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3 Mindsets to Shift Now!

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This week, we’re talking all about the mindsets that are holding you back from achieving YOUR wellness goals.

Which one of these mindsets is holding *you* back?

Mindset #1 is the “All-or-Nothing” mentality, and it is a BIG one for a lot of folks.

It’s tied to the on-the-wagon/off-the-wagon way we tend to think about diet and lifestyle changes. “Well,” we might say, “things were really stressful today, and I don’t have time to cook. I guess I’ll order takeout, and start again on Monday…” (and it’s Tuesday!)

We MUST stop thinking this way. Healthy living – building our lives in a way that supports our overall wellness and vitality – is a JOURNEY. And it’s about what we do MOST of the time that’s most important – not the one thing that doesn’t go according to plan. When something unexpected happens – as is a part of life! – our best strategy is to make the next best choice that we can, and continue moving forward.

Ate a junky lunch? Skipped a gym session? Got a poor night’s sleep? DO NOT beat yourself up over it. Instead, reflect: Why did it happen? Is there anything you can do to prevent the same thing from happening in the future? How can you LEARN from this? And from there, make the next best choice in the direction of your goals. #youvegotthis

Watch the video for Mindsets #2 and #3!

And if you don’t follow me on Instagram already, let’s connect – @getrealwithamanda!


NEXT UP | Resources I Love

I’ve been a fan of Diane Sanfilippo’s The 21-Day Sugar Detox for years. The main reason? This program aligns with every one of the mindset shifts I shared above.

If you “slip”, the 21DSD doesn’t leave you beating yourself up, or make you feel guilty or like you’ve failed. It genuinely encourages you to LEARN from the experience – what happened? Why? How will you move forward? This is CRUCIAL to empowering you to make great choices for life!

The 21DSD doesn’t ask you to rely on willpower to make it through. Instead, it asks that you prepare – consistently – to help you overcome any willpower shortfalls. And when you have a copy of The 21-Day Sugar Detox Daily Guide in-hand (pictured), you’ve got everything you need to keep you on track.

And while there are “yes” foods and “no” foods, you’re not taught to look at them as “good” and “bad”. You learn WHY certain foods aren’t healthful, or supportive of your goals. You’re encouraged to listen to your body, to eat those “yes” foods that make you feel your best, and to eat them to satiety. This is not a program that leaves you hungry!

Ultimately, by pulling out processed and refined carbs and sugar, you learn what really works for you and your body.


LASTLY | Friday Favorite

Whether we start to think of certain foods as “good” or “bad”, or we start to see ourselves as “good” or “bad” when we eat them – STOP. When did we give food the power to make us think poorly of ourselves? Food is food – an inanimate fuel source. At its very best, food should leave us full, happy, and healthy, pushing us in the direction of our goals. At its worst, it might leave us feeling a bit worse for wear physically, but it should NEVER leave us feeling bad about ourselves for eating it. It’s our job as responsible humans living in our bodies to treat them well – to give them fuel that nourishes them, and is pleasing to the palate whenever possible. Because hey – who wants to eat boring food?! #noblandfood It’s also our job to pay attention to what feels good PHYSICALLY, and what doesn’t. If a particular food you’ve eaten makes you feel sick, sluggish, gassy, bloated, tired, anxious, wired, shaky, lightheaded, or otherwise “off” – ask yourself: why might this be? Not whether or not YOU are bad, or even that the FOOD is necessarily bad. But: why might this food not work…for me? We are all so different, and each of our bodies function differently, and even optimally, with different inputs. This is why SO MANY diets work for some folks, and not for others. Instead of letting food make you feel good or bad about yourself, be CURIOUS about what makes your body feel its best, and above all, BE LOVING with yourself when you eat something that doesn’t. Note: I’m not sure where this quote – “Food does not have a moral compass.” – originally came from. It’s not mine, but I love it so much, and am grateful to the person who first said it!


Blog post cover image credit: Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

Originally published January 16, 2019

Updated March 6, 2023


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