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Self Compassion is the New Diet

If you are expecting a new diet plan, the one which will guarantee you will lose weight, be full of before and after pictures and tell you what foods you can and can’t eat and weight you…this will not be the plan for you.

I am actually not interested in your weight, what you do or don’t eat, what I am passionately curious about is, whether you are happy, how kind you are being to yourself and that you are nourishing yourself from a place of kindness and self-worth.

I have spent over 30 years being frustrated both personally and professionally by what should be a simple goal to achieve, after all, all you need to do is eat less and move more right?  Well, all the research suggests not, and that being on a diet, is probably the most efficient thing to do if you want to:

  1. lose weight in the short term
  2. Keep it off for a little while
  3. Eventually, regain more weight than you began with.
  4. Become more and more disconnected from your own innate knowledge of how to nourish yourself.
  5. Become more and more stressed and focused on food and eating.
  6. Develop a sense of ever-increasing failure and despair with every failed diet, blaming yourself every time.

“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.”  C. K. Germer

So, after nearly 20 years of Coaching clients with weight management goals, I decided enough was enough, diets have had their chance to prove themselves and quite frankly, in most cases, most of the time failed… so what else then?  What was missing?  I have listened to my clients, undertaken a huge amount of research exploring, being curious and determined to understand why eating less and moving more simply isn’t enough.

What becomes evident from the research and my client work was that at the core for most people was:

  • high levels of shame and disappointment
  • low levels of hope
  • frustration and anger for not being able to “stick” to the diet
  • high levels of self-criticism towards self, especially their body.
  • high levels of blame
  • high levels of stress and fear around food and food choices
  • high levels of stress caused by generally being self-critical.

Some or all the above may resonate with you, and if like me, you have had enough of living a life governed by what you eat, how you look and your mood being dependant on whether you have been good or bad, lost weight or not… then know there is a different way.

The Self-Compassion Diet Plan has been created as a response to what I discovered and all will be shared with you, teaching you how to nourish yourself from the inside out, as opposed to the outside in.  The plan will show you how to become slimmer with kindness and re-discover a joy for food and becoming a much better friend to yourself.

Always be kind,

Helen

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