly you eat, and how you feel WHILE eating. Ideally, you want to STOP eating as soon as you feel satisfied and before you feel stuffed.

Losing weight while enjoying your favorite foods and drinks is 100000% possible. I’ve helped my current clients lose 225 POUNDS while enjoying their favorite foods AND while feeling satisfied (no 800 calorie/day crash diets needed!)

Have you struggled from any of these 3 weight loss roadblocks before? Are you struggling to lose weight because of another roadblock? Share with me in the comments below!

Stop "SHOULD-ING" on yourself! 💩

 

I SHOULD eat healthier.

I SHOULDN’T eat this pizza.

I SHOULD go exercise

I SHOULDN’T drink this glass of wine.

 
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Anytime you tell yourself you “should” or “shouldn’t” do something, you’re asking for a speeding ticket on the highway to the city of Guilt, located in the country of I’M NOT ENOUGH.

Whatever action you “should” or “shouldn’t” be doing makes your current task or behavior seem WRONG… Which automatically leads to feelings of anger, resentment, failure, shame, lack of control, etc.

What happens when we SHOULD on ourselves? We create a ton of pressure within ourselves to do or be something which we feel we’re supposed to do. Basically we are telling ourselves that we’re not good enough, we’re not healthy enough, we’re not smart enough, etc.

If we don’t do what we “should” do, or if we do what we “shouldn’t” do, we feel wrong or guilty for our choices. SHOULD-ING strengthens our belief that we can’t trust ourselves, or that we don’t have enough willpower to reach our goals… Both of which are huge piles of POOP.

Many of us use the words SHOULD and SHOULD’T so frequently that the words that follow these phrases (I should workout, I should eat healthy, I shouldn’t eat pizza, etc.) become MORE POWERFUL in our minds than our actual desires.

In other words, our minds’ preconceived ideas about pizza, exercise, eating healthy and glasses of wine make the decisions FOR us, as opposed to what we really want.

Feeling overwhelmed, guilty, anger, or resentful of the things you SHOULD do keeps you feeling stuck… The more you feel you SHOULD do something, the less likely you are to actually DO IT.

SHOULD-ING is often tied into foods because we label foods as “good” or “bad” in our minds (which unconsciously leads to feelings of either happiness or anger/resentment).  On a nutritious level, foods can’t be labelled as good or bad because foods don’t have power over their actions.  Think about it: good humans are those who help others around them and are kind and loving.  Bad humans murder, commit crimes, and take advantage of those around them.  Foods can’t do EITHER of those things.  Now I understand that you can have “bad” pizza at a restaurant, but that is because of how the restaurant prepared and made the pizza, not because of the pizza itself.  

All foods are simply more-nutritious or less nutritious for our bodies.  At a biological level, our bodies CRAVE healthy foods because we need those nutrients to survive.  A donut may have 500 calories but has little nutrients for it’s caloric count, compared to a chicken breast with veggies that has the same 500 calories but is loaded with nutrients.  The calorie count is the exact same, so does it matter which one we eat? YES!  

Because the donut contains little nutrients, it won’t keep us feeling full and satisfied for very long.  We will quickly feel hungry, and eat MORE foods than we don’t actually need. Because the chicken and veggies contain more nutrients, they will do a better job of keeping our bodies’ satisfied and feeling full for a longer time. 

Ultimately, when we associate foods as being “good” or “bad” instead of “nutritious” or “not-so-nutritious”, we feel we have messed up when we eat something “bad,” or we feel better about ourselves when we eat something “good.” In other words, research suggests that we feel BAD about ourselves when we eat “bad” foods, and we feel good about ourselves when we eat “good” foods.

Remember that food is just food. It has no power over us UNLESS we give it power.

So here is the golden question: How do we STOP should-ing on ourselves?!

First, we become aware that it is happening. Start to notice your feelings and HOW you choose the foods you eat. Are you telling yourselves you “SHOULD” or “SHOULDN’T” eat certain foods, or are you taking control over food and consciously choosing to eat foods that you WANT to eat?

In the moment, ask yourself some of these questions: Why should I choose this? Who says that I should choose this? Will this help me reach my goals? Does the BEST, HEALTHIEST version of me want to enjoy this?

Next, try to get as specific as you can with your goals AND your wants. In other words, what not-so-nutritous foods do you truly LOVE? What goals are you hoping to achieve and what’s realistic for YOUR lifestyle? For example, I absolutely LOVE pasta. When I was on my own personal weight loss journey (you can read more about it HERE), I wasn’t willing to give pasta up in order to lose weight… So I decided to eat more nutritious foods MOST of the time, but to still consciously CHOOSE to eat pasta on special occasions (simply because I loved it!)

Lastly, start to replace the word SHOULD with I WILL… I CAN… I CHOOSE… I AM... I WANT.

It’s a complete mindset shift that takes the pressure off of you. It takes the power away from the food and gives YOU the power to make the decision about what to eat without the emotional strings attached to it.

Instead of telling yourself “I should eat more veggies,” try telling yourself “I will choose more veggies.” Or, instead of telling yourself “I want to be someone who exercises regularly,” try telling yourself “I am someone who exercises regularly. I promise that small mindset shift will help you think twice about your nutrition AND your exercise choices.

By slowing shifting your mindset, you take back your power and you OWN your decisions.

This doesn’t mean you never enjoy pizza, but it means that you can CHOOSE when you enjoy the pizza, which is extremely powerful. You also get to CHOOSE to eat more protein and veggies so that you lose weight and reach your goals.

If you can stop SHOULD-ING on yourself, you can remove the stress and emotions associated with foods, and you can take back the power to choose what YOU want to eat.

Does this post resonate with you? Do you struggle with SHOULD-ING on yourself, whether it comes in the form of eating healthy OR any other goal you’re trying to achieve? Drop a comment below!