My dietary choices in my teens and twenties were far from ideal and led to all sorts of problems. By the time I was 25 I had terrible immunity, erratic menstrual cycles, hypothyroidism, low energy, adrenal fatigue and indigestion, to name just a few of the health problems I was experiencing. It wasn’t until I started charting my menstrual cycles using the Justisse Method of Fertility Management that I started noticing the toll my dietary choices and eating habits were having on my body. However, giving up many of my favourite foods in favour of healthier options wasn’t easy, and often led me to swing back and forth between incredibly healthy choices (vegan, organic, raw food) and incredibly unhealthy choices (Kraft Dinner and donuts anyone?).
In this interview with my friend and colleague Michelle Leath, of Unlock Your Possibility, we talk about why giving yourself permission to embrace your worst cravings is sometimes an important step on the journey to healing and wellness.
Giving myself permission to enjoy Kraft Dinner on specific occasions allowed me to avoid feeling deprived (a feeling that made me more likely to overindulge in unhealthy foods rather than less). When I stripped away the rebellion and guilt, KD naturally lost its appeal - especially because I was more connected to my body and aware of how crappy I felt when I ate food that wasn't nourishing.
In this video we explore:
- How to use your relationship with food as a compass when your life is getting off track
- Why worrying about food is the worst thing you can do when you are trying to lose weight
- The surprising connection between natural birth control and eating habits
- How therapy can sometimes exacerbate an eating disorder
- Why women deny their need for pleasure, and how this shows up with both food and sex
- The danger of labels like “binge eater” and “emotional eater”
- Powerful next steps to heal your relationship with food
Kim & Amy Sedgwick love to discuss sex, periods, and all the other things we’re not supposed to talk about. The co-founders of Red Tent Sisters and ecosex.ca, they’ve been featured in every major Canadian news outlet and have become a trusted resource for women seeking natural (effective!) birth control, a more joyful sex life, and an empowered journey to motherhood.