76 minutes | Oct 2nd 2017

How to Turn Theoretical Health Goals Into Practical Habits

Getting inspired is easy. A great article, book, or documentary can be incredibly powerful in sparking a desire for a new direction in your life. But no matter how desperately you want to change, internalizing a new philosophy enough to permanently modify your behavior can feel impossible. This is how Anne used to feel when she would read Summer Tomato. After several years of striving to have the "perfect" diet that eventually destroyed her relationship with food, she was ready to embrace joy in eating and prioritize her own happiness (in addition to health). But she would read articles like How to Eat Half a Donut and think that while it sounded amazing, there was no way she could ever do something like that. Clearly I (Darya) was fooling myself into using willpower and not thinking it's really willpower, or was a different breed of human altogether. Normal people don't eat half a donut. Anne had her doubts she was capable of truly leaving her old habits behind, but she kept trying because she knew she couldn't go back to her former restrictive mindset. Today she's called in to proudly share her success story of how she was finally able to build up a set of positive experiences that gave her the confidence and ability to choose foods based on her needs and values, rather than her fears and impulses. She no longer believes that willpower and restriction are necessary for her to control her own behavior, and can easily walk away from an unfinished donut or cupcake if it isn't bringing her the joy she expected. She explains the exact steps she took that led to her transformation and enabled her to finally internalize the foodist mindset she only understood intellectually, but not emotionally, until this year. If you've been struggling to believe you're capable of leaving your restrictive dieting mindset behind for good, Anne's story will give you both the hope and practical advice you need to get there. For complete show notes visit http://www.summertomato.com/category/podcast
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