You may not want to hear this …
But, your last diet or nutrition program likely contributed to some disordered eating behaviors.
And, likely didn’t get you the results you wanted either.
I’m only saying this based on statistics.
There’s a 95% chance that this applies.
When you hear the words “disordered eating” you may immediately think of the extremes.
However, more often than not, you picked up some tendencies that are more subtle but still dangerous.
I spoke to a woman yesterday who said that her last nutrition coaching program forced her to eat well beyond her fullness cues.
Then, when she finally got fed up with doing that, they dropped her calories to 1,000 per day.
She mentioned that going out to eat without knowing EXACTLY how many macros she was eating caused intense anxiety.
That’s a trifecta of disordered eating behaviors from one company.
And the sad part is … that’s more common than not.
What does disordered eating look like?
Most people only think in terms of severe restriction or binge and purge.
However, the behaviors we see from most diet programs look more like the examples above.
Ignoring hunger and satiety signals.
Obsessing over food choices.
Feelings of guilt or shame around food.
Anxiety over social events or dining out.
Chronically overeating (whether you’re being “coached” to or not) and chronically undereating will often manifest the same symptoms and are both a form of disordered eating.
It’s important to assess your relationship with food and your relationship with your body.
If you are obsessing over hitting your macros perfectly every day …
If you beat yourself up when you eat some ice cream or cookies or chocolate …
If you stress about your social life because it makes it difficult to stay “on plan” …
Or, if you get anxiety when you can’t track your food or even if you do track your food but you question whether it’s accurate …
Then, you should probably find a new program or coach.
It’s time to do something different
I wish we would start assessing programs and coaches by their ability to improve our relationship with food, our relationship with exercise, and our relationship with our bodies.
I’ll leave you with a quote from one of our clients …
“I am starting to feel more energy again!!! Yahoo!!! The best mindset shift for me so far has been consistency … not perfection. Thanks, April, for being awesome! I am fairly new to all of this but I am starting to feel the results!!!”
Notice the emphasis on FEEL. Energy. Mindset. Letting go of perfection.
THAT is how you know her results will last a lifetime and her perspective around nutrition and balancing her lifestyle will change forever.
I still have a few consultation call times open.
It will be a life changing decision.