Whenever the New Year nears, it’s all about “New Year, New Me”. The “new me” is usually associated with joining the gym and going on a crash diet, all to lose a few pounds. Instead of starting your New Year off with enjoyment and ready to tackle what comes your way, you’re starting it off with food restrictions and stress about going to the gym and “needing” to lose the weight.
Why do you associate the New Year with weight loss?
Let’s try something different this New Year and reframe your thought process. Change your “New Year, New Me” mentality into “New Year, More Mindfulness”. By taking a step back from focusing solely on weight loss and what your body looks like, you’ll develop a greater appreciation for what your body is capable of and what it needs to be its best.
Here are 5 tips on how to, or continue to, be mindful in the New Year:
- Recommit to your diet-free journey. Remind yourself why you began your intuitive eating journey, or are planning to begin it. Then every time another commercial hits the airwaves, an email pops up in your inbox or your friend chews your ear off with the new diet she is on, quietly repeat this mantra to yourself “I have committed to a diet-free life. I rock!”
- State your New Year intention. Set a clear intention about what you want to experience in 2017 and what steps you will take to reach your goals. Write down your big intention and keep it in a visible spot around your home. Reflect back on it throughout the year when you need a reminder about what you want to accomplish by 2018!!
- Listen to your body. Instead of focusing on the weight you “need” to lose and restricting your favorite foods, focus on listening to your body. What is your body trying to tell you? Does it want you to stop dieting? Does it want you to feed it nourishing meals? By taking the time to listen to your body, you’ll develop a stronger relationship with it and you’ll learn to love your body.
- Practice moderation, not deprivation. You may feel like you need to deprive yourself to avoid weight gain, but that’s not true. When you deprive yourself, the backlash is overeating and bingeing. If you take the time to listen to your body and savor each bite, you’ll find you are satisfied with smaller portions.
- Avoid celebrating with food. Whenever something good happens in life, birthday, promotion, anniversary, etc., going out to eat is the common way to celebrate. But, if you’re struggling with your relationship with food, this can be a difficult time. Instead of going out to eat to celebrate an occasion, find another way to celebrate that makes you feel comfortable and happy,
By becoming more mindful of your body and what your body needs, you’ll be able to give your body what it wants. With mindfulness, you’ll learn to become an intuitive eater. You’ll be able to avoid overeating, feeding your emotions and loving your body once again.
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