Are you able to eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full?
Heck no, rarely.
Eh....sometimes yes and sometimes no.
True or false: A slice of cake is a “bad” or “unhealthy” food.
Would you allow yourself to eat a food that you thought was “bad” or “unhealthy”?
Yes, of course, with no guilt.
Yeah, but I’d feel kinda guilty or like I shouldn’t be eating it.
No, I wouldn’t let myself (or I’d try REALLY hard not to.)
When you decide what to eat do you think about the nutritional makeup of it?
Yes, I think about nutrition and make a point to add it in to my meals for the most part (but I'm flexible with it).
Yes, it dictates what I do and do not eat.
Yes, I think about nutrition but I don’t really implement it very much.
No, I eat what sounds good.
Do you ever feel the need to “burn off” or “earn” your food with exercise or by cutting back on what you eat?
✅ You're Eating Healthy!
You've got some great aspects of healthy eating! Go you!
The two foundational aspects of healthy eating are feeling in control around food and letting go of the diet mindset. This will allow you to learn to naturally find "balance" and "moderation" all while having no food rules.
Click the button below to learn more about how to strengthen those foundational skills even further to ensure you're truly living your healthiest (and happiest!) life.
❌ You've Got Some Healthy Eating Pitfalls
Based on your results it seems like you have some room for improvement with your idea of healthy eating. Not to worry though, most people do and the good news is we can get you to being a truly healthy eater (with NO food rules!)Key aspects of healthy eating that you may want to improve upon:1️⃣ Hunger + Fullness Cues: One of the foundational aspects of healthy eating is to be able to understand your body's hunger and fullness cues. This helps you fuel it appropriately so you can feel your best and function optimally.If you've dieted in the past or are currently dieting, this is likely a major cause of an inability to accurately and consistently listen to your hunger and fullness cues, if you're currently experiencing this to any degree.2️⃣ Healthy Food Mindset: When we see food as "healthy" or "unhealthy", "good" or "bad", it actually causes us to eat MORE of the "unhealthy" foods and do so in an excessive, binge-like style. It also can cause an increase in our stress hormone, cortisol, which can actually be damaging to our health- more so than enjoying a cookie! The key is to learn how to eat these foods in "moderation" and without guilt; both of which are a result of ditching the diet mindset and learning to eat with no food rules.3️⃣ Permission To Eat: While you might be thinking "If I let myself eat the cookies I'll ONLY want to eat the cookies!", this is actually not true. Shocking, I know! When you give yourself permission to eat all foods (yes, even those that a diet mindset would deem "bad"!) you actually don't want them all the time! Your body will naturally crave a healthy, balance diet effortlessly. Kinda cool, huh?!4️⃣ Nutrition Focus With Flexibility: Understanding nutrition is key to overall health and wellness. However, many people take this to an extreme and what is meant to be health promoting actually becomes health damaging. Stressing about being "healthy" increases the body's stress hormones, binge eating and can contribute to social isolation.5️⃣ No Need To "Earn" Or "Burn Off" Food: While compensating for what you eat may seem like an innocent way to "balance" your food choices, it actually has a rebound effect. As mentioned, when we feel like we "shouldn't" eat something, or even if we have eaten "too much", we are actually setting ourselves up to eat more. Additionally, this can create a negative relationship with exercise and reduce motivation to do said exercise- which is a great health promoting activity, bummer, huh?! A healthier relationship with food and exercise can lead to a more consistent and enjoyable exercise routine.Here are your next steps:The secret to creating any lasting, sustainable human behavior change, which includes change towards truly healthy eating habits, is to work in smaller chunks and try not to focus on everything at once.The first things to focus on is regaining control around food and letting go of the diet mindset. This will allow you to learn to naturally find "balance" and "moderation" all while having no food rules.
Click the button below to learn more about how to do this and how to avoid the 7 most common pitfalls!