5 Tips for Easter survival when in diet recovery

This weekend is basically a celebration of chocolate. Although these days it doesn’t hold the same weight as it used to because, shocker, I eat chocolate probably most days.

 

But when you’re under a restricted regime, diet or ‘lifestyle plan’, Easter weekend, with all it’s chocolatey wares, is something to be afraid of. In the same way that Christmas, birthdays or any other holidays that involve fun and food, diet culture tells us that on these occasions we cannot possibly be trusted around such sweet delights.

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WTF is body acceptance anyway?

So I’m a body acceptance health coach. WTF is that?

Fair question. I coach people in how to unapologetically love their bodies. You don’t have to wake up and love every inch of yourself every single day, every single minute - but it means that even when you catch a negative thought about your body (you’re being told all the time repeatedly by the media that you need to change so give yourself a break) you’re able to catch the thought, neutralise it and believe that you are worthy of love.

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How to stop needing others to feel good

As someone who has spent a lot of years getting validation from others, I know that it’s a hard habit to get rid of (and I thankfully grew up in a time before social media was really a thing). Today’s importance on social likes, shares, clicks and emojis means that learning to create habits and routines of self-love and self-validation is more important than ever. How can we do it in such a codependent world?

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What to do when you fall off the diet wagon

Ok, so we all know how this goes. You’ve set out on your latest lifestyle programme/healthy eating plan/diet (insert diet here) for 2018. On the 1st Jan you are SET. This is the one that going to stick to. This one FEELS different. You are motivated! You are mentally strong! You are visualising the shit out that new body you’re going to get, you’re managing to say no to all the ‘bad things’ like cake and fun, and you’re feeling like, yes - this is IT!

But come mid-Feb… ugh. The enthusiasm is waning, the call for that glass of wine, dessert or winter comfort food is returning and suddenly *BAM* you’re on a slippery slope. You start to ‘cheat’ on your plan, you’re eating irrationally and the guilt sets in.

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