Stuck on the fence? How to get over the green pastures of food freedom.

5 Signs You’re Stuck Between Dieting and Food Freedom

There’s a frustrating, murky middle between dieting and food freedom. I believe the majority of women who have spent years chronic dieting must past through this low valley before they can begin their intuitive eating journey to food freedom.

I remember how scared I was to give up carb cycling and intermittent fasting. Part of me was so ready to walk away from the shackles of MyFitnessPal. The headspace it took to align specific days to what macros I was allowed to eat (and what type of exercise I had to do). The effort required to maintain my smaller waist. And the constant push-and-pull of positive mental health versus body goals.

The other part of me still believed that I couldn’t trust myself around food. That I would be “letting myself go” if I didn’t keeping dieting. And my reputation as a fitness professional would be damaged if I gained weight. (ohh the hurtful lies of diet culture…)

5 Signs You Need to Get Unstuck from Dieting and Food Freedom

If you’re doing any of these 5 items, you are stuck between dieting and Food Freedom:

  1. You’ve tried to give up dieting before, but after a couple of weeks you freak out and begin to restrict again.
  2. Cerebrally, you understand your weight does not determine health, but you’re still struggling to stop caring what your weight or size is.
  3. You cherry-pick what rules of your diet/lifestyle you follow while still paying your monthly membership fee.
  4. You’re beginning to see diet culture for what it is and how badly it makes you feel about yourself.
  5. You’re really intrigued by intuitive eating, but it feels too big of a jump from where you are now.

How You Can Get Unstuck

Living in that murky middle is hard. I felt pulled in all directions and like a walking contradiction. Women shouldn’t have to go through this alone. So I created a beginner’s course called Gain Wellness to get you unstuck in 35 days so you can confidently move forward with intuitive eating.

This self-paced program is your opportunity to take a guided break from diet culture while you learn to prioritize your wellness (how you feel) over your appearance (how you look), and prepare to become the intuitive eater God created you to be.

Purchase your Gain Wellness 35-Day Self-Guided Workbook for $35 and get started today. You will receive weekly email check-ins from me. This is the first step in healing your relationship with food, fitness and body image.

Meridith Oram is an anti-diet nutritionist at Love Yourself Towards Healthy where she helps chronic dieters heal their relationship with food, fitness and body image by ditching diet culture and finding freedom in their God-given intuition. Focusing on behavioral change and Intuitive Eating, Meridith helps her clients unlearn diet culture, stop negative self-talk and set wellness goals---not appearance goals. Follow Meridith at @loveyourself2healthy on all social channels.

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