Although I’ve been using mindful eating with clients for years, this past year I completed a program to become a mindful eating coach. I did this for professional reasons, however, as expected I gained personal benefits from it as well.
Now I’m seeing with New Year resolutions and the typical January diet drive, that I’m finding this even more frustrating. Why? I keep asking myself. I don’t want to be exposed to this. I don’t want my kids exposed to this. There is enough guilt and negative messages around us already. Enough I say!
Don’t get me wrong- I have goals, however, I am constantly setting goals all year round. Not because I “feel” I should, because I want to. Wanting to be healthy is great- let’s be role models for our kids.
This year especially around the holidays I made mindful eating a goal. Did I overeat sometimes- yes- the difference being that I did so consciously. Did I eat treats- Yes! But I didn’t only eat treats. When January rolled around did I stop eating treats and allow myself to feel deprived- no – because that’s not mindful eating either. I am still eating balanced and listening to my body and do you know what? I am entering this year without guilt over my eating and it is both refreshing and freeing.
As for the messages that I am bombarded with, I honestly feel immune to them. Angry, but immune. So, my hope for you this year is that you feel less guilt over your eating and put your energy and attention to something more useful in your life!
Happy New Year.
Interested in learning more about mindful eating? Contact Jill, Nurture The Future’s Registered Dietitian at firstname.lastname@example.org