Food and eating challenges, lack of exercise, and excess body weight are symptoms of a life out of alignment. That’s why telling someone to eat less and exercise more rarely works. It addresses the symptoms but not the cause.
We eat when we are happy, we eat when we are sad, we eat when we are lonely, we eat when we are fearful, we eat when we are excited, we eat when we are overwhelmed, and we eat when we are longing for love or attention.
So what helped me was gaining an understanding of my emotions, giving myself permission to feel them—and learning how to ride the wave safely without hiding them, stuffing them, medicating them, or feeding them. That's the number one reason I’ve kept my weight off.
Understanding my emotional experience as a human being on planet earth has empowered me to feel my emotions and attend to them in a healthy way. It has empowered better relationships, more integrity, and healthier coping mechanisms.
So this is my truth about how I’ve kept my weight off. It’s not about what I eat or how much I exercise. There are no supplements, pills, potions, or shakes. There is no secret to my success. I simply decided to slowly change my lifestyle in sustainable ways. I made the decision to look at food, eating, and exercise as a way of helping me feel my best and engage as deeply as I can with life. I cultivated love and passion for food and movement rather than fear and resistance to diet and exercise.
I’ve changed my life completely. I promise you can, too.