I wished a million times that I could snap my fingers and magically fix everything! Unfortunately, it doesn’t really work that way… But there’s really good news!! You CAN learn how to swap restrictive diets for intuitive eating and food freedom. It just takes a little practice.
Food Freedom Takes Practice
Practice is honestly one of the MOST important things you can do to build a more positive relationship with food. It doesn’t happen overnight! S, if you want to immediately start making progress on your food freedom journey, it’s time to PRACTICE!
Practice Requires a Little Patience
The biggest reason why we don’t want to practice is that it takes work. Practice takes patience! It takes time, it requires learning from mistakes, and unless you LOVE what you’re practicing it’s not really that much fun (just telling you like it is!) But here’s the deal: if you want freedom you have to practice!
Even if you don’t absolutely love the process, practicing is the way to freedom. Trust me, you can’t feel the fear and hear the dieting voice in your head and listen to it!!! It will always tell you not to do the things you need to embrace food freedom. Which is why you have to listen to the part of you that knows to practice is the way to go. You have to listen to the voice inside your head that wants freedom. So the trick is to know that it’s okay to be scared, you can do it anyways!!! (I know it’s not that easy… but it’s what you need to do to move forward!) So this is how it works:
How to Practice Food Freedom in 2 Simple Steps
Step #1: Take Baby Steps
Baby steps are way more manageable than taking on all the hard stuff all at once. It’s way easier to dip our toes in than it is to jump right in head first.
This is important for a few reasons:
- It’s not as scary so there’s a bigger chance you’ll *actually* do it.
- AND when you do it, you’ll gain the confidence you need to keep taking those small steps again and again.
Example: One of my favorite ways that I stopped being afraid of carbs was to add some form of bread to my eggs in the morning.
Step #2: Kick Things Up a Notch
After we’ve had a little practice with baby steps, it’s time to graduate to taking bigger steps and tackle some things that are even more challenging. This still won’t be super easy and it’s probably going to feel like when you first started taking baby steps… BUT THE HARDEST PART IS STARTING!
Example: In order to make even more progress in getting over my fear of eating more carbs, the next step was something a little more challenging. I found the best way for me to kick it up a notch was to eat a bowl of oatmeal because it tackled even more of my fears: a high carb meal and sugar.
Keep Practicing to Build Up Your Confidence
Once you gain your confidence you’ll be able to handle more and more until you don’t even realize you’re riding your bike without training wheels anymore. It’s an incredible feeling!
Of course, there are a few things you have to keep in mind:
- If you’re not taking the steps because you don’t want to gain weight, it’s time to really work on that fear that’s probably fueling the entire dieting-ed fire. Check out this post: 3 Daily Self Love Practices You Need to Finally Be Happy with Your Body
- Sometimes you’ll be making great progress, then take a few steps back or get stalled – and it’s usually because of something that caused extra stress or anxiety in your life. Don’t let that discourage you, it happens to all of us! KEEP GOING.