We are officially wrapping up summer vacation season and for many that means one thing: GETTING BACK ON THE DIET.
This time of the year can be very triggering for many. It can come swimming in guilt over what happened during your vacation. All the things you ate with the added bonus of not hitting the gym. Heck, perhaps you even gained a little weight. Don’t you hate that?
And now you are here thinking already on the many ways you can try getting back on track. You may be even contemplating (and googling) the latest weight-loss wonders: Keto and Intermittent Fasting.
I get it! Feeling unhappy with your body and like you’re failing “healthy eating” can take a toll on you. It’s stressful, frustrating, and completely demotivating. I mean DIETING IS EXHAUSTING. Thinking of having to part with your favorite foods and start restricting yourself. Yet again.
BUT, before even thinking on getting back on track, I want you to do 2 things. And it has nothing to do with starting a detox or reset.
1) Let go of that guilt. Not to be cliche and all, but whatever happened in your vacation, let it stay there. Take with you only the good. The wonderful time you had. The beautiful memories you made with your loved ones. That’s it. Stop wasting your time feeling guilty over what you ate.
2) When getting back on track, come from a place of love and NOT punishment. Eat healthy because your body just feels amazing when it’s properly nourished. Move because it gives you energy and strengthens your body. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve gone on diets because I was feeling unhappy with the way I looked. And I can tell you that that strategy never worked out very well for me. But once you start making your decisions out of love for yourself and your body, everything starts to flow naturally. It becomes easier. It’s like deciding to get a massage or have a spa day every day. You’re excited to go and not dreading it or anticipating suffering.
Getting back on track is not about starting the diet again. It’s about getting back into your groove. Your routine. The one that makes you feel good. That helps your body reach its fullest potential. You won’t have the energy and stamina to follow your life’s purpose if you don’t take care of you first. And that’s what healthy eating is all about.
What we have to remember is that our bodies are changing every single day. It’s up to us to love it in every size, shape, and form. It’s also up to us to take care of it. With amazing nutrients, mindful movement, rest, and tons of self-care!
No more dieting and restrictions. Promise?