If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you may recall that I’ve been talking about this idea of “food confidence” for a while now. As I reflect on my own journey of health and nutrition, I realized one thing I didn’t have at a point in my life was confidence in any of my food choices at all.
I would jump on every fad that I heard about and constantly feel like I was never doing enough to be “healthy” based on what I heard in the media or things my friends would say, never confident in my own nutrition choices, constantly chasing the next thing that was never right for me and my lifestyle, not to mention stressful, sometimes expensive and totally not sustainable.
As I worked with clients and chatted more with my followers on social media, I realized having confidence in our food choices is something a lot us of don’t have, and it’s totally not our fault.
With the constant news cycle of fad diets and celebrity trends, sh*t our friends and family say (let me clarify, most of this is always well meaning, however sometimes even comments with the best intentions can be triggering), and seeing things on social media that makes us feel like we’re never doing the right things for our health — how can we be confident that what we’re eating and doing is the right thing?!
I want to give you back the confidence in your food choices because for so long I had no confidence in my own, which lead to a lack of confidence in a lot of other areas of my life.
So let’s learn a little more about food confidence, shall we?!
Having “food confidence” is knowing that your food choices are the best ones for you — not anyone else! It’s about making healthy choices as much as you can and not stressing in situations when you can’t. It’s trusting your body, feeling good in your skin and creating a beautiful balance of caring about what you eat, but not obsessing about it.
Food confidence goes hand in hand with body love. Having confidence in your food choices helps you to feel good in your own skin too. It’s an approach of gratitude for all of the wonderful things our bodies allow us to do versus constantly being at war with our bodies and wanting to change them. It’s hard work. It’s definitely not automatic but something that I truly believe is one of the most rewarding act of kindness you can work towards showing yourself.
Food confidence recognizes that healthy eating, wellness & self care look different for all of us and there’s no such thing as perfect. Can I get an amen for that?!
It gives you the ability to actually enjoy food in a fun, nourishing and lighthearted way through each and every season. What’s healthy for you is personal. It’s going to be different then stuff you see in the media or stuff your friends say. That’s ok. Your path, and what makes you feel good is not wrong! I promise.
Food Confidence Manifesto
Here are a few food confidence principles. Practicing these things will help you have more confidence in your food choices, be more confident in your own skin, and be more confident in all of your choices on a daily basis too.
#1 Not jumping on every diet trend bandwagon. Food confidence means acknowledging diet trends come and go, and that not every single one is for you. I think this is one of the most freeing parts of food confidence. Knowing that you don’t have to do every single new diet and stress yourself out in the process.
#2 Realizing something someone else might be doing for health might not be the right thing for YOU to do and that’s ok. Food confidence empowers you to focus on YOU! Wow. It seems simple but you and I both know it’s hard when you hear many conflicting opinions, comments and philosophies. It’s hard when you’re at dinner with your friends and your friend says “I haven’t eaten all day” and you suddenly flash back to everything you ate and feel bad about it. It’s in those moments food confidence can waiver but that’s exactly why I want to teach you how to not let that comment make you feel bad about your own food choices and how to continue on making smart choices for yourself.
#3 Honoring your body and how you feel in the moment vs. constantly forcing workouts, certain meals and routines that just don’t suit your lifestyle. This is why most diets don’t work. They don’t cater to you or your lifestyle AT ALL. You have to cater to them and when it becomes too stressful or not fun, you stop and feel like you failed when in reality they almost always are not meant for long term use. Instead of that pattern, it’s time to get curious about what health and nutrition habits make you feel good on a daily basis, don’t stress you out, and work for your lifestyle. It’s time to enjoy exercise and celebrate your body for everything it allows you to do on daily basis. Which brings me to the next one!
#4 Body love everyday. It’s hard to love every part of yourself when you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see. I totally get it. But that’s when it matters most. Practicing unconditional body love everyday is hard, it’s definitely not a switch you can flip, but as I said earlier it’s one of the most rewarding acts of kindness you can do for yourself. It’s a journey, not an overnight thing, but 100% worth it.
#5 Caring about what you eat but not obsessing over it. When we stress about eating certain foods we totally forget what foods we actually enjoyed eating in the first place and how certain foods made us feel because we’re so wrapped up in questioning if something is healthy or eating stuff we don’t really want to just because it’s “healthy”. GAH! I love that saying on social media: “what’s healthier than a salad? Having a healthy relationship with food.” That’s what food confidence enables to you do! Enjoy salads, but equally enjoy a burger when you want to without stress that your diet is ruined or that you’re being “bad”. You are not!
Through food confidence, I want to help millennial women have a positive relationship with food that is exciting, low stress, and enjoyable which is why I’m excited to share the first of four Food Confidence Nutrition Guides with you!
Learn more about my Food Confidence Nutrition Guide for Summer and how each guide is helping to bring fresh produce and make a difference underserved black communities in Chicago.
I so appreciate your support and can’t wait to hear what you think!
Thanks for being here you confident, beautiful woman! 🙂