It’s no secret..habits are the way to go if you’re a busy mompreneur who doesn’t have a whole lot of time to spare tracking macros, counting calories, or obsessing over the number on the scale.
Before I discovered the power of habits, I was slave to diet culture. Always looking for the next ‘wellness’ craze to help me be my healthiest, fittest self. What I got instead, was food obsession, body insecurity, and massive time/ energy leaks.
Here’s the thing most experts aren’t telling you…you can hack your ‘un’healthy habits to create healthier habits in their place. Your life is made up of daily habits—some are helping you reach your goals in life, while others are slowly taking you further from them.
But every single habit started somewhere, and has the exact same habit loop. You just need a little self-awareness, mindfulness, and intentionality to kick start your healthy habits.
If you’re tired of trying so hard to follow the rules of the latest diet. And you’re over trying to use willpower to get you to your goals, you gotta listen to this episode.
Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of chilled rose, and meet me on the show.
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In our culture today discipline to the point of obsession, insanity, or extreme is glorified and celebrated.
But what happens when all of that focus weighs us down, distracts, and discourages us? Is there another way we can set fitness goals without going crazy over the number we see on the scale?
For many, ambitious mom bosses, they see themselves as weak or lazy if they aren’t fit, running a successful business, and leading the charge on the PTA–because we often have such high expectations for ourselves and we have so much passion. We can easily get caught up in perfectionism and comparison…which is the exact opposite of self love.
When our tummies look fat or softer than we think they should, we start to obsess. Think about starting a new diet that promises bikini body ready results in 6 weeks. For many of us, we have been taught that being overweight or not looking a certain way made us worthless.
I’m here to remind you that life is more than food, clothes, or what our bodies look like. You were created with a very special and unique purpose in mind, and the good news is, you don’t have to be a certain size or shape to make that happen.
You do however, need to let go of the guilt, shame, and unhealthy mindsets that are keeping you stuck in this toxic cycle.
If you’re tired of setting fitness goals related to weight loss and fat loss, and want to start setting fitness goal to make you feel strong and empowered, you’re in the right place.
Don’t get me wrong, listening to your body and honoring your hunger + fullness cues is critical to your non-diet lifestyle…
but unfortunately many well meaning coaches teaching on intuitive eating and the anti-diet culture movement fail to teach you how to listen to your body in the first place.
If you have been dieting (whether you knew it or not) it can be extremely hard to know what your body is saying especially when it seems to just be shouting you want another brownie (insert eye roll). And the more obsessive (often seen as extreme discipline and healthy eating) the harder it can be to discern what exactly your body needs and whether or not you can even trust it.
Let’s face it, we are not taught to trust our bodies. We are not taught to enjoy indulgent foods. And we are not taught that you can be healthy without watching what you eat, tracking your food in some way, or focusing on weight loss/ fat loss.
In today’s episode I am walking you through some of the baby steps that will help you learn how to listen to your body helping you become a more mindful and intuitive eater.
Learning how to know when you’re hungry, when you’re full, and what kinds of foods your body *might* actually be needing from moment to moment is a nuanced practice that takes time, patience, and a lot of grace.
So grab your favorite beverage or head out for a walk, hit play, and learn how you can trust your body around food one bite at a time.
If you are looking to dive a bit deeper into the world of intuitive eating with a mindful approach, I have a 30 Day Kit that walks you through the foundational skills in daily bite sized bits. You can get that here: https://alishacarlson.com/tmep30daykit/ (did I mention you can get this for less than a $1 a day?!)
PPS. If you know you want to get started on this journey, but not sure you can do it alone, you fill out the form here, and let’s talk!
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Struggling to find a healthy routine right now? The transition to working at home can be a tough one to maneuver for busy female entrepreneurs if you aren’t used to self-motivating, keeping yourself on a schedule, or prioritizing self care. It can be all too easy to work from sun up to sun down, leaving you feeling like your traded your dreams of running your own business for another j-o-b.
