Tag: mindful eating for weight loss

    Lasting Change is a Process Not a Resolution


    OK, so I may be the only person in the world telling you NOT to start a diet today, but there’s a really good reason because…

    Diets don’t work

    In fact the most likely outcome for you going on a diet is that you will put on more weight (which is naturally tragic news when you know you’ve wasted so much precious time of your life on a diet, depriving yourself and wishing the weight away.)

    Albert Einstein put it very aptly when he said:

    “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

    If your same old New Year’s Resolution to ‘lose weight’ hasn’t worked for you all this time, isn’t it time you thought about doing something different..?

    As we look forward to this brand New Year, it’s time for you to let go of all the old inhibiting ideas you are holding on to about weight loss and diets.

    Let go of those stories and you can change the way you view food and your body, for life. Because, here’s the thing:

    • Restricting yourself from the foods you want, only makes you crave them more.
    • Punishing yourself for eating something ‘forbidden’ only diminishes your self-esteem.
    • Cursing yourself when you look in the mirror only crushes your self-respect.

    There is some DELICIOUS NEWS though.

    What does work, is when you stop depriving yourself of what you want. When you learn to love your body, and to treat it with respect. And when you recognise what foods make you feel good, what foods don’t make you feel good, and most importantly: why?

    And I’m here to teach you all of that and more through Mindful Eating…

    I’ll help you rewire your lifelong beliefs around food and your body, so you can learn to completely shift your thinking and patterns around eating, and never have to go on another diet again.

    As a Psychologist in the science of eating, I’m here to help you understand why you’ve struggled to lose weight for so long, and to totally transform your mindset so that you can learn how to thrive in your healthy body, for the rest of your life.

    Let’s face it: the same way you’ve started January every single year hasn’t worked.

    So it’s time to change that, so you can finally get the results you crave.

    If you want to kickstart the New Year with high-level knowledge about your unique body, why dieting hasn’t worked for you so far, and what you can do to finally feel free from food and lose weight as a joyous consequence, you can book in a complimentary call with me where we’ll dig into all of this and set you up for a 2017 that has you brimming with motivation and confidence.

    (And none of that misery and restriction you usually punish yourself with right about now.)

    Ready to do things differently? Get in touch now… 

    Mindful Eating and the Positive Effects of CBT


    Just like all skills, health and well-being can be cultivated through training and practice by using mindful eating and the positive effects of CBT

    Whether you’re learning to play the piano, moving from a sedentary life to an active one, or developing more effective ways to handle emotional triggers, the same type of neural circuitry is at play. One of the most inspiring advancements in recent neuroscience is that the neural pathways in our brains are ‘plastic.’ What this means is they change in response to training and experience.

    Now, this is wonderful news! What it means is we’re not stuck with any set of thoughts, feelings, or behaviors if we don’t want to be. If we’re willing to commit to learning, training, and practice, we can change anything that’s not working for us.

    One of the reasons I love CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) is because it’s basically all about changing neural circuity. Instead of focusing on rules about when, what, and how much you ‘should’ be eating, CBT guides you through a process of rewiring yourself from the inside out. By using this rewiring process, you can begin to think differently, address emotions and other triggers more effectively, and make choices that support greater well-being.

    Positive Effects of CBT

    Because this change in neural pathways is based on awareness and intentional decision making, it has far reaching consequences in other areas of your life, not just eating and activity. For example, CBT guides you to identify thoughts and feelings that might be driving your desire to eat when you’re not hungry. You can then pause to intentionally decide if you’ll eat anyway, redirect your attention, or meet your real needs.

    If you choose to eat anyway, instead of doing so automatically and out of habit, you’ll be fully aware of the likely outcome and can then enjoy eating mindfully and without guilt. If you choose to redirect your attention until you are hungry or meet your underlying needs, you’ll have a different experience that will propel you one step closer to your desired future habits. Whichever choice you make, you’re re-training your brain to pause in the face of an impulse or urge, weigh your options, and then consciously decide what to do next.

    Pause, Think… Act

    You can probably see how applicable this process can be to virtually everything else in your life – and most of my clients quickly see that connection too. For example, let’s say you notice that you feel irritated because your child’s room is a disaster… again. Instead of automatically reacting with a disciplinary yell — which doesn’t feel great and doesn’t seem to help in the long term anyway — you pause, weigh your options, and decide whether and how to respond.

    Or perhaps you receive yet another email from your boss with a tight deadline with more work than you can reasonably do. Before complaining to your co-worker or sending off a return email you’ll later regret, you pause, weigh your options, and decide whether and how to respond. It’s hard to think of a situation where this process of identifying, pausing, and intentionally choosing wouldn’t be valuable for you.

    However, as with most things in life, there is a catch… This type of rewiring takes training and practice. Caring for ourselves and making decisions that support our greatest interests are skills — skills that can undoubtedly be developed if we’re committed to doing the work. And, like most worthwhile life changes, the outcome is well worth the effort!

    As you work on sharpening your mindful eating skills, think about what other areas of your life have you started to shift too?