Last week I told you about how much I loathe the idea of diabetes nutrition classes. I just would roll my eyes when my doctor would suggest this place called Passionate Nutrition to help with what I should be eating. My doctor would swear it wasn’t that kind of place, but I was deeply resistant.
What finally tipped me into booking an appointment was that I was tired of taking pills. If “normal people” could get fuel and maintain health through nutrition, I wanted to also. There had to be a way to sort through all the insanity surrounding food for me. And getting off all these pills was going to be my first step.
After an intake appointment with the founder of the company, I agreed to schedule with another nutritionist who had more free time in her schedule. That was “M”. She has a name, but I’m going to say things about her, so… better to just call her M.
I love M with all my heart. I didn’t always, but after two years of working together, we sort of developed a relationship.
The thing I appreciate most about M’s feedback was how she was always able to find one positive thing I could hold onto and look at when I was feeling like a failure or feeling weak. She always believed that I could make this change in my life, even when I wasn’t able to believe it myself. (That is a powerful gift, right there!)
She also helped me by normalizing so many things I thought were just crazy old me. I was so ashamed to admit finding myself walking to the kitchen for a 3rd handful of cookies and having a dialog in my head that said, “Stop walking! Where are you going? Don’t you eat more cookies! I know you hear me. STOP!” followed by nom nom nom… mmmmmm… cookies. 🙂 Apparently, I’m not the only person who has ever done that.
She focused our sessions on learning about the benefits of eating whole foods, as close to grandma used to eat as possible. She also introduced me to mindfulness and the idea of mindful eating. I had no idea how often I ate on auto-pilot before this.
She introduced me to the book: Slow Down Diet, by Marc David. I highly recommend it to help you take a look at how you eat. Each week, you can take on a new chapter and work on a new skill for mindful eating. Just paying attention to how food tastes to you and how it makes your body feel, is the first step on the road to recovery.