Meet Te, she’s a hard working, ambitious woman who is looking to make an impact through her work and feel good in her body doing it. She’s been cooped up during the COVID-19 quarantine and has noticed that working from home has definitely presented some challenges when it comes to keeping a routine for her busy schedule as a female entrepreneur, and as a result, here self-care has gone out the window.
Te wants to be healthy, she wants more energy, and she wants to feel confident in her body. She knows what she needs to do, but actually doing it is the hard part.
She is ready to make some changes, and wants to incorporate more exercise, healthy foods, and sleep, but just doesn’t know where to start.
We hopped on a non-diet strategy session and outlined a couple strategies she can start implementing this week! If you’re struggling to find a self-care routine as a busy female entrepreneur, this week’s episode is for you 😉
*BONUS* we even tackled some strategies around resisting the urge to satisfy your sweet tooth. And it’s probably not they typical advice you’d expect to hear from a nutritionist.
For a sneak peek at what the non-diet lifestyle looks like, hit play. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review if this was helpful for you!
If you are ready to take the plunge and start on your own non-diet lifestyle, head on over to: https://alishacarlson.com/tmep30daykit/ to snag my brand new Mindful Eating Project Kickstart, a 30 Day mindful + intuitive eating challenge to help you fast track your progress into a less stressful way of eating… which means you’ll have more time to spend making an impact in the world and less time worrying about what to eat.
Hey, mama! Can I tell you something 🤫You DON’T have to earn that brownie (or any food for that matter)
One thing I never expected when I ditched the diet fueled thinking was how much more mental energy I would have.🤯
I honestly didn’t realize just how much energy I spent every single day doing mental math on calories in vs calories out. ⚖️
I know it probably sounds a little obsessive, but I used to meticulously count every calorie, macro, or point I put in my mouth or that I burned.
I was so worried about doing it ‘perfectly’ and still maintaining a calorie deficit to keep the gains coming. I was always thinking about ways I could somehow ‘cheat’ the system and still get results, hello #cheatdays.💪🏻
Without even thinking about it, I would often find myself rewarding my hard work in the gym and my strict commitment to my meal plan with weekend binge sessions or a little extra here and there because I thought had ‘earned it’. 😑
Ultimately though, this was just sabotaging my efforts throughout the week.
Sadly, this is such a common problem the ambitious mamas I work with face as well.
They workout 🏋🏼♀️
They watch what they eat 🤔🥦
They are essentially doing it all ‘right’…but without fail, they still end up using food as a reward.
It’s not my client’s fault, it wasn’t my fault, and it’s not yours either.💁♀️
We have been conditioned to think we have to earn our food (You DON’T by the way). There are messages all over Instagram and the internet sending us the message we have to earn the splurges or we have to earn the right to indulge.
Of course, I’m not advocating for a free for all either all the time because I don’t believe that serves us either in the long run.
But as long as we are operating in the mindset of earning our food, we will make our choices based off of what we think we deserve rather than making choices with self-control and our best in mind. And end up draining our energy in the process. Which is kind of the opposite of what why we’re working out and making health conscious choices in the first place.
When we are doing things by the book and operating under the mindset of using food as a reward, it subconsciously triggers the feelings you’ve ‘earned’ the brownie.
But because of such restriction throughout the week, we often times over-reward. Instead of eating ONE brownie and being totally satisfied, we scarf the tray and end up feeling pretty crappy about ourselves afterwards.
When you remove the idea you have to earn your food and you stop tracking what you burn vs what you eat, you can eat the foods you would normally reward yourself with mindfulness and a weird sense of peace.
⚡️There is no guilt for messing up again.
⚡️There is no out of control binge sessions happening.
⚡️You can eat the food in the right amount for your body, and move on with your life.
If you want to experience that kind of freedom around food, I can help. Click the link below to get started.