Are Dietary “Rules” Holding You Back?

by | Sep 17, 2020

Here is the list of things you CAN’T do if you want to be successful with your nutrition and fitness

1. Stop reading stupid ass lists that only include arbitrary dietary rules and restrictions.

That’s it.

Dietary rules may be hindering your progress

This weekend I had the absolute honor and privilege to educate and certify over 55 coaches and leaders in the space.

Through all of our different backgrounds, experiences, and philosophies … we all share one thing in common …

A disdain for the marketing and messaging in the diet industry.

The constant bombarding of all the things you CAN’T do. All the things you SHOULDN’T eat.

Don’t eat carbs. Don’t eat fruit. Don’t eat too much. Don’t eat too little.  Don’t eat after 6 pm.  Don’t eat before 2 pm.

I mean seriously … what the fuck?!

One of my first nutrition programs was riddled with dietary rules … I wasn’t allowed to eat before 2 pm and I wasn’t allowed to eat after 7 pm.

I wasn’t allowed carbs until dinner. I wasn’t allowed fruit unless I exercised.

And, you wonder how I developed such a poor relationship with food.

Even if there are certain principles that you want to apply to yourself …  how you frame it is incredibly important.

Nutrition coaching is a collaboration

Consider this … let’s say you drink a lot of soda and you want to cut back.

You hire a coach and they say …  cut back on soda.

Okay … but you already know that. And, it’s being framed as something that’s being taken away.

So, you may cut back but you’re also going to think about it a lot. And that’s never a good thing.

What if the communication looked like this … “I know you mentioned that one of your goals is to cut back on soda. Before we do that, what do you think about drinking more water each day? Does that seem like something you can do?”

Now we’re coming at it from a place of empowerment.

Adding before subtracting.

YOU get to make the final decision.

Receiving barking orders may seem like a good idea, right? Just tell me what to do and I’ll do it!

That’s all well and good but I’m making the assumption that you’d rather keep your results long term and not just have a temporary period of progress followed by a rebound.

Just a hunch.

Anyway, receiving a list of rules. Being told what not to do. Getting a cookie-cutter plan teaches you nothing about how to sustain your results.

Collaborating with your coach, making decisions together, allowing the coach to offer recommendations based on their expertise and then checking in with you to see if you can confidently execute.  And, learning the WHY behind those recommendations is how lifelong transformations are created.

Communication is everything. You should be an active participant in the process.

I mean … it’s your body, your mindset,  your health, your goals … you should have a strong understanding of how we got you to where you want to go so you have a strong understanding of how to maintain it.

Make sense?

By the way, if you missed the free training that Coach Trish did where she gave a behind the scenes look at a client check-in …

You can watch the replay here!

Interested in 1:1 Coaching?

And let me know that you’re interested in the 1:1 signature coaching program.

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