Dear Women’s Journal Reader,
This time of year always reminds me of the importance of letting go.
Letting go is an incredibly empowering concept when it comes to mindful eating. It involves releasing the mental and emotional baggage that weighs us down, preventing us from fully enjoying and appreciating our food. By surrendering old beliefs, judgments, and limitations, we open ourselves up to a world of possibilities—a world where food is no longer a source of guilt or restriction but a gateway to self- discovery and self-care.
THINGS TO LET GO OF…
1. Let go of old diet culture rules: Release yourself from restrictive dieting and the mindset that certain foods are off-limits or “bad.” Embrace a more flexible and balanced approach to eating.
2. Let go of the “good” vs. “bad” foods mentality:
Instead of labeling foods as inherently good or bad, focus on nourishing your body with a variety of foods that make you feel good physically and mentally.
3. Let go of thoughts that tell you “I can’t”:
Challenge limiting beliefs that make you feel powerless or deprived. Shift your mindset to one of empowerment and self-compassion, recognizing that you have the ability to make choices that support your well-being.
4. Let go of judgment and guilt: Stop beating yourself up over food choices or perceived mistakes. Practice self- compassion and understand that eating mindfully involves embracing imperfection and learning from your experiences.
5. Let go of the need for perfection: Recognize that eating mindfully is a journey, and it’s okay to have ups and downs. Embrace progress over perfection and focus on making sustainable changes rather than striving for an unattainable ideal.
6. Let go of comparison: Avoid comparing your eating habits to others. Everyone’s body and nutritional needs are unique. Instead, focus on your own well-being and listen to your body’s cues and preferences.
7. Let go of mindless eating habits: Cultivate awareness around your eating habits and be present in the moment while you eat. Release distractions and engage your senses to fully enjoy and appreciate your food.
Sometimes we have to let go to move forward!
Mindfully yours, Dr. Susan Albers