I get it, you’re a health and nutrition expert.
You’ve read all things health related, and most of it’s old news, because let’s face it, it you’ve read it all. You explain who should and shouldn't go gluten-free at parties. You have a strong opinion about plant-based diets. You know exactly what you “need to do” to lose weight.
But sometimes you feel like you’re full of crap because you just can’t seem to walk your talk.
You try to eat perfectly, and sometimes you can... but no matter how hard you try, it’s only a matter of time before you say “screw it” to the master cleanse and end up face down in a giant vat of brownie batter, praying no one sees you.
You’re the person everyone goes to for advice, yet you can’t seem to stick to your own.
See, the thing is, it’s actually very common for the most avid “nutrition experts” to have trouble sticking to all the rules they set for themselves!
Humans are omnivores, and do not like to be restricted. When we try to “control” what we eat, we often end up swinging the other way. And when we swing, we swing hard. Like, knee-deep-in-Haagen-Daaz-hard.
Which of course begins a shame-cycle.
“Why can’t I stick to a diet?”
“What’s WRONG WITH ME?”
And what do women who are totally focused and centered around food usually do when they feel badly about themselves?
EAT MORE. And then eat some more after that.
Many of us “nutrition experts” train ourselves to use food emotionally.
It starts with the first innocent little diet that we ultimately can’t stick to, which leads to some kind of rebellious “binge,” which leads to shame, eating more, then trying to restrict harder. And the cycle repeats...
So where can we intervene in this cycle?
The first step is being okay with “messing up” sometimes.
You actually can be a nutrition expert who eats brownies on occasion. Skipping the gym one day this week doesn’t make you a fraud.
And if the thought of that makes you scared you’ll blow up like a balloon, download my free guide, “How To Not Eat Chocolate Cake” at www.isabelfoxenduke.com to learn how women actually eat less, when they let go.