Today’s post features a few key takeaways from a recent Wellness Your Way podcast interview. Find the full episode here, and be sure to subscribe to Wellness Your Way so you don’t miss future episodes!
Guest Bio: Victoria Yates
Victoria is a food & body image coach for women, specializing in helping women to stop dieting & love their bodies through learning how to eat intuitively. With all the pressure to eat perfectly & have a perfect body, she thinks it’s no wonder that you feel stressed about how you should eat. Victoria teaches how to have a healthy lifestyle built on the science behind intuitive eating so that you never have to go on another diet ever again.
Top Insights from Victoria’s Interview
- We’ve lost the ability to trust ourselves and our bodies. Often, it feels easier to put our trust in a diet, because if it fails, we can just blame the diet or the program. But regaining the “muscle” of trusting our bodies is the secret to balanced and sustainable health.
- Intuitive eating doesn’t mean stuffing yourself with junk food constantly. Once we make peace with food and trust our body, we’re aiming to actually nourish it well. But sometimes, according to Victoria, you have to “fail your way” to get there by overeating and feeling uncomfortable.
- Our bodies are so much wiser than we give them credit for! When we get in tune with our bodies, and actually listen to what they are saying to us, they hold the answer to how to nourish ourselves well.
- Failure with food isn’t a bad thing. When we shift our mentality to getting curious about what happened and trying to learn from the experience, we grow a lot more than if we just guilt and shame ourselves about what we ate.
- Ask questions of your body, with no “right or wrong” thinking. If we can just explore how we feel after we eat a food, we may learn how it actually makes us feel, and eventually feel more connected to our body.
- Do one thing every day that scares you with food. This is a challenge to get us out of our comfort zones, build confidence, and bust out of our typical routine. This might be something like giving yourself permission to eat something you’ve previously considered off limits (with the end goal of recognizing that the food doesn’t have to control us, but we can maintain control over the food).
- “Good” food and “bad” food labels prevent us from making peace with food. Sometimes, labeling a food “bad” makes it more appealing to our brain and makes us feel out of control around those foods. This is our brain’s primal response because we need food to stay alive, so when something is off limits, it senses starvation and kicks into protection mode, sending us more signals to get that food.
- Your physical body isn’t a destination that you get to. It’s more a relationship where you recognize you’re on the same team, and you’re going to support each other regardless of what you’re going through.
- Diet marketing tells us “change your body and then you’ll love your body.” But in Victoria’s experience, it actually works the other way. Loving our bodies first can enable us to treat them even better.
- To instill a healthy body image in your kids, one of the best things you can do is to have a healthy relationship with your own body. Our kids are mirrors to everything we do and say, and they take on intricacies of our relationships with our food and body. Start with you and then keep open conversation with your kids!
Want to hear the full episode, including how loving our bodies is like loving a spouse, how intuitive eating is like building a house, and so much more?
Head over here to catch the full episode with Victoria!
Now it’s your turn! What is one thing you learned from this interview? What’s one thing you’re committed to changing after learning from Victoria?