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The Mindset Makeover


In every moment you have the power to take control of your thoughts / beliefs and rewrite them to support your current goals and dreams. You are able to rewrite your story and choose new stories. Beliefs and thoughts are simply suggestions. You can choose to agree with them or disagree with them, accept them or reject them. Our mindsets either power or disempower us. Read that again!


The way we approach our day, fitness, nutrition, food, hydration, life challenges, etc. has a lot to do with our mindset. For example, we have learned through diet culture that carbohydrates make you fat and we learned that in order to be an endurance runner, an athlete, a runner, or someone who enjoys fitness and working out, the shape, size, structure and frame of your body is more important and somehow is enough data for the person judging a book by its cover to speak on your abilities and performance.


Well, once upon a time, the story I told myself and what I believed to be true as a runner got in the way of my performance and put me at risk for injury. I ran on empty a lot, I did not properly fuel during my workouts or after, and I deprived myself of foods I loved. Five years ago, I ditch the food rules and started healing my relationship with food. It started with my mindset (how I viewed my whole life) and my mindset around food. You see, over eating and under eating was a coping mechanism I learned as a child. I was bullied for being fat, fluffy, and different for most of my childhood. This pattern of behavior was reinforced by psychological triggers such as habitual emotional coping through food and what I believed about myself. Change did not happen overnight. It took a lot of work. Doing the work + shifting my mindset around food improved my performance and overall health, improved every aspect of my life, changed my perspective, and ultimately made me a better athlete / runner.


Healing my relationship with food was just one piece of my healing journey. Healing my relationship with food meant I had to heal my relationship with myself - mind, body, spirit. The relationship you have with yourself is the most important relationship in life. Self-relationship is the foundation of everything else and mindset is the key player in self-healing. We have to address our mindset before embarking on a healing journey. Everything is connected. Healing your relationship with food heals your mental and physical health. Healing your relationship with food, healing your relationship with yourself, setting boundaries, reinforcing positive self-talk, engaging in healthy conversations, means you make a choice to end the war and let go of what no longer serves you, and make peace. By making peace with whatever it is, it takes away its forbidden allure and it no longer has power over you.


These are a few things I did to improve my mindset around food:

  • I made a conscious effort to shift my focus and mindset around food:

  • I stopped classifying foods as good or bad.

  • I stopped restricting food groups.

  • I stopped labeling my food choices (i.e. vegan, vegetarian, etc.) and removed the word diet from my vocabulary.

  • I do not diet. Dieting is a short-term solution to a long-term problem!

  • I stopped feeling guilty for enjoying food. I eat what I like and love guilt free, and I do not have to earn it or work hard for it.

  • I stopped counting macros and being overly obsessed with numbers (I take cues from my body).

  • I focus on satisfaction when eating and I stop when I have had enough.


PS ... If you are interested in working with me, I invite you to visit www.empowHER.com or email empowerherrun@gmail.com


XOXO,


Tiffany

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