3. Eat mindfully.
Take your time when you eat. Re-discover what's on your plate through the eyes of a child. Stop when you are almost full and wait. Your brain will tell you that you've had enough after about 20 minutes.
People always think that because I'm a nutritionist my diet is 200% clean. Here's a "shocking" truth: I had a piece of my Mum's cheesecake only yesterday and the day before, we made pizza (with gluten!).
And I enjoyed and savored every bite.
I strongly believe that it's enjoying eating promotes well-being and a healthy weight. That's why, as long as you are listening to your "somatic antennae" most of the time, it's perfectly fine to go rogue every now and then.
5. Be grateful.
I've got two toddlers who are used to eating fresh veggies and fruit and drinking green smoothies. A while ago my son (he's five) told me he'd like to have a certain breakfast drink (which is completely processed and full of sugar) every day because some of his friends were allowed to do the same, too.
I didn't tell my son he couldn't have that drink.
Instead I asked:
"Do you know why your friends need to stay at home regularly because they don't feel well, and why you and your sister haven't been sick in over three years? It's because of the little warriors in your green smoothies who make sure you stay fit and can play every day."
The next morning he actually thanked the little warriors in his green smoothie for taking such good care of him and never spoke of that breakfast drink again.
6. Visualize every day.
Genuinely simple, real and organic food is not an enemy. (And please don't let any diet trend tell you otherwise.) It's something for which to be grateful.
The above tips are essential to finding a lifestyle (NOT a diet) that promotes well-being, joy, and a healthy weight. Those actions, combined with visualizing the "whole & happy" person you long to be, will help you achieve anything.
And completely trauma-free!