The Importance of Embracing Change

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Hi! As always, thanks for being here and let’s get right into why it’s so important to embrace change to continue eating intuitively.

If I’ve learned anything throughout my own personal journey to food freedom and when working with others it is that fighting change can lead to chaotic eating habits or previous negative patterns with food.

Here’s an example to explain what I mean:

You move to a new city and are hesitant to try new places, go out and meet people, and really get to know your new place. Instead, you’re wishing you were back in your old situation. You are angry or upset with the change and find yourself overeating, bingeing on food, or restricting completely. You may be going back to negative habits with food that had previously calmed down or subsided in your life. It’s so much harder to listen to/honor your body when you’re in a place of anxiety over change.

Know what I mean?

If you’re currently in a new situation, I encourage you to embrace the change and go with it to the best of your ability (am I saying this because I’m perfect and always do this? Nope! I’m saying this because I know this is something I need to work on as well)!

*Disclaimer: I am NOT talking about sudden, tragic events here. I am talking about common changes in life such as: starting college, moving in with your significant other, new career, moving. etc. 

Here are some simple ways to make change easier (and in turn help you continue to listen to your body and have peace with food:

  1. Embrace the change! 

Most change can’t be “undone” or “fixed,” right? Right. So, instead of fighting it – try to accept it into your life.

 

-How can I make this amazing---Why am I

Tell yourself you KNOW the change is here, and you’re going to your best to let it in. For example, you’re starting your first year of college and you really don’t like your random roommate. Is there anyway you can accept the fact that she isn’t going to be your friend (knowing you are going to be living with her for the next semester), but you can work around it? Fighting this and being constantly angry about it only makes things worse in the long run. (And may be taken out on the food you eat.)

2. Can you do anything about it? 
If the change that is taking place sucks (for lack of a better word), is there anyway you can work to get out of this change? For example; if the new job you landed is awful, can you start making moves to find something that fits better for you?
3. Create a vision for yourself within this change.
Moved to a new city? Ask yourself what you would like life to look, sound, and feel like for you in this new city (be realistic here)! Then, start working on achieving that.
4. Focus on one aspect of this change.
This will decrease the feeling of overwhelm and anxiety. Instead of thinking big picture (such as; “I just moved to this brand new city!”) think small, baby steps. What’s one thing you can work on? Making ONE new friend? Finding ONE good group exercise class? One step at a time makes change much easier!!
I hope you’re with me on this … I know it can seem like it has nothing to do with food, but in all reality, how we handle change directly relates to how we interact with food!
Let me know your thoughts on this post by sending me a quick email! Are you dealing with change? Do these tips help? (eatworkplaybalanced@gmail.com)
Abby
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About Eat Work Play Balanced

Abby is a certified health coach who knows how difficult it can be to get out of the diet cycle and mindset. On the Eat Work Play Balanced blog you’ll find tips, strategies, and info that can help you transform your relationship with food to find balance! *Disclaimer-I am not a doctor, and do not treat or diagnose women with eating disorders.