Most weight loss experts would argue with me on this one — but I don’t believe losing weight for the long term has ANYTHING to do with restriction. It has EVERYTHING to do with being a food LOVER. For real.
If you’ve been following me for awhile you’ve probably heard about the “Food Lover” concept, but I realized I have never created a video on it. Even if you’ve heard if it, I think it would be good for you to revisit this to ensure you are still being a food LOVER.
If you’re fairly new to the Wildly Alive Weight Loss community, (welcome, so glad to have you!) you’re REALLY going to enjoy today’s free coaching video.
I guarantee it will start to shift your relationship with food into a healthier direction.
Click Video For Some Free Coaching
If you’ve been following me for a while you know that I am not into diets, meal plans or restricting the foods you enjoy the most and I’m always reminding you to make sure you’re being a “food lover” while indulging.
I realized that I haven’t made a video solely dedicated to the food LOVER concept and how it works. I have written a book on it, so if you’re more of a reader you can get my book for free here.
LOVER is an acronym and I want to make it clear that it is not in sequential order. If I could’ve figured that out, it would’ve been pretty cool, but I didn’t. 🙂
Look at your food.
This is a great way to signal your body that it’s time to eat, so your body will start producing the proper hormones and it will help bring your mind into the present moment.
Observe what you taste + say thanks.
Are you tasting something sweet or salty? Is it sticky? What is the texture like? What is the flavor like?
Remember, the food LOVER concept is about shifting your relationship with food and changing your experience of eating and a great way to do that is by being present… And a great way to become present is by engaging your senses.
Really tasting the ingredients will get you into the moment.
We say thanks because it’s so easy to take for granted how much food we have access to. It’s a reminder to be grateful for the food that is before us.
Venture in — How is your body responding?
This is a great tactic for opening up the lines of communication between you and your body. It’s also known as “intuitive eating,” not only in the moment while you are eating, but also pay attention to how your body is feeling about 20 minutes later.
About 20 minutes after you eat, if you are feeling jazzed, happy and you’ve got all kinds of energy, that means that whatever you ate was agreeing with your body. Eat more of that!
Or maybe 20 minutes later you are feeling “meh,” gross, bloated, tired, or gassy. What you just ate probably is not agreeing with you. You might not want to eat those foods as often.
Eliminate distractions (internally and externally).
Eliminate external distractions by turning off the TV, shutting down the computer, turn off your phone and really get yourself into this moment. Notice your surroundings. Y
It’s like the movie and popcorn analogy, where you buy a bag of popcorn at the movie theater and you mindlessly eat an entire bag without even realizing it. By eliminating the external distractions, it will really help you bring your mind into this moment.
Eliminating internal distractions will help you turn off that voice in the back of your head (Helga) that is analyzing, judging, and criticizing your food.
When you beat yourself up, you end up eating more because you’re stressed. The stress will release a hormone (cortisol) that will make you store the fat. When you’re stressed, you end up eating more, and you end up storing more fat.
Allow yourself to ENJOY the foods that aren’t as healthy. I mean, if I’m going to eat ice cream I’m going to freakin’ enjoy it! Enjoy what you’re eating, really taste it, be a food LOVER. By really enjoying the food, you will end up eating less and your body will naturally stay relaxed.
Rest your fork and breathe.
Just put the fork down, sister. Put the fork down. 🙂 Take a few breaks. Breathe. This isn’t a race. Food tastes so much better when you aren’t inhaling it, right? I’m just as guilty of doing this as you are.
That’s the food LOVER concept. Pretty cool right? My whole philosophy is that when you follow these principles while eating you can truly enjoy any food, and eventually you will come to the realization that your body wants healthy food most of the time.
You’re really opening up the lines of communication with you and your body so you can learn what foods work and don’t work best for her (your body).
Even if you just dedicate one meal a day to being a food LOVER, it will really shift your relationship with your body and food. It will become a habit that you look forward to.
Because I REALLY want you to put this to the test and try it, I’ve created a cute little PDF that you can print out and keep at the dinner table to remind you while you’re learning this concept. It is right below this video.
Before I go…
I want to hear from you.
Are you skeptical about this? What are you feeling, do you like this idea? Comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!