I have many old emails to my many clients throughout the years at Nourishing Minds Nutrition. These are letters of encouragement in someone’s journey to intuitive eating and food freedom. I have decided to release these (without client identifiers, of course!) in hopes that others can find them helpful. Even though they are specific to a specific client, I hope they prove to be insightful and inspiring for anyone else going through this process. Please be aware these letters are not intended to diagnose or treat. Please work with a practitioner if you are wanting specific one-on-one help. You can always reach out to us at Nourishing Minds Nutrition.
I had such a great time talking with you yesterday! I’m so so excited about our work together and the life and food freedom ahead of you! It’s not all going to be super smooth sailing- but you know this! It’s going to take work, but I know you’re ready for it and we'll get there!!
We covered a lot of things yesterday, so I like to send an initial recap email to remind you of all the things and the goals we can work towards this week and through the next 3 months.
First, one thing I forgot to say yesterday- but surely you know…. no more myfitnesspall!!! Quit that s***!!! You don't need any more of that negativity in your life. ;)
Calorie counting dies hard... but it really does die. I know the numbers are still subconsciously in your head, but the more you refuse to count or let your mind go there and the more you begin to see food as something to be enjoyed, the more those silly little numbers just fade off in the distance.
The most important thing I want you to implement this week is - a solid morning routine! I'd love for you to spend at least 15 mins doing this. You can play around with what you enjoy over this next week and moving forward! It can consist of meditation, prayer, journaling, just sitting in silence, reading, drawing, ... whatever. But, I want your focus to be to foster your intuition. Turn inwards. How are YOU feeling. Dive into scripture. Pray for a strengthened relationship with the holy spirit. Because like I said on our call- in doing that, you are strengthening your relationship with yourself. The holy spirit IS your intuition! IT'S SO COOL.
A lot of recovery is about turning up that female intuition and energy. Cultivating trust with ourselves and our bodies again. Using calories and formulas and plans to tell us what we should be doing is easier - but this is not how we were created to relate to food and therefore, it comes with consequences. Controlling the food- as we both know, is a symptom of something deeper. It is a symptom of anxiety and the fear of loosing control. Manipulated our food and our weight gives us the false perception of being in control.
During your quite time, pray and ask what is in store for the day. Ask that the Holy Sprit would give you the strength to think about things other than food and exercise. That your mind would be filled with other things- with things that are worthy of thinking about and things that give you life and purpose.
Write down your intentions for the day. Visualize your day and what you will do. Visualize and FEEL your relationship with food. Remember your values and how a disordered relationship with food or one's self does not fit into this.
Then, write down 3 things you are grateful for. They can be serious or silly! Make this a habit!
Part II of this email next week!