Food Beliefs: The 'Right' and The 'Wrong'

  • Food Beliefs: The 'Right' and The 'Wrong'

    BY Catherine Sissons | ON Monday, 11 December 2017
  • Imagine a world where calories, scales and guilt didn't exist when it comes to eating. Have you ever wondered what you would personally like to eat if your eating wasn't governed by what you read, someone judging you for what is right or wrong or the latest health trend you should do?

    This is one of the questions I ask my clients when I first start working with them on a one to one coaching week. It is fascinating to see their facial expressions go into a sense of wonder and for some a whole lot of fear rises to the surface - the "but what ifs……" start to appear for example.

    Where have your beliefs about what you 'should' eat come from?

    Have you ever questioned why there is a 'right' way or a 'wrong' way and who gets to decide that anyway?

    Is it your friends - is it your childhood or are you so damned confused as to what you need to eat that you actually have given up and just ride the waves of what comes your way and deal with the guilt when it shows up?

    Eating is one of those things in life you can't cut out or run away from. Your body requires fuel for your immune system, for energy and for your nourishment.  The issue with placing 'right' and 'wrong' around food disables your ability to make your own choices. This can start in childhood.

    Once adolescence commences it is a time where we can enable our autonomy and what rolls out of this is our preconceived beliefs from childhood of how we 'should' be. This can be disguised as controlling our eating by eating less, focusing on how we should look or going the other way and indulging in food were weren't allowed when we were younger.

    I love that when I work with women these days they learn how to trust their own way of eating again. This has a roll over affect to the younger generation and enables them to have choice and a better understanding of feeling satisfied from eating rather than what 'should' be eaten.

    It is all very well to 'be good' or structured for a period of time however if it is not in your nature or personality it will not be sustained. It is important to work with the path of least resistance and balance what already is instead of working against it.

    Get to know what you like without guilt and what satisfies your tastes.

    The health and wellness industry to date are focusing on lack rather than your current status quo. Most diets and programmes require removing a type of food or foods to get a desired (short term) result.

    So why not learn where you are at and ADD value to what you already are doing so that it becomes permanent?

    The only way to satisfy your nourishment and satisfaction is to learn where your food beliefs started. There is no need for analysis simply just acknowledgement and letting go of past beliefs that might have been installed in your subconscious through childhood, media, other peoples opinions and external influences.

    Once you know where your food beliefs commenced you can start to understand your own eating behaviour and the long term result is that you can trust yourself again by eating any food without unhealthy consequences.

    Firstly you do need to stablise your nourishment and this is done through meeting your physical nutrient requirements, your psychological satisfaction requirements and balancing the barriers that jiggle the formula around such as stress.

    Most of the time when you follow an eating programme or diet and it doesn't work because your underlying beliefs will be preventing your progress.  

    When I show you how to balance your nutrition through the really simple 'science of satisfaction' formula it irons out most of the issues around eating between meals and improving your energy.  I personalise this formula to your lifestyle and situation.

    It is then that we can see what beliefs then reside in your subconscious by the patterns that then show up when stress, busyness or the chaos of life happens. I am there to help you find strategies amongst the chaos so that you can use the tools and strategies when you learn how to eat guilt free and balance any life style situation at a later date.

    Here are the key things you need to balance to start eating guilt free:

    1)      Understand your nutrient requirements by using the simple science of satisfaction formula and how it applies to you and your lifestyle

    2)      Reflect on your eating beliefs and when you first remember learning about what to eat. Who were the significant people in your life that influence your eating behaviour - positively or negatively

    3)      Learn what you like to eat through the taste, texture, smell and enjoyment of your eating. Focus on what you love rather than what you think you 'should or shouldn't be doing'. Any food can be balanced when we know where your eating beliefs were established.

    4)      Assess your stress levels in your life. Are they physical (exercise, injury, sickness, busyness, poor sleep), psychological (emotional, financial, family, work) or chemical (caffeine, alcohol, redundantly nourishing foods). All of these factors create barriers in the flow of your metabolism and nourishing your body.

    5)      Learn to nourish around what is showing up. Moving away from following a diet or a healthy eating programme that will not help you get permanent results without understanding where your beliefs started.

    When you are ready to finally eat guilt free and remove the burden about what to eat - contact me for your introductory week with me online. I will show you what your greatest barriers are and link them back to where your beliefs began.  In the mean time you can gain more insight into your eating beliefs through my book "Wet Your Appetite" - The Secret to Eating Guilt Free.  

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