When I was in my twenties consistently eating healthy was a struggle for me. I always tried to avoid sweet and indulgent foods, only to eventually overindulge in them. Then out of nowhere something strange began to happen: I gave myself permission to eat what I truly wanted.
And you know what happened? I didn’t overeat or go crazy like I thought I would. In fact, my eating made a huge turn for the better. I made another discovery: I actually prefer to eat nutritious foods most of the time. These 5 empowering words — I give myself permission to — completely changed my relationship with food.
But these days, giving myself permission is not just about food. I’ve had to learn the hard way that giving myself permission is especially important for anyone in the throes of modern parenting. Michelle Segar writes about this in her book, No Sweat, in terms of moving your body more. But you know, giving yourself permission can range from doing something healthy, not-so healthy or completely neutral to one’s health. But if it is in tune with what you really need, it enhances feelings of well-being every single time. (more…)