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Yummy food OR "Hot bod"?

Updated: Nov 7, 2019

Lovely people, we've all been tricked.

We've had the proverbial wool pulled over our eyes; we've been duped and we've swallowed a lie that's been fed to us for years!


The culprit? Diet mentality.


"Diet mentality" has convinced us that we have one of only two options when it comes to eating and our appearance:


Option 1: Eat delicious foods that aren't necessarily the "healthiest" (I prefer the term "nutrient-dense") but that we really enjoy and want to eat.


Option 2: Restrict ourselves to eating "diet" foods that will help us achieve the elusive and mythical "hot body" that we think will make us happy.


You don't have to choose one or the other!

Team Yummy Foods or Team Hot Body.


Diet mentality says, "Pick a team. It's either Option 1 or Option 2. It's black and white; it's one or the other. You can't have both.


All or nothing thinking.


I'm very strongly opposed to all or nothing thinking when it comes to diet, exercise, and living a healthy lifestyle. All or nothing thinking is what keeps us in a constant loop of yo-yo dieting, of feeling good when we eat "good" foods and feeling guilty when we eat "bad" foods, of trying to eat "perfectly" and getting caught up in worries and anxieties about what we can, can't, should, and shouldn't eat. And I think we can all agree that feeling constantly anxious and preoccupied with food definitely does not contribute to a healthy lifestyle!


I spent so many years labeling, categorizing, demonizing and championing different types of foods in my bid to eat as "cleanly" and "healthily" and "perfectly" as possible, and you know what?

It made me the unhealthiest, unhappiest I've ever been in my entire life.


Does this scenario sound familiar to you?

Monday morning AKA Start of New Diet (in pursuit of this "Hot Bod" that you believe you can't possibly achieve if you ever eat a cupcake again in your life).

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Be "good" for 2 or 3 days (i.e. eat only the foods you've permitted yourself to eat).

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Start to lose resolve as the pressures of the week start to add up (probably around Wednesday evening/ Thursday morning?)

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Some generous soul brings cake to the office, or you go grocery shopping while feeling ravenously hungry after a long day, or some other situation where "bad" food becomes a tantalizing option.

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You cave. You give in. You "cheat." You say, "stuff this, I'm eating the cupcake!" You gobble it up at the speed of light, barely tasting it.

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You feel guilty, weak, and inadequate for your lack of self-control. You beat yourself up for giving in; you feel like you've ruined everything by falling off the wagon. You feel like a failure. 🤦‍♀️

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You go, "what's the point, I've blown it, I cheated again, I'll never get the Hot Bod because I'm weak and can't control myself. I should just accept that I'm not one of those girls."

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Sunday evening AKA Resolve to Do Better This Week; to be Good and Eat Perfectly and Have Superhuman Willpower and Get that Hot Bod!

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Monday morning...



And so it goes on, and on, and on, and ON! Here's another illustration:


Ladies, let's give ourselves a break!

Let's stop labeling foods as "good" and "bad" and denying ourselves of things we'd like to eat!

Let's stop punishing ourselves and beating ourselves up because we eat something tasty!


Renee McGregor, a Sports and Eating Disorder dietitian who has worked with the British Olympic team, coined a saying that I absolutely love:


"All foods are friends, but just like friends, there are some that you should spend more time with than others." 👌💕👏


Amen to that! Ladies, I guarantee that the minute you stop telling yourself that you can't eat cupcakes, cupcakes will no longer be a preoccupation and a source of stress and anxiety. You won't have to feel afraid of someone bringing cupcakes to the office; won't have to feel afraid that you won't be able to hold yourself back from eating one because you've been restricting so much. Eating a cupcake when you feel like one relieves of you of that All or Nothing mindset - you eat one, move on with your day, and don't find yourself obsessively thinking about cupcakes for the rest of the afternoon! Give yourself the option, and you immediately take away that strange lure of wanting what you've told yourself you can't have!


I guarantee this because I KNOW - I'VE BEEN THERE, I DENIED MYSELF FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND IT. DOES. NOT. WORK!!


And ladies, here's another bonus to this: You'll realize that you don't have to choose between Team Yummy Foods or Team Hot Bod! I promise you, as soon as you make the decision to take a moderate approach towards your diet, you won't be as fixated on food as you were before and you'll naturally feel and look a lot better! This is because you won't be in a constant state of stress - physical stress from restriction, and mental and emotional stress from putting so much pressure on yourself. Did you know that stress leads our bodies to produce an excess of cortisol, AKA the stress hormone? And did you know that cortisol causes our bodies to hold onto the fat we ingest, especially around our tummies? So if you actually think about it, simply eating the cookie without worrying about it is a much better way of shedding excess body fat than stressing yourself silly about not eating it, caving in, "cheating", and beating yourself up for days on end!


Ladies, you do not need to choose between Option 1 and Option 2. You can be part of Team Yummy Foods and Team Hot Bod! And just by the way:


Team Hot Bod is a mindset.


Team Hot Bod is a mindset of confidence, energy and vibrancy that stems from living in a way that makes you feel happy in all areas of your life. When you stop worrying about food, and being critical of your current appearance (you are BEAUTIFUL, by the way!), and forbidding yourself from eating certain things, and focusing on how you wish you looked, I promise you'll start looking and - most importantly, feeling - much better in your own unique, gorgeous, fearfully and wonderfully made skin!


Let's ditch the diet mentality, and not let food have the power to dictate how we think and feel about ourselves! All foods are friends! Spend the majority of your time with nutrient-dense food friends, but don't forget to see your treat food friends every once in a while, too!


What kinds of foods have you forbidden yourself from eating in the past?

What foods did you label as "good," and what was "bad"?

What foods can you simply not live without?

(Me: popcorn 😍 chocolate 😍 rusks 😍 sushi 😍 sweet potato 😍)


I hope you've enjoyed this post, and I'd love to hear your input, personal experiences, and other insights and feedback!


Love you all, ciao for now! 😁😘💖



Andrea xx






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