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BTW, maybe you’re not self sabotaging. Maybe you’re just making changes, and your body is resisting those changes. And maybe that is an uncomfortable process to experience. It’s all good!


This video was inspired by a conversation I had with a client. You can watch it here or you can also listen anywhere you listen to podcasts including Spotify.

Here’s the gist….

When you make changes to your nutrition, even if they are good changes, you’re probably going to experience what I like to call an “adjustment.” Your body is used to being where it’s at. It’s comfortable. And it’s going to resist.

  • You usually experience this adjustment as physiological symptoms.
  • Physiological symptoms almost always influence your mental and emotional state because your body is trying to get you to do something to remedy the symptoms.

The takeaway is this – have some compassion for yourself. When you’re making positive changes to your nutrition, don’t be so hard on yourself for experiencing physiological symptoms. And don’t be so hard on yourself for feeling mental and emotional around food. It may not be “you,” it may just be your body messing with you!

Here’s what to do…


First, deal with the physiological.

Structure you daily meals to stabilize blood sugar.

  • Even space. Start with evenly spaced meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Protein. Emphasize protein at your main meals.
  • Carbs. Have some carbs but not too much.
  • Be prepared. Have as snack available for in between meals just in case you feel yourself having a “moment.”


Next, deal with the mental and emotional.

Every decision you make is initially driven by a thought about making the decision. If you can be there for the initial thought when it happens, you have a chance to work with it.

  • The best way is to this is to be present. Be as present as you can with every decision you make. Celebrate being there for the decision! Because whether you’re able to make the right decision or not, the fact you were there is powerful. The more you can be present for the decisions, the more likely youy’ll make decisions that serve you.
  • ALWAYS inroduce self compassion. Consider your desire to go off plan was in part driven by your physiology which was driven by the changes that your’e making… which in some ways means you’re on the right track!!!!

I’m mainly talking nutrition here. Specifically transitioning from a less appropriate way of eating to a better way of eating with higher nutrition, lower carbs, and less frequency of meals. But you can take these lessons and apply them to a lot of nutrition and lifestyle changes.

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Paul C. Tijerina

Paul C. Tijerina | BS MFT CPT NLP | Nutritional Therapist & ATAVIST Life Coach