Mindset is everything. I continue to learn this over and over again and if you have worked with me one-on-one you know that we put a lot of focus on the energy of our intentions. We tend to be really hard on ourselves and then we use our self-loathing as the catalyst for making change. The thing is, it get’s us no where. How could it? Positive intentions create positive results. Let’s explore this in relationship to food, weight and illness for a moment.
Most clients come to me wanting to lose weight or avoid/heal illness. While there is nothing wrong with this, I stop them right there and we tease it out for a moment.
“I want to lose weight” is often code for I’m unhappy with myself. I don’t like how I feel and I don’t like how I look. I get it. I think we’ve all been caught in this mindset.
As for avoiding illness, there is often a lot of fear behind this mindset which can be really debilitating. I know this firsthand from my own healing journey. I also know that the best outcomes come from a place of peace, not fear.
That’s why we work on a change of mindset. We set positive intentions! Intentions rooted in self-love and self-care versus fear and desperation. The first is far more sustainable and it feels WAY better.
Over the next few weeks I am going to share some of the positive intentions I offer my clients. These intentions help them change the way they view food and themselves. You can follow along and work on integrating the intentions each week or choose one and stick with one as long as you need.
I Eat To Nourish My Body
“I Eat To Nourish My Body” is the first of the positive intentions I share with my clients. Sit with it for a moment. It feels much different than “I am eating to lose weight” or “I’m eating to avoid illness”
The first is rooted in self-love and self-care and the others are grounded in fear and sometimes desperation.
When we eat to nourish our body we begin to care for ourselves in a meaningful way. It’s not about good foods or bad foods (because there aren’t any). We start to focus on abundance versus scarcity. We celebrate the nourishing foods we are putting ON out plate which naturally crowds out less nourishing foods without having to take them away. We show up for ourselves which is much better than beating up on ourselves over and over again.
Give it a try. Let me know what you think! You could even explore these concepts with me during one of my upcoming retreats!