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Breaking Free from Food Rules: Embracing Health and Happiness

If you're ready to discover the path to a healthier relationship with food despite having PCOS, then this one is for you.

Developing food rules and a complex relationship with food is a common experience for individuals who have been exposed to diet culture. Add a condition like PCOS where you’re told over and over again to simply ‘lose weight’ and it’s no wonder you have a little black book of dos and don’ts when it comes to food. These can be obvious rules such as ‘I don’t allow myself to eat chocolate during the week’ or they could be more subtle rules which have become more of a habit like ‘I always leave something on plate’. These self-imposed food rules can be mentally and emotionally taxing and can negatively affect your relationship with food and your overall well-being.

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Here are some steps you can take to address and overcome these rules:

Recognize the impact of diet culture:

Understanding that these food rules are often a result of societal pressure and unrealistic beauty standards can be the first step in breaking free from them. Recognize that your worth is not solely determined by your body size or what you eat.

Consult a dietitian:

It's essential to work with an expert who specializes in PCOS and nutrition. They can help you develop a balanced and sustainable eating plan that is tailored to your specific needs, taking into account your PCOS symptoms and overall health.

Why not book a free discovery call with me to discuss how we can work together and break down those food rules.

Practice intuitive eating:

Intuitive eating is a framework that encourages you to listen to your body's hunger and fullness cues and make food choices based on what feels right for you, rather than rigid rules. It can help you develop a healthier relationship with food and your body.

Challenge negative thoughts:

When you catch yourself thinking about food rules, question the rationale behind these thoughts. Are they based on evidence and what your body needs, or are they driven by societal pressure and unrealistic expectations?

Seek support:

Consider speaking with a therapist or counsellor who specializes in body image and disordered eating. They can help you work through the emotional aspects of your relationship with food and develop healthier coping strategies.

Practice self-compassion:

Be kind to yourself and recognize that breaking free from food rules can be challenging. It's a journey, and setbacks can happen. Practice self-compassion and acknowledge your efforts and progress.

Diversify your sources of information:

Be critical of the sources of information you expose yourself to. Unfollow or mute social media accounts and influencers who promote diet culture and unrealistic beauty standards. Seek out resources that focus on body positivity and self-acceptance.

Remember that managing PCOS and achieving a healthy relationship with food is a long-term process. It's not about perfection but progress. Your health and well-being are about more than just the number on a scale or strict food rules. It's about feeling good, nurturing your body, and finding balance in your life.

For further reading on this I’d recommend the following books:

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Uncover the 3 simple, highly-effective steps used by myself and all my clients to improve their PCOS symptoms, regain their confidence and live a life they love with PCOS (without dieting). 

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