Diets are not the Solution:
Through my own personal experience and review of the literature, it is my opinion that when seeking lasting healthy solutions, diets do not work. They deprive you of important macronutrients and lead you into a perpetual cycle of cravings, overeating, under-eating, and splurging—without a clear understanding of why our bodies feel that way. Taking notice of your emotional and physical cues are integral to a lasting and sustainable lifestyle.
Self-compassion is responding with kindness when we feel inadequate or fail. Instead of being abrasive, we treat ourselves with the same empathy and forgiveness you would offer a loved one or friend. Being successful requires three key components:
1.) Self-kindness is a sense of common humanity and mindful awareness. Kindness enables us to open our hearts to our own suffering and, in turn, to comfort ourselves.
2.) Common Humanity allows us to open our hearts to others’ suffering.
3.) Mindfulness allows us to experience the present moment with greater ease and acceptance.
Meditation to Facilitate Mindfulness:
I recommend meditation as a method to relieve anxiety, stress, and identify and manage maladaptive behaviors. It provides us heightened awareness of our thoughts, sensations, and feelings. However, Rome was not built in a day; a successful meditation practice takes time to develop. I started five minutes a day with a guided meditation and built my practice from there.