Around the same time, I’d joined a local yoga studio and, even though I was a total beginner to the practice, I had noticed that, on the days that I went to yoga, I seemed to have more control around food – even later into the day. What was going on there?
Moreover, as part of my new yoga practice, I’d started meditating. I wasn’t doing it every day, and I wasn’t even sure that I was doing it right, but I was giving it a go, and I’d noticed that – like yoga – on the days that I meditated, I did feel less frazzled and less like I needed that “treat” at the end of the day to get me through.
I couldn’t put it all together yet, but there was something there – I just knew it!
I kept following the breadcrumbs, learning everything I could about food psychology and how the brain works when it comes to cravings, willpower and habits. I traveled around the world on yoga and spiritual retreats, absorbing the principles of mindfulness and meditation. And I used all of those tools to dramatically transform, not only my relationship with food, but my life as a whole.
I shifted my focus away from the food itself, and instead onto how and why my brain was experiencing the cravings and making the choices it was making around food. I learned how to feel my feelings rather than automatically trying to numb them with food. I began to literally rewire and reprogram the way my brain thought about and responded to food.
And that’s when everything changed for me.
I finally had control over what I ate even when I’d had a crazy day at work or the kids were particularly challenging. From there I was able to lose the weight (and keep it off), quit my stressful job and even build my own business! And now, I get the pleasure of writing about, and teaching the same principles I learned to others all around the world.