Allyson Fusella, AADP, CHC
Self Care is essential to optimal health and good nutrition is fundamental. Often times, however, our relationship with food gets in the way of healthy eating. Far too many people face the challenges of overeating, binge eating, unhappy body image, excess weight and more. A great number of people, despite eating the right diet, may be losing the benefits of their good nutritional habits by making some very common mistakes. Many of us know what to eat, know that good nutrition is important and have a clear idea of what we should and shouldn't eat, but struggle to make or keep the commitment to do so.
A critical component of a healthy approach to eating right is to know who we are as eaters. In other words, what we think, feel and believe, and our levels of stress or relaxation while eating, all have a very real, powerful, and scientific effect on nutritional metabolism. Recent advances in the mind-body sciences have been proving what ancient wisdom traditions have been saying for centuries, that the mind and body exist on an exquisite continuum and profoundly affect each other.
Many of us have absorbed toxic beliefs that are as harmful and debilitating as any of the toxins in our food. You may think you can't be happy until you lose weight or you are not beautiful or worthy because you are overweight. Such beliefs create a relationship with food and the self that is filled with suffering and pain. If food is perceived negatively, then we are in a fight or flight stress response whenever we eat or even think about food. Such a powerful stressor can cause all the problems of stress-induced digestive disorders. Healthy, unprocessed organic food is important, but so is our hopes, fears, thoughts, beliefs, feelings and dramas. A well rounded nutritional profile includes whole foods, relaxation, pleasure and love, so we can literally nourish ourselves on every level.
Understanding nutrition does not guarantee that we will translate that knowledge into action, especially when dealing with issues involving weight loss. That is why getting assistance from a health coach can be a major determining factor for success in reaching your goals. As a certified Health/Life Coach, I pride myself in being able to motivate, offer emotional support and create confidence in my clients. Please contact me to see how I can support you on your journey!