Eat what you love, discover the anti-diet movement (intuitive eating)
Introduction to the Anti-Diet Movement
As we step into 2024, it’s time to consider new goals and resolutions. If you’re like the vast majority of people, then getting healthier will be high on your to-do list for 2024. In this episode, we are exploring the anti-diet movement. It’s a shift from traditional dieting to a more sustainable, health-focused lifestyle. But what does it really mean to take an intuitive eating approach, and how can you achieve your health goals in 2024?
I had the pleasure of having a conversation with Sherry Shaban who is an extraordinary fitness and life coach. Here's a summary of some of the key learning points we spoke about.
Downfall of Diet Culture
For years, diet culture has promised quick fixes and miraculous results. But in reality, it can be difficult to maintain the discipline and stick to them for the long term. Diets can also be potentially damaging to our mental and physical health. They impose a scarcity mindset, trigger unwanted eating behaviours, and can turn us against certain foods forever.
Rewiring Our Approach to Food
Being anti-diet is not about being anti-food. It’s about changing our relationship with food from one of restriction to one of enjoyment and nourishment.
Psychological Impact of Dieting
Dieting can lead to an unhealthy obsession with food, body image, and weight. This fixation can impact our self-esteem and lead to a cycle of guilt and shame. The anti-diet approach encourages us to foster a mindset of self-love and acceptance.
Intuitive Eating: Listening to Your Body
Intuitive eating allows us to tune into our body's natural hunger rather than following external dieting rules. This approach empowers us to trust our body's wisdom in choosing nutrients over numbers.
Establishing a Vision for Health
Creating a vision for your health is more than setting a goal; it’s about envisioning a lifestyle. It's a holistic approach that considers how you want to feel, live, and move through the world, rather than just a number on the scale.
Habits Over Diets: Small Steps to Health
Instead of dramatic overhauls, the anti-diet approach advocates for small, incremental changes that add up to significant health benefits. It's about making positive additions to your life before cutting things out.
Enjoying the Journey
Health and fitness are not just destinations but journeys to be enjoyed. This means finding joy in the foods we eat and the movement we engage in, making health and wellness a sustainable part of our lives.
Sugar vs. Fat Debate
In the anti-diet community, the conversation is less about which is "worse" — sugar or fat — and more about how each individual's body responds to these substances. The focus is on whole, nutrient-dense foods and listening to our body's signals.
Smoothies: To Blend or Not to Blend?
Smoothies have become an essential food in most healthy households, but it's worth considering how blending affects the body's natural digestion and absorption processes. Whole foods, in their unprocessed form, may offer more nutritional benefits.
Gut Health: The Core of Wellbeing
The gut is often referred to as the second brain. A healthy gut microbiome is essential for digestion, hormone regulation, and even mental health. The anti-diet approach emphasizes the importance of nurturing our gut health through diverse, whole foods.
[00:00:00] Introduction and New Year Wishes
[00:03:59] The Problem with Dieting
[00:04:35] Understanding the Impact of Dieting on Mindset
[00:05:35] The Importance of Mindful Eating
[00:06:13] The Role of Diets in Confusing Our Body's Signals
[00:07:02] The Body's Natural Craving for Nutrients
[00:07:38] Moving Away from Diet Culture
[00:09:24] Practical Steps to Start Living a Healthy Lifestyle
[00:09:58] The Importance of Vision in Achieving Health Goals
[00:12:32] The Role of Habits in Achieving Health Goals
[00:14:35] The Importance of Enjoying the Health Journey
[00:16:00] Understanding the Impact of Food Choices on Health
[00:20:28] The Role of Gut Health in Overall Well-being
[00:23:19] Understanding the Impact of Sugar and Fat on Health
[00:27:56] Resources for Further Learning and Contact Information
Sherry Shaban (Fitness and Life Coach)
Sherry Shaban is an osteopath and an anti-diet health and life coach from Montreal, Qc. She is the founder of the Fall in Love with Fitness Podcast, the HIIT Decks™ App, and Make Peace with Food™, the leaders in an Anti-Diet approach that rewires the brain’s relationship with food to naturally release body weight struggles forever. With over 23 years of experience in the fitness industry, Sherry is a renowned expert in the most challenging weight loss cases and has helped thousands of people worldwide transform their health and fitness using her revolutionary method to rewire the brain, release self-sabotaging limiting beliefs and patterns, and fall in love with fitness so that weight loss becomes easy, predictable, and enjoyable.
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