With all the personal development information out there we are constantly being bombarded with new information about how to live a life with purpose, but are we actually getting any closer?
I was the queen of consumption when it came to personal development. But that’s where it stopped. I’d consume. Take notes. Implement here and there. And nothing was happening.
Well, maybe not nothing, but I for sure wasn’t seeing the massive transformation I had expected.
Here’s the deal. If you want personal development to work and help you create a lifestyle change (or many), you have to work. And you have to be honest with yourself about how you’re really doing.
In my experience, we either think we are 100% nailing life and we would say 10s all across the board…or we swing to the other extreme and totally beat ourselves up.
For the rest of us, we have been so busy treating water, we don’t even know what our best life would actually look like.
Today, I am sharing with you the exact tool I use to help my clients assess where things are really at in their lives. This way they know exactly what to give their time and energy to, and what to ease up on.
A couple years ago I started hearing about intuitive eating and how amazing it was. As a chronic dieter I was leery of the 10 principles of outlined in the book Intuitive Eating. Learning how to trust myself around food felt scary and honestly impossible.
We are told over and over that hunger is bad. We can’t be trusted around food–such as bread, pasta, or sweets. And we listen in an effort to build healthy habits and healthy lifestyles.
But as I’ve said before, a healthy lifestyle is about so much more than calories consumed or burned. It’s about living a full life. Experiencing health in all areas of your life and not sacrificing in any area for the sake of looking a certain way.
The idea of totally releasing food rules and learning how to listen to my body seemed far fetched at first.
In today’s episode, I share with you the number one reason Intuitive Eating doesn’t work. If you’re considering Intuitive Eating as an alternative to the next diet, listen up.
Subscribe and leave us a review if you found value in this show.
And if you want to learn more about me find me on Facebook or Instagram.
PS. If you’re really ready to ditch the deprivation and the restriction, but don’t know where to start. Start here:
1. Click the link 2. Book a totally free consultation–no strings attached.
As I’ve shared before over on the podcast, I’ve been a competitive figure competitor and chronic/ obsessive dieter. I wouldn’t have used that to describe myself until now…until I stepped out of diet culture and it’s toxic mindsets.
One of the habits I picked up during my time as a chronic dieter was body checking.Body checking is ultimately rooted in fear—and a need to control our bodies’ sizes and shapes.
Often we have attached some deeper meaning to what we look like even if we don’t realize it. As women, we have been conditioned to believe that the size and shape of our bodies somehow indicate how healthy we are, how beautiful we are, and how worthy or valuable we are
The problem with body checking is, often it hinders our ability to be fully present in the moment.
When we are having a “good” day and we look how we think we want to look then we are on cloud 9. If we are having a “bad” day and don’t look the way we want, don’t weigh what we want or whatever then it seeps into the rest our lives.
A bad body image distracts us from living our lives and often even discourages us from pursuing the big God-given dreams he has tucked in our hearts. This is why I am so excited to share with you one simple hack to help you improve your body image starting today. No need to diet again, wait on the weight loss, or obsess anymore about food/calories/ macros.
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.
Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review to help this show get in front of even more women!
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!
Oooh, and let’s connect on social if we haven’t already: