You can love and trust yourself – Nourish ‘N’ Nurture

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A decision is made with the brain. A commitment is made with the heart.
Therefore, a commitment is much deeper and more binding than a decision. 

Nido Qubein

Dear Readers,

 

We are happy to bring you a brilliant post from Nourish ‘N’ Nurture, ‘You can Love and Trust yourself’ by  Catrina Bengree. We hope you’ll find this post helpful in your journey to recovery and healing.

 

 

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Nourish ‘N’ Nurture, ‘You can Love and Trust yourself’

 

Catrina Bengree

 

This beautiful quote by Geneen Roth is the inspiration for my article this month

 

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Geneen has been eating naturally for over 35 years. Her own story is that she believes she lost and gained a thousand pounds over a 17 year period. Basically lurching from anorexia to obesity several times over. Eventually she decided she would never diet again and realised that the only thing that would work long term was to listen to her body. She then created the “natural eating” guidelines and has been helping thousands of people around the world ever since.

It was Geneen’s work that enabled me to break free from 20 years of negativity around food, depression, and bulimia and learn how to eat naturally. I will always be eternally thankful and so grateful I can now pay it forward by helping others. You can get further information on Geneen here.

This month I would like to share my L.I.V.E.T. I created this as an alternative to dieting so you can be empowered to eat in a positive way instead:

L Love yourself right now for who you are inside not what you see or think you see in the mirror. The real you is not your outer shell, it is your heart, the core of you, your love, emotions, feelings and desires. Honour and respect the true you so you can start to give yourself what you need in ways other than food.

I Intuition is absolutely key to being able to trust yourself and learn to eat naturally. It is essential you always go with your gut instinct and eat food you truly want, not what you should eat. If you eat what you should you may be satisfied physically but not emotionally. Therefore you will simply crave what you truly wanted in the first place and overindulge at some stage.

 

V Variety in food is extremely important so it becomes spontaneous and natural. If you are always eating the same thing it becomes boring and regimented and very difficult to become emotionally satisfied. Satisfaction is the key to being able to stop. Remember when you eat naturally you are allowed to eat anything you like.

 

E Enjoyment is so important. Some of us have stopped enjoying our food because it has become a problem and a worry and we often just do it to get it done. Or we may be in the middle of a binge so we may not even notice or taste the food. I really encourage you to slow down, taste, savour and get pleasure from it. Again this will help you be satisfied. When you are satisfied, you won’t be thinking about food when you aren’t hungry.

T Trust and intuition go hand in hand with natural eating. The main reason people go on diets is because they don’t trust themselves around food and feel they have to follow a rigid plan in order to be healthy. Trust your body, it absolutely knows what it wants. Listen to it, eat when it is hungry and stop when it is satisfied and it won’t let you down. The problems only come when we ignore it.

As you can see, all the suggestions above are positive and empowering and enable you to tune into your body’s natural instincts. It’s certainly a lot more fun than starving and depriving ourselves and will ensure lifetime positive results instead of a short term fix which is not sustainable over time.

What Catrina is Offering:

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I am delighted to advise I am giving a presentation on Wednesday 19th October, from 7.30pm – 8.30pm at the Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street, Petone.

 Nourish ‘N’ Nurture, ‘You can Love and Trust yourself’

Break Free from the Food Fight and the D Word
You can enjoy food without guilt, eat in a positive way and gain peace of mind around eating and weight related issues

In this one hour powerful presentation, you will hear how you can:

  • Enjoy your favourite foods without feeling guilty or overindulging
  • Eat in a positive and empowering way
  • Improve your total health and well-being
  • Lose weight safely, naturally and permanently

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Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

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