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Aligned Health Practice is to impart nutrition knowledge and skills to individuals, apply evidence-based research during the healthcare process, take part on the inter-professional healthcare team, and guide many in creating individualized and sustainable practices that align one’s physical, mental, and social well-being.

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Ditch the Diet Drama: How to Make Healthier Choices Without Obsession

We've all been there. The cycle of fad diets, relentless calorie counting, and the constant internal monologue about what we "should" and "shouldn't" be eating. But what if there was a way to approach weight loss (or rather, healthy living) that didn't consume your every thought?


The truth is, making your weight your sole identity can be counterproductive. It can lead to a negative relationship with food, exercise, and even yourself. So, let's shift the focus. Here's how to make sustainable, healthy changes without getting lost in the diet drama:


1. Reframe Your Goals:

Instead of "lose 10 pounds," think "feel more energized" or "improve my heart health." When your goals are about how you want to feel and function, the number on the scale becomes less important.


2. Focus on Habits, Not Restrictions:

Think small, sustainable changes. Aim for daily walks, incorporating more veggies into meals, or trying a new healthy recipe each week. Building these habits into your routine is far more effective than crash diets.


3. Celebrate Non-Scale Victories:

Did you conquer those stairs without getting winded? Celebrate! Non-scale victories, like increased stamina, new lifting PRs, feeling more food freedom, or better sleep, are just as important (if not more) than the number on the scale.


4. Make Food Fun, Not Fearful:

Explore new cuisines, experiment with healthy recipes, and focus on mindful eating. Food should be enjoyable, not the enemy.


5. Find Activities You Enjoy:

Forget the treadmill if you hate it! Discover activities you actually look forward to, whether it's dancing, swimming, lifting heavy s#it or rock climbing. Exercise shouldn't feel like punishment or a means to "burn calories."


6. Remember, You Are More Than Your Weight:

Don't let a number define you. You are your creativity, your humor, your passions. Weight loss is just one aspect of some lifestyles, not your entire identity.


Living a healthier life is a journey, not a destination. By focusing on feeling good and making sustainable changes, you'll find a path to a healthier you, without the drama. Remember, you are worthy of feeling your best, at any size.


 

We understand there are some who may still have a weight or aesthetic goal, even if it is not "all consuming." Our goal is to meet them where they are at, without judgement, drama, or unrealistic B.S. If this is you, please reach out! We are here to help.








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