I’m interested in your nutrition coaching, but I’m not sure if it’s for me. I guess my main hesitancy is that I eat healthy food–whole foods, fruits, veggies, beans, etc. I am not eating lots of processed foods or baked goods, ice cream or chips. My problem is that I am overeating. And even overeating on watermelon or carrots can lead to weight gain. I have gained 30+ pounds in the past year and a half. I feel like I know what I need to do (stop overeating) but for whatever reason, I am really struggling to do so. I guess I just am not sure if that is something that you could help with? Or do you generally work with people who are looking to overhaul their diet and make a lot of dietary changes?
And, if I am being completely honest, I am nervous about being told what to eat and when. Like I said, I eat a whole foods plant based diet, and I know it works for me. About 2 years ago I was in the best shape of my life and thin and happy and healthy while eating like this, so I know it is possible. But something has changed and I am really struggling with overeating, and I am pretty miserable right now. I do realize what I am currently doing isn’t working, so I am open to suggestions, but it makes me very scared too!
So that is it, in a nutshell Thank you so much for taking the time to help!
Thanks for writing! Boy, do YOU have a head start. Seriously. The fact you even understand that too much watermelon will cause weight gain will save you a lot of trouble, because that’s one of the hardest things for many to grasp (not because it’s conceptually challenging, only because it’s common to harbor emotional resistance to the idea that we just have to eat less.) And you’re already eating healthy whole foods?! Booyah! Good for you!
I do help many people in situations just like yours. A lot of people come to me for help with emotional overeating – very few need to be told to stop drinking soda. People who need very basic nutrition advice are actually not the type who seek my services since they can get that information in any book, magazine or at Weight Watchers. My clients are often people who take excellent care of themselves: they go to the gym, they eat vegetables and healthy whole foods but have struggled to manage the quantity of food intake so they haven’t been seeing weight loss success. Some of my clients used to have issues with restrictive eating and binge eating, many were stuck stressing too much about their food choices “Gah! Do I eat this or that? Is it wrong if I want a dessert?” and have been relieved to achieve greater peace around food and activity.
So, I bet you’re thinking. “Okay good I’m not the only one. But what’s MY deal? Why do I overeat even though I know it’s making me miserable?” I can’t tell you after one email, but I can give you some insight into what it may be from my success in helping other people lose weight when they feel stuck.
Physiological stuff I’d investigate (why you may be extra hungry):
- Eating too many small meals instead of satisfying sized ones
- Eating a macronutrient balance that doesn’t optimize satiety per calorie
- Increasing your appetite unintentionally with excessive cardio, too much stress without good management, or getting inadequate sleep.
Emotional/Cognitive factors that I also help people with:
- Fear of experiencing hunger (which can have origins in previous bad experiences like food shortages, dieting, parental food limiting)
- Turning to food to lessen or numb emotions we don’t want to or have no tools to express
- Relying on food disproportionately for joy in our lives (eating IS one of life’s pleasures, but when it becomes the paramount pleasure, it can prevent weight loss and feeling balanced)
- A “scarcity” mentality which can result from previous weight loss attempts like calorie counting, fasting, low carbing, younameit.
- It’s not unusual for low self esteem to also thwart someone’s efforts to get healthy and lean – after all, if we don’t like ourselves, we might not want to take care of ourselves because we don’t feel like we deserve it.
Okay, that was some heavy stuff (me telling you to not drink soda would be much easier to hear, huh?) I know it can be daunting to tackle, but if you’re open minded and interesting in exploring something different that what you ARE doing, I promise I won’t psychoanalyze you or drag you over the coals to tell me everything you remember about being 4…. but I can pick up on what’s in your way now and help you get it OUT of your way so you can lose weight. If you ask me you sound like a great fit for coaching, and you also sound ready to stop feeling miserable.
If you’d like the names of some of my current clients to email and ask them privately how the coaching experience has been for them, I’m happy to provide some emails. Just ask. Think it over and of course ask away if you have some new questions bubbling up. You might be able to think of something right away from what I mentioned above that changed since you had that healthy happy body 2 years ago.
By the way, since you mention nervousness about being told what to eat and when, GOOD. You should be hesitant to give up your power to make decisions about what you eat. I don’t tell my clients what to eat and when. You can’t get a meal plan out of me if you beg, plead and throw money at me. (People have tried).
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